May 12, 2022
Conservatives who oppose the controversial Disinformation Governance Board doubt the Biden administration’s claims that it is narrowly focused on foreign threats and not censorship, saying the board would then be housed by a different federal agency.
The Biden administration says the Department of Homeland Security’s new disinformation board is focused on noncontroversial foreign threats that both parties agree should be combated, but conservatives are fiercely skeptical.
Republicans see the board as a vessel for the government to determine what information is considered true and false and thereby censor conservative speech.
Some top House Republicans are even eager to threaten a government shutdown to nix the board if necessary.
Conservatives say that if the board was genuinely focused on disinformation that directly threatens the security of the United States, including disinformation spread by foreign states such as Russia, China, and Iran or other adversaries, then the board would not be housed by Homeland Security.
“They could’ve put this board in the CIA or the State Department or [the Defense Department] if it was really foreign threat focused,” said Mike Davis, president of the Internet Accountability Project, a conservative tech advocacy group.
“The DHS is known for being domestic focused, and they put it there because no one else wanted it. And Secretary Mayorkas is a partisan who secretly wants to do the Democrats’ bidding,” said Davis, the former chief counsel for nominations to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
Davis added that people don’t need “Big Tech or big government” to protect them from disinformation.
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