Biden’s Censorship Machine: How the State Department Bureaucracy is Silencing Your Speech

The Twitter Files hearing by the House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government exposed the domestic ‘information curation’ apparatus of what Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger dubbed the “censorship-industrial complex” and “digital McCarthyism” (or as I prefer to call it the censorship-technological nexus). Now, there are concerns being raised by House Republicans that a similar insidious institution is run by the United States Department of State. In particular, the Department of State is accused of funding foreign non-profits that advocate for censoring disinformation, according to Just the News.

Representative Andrew S. Clyde (R-GA) and 11 other Republicans sent a letter to Anthony Blinken, Biden’s Secretary of State, alleging that his department “has provided substantial funding to a dark money British organization [the Global Disinformation Index or GDI] committed to defunding and shutting down certain websites for alleged ‘disinformation.'” The letter noted that “GDI received roughly $665,000 in Orwellianesque grants from two Department-backed entities, including from the National Endowment for Democracy (“NED”), an organization funded with $300 million in government dollars in 2021 alone, and through the State Department’s Global Engagement Center.”

The letter revealed that this disinformation campaign naturally specially targeted conservative websites as having a high risk of disinformation.


Representative Clyde tweeted that “[i]t’s time for Secretary Blinken to be transparent about the State Department’s involvement and knowledge of the GDI’s dangerous blacklisting and censorship efforts so we can ensure this violation of Americans’ First Amendment freedoms never happens again.”

Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) approved of  Mr. Clyde’s action and words. Mr. Posey tweeted “I hear from constituents almost every day who want to know why the federal government seems to be directly, or by proxy, involved in the censorship of American speech…time to start getting some answers. Thanks for your leadership on this,  @Rep_Clyde.”

Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) also wrote a letter to Anthony Blinken inquiring “(1) how many entities is the State Department currently funding that implicate the free speech rights of American citizens? (2) What is the total amount of taxpayer funds that have sent to third-party organizations that implicate the free speech rights of American citizens? (3) Has the State Department sought or received information sought or received information on the methodology the GDI and DFRLabs [Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab] used to determine which organizations and individuals to place on their lists?”

Mr. Buck tweeted that “Paying foreign (and domestic) entities to perform what is essentially censorship is troubling on two fronts: (1) It wastes taxpayer funds. (2) Undermines constitutional protections for freedom of speech. It should never happen again.”

The censorship-technological nexus, therefore, seems to have both domestic and international tendrils. It is a truly terrifying leviathan of global coordination in censorship that stands in marked contrast to the promises of liberties espoused by the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and letter of the law in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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