(trendingpoliticsnews) – 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.
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.
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.
Fang shared the original tweet showing Taibbi’s “lie” which was clearly just a misplaced letter in an acronym, on a tweet.
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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