Fighting disinformation always involves censorship. Big Tech companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google only allow speech adhering to the standard. Making things worse is the Biden administration's establishment of the Disinformation Governance Board (DGB), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
"[This] suggests that people who dissent from the government line are going to be treated as terrorists. The Left, for many years, has been saying that speech [dissenting] from their agenda is tantamount to violence. They're now saying that to protect people who are vulnerable to this violence, we have to have the DGB," Spencer told Ohio-based lawyer Tom Renz during the May 3 episode of "Lawfare with Tom Renz" on Brighteon.TV. (Related: New DHS "Disinformation" unit is designed to spread the government’s disinformation while criminalizing TRUTH.)
Spencer added that White House officials have been inconsistent in outlining the DGB's goal. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the board seeks to "counter misinformation from Russia and the drug cartels." Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki remarked that the board would tackle misinformation related to the 2020 elections – which Mayorkas subsequently echoed.
"Ultimately, the only people who will be able to have a platform will be those who echo everything that the Left says," said Spencer.
Renz put in his two cents about the issue. "There are three pieces to freedom – freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and bodily autonomy. Without any one of these, all others collapse. What [does] free speech mean? To me, it means that you have the freedom to speak and to say what you want to communicate in the way you want. I think that's pretty clear, [and] the words are fairly easy to understand," said Renz.
"It's not enough for [President Joe] Biden that we have all of these private companies censoring free speech. He now wants to throw the First Amendment right into the toilet and have an official government ministry of truth. That works great for all the communist countries and they all love it, so it really fits well with Biden."
According to Spencer, the Washington D.C. is ill-equipped to fight against real terrorists and is more concerned about white supremacists.
"The Biden administration is not prepared in the slightest degree, because not only [has it] opened the southern border, but [it has] also denied that there is any Islamic terrorism," Spencer said. "You don't see white supremacist cells blowing things up and flying planes into buildings. The white supremacists they're talking about, Tom, are you and me. In other words – ordinary people who are completely law-abiding [and] do not have criminal records, [but] dissent from their line. This DGB is all part of their overall effort to criminalize dissent."
Spencer also shared that he was deemed as a "violent extremist" by the Global Internet Forum on Counter-Terrorism (GIFCT) solely for his extensive work about Islamic terrorism. True enough, a July 2021 report by PJ Media revealed that his website Jihad Watch was classified under "violent extremism" alongside the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys.
The Islamic terrorism expert said GIFCT is underwritten by several Big Tech giants such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter.
"I actually had a lawyer challenge the GIFCT [by writing it] a letter [to] cease and desist. They wrote back, saying 'Are you kidding? This guy's a violent extremist. Look at his website: He's got 'Muslims blow this up,' 'Muslims shoot these people' and all this violence," Spencer related.
"No, I've never been violent. I don't have a criminal record, [and] I have never shot anyone. I don't call for [and] don't approve of violence. [But based on this,] reporting about what does not fit the establishment media narrative is now violence in itself. The jihad is still there [and] Jihad Watch is still reporting on it. But the elites don't want you to know that there's a jihad, and so they have done a great deal to silence it."
Spencer ultimately remarked that the GIFCT's campaign against him, and the DGB's future plans for dissenters, is a "very skillfully executed and carefully organized program to make sure that the voices that dissent from the establishment agenda are discredited, marginalized and silenced."
The Brighteon.TV host agreed, saying: "It's an interesting thing. They paint people like us as violent extremists then try and censor us, while allowing people who are actually violent extremists to be violent."
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