In the past week at least three attacks have been exposed on the Constitutional guarantee of free speech initiated by the ever-growing tyrannical US and state governments and its deep state actors. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s interpretation of antidiscrimination law is punishing a Christian web business because the owners refuse to go against their religious beliefs and make websites celebrating same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court will take up this case. In addition, FBI agent Elvis Chan in deposition revealed that the FBI ordered Twitter to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story, and Twitter owner Elan Musk said Twitter was also ordered by the Biden presidential campaign to censor the story.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt in December 2 Twitter posts revealed: “In our deposition of FBI agent Elvis Chan on Tuesday, we found that the FBI plays a big role in working with social media companies to censor speech – from weekly meetings with social media companies ahead of the 2020 election to asks for account takedowns… Chan stated that the FBI regularly sent social media companies lists of URLs and social media accounts that should be taken down because they were disinformation from “malign foreign influence operations.” The FBI then inquired whether the platforms have taken down the content.” In particular, the FBI coerced censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story that implicated his father Joe in unethical and possibly illegal international influence peddling deals that enriched the Biden family at taxpayer expense.
The same story was the example Musk used when he exposed a trove of emails indicating the Biden campaign successfully pressured Twitter to censor information about the Hunter Biden laptop story. Independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who released the information with Musk said, “By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: “More to review from the Biden team.” The reply would come back: “Handled.”” There are previous admissions by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that the government pressured his platform to censor the Hunter Biden story. In addition, the government blatantly censored dissent surrounding COVID lockdowns, vaccinations, and treatments.
These examples and others like them indicate the government’s tightening grip on Americans who do not agree with government policy, much of which is activated through legal interpretations by unelected administrative agencies with assumed enforcement authority. Private companies are allowed to censor information, but when acting at behest of the government, under pressure from government actors, or being outright told by the government to censor free speech, this is a violation of the First Amendment. Moreover, it is a signal to every American that the government needs to be reined in before it wraps those reins around the throats of dissent. May, as Christ said in Luke 8:17, “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest.” These dirty dealings are coming to light. May the evildoers be held accountable.