A Private Entity (EI-ISAC) Provides Security for Elections and Then Manages “Misinformation” for the Same Entities on Behalf of the Federal Government
On February 4th, 2021, at 5:40am, TIME Magazine published one of the most significant stories of our lifetime. They appeared to suffer this engrained desire to confess wrong-doing in order to garner some sort of recognition, similar to this Sam Harris admission. Perhaps that is what TIME Magazine and their influencers were trying to convey when they wrote in The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election:
“That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.”
Up until last night, this had been obvious but difficult to prove. Then, last night, Tore Maras posted a document that tied it all together.
The Gateway Pundit previously reported on the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) as well as Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai’s case in which they’re involved. The EI-ISAC describes their non-profit as “a trusted cybersecurity partner for election offices and associations, providing EI-ISAC membership to these organizations at no cost.”
TGP obtained a copy of several agreements between county entities that entered into an agreement with the CIS, which is “operating in its capacity as the EI-ISAC”.
In this same Memorandum of Agreement between the CIS/EI-ISAC and Dallas County, Texas, we learn that the EI-ISAC is contracted by the Department of Homeland Security to provide “cybersecurity services…for state election entities”. This partnership is a bold step towards the federalization of our elections, but it may be also be a decisive agreement evidencing a significant First Amendment violation.
We also know that the Department of Homeland Security is funding the “Cybersecurity Services” and “associated security devices” at no charge. This sounds like DHS and EI-ISAC have entered into an agreement to
federalize privatize “secure” our elections at the state and county level, and incentivize states and counties to comply by offering the services “free”.
As long as the federal government continues to fund it…
And in return for continuing to
federalize privatize “secure” our elections, the EI-ISAC/CIS gets unprecedented access to the following:
As if it wasn’t bad enough that a private third party is entering into a contractual agreement with the Federal Government to do “pro bono” work for states and counties in “securing” their election infrastructure, there may also be a major First Amendment violation.
A little known report from the Election Integrity Partnership titled “The Long Fuse” and previously reported on by TGP lays out the involvement of the EI-ISAC in acting as a “singular conduit for election officials to report false or misleading information to platforms.” The EI-ISAC served as a “one-stop reporting interface…” that “allowed election officials to focus on detecting and countering misinformation while CIS and its partners reported content to the proper social media platforms.”
The EIP “engaged with government stakeholders primarily to provide analytical capability and context around election-related misinformation. Content reported by election officials to the EI-ISAC was also routed to the EIP ticketing system. This allowed analysts to find similar content, ascribe individual content pieces to broader narratives, and determine virality and cross-platform spread…”
It appears as though the federal government has not only contracted with a private non-profit to manage and oversee, pro bono, the security of state and county elections with unknown oversight, but the government also subverted the First Amendment by utilizing the EI-ISAC as a “singular conduit” to report “misinformation” to social media platforms in order to censor US citizens.
The non-profit that is
federalizing privatizing “securing” our elections in cooperation with DHS is also acting as a go-between for the government to censor the population for speaking out against the work the CIS/EI-ISAC performs.
Perhaps this is the case that Justice Clarence Thomas has been waiting for when he wrote in Biden v. Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University:
“…a ‘private entity is not ordinarily constrained by the First Amendment,’ Halleck, 587 U. S., at ___, ___ (slip op., at 6, 9), it is if the government coerces or induces it to take action the government itself would not be permitted to do, such as censor expression of a lawful viewpoint.”
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Author: Brian Lupo