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Turner & Katko on Suspension of DHS Disinformation Governance Board

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WASHINGTON, May 18, 2022 | Rachel Walker (202-308-8930) | comments
Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on the suspension of the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board.
 
“The suspension of the DHS Disinformation Governance Board is by far the best decision that’s been made when it comes to this Orwellian entity. From its initially botched rollout, the ‘Ministry of Truth’ lacked a defined mission or even direction. It was clear it was a political tool to be wielded by the party in control.
 
“This board was only successful in reinforcing that the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities are severely misplaced. When the border crisis is worsening daily, cyber-attacks from adversaries are threatening to cripple our critical infrastructure, the rise in violent crime is putting Americans across the country in danger, and disrupted supply chains are having devastating impacts on Americans, DHS is focused on policing Americans’ free speech.
 
“DHS isn’t managing its current mission set, why would we trust this same Department to unilaterally expand its mission and tell the public what is or is not truth? It’s time for this administration to focus on our national security, not making itself the ultimate arbiter of truth and speech. Homeland and Intelligence Committee Republicans will continue working to ensure this Board never gets off the ground.”
 
Background
Earlier this month, Katko & Turner conducted strong oversight demanding answers from the Department of Homeland Security on the creation of the “Disinformation Governance Board” and its questionable choice to lead the ill-defined governance board. 
 
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