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MSM Already Using Capitol Hill Riot To Call For More Internet Censorship

The United States received a very small taste of its own medicine today as rioting Trump fanatics temporarily forced their way into the nation’s Capitol building, and now the whole nation is freaking out.

I am being generous when I say that America was given a very small taste of its own medicine; unlike the horrific coups and violent uprisings the US routinely orchestrates in noncompliant nations around the world, this one stood exactly zero chance of seizing control of the government, and only one person was killed.

I am also being generous when I say the rioters “forced their way” in; DC chose not to increase its police presence in preparation for the protests despite knowing that they were planned, and there’s footage of what appears to be cops actively letting them through a police barricade. There was some fighting between police and protesters, but contrasted with the unceasing barrage of police brutality footage which emerged from Black Lives Matter demonstrations a few months prior it’s fair to say the police response today was relatively gentle.

Predictably, this entirely American disruption has blue-checkmarked commentariat shrieking about Vladimir Putin on social media.

Just as predictably, it’s also got them calling for the censorship of social media.

The New York Times has published two new articles titled “The storming of Capitol Hill was organized on social media” and “Violence on Capitol Hill Is a Day of Reckoning for Social Media“, both arguing for more heavy-handed restrictions on speech from Silicon Valley tech giants.

In the former, NYT’s Sheera Frenkel writes “the violence Wednesday was the result of online movements operating in closed social media networks where people believed the claims of voter fraud and of the election being stolen from Mr. Trump,” citing the expert analysis of think tank spinmeister Renee DiResta of “Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset” fame. As usual no mention is made of DiResta’s involvement in the New Knowledge scandal in which a Russian interference “false flag” was staged for an Alabama Senate race.

“These people are acting because they are convinced an election was stolen,” DiResta said. “This is a demonstration of the very real-world impact of echo chambers.”

“This has been a striking repudiation of the idea that there is an online and an offline world and that what is said online is in some way kept online,” DiResta adds.

This narrative which seeds the idea that unregulated communication on the internet will lead to violent uprisings is funny coming from Frankel, who, as a Twitter follower recently observed, wrote a piece in 2018 condemning the Iranian government for restricting protesters’ social media access during the demonstrations at that time.

“Social media and messaging apps have become crucial to antigovernment demonstrators around the world, as a means of both organizing and delivering messages to other citizens,” Frankel wrote. “Not surprisingly, restricting access to such technology has become as important to government crackdowns as the physical presence of the police.”

In the other article, co-authored by Frankel, Mike Isaac and Kate Conger, the message is driven home even less subtly.

“As pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday and halted the certification of Electoral College votes, the role of social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in spreading misinformation and being a megaphone for Mr. Trump came under renewed criticism,” reads the article, adding, “So when violence broke out in Washington on Wednesday, it was, in the minds of longtime critics, the day the chickens came home to roost for the social media companies.”

The article reports on the US president’s temporary suspension of social media privileges for allegedly inciting violence with his posts, then discusses the various kinds of disinformation and violent ideation being circulated in Trump discussion forums.

“Those alternative social media sites were rife with Trump supporters organizing and communicating on Wednesday,” NYT tells us. “On Parler, one trending hashtag was #stormthecapitol. Many Trump supporters on the sites also appeared to believe a false rumor that Antifa, a left-wing movement, was responsible for committing violence at the protests.”

“We know the social media companies have been lackadaisical at best” at stopping extremism from growing on their platforms, Jonathan Greenblatt, director of the Anti-Defamation League, told NYT. “Freedom of expression is not the freedom to incite violence. That is not protected speech.”

We will likely see many more such articles in the coming days, arguing for increased regulation of internet communication to prevent future incidents like today.

In and of itself this won’t sound terribly concerning to the average citizen. Nothing wrong with taking steps to prevent people from plotting violence and terrorism on social media, right?

But how do you predict what protests are going to be “violent”? How do you decide which protests and what political dissent need to be censored and which ones should be permitted to communicate freely? Do you just leave it up to Silicon Valley oligarchs to make the call? Or do you have them consult with the government like they’ve been doing? Are either of these institutions you’d trust to regulate what protests are worthy of being permitted to organize online?

Because the actual power structures in the United States seem to be interested in simply censoring the internet to eliminate political dissent altogether.

In 2017 top officials from Facebook, Twitter and Google were brought before the Senate Judiciary Committee and admonished to come up with policies that will “prevent the fomenting of discord” in the United States.

World Socialist Website reported the following in 2017.

Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii demanded, for her part, that the companies adopt a “mission statement” expressing their commitment “to prevent the fomenting of discord.”

 

The most substantial portion of the testimony took place in the second part of the hearing, during which most of the Senators had left and two representatives of the US intelligence agencies testified before a room of mostly empty chairs.

 

Clint Watts, a former U.S. Army officer, former FBI agent, and member of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, made the following apocalyptic proclamation: “Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words. America’s war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America.”

 

He added, “Stopping the false information artillery barrage landing on social media users comes only when those outlets distributing bogus stories are silenced—silence the guns and the barrage will end.”

That sounds an awful like government officials and operatives telling social media corporations that it’s their job to censor communication which could facilitate any kind of unrest, no matter how justified.

Do you trust these monopolistic megacorporations to decide whether or not people’s dissident speech is acceptable? I don’t.

As Julian Assange is condemned to remain falsely imprisoned and the mass media ramp up their case for more imperial narrative control, we are now in a battle for the sovereignty of our very minds.

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  • Caithlin, that was another excellent article. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Two points:
    1) Yes, the USA has built up a phenomenal amount of karmic debt which is now coming home to be balanced.
    These arrogant Americans will be utterly humbled before God. It’s just the way universal law works

    I remember well Catherine Austin Fitts’ story of the red button.
    https://home.solari.com/the-red-button-story/
    Americans are viewed as parasites by their victims.
    They have enjoyed a very high standard of living at the expense of people in poor countries being made even poorer
    Does that T-bone steak taste even better when you know someone had to starve to put it on the plate?

