Media Ruled by Robust PsyOp Alliance
As noted by Gutentag and Lowenthal:19
“Jira tickets such as these prove that it clearly made considerations about content removal … Evidence of illegal DHS and CISA involvement in censorship is a likely factor behind Stanford’s attempts to characterize its activities as innocent research …
That SIO now feels the need to deny key elements of its work on the Virality Project, and even attempt to evade subpoenas from the House Judiciary Committee, shows that the censors are much weaker now than they were in 2021. Two years ago, the Virality Project could operate both in plain sight and with impunity. Now, its architects are trying to cover their tracks.”
Good News, Bad News
Indeed, the good news is that more and more information is coming out about the U.S. government’s illegal outsourcing of censorship, and with it, legal challenges that throw up blocks against this circumvention of the Constitution.
We’ve also had other victories. In August 2022, the DHS was forced to terminate the Disinformation Governance Board due to public backlash. CISA has also deleted information about domestic censorship work from its website, and has dismantled its Misinformation, Disinformation, and Malinformation (MDM) subcommittee.
The Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government is also continuing its search for truth, and will (hopefully) use whatever power at its disposal to rein in the abuse. Its most recent report, “The Weaponization of ‘Disinformation’ Pseudo-Experts and Bureaucrats: How the Federal Government Partnered with Universities to Censor Americans’ Political Speech”20 was published November 6, 2023.
Unfortunately, we also have a global effort underway to not only normalize but also legalize this kind of third-party censorship. In an August 1, 2023, video (below), Mike Benz21 explained this strategy.
The “Middleware” Plan To Restructure The Censorship Industry
1. Middleware = ‘censorship as a service’ orgs
2. Morphing from top-down to middle-out
3. Regs + middleware = disinfo compliance market pic.twitter.com/lDPqH72HrD
— Mike Benz (@MikeBenzCyber) August 1, 2023
In short, they’re trying to restructure the censorship industry “away from a top-down government-driven model” to a “competitive middleware model” where “content curation” (read censorship) is simply outsourced to third-party organizations.
This way, a “legal” disinformation compliance market is created while government can claim it has nothing to do with the control of information. Basically, what we’re looking at is the emergence of organized corporate censorship. Artificial intelligence is also being employed to “identify and slow the spread of false and harmful content.”22
There’s no clear solution to this threat, other than to continue pushing back against any and all efforts to legalize, standardize and normalize censorship. To vocally object, to refuse using middleware like NewsGuard, and to boycott any company or organization that uses middleware or engages in censorship of any kind.
Sources and References
1, 4, 6 Substack Public April 3, 2023
2 Noema Magazine November 3, 2022
3, 7, 11, 12 Wakeup-World August 31, 2016
5 Foundation for Freedom Online November 9, 2022
9 Gates Foundation Grants to CFR
10 CFR Funding
13, 14, 19 Substack Public November 10, 2023
15 Twitter Matt Taibbi March 17, 2023
16 Substack Public November 7, 2023
17, 20 The Weaponization of “Disinformation” Pseudo-Experts and Bureaucrats, Interim Staff Report, November 6, 2023
18 Jira System Tickets
21 Twitter Mike Benz August 1, 2023
22 Twitter Mike Benz October 19, 2023