RON PAUL: We Must Abolish the FBI

As we learn more and more from the “Twitter Files,” it is becoming all too obvious that Federal agencies such as the FBI viewed the First Amendment of our Constitution as an annoyance and an impediment. In Friday’s release from the pre-Musk era, journalist Matt Taibbi makes an astute observation: Twitter was essentially an FBI subsidiary.

The FBI, we now know, was obsessed with Twitter. We learned that agents sent Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth some 150 emails between 2020 and 2022. Those emails regularly featured demands from US government officials for the “private” social media company to censor comments and ban commenters they did not like.

The Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF), a US government entity that included the FBI as well as other US intelligence agencies expressly forbidden from domestic activities, numbered 80 agents engaged regularly in telling Twitter which Tweets to censor and which accounts to ban. The Department of Homeland Security brought in outside government contractors and (government-funded) non-governmental organizations to separately pressure Twitter to suppress speech the US government did not like.

US Federal government agencies literally handed Twitter lists of Americans it wanted to see silenced, and Twitter complied. Let that sink in.

This should be a massive scandal and likely it would have been had it occurred under a Trump Administration. Indeed, Congress would be gearing up for Impeachment 3.0 if Trump-allied officials had engaged in such egregious behavior. But since these US government employees were by-and-large acting to suppress pro-Trump sentiment, all we hear are crickets.

What is interesting about these Twitter revelations is how obsessed the FBI and its government partners were with satire and humor. Even minor Twitter accounts with small numbers of followers were constantly flagged by the Feds for censorship and deletion. But knowledge of history helps us understand this obsession: in Soviet times the population was always engaged in joking about the ineptitude, corruption, and idiocy of the political class. Underground publications known as samizdat were rich with satire, humor, and ridicule.

Tyrants hate humor and cannot withstand satire. That is clearly why the FBI (and CIA) was determined to see a heavy hand raised against any American poking fun at the deep state.

There is good news in all of this, however. As Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley wrote over the weekend, a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll found that even though the mainstream media has ignored the “Twitter files,” Americans have not. Nearly two-thirds of respondents believe that Twitter was involved in politically-motivated censorship in advance of the 2020 election. Some 70 percent of those polled believe Congress must take action against this corporate/state censorship.

As Professor Turley points out, although the First Amendment only applies to the US government, “it does apply to agents or surrogates of the government. Twitter now admits that such a relationship existed between its former officials and the government.”

So now we have proof that the FBI (along with US intelligence agencies and the Department of Homeland Security) have been acting through “private” social media companies to manipulate what Americans are allowed to say when they communicate with each other.

Is there anything more un-American than that? Personally, I find it sickening.

We do not need the FBI and CIA and other federal agencies viewing us as the enemy and attacking our Constitution. End the Fed…and End the Federal Bureau of Investigation!

Truth Permitted on Twitter

Here are just a few samples:

Defund the FBI.

Arrest and prosecute any member of the FBI who violated the Constitution.

IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

If the GOP won’t support this, as a pitifully bare minimum, then it’s worthless.

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Why, according to the European Union and Adam Schiff, is it ILLEGAL for Twitter to kick out left-wingers, while Facebook gets to kick off right wingers because it’s a private company? @elonmusk ?

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Kerry_Berry on Twitter: Have you ever heard “USA, USA, USA” at a Biden rally?

Dr. Hurd: Have you ever even heard of a Biden rally?

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@Laura Loomer on Twitter:

When politicians fear the people, you get real representation. Right now, they don’t fear losing their jobs or fear the will of the ppl because there is zero accountability.

Literally nothing will change if McCarthy becomes Speaker. It will be 2 years of no progress & 0 wins.

Elon Musk Can Permit Humor on Twitter, But the Leftist Gestapo Will Come for Him

“Comedy is now legal on Twitter” the self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” Elon Musk wrote on Friday.

Leftists are humorless. Many leftists are in other contexts bright and witty, but they suppress their laughter due to fear of what others think of them. Ironically, the people whose opinions they fear are just as afraid of them, for the very same reason.

The humorless and self-suppression of leftism poses as progressive and innovative. It’s really just a reincarnation of old-school puritanism, the kind exhibited by intolerant despots at the Salem witch trials or by militant religious terrorists beheading journalists and knocking down skyscrapers in the early 21st century.

This sick way of thinking — the narcissistic, dogmatic ruthlessness of leftism — necessarily and always collapses into the brutality of a police state. America is almost there. Hat tip to Elon Musk for trying to take it on at this late stage of our sociopolitical malignancy. I wonder if he grasps the magnitude of the violent hatred behind modern, woke leftism, a hatred so virulent it could put the Nazis to shame.

It will take more than billions of dollars to defeat what is surely coming his way.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

Will Elon Musk Drain Twitter’s Swamp?

“FCC commissioner shoots down ‘absurd’ claim that the federal government can block Musk’s Twitter purchase” [Fox headline]

Absurd? Not at all. The woke American leftists who still work at Twitter, and now operate (no doubt) an underground Swamp, don’t see a problem with undermining Elon Musk’s ownership of the company.

