Here’s another thing that’s gone to hell in a handbasket under Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas…
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) was initially formed —with overwhelming bi-partisan support —to secure “.gov” domains and to communicate with the private sector regarding critical digital infrastructure. But under Biden, CISA is a different animal.
According to former Trump officials, the Biden Administration has weaponized and perverted CISA to monitor Americans on social media platforms. It’s very likely that the purview planned for the now-defunct Disinformation Governance Board has gone to CISA.
CISA and the FBI have been holding monthly meetings with tech executives at Facebook, Twitter, and more —and they’ve been given special access to flag posts online in an attempt to control the narrative on everything from COVID to Afghanistan, the Intercept reported.
According to The Daily Caller, Chad Wolf, former acting secretary of the DHS, told the Daily Caller that the report “is very concerning” and that “the federal government has no business in monitoring or regulating the protected free speech of Americans.”
“CISA’s mission is an important one but it now appears that they have expanded beyond their original mandate from countering foreign threats to looking at mis- and disinformation here in the U.S. That is a slippery slope and an overreach in my opinion,” Wolf said.
Former acting deputy chief of staff for the DHS under President Trump, Lora Ries agrees with Wolf, telling The Caller the creation of CISA in 2018 was “valid,” the body “should not have been allowed” to judge “the content of information.”
“The problems arose…when CISA staff left their lanes of authority,” Ries says. “What should not have been allowed is CISA entering into the role of judging the content of information, let alone directing others to remove such information based on disfavored content.”
“CISA is supposed to be a collaborative organization, not one to declare whether an election was secure. As such, CISA should point people to their state election officials regarding election information,” Ries added.
Ries says that Biden and Mayorkas’ DHS has “lost sight of the real threats our country faces. It is not domestic terrorism. DHS is not prioritizing protecting Americans from foreign terrorism.”
CISA’s collusion with Big Tech has been exposed —but who will save us? Elon Musk? The Red Wave? Facebook stockholders? It’s clear that the Biden Admin got into bed with Big Tech, what’s less clear is what we should do about it.