Democrat lawmakers are threatening to prosecute journalist Matt Taibbi with up to 5 years in prison for allegedly lying under oath to Congress.
The accusations come after Taibbi accidentally testified that the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) worked with the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) on content moderation on Twitter.
Mehdi Hasan, a journalist with MSNBC, accused Taibbi of lying and claimed that EIP only worked with the Center for Internet Security (CIS), not CISA. Hasan’s accusations have been debunked, however, by Lee Fang, a journalist with The Intercept, who unearthed emails proving that Taibbi was correct in his testimony.
Hasan is known for his left-wing political views and has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration and the Republican Party.
According to Fang, EIP had an internal ticketing system to flag content for censorship to Twitter, and an internal messaging system to alert both CIS and CISA. DHS/CISA elevated EIP-flagged tweets for Twitter. Furthermore, EIP’s annual report clearly states that the group was founded in consultation with CISA/DHS, and EIP’s director has stated that CISA-DHS was their main government partner.
The CIS is a company that works with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CISA is a part of DHS that protects important things like the internet and power plants from computer attacks. They help the government and businesses make plans to protect against computer attacks and respond to them if they happen.
The Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) is a group of people who want to make sure that elections in the United States are fair and honest. They include experts in computer security, understanding the news, and making sure everyone can vote.
Mehdi Hasan's claim that EIP only partnered with CIS, not CISA, is debunked by EIP itself. EIP's annual report says the group was founded in consultation with CISA/DHS. Here's EIP's director saying its main government partner was CISA-DHS. pic.twitter.com/GvRrcnTP66
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) April 11, 2023
Despite this evidence, Mehdi Hasan has refused to correct his falsehoods and has continued to defame Taibbi. In fact, he has even accused Taibbi of conflating CIS and CISA during his congressional testimony, which has no proof whatsoever.
Taibbi has been a vocal critic of government surveillance and has written extensively about the intersection of politics and technology.
“The IRS Makes a Strange House Call on Matt Taibbi—An agent shows up at the home of the Twitter files journalist who testified before Congress” https://t.co/ssO54VShlf pic.twitter.com/g5kaTYfaiL
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) April 20, 2023
This viral deception by Hasan has now led to House Democrats explicitly threatening Taibbi with imprisonment. Rep. Stacey Plaskett cited Mehdi Hasan’s accusations in a letter that floats the threat of 5 years of jail against Taibbi.
Stacey Plaskett trying to disprove the notion that the federal government is being weaponized against dissenters by threatening Matt Taibbi with 5 years jail time https://t.co/WdNnnTDr7X
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) April 20, 2023
Fang shared the original tweet showing Taibbi’s “lie” which was clearly just a misplaced letter in an acronym, on a tweet.
Here's Mehdi Hasan's original tweet claiming Taibbi was wrong to say CISA elevated EIP content for censorship to Twitter. Mehdi claims Taibbi mixed up CISA and CIS. The emails I posted today clearly show Taibbi was 100% correct in his testimony. https://t.co/WnPyl89LHm
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) April 11, 2023
This appears to be a clear case of political bias and an attempt to silence a journalist who dared to report on the overreach and the abuses of the federal government on social media platforms.
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