Sens Hawley, Grassley Demand Answers on New Whistleblower Documents Exposing DHS Disinformation Board Efforts to Monitor Americans’ Speech

From US Senator Josh Hawley's website:

New whistleblower documents, obtained by U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), expose shocking new details about the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) planned Disinformation Governance Board. The documents reveal that DHS drafted plans for the Disinformation Governance Board as early as September 2021 and explored the possibility of partnerships with Big Tech companies like Twitter to assist in their efforts.

In a new letter to Secretary Mayorkas, Senators Hawley and Grassley call for DHS to release all internal communications related to the Disinformation Governance Board and to clarify why he did not fully explain the Disinformation Governance Board’s role in his testimony before Congress.

“The First Amendment of the Constitution was designed precisely so that the government could not censor opposing viewpoints – even if those viewpoints were false. DHS should not in any way seek to enlist the private sector to curb or silence opposing viewpoints. It is therefore imperative for DHS to provide additional clarity regarding its policies and procedures for identifying and addressing ‘MDM,’ as well as its efforts to ‘operationalize’ public-private partnerships and the steps it is taking to ensure that it does not infringe on the constitutional rights of American citizens,” the senators wrote

Sadly, Orwellian federal executive department ideas and actions are nothing new.

Readers may remember President Obama's electronic tip box "", which was set up to receive information on "fishy" claims about the president's health plan, and "Attack Watch" website, which featured a form to report "attacks" on the president (more commonly known as constitutionally protected criticism or "free speech").