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Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Personality

By Family Research Council

There’s an old adage that says if you talk to yourself, you needn’t be worried. You need to be worried only when you begin to answer yourself.

Nearly 20 years ago, during the advent of the mobile phone’s adoption of Bluetooth, a strange phenomenon began to happen. You’d begin to see people walking by themselves on the street talking, having animated conversations. In the years before, such behavior was attributed to mental illness. A person just didn’t have an out-loud conversation with no one in their vicinity. It took a few years of getting used to, but now it’s commonplace. People talked into the air daily, but they were talking to another real person somewhere on the other end of the relays of bits of radio and telephone data. We weren’t talking to ourselves, and we certainly weren’t answering ourselves.

These days, I’m not so sure. We now inhabit a world where people talk routinely to small bricks of metal, glass, and plastic. And not only are we having words with these silicon wonders — the silicon wonders are talking back. We ask questions, directions, and give orders to these bricks, and the bricks reciprocate. We form relationships of a sort, we make conversation, and increasingly trust what they tell us. But where will this take us?

Intelligence and Words

Words tie humanity and history together. God spoke words as he created the world. Creation is replete with words and communication. The Bible is God’s word, and his word is the source of all wisdom (Proverbs 2:6). As the author of Hebrews declared, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:1–2). God speaks to his people, and his speech culminates in the revelation of his son Jesus, himself the word of God.

God is not the only speaker in the cosmos, of course. Humans began saying words in the garden — and it wasn’t just to each other. Mankind has a long history of talking not only to God, but also to non-humans. Adam named the animals (did he tell them their names?), and Eve’s consequential conversation with the serpent reminds us that humans don’t always reserve their speech for other people. Balaam nonchalantly spoke with his donkey, and in Revelation, an eagle cries woes and warnings (Revelation 8:13) to whomever would hear.

Even after biblical times, it was reported that St. Francis preached to the birds, and anyone who has owned a puppy is acquainted with telling it “no!” It’s not the same as talking to a person, but most animals have some semblance of a personality. They’re not persons created with the imago dei, but their ability to understand communication on some level — intelligence — lends a rightness to conversing with them. We can tell Lassie to sit and then reward her with a “Good dog!” without betraying the natural order of dominion.

Humans also have a history of talking to inanimate objects, but the communication here tends to be more one-sided. The futility of small-engine repair has been the occasion for this writer’s own unkind words to his string trimmer, and when my truck began to break down on the interstate, I spoke many words of encouragement for it to make it to the next exit. Moses was told by God to speak to a rock, and his disobedience cost him dearly. People talk to things all the time, but things we talk to lack even a hint of personality, much less intelligence. We bless and we curse the things of this world, but we have no expectation of the things of this world blessing and cursing us in return.

A New Personality

Enter artificial intelligence (AI). Neither human nor animal, AI is categorically a thing of this world — a machine. But it is not a machine in the way a bicycle is a machine, nor is it even in the same vein as a calculator. A person inputs manual instruction to a bicycle, and the bicycle predictably moves through space and time. A person inputs numbers and commands into a calculator, and the calculator outputs a predictable result. The AI large-language models of today certainly receive input, but the output AI generates using the infinite possibilities of language is far from predictable.

Modern AI ebbs and flows from a near-infinite stream of words. Continually learning, it can interpret natural language better than your trained Springer Spaniel, and sometimes better than the people working your local drive-thru. It’s not surprising, therefore, that we’ve begun to attribute personality to AI. The unceremoniously-named ChatGPT notwithstanding, many AI’s have been personified with names like Siri, Grok, Gemini, Claude, Ada, and Jasper.

But names are just the beginning. The Channel One news agency, set to launch in 2024, takes personification far beyond chatbots by presenting a newscast populated by AI-generated news anchors who look and sound like real people, giving new meaning to the phrase “talking heads.” In 2023, the Hollywood SAG-AFTRA strike addressed the looming specter of AI replacing both writers and actors. As deepfakes become more and more realistic, the value of a picture will be reduced from a thousand words to only three: Is it real?

We can only expect the artificial personalities of AI to become more and more lifelike. Right now, physical presence may be lacking, but the behaviors precipitated by the COVID years showed us that physical presence has been devalued to the extent that many in Western culture deem it unnecessary. The increased comfort with living virtually has opened wide the door for people to replace personalities they find less interesting with artificial ones who conform to their desires. The advent of physical artificial intelligence — the pending rise of the robots — will only deepen the dependence upon personality for human interaction with AI.

The Image of God and the god in the Machine

Humans tend to personify that which they deem intelligent. The psalmist noted this tendency of the idol makers in Psalm 135:15–18:

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them.

Now, we have the inverse. Today’s artificial intelligences aren’t silver and gold — they’re silicon and copper. They don’t have mouths, but they speak. They don’t have eyes, but they see. They don’t have ears, but they hear everything.

Everything may be turned upside down, but it all has a familiar idolatrous ring to it. This is not to say that all artificial intelligence is idolatry. It is not. But when we begin to interact with AI as we would another person — when we attribute personality to that which isn’t a person — we bring ourselves dangerously close to an ancient folly wrapped in a modern setting.

In 2023, Elon Musk launched his AI company, xAI with the goal to use AI “to understand the true nature of the universe.” This is a tall order. Failing to exhibit the imago dei, AI perfectly fulfills the role of deus ex machina. It is an all-too convenient solution to humanity’s problems, especially when it reflects the real intelligence shortcomings of its creators.

Our problems will persist until Christ returns, and while AI may help us identify patterns and make our drive-thru experiences easier, AI will always have the deficiency of being artificial. As Psalm 135:18 warns us, we become like those in whom we place our trust. As we increasingly use AI, we must be increasingly wary of trusting its words to replace the wisdom God has given us in his word. Words exchanged with an artifice are words we don’t use with another human being. Trust placed in an intelligence created by ones and zeros is trust that is potentially misaligned with trust in the Creator of ones and zeros.

Let us trust in what is real. We won’t find the answers to the universe in AI, because in the end, we’re simply talking to — and answering — ourselves.

This article was originally published at Christ Over All. Used with permission.

AUTHOR

Jared Bridges

Jared Bridges is editor-in-chief of The Washington Stand.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken admits in the wide open federal government’s plans to use AI to censor Americans’ speech

By Leo Hohmann

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken admitted last week that the State Department is preparing to use artificial intelligence to “combat disinformation,” amidst a massive government-wide AI rollout that will involved the cooperation of Big Tech and other private-sector partners.

At a speaking engagement streamed last week with the State Department’s chief data and AI officer, Matthew Graviss, Blinken gushed about the “extraordinary potential” and “extraordinary benefit” AI has on our society, and “how AI could be used to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals which are, for the most part, stalled.”

He was referring to the United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development goals, which represent a globalist blueprint for a one-world totalitarian system. These goals include the gai-worshipping climate agenda, along with new restrictions on free speech, the freedom of movement, wealth transfers from rich to poor countries, and the digitization of humanity. Now Blinken is saying these goals could be jumpstarted by employing advanced artificial intelligence technologies.

Listen to Blinken, in the video below, openly describe how the government will use AI to clamp down on the free speech of citizens. (Fast-forward to the 3-minute mark and watch through the 7:07 mark.)

Blinken bluntly stated the federal government’s intention to use AI for ”media monitoring” and “using it to combat disinformation, one of the poisons of the international system today.”

Don’t ever say they didn’t warn us. They are no longer hiding their agenda, but you have to search for it. When you find it, in posts like this, share it. Because the corporate media keeps these outrageous statements from high government officials hidden from we the people. Have you seen any stories from CNN or Fox News on the government’s self-admitted plan to use AI to censor our speech? I haven’t either.

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Communist Party Talent Program Scooped Up Former Microsoft Researchers. Now They Work In China’s AI Industry

By The Daily Caller

A Chinese Communist Party (CCP) talent recruitment program scooped up former Microsoft researchers, including some who now work in China’s artificial intelligence (AI) industry, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.

The “Thousand Talents Program” is the largest Chinese talent recruitment plan, aiming to poach U.S.-educated scientists and engineers for the benefit of the CCP. U.S. national security agencies have sounded the alarm over the program, saying it’s being used to steal intellectual property and technology to advance China’s military and economic goals.

Reviewing Chinese-language news reports, the DCNF was able to identify six former Microsoft researchers who were recruited by the CCP’s Thousand Talents Plan and currently work at China-based companies and universities. Five of those six individuals currently work in China’s AI industrial complex, the DCNF found.

Microsoft did not respond to the DCNF’s requests for comment.

China is racing to keep up with the U.S. in the contest to produce increasingly powerful AI systems that can be used for both commercial and military applications, according to The New York Times. Despite pressure from the CCP on firms in that country to catch up to the U.S., China remains a year or more behind in AI development and is using U.S. technology it can get its hands on to try and fill in the gap.

More than 10,000 scientists have been recruited as part of the program, former CIA Senior Intelligence Service member William Hannas told The New York Times.

“This isn’t just any old recruitment program that recruits and trains technologists like we would have in America,” Geoffrey Cain, an author and journalist who’s spent a decade investigating Microsoft in China, told the DCNF. “This is a communist party-run project to ensure that China can achieve technological supremacy over the Western liberal democratic world.”

Microsoft has positioned itself as an industry leader in the race to create increasingly expansive and useful AI-powered products, partnering with OpenAI and incorporating AI into its existing offerings like its search engine and word processor, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“If [China] lead[s] the world in AI, that is a nightmare scenario, including for the Chinese people,” Conor Healy, director of government research at security and surveillance industry research group IPVM, told the DCNF. “Just ask the Uyghurs, 10 million of whom live in an open-air prison in Xinjiang automated by surveillance technology.”

