In May 2022, the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri filed suit against Joe Biden, Anthony Fauci, and other federal officials for directing Facebook (now Meta), Twitter and other social media giants to censor stories harmful to Democrats under the guise of combating misinformation.
Among the stories that were suppressed at the reported direction of the current administration was the Wuhan lab leak story and the worthlessness of masks. However, the most significant spiked story was one which may have swung the November 2020 Presidential election to Biden.
In October 2020, New York Post exposed the politically damaging (and disgusting) contents of the Hunter Biden laptop. There, the FBI told Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that Hunter’s laptop was “Russian propaganda,” and he dutifully ensured few Facebook users would learn about its contents. Polling has shown that, if the American People had known the truth about the laptop, it could have swung the election to President Trump.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry asserted: “Ripped from the playbook of Stalin and his ilk, the Biden Administration has been colluding with Big Tech to censor free speech and propagandize the masses.”
Just this month, as more evidence about Deep State control of social media has been gathered, the Louisiana-Missouri lawsuit was expanded to name the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice as defendants. Among the FBI officials censoring news were those working in the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force. The techniques that the FBI has developed to combat “Foreign Influence” are now being employed to limit the influence of Americans on how we are ruled by keeping us ignorant about the lies we are regularly told by the Deep State.
Social media has been a dominant form of media only for about the past decade and a half. Before that, the main source of news was the establishment press, and historians have proven that Big Media has been complicit in covering up FBI abuses for almost a century. Much of this story is contained in a book by a Dean at Minnesota State University, Matthew Cecil. His book, Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image, rips the cover off many stories the FBI would rather keep private.
In the 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt issued a secret order “authorizing” J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI to wiretap American citizens without warrants, despite both federal law and Supreme Court decisions banning the practice. FBI agents arrested a dozen citizens in February 1940, some without warrants, breaking down doors in a pre-dawn Detroit raid. The accused were chained, paraded before photographers, and denied access to counsel until minutes before their initial hearing 12 hours later. Civil libertarian critics denounced the FBI’s “third-degree” tactics, and Senator George Norris (D-TN) denounced the FBI for “taking the law into their own hands.”
In late 1939, Hoover admitted to a House subcommittee that the FBI had been wiretapping citizens for nearly a decade. “Once again,” writes Dean Cecil, “Hoover’s FBI had been caught placing itself above the law – squarely in secret police territory….” The liberal New Republic editorialized, “How long will Congress let Hoover run before it calls for a full disclosure of all the FBI lawlessness?”
In order to keep his actions from the attention of the American people, and keep pressure off Congress to investigate the FBI, Hoover relied on a mostly sycophantic press corps. Dean Cecil explains that “[j]ournalists were central to the FBI’s efforts to maintain its central position in American culture and government while legitimizing its existence through news columns produced by ‘objective’ and authoritative reporters.” Hoover’s “supporters in the media published dozens of favorable editorials and columns in the months that followed,” the author reports, further stating, “Hoover leveraged his own iconic status and dominant position of power…designating the criticism a ‘smear campaign’ designed to discredit the Bureau and undermine American society.”
Only a handful of media critics “contradicted the Bureau’s preferred message of dispassionate and scientific law enforcement led by a steady and trustworthy director.” Hoover responded to negative stories by removing critical media outlets from the FBI’s mailing lists — cutting them off from access to information.
Hoover routinely characterized the critics of FBI lawlessness as “un-American” and promoters of “misinformation.” “The recent campaign… against the bureau was inspired by un-American forces and through the lies and misinformation which they distributed, well-meaning … persons were victimized by their falsehood,” he claimed. Hoover asserted that his civil libertarian critics wanted to “undermine public confidence” in law enforcement.
In 1945, President Truman wrote worriedly, “We want no Gestapo or secret police F.B.I.” It is high time for the American People to heed that warning and begin to envision a nation without a secret police — without an FBI.