The same people who assert that Mark Zuckerberg has a right to operate Facebook as he sees fit suddenly do NOT see Elon Musk as having that right … while Zuckerberg still does, of course.

They engage in such brazen, hypocritical contradictions because they live in the psychological and moral equivalent of an echo chamber — WHERE ABSOLUTELY NOBODY EVER QUESTIONS OR CHALLENGES THEM. EVER.

Here’s the thing. Leftists want government-sponsored censorship — just like in Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Only THEY want to be running it.

Under Twitter, Facebook and Google, they had the equivalent of the same thing. They still do have it, and will likely always have it, under Facebook and Google.

Under Twitter, it’s in question; we have to wait and see how able and willing Elon Musk is to keep his promise of free speech.

Today’s American leftists — like all totalitarians throughout history — view this in all-or-nothing terms. They cannot and will not let this stand. Since the COVID-Biden coup of 2020-2021, I have warned you that leftists are at least as bad as the worst villains of history, Nazis and Communists included, because they’re a hybrid of the worst of those movements. With religious fundamentalism thrown in, manifested by the “return to nature” of the Green movement. Watch how they respond to even the threat of a partial loss of total control. They will not let up. They never give up, and — in recent years — they have won every single battle. Until Elon Musk, it seems.

You have to understand: They feel ENTITLED to control over what you say, do, and think. The same people who feel entitled to force you to wear a mask in the bathroom and to inject an unknown, experimental vaccine product into your body, certainly feel entitled to control ALL of your speech … rather than just 95 percent of it.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

Leftists Wet Their Pants

Leftists are wetting their pants over Elon Musk taking over Twitter. They view the unrestricted free speech he promises as DANGEROUS. They see any views in opposition to their own as physical violence– like a rapist, murderer, thief or looter. Imagine the intellectual and psychological state of someone so terrified of an opposing opinion that they’d rather impose a totalitarian dictatorship than take what they see as a risk on freedom of speech. We call them snowflakes, but that seems like too kind a word. I call them petulant, tantrum-throwing little terrorists. WE are the ones who must be protected from THEM. I wish Elon Musk the best, and I hope he means to keep his promise.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

Elon Musk is Driving the Left Insane—And It’s a Beautiful Thing

Leftist reaction to Elon Musk’s possible buyout of Twitter reveals a lot. Snowflake Twitter employees and executives, and other leftists, actually say open speech on Twitter is a DENIAL of free speech. How can they say this? THEY are the ones who censor right now. Musk proposes allowing every point-of-view on Twitter.

Isn’t he the one advocating free speech? He’s not going to shut down leftist views; but leftists already have shut down views they don’t like on Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube and most other places.

You have to understand how a leftist thinks. Actually, you have to understand how a leftist FEELS. Because leftism is based on feeling. When a leftist hears a point-of-view he does not like, it’s a violation of rights, in his mind. A rational person would only feel violated if someone stole his property or initiated physical violence against him. A leftist feels just as violated (if not more so) if someone expresses — or these days, even privately holds — a viewpoint the leftist does not like.

It sends a leftist into a rage when he becomes aware that someone doesn’t agree with him on economics, morality, politics, justice or culture/psychology. The moment the leftist feels that rage, the anxiety becomes unbearable. Leftism is based on subjectivism. Subjectivism is the false belief that feelings and objective reality are one and the same. If you FEEL it, then it must be TRUE. If you FEEL offended when someone suggests that taxes shouldn’t be 95 percent, or fossil fuels should remain legal, that inflation is a bad thing, or that five-year-olds are not able to determine their sexual orientation or gender identity — if you FEEL offended when anyone expresses any of those views, then your feelings are valid. You have a right to shut up the people saying these things and (on the same premise, extended further), you have a right to lock up, haul away or perhaps even kill people who hold views that offend you.

Leftists are unable to tolerate other opinions, because their feelings rule their minds and their lives. And they’re using social/interpersonal pressure combined — increasingly — with brute government force to get their way.

Elon Musk stands in their way. You can expect a wrath unleashed on him even worse than what you saw against Donald Trump.

And really, watching leftists experience unbearable anxiety and melt down in public — it’s a beautiful thing.

Hostile Takeover on the Table? Elon Musk Opts Out of Twitter Board SeatJoseph VazquezApril 11th, 2022 7:46 AM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk declined a seat on Twitter’s board of directors after becoming the platform’s largest shareholder with a massive 9.2 percent stake. But this move could end up signifying an even greater play by Musk to seize control of the platform, according to CNBC.

Leftist Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal tweeted late April 10 that the world’s richest man “decided not to join our board.” Agrawal seemed to admit the quiet part out loud when he said that having Musk “as a fiduciary of the company where he, like all board members, has to act in the best interests of the company and all our shareholders, was the best path forward.”  Musk’s appointment was supposed to take effect April 9, “but Elon shared that same morning that he will no longer be joining the [B]oard. I believe this is for the best,” Agrawal claimed.

