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After claiming the Disinformation Governance Board would be run in line with “best practices,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now shielding communications that may reveal its true purpose.
(Just The News) When the existence of the Disinformation Governance Board burst into public view, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said there was nothing sinister to hide and claimed the office was rooted in “best practices.”
A year later, Mayorkas’ department is refusing to let Americans see most of the legal justifications and talking points it created to defend the now-disbanded board from “blowback,” FOIA documents showed.
More than 100 pages of internal communication between the board’s former executive director, Nina Jankowicz, and her staff were released with heavy redactions to the conservative nonprofit Citizens United.
What little is visible makes clear that DHS underestimated the negative reaction the board would provoke and was scrambling to find ways to keep the story from being pushed by “hostile” news outlets.
In the FOIA emails, Jankowicz cited “blowback and abuse” after certain media outlets began describing the board as the “Ministry of Truth” as word spread about its formation.
“There is a fair possibility this could end up on a hostile TV network in the coming days,” she wrote.
Some of the communications show the board’s responses to…DHS heavily redacted Disinformation Board emails despite claiming agency had nothing to hide | Just The News