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The DHS “Ministry of Truth” is Paused, Jankowicz to Resign?

The government paused the DHS Ministry of Truth for 75 days (aka “Disinformation Governance Board”) and the head of it, Nina Jankowicz, is writing her letter of resignation. Maybe. Unfortunately, the underlying agenda is the same, and the Biden administration is still defending Jankowicz regardless of her social media statements. The government is still telling her to stick around.

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary, told reporters that “neither Nina Jankowicz, nor the board, have anything to do with the censorship or removing content from anywhere.” She also claimed that the board was “mischaracterized” by Republicans. One other administration deputy press secretary, Andrew Bates, used the term “bad right wing actors.” Which in and of itself shows that the Biden administration is stretching the truth in order to blame others.

“The board has never convened. Yes, the board is pausing in the sense that it will not convene while former Secretary [Michael] Chertoff and former Deputy AG [Jamie] Gorelick do their assessment, but the department’s work across several administrations to address disinformation that threatens the security of our country is critical and that will indeed continue…It’s function was to keep Homeland Security officials aware of how bad actors — including human smugglers, transnational criminal organization[s], and foreign adversaries — could use disinformation to advance their goals.”

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Why did DHS name the board “Disinformation Governance Board” and brag about online disinformation? They had to know it wouldn’t float well. The way it was proposed it came off as the DHS Ministry of Truth.

Republicans made statements about the pause, but with this administration, the statements may be premature, especially since it is only being paused for 75 days. Mayorkas himself told Congress that the board was formed to combat “online misinformation.” Which set off a much-deserved firestorm, even to causing 20 State Attorneys General to threaten legal action against the DHS.

“The suspension of the DHS Disinformation Governance Board is by far the best decision that’s been made when it comes to this Orwellian entity. From its initially botched rollout, the ‘Ministry of Truth’ lacked a defined mission or even direction. It was clear it was a political tool to be wielded by the party in control.

This board was only successful in reinforcing that the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities are severely misplaced. When the border crisis is worsening daily, cyber-attacks from adversaries are threatening to cripple our critical infrastructure, the rise in violent crime is putting Americans across the country in danger, and disrupted supply chains are having devastating impacts on Americans, DHS is focused on policing Americans’ free speech.”

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in a joint statement to Fox

As the government tries to misdirect us all, keep in mind that this is only temporary, and Nina Jankowicz may only be writing her letter of resignation as an exercise for her fingers.

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H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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