Monday, April 10, 2023

Weaponization Hearing Finds At Least 20 White House Employees Involved in Tech Censorship; Biden Admin Led Massive 'speech censorship operation,' Former State AG Will Testify

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Weaponization hearing finds at least 20 White House employees involved in tech censorship:
Louisiana’s attorney general called Thursday for federal employees to be fired, lose their retirement benefits and face civil lawsuits if they are found to have pressured technology companies to censor opposing viewpoints.
Jeff Landry made his suggestion to Congress during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee investigating “weaponization” of the federal government. He detailed what he labeled a “vast censorship enterprise” that ran deep into the Biden administration.
He and Sen. Eric Schmitt, Missouri Republican, said documents they obtained in a lawsuit reveal that the FBI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Census Bureau, Dr. Anthony Fauci and multiple people at the White House took steps to pressure tech companies to shut down narratives with which they disagreed on the Hunter Biden laptop or the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Please remove this immediately,” one White House employee demanded of Twitter. Another time, the employee chided Facebook for “making our country’s vaccine hesitancy problem worse.”
The flow of requests was so extensive that Twitter proposed “a streamlined process” so it could prioritize them.
“In a given day last week, for example, we had more than four different people within the White House reaching out for issues,” Twitter said, according to documents from the case.
Mr. Schmitt accused President Biden and his administration of seeming to “lust for its own ministry of truth.”
“The Biden administration has led the largest speech censorship operation in American history,” said Mr. Schmitt, who before being sworn in as a senator this year was Missouri’s attorney general and pursued the lawsuit with Mr. Landry. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden admin led massive 'speech censorship operation,' former state AG will testify:
AG's lawsuit alleges coordination led to the censorship of truthful information on social media
The Biden administration has led "the largest speech censorship operation in recent history" by working with social media companies to suppress and censor information later acknowledged as truthful," former Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt will tell the House Weaponization Committee Thursday.
Schmitt, now a Republican senator from Missouri, is expected to testify alongside Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and former Missouri deputy attorney general for special litigation, D. John Sauer.
The three witnesses will discuss the findings of their federal government censorship lawsuit, Louisiana and Missouri v. Biden et al—which they filed in May 2022 and which they describe as "the most important free speech lawsuit of this generation."
The testimony comes after Missouri and Louisiana filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration, alleging that President Biden and members of his team "colluded with social media giants Meta, Twitter, and YouTube to censor free speech in the name of combating so-called ‘disinformation’ and ‘misinformation.’"
The lawsuit alleges that coordination led to the suppression and censorship of truthful information "on a scale never before seen" using examples of the COVID lab-leak theory, information about COVID vaccinations, Hunter Biden’s laptop, and more. --->READ MORE HERE
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