    Some Americans excuse themselves by claiming they are only slaves in a plantation who have no say in what their masters choose to do.
    But almost all Americans choose to stay silent over the USA’s foreign interventions and look at how many Americans are in active military service or are veterans.
    They have been involved in these foreign adventures (aka looting the rest of the world)

    This massive karmic debt has to be, and will be repaid

    2) These Punch & Judy shows being played out in the media and on the internet are distractions
    Wonderfully mesmerising stories but nonetheless, still distractions.
    COVID, lockdowns, presidential ellections, blatant corruption stories are so fascinating
    Hardly anyone is paying attention to the most important issue facing humanity and the entire planet.
    I bet you never even thought of it and even if someone mentions it, you’ll instantly dismiss the guy as a total nutter and you’d turn back to the stuff which occupies your attention.

    Are you aware the sun is no longer in its usual position in the sky?
    Some have noticed this but they do not understand the implications.
    Here’s two videos on the sun’s position – note the number of comments agreeing the sun’s position has changed
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRN9Wvq0C9U
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NT5n8Lcesw

    You ask, “Who cares? Go away you idiot and stop wasting my valuable time.”
    This is actually really profound.
    It is an undeniable sign that the Earth is being perturbed

    There are other signs. Go to Dutchsinse’s YT channel and look at the videos on the earthquakes and volcanos which have been erupting
    Very recently, eruptions from 2 Indonesian volcanos reached the stratosphere – over 50,000 feet
    There have been swarms of earthquakes in the Pacific NW coast of North America – this is a sign that the tectonic plate is unstable

    Fireballs – they are getting more frequent and more prominent

    So what? Why do these matter?
    Guys, they are harbingers of a multi-year period of extinction level events which the governments of this world are expecting to happen very, very soon.
    This is the real reason for the ‘virus’, the lockdowns and most of all, the ‘vaccinations’ which they force onto the populace to render them harmless when they see Planet X in the sky
    Trump knows this. He’s just another actor in this kabuki show.

    If I haven’t lost your attention by now, here’s some links:
    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=211903

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFpUkz_s6Eo
    To save time, just read the transcript (the row of 3 bottoms below the RHS of the screen)
    Skip the first 42 mins if your time is too valuable
    The photos mentioned are in this article: https://yowusa.com/2020/03/coronavirus-planet-x/

    This one is for you Christians out there:
    https://archive.is/ldCORis from a pastor:

    There is so much more I can tell you but I’ll leave you with the cabal’s own public service announcement.
    The message was given symbolically

    • I am making over $9k a month working part time. I stored being attentive to different human beings inform me how much money they are able to make on line so I decided to lok into it. CMs well, it turned into all actual and has completely modified my life.

      That is what I do….-!~!~!~!…. Home Profit System

  • “Do you trust these monopolistic megacorporations to decide whether or not people’s dissident speech is acceptable? I don’t.”
    .
    Which is why Navajo activist Loren Reed faces 10 years for a Facebook comment.
    https://itsgoingdown.org/indigenous-activist-faces-10-years-for-facebook-comments-the-case-of-loren-reed/

  • I do not believe this is simply about Trump and a bunch of crazy supporters storming the Capitol. He’s an actor. I believe no one becomes President of the U.S. with out the crime syndicate seal of approval. Including Trump and Biden.
    `
    This is designed to condition us to the idea there could be a coup and martial law in the U.S.
    `
    It absolutely fits in with the crime syndicate’s goals for the “great reset.”

    I take nothing in the media at face value.
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    I reject the notion that we have a free and independent press.
    `
    I know the three branches of our government and military are corrupted by an empire building crime syndicate. As are both party’s.
    `
    I know that our media and institutions have been equally corrupted.
    `
    I know we have been intentionally divided and manipulated to turn against our fellow citizens.
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    It’s time to call out the billionaire robber barons behind this and demand they relinquish their power in our government and institutions and give back what they have stolen.
    `
    It’s time to demand real, peaceful solutions to this rampant corruption and greed.

    • Money has and will always buy elections…

      But it is your choice to participate in the elections organized by the “System” elites. Of course, they need your participation to keep proclaiming we live in a “democracy”.

      And the situation is worst than ever because we are in the return of the days of Noah just before the return of Jesus. Decadence is everywhere…

      Keeping my Rosary on hand!

      • I’m clear there are many good, religious people who want to do the right thing. I don’t know you, but I want to believe you are one of them.
        `
        I also believe religion has done much good throughout history.
        `
        Having said that, I also, strongly believe the institutions of organized religion have been corrupted, throughout history, in the same way as have institutions and governments, in the U.S., and around the world.
        `
        They have been, and continue to be, used as a means to control the masses.
        `
        Corrupted, organized religion is responsible for many of the most reprehensible acts of mankind. There is overwhelming evidence for this, as I’m sure you are aware.
        `
        I admire your faith, but I feel we human beings, who exist today, are responsible for the world that has been created and we are responsible for finding solutions to the problems we face.
        `
        Solutions that work for everyone, not just people who look like me, act like me, or think like me.
        `
        I don’t go along with tying our challenges to organized religion, at all.
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        Other than rooting out their corruption

        • I agree.

          Keeping my Rosary on hand!

    • Well Said..100% true..all drama..all crisis actors, the women did not die, her funeral will be closed casket on an unmarked grave. DO NOT go outside to protest you will be killed but there own people would not

      • “Well Said..100% true..”
        `
        “I know we have been intentionally divided and manipulated to turn against our fellow citizens.
        `
        “It’s time to call out the billionaire robber barons behind this and demand they relinquish their power in our government and institutions and give back what they have stolen.
        `
        ‘It’s time to demand real, peaceful solutions to this rampant corruption and greed.”
        `
        Glad you agree.

