The latest installment of the Twitter Files gives details on something earlier installments only hinted at. First The Intercept reported (gloated?) that Twitter, like Facebook, behaved as a State actor. Twitter Files Release Three confirmed this, but even then gave only a bare hint. Yesterday Matt Taibbi revealed an extensive body of correspondence between Twitter and the FBI. At least one other commentator suggests this correspondence gives the most comprehensive (and comprehensible) picture yet of the Deep State, its inner workings, and its unsavory influence on the body politic.
Twitter as subsidiary of the FBI
Promptly at 1:00 p.m. PST, Matt Taibbi began to reveal the extent of cooperation between Twitter and the FBI. Herewith the thread, with very other tweet:
J. D. Rucker observes, correctly, that those of us who suspected that a Deep State existed, and that it saw Presidents come and go and did what it wanted, were correct in our suspicions. We also have observed that a private company breaks the First Amendment:
If the government coerces or induces it to take action the government itself would not be permitted to do, such as censor expression of a lawful viewpoint.
(Biden v. Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, 141 S. Ct. 1220, 1226 (2021), Thomas J, concurring.)
This is what the Attorneys General of Missouri and Louisiana, plus five other plaintiffs, now allege against the U.S. government. The Twitter executives these tweets named, are lucky they aren’t named defendants in Missouri v. Biden. But they will almost certainly be material witnesses.
Reaction on Twitter itself varies from Wow to There, you see to Ho Hum. One person asked a very pertinent question:
This user identified the central problem in all this: the FBI was directly telling Twitter moderators what to do.
At least one user said, blithely, “The FBI was controlled by Trump.” But the earlier Twitter Files, and the Intercept piece, clearly show that the FBI was a rogue agency determined to remove a sitting President from office, by hook or by crook. And it had help from many other agencies.
This behavior is inexcusable, and its revelation should scare anyone. But as Daniel Goldhagen observed, even Hitler had willing executioners.
Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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