Who’s Behind the Government’s Censorship Apparatus?

Part 1: Outsourced Censorship Agents Doing the Bidding of Cellar Dwellers

Energy production is not the only thing the Biden Administration outsourced to the detriment of the American people. While we generally focus on Cellar Dwellers appointed by the President to fill out the senior ranks of the Executive Branch, the censorship apparatus stretches far outside the government and key participants deserve special attention as well. This is the first in a series of pieces highlighting those driving the taxpayer-funded censorship machine.  We start with people who are acting as agents of the U.S. government using Orwellian euphemisms and tactics to trample constitutional rights and quash politically damaging news stories or narratives from gaining steam.

The extensive apparatus of censorship being unearthed by fellow watchdogs is stunning and likely a subject of intense congressional scrutiny in the years to come. Thus, in keeping with our mission of educating the public on officials tied to the government who are driving America into a ditch or, in this case, preventing Americans from seeing the ditch or the reckless driving, we present five key individuals the government is using  to outsource their censorship agenda.

  1. Kate StarbirdDirector of the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public (CIP) and current head of CISA’s subcommittee titled “Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Misinformation & Disinformation.” Starbird is quite familiar with spreading disinformation having peddled the discredited, disinformation-driven Russia collusion.  Notably, DHS tapped her to censor social media discussion of the 2020 election, where she targeted “domestic, authentic” accounts run by “everyday people” questioning election integrity.  All of her top targets were conservative accounts, and her lab was awarded $2.25M by the Biden Administration for “misinformation” research months after the 2020 election.
  2. Alex StamosDirector of Stanford Internet Observatory. A former Chief Security Officer for Facebook, Stamos’s expressed goal is to end the era of the free and open Internet where citizens can freely speak their minds and move toward a controlled “cable news network” model where socially impactful views must first be authorized by a gatekeeper.
  3. Renee DiResta Research manager at Stanford Internet Observatory. In an astounding example of jaw-dropping chutzpah, DiResta’s previous firm, New Knowledge, clandestinely created thousands of fake “Russian bots” on Twitter and Facebook.  They used  a virtual private network (VPN) to simulate a Russian IP address to generate the accounts.  Then they mass-subscribed them to Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign in the hotly contested 2017 Alabama special election. The inauthentic Russian bot activity that DiResta’s firm generated was forensically detected by Facebook. This led to the CEO of DiResta’s firm, and four other associates, being banned on Facebook.  According to the New York Times, after Moore lost the election, DiResta’s firm bragged in an internal report: “We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.
  4. Emerson BrookingResident Senior Fellow at the Digital Forensics Lab at the Atlantic Council. The Atlantic Council received funding from Burisma in 2017.  Burisma is the Ukrainian energy company at the center of corruption for paying the President’s son, Hunter Biden, about $11 million from 2013-2018 for what appears to be political access to his father. Virtually every senior figure at CISA and across the election-focused censorship entities have directly participated in Atlantic Council events, tying the networks together personally and professionally.
  5. Graham BrookieHead of Digital Forensics Lab at the Atlantic Council. Brookie served in the Obama White House on the National Security Council. Brookie also held a number of government roles at the interaction of national security, foreign policy, and homeland security. In addition to SIO and CIP, the Atlantic Council is one of the leading partners of the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), which has been exposed as the main platform used by DHS to censor discussion of voter fraud and election integrity concerns during and after the 2020 election. EIP is gearing up be even more active in the 2022 midterm elections.

Stay tuned for further transparency about agents of the U.S. government working hard to keep your unacceptable opinions or “out of context” facts from being heard by your fellow citizens.