      • What about the woman who was shot and killed, that must have been real and why is the shooter not being held accountable?

  • Caitlin Johnstone wrote:
    > I am being generous when I say that America was given a very small taste of its own medicine; unlike the horrific coups and violent uprisings the US routinely orchestrates in noncompliant nations around the world, this one stood exactly zero chance of seizing control of the government . . .
    .
    That’s true. For example:
    .
    “As journalist William Blum notes, there’s one thing the United States hates more than a Marxist in power, and that’s a democratically elected Marxist in power. A prime example was Salvador Allende of Chile. September 4 [2001] marks 31 years since his election. September 11 marks 28 years since his death in a U.S.-sponsored coup.
    .
    “‘I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist because of the irresponsibility of its own people.’
    — Henry Kissinger, June 27, 1970”
    .
    MIT Western Hemisphere Project: Michael Zezima on Henry Kissinger & Chile
    http://web.mit.edu/hemisphere/events/kissinger-chile.shtml
    .
    Bombing of the presidential palace (CIA–Pinochet coup d’état, Chile, 1973)

  • Fnck the US! Once Trump, Biden and Harris are out of there, Yats is the guy! Are we not agreed comrades Tikhanovskaya, Poroshenko and Navalny? This color revolution deal is piece of empanada, no? Or what you lot call kolaczki!

  • Thanks, Jimmy, Ben Aaron and Max, but Aaron you need to grow a pair of steelies! You need to be forward more in your shoes and be a bit more aggressive, AOC is a sell-out as Jimmy says, we can only hope Pelosi dis in sleep soon, I shall supply the Novichock 😉 or may be a pillow.
    The Democrats are corrupt, and not fit to sit in government, Schumer and Pelosi have harmed the Democratic Party immensely. The Squad is just words and no action. And especially a former bar-maid AOC, she has got a place at the trough now. Well done, you Mexican loose lady!
    But next line have demonstrated they are all sell outs! As Stalin said “Shoot them, shoot them all”
    Hypocrites!

  • Hej Caitlin . happy new year to you,
    Thanks, Jimmy, Ben Aaron and Max, but Aaron you need to grow a pair of steelies! You need to be forward more in your shoes and be a bit more aggressive, AOC is a sell-out as Jimmy says, we can only hope Pelosi dis in sleep soon, I shall supply the Novichock 😉 or may be a pillow.
    The Democrats are corrupt, and not fit to sit in government, Schumer and Pelosi have harmed the Democratic Party immensely. The Squad is just words and no action. And especially a former bar-maid AOC, she has got a place at the trough now. Well done, you Mexican loose lady!
    But next line have demonstrated they are all sell outs! As Stalin said “Shoot them, shoot them all”
    Hypocrites!

    This is not whooly relevant , but I do it anyway.

    • Sorry double comment please delete as appropriate!

  • What we have seen here is a den of thieves in a house bought and paid for and wholly owned by Wall Street, the Military/Industrial Complex, Big Parma and Big Tech being assaulted by the partisans of a no less despicable Oligarch, Donald Trump.
    It is ironic that what true Progressives have failed to do is being done by Reactionaries, but nevertheless the calls of the Corporate Media for forceful violent actions against those people who have occupied this supposedly House of the People is very telling. Remember how they cheered the mob of thugs that assaulted the Hong Kong Assembly with Molotov cocktails and beat up lawmakers. Well the chicken are coming home to roost.
    Though I am on the totally opposite social and political positions of these Trump supporters but I am glad that they have reminded all those politicians who have transformed our Congress into the whorehouse of the Corporate Lobbyists that it is the People’s House and not their private playhouse to wheel and deal.
    I am happy that they have set this precedence to give the real downtrodden of this country, the real left, the courage to hold the Nanci Pelosis and the Mitch McConnells accountable for their actions.

  • “… got them calling for the censorship of social media…simply censoring the internet to eliminate political dissent altogether.”
    .
    Censorship is coming, “riots” or no riots. There can be only One Voice: The (Most High Holy) State. This is all part of worship and deification of… The State. The State is the only “god”, now and forever. That’s the end game to all of this. No freedom. No independent thinking. No straying off the authorized path. Total State worship. There is already the Far Eastern version of State worship being installed. Coming on fast is the Western version of State worship. Final step is merger of the two for One World Holy State Worship. One doctrine. One dogma. One creed. What, this is too dramatic? You won’t saying that in a few years, or even months.
    .
    False gods. False messiahs. False teachings. False priorities. False, false, false all made to appear true. All these things were written centuries ago. And all of them are here now and these read like today’s newspapers and ‘net headlines.
    .
    Any kind of independence will be viewed as either treasonous or just plain bad taste and not acceptable in any social setting. The final enslavement of the human race. And on social media, far too many will “Like”… that. Human beings? Cellmates enjoying their imprisonment with a smile and wag of the finger.

  • Truly the days of Noah and the flood are back. It will not be long before some natural disaster of global magnitude hit the world. Expect that to happen.

    Nobody is telling the truth; everybody is lying. People put their trust in people which have been lying to them for years etc…

    There is no possible discussion with people that are under the influence of some evil spirits. There is nothing else that can explain the time we are in.

    Decadence is everywhere. What about a society where you cannot go to church but you can access abortion? Is this a sane society? Or is this the society of Noah and the flood?

    Keeping my Rosary on hand!

    • Good points. The greater point is that, no matter what lens you wish to view it through (religious, secular, emotional, rational, political, medical or ecological), the powers that be are fomenting insanity across the board. The only bit of advice I’d promote is to stop viewing any of this from a group or country POV. That’s too limited. This is about the human race, and which moral and ethical foundation we desire to support.

  • Just one question. Is Mr. Potato Head the real-life “Man of the Year”?

