The Biden Regime's Proposed Public-Private Panopticon Endangers Everyone

The Biden Regime’s Proposed Public-Private Panopticon Endangers Everyone

May 10, 2021 – The Biden regime has recently proposed a number of grave and startling changes to American society, starting with a politicization of the U.S. Military, National Guard and Intelligence Agencies via purges of conservatives and Trump supporters. For the short-sighted leftist who might foolishly think this is a good thing because you don’t like the other side, just imagine if Trump did this, or if future Republicans do something similar. The precedent has now been set by those who shrieked about Trump changing our “customs and norms” and damaging our so-called “democracy.” These same people say nothing when Joe Biden rules by executive orders and acts like a dictator.

To be clear, let us define our terms:

fasc•ism făsh′ĭz″əm – A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls, violent suppression of the opposition, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.

Fascism=”Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” ― Benito Mussolini. When you examine the root of the term, we can see readily that the subtle differences distinguishing fascism from other governmental/ economic terminology can be exploited to sway the uninformed one way or another.

As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer. The word derives from fasces, the Roman symbol of collectivism and power: a tied bundle of rods with a protruding ax. In its day (the 1920s and 1930s), fascism was seen as the happy medium between boom-and-bust-prone liberal capitalism, with its alleged class conflict, wasteful competition, and profit-oriented egoism, and revolutionary Marxism, with its violent and socially divisive persecution of the bourgeoisie. Fascism substituted the particularity of nationalism and racialism—’blood and soil’—for the internationalism of both classical liberalism and Marxism.

Fascism embodied corporatism, in which political representation was based on trade and industry rather than on geography. In this, fascism revealed its roots in syndicalism, a form of socialism originating on the left. Link

Senior employees of tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter are preparing to join President-elect Joe Biden’s administration amid a digital crackdown on President Trump’s supporters.

The companies are purging their platforms after Wednesday’s Capitol riot and break-in by Trump supporters, in the name of preventing more violence.

But skeptics fear potential government-sanctioned censorship and surveillance akin to the post-9/11 Patriot Act, which federal authorities secretly interpreted as allowing for the dragnet collection of domestic call records.

Big Tech aides pouring into the Biden White House and federal agencies will give the companies access to decision-makers, including the president, potentially conflating the policies of the large companies and the government. The influx also could influence other policies, including anti-trust actions and the future of Section 230 legal protections.

One of the most powerful figures in the White House later this month will be Jessica Hertz, a former Facebook lawyer who will serve as Biden’s White House staff secretary, vetting correspondence, regulations and appointments that will reach his desk.

Emily Horne, who will broker the White House National Security Council’s communications with the media, worked at Twitter from 2017 to 2018, according to her LinkedIn profile. The NSC has a large staff anchored on White House grounds, and significantly influences administration policy on defense and foreign affairs.

A fleet of other Big Tech vets are helping review appointments for Biden’s transition office and may follow him into office after Jan. 20. – NYP

Twitter’s Emily Horn now runs communications at the National Security Council and unsurprisingly is also involved in an effort to create a public-private mass surveillance panopticon to bypass laws that require due process before spying on American citizens. One can easily surmise that an ex-Twitter executive would attempt to drive federal contractors to her former employer, as she will likely go right back to Twitter after her tenure in the Biden regime and be rewarded generously for having done so. The article continues:

Mark Schwartz from Amazon Web Services is helping vet appointments to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which controls spending policy across the federal bureaucracy.

Google global program manager Deon Scott is reviewing applicants to the Department of Homeland Security, Facebook strategic response aide Zaid Zaid is on the Biden vetting team for State Department jobs, Facebook associate general counsel Christopher Upperman is working on the Small Business Administration, and Facebook director of strategic response Rachel Lieber is vetting spy agency staff.

Amazon international tax director Tom Sullivan is vetting State Department appointments and Cynthia Hogan, who led Apple’s lobbying as vice president for public policy and government affairs, previously helped with Biden’s VP selection vetting.

In DC, a widely accepted axiom says “Personnel is policy,” and civil libertarians are expressing concern after the companies censored Trump and his allies.

Twitter canceled Trump’s account Friday night and purged many accounts belonging to right-wingers, as well as Trump allies Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, who backed Trump’s claims that voter fraud gave Biden a win — despite court rulings to the contrary.

Facebook and Instagram, meanwhile, banned Trump from using the networks through at least Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, expressing concern that he would incite further violence.

As Trump fans migrated to upstart Parler to communicate, Google and Apple dropped the platform from its app stores and Amazon has booted the network from its servers, taking the site offline completely. – NYP

This is a good place to describe precisely what a panopticon is and more chillingly to our context, the purpose of it. 
The panopticon is a type of institutional building and a system of control designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century. The concept of the design is to allow all prisoners of an institution to be observed by a single security guard, without the inmates being able to tell whether they are being watched. Link

The purpose is to curb and observe those trapped by its all-seeing eye, and achieve behavior modification.

The big tech oligarchs are now firmly in the government, in positions of political power with its accompanying monopoly on the use of force, as well as maintaining their ties to monopolistic and powerful global corporations. This is FASCISM and yet the Left is completely oblivious, nowhere to be seen nor have they spoken up about it at all.

