In a startling turn of events, the Biden administration discreetly established a new governmental organization shortly after terminating the Disinformation Governance Board, an entity responsible for determining the acceptability of information in the public domain. This clandestine organization bears a striking resemblance to George Orwell’s “Thinkpol” from the renowned dystopian novel, 1984, whose purpose was to identify and punish thoughts considered offensive to the ruling authority.
Unfortunately, this resurgence of thought police has gone largely unnoticed, despite its significant implications for our society. Let’s delve into the details and shed light on this worrisome development.
The Disinformation Governance Board: A Cause for Concern
Last year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board, a poorly named entity entrusted with the coordination and censorship of information available to the public. This revelation ignited widespread outrage, as many recognized the potential threats it posed to constitutional rights and freedom of expression.
In response to the public outcry, the Disinformation Governance Board was swiftly put on hold, just three weeks after its introduction. By August, the Department of Homeland Security declared the termination of the board, seemingly averting a crisis. However, appearances can be deceiving.
The Subtle Resurgence: The Foreign Malign Influence Center
Unbeknownst to many, just a month after the Disinformation Governance Board’s termination, the government quietly launched the Foreign Malign Influence Center (FMIC), which shares a strikingly similar mission to its predecessor. The FMIC had initially been conceptualized in 2019, primarily to address concerns surrounding election interference and Russian misinformation campaigns.
Initially stalled due to substantial disagreements regarding its size and objectives, the FMIC suddenly resurfaced in September of last year. However, news of its establishment remained remarkably obscure until recently. The government employed a classic tactic, discarding the controversial “hot potato” (Disinformation Governance Board) to appease those advocating for freedom and constitutional rights. Subsequently, they reintroduced the concept of thought police under a different name, within a different governmental agency, with minimal public awareness.
The Veiled Collaboration: Governmental Influence Over Tech Giants
Compounding the matter further, the release of the Twitter Files shed light on the extensive and systematic control that various U.S. governmental agencies exert over prominent internet platforms such as Twitter, Alphabet (Google, YouTube), Meta (Facebook, Instagram), and Microsoft (Bing, LinkedIn). This collusion between the government and major tech corporations has resulted in a tyrannical grip on information, perpetuating an environment ripe for censorship and control.
Undoubtedly, this collaboration serves as a convenient cover for the FMIC’s activities, as it continues to operate discreetly under the radar. The ThinkPol may have altered its identity, but its mission remains intact, allowing them to manipulate and dictate the flow of information in ways that threaten our democratic principles.
Conclusion: Vigilance in the Face of Thought Police
The surreptitious resurrection of thought police through the establishment of the FMIC demands our attention and vigilance. We must recognize the potential repercussions of such governmental control over information and actively protect our constitutional rights. By staying informed and engaged, we can ensure that the principles of freedom and open discourse prevail, preventing the stifling of ideas and the erosion of democratic values.
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