The Marxist Biden Administration is weaponizing the government against America citizens to silence them and to make this nation their own.
At a hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill, witnesses testified to the staggering amount of censorship of citizens on social media platforms. Marxists have deliberately ignored our First Amendment rights.
At the end of this short video where I explain what’s going on, we’ve added the outstanding opening statement of John Sauer. You have got to listen to him!
Watch the entire 4 1/2 hour Hearing mentioned in video:
The Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government held a hearing on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. ET. The hearing examined the Missouri v. Biden case challenging the administration’s violation of the First Amendment by directing social media companies to censor and suppress Americans’ free speech.
U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt, Missouri – testimony
“…..The Biden Administration has led the largest speech censorship operation in recent American history. Since taking office, President Biden and his team have labored to suppress viewpoints with which they disagree. And in so doing, they have infringed upon the individual freedoms of millions of Americans……”
Attorney General Jeff Landry, Louisiana – testimony
“….. in our lawsuit we have uncovered a censorship enterprise so vast that it spans over a dozen significant government institutions, including the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of State’s Global Engagement Center (GEC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Publicly, these federal actors have justified their deeds in the name of protecting the public against “misinformation” and “disinformation,” when in fact it is done to suppress disfavored views…..”
D. John Sauer, Special Assistant Attorney General, Louisiana Department of Justice – testimony
“….What we obtained was astonishing, staggering—and horrifying. A veritable army of federal officials pressures, threatens, coerces, colludes with, demands, and deceives social-media platforms to censor online speech. Even worse, federal officials collaborate with private entities and social-media platforms on mass-surveillance and mass censorship projects targeting the speech of ordinary American citizens. . . . . Truth is not the goal of this federal “Censorship Enterprise.” The censors have been proven wrong again and again, including on politically seismic issues……..Federal censorship stifles the voices of ordinary Americans and places the “modern public square” in elite control………”
HEARING BEFORE THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government
March 30, 2023
Opening Statement of D. John Sauer
Imagine a world where White House officials email the New York Times’ editorial board when the paper runs a story criticizing the President, abusing them in profane language and demanding that they immediately pull the offending story from their website—while the President and his spokespeople publicly threaten devastating legal consequences if they don’t comply.
Imagine a world where the FBI meets regularly with all major booksellers in the United States and sends them, each month, an encrypted list of the books that the FBI wants them to pull from their shelves and burn—and the booksellers comply by burning at least half of those books.
Imagine a world where a federal national-security agency teams up with a major research university to establish a mass-surveillance program of ordinary Americans’ political thoughts and opinions, using swarms of analysts and cutting-edge technology to monitor hundreds of millions of domestic communications in real time—and covertly censoring millions of them.
These three scenarios do not come from a hypothetical dystopian future. The first two are very similar to what federal officials are doing with social-media platforms now.
And the third is not hypothetical at all—that mass-surveillance and censorship program started operating in 2020.
Last July, the Plaintiffs in Louisiana and Missouri v. Biden received limited discovery of communications about misinformation and censorship between federal officials and social-media platforms. What we obtained was astonishing, staggering—and horrifying.
A veritable army of federal officials pressures, threatens, coerces, colludes with, demands, and deceives social-media platforms to censor online speech.
Even worse, federal officials collaborate with private entities and social-media platforms on mass-surveillance and mass-censorship projects targeting the speech of ordinary American citizens.
Our evidence shows White House officials badgering social-media platforms in private to censor speech that contradicts the White House’s preferred narratives, while the President publicly accuses them of “killing people” by not censoring ordinary Americans’ speech, and the President’s spokespeople raise the specter of crippling legal consequences if they don’t comply.
These demands for censorship come, according to a Deputy Assistant to the President, from “the highest (and I mean highest) levels of the White House.”
One major platform responds to White House demands by assuring them, “we hear your call to do more,” and scrambling to understand and carry out “what the White House expects of us on misinformation going forward.”
Our evidence shows federal officials routinely “flagging” social-media posts by ordinary Americans for censorship.
It shows federal officials orchestrating elaborate plots of deception to dupe platforms into censoring disfavored speech.
It shows federal officials engaging in seemingly endless meetings with the content-moderation officials of major platforms to discuss “disinformation” and censorship.
It shows federal officials setting up privileged avenues of communication with platforms and serving as privileged “fact-checkers” with effective authority to dictate what Americans can and cannot say on social media.
And it shows federal officials relentlessly pressuring social-media platforms by threatening them with ruinous legal consequences if they do not increase censorship of disfavored speakers and viewpoints.
Truth is not the goal of this federal “Censorship Enterprise.”
The censors have been proven wrong again and again, including on politically seismic issues—such as the origins of COVID-19, the Hunter Biden laptop story, the efficacy of lockdowns, COVID “breakthrough” infections, and natural immunity, among many others.
Each time the censors are proven wrong, the censorship continues unabashed—and expands. That is because now, as at every other time in history, the goal of censorship is not promoting truth, but obtaining, preserving, and expanding political power.
Mass censorship is not necessary to protect Americans’ lives, security, or democracy. Systematically violating the most basic civil right of millions of Americans—our right to freedom of speech—does not make Americans safer or healthier.
Federal censorship stifles the voices of ordinary Americans and places the “modern public square” in elite control.
And freedom of speech does not harm people. On the contrary, censorship inflicts lasting harm on Americans by distorting and impeding the quest for truth in a free marketplace of ideas.
The Supreme Court has described social media as “the modern public square.” Packingham v. North Carolina, 137 S. Ct. 1730, 1737 (2017).
For years, federal officials have perpetrated a hostile takeover of this “modern public square.”
This hostile takeover has largely succeeded.
Congress should take swift action to restore freedom to the most pivotal sector of political and social expression—social media.