ALERT – Is FBI Criminalizing Free Speech Using Pretext of Combating ‘Election Interference’?

ANALYSIS – As many Americans shudder at Big Tech social media platforms’ censoring everything from legitimate news stories to innocent comments, many have argued that they are private companies. As long as the government doesn’t censor – it is ok.

Well, ignoring the fact that there is a very good argument that Big Tech is often – at least seemingly – colluding with some in government to censor dissenting views, the government now is also doing it as well.

Welcome to the dangerous, unconstitutional, and Orwellian world of the federal government combatting ‘disinformation’ and ‘election interference.’

Last week the Justice Department’s (DOJ) Office of Public Affairs released an announcement: “Social Media Influencer Charged with Election Interference Stemming from Voter Disinformation Campaign,” read the headline of a press release from the DOJ’s Eastern District of New York.

The DOJ press release explained:

A Florida man was arrested this morning on charges of conspiring with others in advance of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to use various social media platforms to disseminate misinformation designed to deprive individuals of their constitutional right to vote.

However, as Daniel Horowitz notes, this is not a case of actual voter fraud or election tampering, it is a case of someone sending satirical election-related memes. Horowitz asks:

Did this guy throw out ballots or engage in mail-in fraud like endless witnesses said in sworn affidavits and in testimony before legislatures? No, the DOJ is not interested in tangible fraud that involves an action; in fact, it is investigating any DOJ official who might have sought to investigate such fraud. It only prosecutes speech.

Horowitz continues: “After several paragraphs of DOJ officials bloviating about constitutional rights to vote, they finally announced his crime.” DOJ said:

As alleged in the complaint, between September 2016 and November 2016, in the lead up to the Nov. 8, 2016, U.S. Presidential Election, Mackey conspired with others to use social media platforms, including Twitter, to disseminate fraudulent messages designed to encourage supporters of one of the presidential candidates (the “Candidate”) to “vote” via text message or social media, a legally invalid method of voting.

This sounds vague and idiotic enough, but what were the specifics? And how was this fraud? DOJ explains in embarrassing detail:

For example, on Nov. 1, 2016, Mackey allegedly tweeted an image that featured an African American woman standing in front of an “African Americans for [the Candidate]” sign. The image included the following text: “Avoid the Line. Vote from Home. Text ‘[Candidate’s first name]’ to 59925[.] Vote for [the Candidate] and be a part of history.” The fine print at the bottom of the image stated: “Must be 18 or older to vote. One vote per person. Must be a legal citizen of the United States. Voting by text not available in Guam, Puerto Rico, Alaska or Hawaii. Paid for by [Candidate] for President 2016.”

 

As Horowitz notes:

Folks, this is very scary. No, not the alleged crime, but that the feds are going after such behavior while ignoring sworn allegations of mass fraud. While what is alleged appears to be mean and spiteful, at the end of the day, there is no way to actually steal a vote with this subterfuge. Not unless someone thought that, based on a random internet tweet, they could vote via text, and without verifying anything thereafter, would have sent their text and then stayed home. By this standard, every governor who violated election law and actually facilitated the casting of ballots not pursuant to law should be in jail.

We are now witnessing the beginning of a very slippery slope for the government to prosecute people for saying anything that the government believes is harmful.

Moving forward, as Horowitz rightly argues, it is not that hard to envision an FBI agent knocking on your door and saying, “You just wrote information telling people masks don’t work and to stop wearing them. You are engaging in fraud and are an accessory to murder.”

Paul Crespo

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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Dan Winright
Dan Winright
3 months ago

Dammit

James McDermott
James McDermott
3 months ago

Defund and disband the FBI, they are a tool of the Dems and their far-left wing. Ditto the CIA. The vaunted body of workers at the FBI and CIA have done nothing over the last four years to help average Americans; instead, they are arresting average Americans under false pretenses and letting Dem elites walk on their crimes.Speak up or quit.