Thomas Knapp writes in a blog post on this recent danger to America:

‘The Biden administration,’ CNN reports, ‘is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online.’

Federal law enforcement agencies are legally and constitutionally  forbidden to monitor the private activities of citizens without first getting warrants based on probable cause to believe those citizens have committed, or are committing, crimes. The feds can browse public social media posts and so forth, but secretly trawling private groups and hacking encrypted chats is off-limits.

Private companies and nonprofit civic organizations, not being government entities, don’t need warrants or probable cause to access those private discussion areas.  The administration’s bright idea is that through partnership with these non-government entities, they can get around legal and constitutional barriers:  ‘WE didn’t collect the information. THEY collected the information, then gave it to us.’

There are several flies in that ointment. Here’s a big one:

It’s entirely understandable that — to use an entirely hypothetical example — someone with the Southern Poverty Law Center might impersonate a fictional white supremacist to get into a private Ku Klux Klan chat room and see what those people are up to.

But the US Department of Justice says it’s illegal  (under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) to evade terms of service with false identities.

A government partnership with an organization that gathers information in that way is no different than the government partnering with a burglar to find out what you have in your house, without the bother of convincing a judge there’s probable cause to issue a search warrant. It is, quite simply, criminal conspiracy.

As with so many political and social issues arising in the Internet age, we’re coming up against a big question that urgently needs answering:

At what point does ‘working with’ government amount to ‘being part of’ government?

Much of the ‘private’ tech sector makes big money on government contracts. NBC News reports, based on  a 2020 Tech Inquiry expose,  that Microsoft enjoys thousands of subcontracts with the US Department of Defense and federal law enforcement. Amazon has more than 350 such subcontracts with agencies like ICE and the FBI. Google, more than 250.

What about the ‘nonprofit’ sector? According to the National Council of NonProfits, 31.8% of nonprofit revenues are tied to government grants and contracts.

When  these entities do things FOR government, they should be held to the same standards and limits AS government. And those standards and limits should put our freedom and privacy first. – Thomas Knapp

Herein lies the problem. These are not “private companies” and they never were. As an example, Google has its origins in a joint NSA/CIA “research grant.” I believe they were created strictly to act as cutouts that intelligence agencies and the federal government could employ to get around those pesky barriers called human rights and due process and constitutional protections avoiding accountability to obstacles like FOIA requests.

If ever these were private companies, the line that separates them from the government has become so blurred it’s hard to see where one ends and they other begins. They are enmeshed and intertwined in a symbiotic relationship that revolves around data collection, weaponization and profit.

This tightly woven connection blurs any examination of motives. When big tech censors someone, is at the behest of the federal government which is prohibited from doing such things? One commentator Lana noted that “It’s ironic. The word “fascism” has been thrown around so much in recent years that it has become almost meaningless. And yet, this sort of explicit cooperation between big government and big business is the defining characteristic of actual fascism, both in theory and in practice. But it is rarely labelled as such, and is often supported by those who most vehemently claim to oppose fascism.”

CNN published a shamefully pro-surveillance article that doesn’t give voice to the real issues here and is designed to try to trick the Left into championing this authoritarian repression by promising they won’t use their tools and weapons against them:

The plan being discussed inside DHS, according to multiple sources, would, in effect, allow the department to circumvent those limits. In response to CNN’s story, DHS said it ‘is not partnering with private firms to surveil suspected domestic terrorists online’ and ‘it is blatantly false’ to suggest that the department is using outside firms to circumvent its legal limits.
‘All of our work to address the threat of domestic terrorism is done consistent with the Constitution and other applicable law, and in close coordination with our privacy and civil liberties experts,’ the DHS statement added.
But the department has considered partnering with research firms who have more visibility in this space, though it has not done so to this point, the sources said. If that ultimately happens, DHS could produce information that would likely be beneficial to both it and the FBI, which can’t monitor US citizens in this way without first getting a warrant or having the pretext of an ongoing investigation. The CIA and NSA are also limited on collecting intelligence domestically.
It would, however, involve empowering a unit at DHS that is already under fierce scrutiny for its bungled handling of the Portland riots last summer, an episode that included collecting intelligence reports on journalists and unmasking private citizens, according to a source familiar with a recent internal report on the matter.
That leaves the Biden administration with a key question: how to address mistakes made during the Trump administration while also finding ways to respond to what critics say were blatant failures by US intelligence agencies to act on warnings ahead of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol?
Researchers who already monitor such activity online could act as middlemen to obtain the information. DHS officials maintain the materials provided would only consist of broad summaries or analysis of narratives that are emerging on these sites and would not be used to target specific individuals.
Outsourcing some information gathering to outside firms would give DHS the benefit of tactics that it isn’t legally able to do in-house, such as using false personas to gain access to private groups used by suspected extremists, sources say. – CNN
Don’t worry Leftists, we promise we won’t use these powerful tools against you, they claim. But what happens when a Republican president comes into power? Does the Left believe they will be immune forever to the tactics they endorse to be used against their political rivals? Do they really believe the chickens will never come home to roost?
Sputnik News has written about this grave danger because apparently the U.S. mass media can only act as eager mouthpieces for the national security state:
The Biden administration is considering using private firms to surveil suspected domestic terrorists online, according to CNN. A new ‘war on domestic terror’ is fraught with risks of curtailing constitutional rights for Americans and giving sweeping new powers to the federal government, warned former CIA officers.

US federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI, are limited in how they can monitor citizens online without a warrant, while the CIA and NSA are restricted in the collection of intelligence information domestically, explains CNN. Moreover, they are strictly prohibited from assuming false identities to access private messaging apps used by ‘extremist groups such as the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers,’ CNN notes. To that end, federal authorities are mulling the hiring of outside entities which could ‘legally’ infiltrate these private groups to gather vast amounts of information, as a source familiar with the effort told the broadcaster.

‘The DHS will use the new workers to infiltrate organizations and spy on them from the inside, while also collecting electronic information relating to their activities,’ notes Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer. ‘That intelligence will then be used by the Justice Department to go after the groups legally in an attempt to break them up and imprison their leaders.’

​Using private contractors is not new for federal agencies, according to the CIA veteran. After 9/11, the CIA consisted of 30% contractors, while at the Pentagon those numbers have been similar.

There is no guarantee that a private contractors’ assessment would be accurate, that the bureau would separate wheat from chaff and that the DOJ would rein everybody in, according to Giraldi.

One glaring example is ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s “dirty” dossier on Donald Trump and his campaign which alleged collusion with Russia. The research was partly funded by the FBI which later used the uncorroborated dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on a Trump aide, Carter Page. In December 2020, the DOJ acknowledged that it lacked probable cause to surveil Page in at least two of four warrant applications but several years ago turned a blind eye to that.

In addition to this, one can no longer trust the federal intelligence agencies and their proxies to obey the rules in their investigations given that the recent FISA Court review has indicated that the FBI and NSA continues warrantless spying on Americans, the CIA veteran states.

In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of American citizens. In September 2020, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the program described by Snowden violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and may have been unconstitutional. Under the Fourth Amendment, US citizens are protected against warrantless searches and seizures. The amendment also stipulates that the warrant could be issued only upon probable cause.

Commenting on the CNN report, Snowden tweeted: “CNN says the White House is discussing a new plan to expand domestic, warrantless surveillance of Americans – by paying private companies to infiltrate and report on the private social media groups of those it categorizes as ‘suspected extremists’.”

The CNN report comes as federal authorities continue to push reports of the domestic terrorism threat allegedly posed by ‘white supremacists’ emboldened by the 6 January Capitol breach.

Describing the extremists in question, CNN specifically refers to the Proud Boys. However, despite the demonization of the group in the media, only one, William Chrestman, had a weapon during the deadly 6 January attack, a wooden ax handle, writes political commentator Julie Kelly, citing a grand jury indictment. Chrestman is not accused of using the weapon in the charges against him.

Following the breach, House Dems introduced the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act (DTPA). A problem that some had with the legislation was that it specifically targeted “white supremacists” and groups related to the 6 January DC insurrection, described as “Donald Trump supporters,” according to American attorney Andrew McCarthy. At the same time, the bill did not specifically mention jihadists and left-wing extremists. The legislation was “not about countering terrorism” but “weaving a political narrative,” the lawyer believes.

Nevertheless, on 4 May, US Attorney General Merrick Garland warned the House Appropriations subcommittee about the growing challenge of domestic violent extremism and domestic terrorism, adding that ‘both of those keep [him] up at night.’

Garland requested ‘increases of $45 million for FBI domestic terrorism investigation and $40 million to US attorneys to manage increasing domestic terrorism caseloads.’

US President Joe Biden proposed allocating $131 million for the DHS ‘to support diverse, innovative, and community-driven methods to prevent domestic terrorism while respecting civil rights and liberties’ and $20 million for grants ‘to build local capacity to prevent targeted violence and all forms of terrorism.’ – Sputnik News

What the Biden regime is proposing is a vast, fascist police state that will not be limited just to going after those on the political Right. It will be used by the national security state to punish all forms of dissent. Where are the howls of the Left about fears of fascism in America? Where are their shrieking op-eds with the hysterical headlines about the fall of American “democracy” to the dark forces of a fascist dictatorial state?

The U.S. mass media for the past four years made continual use of a caricature of a rogue, fascist dictator destroying American “democracy” that needed to be “removed” from the levers of power. It seems in Joe Biden they got this fascist dictator and now that it’s finally here, they are nowhere to be heard. They simply dote on him and grovel and write glowing puff pieces about “Dr. Jill” and make excuse after excuse for his disgusting betrayal of America.

Welcome to the new fascist police state, where government empowered corporations will punish and repress you on the whims and orders of a tyrannical government no longer even pretending to follow the Constitution, Due Process or the Letter of the Law, much less the Rule of Law. After four years of histrionically gaslighting the nation, the Left got that very thing. I hope it was worth it.

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