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FBI ‘Facilitated Censorship Requests’ on Behalf of Ukrainian Intelligence Agency

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According to a new report from the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, President Joe Biden’s Federal Bureau of Investigation “facilitated censorship requests to American social media companies on behalf of a Ukrainian intelligence agency infiltrated by Russian-aligned actors.”

According to the report, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) asked the FBI to assist it in identifying and eliminating accounts spreading Kremlin propaganda in the wake of Russia’s invasion of its western neighbor. Later, it was discovered that SBU had been “compromised” by those obedient to Putin.

The FBI received lists from the SBU of “thousands” of social media accounts at the start of the conflict that were allegedly “spreading Russian disinformation,” which the FBI subsequently disseminated to social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

Documents obtained through subpoenas from the tech giants showed that many of the accounts targeted belonged to Americans using First Amendment-protected speech, including those “expressing unambiguously pro-Ukrainian views, as well as those voicing opposition to Russian

 President Vladimir Putin.” This, the report argued, shows that “the FBI did not meaningfully vet the SBU’s lists.” A verified account for the US State Department and several journalists were among the accounts targeted.

Most content posted by flagged accounts had very little to no engagement, something the report pointed to as evidence of the “expansive online surveillance apparatus” of the SBU and its “desire to crack down on content in the early stages of dissemination, before it approaches the ‘virality threshold’.”

The SBU, which replaced the KGB after the fall of the Soviet Union, has long been a hotspot of Russian infiltration. After the FBI and SBU worked together in July 2022, President Zelensky terminated Ivan Bakanov as the organization’s leader, citing “the large number of SBU staff suspected of treason.”

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Former Obama-Biden Advisor Claims “The First Amendment Is Out of Control,” Hinders Government Action

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In a controversial opinion piece published recently, Tim Wu, an advisor to both the Obama and Biden administrations, argued that the First Amendment is becoming a significant obstacle to effective governance. The essay, titled “The First Amendment is Out of Control,” has sparked widespread debate and criticism.

Wu’s argument centers on the assertion that the First Amendment, designed to protect free speech, is now being exploited by powerful entities, including Big Tech companies, to resist regulation and oversight. He cites recent Supreme Court rulings regarding Texas and Florida laws aimed at regulating social media platforms as examples of this exploitation.

According to Wu, the collaboration between the government and major social media platforms is often hindered by the First Amendment, which is used as a defense to protect free speech in digital public forums. He suggests that this constitutional protection is being misused to prevent necessary government action aimed at safeguarding citizens.

Critics, however, argue that Wu’s perspective misinterprets the fundamental purpose of the First Amendment. They contend that the amendment’s role is precisely to protect citizens from government overreach and censorship, ensuring that free speech remains a cornerstone of democracy. The idea that the First Amendment is an obstacle rather than a protector is seen by many as a dangerous and misguided interpretation.

Furthermore, Wu’s essay touches on the issue of banning platforms like TikTok and implementing age verification laws, such as California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code. He suggests that the First Amendment stands in the way of these actions, which he believes are necessary for national security and protecting minors online. Critics counter that these measures, if implemented, could set precedents for broader and potentially harmful censorship practices.

Wu’s reference to the First Amendment as a “suicide pact,” borrowing language from a 1949 dissenting opinion in the Terminiello v. City of Chicago case, underscores the dramatic tone of his argument. He suggests that the amendment, while intended to safeguard freedoms, can also be interpreted in ways that undermine societal safety and security.

In conclusion, Tim Wu’s essay has reignited the debate over the balance between free speech and governmental regulation. While Wu argues that the First Amendment’s current application hinders effective governance and protection of citizens, his critics maintain that the amendment is essential for safeguarding democratic principles and preventing government overreach. As this debate continues, the interpretation and application of the First Amendment remain at the forefront of discussions about free speech and public safety in the digital age.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES

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DHS and FBI Issue Warning About Large Fourth of July Events as ‘Attractive’ Targets for

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning on Wednesday regarding potential threats to large Fourth of July celebrations. According to an internal bulletin obtained by ABC News, these events are considered “attractive” targets for lone offenders and small groups with malicious intentions.

The bulletin emphasizes the risk posed by individuals and small groups who might exploit the gatherings for terrorism or other harmful activities. The warning comes as the nation prepares for Independence Day festivities, which traditionally draw large crowds to public spaces.

The FBI and DHS are urging local law enforcement and event organizers to increase vigilance and security measures. The agencies highlight the importance of public awareness and cooperation, encouraging individuals to report any suspicious activities immediately.

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Biden is 7 Times More Popular with Ukrainians than Trump, Poll Reveals

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In a recent poll conducted by The Counteroffensive/Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, President Joe Biden emerges as significantly more popular among Ukrainians compared to former President Donald Trump. This inaugural poll offers insights into Ukrainian sentiment towards American leadership during their ongoing conflict with Russia.

According to The Hill, a striking 46.7 percent of Ukrainian respondents expressed a preference for President Biden as the leader they believe would better support Ukraine’s war effort. In contrast, only 6.5 percent of those polled favored Trump in this regard.

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