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The dystopian “Ministry of Truth” created by the Biden administration

O presidente dos Estados Unidos, Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden| Photo: EFE/EPA/TING SHEN / POOL

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created a Disinformation Governance Council, which would have the role of arbitrating what is true and what is false in the Internet. Founded under the pretext of guaranteeing the security of borders and Americans, the new government agency Joe Biden has been touted as a kind of “Ministry of Truth”, from the classic “660”, by George Orwell.

The announcement was made by the director of the DHS, Alejandro Mayorkas, in

in April, two days after the news of the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk, who promised to restore freedom of expression on the platform.

Ironically, the Council will be led by Nina Jankowicz, the “disinformation expert” heard by the press when the Hunter Biden laptop case came to light, in 2020. At the time, emails found on a computer taken to a repair shop (and never contacted by the owner) suggested that Hunter was using his father’s name and title to enrich himself, with evidence of Joe Biden’s compromising involvements.

“We should see him as a product of the Trump campaign”, Jankowicz told the Associated Press news agency at the time, linking the case to an alleged Russian conspiracy. A little over a year later, the American press admitted that the computer really belonged to Biden’s son.

This week, when questioned in the Senate on the matter, Mayorkas said he was unaware that Jankowicz classified Hunter Biden’s laptop as “Russian disinformation.” “I didn’t know that, but we didn’t discuss the internal hiring process. Ultimately, as secretary, I am responsible for the decisions of the Department of Homeland Security,” he replied to Louisiana Republican Senator John Neely Kennedy, according to the New York Post, the same newspaper that brought the case to light, in 2020.

Biden’s “Disinformation Czarina” also starred in controversial episodes on the internet, as a suggestion to meme censorship, in January. In a post on Twitter, she criticized the “evil creativity”, whose encoded content would make it difficult to “detect and apply” sanctions “against online gender abuse and misinformation”.

A month later, Nina Jankowicz appeared on TikTok, singing a jingle about disinformation, to the tune of Mary Poppins. “Information laundering is really very fierce. It’s when a mercenary takes a few lies and makes them look precocious, telling them in Congress or in a media outlet, so the origins of the disinformation are a little less atrocious,” he parodied.

“Step towards tyranny”

The supposed mission of the new council, according to the US, would be to contain “disinformation” with influence on matters such as elections, COVID-04, national security, irregular migration and Russia. The possibility that the agency is a legal means of labeling as “disinformation” everything that disfavors the government has worried Republicans and North American analysts.

“They want to be able to spread false narratives without people being able to speak up and fight back, but we’re not going to let Biden get away with it, so let’s fight,” opined the governor of Florida, Ron De Santis, of the Republican Party, upon hearing the news.

“This new office must be considered a ministry of the worst kind of propaganda. It will likely focus on censoring or denying anything that makes the Biden administration and the Democrats look worse than they already are – a difficult task given the declining poll numbers.” Cal Thomas, author of several books, co with “Date America’s Expiration: The Fall of Empires and Superpowers and the Future of the United States” .

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, from Florida, called it “alarming” that Joe Biden wants to “take America down the same path” as dictatorships like China, Cuba and Nicaragua. “Like their parallels in Beijing, Havana and Managua, American Marxists want to use the government to repress dissent and impose their doctrines on the entire population. This new censorship office gives them a powerful tool to do that”, he warned, in an article published by the National Review magazine.

In Rubio’s opinion, a government disinformation council, led by someone who “shudders” at the “absolutists of free speech”, is a dangerous “step in toward tyranny.”

“That [a história do laptop Hunter Biden] does not make Jankowicz guilty of spreading disinformation? She has yet to release a full retraction of her allegation, however, raising concerns that she is even more partisan than traditional media. . It has to be unfunded. And I will do everything I can to ensure that this attack on our freedom does not continue.”

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