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House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, (R-OH), unveiled an explosive report that alleges the federal government conspired with universities and Big Tech to silence some of the most prominent conservative voices in the nation.
Jordan announced Monday the federal government, disinformation “experts” at universities, Big Tech, and others worked together through the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) to monitor and censor Americans’ speech during the 2020 election.
Among those targeted for censorship were President Donald Trump, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, conservative commentators Candace Owens, Charlie Kirk, Michelle Malkin and Mollie Hemingway, and “an untold number of everyday Americans of all political affiliations.”
“The federal government and universities pressured social media companies to censor true information, jokes, and political opinions,” read an interim staff report released Monday by the House Judiciary Committee.
Newsmax, one of the nation’s fastest-growing conservative television networks was also targeted.
“This pressure was largely directed in a way that benefited one side of the political aisle: true information posted by Republicans and conservatives was labeled as ‘misinformation’ while false information posted by Democrats and liberals was largely unreported and untouched by the censors.”
Among the targets was Newsmax, according to a summary of the report, titled ‘The Weaponization of ‘Disinformation’ Pseudo-experts and Bureaucrats: How the Federal Government Partnered with Universities to Censor Americans’ Free Speech.”
The report revealed how the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Global Engagement Center (GEC) within the State Department coordinated with Stanford University and other entities to create the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) to censor Americans’ speech in the lead-up to the election.
It outlines how the EIP was created in the summer of 2020 to provide a way for the federal government “to launder its censorship activities in hopes of bypassing the First Amendment and public scrutiny.”
“The EIP targeted Americans across the political spectrum, but especially conservatives,” according to the report’s summary.
The House committee found that EIP, using Stanford, encouraged social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, now known as X, to declare conservative news as “misinformation.”
One of EIP’s founding partners – the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab – described CISA’s central role in the alleged censorship effort in a July 31, 2020, email posted on X by Jordan.
“I know the Council has a number of efforts on broad policy around the elections, but we just set up an election integrity partnership at the request of DHS/CISA and are in weekly comms to debrief about disinfo,” Graham Brookie, the lab’s senior director, wrote.
In the post on X, Jordan wrote, “according to one EIP member, the EIP was created ‘at the request of CISA.’ The head of the EIP also said that EIP was created after ‘working on some monitoring ideas with CISA.’ “