Raymond
3 months ago

Old Man Biden is just a Figurehead for Turing America into Communism: Read the Communism Manifesto. Liberal Democrats Are Following it to a T. Control Job, Control Healthcare, What To Say, No Guns, No Police. Control the Media. Control Travel etc.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

The FBI agents better stand up against their political leaders or the entire FBI will be closed after the 2024 election.

Roy
Roy
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom

FBI will Not be closed as long as they have acted and still act to further Democrat edicts. They will remain and maybe be changed into Hitler like SS officers.

Roy
Roy
3 months ago

The illusion of idolizing agencies and propaganda that they are infallible is crashing down before our eyes. Nothing more hurtful than being jilted by those we thought acted only in protecting American values and interests.

TERRY FRANKS
TERRY FRANKS
3 months ago

That’s seems to be the new mantra of the FBI crime syndicate these days , destroy the Bill of rights and the whole constitution in one bang !

Craig Murphy
Craig Murphy
3 months ago

If this case came to my desk for prosecution, I would roll out of my swivel chair in gales of laughter. A defense counsel would defend this for free just for the fun of seeing the government make absolute fools of themselves.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
3 months ago

The DOJ was weaponized by the Obutthead regime, and now it’s being weaponized by the Joebama regime. What did we think would happen?

Grampa Mullan
Grampa Mullan
3 months ago

the controls we must have start with all the agencies that government has created and list their actual powers. ———–Grampa

BrewDubbs
3 months ago

And so it begins… or continues…. Hang on, folks, it will get worse…

I can’t wait for the Rapture!

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
3 months ago

Well there ya go! I didn’t really know how the second largest criminal organization in the world would arrest innocent citizens, but this is their plan to round up all conservatives!

Sandy
3 months ago

Where has free speech gone in this country. They are using all Federal agency to block it. Censor ship will only build support against them. It’s idiotic.

Edward
Edward
3 months ago

What is wrong with these FBI agents, don’t they have any ounce of patriotism in them. Very say day for the country that the FBI has turned into the KGB or worse. I can understand the leadership being corrupt, it seems everyone in DC is now corrupt but these field agents, can’t quite understand that so many have gone to the dark side.

Mickey the Smickey
Mickey the Smickey
3 months ago

What we need is a band of Freedom Fighters to establish a petition party to impeach every member of the Demons party to smithereens!

Omega 2
Omega 2
3 months ago

ONCE GOOD, NOW REAL BAD! TIME TOO WEED OUT THE HEADS OF THE BUREAU FROM TOP TO BOTTUM STARTING WITH WRAY!

Robert
Robert
3 months ago

The fact is that telling lies hurts others and in some cases causes death to others. The law in fact does not let people tell lies to incite riots or any violent confrontation. Politician are immune from prosecution in most cases but not all the time but citizens are not as Guiliana, nd Powell are finding out.
The law enforcement bodies of this USA, have made mistakes same as any human has done , but on the average there are so many checks and cross checks in these organizations, wrong doing is caught in house before damage is done. Now BLM according to the law enforcement in the areas were not the ones causing problems it was out side groups like the Boogaloo Boys and White Supremists and militia members doing the damage trying to start a Civil Race war.

parthenon1@aol.com
parthenon1@aol.com
3 months ago

FBI HAS FALLEN TO BEING A “FULL OF BULL AGENCY” FROM THE PREMIER LAWENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHEN TRUMP IS REELECTED HE SHPULD DEMAND RESIGNATIONS FORM ALL OF THE PEOPLE THERE AND IF THEY WANT TO STAY REAPPLY AND BE INTERVIEWED

Daisy
Daisy
3 months ago

Unconstitutional.

Randy Lewis
Randy Lewis
3 months ago

The only solution is to storm the palace and start over with Americans and “drain the criminals from our government “! The traitors should all be punished accordingly.

James Everett
James Everett
3 months ago

Call & write your representatives. That always works. Oh and be sure to vote. That worked really well too.


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