  • It’s not trumptards storming the capital. It’s antifa.
    https://dailyheadlines.net/was-it-staged-viking-who-stormed-the-capitol-building-previously-photographed-at-blm-rally-wearing-the-same-outfit/
    Antifa’s marching orders:
    https://www.naturalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Antifa-disguise.png
    It’s a false flag, and I guarantee it will be aggressively denied by all MSM.

      • Thank you for trying to correct these deluded people, Caitlin. I appreciate it since your well-researched facts should win out over these delusions about “Antifa” doing the damage. Someone even told me today that “Trump supporters were led to their ambush”-like as if these folks have had no personal agency or responsibility whatsoever in their foolhardy and deadly assault on the Capitol. But it’s very difficult to reason with people who’ve lost completely, their reasoning skills- but thank you, dear woman, for trying.

      • You think they don’t plant easily recognisable figures like Fake Jake in the opposing camp ??

        This has been a tactic for centuries !

        Has ‘Fake Jake’ been arrested ???

  • Again, sorry of any duplicates. this is my 6th attempt to get reCaptcha to post my comment. It keeps malfunctioning.

    First, the reCaptcha is still at it – telling me to back up because it wasn’t properly captured, what ever that means. I apologize if anything I post appears more than once. It’s not my fault. Someone needs to look into its functioning.
    Now reCaptcha says that my comment is a duplicate, but I checked again and neither my original nor second attempt was posted. Maybe it will show up later.

    In a word, ‘No.’ There’s very little in corporate America that I trust, nor in government, for as long as all of the infighting between a supposedly different groups is actually a distraction fomented by the oligarch minority that permits them to steal more of our country, or freedoms and the world virtually unseen by those not paying attention.Even the new Facebook has made it difficult to share ideas with anyone who is not considered a Friend.’ For instance, I used to be able to copy an address and re-post it openly. Now, if I copy that Facebook address, there is no option to paste it. The only options are to share it to my friends or to my’story.,’ which is a feature in which Facebook decides what gets shared. That’s just one small difference for the worse on the new Facebook – a necessary vehicle for me keeping contact with some family and friends.

  • First, the reCaptcha is still at it – telling me to back up because it wasn’t properly captured, what ever that means. I apologize if anything I post appears more than once. It’s not my fault. Someone needs to look into its functioning.
    Now reCaptcha says that my comment is a duplicate, but I checked again and neither my original nor second attempt was posted. Maybe it will show up later.

    In a word, ‘No.’ There’s very little in corporate America that I trust, nor in government, for as long as all of the infighting between a supposedly different groups is actually a distraction fomented by the oligarch minority that permits them to steal more of our country, or freedoms and the world virtually unseen by those not paying attention.Even the new Facebook has made it difficult to share ideas with anyone who is not considered a Friend.’ For instance, I used to be able to copy an address and re-post it openly. Now, if I copy that Facebook address, there is no option to paste it. The only options are to share it to my friends or to my’story.,’ which is a feature in which Facebook decides what gets shared. That’s just one small difference for the worse on the new Facebook – a necessary vehicle for me keeping contact with some family and friends.

  • First, the reCaptcha is still at it – telling me to back up because it wasn’t properly captured, what ever that means. I apologize if anything I post appears more than once. It’s not my fault. Someone needs to look into its functioning.

    In a word, ‘No.’ There’s very little in corporate America that I trust, nor in government, for as long as all of the infighting between a supposedly different groups is actually a distraction fomented by the oligarch minority that permits them to steal more of our country, or freedoms and the world virtually unseen by those not paying attention.Even the new Facebook has made it difficult to share ideas with anyone who is not considered a Friend.’ For instance, I used to be able to copy an address and re-post it openly. Now, if I copy that Facebook address, there is no option to paste it. The only options are to share it to my friends or to my’story.,’ which is a feature in which Facebook decides what gets shared. That’s just one small difference for the worse on the new Facebook – a necessary vehicle for me keeping contact with some family and friends.

  • In a word, ‘No.’ Even the new Facebook has made it difficult to share ideas with anyone who is not considered a Friend.’ For instance, I used to be able to copy an address and re-post it openly. Now, if I copy that Facebook address, there is no option to paste it. The only options are to share it to my friends or to my’story.,’ which is a feature in which Facebook decides what gets shared. That’s just one small difference for the worse on the new Facebook – a necessary vehicle for me keeping contact with some family and friends.

    • disregard that stupid message…send it once. wait 3 seconds, go to comments at top. see if yuors –where id my damn spell check?— is posted. it will be.
      now you are “computer savvy”. welcome to the end is nigh club.

  • “…representatives of Google/Youtube, Facebook and Twitter were instructed on the floor of the US Senate that it is their responsibility to “quell information rebellions” so as to “prevent the fomenting of discord.”

    This is a straightforward admission that these social media companies are more powerful than than the US government, and that you don’t live in a democracy anymore.

  • https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/01/ashli-babbit-bleeding.html
    ​ ​ America is now divided into two camps.
    Today I have posted the view, a quick skim, of the underdog side, the side you do not see in the mass media.
    ​Who gains by dividing this country against itself? I don’t have a pat answer. I don’t know exactly what interests are invested where.
    It’s secret.
    It is not in the interests of Americans to be divided this way through manipulation of images and narratives, through lies.​
    The lockdowns have hobbled people, isolated them from other humans, so that communications are mostly through media channels, “guided” by artificial intelligence minders.
    I certainly have no grand solution.
    What I will do today is the same. Blog is up. I cooked dinner last night and breakfast this morning and packed lunches for Jenny, and myself.
    I am looking out at the Austin vegetable garden. I will ride my bike to work to provide medical care for people.

