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DHS Sec. Lied to Congress About Disinformation Board 

DHS Sec. Lied to Congress About Disinformation Board 

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas lied under oath regarding the functioning of the Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) that Republicans moved to terminate in mid-May (read my previous article here).

The DGB, led by a Russian-speaking American author who backed the since-debunked Steele dossier, was established within the DHS to lead the agency’s efforts to combat misinformation online. 

Mayorkas told lawmakers in May that the board “had not yet begun its work” when Republicans moved to vote it out of existence; however, documents given to Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) by a DHS whistleblower suggest the board started to take action as early as September of 2021.

The documents show Mayorkas giving the board a green light in February of 2022 and outline the primary goals of the board, which are different than those Mayorkas described to Congress. 

Mayorkas told lawmakers the board would focus on combating disinformation ‘from foreign state adversaries and cartels, but would not monitor American citizens.’

As stated in the documents provided by the anonymous whistleblower, the board was also responsible for monitoring Americans’ speech regarding “conspiracy theories about the validity and security of elections” and “disinformation related to the origins and effects of COVID-19 vaccines or the efficacy of masks.” 

The DHS had plans to effect a rumor control program within the agency to counter “mis-information, dis-information, and mal-information” and had even scheduled a meeting with Twitter to discuss a potential partnership to police online content. Though it is unclear if the meeting took place, documents show it was scheduled for April 28th, 2022. 

As hinted at in a June 7th letter to Mayorkas from concerned GOP lawmakers, it appears the DGB was designed to censor political opinions not in line with the goals of the Biden Administration. Doing so would be a blatant violation of First Amendment rights comparable only to the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984

“Those criticisms are precisely the opposite of what this small working group within the DHS will do and I think we probably could have done a better job communicating what it does and doesn’t do,” Mayorkas told CNN. “The fact is, that disinformation that creates a threat to the security of the homeland is our responsibility to address and this department has been addressing it for years [and] throughout the years of the prior administration.”

When asked by a reporter whether the DGB would monitor American citizens, Mayorkas said “no” and claimed the board itself had no operational authority or capability.

“What [the board] 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 and addressing this threat for years.”

Sources:

Biden’s Homeland Secretary Lied About Disinformation Board: Whistleblower Documents 

DHS documents

Mayorkas: Disinformation Board Won’t Monitor American Citizens

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10 Comments

  1. Ben

    That’s ok. Bill Clinton got away with lying under oath

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    • Dog

      Need too see some indictments ands prosecutions!!

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  2. Ben

    He got impeached for lying about getting a blow job. Legally. That’s not exactly getting away with it.

    And when asked: “did you get a blow job,” what male amongst us hasn’t responded: “no way.” Think it’s in the manly code, is it not?

    Not that Clinton was being manly, no way, he was hiding a tawdry relationship. But he got impeached for the lie.

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    • Perry

      But not prosecuted for a felony. Monica could suck him off forever and I don’t care. But lying under oath is a felony

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      • Ben

        I am with you; I may not think it’s much of a crime, but throw the book at all the criminals and deal with any potential leniency at the penalty phase, if guilty.

        But, are you really this stupid? Are you a Democrat supplanter on Joe’s board for short-busers? Any moron could hit this softball out of the park…. And apparently, I’m just the moron to give it a shot :>)

        I am ever so glad that you see the lowly crime of lying to the FBI as a mortal sin. You do know that’s the crime they hit you with when they can’t prove the real crime they were targeting? Guess why Trump never goes into deposition. Kiss of death. But, yes, it is a crime and should be punished, we agree. It’s just when it comes to lying to the FBI, I think one can see where lying about a blowjob might be considered less egregious than say lying about talking to adversaries like those from Russia. With that in mind:

        Can you say Michael Flynn, convicted of lying twice to the FBI about discussions with the Ruskies and pardoned by Trump?

        I know you can’t but bear with me: can you say George Papadopoulos (you know I can’t’) guilty of lying to the FBI and pardoned by Donald Trump.

        Another Quixotic task: can you say Alex van der Zwaan convicted of lying to Mueller investigators and pardoned by Turnip.

        Roger Stone, convict, liar, pardoned by the Don

        Chris Collins, liar and big-time securities fraud, pardoned by DT

        And the list goes on and on. I guess your King does not believe that lying matters. Go figure. Personally, I’m with you. Just open your eyes and see who isn’t with you :>)

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        • Dave

          The Russia collusion ship has sailed you idiot. Are the people trump pardoned wasn’t dangerous people that had bombed police stations and government buildings. But your democrats pardoned the hell out of dangerous criminals

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          • Ben

            which ones? I named names. But actually was just looking at the liars.

            Should I look at Trump’s pardons of violent criminals too?
            Cuz we were discussing lying, not Russia or the Floyd protests. Not all Trump’s pardons for liars, noted above, regard Russiagate.
            And this thread is about the DHS disinformation police, so how far afield do you want to go?

            Oh yeah, forgot who I was posting to, let me add: YOU IDIOT. Ah, that’s better.

  3. john fudacz

    is this all this bullshit administration is good for is lieing to the people? they follow their daddy biden the king of lies !

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    • Ben

      Actually, Trump, owner of The Big Lie, is proven as the King of the lie. So, drink Clorox, shine a bright light up your arse, and feel good, living that Trumplicant lie.

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      • Terry

        Ben and his comrades are afraid of Trump. The commie machine might be broken if he is re-elected. Thank God for the red wave so the senile puppet in the White House can’t do as much damage to America. If you democrats are so damned great, why are you losing ground with people who historically were stupid enough to them? But Ben was probably brain damaged at birth

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