Homeland Security head Alejandro Mayorkas took to television Sunday to allege that the new disinformation board will not go after free speech, even of the “offensive” variety. Rather, he explained, it is targeting dangerous misinformation from cartels and violent groups.
It only took the spin doctors four days to develop a list of talking points defending the Disinformation Governance Board.
Speaking to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Wednesday, the DHS head said the department is trying to head off the spread of disinformation. He noted the specific goal of stopping this disinformation going into minority communities ahead of the November midterms.
But then on Sunday, he claimed the board is to target “disinformation that presents a security threat to the homeland” originating in Russia, China, Iran, and cartels. How exactly does information from these sources affect the aforementioned minority communities ahead of the next election?
In several weekend interviews, Mayorkas lamented that the DHS “could have done a better job” in detailing exactly what the disinformation board is set up to do. As an example, he explained that individuals have a free speech right to utter anti-Semitic diatribes but not to “take hostages in a synagogue.”
A valid point, but how does that fit into fighting online “disinformation?” DHS is already charged with “homeland security,” and that certainly includes protecting places of worship from terrorist attacks.
Another example cited by Mayorkas is bad information telling Haitian communities that the border is open. Also a valid point, and this one cleverly ties into conservatives’ goal of border security. Still, where’s the connection to Wednesday’s congressional testimony linking the disinformation board to minority communities and the November elections?
Mayorkas referred to the Disinformation Governance Board several times as “a small working group.” He also assured a CNN interviewer that U.S. citizens will not be monitored.
There’s a list of reasons a mile long why American citizens do not trust the federal government’s spin doctors. Remember “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it?” Politifact awarded that Obama gem the 2013 Lie of the Year award. We now have an early frontrunner for 2022.