Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed Sunday that his company’s Orwellian “Disinformation Governance Board” won’t monitor US citizens.
But Mayorkas conceded the administration might have carried out a greater job speaking how the board will perform, noting that it’ll study disinformation from Russia, China and the cartels that smuggle folks and medicines into the US when any are perceived to be a risk to nationwide safety. Critics have blasted the board as a method for the federal authorities to curtail free speech.
CNN’s Dana Bash bluntly requested Mayorkas whether or not American citizens will fall underneath DHS surveillance by way of the board’s creation.
“It’s still not clear to me how this governance board will act and what will it do,” she instructed the Homeland Security boss.
Mayorkas responded, “So what it does is it works to ensure that the way in which we address threats, the connectivity between threats and acts of violence, are addressed without infringing on free speech, protecting civil rights and civil liberties, the right of privacy.”
Bash pressed, “Will American citizens be monitored?”
Mayorkas replied, “No the board doesn’t have any operational authority or functionality.
“What it will do is gather together best practices in addressing the threat of disinformation from foreign state adversaries from the cartels and disseminate those best practices to the operators that have been executing in addressing this threat for years.”
He additionally vouched for Nina Jankowicz, who was tapped to guide the board, as “eminently qualified.”
A weird TikTok video surfaced final week of Jankowicz utilizing the Mary Poppins tune “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to handle disinformation.
The spoof was broadly criticized, as was her means to examine actual disinformation — given she infamously doubted the veracity of The Post’s experiences on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer.
Critics of the disinformation bureau declare will probably be used to pry into the lives of personal citizens and have referred to as for it to be defunded.
“Surely, no American administration would ever use the power of government to sit in judgment on the First Amendment speech of its own citizens. Sadly, I was mistaken,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) wrote to DHS final week.
“Rather than protecting our border or the American homeland, you have chosen to make policing Americans’ speech your priority.”
Jankowicz, in her oddball flip as Mary Poppins in the February 2021 video, sang, “Information-laundering is actually fairly ferocious.
“It’s when a huckster takes some lies and makes them sound precocious, by saying them in Congress or a mainstream outlet, so disinformation’s origins are slightly less atrocious,” she stated.
Longtime Republican adviser Karl Rove told Fox News, “What the heck is occurring right here?
“This is an important board. Its job is to help deal with misinformation being fed into America by foreign actors, both state and non-state actors. And they put in charge of it a political hack.”