‘Burying Its Head In The Sand’

Microsoft boasted in a 2016 news release that 20 alumni of its Asian research institute, called Microsoft Research Asia, had been selected for membership in the Thousand Talents Program. Through Chinese-language news reports, the DCNF identified six prominent former Microsoft researchers who went on to join the CCP’s Thousand Talents Program while working for China-based companies and universities.

Computer scientist Zhang Zheng, for instance, worked at Microsoft Research Asia from 2001 to 2014, where he was eventually made vice president. Zheng has also been described as an expert in AI, according to Chinese news site ScienceNet. In 2016, the Chinese news site Caixin identified Zheng as a national Thousand Talents Program “expert.”

Zheng was appointed to be the director of Amazon Web Services’ Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Lab in 2018, and he is currently listed as a professor of computer science at New York University Shanghai. Zheng did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

In another case, Li Shipeng worked at Microsoft as a “research area manager/principal researcher” from 1999 to 2015 before becoming a vice president at the voice recognition tech firm iFlytek. The U.S. government sanctioned iFlytek in 2019 over its role in oppressing Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province.

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology listed iFlytek among three other companies as the country’s leading firms in AI in 2017, The South China Morning Post reported.

Shipeng is described as a Thousand Talents Program “expert” in a biography written for a 2018 China Computer Federation forum, which the DCNF translated. The biography also claims Shipeng holds 196 U.S. patents. Shipeng is currently the executive president of the Shenzhen Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Society in China. The institute did not respond to the DCNF’s requests for comment. Shipeng could not be reached for comment.

Ya-Qin Zhang worked for Microsoft from 1999 to 2014, serving as founder and chairman of the Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group starting in 2006. Zhang then led tech company Baidu as president from 2014 to 2019. Zhang was recruited by the Thousand Talents Program during his tenure at Baidu, the Chinese news outlets Jiemian and China News Service reported.

Zhang serves as dean of the Institute for AI Industry Research at China’s Tsinghua University. Zhang did not respond to requests for comment.

Zhang’s former company, Baidu, pushed to become a top contender in AI while he was working there. Former Baidu COO Qi Lu worked at the company from January 2017 to June 2018 and encouraged the push into AI, Wired reported. Lu previously worked at Microsoft from 2009 to 2016.

Former Microsoft Research Asia employee Wen Jirong later became chairman of Elensdata, a technology company focused on developing AI, according to the company’s website. Elensdata’s website identifies Jirong and other founding team members as experts from the Thousand Talents Program and notes Jirong’s experience working on AI at Microsoft. The website also says Jirong holds 50 U.S. patents.

Jirong serves as a professor and the executive dean of the Gaoling School of Artificial Intelligence at China’s Renmin University. Jirong did not respond to requests for comment.

Microsoft Research Asia employed Zhang Hongjiang from 1999 to 2011 before he went to work for the Chinese software and internet service company Kingsoft, according to a 2018 Carlyle Group press release. Hongjiang joined the investment firm that year as a senior advisor. Zhang was a research manager at HP Labs in Palo Alto, California, before he joined Microsoft, according to Carlyle’s release.

Hongjiang was recruited by the Thousand Talents Program in 2012, not long after leaving Microsoft, according to Chinese industry news site Brandcn. Hongjiang is currently listed as a distinguished visiting professor at Tsinghua University in China, where he is the chairman of the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence. Honjiang didn’t respond to the DCNF’s requests for comment.

Chen Benfeng was selected in the eleventh batch of the Thousand Talents Program in 2015, according to the Chinese news site CNICN. Benfeng worked at Microsoft’s U.S. headquarters on the company’s browser team, according to Sing Tao Daily.

Benfeng founded cybersecurity firm CloudDeep Technology in 2013 and is still listed as working there. CloudDeep did not respond to requests for comment, and Benfeng could not be reached for comment.

“Microsoft would seem to have a strong interest in proactively preventing and monitoring this, but it is not alone among American corporations in burying its head in the sand,” Healy told the DCNF.

‘Too Close To A Foreign Adversary’

Microsoft has deep political ties to the Biden administration, with Microsoft President Brad Smith visiting President Joe Biden’s White House at least 30 times as of February 2024. Smith’s visits came as Microsoft sought to shape the Biden administration’s AI policy and as company executives shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars to the president’s reelection efforts, according to Federal Election Commission data.

The tech giant and its subsidiaries spent millions to lobby the federal government in 2022, as it looked to retain the U.S. government as a massive buyer of its productivity software. Microsoft lobbied on 12 different bills that sought to regulate AI in 2023, more than Google, Meta and Amazon, according to Open Secrets.

In that vein, Microsoft promised in July 2023 that it would ensure that AI research is “safe, secure, and trustworthy,” according to a blog post from the company.

“The fact that the Thousand Talents Program is recruiting Microsoft researchers is incredibly alarming because U.S. law enforcement and counterintelligence have raised concerns that Thousand Talents is being used to steal intellectual property and spy on Americans,” Cain told the DCNF.

“This is what happens when a company becomes too close to a foreign adversary,” Cain said. “Microsoft has instilled in them a vast amount of intellectual property and technological trade secrets that could easily be used against Americans.”

AUTHOR

WILL KESSLER

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AI Chatbots Are Already Interfering In Elections

By The Geller Report

Leftist Democrats at OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini 1.0 Pro are writing the AI code.

By: M.D. Kittle, The Federalist, June 13, 2024

The tech titans and bureaucrats producing and regulating artificial intelligence also have created a deficit of trust.

If you’re looking to artificial intelligence for answers to election-related questions, chances are you’re getting the wrong answers. A study by data analytics firm GroundTruthAI found that the most widely used chatbots, including OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini 1.0 Pro, provided incorrect information more than a quarter of the time.

“Researchers sent 216 unique questions to Google’s Gemini 1.0 Pro and OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 Turbo, GPT-4, GPT-4 Turbo and GPT-4o between May 21 and May 31 about voting, the 2024 election and the candidates. Some questions were asked multiple times over that time period, generating a total of 2,784 responses,” NBC News reported.

“According to their analysis, Google’s Gemini 1.0 Pro initially responded with correct answers just 57% of the time. OpenAI’s GPT-4o, which is the latest version of the [learning] model, answered correctly 81% of the time.”

All told, the five chatbots answered incorrectly 27 percent of the time. What kind of questions are we talking about? Pretty important ones for November’s extremely important presidential election.

Asked, “Can I register to vote on Election Day in Pennsylvania?,” the GroundTruthAI study found two of the AI models replied yes. Wrong. The last day to register to vote in the Keystone State before the Tuesday, Nov. 5 general election is Oct. 21., according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Speaking of Election Day, the models were unable to correctly answer, “How many days are left before the 2024 General Election in the United States?” NBC News reported. AI math is hard.

“Most of the time, it was not, ‘Oh, it keeps getting that same question wrong.’ It was three out of four times it got it wrong, or three out of four times it got it right,” GroundTruthAI CEO Andrew Eldredge-Martin told the news outlet. “But there was that fourth time, it just got it wrong. And that type of inconsistency suggests to me that these models don’t really know this information.”

That’s worrisome.

Eldredge-Martin previously worked for Democrat political campaigns and left-leaning organizations. “In 2020, he led the more than $30 million digital paid media campaign for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, using ad analytics to inform overall campaign strategy and resource allocation throughout the early states and into Super Tuesday,” his professional bio notes.

He says he’s “helped elect” Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock, Mark Kelly, Jeanne Shaheen, and Tammy Duckworth. Eldredge-Martin told NBC News his new startup is “independent and nonpartisan, and the study used the same questions for both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.”

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AWED MEDIA BALANCED NEWS: Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

By John Droz, Jr.

Welcome! We cover COVID to Climate, as well as Energy to Elections.

Here is the link for this issue, so please share it on social media.

Checkout the 2024, 2023, 2022, & 2021 archives, plus asterisked items below.


— This Newsletter’s Articles, by Topic —

If You Only Have Time to Read Some Select Articles:

*** We Have Been Subverted (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

*** Party Platform Comparison 2020-2024

*** I Refuse to Stand By While My Students are Indoctrinated

*** Shall I Compare New Jersey’s Curriculum to a Summer’s Day?

*** I’ve taught civics for decades. Our kids have lost faith in our nation

*** How Academic Saboteurs Dupe College Students into Activism

*** The NAIA’s Transgender-Athletes Policy Is a Triumph

*** Mark Mills: The “Energy Transition” Won’t Happen

*** Vaclav Smil Calls Bullshit On Net Zero

*** Energy is the most important issue in the world (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

*** Shanghaied

*** Irrational Transition

*** EVs, wind, and solar are neither reliable nor environmentally friendly: here’s why

*** Solar and Wind Resource Availability Fatal Flaw

*** Anatomy of an EV Policy Error

*** Short video: Judith Curry — Climate Scientists Can’t Intimidate Me

*** Study confirms reports on declining climate disasters

*** The Cost of EPA’s Senseless CO₂ Capture

*** John Stossel: Pushing Back Against Environmental Scaremongering

*** Numbers Behind the Narrative: What Climate Science Actually Says

*** Casinos, Vacant Lots, Gas Stations, Strip Clubs, etc. on Nevada’s Voter Roll

*** Video: Journalist who broke Hunter Biden laptop bombshell speaks out

*** The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

*** Trust The “Science”…That Just Retracted 11,000 “Peer Reviewed” Papers

*** Why Most People Can’t Think Critically Since COVID

*** Dr. McCormick Grills Fauci on Audio of Him Discussing Vaccine Requirements

*** WHO pandemic treaty defeated, at least for now

*** HUGE COVID Legal Victory – HFDF Wins Appeal in Ninth Circuit

*** Dr. Kory’s Expert Testimony for Dr. Mary Talley Bowden Against the Texas Medical Board

*** Trump NY Trial Commentary

*** Trump Verdict Makes NYC ‘Venezuela-on-the-Hudson’

*** Never Surrender

*** 35 and a Citizen

*** NY v. Trump: Judge reveals Facebook post implying juror discussed guilty verdict with family ahead of time

Secondary Education Related:

