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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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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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1 month ago

Karma, we are waiting!

1 month ago

US adversaries are those who signed the memo, those 52 should be investigated and charged with Election meddling and ties to foreign actors.

1 month ago

All of these clowns that signed this letter have lied to congress (ok maybe just the vast majority of them). Lets’ irst look at “disinformation” and “fake news”. These are truely lies and these authors of this letter are all full of lies (see the lying to congress part mentioned above for proof). To be honest, no lies here, all of these signers of this letter should have been hung along time ago. Obama and pals have kept these liars in business because obama is a liar too. Now biden is above evn lies but in his defense, at least at present, biden neither has a mind (well not that he ever did but hey he had a mind enough to make him and his family big money), and is not running anything. He takes orders and is so far gone he has trouble evn doing that.
Listen you liars: first why would I listen to a liar. Second, I am smarter than you clowns and I can make up my own mind about pretty much anything given I care about it and I can get some good research/data pon the subject. Now with you clowns lying about everything it is more of a challange but surely not near impossible. In fact I can listn toy ou idiots and know right away that about 180 degrees from your lies is the best answer.
My hope is that we get some good politicians that take back control, that stop you assholes from indoctrinating our kids, that we teach true hoistory (yes the bad and the good) in a truthful manor, that they start teaching the value and how to critically think in all aspects, not just in one subject that they major in. I hope that people can discuss issues on merits and stop with the very childness name calling (you know racist, xenophobic, gay bashing, and the list goe on).
This name calling is what ppeople do to hide that they truely don’t know anything. I know I call names to but I call names that identify people’s traits, like lying, not being smart, and a waste of air. I WILL BE HAPPY TO CITE ALL OF THE LYING, BEING REALLY STUPID (WHICH ACTUALLY IS PART OF LYING), AND WASTE OF AIR. I have but it does no good because I am then a racist. See the circle?