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Sep 6 27 tweets 15 min read
The regime of censorship being imposed on the internet – by a consortium of DC Dems, billionaire-funded "disinformation experts," the US Security State, and liberal employees of media corporations – is dangerously intensifying in ways I believe are not adequately understood.
A series of "crises" have been cynically and aggressively exploited to inexorably restrict the range of permitted views, and expand pretexts for online silencing and deplatforming. Trump's election, Russiagate, 1/6, COVID and war in Ukraine all fostered new methods of repression. ImageImageImageImage
During the failed attempt in January to force Spotify to remove Joe Rogan, the country's most popular podcaster – remember that? – I wrote that the current religion of Western liberals in politics and media is censorship: their prime weapon of activism.

greenwald.substack.com/p/the-pressure…
But that Rogan failure only strengthened their repressive campaigns. Dems routinely abuse their majoritarian power in DC to explicitly coerce Big Tech silencing of their opponents and dissent. This is *Govt censorship* disguised as corporate autonomy.

bbc.com/news/world-us-…
There's now an entire new industry, aligned with Dems, to pressure Big Tech to censor. Think tanks and self-proclaimed "disinformation experts" funded by Omidyar, Soros and the US/UK Security State use benign-sounding names to glorify ideological censorship as neutral expertise. ImageImageImageImage
The worst, most vile arm of this regime are the censorship-mad liberal employees of big media corporations (@oneunderscore__, @BrandyZadrozny, @TaylorLorenz, NYT tech unit). Masquerading as "journalists," they align with the scummiest Dem groups (@mmfa) to silence and deplatform. ImageImageImageImage
It is astonishing to watch Dems and their allies in media corporations posture as opponents of "fascism" - while their main goal is to *unite state and corporate power* to censor their critics and degrade the internet into an increasingly repressive weapon of information control.
A major myth that must be quickly dismantled: political censorship is not the by-product of autonomous choices of Big Tech companies.

This is happening because DC Dems and the US Security State are threatening reprisals if they refuse. They're explicit:

But the worst is watching people whose job title in corporate HR Departments is "journalist" take the lead in agitating for censorship. They exploit the platforms of corporate giants to pioneer increasingly dangerous means of banning dissenters. *These* are the authoritarians. ImageImageImageImage
This is the frog-in-boiling-water problem: the increase in censorship is gradual but continuous, preventing recognition of how severe it's become. The EU now legally *mandates censorship of Russian news. They've made it *illegal* for companies to air it.

reuters.com/world/europe/e…
So many new tactics of censorship repression have emerged in the West: Trudeau freezing bank accounts of tucker-protesters; Paypal partnering with ADL to ban dissidents from the financial system; Big Tech platforms openly colluding in unison to de-person people from the internet. ImageImageImageImage
All of this stems from the classic mentality of all would-be tyrants: our enemies are so dangerous, their views so threatening, that everything we do – lying, repression, censorship – is noble. That's what made the Sam Harris confession so vital: that's how liberal elites think.
This is why I regard the Hunter Biden scandal as uniquely alarming. The media didn't just "bury" the archive.

CIA concocted a lie about it (it's "Russian disinformation"); media outlets spread that lie; Big Tech censured it -- because lying and repression to them is justified! Image
The authoritarian mentality that led CIA, corporate media and Big Tech to lie about the Biden archive before the election is the same driving this new censorship craze. It's the hallmark of all tyranny: "our enemies are so evil and dangerous, anything is justified to stop them."
How come **not one media outlet** that spread this CIA lie – the Hunter Biden archive was "Russian disinformation" – retracted or apologized? This is why: they believe they are so benevolent, their cause so just, that lying and censorship are benevolent.

The one encouraging aspect: as so often happens with despotic factions, they are triggering and fueling the backlash to their excesses. Sites devoted to free speech – led by Rumble, along with Substack, Callin, and others – are exploding in growth.

investorplace.com/2022/04/forget…
But as these free speech platforms grow and become a threat, the efforts to crush them also grow – exactly as @AOC, other Dems and their corporate media allies successfully demanded Google, Apple and Amazon destroy Parler when it became the single most-popular app in the country. ImageImageImageImage
It is hard to overstate how much pressure is now brought to bear by liberal censors on these free speech platforms, especially Rumble. Their vendors are threatened. Their hosting companies targeted. They have accounts cancelled and firms refusing to deal with them. It's a regime.
It's not melodrama or hyperbole to say: what we have is a war in the West, a war over whether the internet will be free, over whether dissent will be allowed, over whether we will live in the closed propaganda system our elites claim The Bad Countries™ impose. It's no different.
In even the most despotic nations, the banal, conformist citizen thinks they're free. As Rosa Luxemburg said: "he who does not move, does not feel his chains."

Of course the Chris Hayes's and Don Lemon's think this is all absurd: Good Liberals threaten nobody and thus flourish. Image
The measure of societal freedom is not how servants of power are treated: they're always left alone or rewarded. The key metric is how dissidents are treated. Now, they are imprisoned (Assange), exiled (Snowden) and, above all, silenced by corporate/state power (dissidents). Image
For more than a month, I've removed myself from the news cycle and The Discourse because my only priority right now is my family, my kids and my husband's health. But distance brings clarity.

This censorship mania consuming Western liberals is deeply dangerous -- and growing.
As I've often said, the media outlets screaming most loudly about "disinformation" are the ones that spread it most frequently, casually and destructively (NBC/CNN/WPost, etc).

It's equally true of those now claiming to fight "fascism": real repression comes *from them.* ImageImageImageImage
I'm going to remain detached until the health crisis in our family is resolved. But internet freedom and free speech are not ancillary causes. They are central. This was the core cause of the Snowden reporting.

