Leaked document: FBI has turned its attention to those who spread election misinformation or disinformation

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Project Veritas, an investigative journalism project that recently revealed Sen. Lisa Murkowski campaign staffers taking about how their colleagues had worked to rig Alaska elections with Ballot Measure 2 in 2020, has released a newly leaked document showing steps the FBI will take to intervene in “election crimes.”

The document comes at a time when Alaska’s congresswoman has called for “repercussions” against those who spread misinformation online. Congresswoman Mary Peltola, a Democrat, made that remark during a campaign debate on Wednesday in Anchorage.

The FBI lists “misinformation” as a possible election crime, describing it as “false or misleading information spread mistakenly or unintentionally.”

The document categorizes “disinformation” also as a possible election crime, and says it is as “false or inaccurate information intended to mislead others.”

It continues, “Disinformation campaigns on social media are used to deliberately confuse, trick, or upset the public.”

How “misinformation” and/or “disinformation” is distinguished by the FBI isn’t described. But Project Veritas reminds readers that not long ago the Biden Administration attempted to create a “Disinformation Governance Board” at the Department of Homeland Security. Early in the Biden Administration, the effort was focused on unacceptable information about the Covid-19 virus, its origins, treatments, and vaccines.

Now, the focus has turned to elections.

Read more at Project Veritas at this link.

Read: DHS: Terrorism and grievance-based violence is a post-lockdown threat

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, DHS is prioritizing combating all forms of terrorism and targeted violence, including through its efforts to support the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. Since January 2021, DHS has taken several steps in this regard, including:    

  • established a new domestic terrorism branch within DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis dedicated to producing sound, timely intelligence needed to counter domestic terrorism-related threats;   
  • launched the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to provide communities with resources and tools to help prevent individuals from radicalizing to violence;   
  • designated domestic violent extremism as a “National Priority Area” within DHS’s Homeland Security Grant Program for the first time, resulting in at least $77 million being spent on preventing, preparing for, protecting against, and responding to related threats nationwide;   
  • provided $180 million in funding to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements to non-profit organizations at high risk of terrorist attack through DHS’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP);   
  • increased efforts to identify and evaluate MDM, including false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories spread on social media and other online platforms, that endorse violence; and,   
  • enhanced collaboration with public and private sector partners – including U.S. critical infrastructure owners and operators – to better protect our cyber and physical infrastructure and increase the Nation’s cybersecurity through the Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

52 COMMENTS

  1. If “disinformation” is a crime, why hasn’t the FBI arrested Lisa Murkowski?

    The 1st amendment protects the right to lie, unless the lie causes harm.

  2. I look forward to the FBI investigating Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams, and all the leftwing talking heads who’ve spent years disseminating false election information, or are they only going after people that they disagree with…

  3. Given that Misinformation: “false or misleading information spread mistakenly or unintentionally.” and
    Disinformation: “campaigns on social media are used to deliberately confuse, trick, or upset the public.” are considered as possible crimes, I’d like to know if Senator Murkowski is under investigation for spreading misleading information to deliberately confuse or upset the public. Mitch McConnell should already be in leg irons on his way to the hooscow!

    • Could you please cite some disinformation that Senator Murkowski has spread, meant to deliberately confuse or upset the public?

      I’m no longer an Alaska resident but was born and raised there and it’s in my bones. I currently live where a US House Rep sends out regular newsletters focused on loudly disparaging the opposing party’s actions while failing to explain what she and her own party have achieved. So I’m curious to compare these two politicians.

  4. People don’t realize that the FBI can and does lie, blatantly, to whomever they want, but if anyone lies to them, they go to prison (like Martha Stewart). They apparently don’t lie much to Congress, they just say that can’t/won’t talk about it and are never held in contempt.

  5. Brought to you by the good FBI folks who gave us the Russian collusion hoax and the Hunter Biden Laptop is Russian misinformation hoax!

  6. Well watch how many will be for this and won’t mind being told what they can or can’t say by those in power. The first and second amendments are under constant attack from the left. Why are they so bent on this because follow the money Which leads to power.

  7. Nearly 1000 election workers filed sworn affidavits concerning voting irregularities in the last election. How much time has the agency spent investigating these concerns?

  8. We have information.
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    “Misinformation” and “Disinformation” are big words for feeble minded people to hide behind. According to a reasonable interpretation of the law of the land, one cannot legitimately assert that one class of information is superior to another to the point of criminalizing one or the other. In the game of charades that the politicized and pathetic Executive Branch “law enforcement cartel” is playing, it is OK to be selective with this stuff, like when one is “selecting” a president for instance, and persecution of those whose disagree with your position is not only legitimate, but required in order to maintain the status quo. The use of government force to protect illegitimacy is becoming all to common, is reprehensible, and will of right, be overcome. Not by terrorism, or force, but by the righteousness of the people that are far more powerful than the people in power. That is what they are seeing, and it scares them.

  9. Oath takers swear so help me GOD, imagine taking an oath to GOD enter into a contact with GOD himself of for an by the people. It’s oath breakers who destroy themselves and our country. I would fear death knowing I let GOD down oath breakers. Citizens GOD is expecting us to stand with him. VOTE CHRISTIAN

  10. So the Left is sick of “misinformation” – that is, anything that challenges their narrative du jour or promotes their opponents. While I am sickened by the lying nature our nation has adopted, the issue is a spiritual one – we no longer teach that bearing false witness is WRONG, whether it causes harm or not. The ministry of truth that the Orwellian left wants is what happens when fools (those who refuse to acknowledge the existence of God, Psalm 14:1) try assume that they have the right or power to determine morals apart from God. The answer is a national revival of Christianity, which I pray takes place before it is too late.

