Jaxen said author and journalist Matt Taibbi, who has gone through the Twitter Files, coined the term censorship industrial complex after looking at the Virality Project, a seven-month pilot program that was a plugin for Twitter. He noted that the Virality Project was used as a censorship dog whistle, with their people giving weekly reports about misinformation.
The researcher and writer also stated that true stories about vaccine hesitancy were wrangled and censored at this point. Secretly, vaccine hesitancy and other things were being targeted.
Jaxen mentioned that Taibbi and author Michael Shellenberger have blown the whistle on how dangerous this thing is before a congressional hearing. Shellenberger had submitted a 68-page congressional report in which he gave all of his information about the censorship industrial complex.
"It's a testimony to Congress and it shows in great detail, basically an effort by the U.S. government, intelligence and security agencies, (and) the health agencies to wage information warfare against the American people. It's that serious and so, behind the scenes, you have this censorship industrial complex that has been erected in the shadows, but is really out front now," Jaxen told host Del Bigtree during the May 9 episode of "The High Wire."
"We're seeing legislation not just in the U.S., but around the world that is trying to curb speech in a lot of different ways." (Related: America's intelligence agencies are conducting "information warfare" against its own people.)
Jaxen noted that censorship in the U.S. has a lot of different flavors – including the Restrict Act, which is currently going through legislation.
According to the investigative journalist, the Restrict Act has broad, open-ended language that is very concerning because it talks about foreign adversaries. Jaxen pointed out that the problem there is giving the Secretary of Commerce the power to designate new foreign adversaries.
Bigtree commented that the government is trying to scare the American people through the propagandized media and by taking control of the internet. He added the government is using the censorship law as a way to gain even more power and control over the lives of the American people.
Jaxen said the Restrict Act has the potential to criminalize the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, which protect a device from hackers. He urged Americans to pay attention to this and make their voices heard.
"If Congress is going to pass the Restrict Act it should be whittled down to what it was originally supposed to be," Jaxen said. And that is to protect the U.S. from China's surveillance network.
He also mentioned that there is a new hate speech law going through legislation in Ireland. Called the "Incitement to Violence or Hatred and Hate Offenses Bill 2022," it is using the concept of "hate crime" from a different angle. Jaxen said the bill talks about hate crime as a situation where a person prepares or possesses material that is likely to incite violence or hatred against a person or a group of persons.
Bigtree commented that speaking out about some issues does not mean that a person is inciting violence.
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This video is from the The HighWire with Del Bigtree channel on Brighteon.com.