Why is DHS keeping documents about the 'disinformation' regulations secret?

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Nina Jankowicz

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By Kevin Schmidt
Real bright wire

Nearly two years after Nina Jankowicz briefly led the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board, she launched an organization demanding transparency and the public release of documents on the public debate on disinformation. An interesting move, probably without real transparency in mind.

My organization, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, issued the same thing two years of fighting DHS for documents about the federal administration Jankowicz managed. We serve one second lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to combat continued government stonewalling of our requests. So far, DHS has declined to provide unredacted versions of documents outlining the situation alleged authoritiesUnpleasant regulate disinformation. Nor will the agency release more information about its work on disinformation related to “irregular migration” And “Ukraine” before the board was dissolved in August 2022.

So taxpayers cannot find out what legal authority DHS exercises, nor can they find out about the work done with their tax dollars. Does this sound like a dystopian novel yet?

Why are the documents of a defunct government council important? Because DHS and Jankowicz sold the board as needed. They claimed to be concerned that the ongoing disinformation work of DHS's various agencies was threatening Americans' freedom of expression.

Jankowicz tweeted in April 2022, “one of the primary reasons the board was established is to uphold the department's commitment to protecting free speech, privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.”

DHS told reporters in April 2022, “[I]Ironically, this Council is designed to protect the freedom of expression that critics wrongly claim it is trying to trample.” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also said“[I]Frankly, it was quite disturbing that the disinformation work that had been in full swing for many years in various independent governments was not guided by guardrails.”

In May 2022, Mayor said so the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said the administration was needed to ensure that ongoing disinformation work in DHS “does not infringe on people's freedom of expression” and that the administration would develop “guidelines” and “guardrails.” That same month, the board was put on pause and eventually dissolved in August 2022.

Disturbing, indeed. If DHS and Jankowicz were telling the truth about the need for the administration, then DHS offices across the country continue to do disinformation work without any guardrails to protect free speech.

So the disinformation work continues, but the work to provide “guardrails” has stopped. We want to know what guidelines this work currently operates under, but DHS declines to provide this information. What are they trying to hide?

We are not the only ones who are being denied basic transparency about what DHS does with your tax dollars. Members of Congress have repeatedly asked for documents and direct answers to simple questions about agency authority.

At a House Homeland Security Committee hearing last month, Rep. Mike Ezell (R-MS) said asked Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas“What congressional authority does DHS have in the [misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information] space?” Mayorkas dodged the question. Rep. Ezell received one similar non-answer from a DHS deputy secretary during a hearing in December.

a DHS fact sheet who defended the creation of the Disinfo Board from May 2, 2022, said: “The ministry has renewed its commitment to transparency and openness with the public and Congress.”

Like the name “Disinformation Governance Board,” these claims of commitment to transparency are Orwellian double entenders. Last month, Jankowicz and Álvarez-Aranyos sent one letter to Congress They are demanding that they release their work on disinformation, while Jankowicz's former colleagues at DHS are simultaneously refusing to do so, despite being legally obligated to do so, unlike Congress.

Jankowicz and her former government employer have an interest in ensuring that the records showing what they did with the Disinfo Board never see the light of day. DHS will continue to obstruct unless a federal court orders them to follow the law, and we will not stop until they provide transparency about its authorities and actions that threaten free speech.

This article was originally published by RealClearPolitics and made available via RealClearWire
Kevin Schmidt is research director at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

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