Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified Wednesday before a House panel that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created a “Disinformation Governance Board” (DGB) to fight misinformation and disinformation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The “Disinformation Governance Board” sounds like a division in the Ministry of Magic of the Harry Potter series fame. A scary phrase that could mean in the near future: “Just wait 'til the DGB comes after you!”
“Misinformation” over the past few years is evidently any belief or fact that is not in agreement with the CDC and Biden Administration. The announcement comes following several days of rage among liberals over Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter. The Left is terrified of the fact that the social network will soon host different viewpoints, which can't be accepted. Maybe this new board is Biden's response?
This new group will be led by Nina Jankowicz, an author/journalist and a “disinformation expert” who previously worked as a disinformation specialist at the Wilson Center. The writer “let the cat out of the bag” to her Twitter followers: “Now I've got it; the main focus of the work we do, indeed one of the primary reasons why the Board was created, [is] to ensure the Department's commitment to safeguarding the freedom of speech, privacy civil rights, and civil liberties.”
It's exactly contrary to the purpose a panel like this is intended to have. The function of the board is to eliminate information the administration isn't happy about and to censor any ideas that are contrary to the mainstream media's narrative as well as “fact-check” points of view that are deemed “inappropriate.”
Podcaster Jack Probosiec points out that Jankowicz was in a band called, appropriately enough, the Moaning Myrtles (referencing a character in Harry Potter) and has peddled her own “disinformation”–read “lies”–in the past.
Nearly every media outlet today admits they are aware that the Biden laptop scandal was not Russian disinformation, yet there she was back in 2020 promoting the idea.
The specifics of how the new board will operate are not known at the moment, but we can gain an understanding of their thinking processes by taking the time to read the DHS report released in March titled “Internal Review of Domestic Violent Extremism.” According to the report, an unclassified threat assessment, prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Department of Justice, and DHS, found that extremists in the U.S. “who are motivated by a range of ideologies and galvanized by recent political and societal events in the United States pose an elevated threat to the Homeland in 2021.”
The report highlighted new “sociopolitical developments such as narratives of fraud in the recent general election, the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol, conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conspiracy theories promoting violence that will almost certainly spur some [domestic violent extremists] [sic] to try to engage in violence this year.”
Aha. That's what all this is about. If you doubt the outcome of an election that was not in the best interests of Americans or you are dissatisfied with COVID policies, you may be considered a “violent extremist,” and the COVID board will certainly try to pursue you. This is an alarming possibility for those who support free speech as well as being another worryingly excessive government intervention.