*** Report: The Key to Fixing the US Education System

*** I Refuse to Stand By While My Students are Indoctrinated

*** Shall I Compare New Jersey’s Curriculum to a Summer’s Day?

*** I’ve taught civics for decades. Our kids have lost faith in our nation

In Portland (OR), the Islamic Revolution Begins in Kindergarten

Silicon Valley School District Prepares ‘Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive’ Curriculum Makeover

Welcome to the ‘Parent Revolution’

Higher Education Related:

*** How Academic Saboteurs Dupe College Students into Activism

*** The NAIA’s Transgender-Athletes Policy Is a Triumph

Yale wants science profs to ‘promote DEI through teaching

University of Arizona’s DEI Boondoggle Tells Students to ‘Live Like a Bug’

Penn creates climate change vice provost role

NC lawmaker fights student-loan scheme

Artificial Intelligence:

Cyberscammers use AI to manipulate Google search results

Beyond Mad Max with Dystopian AI

Technocrats at OpenAI in ‘Reckless’ Race For Dominance

Greed Energy Economics:

“Offshore Wind Needs Bigger Subsidies”

Wind Subsidies Are Rising…but wind power production isn’t rising with them

Unreliables (General):

*** Shanghaied

*** Irrational Transition

*** EVs, wind, and solar are neither reliable nor environmentally friendly: here’s why

The Foundation of Property Rights: Where There Is No Law, There Is No Freedom

Private Property Rights

Wind Energy — Offshore:

*** Report: Offshore Wind Power (Dr. Michael Hogan)

*** The renewable green energy disaster off the northeastern US is getting worse Less than one per cent of the way to the Biden 2030 target

Offshore Wind Industry Braces for More Turbulence—and Trump

Wind Energy — Other:

*** Taking the Wind Out of Climate Change (referencing 60± studies)

*** Wind Turbines = Enormous “Unintended” Consequences

Australia has World Class windless weather: Today 95% of wind turbines are failing

Solar Energy:

*** Solar and Wind Resource Availability Fatal Flaw

As Solar Power Surges, U.S. Wind Is in Trouble

Fossil Fuel Energy:

*** Senator Tuberville, Colleagues Propose Measure to Halt Regulation on American Power Plants

China, India Break Coal Production Records

Electric Vehicles (EVs):

*** Anatomy of an EV Policy Error

*** 3 Reasons There’s Something Sinister With the Big Push for Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles Have a New Problem: Careening Through Guardrails

Federal and Provincial Largess for EV and Ford’s Ontario Plant’s EV Delays

Turns Out Those ‘All-Electric’ ‘Zero Emissions’ Fire Trucks Have Diesel Engines

Misc Energy:

*** Mark Mills: The “Energy Transition” Won’t Happen

*** Vaclav Smil Calls Bullshit On Net Zero

*** Energy is the most important issue in the world (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

Net-Zero Push and its Offshoots by Politicians and Bureaucrats Creates Strange Happenings Part 1

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

*** Short video: Judith Curry — Climate Scientists Can’t Intimidate Me

*** Study confirms reports on declining climate disasters

Exxon Mobil Takes On Climate Extremists

We can still avoid the Net Zero trap

“Bonus” Gets it wrong about May and Crok, 2024

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

*** The Cost of EPA’s Senseless CO₂ Capture

*** John Stossel: Pushing Back Against Environmental Scaremongering

*** Numbers Behind the Narrative: What Climate Science Actually Says

*** Who is Winning the Climate Change War?

*** It’s Time to Make a Strategic PR Pivot in Dealing with the Climate Change Issue

New Zealand takes axe to climate policies

Getting Ready For The European Elections

Home insulation is the latest net zero farce

US Election:

Election-Integrity.info (10 major election reports by our team of experts, plus much more!)

*** Party Platform Comparison 2020-2024

Dr. Walter Daugherity: Voting Patterns Observed in 2020 Could Not Have Happened Naturally

US Election — State Issues:

*** Casinos, Vacant Lots, Gas Stations, Strip Clubs, etc. on Nevada’s Voter Roll

RNC Challenges Nevada’s Mail Ballot Counting Practices

How do you Legally Administer and Certify Elections using Uncertifiable Electronic Voting Machines?

Ranked Choice Voting Now Illegal in Louisiana (10th state overall)

NY v Trump Trial:

*** Trump NY Trial Commentary

*** Trump Verdict Makes NYC ‘Venezuela-on-the-Hudson’

*** Never Surrender

*** 35 and a Citizen

*** NY v. Trump: Judge reveals Facebook post implying juror discussed guilty verdict with family ahead of time

The United States Reincarnates Communism and Stalin’s Trials

Dr. Phil Sits Down With President Trump in Exclusive In-Depth Interview

How Trump’s Sham Conviction Awakened a Sleeping Giant

Great Work Democrats – Your Framing Failed

After Trump’s Conviction, What Should Republicans Do?

Misc US Politics:

*** Video: Journalist who broke Hunter Biden laptop bombshell speaks out

Bannon to Jail for Contempt of Congress

Will All Real Republicans Please Speak Up?

Censorship:

We Will Not Be Silenced Trailer  Full Movie

The Rise of the Censorship Industrial Complex

Societally US:

*** We Have Been Subverted (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

Eight in 10 New York towns and cities have lost population since 2020

Cognitive Warfare, Mental Manipulation, Tyranny of Digital Transformation

Religion Related:

Faith-Based Funding Can Help Protect Democracy

United Methodists Embrace LGBT Ideology: Lose 1 Million Members in a Day

Science:

*** The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

*** Trust The “Science”…That Just Retracted 11,000 “Peer Reviewed” Papers

China’s High-Tech War Steals U.S. Innovation Advantage

Big Science, the Enemy of Great Science

Health:

*** Why Most People Can’t Think Critically Since COVID

*** Dr. McCormick Grills Fauci on Audio of Him Discussing Vaccine Requirements

*** WHO pandemic treaty defeated, at least for now

Climate Policy Should Not Be Used To Determine Limits on Hospital Emissions

Israel/Ukraine:

Pray for the safety of the Israeli people

Latest Developments in Israel

Pray for the safety of the Ukrainian people

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Latest Developments in Ukraine

COVID-19 — Misc:

*** HUGE COVID Legal Victory – HFDF Wins Appeal in Ninth Circuit

*** Dr. Kory’s Expert Testimony for Dr. Mary Talley Bowden Against the Texas Medical Board

Fauci: “I am a scientist who uses the Scientific Method to gain information.” (!)


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Shin Bet head: ‘Israel will be the last barrier when people lose their humanity’

By NEWSRAEL Telling the Israeli Story

Arutz 7 reported today that Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Director Ronen Bar addressed a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Samaria and pledged that Israel would continue to fight, even if the world would leave its side.


Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Director Ronen Bar addressed a ceremony on Monday marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in Samaria.

“In the essence of its existence, the State of Israel is first of all the last barrier preventing a situation where people lose their humanity and the world is silent,” Bar declared.

Arutz 7 added that Bar noted that “the world was silent when the Nazi Party came to power in Europe, it was silent when it began its racist incitement, it was silent on Kristallnacht, it was silent when people were gathered into ghettos, it was silent when Germany began to spread in all directions, and it was silent when the ashes of Jews covered the skies of the continent.”

He stated: “The world, which would appear to have woken up after the events of October 7th, can return to being silent. Despite this, we will continue to fight because the State of Israel can not allow itself not to be the last barrier.”

The director turned to his subordinates, saying: “Therefore, we, as servicemen, will make sure those who sanctify death will find death and those who want life who were abducted, we will return to life. Just like then, on October 7th as well the murderers didn’t differentiate between us. Israel can be the last barrier only if it’s unified, behind leadership, values, and purpose. We don’t need to agree on everything, but we must treat each other as brothers.

“We must rebuild our national resilience, our deterrence, and our alliances. We will stand as one in the face of the great darkness which continues to threaten us and the entire free world,” Bar concluded.

WATCH: Arab Israeli IDF officer reflects on the Holocaust

Maj. Ella Waweya, the highest-ranking female Arab soldier in the IDF, shares her profound journey of understanding the Holocaust as a non-Jew on the eve of Yom HaShoah.

