|WASHINGTON, DC — When Elon Musk took over the social media giant Twitter, he found what some might call an effort to silence conservative messaging. Award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon says Twitter had been turned into “a massive censorship machine that ramped to life in 2019 and has been living very well since then, all the way through the 2022 election.” Solomon went into detail of his findings in a recent interview with Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens, on her Better For America podcast.
As Solomon put it, “we now have the first and most overt direct confirmation that multiple federal agencies made requests to social media companies to silence conservative opinion. The FBI had a full-time task force sitting out in San Francisco that was forwarding requests, according to the agent who ran it, Elvis Chan. He would take censor requests coming from FBI headquarters and send them to those companies, including Twitter. The requests came from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, demanding that certain storylines, certain players, people like Alex Berenson, the former New York Times reporter, a respected reporter that dared to challenge the science of vaccines, need to be censored.”
The magnitude of what some might call a conspiracy was enormous, he said. “The US government had a system of weekly meetings, a special communication system that was kept from the public, where censorship requests were coming in on a daily and hourly basis, particularly during elections, and they censored certain storylines, election integrity storylines, vaccination safety questions, questions about Hunter Biden and Joe Biden being corrupt, all censored, often with ironical misinformation being offered by the U.S. government.”
Solomon went on to note that something was amiss when the powers that be in D.C. told Facebook and Twitter that the Hunter Biden laptop revelations in 2020 was Russian disinformation. “There wasn’t an iota of evidence to support that claim. And today, we know the laptop is real. In fact, it is in the possession of the FBI and the focus of a criminal investigation. The fact that the government would call something disinformation that they knew wasn’t actually undercuts the whole claim of what they were trying to do. They said they were trying to root out misinformation in that case. And in some other cases we’ve documented, the government was the purveyor of misinformation. The outcome was Americans’ free speech was censored, was violated, was infringed upon, despite the Constitution’s guarantee that wouldn’t happen.”
As for the recent admission that then Vice Presidents Biden and Pence took classified documents home, the fact that former President Trump admitted that he did the same thing does not even begin to justify their actions. Solomon pointed out that, as president, Mr. Trump had the power to declassify documents and vice presidents do not have that power. “That said, Joe Biden takes us in a second direction with his documents, something that doesn’t exist with President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence. There has always loomed over the Biden family the corruption question. We now know that these documents landed at the University of Pennsylvania and landed in the Biden Wilmington home, at a time when Hunter Biden was frequenting the house where the documents were stored. Some of the topics in the documents are topics of interest to countries where Hunter Biden had ongoing financial interest like Ukraine, and that Hunter Biden was deeply involved in soliciting and trying to arrange large payments to his family from China, a country that spends a lot of time in espionage.”
Solomon pointed out that there is legitimate concern that, for the Biden family, possession of a classified document is more than just a case of mishandled classified documents. “These documents may have been taken and moved around the country to places where the family could access them because it would bring benefit to some of their foreign clients. And they want to investigate that. They want a damage assessment for that. Even people like Adam Schiff, a Democrat who has often defended President Biden and who is very critical of Donald Trump, says we probably need a national security damage assessment for what happened with Joe Biden. That part of the story will probably live on. The House Oversight Committee will likely try to find out who had access to the documents. Were those documents valuable to Hunter Biden’s clients? And is there any evidence that some of the information that the president had in these personal locations got passed on to the foreign clients that Hunter Biden interacted with? Those are questions that may outlast the mishandling of documents.”