DHS defends disinformation unit — RT World News

US Homeland Security chief says task force is exact ‘opposite’ of Orwellian Ministry of Truth

The recently unveiled “Disinformation Governance Council” operating within the Department of Homeland Security has sparked a massive pushback, prompting DHS Chief Alejandro Mayorkas to make multiple appearances on national television in an attempt to clarify operation of this unit.

Many critics, including top Republicans, have called the initiative a repression on freedom of expression, similar to a “Ministry of Truth” straight from the pages of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Mayorkas dismissed that criticism, saying such thought policing is “precisely the opposite of what this small task force within the Department of Homeland Security will do.”

“What it will do is gather 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 implementing to deal with this threat for years. “, he explained, after CNN’s Dana Bash said it was still unclear “how this board of governance will act.”

The DHS chief also repeatedly reassured Americans that the unit had absolutely no intentions, “operational authority” or “aptitude” to spy on American citizens.

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The new body is headed by Nina Jankowicz, whose resume includes advising Ukraine’s foreign ministry and overseeing Russia and Belarus programs at the National Democratic Institute lobby group. Critics also slammed her for dismissing the New York Post’s deleted ‘Hunter’s laptop’ story as a fake. “Russian Influence Operation” only for it to be later verified by mainstream media.

In a separate appearance on ‘Fox News Sunday’, Mayorkas defended Jankowicz’s qualifications and objectivity, calling him “highly qualified” and one “recognized expert in the field of disinformation.”

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.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki also tried to downplay the “anti-disinformation” initiative as an alleged “Continuation of the work that began at the Department of Homeland Security in 2020, under former President Trump.”

The new censorship push was announced on Wednesday, just two days after billionaire Elon Musk struck a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion and pledged to restore free speech on the platform.

Responding to news of Musk’s takeover of Twitter, Jankowicz said: “I shudder to think that if free speech absolutists took control of more platforms, what would that look like for marginalized communities, who already bear disproportionate amounts of this abuse.”

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