Journalist Michael Shellenberger, who has done an immense service to the nation with his work on the “Twitter Files” showing the federal government’s involvement in the “Censorship Industrial Complex,” said that things are even worse than he first believed.
The intrepid reporter appeared on Friday’s edition of “America’s Newsroom” on the day after he provided testimony before the House Weaponization of the Federal Government subcommittee, further elaborating on the Orwellian manipulation of the digital public square by the feds and their Big Tech partners.
Perhaps most chilling was his revelation of the use of military-grade psychological operations conducted against Americans, leading to Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer questioning him about what he meant when he told lawmakers that it was worse than he originally thought.
(Video: Fox News)
“Well, it’s worse in the sense that the censorship was just one part of what we saw happening, both by U.K. and U.S. so-called former military contractors, but also currently employed, including some of those working for the Navy in 2020 when they created something called the Cyber Threat Intelligence League, supposedly of volunteers,” Shellenberger said.
“But many of these people were working actively for the Department of Homeland Security. We also saw people from the FBI working with social media companies to censor Americans,” he continued. “But what we discovered was basically a handbook that they had created to use psychological operations and disinformation tactics against the American people.”
“These are tactics that have been developed abroad by the U.S. military and U.S. allies. So to see them turn against the American people really in reaction to the Trump election in 2016,” the reporter said. “There was a sense in which Trump was elected because of social media and these individuals, potentially with support directly from the government, were engaged in using these tactics in order to change the conversation online and engage in mass censorship, which is what we saw with the Twitter Files, the Facebook Files, and of course, is now part of the Missouri v. Biden case that’s headed to the Supreme Court.”
“One’s commitment to free speech means nothing if it does not extend to your political enemies.”@Shellenberger details how the federal government worked with social media platforms to censor conservative speech in his opening statement at today’s hearing. pic.twitter.com/FOqYyi6rYc
— Weaponization Committee (@Weaponization) November 30, 2023
“Nine months ago, I testified and provided evidence to the subcommittee about the existence of a ‘Censorship Industrial Complex,’ a network of government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, government contractors, and Big Tech media platform that conspired to censor ordinary Americans and elected officials alike for holding disfavored views. I regret to inform the subcommittee today that the scope, power, and lawbreaking of the Censorship Industrial Complex are even worse than we had realized back in March,” Shellenberger said in his opening statement to the committee on Thursday.
The “Twitter Files” co-author and his colleagues just published the first batch of files from the Cyber Threat Intelligence League (CTIL) showing U.S. and British military contractors conducting “sophisticated psychological operations and disinformation tactics developed abroad against the American people.”
THE CTIL FILES #1
Many people insist that governments aren’t involved in censorship, but they are. And now, a whistleblower has come forward with an explosive new trove of documents, rivaling or exceeding the Twitter Files and Facebook Files in scale and importance. pic.twitter.com/tqgSQjPIuT
— Michael Shellenberger (@shellenberger) November 28, 2023
“The CTIL Files are a breakthrough because they allow us to see inside of the Censorship Industrial Complex from the perspective of the Deep State,” Shellenberger wrote on X. “The CTIL Files are also an indictment of the news media, which participated in CTIL’s disinformation efforts.”
“I encourage Congress to defund and dismantle the government organizations involved in censorship,” he told the committee.
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