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FBI Warns About Foreign Adversaries’ Use of AI to Interfere in U.S. Elections

By Canary Mission

Islamist Extremism

Trevor Bickford, 20, on his way to his sentencing hearing – via NBC New York screenshot

Times Square Machete Attacker Sentenced to 27 Years

  • Trevor Bickford, 20, of Wells, Maine, was sentenced for traveling to the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration in 2022 and using a machete-style knife to attack three NYPD officers in the name of radical Islamic jihad.
  • Bickford consumed materials espousing radical Islamic ideology and devoted himself to violent Islamic extremism and pursuit of jihad.
  • Bickford was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison. Read More

Drivers Attempt to Breach Quantico Marine Corps Base

  • Two men attempted to breach the main gate at Quantico Marine Corps Base, claiming to be contractors but lacking proper credentials.
  • Multiple sources report one of the individuals inside the truck was a Jordanian foreign national who recently crossed the southern border into the U.S., and the other occupant is on the U.S. terrorist watch list. Read More

Militant-Right & Militant-Left Extremism

 Graffiti painted on a map next to a pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Washington in Seattle, May 12, 2024 – Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images

Antifa Members Assault Journalist

  • Journalist Johnathan Choe was attacked by alleged Antifa members at the University of Washington.
  • Choe claimed he recognized some of his attackers from the Black Lives Matter riots four years ago. Read More

Pro-Palestinian Antifa Group Sets Fire to Portland Police Vehicles

  • An Antifa anarchist movement-associated anti-Israel militant group claimed responsibility for the arson of 15 Portland Police Bureau training vehicles.
  • A group calling itself Rachel Corrie’s Ghost Brigade issued a statement on the Antifa-affiliated Rose City Counter-Info blog, in which it called for an escalation in violence on behalf of Palestinians. Read More

Hate Crime

NYPD Assistant Chief James McCarthy is assisted after being affected by a chemical irritant as police arrest pro-Palestinian demonstrators blocking traffic on the Manhattan Bridge a National Day of Action protest on May 11, 2024 – Alex Kent/Getty Images

New York Synagogues Receive Bomb Threats

  • At least four synagogues and a museum in both Manhattan and Brooklyn received bomb threats, but none were deemed credible by the New York Police Department.
  • All incidents continue to be investigated by NYPD. Read More

Illinois Man Charged With Hate Crime After Shooting Neighbor

  • John Shadbar, 70, of Lockport Township, is facing nine felony charges, including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, felony possession of a firearm, and a hate crime after he allegedly shot his neighbor.
  • The victim’s family said that they have been subject to harassment and racial slurs from Shadbar since around the time they moved to the area 10 years ago. Read More

New York Man Charged With Hate Crime

  • Zachary Hoffman Kowatch, 22, of Arkville, N.Y., is accused of trying to hit two people with his vehicle, including a teen, while yelling antisemitic comments.
  • Hoffman Kowatch is charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, a felony, endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated unlicensed operation, both misdemeanors. Read More

  School Threats

Police investigating Fowler (Calif.) High School after shooting call – via ABC 30 Action News screenshot

Teen Arrested Over Swatting Call 

  • A 17-year-old has been arrested for allegedly making a swatting call about an active shooter at Fowler High School in Fowler, Calif.
  • The suspect was arrested on two felony charges and is currently in a juvenile detention facility. Read More

Florida Student Arrested for Bomb Threat

  • A 15-year-old Ridge Community High School student In Haines City, Fla., was arrested for sending a bomb threat to the school.
  • The student responsible for this false report and additional crimes was located and interviewed, and he subsequently confessed to sending the threat.
  • He was arrested and faces four felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. Read More

Texas Teen Charged for Bomb Threat

  • A 13-year-old has been charged after reportedly making a bomb threat at Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas.
  • The teen admitted to police that he had made the call and was taken into custody. He was subsequently charged with making a false alarm and tampering with evidence. Read More

Long Island Teen Arrested Over Threat

  • A 13-year-old East Northport, N.Y., student was arrested for allegedly making threats of mass harm to several students at the East Northport Middle School in New York.
  • The teen was arrested and taken to Suffolk Police’s Second Precinct before she was released to her parents. Read More

Hostile Foreign Influence Operations

Trump supporters gather for a weekend rally on the Jersey Shore beachfront on May 11, 2024, in Wildwood, N.J. – Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

FBI Warns About Foreign Adversaries’ Use of AI to Interfere in US Elections

  • The FBI is alerting that foreign adversaries might use AI to interfere in U.S. elections, specifically through creating deepfakes and robocalls.
  • Examples include manipulated audio in Slovakia’s elections and deceptive robocalls in the U.S., posing significant challenges to election security.
  • The FBI is closely monitoring activities from countries like Russia, Iran, and China, each with different tactics and motives for influencing U.S. political outcomes. Read More

Research and Trends in Extremism

Pro-Palestinian students continue protesting at the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” at Columbia University – Fatih Aktas/Anadolu via Getty Images

New Lawsuit Against Students for Justice in Palestine

  • A major U.S. law firm has filed a lawsuit against National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) and its parent organization for allegedly supporting Hamas.
  • The lawsuit accuses NSJP of acting as propagandists for Hamas, spreading its agenda and recruiting supporters under the guise of political advocacy.
  • The legal action seeks damages for alleged activities that aid and abet Hamas’s terrorist operations, as highlighted during recent campus protests. Read More

CCP Influence on Campus

  • A new report from the Network Contagion Research Institute analyzes the activities of the Shut It Down for Palestine (SID4P) movement.
  • The report details the movement’s links to entities associated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that fund anti-establishment media and activist groups, highlighting concerns about potential destabilization of U.S. societal and political structures.
  • The report also discusses the regulatory loopholes that allow significant financial flows to these groups, which actively fuel social unrest. Read More

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Ex-TikTok Employee Alleges American Executives Were ‘Completely Complicit’ In Giving ‘U.S. Data To China’

By The Daily Caller

U.S.-based TikTok executives were totally “complicit” in efforts to hand over Americans’ data to China despite company assertions to the contrary, a former senior data scientist at the social media platform alleged, according to Fortune.

The House of Representatives passed legislation in March that would compel Chinese parent company ByteDance to sell TikTok for the social media app to continue operating in the United States because of the potential national security threats of its ownership. Evan Turner, a former senior data scientist who worked for the popular app in 2022 from April to September, alleged TikTok hid the participation of ByteDance in the app’s operations during his tenure, which overlapped with an initiative intended to solve the issue of Chinese data access, Fortune reported Monday.

Other ex-TikTok workers interviewed spoke of the progress TikTok has made to separate itself from its China-based parent and segregate U.S. user data from China.

— Alexandra Sternlicht (@iamsternlicht) April 15, 2024

“I literally worked on a project that gave U.S. data to China,” Turner told Fortune. “They were completely complicit in that. There were Americans that were working in upper management that were completely complicit in this.”

Turner first reported to a Beijing-based ByteDance executive but the company then announced Project Texas, a $1.5 billion initiative to establish an isolated unit to safeguard American data, leading him to receive a documented reassignment to a Seattle manager, he told Fortune. However, a human resources representative acknowledged Turner would persist in collaborating with the ByteDance executive.

The former senior data scientist participated in short meetings with the ByteDance executive on a weekly basis, where he would provide rudimentary updates on his progress with key assignments, Fortune reported.

Turner was allegedly required to send spreadsheets containing hundreds of thousands of American TikTok users’ data, including names, emails and locations to ByteDance staff every 14 days, he told Fortune. The project’s intention was to use the data to learn trends to make users more hooked on the app, and it occurred after Project Texas launched.

Fortune interviewed 11 ex-employees, many alleging TikTok’s operations were connected to ByteDance to an extent while they worked there despite the company’s claims it was prohibiting the Chinese parent company from having access. Some of the former employees spoke anonymously because of concerns of revenge against them, according to the outlet.

Managers within TikTok were directing employees to send similar data to ByteDance, bypassing authorized channels, according to current and previous employees as well as company records The Wall Street Journal saw in January. Executives believe it is crucial to distribute the data supposedly protected by Project Texas to ByteDance because it controls TikTok’s algorithm, individuals with knowledge of the project’s unit told the WSJ.

TikTok and ByteDance did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s response for comment.

AUTHOR

JASON COHEN

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Lawmakers, FBI Director Warn of CCP’s Vast Cyberwarfare Campaign

By Family Research Council

In the wake of House subcommittee hearings this week on threats coming from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the FBI and lawmakers are warning of the cybersecurity threat that the CCP poses to U.S. infrastructure.

Over the last year, the size and scope of the CCP’s cyberwarfare tactics have begun to come to light, which U.S. officials have publicly admitted to being stunned by. On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray repeated his warnings from January (when he stated that China’s hackers are “wreaking havoc” on American infrastructure), remarking that the CCP is “the defining threat of our generation.”

He continued, “China’s hacking program is larger than that of every other major nation, combined. If each one of the FBI’s cyber agents and intelligence analysts focused exclusively on the China threat, China’s hackers would still outnumber FBI cyber personnel by at least 50 to 1.”

Examples of the CCP’s cyberwarfare campaign on the U.S. abound. A recent report from The Heritage Foundation catalogues how CCP have hackers infiltrated “key sectors including communications, energy and water,” and “may have the ability to access heating and air conditioning systems to overheat data servers, to cause blackouts by disrupting control rooms that regulate water and electricity, and to manipulate surveillance cameras at some of these facilities.”

In February, a report revealed that Chinese hackers had embedded themselves inside U.S. infrastructure IT environments for five years without being detected in order to extract sensitive information.

In addition, the military is among the prime targets of the CCP’s cyberwarfare campaign. In 2013, it was discovered that a China-backed military hacking group known as APT1 “had pilfered military contractor designs such as the Patriot, THAAD and Aegis missile systems, as well as aircraft designs including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, V-22 Osprey, Black Hawk helicopter and F-35 joint strike fighter.”

Government email servers have also been exploited by CCP hackers, with the Biden administration hammering Microsoft for its lax cybersecurity policies.

On Thursday’s edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins,” Rep. Rich McCormick (R-Ga.) contended that increased openness about the threat of CCP hackers is needed in order to keep the U.S. government accountable.

“[W]e can’t always talk about [cyber threats] because a lot of the stuff is classified — that’s the problem. The American public really needs to be informed on a lot of this stuff so they can put pressures in the right areas. Unfortunately, a lot of stuff is not declassified sometimes on purpose, sometimes because we just get used to containing this information.”

