DHS Secretary Mayorkas Is Grilled Over Censoring American Citizens

If you’re tired of censorship and dystopian threats against civil liberties, subscribe to Reclaim The Net. The recent House Judiciary Committee on July 27 saw a heated confrontation centered on censorship complaints against Big Tech, with particular emphasis on perceived incursions on rights to free speech. The remarks came from Rep. Mike Johnson (R-AL) as he confronted DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, addressing concerns regarding repeated instances of government-led censorship primarily targeting conservative views on several Big Tech platforms. The crux of the dispute arose when Johnson questioned Mayorkas’ stance on alleged “misinformation” online. He challenged the DHS Secretary’s viewpoint, arguing that it could lead to chilling effects on constitutionally guaranteed free speech. “Who determines what’s inaccurate? Who determines what’s false? Do you understand the problem here?” posed Johnson. Such was the gravity felt by Johnson on the issue, that he saw the need of reminding Mayorkas about the fundamental significance of the First Amendment to United States democracy — an implication, perhaps, that these basic rights should be maintained regardless of the changing digital landscape. In response to Johnson’s fiery line of questioning, Mayorkas adamantly defended his agency’s actions, stating, “What we do is, we disclose the tactics that adverse nation-states are utilizing to weaponize misinformation.” His claim, however, directly contradicted factual evidence outlined in the Missouri v. Biden case by Attorneys General Andrew Bailey of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana which found that government agencies continually caused the censorship of US citizens. Johnson critiqued this claim by highlighting…DHS Secretary Mayorkas Is Grilled Over Censoring American Citizens