This is Authoritarianism
Everything that the Democrats do is "bent!"
On Friday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision in Missouri v. Biden that came down from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in July that prohibits federal government officials from contacting social media companies. Basically, the White House, the Surgeon General, the CDC, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the State Department, and especially the FBI, were all involved in censoring anybody or anything that was posting information on social media that ran against "The Narrative."
Just so you know what we're talking about, check out this email posted on Twitter to Herr. Dr. Fauci from Dr. Francis Collins, a "senior investigator," at the Center for Precision Health Research, who wants to place an order..
This is one of those judicial court rulings that needs to be bookmarked because the judicial panel outlines exactly what the Biden administration officials did, in their blatant violations of the First Amendment.
"The officials have engaged in a broad pressure campaign designed to coerce social-media companies into suppressing speakers, viewpoints, and content disfavored by the government," a three-judge panel wrote. "The harms that radiate from such conduct extend far beyond just the Plaintiffs; it impacts every social-media user."
The order limits the scale of the injunction. The previous ruling included the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services. Friday's order applies only to the White House, the Surgeon General, the Center for Disease Control and especially the FBI, which had actually set up offices in the Twitter building..
A policy of violating the 1st Amendment
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals clearly outlined how the Biden administration violated the 1st Amendment by forcing and coercing social media and others to ban speech, block opinion, and censor information that key individuals in the Biden administration determined was against the interests of the coup.
Per their operations, the FBI monitored the platforms’ moderation policies, and asked for detailed assessments during their regular meetings. The platforms apparently changed their moderation policies in response to the FBI’s debriefs. For example, some platforms changed their “terms of service” to be able to tackle content that was tied to hacking operations.
But, the FBI’s activities were not limited to purely foreign threats. In the build up to federal elections, the FBI set up “command” posts that would flag concerning content and relay developments to the platforms. In those operations, the officials also targeted domestically sourced “disinformation” like posts that stated incorrect poll hours or mail-in voting procedures. Apparently, the FBI’s flagging operations across-the-board led to posts being taken down 50% of the time.
Finally, we briefly discuss the remaining offices, namely the NIAID, CISA, and the State Department. Generally speaking, the NIAID did not have regular contact with the platforms or flag content. Instead, NIAID officials were -- as evidenced by internal emails -- concerned with “taking down” (i.e., discrediting) opposing scientific or policy views. On that front, Director Anthony Fauci publicly spoke in favor of certain ideas (e.g., COVID lockdowns) and against others (e.g., the lab-leak theory). In doing so, NIAID officials appeared on podcasts and livestreams on some of the platforms. Apparently, the platforms subsequently demoted posts that echoed or supported the discredited views.
CISA and the State Department, on the other hand, both communicated directly with the platforms. The State Department hosted meetings that were meant to “facilitate communication” with the platforms. In those meetings, they educated the platforms on the “tools and techniques” that “malign” or “foreign propaganda actors” (e.g., terrorist Case: 23-30445 Document: 238-1 Page: 13 Date Filed: 09/08/2023 No. 23-30445 14 groups, China) were using to spread misinformation. Generally, the State Department officials did not flag content, suggest policy changes, or reciprocally receive data during those meetings. CISA, however, did flag content. Beyond holding regular industry meetings with the platforms, CISA officials engaged in “switchboarding” operations, meaning they acted as an intermediary for a third-party group by forwarding flagged content from them to the platforms. For example, during a federal election, CISA officials would receive “something on social media that [local election officials] deemed to be disinformation aimed at their jurisdiction” and, in turn, CISA would “share [that] with the appropriate social media compan[y].” In switchboarding, CISA officials worked alongside the Center for Internet Security and the Election Integrity Project, two private organizations. The officials’ actions apparently led to content being removed or demoted by the recipient platforms.
The panel decision modified the injunction against federal officials to now read:
Defendants, and their employees and agents, shall take no actions, formal or informal, directly or indirectly, to coerce or significantly encourage social-media companies to remove, delete, suppress, or reduce, including through altering their algorithms, posted social-media content containing protected free speech. That includes, but is not limited to, compelling the platforms to act, such as by intimating that some form of punishment will follow a failure to comply with any request, or supervising, directing, or otherwise meaningfully controlling the social-media companies’ decision-making processes.
At the government’s request, the Fifth Circuit stayed the order for ten days to give the government time to petition for a writ of certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court. Almost like bait, the Fifth Circuit is seemingly hoping the insufferable and ideological lawfare operatives in the DoJ will take this decision higher.
The success of the coup requires control of The Narrative
On his first full day in office, Joe Biden did three key things that has turned America upside-down:
2. Also on the first day, Biden gave his national security team one hundred days to produce a plan for waging war against his political enemies and anyone opposed to Step 1.
3. He authorized the machinery of government to control of the national conversation -- The Narrative. Early on, Biden's people actually tried to establish a "Truth Bureau" to control the national conversation, but that turned out to be a bridge too far.
In order for the first two to stick, Biden's controllers must continue to dominate The Narrative, so, you know that first thing Monday morning Jake Sullivan and his people will be brain-storming how they will adapt to this ruling.
A Democrats first thought is never how to comply with a law or a court, but how he can subvert that law or that court. It's instinctive. They know no other way.
Bent is forever!
Just look at the sneaky, lying, underhanded, and even illegal behavior of Democrats in the last few years.
During the Trump years, the entire Democratic Party machine participated in and covered up Russiagate, which included the Steele Dossier, Trump-Russian collusion, Crossfire Hurricane, FISAGate, and The Trump Tower Meeting -- and they all knew it was a hoax -- especially the Director of the FBI. The FBI was Russiagate's "Inside Man."
In the runup to the 2020 election, the FBI covered up the Hunter Biden laptop story, while 51 former heads of various intelligence agencies told the American People the contents of the laptop was "Russian disinformation, and Joe Biden lied and lied and lied about his family's side business..
Under Biden, we have the Twitter Files. There was January 6th and the "Insurrection." There was the NSBA conspiracy, the War on MAGA, the War on Christians, the raids, the impeachments and the indictments.
It's all connected and has two goals. The first, Obama's goal, is to fundamentally transform the United States of America. That goal is set in concrete. It can not be amended. The second goal is a "nice to have" but not a requirement, and that's to keep Joe Biden out of Leavenworth.
The other team just doesn't have the guns
The House Judiciary Committee Chairman is trying to do something about all this, but they're blocked at every level, by the DoJ's 10,000+ attorneys, and by every legal dodge available -- and they have a million of them. Mostly, administration officers just refuse to answer congressional inquiries.
Jim Jordan (R-OH) subpoenaed the DoJ and FBI for documents involving the moderation, suppression, or removal of content on private companies' platforms. He gave them a deadline of the 15th to deliver the material with no guarantee they'll even read the subpoena.
So far, the committee has received "only a single document," which Jordan described as "woefully inadequate." So, that's where. we are.
These Democrats are not like your parent's Democrats.