Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed on Sunday that his agency’s Orwellian “Disinformation Governance Council” would not monitor American citizens.
But Mayorkas admitted the administration could have done a better job communicating about the council’s operation, noting that it will look into misinformation from Russia, China and the cartels that smuggle people and drugs to people. United States when perceived as a threat to national security. . Critics blasted the council as a way for the federal government to restrict free speech.
CNN Dana Bash bluntly asked Mayorkas if US citizens would fall under DHS scrutiny thanks to the creation of the council.
“I still don’t know how this governance council will act and what it will do,” she told the Homeland Security boss.
Mayorkas replied, “So what it does is it works to ensure that the way we address threats, the connectivity between threats and acts of violence, is addressed without infringing on freedom of expression , the protection of civil rights and civil liberties, the right to privacy.”
Bash insisted, “Will US citizens be monitored?
Mayorkas replied: “No, the council has no operational authority or capacity.
“What it will do is bring together best practices for dealing with the threat of disinformation from adversaries of foreign cartel states and disseminate those best practices to operators who have been working to combat this threat for years. “
He also vouched for Nina Jankowicz, who was chosen to lead the board, as “eminently qualified”.
A bizarre TikTok video surfaced last week of Jankowicz using the Mary Poppins song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to fight misinformation.
The parody was widely criticized, as was its ability to investigate genuine misinformation – given that it notoriously doubted the veracity of the Post’s reports about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Asked by “Fox News Sunday” host Bret Baier if Jankowicz is objective enough to lead the board, Mayorkas said he believes him.
“I do not question his objectivity. There are people in the department who have a wide range of views and they are incredibly dedicated to the mission. We are not the opinion police,” he told Baier.
Critics of the disinformation bureau say it will be used to interfere in the lives of private citizens and have called for its funding.
“Surely, no American administration would ever use the power of government to pass judgment on the First Amendment speech of its own citizens. Unfortunately, I was wrong,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) wrote to DHS last week.
“Rather than protecting our border or the American homeland, you have chosen to make policing Americans’ speech your priority.”
Jankowicz, in his bizarre turn of Mary Poppins in the February 2021 videosang: “The laundering of information is really quite fierce.
“It’s when a peddler takes lies and makes them seem precocious, telling them in Congress or in mainstream media, so the origins of misinformation are slightly less atrocious,” she said.
Long-time Republican adviser Karl Rove told Fox News“But what is going on here?
“This is important advice. His job is to help confront disinformation brought to America by foreign actors, both state and non-state. And they put it in charge of a political hack.