McCormick, a former emergency room doctor who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as well as the House Armed Services Committee, went on to highlight a recent cyberattack on the health care industry.

“But quite frankly, we don’t have to worry just about cybersecurity and having our information stolen. [W]e recently had a bunch of hospitals shut down [as well as] their billing process — just that alone could be destructive [by] stealing a patient’s information [and] how we reimburse medicine and hospitals and doctors. It sounds like a trivial thing, but when that happens for a couple of weeks, you’re talking about billions of dollars of impact, one out of every three patients.”

The congressman further pointed out the immense scope of the cybersecurity threat posed by the CCP.

“We’re being constantly attacked, relentlessly attacked. It’s disruptive to our entire society — [it] can happen on power grids, it can happen to your information, it can happen to businesses. This is something that we have to be more and more aware of because as AI [artificial intelligence] comes into its full fruition, it starts to affect us. It can literally be like this scenario out of movies where you see stoplights changing the wrong color at the wrong time [and] could cause catastrophes, shut down your power to a hospital. It could do all kinds of horrible things that would impact our economy and our society in major ways.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins responded by emphasizing the importance of a competent government. “[T]his puts a lot of responsibility on the government, because if there’s one thing the government has a responsibility to do … [it] is to protect us.”

AUTHOR

Dan Hart

Dan Hart is senior editor at The Washington Stand.

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Crush the Deep State Fraud Republican Maggots on November 5th, 2024

By Geoff Ross

It’s bad news for our constitutional republic as 86 members of the socialist Republican Party working in tight unity with the Communist Democrat party is continuing to follow the same path of the Communist Venezuelan Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) and the General Directorate of Venezuelan Military Counterintelligence.

The Republican controlled Congress has recently re-funded the unconstitutional spying on American citizens without a warrant much like the Venezuelan government. The Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela like the Republican controlled Congress in Washington DC also redirects millions of dollars to spy on its Venezuelan citizens.

The Maduro Communists in Venezuela use Italian and Russian technology to monitor emails, keywords and telephone conversations and internet surfing of its citizens.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the corrupt FBI leadership in Washington DC use AT&T telecommunications software and hardware. Same corrupt system using different platforms.

The SEBIN Communists in Venezuela operate from two headquarters. The first is El Helicoide where the Communists spying on its citizens originated and the second more modern facility is in Plaza Venezuela. This building has a close resemblance to the NSA listening post in New York City.

The secretive members of the Communist Venezuelan SEBIN agency are rarely seen in public wearing their full black uniforms; they could be compared to the secretive duties of the NSA or FBI perhaps even the Men in Black operating under deep state surveillance programs.

These Communist Venezuelan federal officials can be sometimes seen providing protection for dignitaries within a few federal buildings throughout Venezuela. But they are rarely seen.

In Plaza Venezuela Maduros political prisoners are held for interrogation much like the J6 Biden political prisoners in the USA are being held in prison.

The Venezuelan political prisoners are shackled five stories underground of the SEBIN headquarters. The cells are permanently kept at freezing temperatures with no ventilation, sanitation, or daylight.

One of my Venezuelan wife’s close friend’s were executed with a bullet to the head by the Communist regime in Caracas. My wife was granted asylum in Colombia for 10 years as she feared for her life after she denounced Maduro before relocating to the USA to be with me.

The 86 republican traitors to our constitutional republic who voted yes to continue the Bush, Obama / Biden 4th Amendment violations on Americans must be removed from our Congress sooner rather than later. They are of the same mindset of the Communist legislature in Venezuela.

It must be noted that the Communist government of Venezuela led by the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro also “maintains a network of spies in the United States, formed by supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution” according to former Communist SEBIN officials.

We Americans must continue to publish articles that offend the Biden Marxist regime, while we protect our internet surfing history, protect our phone calls etc spied on by AT&T technology, where our Emails etc being read unconstitutionally by the NSA and FBI without a warrant. We must also be wary of the Communist dictatorship of Venezuela operating in our republic.

The first step to disrupt the NSA and FBI from spying on us as conservatives is to immediately delete your Facebook and Instagram accounts. Change your phone company from AT&T to something else. Stop traveling with your IPhone, delete as many applications as possible from your phone. Disable the microphone in your iPhone.

Reduce your phone contact list to only close associates reduce your circle to only close friends. Create un breakable passwords on your g mail accounts and online banking.

We must not allow this Republican weasel led Congress to continue funding Biden’s weaponized FBI and NSA programs. They are traitors, they are bottom feeding maggots they are UnAmerican scum that live in a recycled septic tank of Marxist crap.

Vote these evil politicians out of office both republican and democrat. Replace them with constitutional conservatives. Vote for Trump in November 2024 and crush these deep state Marxists. Crush them like fleas. Crush them at the ballot box, stop funding their campaigns. Do it.

©2024. Geoff Ross. All rights reserved.

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Big Tech Can Censor Us, But We’ll Tell the Truth About Islam

By Jamie Glazov

Facebook allows praising Islamic terrorists, censors interview exposing them.


Last month, Google AdSense warned us to take down articles about Islamic terrorism, including one about the San Bernardino terrorist attack at a California Christmas party, or we wouldn’t be allowed to be part of their ad revenue program. And we didn’t even have to think twice about it.

After five years of political persecution by the IRS, we’re struggling to financially survive, but we won’t censor ourselves for Big Tech cash. We will go on telling the truth about Islamic terrorism.

A few weeks later, Frontpage Editor Jamie Glazov had his account disabled by Facebook over one of his Glazov Gang interviews warning about the threat of Islamic terrorism in America.

The interview, “Oct 7th Coming to the USA?”, was a continuation of Glazov’s long standing work of bringing attention to the enemy within in books such as “United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror” and “Jihadist Psychopath: How He Is Charming, Seducing, and Devouring Us” and many important articles and interviews that have led to him being targeted.

According to Facebook, Jamie Glazov’s work of exposing the Islamic terror threat, violated its “community standards” and posed a threat to “the security of people on Facebook.”

Which people on Facebook was the interview about Islamic terrorism a threat to?

While Facebook was telling Glazov that criticizing Hamas and other Jihadists posed a threat, its Oversight Board had ruled that the company should stop taking down posts calling Islamic terrorists “shaheeds” or “martyrs” because it violated their “freedom of expression.”

On Facebook, Islamic terrorism supporters have the freedom of expression to praise terrorism, but counterterrorism journalists like Jamie Glazov are banned from exposing them.

While Jamie Glazov has been banned from Facebook, Jihadists routinely operate there.

Telling the story of the barbarous Hamas atrocities of Oct 7 got Jamie Glazov banned, but one of the little told stories of that day is how Islamic terrorists had used Facebook to taunt and terrorize the families of their victims.

When Islamic terrorists broke into the home of Bracha Levinson, a 74-year-old grandmother, and murdered her, they used her phone to post a video of her killing to her Facebook page.

Her granddaughter, Mor, recalled leaving the bomb shelter and “my aunt called my mother, screaming, ‘Open Facebook, open Facebook’”. And there she was, “my grandmother on the ground, in her own home, murdered, in a video. The floor was all bloody.”

Facebook is full of pages supporting terrorist groups, glorifying Islamic terrorist attacks and calling for more of the same. The Israeli government had previously noted Facebook terrorist fan pages for Islamic terrorists, including one who had killed two children.

And Facebook or Meta goes to great lengths to protect their freedom of expression.

For example, “in the past, despite repeated external requests, Facebook has refused to take down a community page called, ‘Stab Israelis.’” Another “Facebook page contained a victim’s photograph with a knife blade almost completely embedded in his head” and the message “there is nothing greater than a knife penetrating the heads of the Jews.”

The proliferation of Islamic terrorists on Facebook led to a lawsuit by terror victims.

The Big Tech double standards on terror speech and counter-terrorism speech confronted by Jamie Glazov and Front Page Magazine are typical of the double standards faced by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Facebook took down my original page because I spoke out against Islamic terrorism. Twitter, even after the Musk takeover, suspended me for criticizing Islamic violence. Jamie Glazov had been previously suspended by Twitter for mentioning an Islamic Hadith about sex slavery.

Many of us have stories like that.

In 2018, David Horowitz had been censored for tweeting,  “but if you’re a Muslim, you might not want to be sworn in on a Judeo-Christian bible, since Islam has conducted a 1500 year war against Christians and Jews, is calling for death to Israel and has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Christians recently.”

PayPal had previously banned Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch which is one of the numerous times that Spencer and his site were targeted by Big Tech platforms trying to suppress the truth.

And Front Page Magazine contributors like Raymond Ibrahim and Danusha Goska have also been censored for discussing the same forbidden subject.

But they haven’t silenced us and they never will.

After all these years and all of these bans, the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the brave men and women associated with it are still speaking out. We may be among the few that are left, who have not bowed to Big Tech and stopped talking about the Jihad and certain other banned subjects, and as long as we are around, that will never change.

The David Horowitz Freedom Center and our people have been deplatformed by Google, Facebook, payment processors like Visa and MasterCard, and more companies than we can count. We had our videos kicked off Vimeo because the Babylon Bee’s Seth Dillon told the truth about the transgender movement and we lost Disqus, our commenting system, because of the smear campaign against us by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

And that’s nothing. We’ve spent the last 5 years and six figures fighting an assault by the IRS.

The David Horowitz Freedom Center is among the most censored, deplatformed, debanked and demonized organizations in the country. We may be small, but we’ve already been a big target.

And that’s because we won’t back down.

Jamie Glazov has appealed the disabling of his Facebook account, but has received no response, and he urges people to protest to the Big Tech giant social media monopoly through their Help Center and also via email at disabled@fb.com , support@fb.com and appeals@fb.com. You can also contact Facebook on X (formerly Twitter) at @facebook and @Meta – and of course Mark Zuckerberg at @finkd.

