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Late. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Took aim Department of Homeland Security‘s newly created “disinformation board” calling for dissolution.
“There is no ‘confusion’ over the Biden Disinformation Board,” Hawley said on Twitter on Monday. “Everyone understands exactly what it is – a censorship committee to punish freedom of speech. Dissolve it now.”
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Hawley’s comments come in response to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who told Fox News Sunday that the Biden administration “” could have done a better job of communicating “the board’s intent.
While critics like Hawley have expressed concern about the board’s potential to regulate free speech, Mayorkas insisted it was set up to combat “disinformation that poses a security threat to the home country.”
“Disinformation from Russia, from China, from Iran, from the cartels,” Mayorkas said.
“This is a working group that takes best practice to ensure that our work when dealing with disinformation that poses a threat to the home country does not violate freedom of speech, does not violate civil rights, civil liberties, “he continued.” It is not about speech, it is about the connection to violence. That is what we need to deal with. You know, an individual has freedom of speech to spit out anti-Semitic rhetoric. What they are not entitled to is to take hostages in a synagogue, and that is where we get involved. “
But during testimony last week, when he announced the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board, Mayorkas said the board was set up to combat online disinformation.
“The goal is to bring the resources to [DHS] together to counter this threat, “Mayorkas said, pointing specifically to threats against the 2022 midterm elections.
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Hawley is not the only lawmaker to express similar concerns about the board, with Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark. Comparing it to George Orwell’s famous 1984 Ministry of Truth.
“The federal government has nothing to do with creating a truth ministry,” Cotton said last week. “The Department of Homeland Security ‘Disinformation Board’ is unconstitutional and un-American, and I will put forward a bill to define it.”