Media Dictatorship in America Aims to Stifle All Opposition Voices
One thing is clear about the “storming” of the U.S. Congress on Jan. 6, which has all the markings of a typical “third force” operation: it has served to escalate the drive by “Big Tech” to impose total censorship of the flow of information and strengthen the “surveillance state”. All in the name of “defending democracy”, of course.
Twitter permanently cancelled the account of the President of the United States, with its 88 million followers at one point (!). But that wasn’t all. As of Jan. 10, as summarized by AP: “Facebook and Instagram have suspended Trump at least until Inauguration Day. Twitch and Snapchat also have disabled Trump’s accounts, while Shopify took down online stores affiliated with the President and Reddit removed a Trump subgroup. Twitter also banned Trump loyalists including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in a sweeping purge of accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory and the Capitol insurrection. Some had hundreds of thousands of followers.”
Moreover, the app Parler, which has around 12 million users and is considered friendly to Trump and his supporters, was preemptively removed from Google’s app store on Jan. 9; and Apple followed suit the next day. Note that the “Big Tech” companies or GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) are an integral part of the ominous military-industrial complex.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador warned the world on Jan. 8 that the censorship is similar to a new “Holy Inquisition” designed to “create a world government with the power to control social networks, a world media power.” Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel considered the blocking of Trump’s accounts to be “problematic”, noting that the guarantee of freedom of opinion “can be interfered with” via the law, but not “by a corporate decision”. And French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire called “the digital oligarchy” a threat to democracy.
Former U.S. weapons inspector turned whisteblower Scott Ritter called the move by Twitter “a low moment in American history…. With unilateral censorship of a sitting U.S. president, Big Tech has proven it’s more powerful than any government.” Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who knows a lot about the “deep state” from the inside, tweeted on Jan. 7 that Facebook’s officially silencing of the President of the United States “will be remembered as a turning point in the battle for control over digital speech.” Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald warned that “Tech monopolies—FB, Google, Apple, Amazon—have more concentrated wealth & power than any in history”, and they use it “to manipulate US politics”.
Beyond social media, the “deep state” has greatly tightened its control over traditional media as well as the world of entertainment – and not only in the United States. The TV network CNN, a notorious outlet for the intelligence services, has reportedly launched an attempt to ban Fox News from the air, and from cable carriers. (Note that Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper got a job at CNN after leaving government, while Obama’s head of the CIA John Brennan has worked as an analyst for NBC and MSNBC, since being fired by President Trump. As for Obama’s head of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander, he recently joined the board of directors of Amazon. And the Washington Post, of course, is owned by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos.)