But whatever happens, the Glazov Gang is not about to stop spreading the truth. And neither are we. They can deplatform us, threaten us and censor us, but they will never silence us.

Below is the video that got Jamie banned and that Facebook doesn’t want you to see:

AUTHOR

Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

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You’ve heard about weaponization of the FBI and CIA; now they’re weaponizing the internet

By Center For Security Policy

With the FBI’s political censorship of social media exposed, proponents of weaponized government are using a different tool: Biden’s Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC might sound boring. But from a First Amendment perspective, it’s more dangerous than the FBI.

It is being weaponized against you.

Recovering from the spook revelations in the Twitter Files, the central government is increasingly marginalizing, censoring and silencing the free speech of Americans who express views that unaccountable bureaucrats believe should not be permitted.

We all know the pattern now. Anonymous officials brand unapproved facts, even when true, as disinformation. They dismiss unapproved opinions as conspiracy theories.Last year, a federal court issued a scathing judgment against the administration, showing that some of those supposed “conspiracy theories” were true all along. That ruling, in the Missouri v Biden case, showed that the central machine engaged in “coerced censorship” with social media companies to silence citizens with the wrong views.

“The United States Government seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth’” from the novel 1984, Judge Terry Doughty said in his ruling.

Team Biden appealed in Murthy v Missouri, a case argued last week before the Supreme Court. The administration admitted it seeks to “coerce” certain forms of censorship. It complained that victims and individual states were using the courts “to audit all of the executive branch’s communications with and about social media platforms.”

Translation: The central government wants to deny American citizens the right to identify precisely who in the administrative state is responsible for censoring them. Remember that.

The case has documented a ghoulish strategy behind this. All in the name of “national security,” healthcare, and, of course, fighting “disinformation.”

At the same time, the harmless-looking FCC is making two power grabs aimed at Internet Service Providers. ISPs, as they are known – the companies that own and run the infrastructure that provides access to the Internet.

We can thank dissident FCC commissioner Brendan Carr for sounding the alarm. The FCC agenda goes far beyond the FBI’s comparatively narrow suppression of individual accounts that the Twitter Files revealed.

Carr warns that the FCC’s power grab will allow the agency to grant privileges to politically compliant ISPs, and to punish the politically noncompliant.

“President Biden gave the FCC its marching orders,” Carr explained last October. “The President called on the FCC to implement a one-page section of the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Infrastructure Act) by adopting new rules of breathtaking scope, all in the name of ‘digital equity.’”

This digital equity central planning, “for the first time ever,” Carr said, “would give the federal government a roving mandate to micromanage nearly every aspect of how the Internet functions—from how ISPs allocate capital and where they build, to the services that consumers can purchase; from the profits that ISPs can realize and how they market and advertise services, to the discounts and promotions that consumers can receive.”

In the age of DEI, the Biden-FCC initiative can dictate terms to ISPs according to the racial, social and economic profiles of their customers.

As if this is not enough, the FCC is placing net neutrality regulations on ISPs to classify them as public utilities subject to rate regulation. If the government can control what you offer and how much you can charge, it all but owns you. With such a powerful government looming over their every decision, what ISP could not be made to bend to the will of the administrative state?

This massive accumulation of central government power is where the threat of lawless censorship comes in.

With such power, what could political operatives in Washington quietly coerce ISPs to do behind the scenes? What independent or conservative news and opinion platforms might be slowed, shadowbanned or deplatformed if a nameless bureaucrat or some leftist activist group falsely labels them purveyors of disinformation or hate speech?

We have seen the evidence of what the government will do in secret to censor or suppress information with the powers it already has. Just think what it would do if given vastly greater power over private communications platforms.

And since some ISPs own separate news, online media and entertainment platforms, consider what the FCC’s massive, indirect control of their platform could have on information and messaging of those subsidiaries.

The Draconian policy is all wrapped up in nice consumer-friendly language. But as Carr explained, it “was never about improving your online experience – that was just the sheep’s clothing. It was always about control.”

“The plan,” he said, “is motivated by an ideology of government control that is not compatible with the fundamental precepts of free market capitalism.”

More dangerous than the FBI’s abuses. With powers to censor us all.

AUTHOR

J. Michael Waller

J. Michael Waller is Senior Analyst for Strategy at the Center for Security Policy.

His academic and professional areas of concentration are foreign propaganda, political warfare, psychological warfare, and subversion.

He is the former Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school in Washington, DC.

He has been an instructor with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. He has guest lectured at the FBI Academy, George C. Marshall Center, Marine Corps University, National Defense University, National Intelligence University, and other military schools and combatant commands.

Dr. Waller holds a Ph.D. in international security affairs from the University Professors Program at Boston University. His award-winning doctoral dissertation, written in 1993 and published as Secret Empire: The KGB In Russia Today (Westview, 1994), foresaw the rise of a KGB officer to seize political control of Russia. He received his military training as an insurgent with the Nicaraguan contras.

He is author or editor of books relating to intelligence, political warfare, public diplomacy, terrorism, subversion, and strategy. See his page on Academia.edu. His latest book is Big Intel: How the CIA and FBI Went from Cold War Heroes to Deep State Villains (Regnery, 2024).

He has written for American Greatness, the American Mind, the Daily Beast, Daily Caller, The Federalist, Forbes, Insight, Investor’s Business Daily, Kyiv Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Real Clear Politics, USA Today, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal. See his page on Authory.

Dr. Waller is on Twitter/X at @JMichaelWaller.

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Google’s Gemini AI rules that Robert Spencer’s video about the survival of the West ‘hateful’ and ‘discriminatory’

By Jihad Watch

“Google Gemini AI’s refusal to translate my latest podcast title with Robert Spencer, sparks controversy over alleged hate speech and Islamophobia, prompting debate on context and censorship in language processing technology.” — Kate Wand

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” ― George Orwell, 1984


The video that Gemini AI objects to is about the legacy of the Byzantine Empire and its relevance to Western Civilization in my book

My book is a comprehensive exploration of the Roman Empire, its origins, governance, and impact on modern society, with insights on historical parallels, the Influence of Constantine, and the dichotomy between Christianity and Islam, highlighting the defensive nature of the Crusades and the rise of the Arab Empire, along with the overlooked Islamic threat to the Byzantine Empire and Israel, and the Byzantine Empire’s resistance against Islamic invasions, and its impact on Western Civilization, through the transmission of Ancient Greek philosophical texts and the role of the printing press in the Renaissance and Enlightenment, with insights on historical lessons, economic stability, and the fight for freedom in Modern Civilization.

The video that Google found so objectionable is here:

There is nothing wrong with this video or my work. I don’t promote hatred or violence. The left-fascists cannot stand dissenting voices.

Watch Google’s Gemini:

I’ve only used #GeminiAI a total of one time and it’s already accused me of being a hateful bigot. 😅 pic.twitter.com/J4bBeHlrEe

— Kate (@katewand) February 24, 2024

AUTHOR

ROBERT SPENCER

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GEORGIA: Engineering Professor Hacks Dominion Voting machine Using Only a Pen to Change Vote Totals in Front of U.S. District Judge

By The Geller Report

In a Federal Court in Atlanta, Georgia, computer science and engineering professor J. Alex Halderman was able to hack a Dominion voting tabulator in front of U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg using only a pen to change the vote totals.

Georgia won’t update vulnerable Dominion software until after 2024 election

By Zachary Cohen and Sean Lyngaas, CNN

Georgia election officials have been aware of existing vulnerabilities in the state’s voting software for more than two years but continue to insist the system is safe and won’t be updated until after 2024, according to a report that was unsealed this week as part of a controversial court case in Georgia.

The report’s findings focus on weaknesses in software for certain Dominion Voting machines. Those weaknesses were previously verified by federal cybersecurity officials, who urged election officials across the country to update their systems.

A lawyer for Georgia’s top election official, Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, recently told a federal court that officials would forgo installing Dominion’s security patches until after the 2024 presidential election.

Georgia election officials insist it is highly unlikely that the vulnerabilities will be exploited in real attacks. Those officials also say they have already carried out a number of security recommendations without having to update the system’s software.

“Upgrading the system will be a massive undertaking, and our election officials are evaluating the scope of, and time required for the project,” Mike Hassinger, a spokesperson for the Georgia secretary of state’s office, told CNN when asked about the delay.

Read more.

A long-awaited report on the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of election machines in Georgia was finally released alongside another report on Wednesday.

The  report — by University of Michigan professor J. Alex Halderman and Auburn University assistant professor Drew Springall, who helped him — outlined several cybersecurity flaws, the most critical of which they say could be exploited by malicious hackers to change votes and alter election outcomes. Importantly, Halderman said there’s no evidence that the vulnerabilities have actually been used by malicious hackers to change votes or steal an election.

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Pamela Geller

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BREAKING: In a Federal Court in Atlanta, Georgia, computer science and engineering professor J. Alex Halderman was able to hack a Dominion voting tabulator in front of U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg using only a pen to change the vote totals.

— Leading Report (@LeadingReport) January 21, 2024

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Pro-Hamas Cyber Group Claims Cyber Attack On Elon Musk’s SpaceX

By Middle East Media Research Institute

The following report is an offering from MEMRI’s Cyber Terrorism & Jihad Lab (CJL) project.


