Think again on disinformation board

There is nothing wrong with a strong, multiagency effort to counter lies and propaganda with facts. It is, in fact, needed. But it cannot — must not — stray into censorship.



May 12, 2022 - 2:47 PM

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill on May 4, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images/TNS)

How on earth does one spark controversy from that blandest of government creations, the internal working group?

One way is to give it a scary, Orwellian name like the Disinformation Governance Board.

That is the dystopian moniker the Department of Homeland Security chose to bestow upon a group that it now insists has no operational authority.

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