  11. China has a great model for censorship. Violators become part of the captive workforce. Maybe here we put these deviates to work building solar panels or windmills.

  12. “provided $180 million in funding to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements to non-profit organizations at high risk of terrorist attack through DHS’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program” so those non profits can incite the burning and destruction of, say, federal courthouses? Feds need to concentrate on keeping the public’s buildings like, THE CAPITOL, safe, and let local law enforcement worry about private property.

  13. I say bring back dueling! Let’s suppose somebody talks smack about their opponent in a political contest, or if some of their henchmen do it for them, let the offended publicly demand a retraction and if not received then demand his satisfaction. Choose the weapons… Glocks, blow darts, long sharp instruments, or in the case of Kelly T and Lisa, mud wrestling? If society had not outlawed this method of settling slanderous accusations I dare say we would be much better off today.

    Consider Andrew Jackson, once someone made an unflattering remark about Jacksons wife, the man was a known killer having survived many duels. Jackson called him out. The fellow got off the first shot striking Jackson in the chest, unfortunately for the dueler Jackson refused to drop but instead took careful aim and dispatched his opponent. When Jacksons aids rushed to him he muttered, “if that S.O.B. had shot me through the brain, I still would have killed him for what he said about my wife”. Jackson carried that ball next to his lung for the remainder of his life.

  14. Any and all pregnancy centers, churches, and the like attacked or worried about being attacked for helping pregnant women should apply for the DHS security grants. The domestic terrorism needs to be stopped.

  15. Hillary Clinton still believes she had her election stolen from her by Donald Trump colluding with the Russians, despite a 47-million-dollar federal investigation that concluded there was no evidence of that! When is the FBI going to lock her up?

    • She does NOT believe the election was stolen, but that it certainly was manipulated, which is another thing altogether. You are incorrect in saying that there was “no evidence.” There was huge evidence, and it was Trump’s Justice Department that refused to prosecute based on the evidence that was in the Mueller Report, and Trump’s flunky AG Barr who minimized the report as much as he possibly could. Trying to keep his job of course.

  16. The same FBi whose top officials tried to depose a sitting President with all sorts of mis- and disinformation?
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    Appreciate the warning, but, like our forebears, we’ll take our chances on the First Amendment.

  17. Cheese. Why are plutocrats so vehement all of a sudden. I liked it better when their preferred policy was to 🤷‍♂️ 🤷‍♀️ ignore the poor and middle class. What dunderheads.

  18. How about Hillary claiming that Republicans are actively planning on stealing the 2024 election shouldn’t she be investigated for spreading false information

    • Pretty sure there was a massive outcry. In fact, I am 100% sure of it when the investigation into Zappa became public.

    • Good Point Frank, why do we allow a National Police Force to gather information on citizens anyway, especially in light of what is known about the activities of J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI director and LBJ were cozy, and it’s been said that perhaps LBJ’s invitation to dissenting members in Congress to “come let us reason together”, was buttressed by information gathered in Hoovers little files. Yeah, the FBI has never before been used as a political tool…
      Thankfully JFK saw through Hoover’s B.S. and took a gamble on embracing Martin Luther King despite what Hoover had in his files.
      As for Frank Zappa being investigated, perhaps someone in the agency thought Zappa was an Arab terrorist after the release of the Album ” Sheik Yerbouti”? Couldn’t have been Hoover though since he died 7 years before its release.
      They investigated Aretha? What for, Freeway of Love? The dogs!

  19. So is the
    Federal bureau of incompetence going to arrest themselves and all the lying politicians. They are all disinformation platforms.

  20. Disinformation about a wildly corrupt government’s 2 & 4 year theater of self flagellation? Government will investigate itself, prosecute itself, find itself guilty/innocent, then pardon itself.

    Weird.

  21. How interesting, in view of Trump’s calling all mainline media “Enemies of the People,” denying them access to numerous events where they would have been able to report first-hand what he and his followers said.

  22. The terms “misinformation” and “disinformation” both assume that someone decides what is “information” (i.e. not “mis..” or “dis..”). As long as that decision is left to the beholder (the reader or listener), I’m OK with it. That’s how discourse actually works.

    But when someone else gets to make that decision for us, we all lose – as we did when Twitter, Facebook, Google, and the mass media put their fingers on the scale in the last presidential election. It will be interesting to watch the new Twitter when Musk calls off the dogs.

  23. Who wouldn’t support allowing disinformation, misinformation, or lies to continue to be spread? What could go wrong? So far, there’s even a suggestion that we should just let politicians duel to the death–if only Ted Cruz had called for a duel with former President Trump during the 2016 GOP primary debates! We’d know who the real man is among them! And all of that violent rhetoric is doing exactly as intended, right? So far there’s armed “voter integrity guards” throughout Arizona, and Nancy Pelosi’s husband just took a serious beating by an intruder with a hammer (who was reportedly shouting “where’s Nancy?”). First amendment first!

    • One of the MANY problems with your arrogant and blatantly authoritarian suggestion, MRAK Not Fan, is that there is no objective definition of what constitutes “misinformation” and “disinformation”. So just who is going to be the arbiter of those definitions, eh? Oh yes, of course: the government. Because they only have the best of intentions, are completely omniscient, and have nothing but the public’s interests at heart.
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      Wanna buy a bridge while you’re at it?

  24. Seriously???? Trusting the FBI to actually look into election misinformation would be like having the fox guard the henhouse 🤪

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