Not for the first time, Senator Paul has demonstrated the integrity, guts and skill to not only expose a government villain but also to explicate some basic cultural values and truths in the process.
This time Paul’s oh-so-deserving target was Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, he of the deliberately porous Mexican border and the deceitful disrespect for enforcing the law, and the topic was the agency’s new and ominous “disinformation governance board.” The setting: a Senate hearing this week.
After the Homeland Security Secretary ducked Paul’s question about whether the Steele Dossier included “Russian disinformation,” Son of Ron said,
“Here’s my question: The FBI concludes that the Steele dossier was full of Russian disinformation. CNN propagated this disinformation gladly for years and years. The difference, I guess, between your opinion and our opinion is that as despicable as it is that CNN propagated this disinformation, I wouldn’t shut them down, I wouldn’t lecture them, I wouldn’t put it on a government website that CNN is wrong for propagating disinformation. The problem you have is you’re not even willing to admit — I mean, we can’t even have an agreement on what the FBI said was disinformation.”
When Mayorkas huminahumina-ed that his board would not be responsible for policing disinformation in general, but only “when there is a connectivity between disinformation and threats to security of the homeland,” Paul said,
Well, the Russians might be considered that. You mentioned the Russians the other day when you tried to pivot away from this being about censorship. Let’s just say … you’ve discovered tomorrow Russian disinformation that is going to hurt our national security, and CNN is broadcasting it, what are you going to do? Here’s the problem: We can’t even agree what disinformation is! You can’t even agree that it was disinformation that the Russians fed information to the Steele dossier. If you can’t agree to that, how are we ever going to come to an agreement on what is disinformation so you can police it on social media?”
Then Majorkas resorted to the now-obligatory cover-words the unethical use to hide their conduct from the weak of mind and language—you know, like “choice.” All his harmless little Ministry of Truth would be trying to uphold are “guardrails, definitions, standards,” he told Paul, who was not impressed.
“I think you’ve got no idea what disinformation is,” Paul replied. “Do you know who the greatest propagator of disinformation in the history of the world is? The U.S. government. Think of all the debates and disputes we’ve had over the last 50 years in our country. We work them out by debating them. We don’t work them out by having the government being the arbiter. I don’t want “guardrails.” I want you to have nothing to do with speech. You think the American people are so stupid they need you to tell them what the truth is? You can’t even admit what the truth is with the Steele dossier! I don’t trust government to figure out what the truth is!”
As an added bonus, and further proof of both the Secretary’s incompetence and the reckless way the “board” was established, Paul got Mayorkas to admit that he didn’t know Nina Jankowicz, the hyper-partisan executive director of the disinformation board, called the Hunter Biden laptop story Russian “disinformation.”
Nice vetting there, Mr. Secretary, but to be fair, let’s not get carried away.
After all, this is only about Freedom of Speech.
Pointer and Facts: The Blaze