    ​Across the pond, the Queen of England said something which will not be televised:
    ​ ​In an impromptu, unscripted moment, the Queen said, “One cannot over emphasise just how diabolical these evil doers are. they do not hold the light of God within them,” according to BBC production staff.
    The Queen warned her subjects that world leaders are secretly pursuing the ‘Great Reset’ in order to create a “dark new dawn” for humanity.
    Senior BBC production staff and palace advisors scrambled to cancel the filming…
    https://rense.com/general96/queen-warns.php

    • America is, and has always been, divided into two camps: the one percent and the rest of us. The one percent has succeeded in convincing many that the rest of us must hate and compete against each other. We must refute this BS if we ever expect change. Oh, and boycott Amazon.

      • In the bigger picture, it is indeed between the 1% and the 99%, and has been so since hunter-gatherer days. Unfortunately, , tragically, STUPIDLY, a significant minority of the 99% just started a war, with them on one side, and all of the rest of us–the 1% and the majority of the 99%–on the other. Doesn’t bode well for anyone but the 1%, does it?

    • Three groups. Us. Them and we dont care which is thr largest.

  • the story is developing with a higher death count this morning after…

  • I don’t engage intellectual nobodies – PASS

    • Didn’t you just do that?

  • So, who are the “responsible” journalists who should be anointed to regulate what the world’s public gets to see and hear? For that Orwellian task, a kind of Ministry of Truth has been set up by Google (supposedly formed in 2015, after the Ukraine coup / scenarios,) called the First Draft Coalition, which touts itself as a collection of 30 major news and technology companies, including [Facebook, Twitter,] the Times and Post, tackling “fake news” and creating a platform to decide which stories [or narratives or scripts] are questionable and which ones aren’t.
    https://consortiumnews.com/2016/11/18/what-to-do-about-fake-news/

    • ​Michael Snyder makes the case that protesters were set up to look bad in media presentations.:
      Like most Americans, I was absolutely horrified by the violence that I watched at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. But I had a difficult time trying to understand what I was witnessing. Trump supporters are almost always extremely peaceful, but many of those that were storming the Capitol were being very violent. That didn’t make sense to me. And how in the world did protesters get into the U.S. Capitol in the first place?
      Well, it turns out that police actually opened up the barricades that were surrounding the U.S. Capitol and purposely allowed protesters to storm the building. You can see this on video right here…
      I have never seen anything like that in my entire life.
      And once they were inside the building, they were herded toward particular areas. For example, you can watch one “guard” actually lead protesters up several flights of stairs right here…
      Either the U.S. Congress has the worst security personnel that any of us have ever seen, or this was allowed to happen on purpose.
      And there are multiple reports that Antifa activists were brought in by bus. In fact, one patriot actually recorded video of the Antifa buses that were brought into the heart of Washington D.C. with an escort…
      https://www.zerohedge.com/political/questions-about-chaos-capitol-desperately-need-be-answered

      • You have it exactly right, bless. I’ve been saying the same for a very long time. But there are still too many people getting caught up in the “us vs them” dichotomy and egging it on with comments of “civil war” and “blood in the streets” ad nauseam. Shame on them. Workers of the world unite. As Caitlin is fond of saying, “There are more of us than there are of them.”

      • Stop spreading it was Antifa lies, John. You have truly gone round the bend!

        • What evidence do you have of the “Antifa lie”, or is it just your intuition?

      • It was staged. Like everything else of importance.

    • Exactly
      who are these people, are they mostly perhaps from a particular demographic constituting 2% or so of the whole USSA population?
      Are they perhaps Amish?
      Is the way they run their predatory media outlets perhaps linked to their wider ‘culture’ ?
      what if their whole ‘culture’ is predatory and structured as some kind of a psychopath/ oligarch support group?
      Psychopathy as a ‘culture’?

  • When the Supreme Court refused to hear the evidence, and refused the case from Texas, they set the stage for yesterday’s confrontation. It is very likely that there was massive fraud, just as there has been for decades, and from both sides of the aisle. The answer is very simple; fix the election process, and make it transparent. But of course, that is the last thing that the plutocracy wants. They control the whole show, most especially the primary process where any challenge to the oligarchs is snuffed out. Hillary’s emails show that she wanted Trump as the GOP nominee, because she thought he’d be the easiest to defeat. Whoops… enter Dominion, the plandemic, and violation of state laws to allow for unchecked mail-in ballots to insure the “right” candidate wins in 2020.

    I am no fan of Trump, but he has ripped the mask off the ugly face of Empire, and that was his mortal sin. Now the Neocon/R2Pers can continue with their mission of global domination with multinational global corporations supplanting the power of government and using the US war machine as its enforcer. The latte-sippers will go right back to sleep with ol’ Uncle Joe, and our drone operators will be free to be gender fluid as they murder 3rd world people all over the globe.

    • “I am no fan of Trump, but he has ripped the mask off the ugly face of Empire, and that was his mortal sin. I only wish this were true. No, Trump ripped the mask off the face of Empire and put it on his own…and on the faces of millions of his mindless followers. That said, Caitlin’s right to be concerned that what happened last night will lead to more internet censorship that tragically muzzles both truth and Trumpian BS.

      • I would not call all of Trump’s followers “mindless.” I know some very intelligent people who support him, including Bill Binney, former technical director of the NSA. Trump’s buffoonish behavior woke the latte-sippers who thought Obama was just wonderful when he exercised the same murderous foreign policies initiated under Bush/Cheney. Harris/Biden will bring more of the same; but hey, they’re smooth talkers (at least Harris is) so the latte sippers can go back to sleep while Empire continues the same evil policies it has exercised for decades. And, yes the censorship will only get worse for anyone speaking up for peace in a multi-polar world as Empire continues to hone its propaganda skills.

