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(RepublicanWire.org) – The former head of a new “disinformation” panel that fell under the Department of Homeland Security is blaming the Biden administration after the project was shelved.

Nina Jankowicz, who was slated to head up the Disinformation Governance Board, told CNN’s Brian Stelter that the administration did not do enough to defend her reputation. In addition, she accused the White House of essentially muzzling her so she could not speak on her own behalf.

DHS announced the formation of the board in late April. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas went on to defend the panel against attacks from Republicans who labeled it an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth.”

In her interview, she told Stelter that the board was supposed “to bring best practices to bear, and to make sure that we were up with the latest research, the latest trends, in disinformation and countering it and make sure that work was being done in a way that protected freedom of speech, protected civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy.”

“So, the sympathetic view, to you, is that the Disinformation Board was the victim of disinformation. Is that how you feel?” Stelter asked in response.

Jankowicz went on to blame Republicans.

“Oh, it absolutely was the victim of disinformation,” she said. “So, all of these narratives, that the Disinformation Governance Board was going to be this ‘Ministry of Truth,’ and all of the harassment and disinformation that was directed against me, was based on that falsehood, based on that falsehood that was knowingly peddled by many people in the conservative media ecosystem and on Capitol Hill.”

At that point, Stelter asked why DHS did not more vociferously defend Jankowicz if, in fact, the criticisms were wrong.

“Yeah, I have a lot of misgivings about the way things went down and I think the first thing to point out, Brian, is that there was a disproportionate focus on me, given my level of power within the department,” she said.

“I was not allowed to speak on my own behalf, and frankly, all the communications decisions that were being made about how to talk about the board were made above my pay grade, and above my level of decision-making,” Jankowicz said. “I was the executive director, but there were a lot of people that were involved that didn’t take advice frankly that I had given them.”

For his part, Stelter gave some pushback.

“Look, I would start with the name,” he said. “Even just the name, right, Nina, it sounds Orwellian. And any PR professional would say don’t call it that, you know? There were just dumb mistakes made.”

The name “belies the fact that it was meant to be an internal governing mechanism, governing how the Department of Homeland Security did its work on disinformation, not governing the internet,” she explained before once again appearing to blame the administration.

“And that was one of the reasons that I ended up making the choice to resign, right?” Jankowicz said. “I felt like the government had just rolled over, to the critics, who had completely spun this narrative out of control based on absolutely nothing and reality and the fact that they weren’t able to defend me, the person that they had chosen, the experts that they had chosen to lead this board and safeguard this work.

“It just didn’t feel like it was worth it, especially given the fact that my family was receiving threats,” she claimed.

In fact, many criticisms of Jankowicz from Republicans noted how she had dismissed factual information in the past as “disinformation” because it appeared to implicate Democrats.

That included the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop when incriminating evidence was first published by the New York Post in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election.

Jankowicz, who is supposed to be an expert in disinformation, proclaimed, “We should view it as a Trump campaign product,” adding that it likely had “illicit provenance” — a reference to Russian propaganda.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The Biden Administration is claiming that it alone can determine truth in order to justify using the full power of government to punish dissent, former congresswoman and Democrat presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard warned on Saturday.

In her keynote speech at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, Gabbard warned of the Biden Administration’s use of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to declare what is “true,” and not “misinformation” – and, then, enforce its decrees.

“One of the latest tactics that they are using, as you well know, is they claim they want to protect us from ‘misinformation,’ protect us from that which they claim is not true,” Gabbard said.

“They do so backed by the most lethal force on Earth, as they appoint themselves as the sole authority and voice of the truth, of what is information,” Gabbard warned her audience:

“So, they decide what is true and false. They decide what is misinformation and what is information.

“And, those who don’t toe the line are accused of spreading misinformation and being targeted and smeared.”

“But, it’s crazy, because, rather than actually engaging in debate, in discussion, or even entertaining answering questions sincere questions based on substance, they immediately resort to smears and name-calling.”

