DHS disinformation board paused after blowback

By Casey Harper | The Center Square

President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security “Disinformation Governance Board” has been put on hold after quickly falling into controversy, according to media reports.

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported a pause for the board, which DHS head Alejandro Mayorkas announced at a Congressional hearing last month.

Mayorkas told lawmakers the board would use federal law enforcement power to address disinformation. He gave the examples of bad information given to migrants as well as Russian disinformation.

“The goal is to bring the resources of (DHS) together to address this threat,” he said before Congress in April.

Soon after, videos emerged online showing the woman tapped to lead the board, Nina Jankowicz, making a series of controversial comments. News outlets reported her resignation Wednesday.

Critics also raised concerns about how such a board could be used to silence free speech. Several lawmakers took issue with the board.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., posted a video on Twitter saying the “Soviet-style censorship agency” is evidence “the Marxist left are coming after your most basic constitutional rights.

“A lot of people don’t know this, but the Department of Homeland Security just set up a new office that’s going to be a speech police,” Rubio said after the board was announced. “They’re basically going to be focused on misinformation … so instead of the Department of Homeland Security focused on stopping drugs from coming into America or securing the border, stopping illegal immigration, they’re not going to be focused on that. They’re focused on policing speech, on making sure that people cannot share information or say things that they decide is misinformation.”

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6 thoughts on “DHS disinformation board paused after blowback

  1. on the heels of this is the May 22 vote to allow the WHO to make GLOBAL “emergency” decisions that override our constitution (and all countries constitutions/laws for that matter).Who decides what an emergency is? What will the W.H.O. Demand? Lockdowns, quarantines, food lines for the vaxxed only? Our 1st amendment rights will be an echo compared to this proposed global law…the new “Global dis-information board”

  2. Don’t blink, this will be resurrected in another fashion, these leftists don’t care or
    want what’s in our Constitution, they want to shut you up !!

    Mayorkas is a babbling fool, just a puppet ……………….and ignorant !!

    • “Mayorkas is a ”
      and a liar like his boss and the rest of this illegitimate administration.

  3. The traitor Mayorkas should be fired. Blurting out that statement during a hearing just goes to show that he is dumber than anyone thought possible. There has to be a more descriptive phrase than “tone-deaf”

  4. Hopefully this is the last we’ll see of “Scary Popkins”!!! “Dumb-diddle-ittl-dumb-diddle-I”.

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