        • I’m looking into the abyss for America, where I live.
          The globalists are doubling down and have AI policing electronic media.
          “Deplorables BAD!”
          https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/01/ashli-babbit-bleeding.html

        • Bill Binney’s support for Trump does not negate the fact that the nutcases rioting yesterday are mindless simpletons in support of one of the most hideously criminal and repulsively moronic individuals ever to occupy the office of President of the USA. IMPEACH, CONVICT, REMOVE by the 25th Now!!

          • Will you be saying the same of Biden/Harris when they continue the war machine’s murdering of innocents all around the globe?

            • I sure as hell will. So will Caitlin and many of her readers. That’s why most of us are here in the first place, isn’t it?

            • Yep. And you should know that since I am familiar with you from the Consortium News site comments section, Skip.

            • Okay then. The 25th Amendment should be executed to remove Biden on Jan. 21st for past and ongoing crimes against humanity. He is clearly “unfit”.

          • I measure US presidents simply by their “roadkill”. No extra points for grammar, or that vision thing.

          • And yet, in regards to a fuller picture of truth, there are millions of (sure, let’s use the term “mindless”) mindless “citizens” who support someone who will be one of the most heinous & criminal of jackasses to ever take the Oath. These same supporters are in the forefront of a gathering movement towards onerous censorship & the concomitant crushing of dissent. Plug your ears and scream—but the election was a farce. And what happened the other day is just as much the responsibility of smug liberals and crooked politicians-D as it is anyone else’s

      • I concur.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wywMhg604W8&feature&fbclid=IwAR13K_MvGI1HmXV4GIIlIL7fq6dAXa8SEm6E_zwsMNkypo6ZivOtX3Nb9GY

      horizontal governing is decentralized, by and for the people, no politicians, no lobbyists, no election fraudis virtually incorruptible. it is the solution for the world.

    • Spot on analysis, Skip. It’s either amusing or mind bending that this country’s closeted leadership practices the same deceptions and strong-armed thuggery against their own population to maintain their monopoly on power for which they bomb other countries back to the stone age and expect to be congratulated by the wider world.

  • The “storming” was encouraged. Clearly a false flag event. Motive and opportunity. How it turned out is irrelevant, the basis for subsequent actions was established. In the discussion of whether electoral fraud occurred or not, is lost the fact that it never got discussed. The manipulation of emotional knee jerk responses subjugates all rationality. Welcome to Dystopia.

    • The Capitol Police didn’t even ask to see their printed invitations.

  • Well, I don’t regard what happened yesterday as legitimate dissent; but I don’t blame social media so much as certain “mainstream media” like One America and Fox which had told their viewers hundreds of times that the election was stolen. There was never any evidence but you don’t need evidence–as Goebbels noted, tell a lie enough times and it will be believed–especially if it’s what people want to believe. So I have some sympathy with the capitol stormers–they actually believed the election was stolen, unlike those newscasters or the Members of Congress who challenged the vote count. Where we go from here I don’t know–I doubt Cori Bush’s attempt to throw out the MOC who voted to challenge the vote count will go anywhere, or should. I don’t care whether attempts to impeach Trump go anywhere. But eh reputation of the US has been seriously weakened and blackened–and that, I think, is a good thing.

  • It is a strange time for twitter to start complaining about people on twitter. The platform was founded and run by mi6 in the first place. It’s been openly used by militant field commanders in a multitude of countries to communicate everything from direct orders to verifications of completed battlefield ops and terrorist attacks. Now, they have suddenly sprouted a ‘feeling’? It seems a bit of a stretch. Maybe if they hold their breath and push, they’ll start to feel better.

  • ” policies that will “prevent the fomenting of discord” in the United States.” As if discord was not absolutely necessary. As if protesting the insane acts of the US Psychopaths In Charge was not justified.

    “We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America.” As if a “divided States of America” was not one of the very founding principals of the nation. A principle disposed of in 1860-65 when Washington DC determined that it was necessary to execute more than 650,000 Americans to erase such principal. More than all other wars combined.

    Truth can easily withstand any scrutiny, criticism, or argument. It neither needs nor requires protection by censorship. LIES DO!

  • Four dead in WA DC and the US government represented by Donald Trump killed them. More blatant than the last time our US government killed four people at a public event by far.
    *
    That was at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Four people died then too. This time I did not know what was going to happen ahead of time. I had learned about The Boston bombing on January 20th of 2013. You can do the math. I did not believe it was going to happen then, so I never told anybody. Not in America I thought. I was wrong. You don’t believe me? Then interview me.
    *
    The plan at the time was to incite American sentiment against Islam. Thankfully results did not match perpetrator expectations.
    *
    The news of three of the dead in Washington DC was kept from us until late last night. The plan this time was to NOT incite passions instead of stirring passions up. Always a goddamn plan.
    *
    In November this year Trump deep state lackeys finally got around to messing with me. They changed content on this website. I won’t get into the specifics now. That is not my intent here. But what happend yesterday makes me rember being messed with like it was yesterday. I’m surprised it took so long for the trumper to find me but lucky for me I’ll guess the Obama people must not have turned over their lists with me on them when Trump took office. Not from any kindness to me I am sure.
    *
    So what is my point? Not about me. My point is that it is Article 25 time now. Trump can’t be allowed to stay in office any longer. News of three deaths was kept from us, so we would not demand this justice yesterday. Before Biden was certified.
    *
    This is only my opinion and not a fact like the fact I was told in January 2013. That was not opinion, this is. You may have a different opinion than mine and wish for what you call a peaceful transition. I don’t feel that way. Be vigilant! Democracy has been raped and Democracy needs justice now. Yesterday’s lawlessness incited by the POTHUS cannot stand.
    *
    At least when Homeland Security pulls strings they are hidden and the illusion of democracy is the common perception. Pretense is maintained. Not so with Trump. Trump incited a riot and four Americans died. Trump is blatant. The Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution deals with issues related to presidential succession and disability. I urged Mike Pence to take action. He can take the reins and transition to Biden in the best way possible. Between the two Fascism Lite is better than fascism heavy. Let’s keep it that way and demand Trump be put out now.

