Well alrighty then! All is well!
The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a supposedly exonerating statement today following the latest “Twitter Files” dump, which disclosed information detailing the FBI’s correspondence with Twitter in October 2020. Substack’sMatt Taibbi revealed that the agency warned the previous management at Twitter of a “hack-and-leak” by “state actors” surrounding the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop to influence the 2020 presidential election. The “Twitter Files” also revealed that the FBI and Twitter worked closely in the lead up to the election, with documents published this week showing that the FBI paid Twitter nearly $3.5 million between October 2019 and February 2021 for the expenses entailed by complying with the FBI’s demands/requests. The FBI also flagged certain tweets for Twitter to remove from the platform, the documents show, and FBI agents were even employed at Twitter during this period.
If I were a publicity experts advising the FBI, my recommendation would be that no comment would be preferable to this statement, which is desperate and damning:
“The correspondence between the FBI and Twitter show nothing more than examples of our traditional, longstanding and ongoing federal government and private sector engagements, which involve numerous detailing companies over multiple sectors and industries. As evidenced in the correspondence, the FBI provides critical information to the private sector in an effort to allow them to protect themselves and their customers. The men and women of the FBI work every day to protect the American public. It is unfortunate that conspiracy theorists and others are feeding the American public misinformation with the sole purpose of attempting to discredit the agency.”
- “We always do this” is just another variation on the biggest rationalization of them all, “Everybody does it.” Such “engagements” as the Twitter documents reveal are wrongful and unconstitutional. The FBI does a lot of bullying of news and information companies, does it? Good to know, but that’s a confession, not an excuse.
- What the hell are “detailing companies”? This is the old government standby of resorting to jargon in order to confuse and mislead the public. It literally tells us that the FBI won’t be transparent, and is using doubletalk to throw up metaphorical dust.
- How does censoring opinions and information on a public internet platform “protect” anyone, except the FBI’s totalitarian masters?
- “The men and women of the FBI work every day to protect the American public.” The King’s Pass! (Rationalizaion #11) “Trust us, we’re the good guys, even when we do bad things, and because we’re so good, we should not be held responsible for the bad things we do.” Worse, this shameless statement alerts me to a rationalization I’ve missed: The Totalitarian’s Creed, or “We know what’s best.” I’ll write it up tomorrow.
- And then an attack on the messenger. Of course. Deflect. Conspiracy theory! Misinformation! But the FBI doesn’t identify any misinformation.
Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer, who will be the new House Oversight Chair, said yesterday that Congress should block funding of the FBI until it comes clean about its Big Tech censorship activities. “In the beginning, I thought that there were probably two or three rogue employees who were orchestrating this cover up of the Hunter Biden laptop story, but now we know the FBI had a division of at least 80 agents,” Comer said. “We also know that the FBI paid Twitter over $3 million for their time, all the time they took over the past couple of years in telling them who to suppress, who to ban. You know, it’s just things that the government has no role in. The FBI was never granted the authority to create any type of disinformation task force that policed the social media sites. Now this we know with Twitter. We’ve heard similar stories from Zuckerberg. Who knows what went on at YouTube and Google. This is an agency that’s out of control.”
But…but… that’s unfair! The FBI has always been out of control!!!