There could be another reason why Musk chose an about-face. He could attempt a hostile takeover of the company. According to CNBC, “If Musk had joined the board, he would not be able to acquire more than 14.9% of the company’s shares. Now that he’s no longer joining the board, he can theoretically increase his stake, should he wish to.” In addition, CNBC said “Some industry experts speculated on Twitter that he may now try to take over the company and rebuild it in the way that he wants to.” [Emphasis added.]

Agrawal stated previously that the platform’s role was “not to be bound by the First Amendment,” but to decide “who can be heard.” In his latest update about Musk, Agrawal said the billionaire’s appointment to the Board was “contingent on a background check and formal acceptance.” But it sounds like Musk could be playing four dimensional chess against the leftist activists fighting to keep the platform’s obsessive censorship in place.

Musk slammed the platform on March 26 for its censorship-heavy environment: “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy.” Perhaps Musk is not satisfied with informing Twitter’s decision making, but instead could end up seeking control of the whole platform.

Chickens Coming Home to Roost at Twitter

One way or another, chickens always come home to roost. Now it’s the turn of the little Commie snowflake twits working for Twitter to get the emotional trigger to end all triggers for their fragile psyches. Here’s hoping Elon Musk does not disappoint us–and turns out to be their worst nightmare.

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It’s not “hate speech”, you fools. It’s LOVE speech: LOVE of freedom, truth, individualism, rationality, intelligence, capitalism, beauty, reason and liberty. A love without limits.

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Use of government schools to indoctrinate children is NOT a right. Discretion on what or how to teach your children IS a right.

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Who needs Disney? Ideology makes for bad art. Disney is rnow an overpriced, overrated wing of the Chinese-Biden Communist Party.

Move on.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

Twitter is the Enemy of the American People

On Oct. 18, 2020, Twitter banned the account of Dr. Scott Atlas for defending President Donald Trump’s position on mask mandates. In his tweet, he cited scientific studies, and the tweet contained absolutely no false information.

Also in October, Twitter banned the account of The New York Post for accurately reporting on a story about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Today we know these were just the first salvos in this evil company’s assault on American liberty.

For all its talk about safety, community, and the health of discourse, we see today that Twitter acts in favor of one interest and one interest alone: its own, even when it means destabilizing the American people. On Friday, the company permanently banned Trump from its platform and began a purge of conservative voices.

They claim this is needed to protect America from a coup. That is a farcical lie. They did it because their political enemies such as Trump and Sen. Josh Hawley are now out of power, and they mean to keep it way.

As a private company, Twitter is free to do as it pleases. And I am free to call them what they are: a shill for communist China that seeks the destruction of America.

Do you doubt that? Then explain why Iran can call for Jews to be killed on Twitter’s platform and China can spread propaganda about how rounding up Uyghur men and forced sterilization of Uyghur women is actually good, but Donald Trump can’t tweet. It is evil. And anyone defending Jack Dorsey’s death machine is complicit.

We live in two Americas right now. In Republican-led Florida and Texas, economies are open, people go to restaurants and movies, small businesses can prosper. In Democrat-led New York and California, lockdowns are crushing the people. They are not allowed to gather in person, only on big tech platforms. Guess which outcome Twitter prefers?

Now compare the effects of COVID on these two Americas. There is no rational way to argue that the lockdowns led to better results.

I want to put this as clearly as possible. Twitter attempted and largely succeeded in silencing dissent to policies that were against its own interests. They don’t care about the suicides, overdoses, missed cancer screenings, or poverty caused by these actions, they only care about money and power. Blood is dripping from Jack Dorsey’s hands across the globe and here at home as he counts his billions.

Feckless Democrats and faux conservatives applaud or look the other way at Twitter’s actions because it serves their purposes; the poor, blind fools have no idea that they will be next. This has nothing to do with the Constitution, or laws, this has to do with Dorsey being a liar who orchestrates mass disinformation campaigns on the American people. Twitter’s safety guidelines have nothing to do with safety, they have to do with profit.

I am not writing here about Section 230, or legislative approaches to rein in Big Tech. That can come later. I am writing to make it clear that Twitter has played a central role in destroying Americans’ lives through lockdowns, lying to them about Hunter Biden to win an election, and enabling the world’s most brutal regime to practice genocide in peace.

Twitter doesn’t want to serve you; it wants to rule you. And it is well on its way.

Now Big Tech is seeking to deplatform Twitter’s competitor, Parler. Politicians and journalists are cheering for censorship and suggesting that cable operators should ban conservative news outlets. You see, these people know what is good for you and what isn’t. They just want to protect you from dangerous information. To them, you are a child and they are your parents, the only difference being that you pay them an allowance.

Now we Americans have no choice. Now we must convene our secret meetings in person, far from the peering eyes of Big Tech and its Chinese overlords, for whom it will do anything.

Consider the fact that in many places in America meetings are literally illegal right now. Everything changed on Friday. The cards all stare up at us from the table now. Twitter’s goal is to create for our children an America our parents would not recognize.

Twitter is the enemy of freedom, the enemy of liberty, and the enemy of the American people. It must be treated as such.

David Marcus, The Federalist