    • I meant my website. I posted this on my own website first.

    • Fixed typos I found here in my home article and came back. Two things in Catlin’s article.

      Nothing wrong with taking steps to prevent people from plotting violence and terrorism on social media, right?

      Everything you do is watched. It is done by bulk data collection.

      it was, in the minds of longtime critics, the day the chickens came home to roost for the social media companies.”

      And since it is watched every single one of the perpetrators can be identified for the movement of every single phone is known. Surly nobody here has forgotten about the surveillance state. Have you?

      Or will only black phones be tracked? But that won’t work. There were none there.

  • Tightening censorship will apparently prevent further Arab Spring type events. On the other hand Caitlin, your argument about the Trumpists having been trated by the police and National Guard with white privilege has lost a bit its sheen since the death count went up to four.

      • Thank you very much for the information, much appreciated. I stand corrected. Best regards, OA.

  • The weird thing was that there actually WAS rampant voter fraud and it’s obvious to anyone who bothered to look at the raw data from any number of contested states. The “anomalies “ and irregularities were so consistent in all of those states and that even a cursory look at the data would suggest that the election was fraudulent. And it was done with the help of MSM and Big Tech. The pretense that misinformation is what sparked the upheaval is just one more layer of lies being perpetrated against the citizens of the US, a very large majority of which know in their heart of hearts that the election was stolen. Just because people don’t like Trump is no reason to cast a blind eye to what was the culmination of a four year coup against a sitting president. The Left practices a kind of myopia and willful ignorance Whenever it suits their narrative. I’m not a Trump supporter but what we are witnessing Is the weaponization of the pandemic and Trump as a flashpoint to focus the country’s anxiety and fear In order to cement a stranglehold on the electorate and the instigation of one party rule and authoritarianism.

    • If there was voter fraud, then how much of it was perpetrated by Republicans and how much by Democrats?

      What makes you think it was just done by the Democrats? Do you really expected me to believe that the Republicans would never consider such a crime as rigging an election?

      Two can play at that game.

      • Straw man.

    • Multiple courts on both state and federal levels threw out ALL of Trump’s election challenges. Not a shred of competent evidence was produced by Trump & Co. to indicate the kind of widespread election fraud that could affect a national election. Like it or not, THAT appears to be the truth here, as best we can ascertain it. I didn’t vote for Biden, but I’m willing to accept him begrudgingly as my country’s president. While doing so, I will continue to protest by speaking out against the violent, exploitative, ecocidal American Empire he now has been “elected” to lead. I use the quotes because the current American electoral system stinks to high heaven, as many of us know, but we either smell it until we can change it or we don’t breathe at all.

      • A recent story:​
        President Trump will remain in the White House, according to Gen. Michael Flynn.
        ​ ​“My big message is that the truth is going to come out and that Donald Trump will continue to be the president of the United States for the next four years,” he said in an interview with Alex Jones.
        “There’s no doubt in my mind. When I’m asked on a scale of 1 to 10 – what’s the scale that you would put Trump will be the next president – I say 10, without a doubt.”
        ​ ​“That is the truth. Everybody in this country, everybody in this world knows that this election on the 3rd of November was a total rip-off,” Flynn added. “It was a fraudulent election, we have had foreign interference from multiple countries that I can rattle off here if you want to get into that.”
        ​ ​Accordingly, Flynn confirmed previous reports that the election was done under a state of national emergency due to reports of foreign actors penetrating the election system, particularly the Chinese.
        ​ ​“We have clear evidence of foreign interference, which is [what] the president’s executive order describes, the executive order from 2018,” he continued, referring to Executive Order 13848. “He reinstituted it in 2019 and reinstituted again in 2020, so we are essentially in a national emergency that the president has already declared.”
        “He just has to decide whether to execute some of those procedures that are well within his authority.”
        ​…Trump did not…
        https://www.infowars.com/posts/flynn-trump-will-remain-president/

        • God, this foreign (Russian) influence stuff is wearing thin. No longer funny, just sad. Now as for American “influence” in the elections or leadership of other countries, up to and including invasions and orchestrated coups, well, that’s quite a different matter. Maybe that stuff will begin to stick a little more in American minds after last night.

  • As usual I agree with your analysis and as usual I have something to add: That what we are witnessing is just another charade, a distraction. How can anyone know if there was voter fraud or not? At least I don’t know. The anti Trump media, assumes immediately and without debate that it is not true. While the Trumpers, the “patriots” who believe that he is confronting the deep state believe it is true. Hence the drama.

    The real issue is completely overlooked, that neither candidate is worthy of a spit in the face, much less a vote. And that democracy becomes a demockery when there are really no valid candidates to choose from.

    That is why I wish Caitlin it would be great if you would promote the idea of restructuring all governments from vertical to horizontal which is virtually incorruptible, rids us forever of polilticians and lobbyists, is decentralized and by and for the people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wywMhg604W8&feature&fbclid=IwAR13K_MvGI1HmXV4GIIlIL7fq6dAXa8SEm6E_zwsMNkypo6ZivOtX3Nb9GY.

  • It was ANTIFA – NOT Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol !

    More evidence that during his entire Presidency – Trump had NO say in anything much at all !!

    Next step – ZIO/US will start a WAR and they will be humiliated in defeat !

    US could not even overthrow Maduro – US are spent as a military force !

    Bolsheviks have completely taken over the US government – just like they did to Russia !

    • What exactly do you have against Bolsheviks? Try to explain using neutral language, and, of course, actual facts.

      • They took over the Russian government and oversaw the slaughter of 70 MILLION Russians !!

        You really should study some factual history or even read Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm ‘ which explains things in a simple way – for your simple mind !