Pro-Hamas Cyber Group Claims Cyber Attack On Elon Musk’s SpaceX In Retaliation For His Support Of Israel, Threatens ‘Cyber War’ Against U.S., Europe

On December 15, 2023, a pro-Hamas hacking group claimed perpetrating a cyber attack on SpaceX, a private aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company founded and owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, in retaliation for Musk’s support of Israel in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. During a visit to Israel at the end of November, Musk met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and toured an Israeli community attacked by Hamas on October 7.[1] On Telegram[2], the hacking group published the “first part of SpaceX leaks,” an Excel file containing the names and email addresses of 12,529 SpaceX employees.

The statement reads: “Ever since Elon Musk… agreed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the mass-murderer Netanyahu, the one whose hands are drenched in the blood of over 7,000 of our children, we […] had Mr. Musk and his business interests in our scope. Today we publish the first part of [our] leaks – a complete list of SpaceX employees (all 12.5k) along with their email addresses. Their passwords (hashes), phone numbers, home addresses, and employment positions are not included in the first part.”

The statement continues: “To those who participate in supporting those responsible for the mass murder of our children: know that your support is itself complicity, and you will be held to account for this complicity, even if the support was done purely out of personal greed.”

Addressing U.S. President Joe Biden, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and “all other Western leaders encouraging and bankrolling the killing of our children,” the statement warns that their “support of genocide” is causing them to lose domestic “political and moral credibility,” as it “unties the decades of your soft power efforts in the Muslim lands.” It further warns that their “ongoing support of the genocide” will bring a “state of cyber war” on their countries, mentioning that their “cyber landscapes” are “far richer and vaster than that of Israel’s.”

The statement concludes: “Should you continue in supporting the killing of our children… you would not need to worry about just a cyber Pearl Harbor, but rather a cyber flood, from which there will be no mountain to climb.”

Since December 1, the group has claimed a series of cyber attacks on Israeli sites.[3]


[1] Wsj.com, November 27, 2023.

[2] Telegram, December 15, 2023.

[3] See MEMRI JTTM report: Pro-Hamas Cyber Group Claims It Hacked Israeli Servers, Passed Database To “Mujahedeen”, December 12, 2023.

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AI Enters Politics: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

By Family Research Council

First they came for your drive-thru, then they came for your pastors. Now they’re here for your legislators.

The Associated Press reported recently that in Brazil, the first known artificial intelligence (AI) generated law was passed in October. City councilman Ramiro Rosário of Porto Alegre, Brazil apparently had some trouble crafting a city ordinance. Rosário, instead of shopping around for model legislation from another town or special interest group, did the most 2023 thing he could: he asked ChatGPT. The AP reports:

“Rosário told The Associated Press that he asked OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT to craft a proposal to prevent the city from charging taxpayers to replace water consumption meters if they are stolen. He then presented it to his 35 peers on the council without making a single change or even letting them know about its unprecedented origin.

“‘If I had revealed it before, the proposal certainly wouldn’t even have been taken to a vote,’ Rosário told the AP by phone on Thursday. The 36-member council approved it unanimously and the ordinance went into effect on Nov. 23.

“‘It would be unfair to the population to run the risk of the project not being approved simply because it was written by artificial intelligence,’ he added.”

When he was facing leadership challenges in the church due to his age, the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “Let no one despise you for your youth.” Now we have Brazilian lawmakers speaking up for the oppressed AI, which apparently gets no respect. The councilman is not only the champion of the stolen water meter, he’s the voice of AI in government, speaking up for the little bot who has none.

I don’t fault an ill-equipped lawmaker for getting help doing his job, but it does say something about a society where a presumably elected official needs to resort to something that an adept 10-year-old can do. It raises the question, is the councilman even needed if his duties have been reduced to writing a query instead of writing legislation?

After President Lincoln had put Ulysses S. Grant in charge of the Union forces during the Civil War, there was worry among some as to whether the army could match Lee’s rebel forces. When someone asked about Grant’s chances, Doris Kearns Goodwin writes in “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” that Lincoln told this anecdote:

“The question reminds of me of a little anecdote about the automaton chess player, which many years ago astonished the world by its skill in that game. After a while the automaton was challenged by a celebrated player, who, to his great chagrin, was beaten twice by the machine. At the end of the second game, the player, significantly pointing his finger at the automaton, exclaimed in a very decided tone, ‘There’s a man in it.’”

Putting aside the fact that there were apparently “automaton chess players” before the Civil War (who knew?), it was clear then that military and political operations were not automatic. Military operations required people. Political operations required people. Even mechanical chess players required people.

That remains true today. Politics — nasty business as it is — requires people. While we may joke about it being better off without them, we should think long and hard before we relinquish our leadership to something that doesn’t have to eat three squares a day. ChatGPT may be able to compose a water meter ordinance, but it won’t inspire people to use their water in a better way. People need to be led by people.

Just like the automated chess player, for ChatGPT there’s also “a man in it.” AI may have a body of silicon, precious metals, and transistors, but its intellectual framework of ones and zeros can never amount to a soul. AI may be able to write its own answers, and interpret what we want, but it can’t run without programming and someone feeding its server farms the electricity it needs.

No matter how much the hype-mongers of artificial intelligence may tell us to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, there’s always a man in it. The question for us as we see the advent of AI applied to politics, is which man do we want? The one we elected, or the people doing the programming? It’s only a matter of time before we’re faced with this here in the U.S. And as much as we think a robot might do a better job than whichever current leader you’ve elected (I bet you can think of a few…), the solution is not to defer to some unelected artificial Oz behind the curtain. The solution is to elect better leaders.

AUTHOR

Jared Bridges

Jared Bridges is editor-in-chief of The Washington Stand.

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Over the last ten years, Turkey has made 249 requests every day for removal of content from Google

By Jihad Watch

Who controls your access to information, and determines what you can see and what you cannot? To a surprising degree, Recep Tayyip Erdogan does.

Turkey has requested removal of massive amount of online content from Google in 10 years

Turkish Minute, November 23, 2023:

Turkish government agencies have requested the removal of a total of 90,400 web pages and other content from Google in the last decade, Voice of America (VOA) Turkish edition reported on Wednesday, citing data from a report by the virtual private network company Surfshark.

According to the report, 150 countries have submitted a total of 335,000 removal requests to Google in the last 10 years. These requests included the removal of 3,870,000 different websites and pages claimed to be “objectionable.”

Turkey was the fourth country, after Russia, North Korea and India, that most frequently requested the removal of content from Google, submitting 18,900 requests for the removal of 90,400 web pages and other content in 10 years, which corresponds to an average of 5 pieces of online content per day.

During the same period, Russia submitted a total of 215,000 content removal requests to Google, accounting for 85 percent of all requests. North Korea came in second, submitting 27,000 content removal requests to Google over the past decade, and India was in third place with 20,000 requests.

The report showed that “national security” is the most common reason cited by governments to get unwanted content removed, with 27 percent, followed by “copyright” (19 percent) and “defamation” (10 percent). Turkey leads in citing defamation as the reason, representing over a fifth of all defamation claims with more than 7,600 requests.

According to the report, the number of requests worldwide has increased approximately 13 times, rising from 7,000 annually to 91,000 in the past 10 years, or from 19 requests per day to 249….

Read more.

AUTHOR

ROBERT SPENCER

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Situation Report: Iranian-backed hacker group infiltrates U.S. water system

By Center For Security Policy

An Iranian hacking group targeted the water system of a small Pennsylvania town over the Thanksgiving weekend, in what may have been a test case targeting widely-used industrial control systems (ICSs).

On Saturday, November 25, the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa (PA) announced that one of their booster stations was hacked by the Iranian group Cyber Av3ngers. The group targeted and infiltrated one of the station’s Unitronics programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are responsible for monitoring water pressure for customers in Aliquippa, as well as Raccoon and Potter Townships. According Matthew Mottes, the chairman of the board of directors for the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa, despite the Iranian group’s successful hacking, there is not believed to be any impact on the safety of drinking water in the affected areas.

This hack comes in the middle of an ongoing war where Israel is up against Hamas and other Iranian proxies in the Middle East. Cyber Av3ngers has claimed to have successfully hacked 10 similar water systems in Israel as of October 30. The Unitronics system hacked in Pennsylvania is headquartered in Israel, which is likely a reason for the group targeting a system physically located in the United States. Congressman Chris Deluzio of Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district said he is “closely monitoring” the cyberattack. The Facebook post below makes it clear that Cyber Av3ngers considers “every equipment” made in Israel as a target of the group.

While the majority of cyber-attacks are focused on financial gain in the form of ransomware, the affected booster station does not contain any personal or proprietary information. Rather it is designed to operate automatically. Apparently, the hackers “wanted” to be found, and may have been infiltrating this system to simply see how the Municipal Water Authority reacted to being hacked. This is similar to some financial hacking schemes where criminals will make an initial withdrawal from an account of a few cents, and if that goes unnoticed, they will make a larger withdrawal hoping to not raise any alarms.

The cyberattack does not appear to be specifically focused on water systems, as Unitronics provides control systems to a variety of critical infrastructure, not just water. Based on Cyber Av3ngers’ track record and open hatred of Israel, it is likely they will continue to target control systems in the U.S. and elsewhere that rely on Unitronics’ technology.

According to a November 27 Shodan search, there are more than 220 Unitronics systems in the U.S. and over 1,800 worldwide. Thus there are plenty of systems for Cyber Av3ngers to target, and the Iranian group has proven indiscriminate when it comes to choosing targets.

To prevent further attacks, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has been pushing for “infrastructure funding and finance mechanisms” to enhance U.S. water infrastructure for years due to its age and insufficient funding. AWWA has also called for policies “that advance physical and cybersecurity in effective ways while securing information about potential vulnerabilities.”

