“Let her [Truth] and Falsehood grapple;
who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? ”
~ John Milton, Areopagitica
On February 7, 2022, the United States Department of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin.
According to this advisory:
“The primary terrorism-related threat to the United States continues to stem from lone offenders or small cells of individuals who are motivated by a range of foreign and/or domestic grievances often cultivated through the consumption of certain online content. The convergence of violent extremist ideologies, false or misleading narratives, and conspiracy theories have and will continue to contribute to a heightened threat of violence in the United States.”
According to this bulletin, the current heightened threat is due to “The proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions.”
The top examples of these so-called “false or misleading narratives” include “unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19. Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021.”
mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM)
According to the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), MDM is defined as follows:
- Misinformation is false, but not created or shared with the intention of causing harm.
- Disinformation is deliberately created to mislead, harm, or manipulate a person, social group, organization, or country.
- Malinformation is based on fact, but used out of context to mislead, harm, or manipulate.
The Best way to overcome MDM
How do you know the truth when misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation (MDM) can lead you astray? How can you determine what is true and what is false?
Followers of John Milton believe that the best way to learn the truth is to allow all ideas, and truth will prevail. This ideal is so central to our country, that it is the First of our Rights.
But the US Department of Homeland Security now has a new way to determine what is MDM. According to their new edict, any information that is critical of US institutions is labeled MDM. Those pushing MDM are terrorists and must be censored.
Free people must speak up to overturn this dangerous DHS advisory.
One of the U.S. most cherished values is criticizing corrupt government institutions. Nonviolent protest holds government officials accountable.
While everyone acknowledges the problems of misinformation, disinformation, and malicious information, there is only one way to combat it: with better information.
Without free speech, there is no freedom.
For more information:
Alex Berenson – “I am starting to think I need to file a First Amendment lawsuit over that insane bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security on Feb. 7.”
Children’s Health Defense – 02/10/22 – Disagree With Government Policy? Homeland Security Says You’re a ‘Terrorist’ if You Speak Out.
John Milton’s Defence of Free Speech –
Russell Brand – “Misinformation” is rife – especially with podcast hosts. But with misinformation now potentially equating to terrorism, is free speech becoming a terror threat?
Featured News – Nothing less than a threat against free speech.