The banning of certain websites or writers and video producers by private companies is troubling to say the least. Especially when the media decides what is conspiracy theory and what is not.
While other media such as newspapers or radio or TV were not built on the model of allowing all voices equal opportunity to espouse their views, the new social media platforms were.
So now to say it’s our platform — built on technology paid for by the American taxpayer — and you have no place here, well that is constitutionally questionable.
Freedom of speech is not a gift to us by the government or some kid fronting a multi-billion dollar company, its is an inherent human right that the government cannot take away as the US Constitution states clearly.
The stifling of voices of any political bent by Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and the others is the silencing of all voices in the long-term. Reams of opinions from legal scholars over the last 240 years have upheld this theory.
To allow these companies to be final arbiter of this constitutional right because they attached huge server farms to an Internet that was developed and funded by Americans using the basic web protocols developed by academics decades ago is lunacy.
And to call the provocateurs conspiracy theorists is just a quick way to get most American to look the other way and not give a notice to this constitutional infringement.
Surely a test case will come out of this action taken by Silicon Valley that will probably land in the Supreme Court’s lap in 2020 — perhaps just prior to the next presidential election.
Until then, can someone please tell me how the Trump colluded with the Russians is not a conspiracy theory perpetuated by CNN, MSNBC and the left?
Why have all these Justice Department and FBI executives been fired?
- James Comey – FBI Director – FIRED
- Jim Rybicki – Chief of Staff (JC) – FIRED
- Andrew McCabe – Deputy Director – FIRED
- James Baker – Office of General Counsel – FIRED
- Bill Priestap – Head of Counterintelligence (Strzok’s boss) – COOPERATING WITNESS
- Lisa Page – Special Counsel – FIRED
- Peter Strzok – Lead Investigator/Deputy Asst Director of Counterintelligence – ESCORTED OUT OF BUILDING
I cite this memo from the US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE on the FISA warrant issue against Trump staffer Carter Page.
The Steele dossier formed an essential part of a FISA application targeting Carter Page. Former FBI Deputy Director McCabe confirmed that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) without the Steele dossier information.
• FBI and DOJ obtained from the FISC an initial warrant, and three FISA renewals.
- Then-FBI Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one.
- Then-Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.
Steele was paid over $160,000 by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary for America (Clinton campaign) for his dossier. Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.
While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti- Trump financial and ideological motivations.
Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr. In September 2016, Steele told Ohr, he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” Ohr later relayed this evidence of Steele’s bias to FBI, where it was recorded in official files, but not included in any of the FISA applications.
None of the FISA applications mention that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the dossier information.
According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill
Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial Page FISA application. In early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, a document he later described as “salacious and unverified.”
The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide
information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News —and several other outlets —in September 2016 at the direction of FusionGPS.
Perkins Coie, the law firm that hired Fusion GPS on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign, was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts, and hosted at least one meeting in Washington D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS.
Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS.
- The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos.
So here you have the Permanent House panel saying the Trump collusion story is a product of the Clinton campaign pushed by partisan DOJ and FBI officials to undermine the Trump campaign. Yet, the left still bangs the table that this story is true.
Don’t see anyone banning their content however. And yet it truly was a conspiracy to bring down a sitting president.