      • “Excerpt from Protocol No. 159 – Council of Peoples Commissars – 5/18 July. The extraordinary announcement by Ya. M. Sverdlov of the execution of Nicholas II.
        Chairman: V Ilych Ulianov [Lenin]
        PRESENT: [list of names I won’t type out here]
        DISCUSSED: 3. The extraordinary announcement be CEC chairman com. Sverdlov of the execution of the former tsar Nicholas II by decision of the Ekaterinburg Soviet of Deputies and the upholding of this decision by the Presidium of the CEC.
        RESOLVED: to take note of the information.
        Chairman of the Council of People’s Deputies V Ulianov
        (Lenin)
        Secretary of the Council N. Gorbunov”

        … coward, opportunist, murderer

      • “Olga and Tatiana and Anastasia are also still alive. They are undergoing the most frightful suffering that a human mind can grasp. The men again begin to shoot at them. But while they hit the girls in the chest, the bullets ricochet in all directions. The murderers stand stunned before this inexplicable phenomenon. Yermakov who approaches them like a demonised beast, tries to solve the problem. The girls, having their backs pressed to the wall sit on the floor squatting and weeping attempting to cover their heads with their hands.

        Yermakov begins to stab them in the chest with his bayonet. Drunken and carried away as he is from blood lust, he hits the girls without being able to kill them, but only wounding them randomly. Being unable to stab them with his bayonet, he begins to club them in the face with the butt of his rifle. The terrified voices and cries of the girls continue dramatically. While Anastasia is lying on the floor, Yermakov stands over her and stamping her two hands with his feet he tries to kill her. Seeing the inability of Yermakov to finish his satanic work, Yurovsky approaches with cold calm and successively pumps a gunshot into the heads of each of the three girls. The bullets pass through their skulls and the girls fall down lifelessly.”

        P359 “The Romanov Royal Martyrs: What Silence Could Not Conceal” is authored by Saint John The Forerunner Monastery of Mesa Potamos,

        … for your orgasmic delight

    • You made me laugh, so I guess, thanks for that at least. “Antifa” Ha! You people are cretinous, moronic simpletons like no others ever witnessed. The shallow end of the gene pool is on full display in your comment, Jack.

    • As is obvious to anyone with a shred of reason and common sense, there is NO radical left of any influence whatsoever in the good old US of A. To assert that “Bolsheviks have completely taken over the US government” is to manifest schizophrenic thinking in the technical, not the colloquial, sense.

      • Precisely. And to Skip Scott, who I recognize from Consortium News, of course I would protest Biden’s war mongering. I didn’t vote for that guy either!! How silly of you, Skip, to assume I would, just for calling out John Day’s reactionary lunacy.

        • Would you just protest policy or call for his immediate removal? I get a whiff of TDS from your comments. Trump is a mere symptom, not the disease. BTW, checkout Joe Lauria’s latest at CN. Good stuff. It’s a shame he allowed the destruction of their comment section.

          • Yeah, I read it everyday. Don’t paint me with the TDS brush, Skip. I’m a mature, thinking, rational woman. You should know that. Whether blue or red, they all deserve to go. I Dem-exited years ago, Skip. So there.

            • ML, I think we agree on things more than not. I just don’t see how creating more Kabuki theater with yet another impeachment proceeding by our ridiculous Congress would do any good when the guy will be gone in a couple weeks anyway. So we get Pence for a few days? I don’t see anything “exceptionally” evil in Trump, just a narcissistic buffoon who will ride off into the sunset to be replaced by another imperial servant of an equally evil, but better spoken nature.
              As for the protest, I am hopeful that it will be some small wake-up call to our Congress critters that it’s time to pay a little attention to the needs of the displaced working class if they don’t want Wednesday to be a dress rehearsal (per Joe Lauria) for bigger things to follow.

  • And so the march to ” martial law ” takes another step forward and humanity loses another rung of their perceived freedom. Sorry no thinking is allowed; your orders are clear, obey them!

  • back in the day we used to call aroind: you know/ You goin’?
    what time?
    seeya there…
    where?
    the walgreens…don’t be late. we might be runnin’…
    It was usally a small chain of calls by each to another.
    then silence. we were dangerous.
    Now they do it in witing in front of the whole world,
    and the police let ’em in.
    If they’re white.
    another thing: wars are not forced on us anymore. only on poor nations of brown peephole. we don’ havta go if we don’ wanna.

  • When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States

    And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

  • So Social Media is manufacturing DISSENT as the Anti Social Media is manufacturing CONSENT.
    What a funny old world we live in.
    Think I’ll make a cuppa and sing a few songs.

    • Nice comment. Pour me a cup.

  • You need to clarify what the BLM/Antifa activists who lead the charge as “Trump Supporters” were doing at the demonstration…the guy with horns, the guy with hammer and Sickle on his hand….standing in the hall…

    What were these Known BLM/Antifa types doing getting pictures with Trump flags????

    Perhaps you can clarify that for us…..

    • The man with the horns is Jake Angeli, a vocal Trump supporter also known as the “Q Shaman”.

        • Yes. And they probably couldn’t say what the hammer and sickle symbolise, except maybe “Bolsheviks”. Then they’d be hard put to say what a Bolshevik was, except maybe a “Commie”. Ask them what a Commie is and they’d probably be lost in ‘thought’ for a day or two.

          • Such is the sorry state of political thinking in the exceptional nation, exceptional for its ignorance. I always liked what Socrates (or was it Plato?) said about the evil of ignorance: that he who is neither wise nor good is nevertheless satisfied with himself.

    • Go Jake, first person in a hundred years to take the speaker’s seat honestly.

    • Haaaahaa! Another great laugh for the day. Apply for asylum, will ya? An insane asylum. Do it. Today. Make haste.

      • You have taken leave of your senses, doctor. Time for the sanatorium for you, it seems.

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