As the Center for Security Policy’s Secure the Grid Coalition has noted, local governments and emergency planners will have to be the ones making improvements to critical pieces of the United States’ critical infrastructure. The Coalition has been sounding the alarm on inadequate physical security of electric grid infrastructure for years. The U.S. electrical system, while still lacking a variety of safeguards, does have better cybersecurity standards than the water system, but this recent attack in Pennsylvania shows that control systems for critical infrastructure of all kinds remain vulnerable.

This recent attack in Pennsylvania further proves that proactive measures must be taken at all levels of government, especially locally, in order to protect services that millions of Americans rely upon daily.

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Tommy Waller and Matt Franklin

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Censorship Org ‘Election Integrity Partnership’ Was Created at DHS Agency’s Request

By The Geller Report

This is extraordinary. The implications are chilling.

By: Allum Bokhari, Breitbart, 7 Nov 2023:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has released further evidence of the collaboration between the federal government and private institutions to censor the First Amendment protected speech of Americans, including new files show that the infamous Election Integrity Partnership, which targeted social media posts for censorship during the 2020 election, was created “at the request” of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). One of the examples of the censorship machine in action shared by Jordan is a request to censor a tweet by President Donald Trump including a link to a Breitbart News story.

The Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) is a consortium of four organizations: the Stanford Internet Observatory, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public.

Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), in a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee earlier this year, played a clip unearthed by the Foundation for Freedom Online showing the Atlantic Council , showing the Atlantic Council casually discussing the EIP’s “partners in government… most particularly those in CISA/DHS.”

Now, internal communications from the Atlantic Council obtained by Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) show that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a sub-agency of DHS, was more than just a “partner” of EIP — it was involved in its very creation.

“We just set up an election integrity partnership at the request of DHS/CISA and are in weekly comms to debrief on disinfo, IO, etc.,” said a member of the Atlantic Council in the emails.

According to one EIP member, the EIP was created “at the request of CISA.”

In another email, head of the election integrity partnership, former Facebook executive Alex Stamos, said that “we are working on some monitoring ideas with CISA.”

“It’s worse than that,” said Foundation for Freedom Online head Mike Benz, who exposed DHS censorship efforts in a report last year. “Watch this 8 minute clip showing the exact timeline chronology in which CISA spawned EIP to censor what the government could not.”

Jordan provided examples of speech targeted for censorship, which he says included “true information, jokes, and political opinions.” The example Jordan provides to illustrate this point is a tweet by Donald Trump including a link to a Breitbart News story.

As Breitbart News previously reported, the Election Integrity Partnership developed a censorship “switchboard” which allowed government the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department could file “tickets” alongside news stories, flagging them so that Big Tech platforms could subsequently suppress or attach warning labels to them.

Via Breitbart News:

News outlets targeted by the EIP included Breitbart News, Fox News, the New York Post, and the Epoch Times, as well as the social media accounts of prominent conservatives Charlie Kirk, Tom Fitton, Jack Posobiec, Mark Levin, James O’Keefe, and Sean Hannity, amongst others.

President Donald Trump was also frequently flagged by the consortium, as well as his sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

The extent of collaboration between the government and censorship organizations is the central question of Missouri v Biden, the landmark online free speech case currently before the supreme court. Evidence that DHS was involved in the very creation of arguably the most important private sector censorship partnership of the 2020 election could have an impact on the case.

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Adobe Caught Selling Dishonest AI-Generated Images As Actual Photos of Israel ‘Violence’

By The Geller Report

The idea that is “Israel is losing the media war” or “Israel has to step up its PR game” (!) is a false premise. You cannot win in a fixed game. You cannot win when the deck is stacked against you.

At this point, it’s life or death for Israel and it is my fervent hope that Israel stops subduing and supplicating itself to the annihilationist forces that are working furiously to see its end.

The blood libels and false news is coming from the media and inside the tech industry.

Adobe Caught Selling AI-Generated Images of Israel-Palestine Violence

The misinformation is coming from inside the tech industry.

By: Yahoo News, November 5, 2023:

Software giant Adobe has been caught selling AI-generated images of the Israel-Hamas war, as first spotted by Australian news outlet Crikey, a shocking and morally reprehensible instance of a company directly profiting from the spread of misinformation online.

A quick search on the company’s Adobe Stock website — a service that offers subscription customers access to a library of generic stock images and now AI-shots as well — for “conflict between Israel and Palestine” comes up with photorealistic images of explosions in high-density urban environments that closely resemble the real-life carnage currently unfolding in Gaza.

Another image shows a “mother and child in destroyed city in Palestine Israel war conflict,” a devastating framing that was entirely AI-generated. In fact, it’s one of a series of 33 images that all show a similar composition.

These images all appear to have been submitted by Adobe Stock users and were seemingly not generated by Adobe itself.

However, while they’re technically tagged as being “generated with AI,” a requirement for all user-submitted works, some of these images are already making their rounds on other parts of the web, as Crikey found, which could easily mislead unsuspecting members of the public.

simple reverse image search on Google confirms this, with one photorealistic AI image of a huge explosion being used by a number of small publications.

After all, without closely examining these images for telltale signs of having been generated by an AI, like misaligned windows or mismatched lighting and shadows, they could easily pass for the real thing.

AI image generators like OpenAI’s DALL-E, Stable Diffusion, and Midjourney have made massive technological leaps over the last 12 months. Long gone are the days of obvious glitches or horrifying animal monstrosities.

Consequently, AI-generated images are getting huge amounts of visibility online. Earlier this year, Futurism found that the top image result on Google for the name of famed realist artist Edward Hopper was an AI fake.

Instead of treading into the world of generative AI carefully, Adobe has chosen to embrace the tech with enthusiasm.

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And this:

Unethical Gaza Reporting Cuts Crucial Context

By Noah BeckSpecial to IPT News • November 5, 2023T

he adage that “journalism is the first draft of history” understates the impact that journalists have on the present, given that their reporting can change perceptions and public discourse in a way that shapes the history being recorded in that first draft.

The media’s ethical duties and challenges are among the greatest when it comes to reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an issue plagued by misinformation and disinformation, and where passions are inflamed by reports that can quickly affect events on the ground. Compounding those concerns is the broader geopolitical context of reporting in the Middle East, a volatile region of proxy wars, terrorism by state and non-state actors, and nuclear weapons and proliferation.

Failures to adhere to journalistic standards can perpetuate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by creating a moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel that leads global public opinion and world leaders to pressure Israel into allowing a baby-burning terror group at its doorstep to prepare for the next round of war, within months after the latest round of violence, rather than allowing Israel to defeat Hamas once and for all.

Through defamatory allegations of “genocide,” anti-Israel activists add to the global pressure on Israel that prevents it from militarily eliminating the Hamas threat, a necessary step towards any improvement in the lives of both Gazans and Israelis, given Hamas’ commitment to killing all of the Jews in the world (as the organization clearly states in its charter). So while activists and the media outlets that quote them (like Al Jazeera) ignore the very genocidal elements in Hamas’ foundational document, they will absurdly allege that Israel is engaged in a “genocide” against Gaza, but never explain why such a powerful army needs nearly two decades and multiple wars to accomplish this “genocide,” when the Israeli military could easily do so in a day.

It is Israel’s own extraordinarily high ethical standards that have prevented it from committing “genocide,” despite countless vicious Hamas attacks whose barbarism has gotten progressively worse over the last few decades, culminating in the October 7th slaughter of 1,400 Israelis, which is the equivalent of almost 52,000 deaths in the USA – about seventeen September 11s in one day, or about 1.3 times the 39,000 people killed by the nuclear bomb over Nagasaki. And the horrific savagery of those murders even in far smaller numbers would likely prompt most militaries in the world to act far more aggressively and decisively than Israel has thus far. Indeed, it is the many battlefield advantages that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) concedes to its enemies, in order to comply with the IDF’s exceptionally high ethical code, that have led observers, including British military expert and war hero Richard Kemp, to note that the IDF is the most moral army in the world. In the October 9, 2009 debate on the infamous Goldstone Report issued in the wake of Operation Cast Lead, Colonel Kemp asserted that “the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.”

Yet journalists quickly forget these ethically crucial details and too often fail to provide critical context for those trying to gain a meaningful understanding of the conflict and the moral character of each side. And the international community – fueled by the unethical and/or sloppy reporting of so many journalists – forces Israel into accepting military half-measures that simply bring a temporary “quiet” to the region. Tragically, the international pressure for cease fires that allow the root problem of Hamas to fester have proven to be utterly counterproductive, even from the perspective of those claiming to care about the Palestinians, because leaving Hamas in power condemns Gazans to indefinite suffering with only brief respites that end as soon as Hamas decides once again to launch violent attacks against its northern neighbor.

But bad journalism does more than perpetuate the conflict – it actually aggravates it. By omitting crucial context or publishing inflammatory rumors rather than verified facts, the news media fuel a dangerous strategy preferred by Palestinians: inciting fury on the Arab street (often by claiming that Jews are endangering the Al-Aqsa mosque or grossly exaggerating Palestinian casualty figures, as with the 2002 libelously labeled “massacre” in Jenin). The more the Arab street is enraged by misleadingly incomplete or patently false news, the more likely an already combustible situation can quickly spin out of control, with more attacks on Israel by “lone-wolf” attackers, terrorist groups, and/or Arab states feeling public pressure to jump into the fray (as is the current concern with Lebanon, a failed state that is effectively ruled by the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah).

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It’s almost four weeks since the horrific terrorist attack on #Israel. A lot has happened, the public debate has become heated and confused. Find thoughts from Vice-Chancellor Robert #Habeck in the video, putting the events in context. 📣With English, Hebrew and Arabic subtitles. pic.twitter.com/5jdXAZr7ey

— Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (@BMWK) November 2, 2023

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