Without a free internet and free speech, dissent is an illusion.
Above all, stay focused on who your real enemies are.

They're not your neighbors who have been deceived into supporting the wrong party or wrong ideology. They are victims of the repression, which is all about maintaining a closed system of propaganda that can't be challenged. ImageImageImageImage
The worst of all - the most repugnant and despicable - are those calling themselves "journalists" while doing the opposite of what that term implies: they serve rather than challenge power, they deceive rather than inform, they demand censorship rather than free and open inquiry. ImageImageImageImage
Heap scorn on the corporate outlets and their deceitful, pro-censorship employees abusing the "journalist" label. Read them with full skepticism, or just ignore them.

Support outlets and platforms that want to protect free inquiry and the right of dissent, not rob you of it.

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Sep 30
Quero compartilhar uma história sobre @CaboDaciolo. Não tem nada a ver com a eleição. Vote em quem quiser.

David e Daciolo só se conheceram há alguns meses, quando se encontraram no mesmo partido. Rapidamente se formaram uma amizade. David falava muito sobre o vínculo deles.
Desde que David foi internado na UTI há 2 meses, Cabo não parou de ligar para perguntar sobre David, mandar orações, dar conforto.

Ele foi para o quarto de David na UTI para orar por David e com ele - inclusive pouco antes a eleição dele. Poucos no mundo político fizeram tanto.
Ele fez tudo isso sem buscar qualquer atenção. Ele me disse que não queria nenhuma atenção da mídia, não buscava nenhuma publicidade.

Eu estou falando sobre isso por conta própria porque significou muito para mim, e fornece muitas lições sobre como julgamos as outras pessoas.
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Sep 29
The 2003 article which Frum is boasting about is one where he smeared conservative opponents of the Iraq War -- which Frum played a critical role in selling to the public -- as anti-American traitors.

It's important to understand why he's touting such a disgusting article now.
The premise of Frum's article was the neocon refrain: those who oppose US Foreign Policy are on "the other side": i.e. traitors.

Such repugnant trash should end a person's career. But Frum knows this is again the prevailing framework: this time among his liberal fan base.
The dominant theme of US political discourse that neocons manufactured in 2002/3 - when Frum was writing George Bush's deceitful speeches - is now the liberal view: those who question US policy are Russian spies. Thus does Frum proudly promote this filth:

nationalreview.com/2003/03/unpatr…
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Sep 27
People still don't grasp how much Rumble's audience size has exploded. And the more repressive and censorship-mad Google's YouTube gets, the more free speech platforms will grow.

Beyond political voices, there's now a huge stream of Gen Z & culture creators migrating there.
As the WSJ last week reported, Rumble is now funding a network of live, one-hour, prime-time news and politics shows. The funding - for talent, staff, and studio - is on par with cable budgets. But it will be fully independent: with no speech constraints.

wsj.com/articles/rumbl…
The first of these new live Rumble shows to launch will be Russell Brand's tomorrow at noon ET. Russell built one of the largest YouTube audiences: in the millions, far more than CNN/MSNBC. That's why YouTube banned him. I'll be on the debut show. Watch:

rumble.com/c/russellbrand
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Sep 27
Beyond how gross it is that WPost -- which couldn't stop praising itself for its bravery for publishing Snowden docs in 2014 -- now maligns their own source.

Almost every major media outlet -- NBC, NYT, HuffPost (it mattered back then), etc. -- fought to get these docs.
What's always struck me is the utter cowardice of establishment worms like this who accuse Snowden, Assange, and me of being Kremlin ops or whatever, but never have the courage to say that about the major mainstream outlets that published countless Top Secret docs from Snowden. Image
One of the establishment cowards who yesterday claimed Snowden is a Kremlin spy -- Foreign Policy's @BeijingPalmer -- also implied I'm a pedophile

I'd absolutely rather have Snowden's life - with his beautiful wife, 2 toddlers, bravery and a thriving career - than live as this: ImageImageImageImage
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Sep 27
O que foi feito com @dilmabr em 2016 – liderado pela própria mídia que um parte da esquerda agora admira – foi grotesco: a galera mais corrupta no Brasil revertendo a eleição de 2014, fingindo-se ofendido por "pedaladas".

A grande mídia deveria fazer o que @FelipeNeto fez aqui.
Dilma cometeu erros como presidente. Mas o campo PSDB/Globo/LJ nunca aceitou a derrota do Aécio, e explorou as dificuldades econômicas para tirar Dilma e instalar *Michel Temer* em nome da “anti-corrupção”: uma piada.

Agora eles fingem se importar tanto com a "democracia".
As pessoas, claro, lembram do @TheInterceptBr pelo #VazaJato e comprovando a fraude de Sergio Moro e LJ. Mas na verdade a fundei em 2016 porque fiquei chocado com a completa união da grande mídia corporativa em apoio ao impeachment de Dilma, quando era óbvio o que realmente era.
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Sep 26
When Snowden left Hong Kong and landed in Moscow to transit to Latin America, Obama officials like @brhodes did everything possible to prevent him from leaving, to trap him in Russia.

Rhodes boasted of it in his book.

Ever since, they've use this to imply he's a Russian agent.
You can read Ben Rhodes in his own words, bragging in his book about he forced the Cubans to withdraw the guarantee of safe passage they had given Snowden to allow him to leave Russia, as he was desperately trying to do.

greenwald.substack.com/p/ben-rhodes-b…
Think about it: if Obama officials believed Snowden had possession of an extremely sensitive archive of top secret documents - as they insist but Snowden denies - why would they *want to trap him in Russia*?

Because they knew it'd be easy to convince idiots he was a Kremlin spy.
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