I’m old enough to remember when Jack Dorsey was dragged before Congress and declared that Twitter had to do better in terms of suppressing free speech. Apparently, the people running his shadowbanning and blockage operations didn’t get the memo because they’re still up to their old tricks. With barely 48 hours to go before the election, Twitter blocked the account of the interim head of Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan. And what was the dire sin on Morgan’s part that put him on the No Tweets for You list? He tweeted about the purpose and benefits of a wall on the Mexican border. (Jonathan Turley)
As someone who was raised in a liberal Democratic family in Chicago, I am still mystified by the conversion of the Democratic Party into an anti-free speech party, including demands for limiting speech on the Internet and social media. Yet, days after various Democratic Senators called for greater censorship from big tech companies, Twitter added another attack on free speech with the blocking of the account of acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan. Morgan had tweeted on the success of new wall installed around the Southern Border…
The action taken against Morgan is blatant viewpoint discrimination by a private tech company. It is the realization of the “Little Brother” danger of private censorship to shape political and social opinion. Censorship, not free speech, has become an article of faith for many.
As Turley goes on to remind us, Twitter wasn’t the only social media giant to hop on the bandwagon of shutting down anyone daring to praise the President or his policies on the eve of the election. Only days earlier, Facebook shut down the group New Jersey Women for Trump, which had more than 30,000 followers.
So what was it that Morgan tweeted that was so patently offensive that he had to be silenced until the polls close? Let’s take a look.
“Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators and drugs from entering our country.”
I thought Twitter was claiming that they’re blocking “misinformation” about the election to keep the process safe or something, weren’t they? That sentence is not only inoffensive to anyone except criminals, but it’s also patently true. You don’t need to spend more than a minute or two on Google to find news reports of each of those elements of crime prevention involving illegal aliens. MS-13 members are frequently apprehended while attempting to jump the border. They are also regularly found to have been involved in murders. And yes, arrests of illegal aliens for sexual abuse, including that of children, are not uncommon either. And don’t even get me started on the number of illegal drug shipments coming into the United States from the Mexican cartels. Just last month we saw the second-largest seizure of meth at the Mexican border in history. (Every one of those linked stories is from just the past six months, by the way.)
Those are some of the major criminal activities that CBP is trying to keep out of our country and a border wall obviously makes that law enforcement job easier. So what was the rationale for blocking Morgan’s account after he tweeted plainly obvious facts?
I’ll take a shot in the dark here and offer a theory. Twitter is working as hard as possible to help drag Joe Biden over the finish line tomorrow. With that in mind, any news of success based on Donald Trump’s policies or recognition of accomplishments must be kept from the public eye. The theme of the election is nothing more than Orange Man Bad, so news of the Bad Orange Man doing anything useful or productive must be silenced. And that obviously includes blocking a high-ranking federal government official who was tweeting about the work his agency is directly responsible for in a completely nonpartisan fashion. Twitter and Facebook are both completely out of control at this point and we clearly have no mechanism in place to do anything about it.