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No, I’m not talking about the voting machines, the piles and piles of votes illegally cast, the scads and scads of votes illegally counted, and all the usual stuff. Some of that stuff had some real problems, and that stuff matters, a lot. But I’m not talking about that.
I’m talking about the Twitter Files.
And, by extension, I’m talking about the files we don’t have because a billionaire taking a stand on the right side of history can make the Twitter Files happen–thank you, Elon Musk–but cannot, of his own power, give us everything. He can’t also give us the Facebook Files, the Google Files, the FoxNews Files, the CNN Files, the ABC Files, the NBC Files, the CBS Files, and the New York Times Files.
In the Twitter Files, we learn that the feds were using Big Tech to manage speech.
These actions flipped an election–almost certainly. Poll data indicate that (here, for example), factoring in the Hunter Biden laptop story alone.
And that stuff was illegal. You shouldn’t have to ask which law, unless you want a thorough list and think there might be lesser laws on this. There may be, but I don’t know that I care all that much. This crap is illegal according to the big law. It’s called “the Constitution.” Someone should have reminded these oathbreakers about it.
There’s a good intro to all this in this Imprimis article. Here’s a good line:
Private companies, of course, for the most part have the right to engage in viewpoint discrimination—something the government is prohibited from doing by the First Amendment. The problem is that when Twitter suspended Trump, it was operating less like a private company than like an extension of the federal government.
Here’s another good bit:
Second, Twitter was taking marching orders from a deep state security apparatus that was created to fight terrorists, not to censor or manipulate public discourse. To the extent that the deep state is using social media companies like Twitter and Facebook to subvert the First Amendment and run information psy-ops on the American public, these companies have become malevolent government actors. As a policy matter, the hands-off, laissez-faire regulatory approach we have taken to them should come to an immediate end.
Third, the administrative state has metastasized into a destructive deep state that threatens to bring about the collapse of America’s constitutional system within our lifetimes. Emblematic of the threat is the fact that “the intelligence community” has proven itself incapable of not interfering in American elections. The FBI in particular has directly meddled in the last two presidential elections to a degree that should call into question its continued existence. Indeed, the FBI’s post-9/11 transformation from a law enforcement agency to a counter-terrorism and intelligence-gathering agency with seemingly limitless remit has been a disaster for civil liberties and the First Amendment. We need either to impose radical reforms or scrap it entirely and start over.
We are in very big trouble.
Since the day after the election–way back in November 2020, when it began to appear that massive illegalities might have made a difference to the Biden victory–I’ve been trying to figure out what happened.
The biggest question I’ve been interested in is whether illegal actions flipped swing states. Topics like thousands of mules, hackable voting machines, lots of zombie voters, votes cast illegally outside of the voter’s jurisdiction, illegal rule changes, and all the host of other election allegations do matter; some of those things even happened. But a straightforward answer to the big question has been hiding in plain sight for a while now: Illegal actions did flip swing states, and they were the actions of Deep State intelligence.
Three years later, we know at least that much.Published in