Are the FBI and Big Tech now the Fourth Branch of Government?
A Commentary By Brain C. Joondeph
Recent revelations from the now weekly Twitter releases paint an ugly picture of the FBI, DOJ, CIA, and other government agencies. It seems the so-called “deep state” does indeed exist, wielding power far exceeding their mission, scope, and Constitutional authority.
The FBI’s mission is clear and straightforward, “We protect the American people and uphold the U.S. Constitution”. Are they protecting American citizens or are they aiding and abetting the interests of ruling class, both Democrat and Republican? Is influencing free and fair elections through propaganda, censorship, and other manipulation upholding the Constitution?
The Twitter releases demonstrate that the FBI was actively collaborating with big tech, to promote a political narrative and censor or suppress any contrary or opposing views. Other than exposure, should there be a reckoning for such behavior? Who provides oversight or are these agencies autonomous and accountable to no one, acting as a fourth branch of government?
Rasmussen Reports asked likely US voters if, “Congress should investigate whether the FBI was involved in censoring information on social media sites” and 63% said yes, with only 22% saying no.
They then queried the same group asking if the FBI encouraged social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to “suppress, silence, or reduce the reach of certain political speech and speakers” and 63% believed the FBI did so, with only 27% believing otherwise.
What has the FBI been up to that would cause two thirds of Americans to call for an investigation? Plenty.
In 2015-15 the FBI spied on Donald Trump’s campaign, transition, and administration. Using a fabricated dossier, which the FBI knew was false, they swore the opposite to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump and his associates, from campaign to presidency. All to prevent or overthrow an election and subsequent administration.
When the Hunter Biden laptop surfaced, containing bombshells which could have derailed Joe Biden’s presidential aspirations, the FBI, DOJ, DHS, and DOD worked with social media to suppress that news and control the narrative, knowingly and falsely claiming that this was “Russian disinformation,” as we learned from recent Twitter releases.
There was also the Seth Rich murder, blamed erroneously on “Russian hacking,” while the FBI was running interference for the Democrat party by burying two of Rich’s laptops. Rather than investigating and solving this murder, they were too busy raiding Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home or investigating NASCAR garage door pull handles.
Numerous three letter agencies were suppressing information unfavorable to Democrats, and promoting pro-Democrat propaganda, to influence elections, from 2016 to 2020 and 2022, and likely earlier elections as well.
The Daily Mail reported: “A large number of ex-officers from the FBI, CIA, NSC and State Department have taken positions at Facebook, Twitter and Google.” For what purpose other than to give the law enforcement and intel communities a platform to influence opinion and more?
Recall the CIA’s media control Operation Mockingbird from the 1960s. Did it ever end after the Church Commission investigation, or did it continue and expand to numerous other federal agencies?
Are we really “electing” presidents or is the deep state “selecting” them, giving Americans only the illusion of free and fair elections? Is social media the propaganda arm of the government, in defiance of the First Amendment?
We have a new fourth branch of government, coined “the deep state,” made up of most government agencies and corporate media, all organized and coordinated to run the government, picking electoral winners and losers, from a state and local level to Congress and the White House. Are elections even relevant today or just theater?
Matt Taibbi confirms in his December 24 Twitter release, “The files show the FBI acting as doorman to a vast program of social media surveillance and censorship, encompassing agencies across the federal government – from the State Department to the Pentagon to the CIA.”
Going further Taibbi noted, “The government was in constant contact not just with Twitter but with virtually every major tech firm. These included Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, Reddit, even Pinterest, and many others. Industry players also held regular meetings without government.”
Elon Musk summarized all of this, “Every social media company is engaged in heavy censorship, with significant involvement of and, at times, explicit direction of the government. Google frequently makes links disappear, for example.”
Call it what you want - deep state, ruling class, cabal – but they are using their immense power, influence, and money to control in Orwellian fashion what Americans hear, see, and think, and if that isn’t enough, to use their might to install a government of their choosing.
Hopefully Congress does investigate and use their oversight powers to rein in these rogue agencies, as most Americans desire. This may be last bulwark against the deep state embedding its tentacles so deep in government and society that the pretense of a Constitution and Abraham Lincoln’s government of, by, and for the people is relegated to the ash heap of history.
Brian C Joondeph, MD, is a physician and writer.
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