Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has been secretly running a major taxpayer-funded operation, involving multiple federal agencies, to “pre-bunk misinformation” and “disinformation” online, both “domestically and globally,” explosive new documents have revealed.
The bombshell was exposed in a batch of documents obtained in a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit America First Legal (AFL).
The documents contain emails between Biden admin officials that reveal a multi-agency effort to censor the American people online.
The effort was launched in 2021 when Biden’s National Security Council (NSC) started holding meetings with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about so-called “disinformation” regarding COVID-19, according to the emails.
The move came after the Kaiser Family Foundation published its latest State of Vaccine Confidence Insights Report
The report is routinely produced for the Biden administration.
After receiving the report in May 2021, Elisabeth Wilhelm, a “Vaccine Confidence Specialist” at the CDC, shared it with numerous CDC and White House officials, according to emails obtained by AFL.
The heavily redacted emails show that this prompted a meeting between agencies of the federal government, including the CDC and the NSC, about the vaccine “disinformation.”
“The more information that our litigation uncovers, the worse the picture becomes,” Gene Hamilton, America First Legal Vice-President and General Counsel, said in a statement.
“The weaponization of the tools and tactics of the national security apparatus against the American people should concern everyone.
“If the Biden Administration is willing to weaponize the federal government against the American people to advance its preferred political narrative about the COVID shot, it is safe to assume that it will do so in other areas, too.”
/19 Just 24 hours after setting up a working group and 9 days after the classified call, Jen Psaki took to the podium in the WH press briefing room to tout the WH’s efforts of working with social media companies to remove “problematic” information from the internet. pic.twitter.com/sZ6biuiyIl
— America First Legal (@America1stLegal) January 26, 2023
On June 2, the NSC, CDC, and Census Bureau hosted an unclassified call with the “interagency,” which, according to AFL, means all agencies of the federal government.
This call was to discuss their processes to “identify, counter and build resilience to disinformation,” according to the documents.
“All departments and agencies [we]re encouraged to” attend, a heavily redacted email obtained by AFL said.
“We’re happy to speak with any agency about our process, what we’re doing domestically and globally” to “pre-bunk misinformation,” Wilhelm wrote in a follow-up email after the meeting.
Despite the apparent willingness to share this information between government agencies, the CDC withheld all 26 pages of attachments from a separate follow-up email, according to AFL.
The Census has been working to fight disinformation and misinformation since 2020 with the help of the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, according to AFL’s documents.
The center’s mission is to “direct, lead, synchronize, integrate, and coordinate U.S. Federal Government efforts to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining or influencing the policies, security, or stability of the United States, its allies, and partner nations,” according to its website.
Similarly, a mid-June email from the NSC to the CDC, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and State Department titled “Efforts to Counter COVID disinfo” was entirely redacted before it was shared with AFL.
Soon after, the NSC held a July 6 meeting on servers run out of the White House Situation Room to discuss efforts to counter COVID disinformation domestically.
According to AFL, two of President Biden’s special assistants were present.
At a press briefing soon after, then-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki discussed the White House’s efforts to work with social media companies to remove “problematic” information from the Internet.
The emails show that Biden administration officials repeatedly questioned Facebook’s decision to not completely censor a video posted by Tucker Carlson criticizing COVID-19 vaccines in April 2021.
According to emails released in January 2023, officials suggested that the company was encouraging violent behavior.
They also claimed that Facebook was responsible for the so-called “insurrection” on Jan. 6, 2021, emails show.
The AFL characterized these efforts as a coordinated attempt by the Biden administration to use intelligence tools against Americans to stifle their speech.