In a letter last week to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, 20 state attorneys general demanded DHS immediately disband its Disinformation Governance Board and “cease all efforts to police Americans’ protected speech.”
Attorneys general (AGs) in 20 states last week threatened legal action unless the Biden administration immediately disbands its newly formed Disinformation Governance Board, which the group described as “Orwellian.”
In a May 5 letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the AGs demanded DHS “cease all efforts to police Americans’ protected speech.”
“The Disinformation Governance Board, by its very existence, and almost certainly by design, threatens to ‘enforce silence’ when Americans wish to express views disfavored by the Administration.
“It is therefore already chilling free speech and impeding the political process in Virginia and every other State. This is unconstitutional, illegal, and un-American.”
Georgia AG Chris Carr told Legal Newsline, “It is stunning that the Biden administration believes itself to be the arbiter of truth, so much so that it has devoted federal resources to the creation of this board.”
“The President does not have the authority to censor public discourse and to do so would infringe upon the First Amendment right enjoyed by all law-abiding citizens,” Carr added.
Meanwhile, 175 House Republicans, led by Rep. Scott Franklin (R-Fla.) last week in a letter to Mayorkas demanded answers to four questions about the board, including, “Under what legal authority is DHS creating this Disinformation Governance Board?”
And Reps. John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Mike Turner (R-Ohio) — the top Republicans on the House Intelligence and House Homeland Security committees — in a separate letter to the DHS secretary requested a list of documents relating to the board be released on or before May 13.