The ‘Usual Suspects’ strike again. In the latest foray by the same band of discredited former US intelligence officials who falsely claimed Hunter Biden’s laptop appeared to be ‘Russian disinformation,’ are now opposing legislation targeting Big Tech monopoly and censorship.
What is their angle now? Same as before – ‘Russian disinformation.’
According to their open letter published Monday, the officials stated that “disrupting the scourge of disinformation from Russian state media” was “increasingly integral to U.S. diplomatic and national security efforts.” And this would be hampered by the bills in Congress targeting Big Tech.
As the Daily Caller reports:
Several antitrust bills proposed in both chambers of Congress last year are designed to limit alleged anticompetitive conduct by tech companies, including by preventing online platforms from “discriminating” against users, which the former intelligence officials argue would allow “foreign adversaries to gain access to the software and hardware of American technology companies.”
Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta, and former CIA Director Michael Morell were among those who signed the latest missive.
Recall, as I previously reported here, and here these three amigos also signed an October 2020 letter that claimed a bombshell New York Post report about emails from a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”
This was then used as a weapon by Big Tech to censor any mention of the laptop on their platforms in the critical final days of the 2020 election.
However, in recent weeks major media outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post have validated the authenticity of the laptop.
So, what has been the reaction to this latest effort by these discredited officials? Respected independent journalist, lawyer and author, Glenn Greenwald tweeted:
This letter reflects desperation on the part of Big Tech and their Deep State allies. Bills to rein in Big Tech have attracted broad bipartisan support because public animosity is now pervasive.
This letter tries to exploit anger toward Russia into a full defense of Big Tech:
In his attached letter Greenwald, who has penned four New York Times bestselling books on politics and law, adds:
The cynical exploitation could hardly be more overt: if you hate Putin the way any loyal and patriotic American should, then you must devote yourself to full preservation of the [monopoly] power of Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.
I would add Twitter and LinkedIn to this Big Tech list as well.
The ex-officials also wrote in their Monday letter that:
U.S. policymakers must not inadvertently hamper the ability of U.S. technology platforms to counter increasing disinformation and cybersecurity risks…
They then added that the “scale and reach” of “U.S. technology platforms” was essential to countering cybersecurity threats from Russia.
But, in another tweet Greenwald correctly notes this evil marriage between ‘Big Three’ – Big Tech, Big Media and Big Government, is the real threat:
The real axis of power in the US – the one that generated so many journalistic frauds and disinformation – is the alliance between the Security State, Big Tech and corporate media.
This letter sheds bright light on how this union functions, and for whom…
Greenwald hits a home run with his comments. The alliance between the Big Three, and the domestic disinformation they spew together is the far bigger threat to America.
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