Sen. Cotton: Disinfo Board ‘Only Paused’ Once Americans ‘Found Out’; Gabbard: Beware New Iterations

The DHS decided to suspend its Disinformation Governance Board due to public awareness. However, Democrats may try to reinstate it in another form if Congress doesn’t act, said Senator Tom Cotton (R.Ark.). Wednesday was the warning.

After Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of DHS (Department of Homeland Security), mentioned it during last month’s hearing before the House Subcommittee, there was a lot of outrage against the board. On Wednesday, the White House confirmed that the board has been paused – but, that its work to combat so-called “misinformation” and “disinformation” would still be performed by other (unnamed) DHS entities.

“I’m glad to know that this Orwellian Ministry of Truth is at least paused for the moment, but I think it’s important to realize that it’s only paused because the American people found out about it,” Sen. Cotton said in an appearance on Fox News Channel’s America Reports.

It’s not the job of the government – especially, the Department of Homeland Security – to try censor or label free speech, especially since Democrats often consider anything they disagree with to be either misinformation or disinformation, Cotton said:

“The government has no business refereeing disputes engaged in political campaigns or public debates. If you don’t like someone else’s speech, the solution is more speech. It’s not to use the Department of Homeland Security, for goodness’ sake, to try to censor or label someone’s arguments in the public sphere.

“Now, I think the Democrats often believe that disinformation and misinformation are simply facts that reflect poorly on Joe Biden and the Democrat Party.”

But, even if this board is permanently dismantled, there remains the threat that similar anti-free speech government entities might be created, unless they’re outlawed, Cotton said:

“Congress needs to act in the weeks ahead to ensure that it – and nothing like it – can ever be created again in the future.”

Former Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard issued a similar warning on Thursday, tweeting that Americans need to beware that a new government “Ministry of Truth” might be created, using a different name:

“Freedom requires vigilance. The vigilance of courageous Americans has forced the Biden Admin to ‘pause’ the Ministry of Truth (Disinformation Board). This propaganda arm must be stopped (with a new leader)!)”

When Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary, confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Disinformation Governance Board had been suspended, she repeated her belief that it would still be being operated by DHS.

DHS Sec. Mayorkas did not specify which DHS groups would be continuing to fight what the government considered misinformation or disinformation.

“[T]he department’s work across several administrations to address disinformation that threatens the security of our country is critical, and that will indeed continue.”

“The department’s work across several administrations to address disinformation that threatens the security for our country is critical and will continue, so that work will continue.”


[W]e’re going to pause it, and we’re going to do an assessment, but the work doesn’t stop. We’re still going to continue the work. DHS is still going to continue the work.”

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