“Even more dangerous than getting canceled is how they weaponize the government against the people,” Gabbard warned, noting how President Biden is using the DHS to target anti-authority views and DOJ to go after parents who disagree with school board policies:

“Biden’s Department of Homeland Security declared that we are facing a heightened domestic terror threat in this country, based on three factors, the first of which is ‘the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions.’ The number one threat.

“They’re the ones who get to decide what are false or misleading narratives – and, therefore, they get to decide who is targeted because of it.

“You know, Biden’s attorney general charged his domestic terrorist unit with going after people who hold anti-authority views – including parents. Parents who dare to stand up to their boards of education and their schools because they care about their children’s education. Think about the impact of this from a practical standpoint.”

As long as Americans are subjected to censorship, intimidation, targeting, and the threat of losing their livelihoods if they dissent from government, they’ve lost their ability to freely choose their leaders, Gabbard said:

“How do We The People vote to choose a president when we don’t even have the freedom of engaging in a marketplace of ideas, or sharing our opinion, listening to other perspectives, assessing the information that we’ve gathered and making our own informed decision about who deserves the honor and responsibility of serving as commander-in-chief?

“We can’t. We can’t do this – as long as we live in a society where we’re surrounded by intimidation and fear of being targeted, being canceled, and having to self-censor so we don’t lose our jobs and our ability to provide for our families.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – U.S. Border Patrol allowed a suspected terrorist, who was released after crossing the southern border, to remain in the country for nearly two weeks before authorizing his arrest.

The individual in question was Isnardo Garcia-Amado, 35-year-old citizen of Colombia, who crossed into the U.S. on April 18th near Yuma, Arizona, Fox News reported. After crossing the border, per normal protocol, he was registered with U.S. Border Patrol, given a GPS tracking band, and released into the country with a date for a hearing before an immigration judge.

Three days later, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center flagged Garcia-Amado’s name after reviewing entry logs by U.S. Border Patrol. They determined that he was a match to an entry on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), the United States’ central database for listed terrorists. As of 2017, the TSDB contains the names of over 1.1 million persons, whose terrorist ties have not been updated. Under 5,000 U.S. citizens are also on the list.

Though the FBI flagged Garcia-Amado’s name on that date, April 21st, ICE did not receive authorization to arrest him until May 4th, a full 13 days after he had entered the U.S. He was found less than 48 hours later, in Pinellas Country, Fla., on May 6th. He is presently in ICE custody, awaiting deportation to Colombia.

In response to questions about the competence of U.S. Border Patrol for letting a terrorist into the country, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman told Fox News that “DHS is focused on those who pose a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – A federal judge has blocked the Biden administration from imposing limitations on Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests, detentions, and removals.

District Judge Michael Newman of the Southern District of Ohio ruled Tuesday in favor of the Republican attorneys general of Arizona, Montana, and Ohio, issuing a preliminary injunction prohibiting President Joe Biden from imposing new guidelines for laws regarding consequences for illegal immigration.

“The States sue because they believe DHS skirted Congress’s immigration enforcement mandates when it issued a policy that prioritizes certain high-risk noncitizens for apprehension and removal,” Newman wrote in his ruling. “DHS contends that seemingly mandatory statutes must be read flexibly to permit efficient law enforcement.”

“At bottom, that is what this dispute is about: can the Executive displace clear congressional command in the name of resource allocation and enforcement goals? Here, the answer is no,” Newman wrote.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sued the Biden administration in November 2021 over the policy revision, which they said “dramatically ties the hands of immigration officers, halting nearly all deportations.”

That month, the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, issued a permanent guidance to limit whom ICE could arrest and thus remove from the country. The guidance established that ICE officers had to obtain permission to arrest illegal immigrants who had not been convicted of an aggravated felony, were not affiliated with a gang or terrorist network, or had illegally entered the U. S. before November 2020.