Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and failed 2016 presidential candidate, is backing an insidious new global censorship bill that would change the Internet as we know it.
The mastermind behind the infamous Russia hoax unironically tweeted her support for a shadowy bill called the Digital Services Act, which is gaining traction in the European Union.
For too long, tech platforms have amplified disinformation and extremism with no accountability. The EU is poised to do something about it.
I urge our transatlantic allies to push the Digital Services Act across the finish line and bolster global democracy before it's too late.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 21, 2022
“For too long, tech platforms have amplified disinformation and extremism with no accountability,” Clinton tweeted. “The EU is poised to do something about it. I urge our transatlantic allies to push the Digital Services Act across the finish line and bolster global democracy before it’s too late.”
Hillary Clinton, it should be noted, falsely alleged Trump-Russia collusion, leading to the illegal surveillance of a presidential campaign and the sabotage of Trump’s presidency for years. One of her tweets is also in the crosshairs of John Durham, the Special Counsel charged with investigation the Russia probe origins.
“The Democratic cybersecurity lawyer charged with concealing his work for the Clinton campaign from the FBI doesn’t want special counsel John Durham to be able to use Hillary Clinton’s tweet touting the Trump-Russia collusion claims he was pushing as evidence at trial,” the Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign paid a tech firm tied to university researchers to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump’s private and campaign communications. Special Counsel John Durham highlighted these findings in a motion to probe potential conflicts of interest with lawyer Michael Sussmann, who had worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
“As set forth in the Indictment, on Sept. 19, 2016 – less than two months before the 2016 U.S. Presidential election – the defendant, a lawyer at a large international law firm (‘Law Firm-1’) that was then serving as counsel to the Clinton Campaign, met with the FBI General Counsel at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C,” the indictment’s factual background states. “The defendant provided the FBI General Counsel with purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communications channel between the Trump Organization and a Russia-based bank (‘Russian Bank-1’).”
This is referring to the debunked political smear that Donald Trump had a secret bank wire with a Putin-linked Moscow bank named Alfa Bank. Clinton’s lawyer Michael Sussmann utilized the false accusations to argue that the federal government should conduct surveillance on the Trump campaign. Sussmann even peddled this baseless allegation to FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Hillary Clinton even tweeted out this disinformation. Twice.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016
Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016
“Durham told the federal court last week he wanted an October 2016 tweet from the Clinton campaign promoting the Alfa-Bank claims to be admitted as evidence at the May trial,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“The special counsel argued the tweet is not inadmissible hearsay ‘because it is not being offered for its truth’ — emphasizing that the prosecutors actually believe its claims were false,” the report noted. “Durham said he instead wanted to present the tweet to ‘show the existence of the defendant’s attorney-client relationship with the Clinton Campaign, which is directly relevant to the false statement charge’.”
“The Indictment alleges that the defendant lied in that meeting, falsely stating to the General Counsel that he was not providing the allegations to the FBI on behalf of any client,” the indictment states. “In fact, the defendant had assembled and conveyed the allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two specific clients, including (i) a technology executive (‘Tech Executive-1’) at a U.S.-based Internet company (‘Internet Company-1’), and (ii) the Clinton Campaign.”
Thus, Sussmann lied to the FBI about his work for the Clinton campaign, as well as his ties to a tech executive that has been identified as Rodney Joffe, senior vice president of Neustar. In addition, it came out this week that Sussmann also reportedly lied to the CIA.
Hillary Clinton has also been fined by the Federal Elections Commission for her role in spreading the Russia hoax.
“The Federal Election Commission has fined the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for lying about the funding of the infamous, and discredited, Russian ‘dossier’ used in a smear attempt against Donald Trump weeks before he shocked the world with his 2016 presidential victory,” the report said, as initially provided by the Washington Examiner.
“The election agency said that Clinton and the DNC violated strict rules on describing expenditures of payments funneled to the opposition research firm Fusion GPS through their law firm,” the report added.
Thus, it is beyond ironic that Hillary Clinton, who has been fined for spreading disinformation, now seeks a global agreement to regulate the Internet against purported “disinformation.” This would entail establishing a supervisory body that would dictate the ‘truth’ — apparently staffed with political partisans like herself.
“The EU is poised to unveil a law on Friday that will force Big Tech to police their platforms more aggressively over illegal content, marking the latest move by regulators to curb the power of large technology groups,” the Financial Times reported.
“The practice of targeting users online based on their religion, gender or sexual preferences will be banned under the Digital Services Act, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions.”
“The DSA is a legislative package that sets for the first time the rules on how Big Tech should keep users safe online,” the report added. “It comes a month after the EU passed the Digital Markets Act, as it pushes ahead with the biggest overhaul of the laws governing the world’s biggest technology companies in more than two decades.”
“The DSA shows that online platforms cannot do whatever they like and that they do not unilaterally set the terms of what users can or cannot see,” said an EU official working on the legislation.
“Regulators will also include an emergency mechanism to force platforms to disclose what steps they are taking to tackle misinformation or propaganda in light of Covid-19” and certain wars occurring in Europe, the report noted.
There may even be massive fines for tech giants like Google and Amazon, which would be coerced into hyperpartisan policing of citizens’ opinions, based on the governments’ view of what is “politically correct.”
A Ministry of Truth for the Internet. What could go wrong?
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