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You already know Judge Doughty denied the DOJ's motion to lift his injunction. But here is the important part.
I must say that it was Mike Benz who told us 6 months ago how the USG and Jen were skating around the law by calling our brains "critical infrastructure."
Here is what the JUDGE said about this 1984-type of terminology inversion:
“CISA Director Jen Easterly views the word “infrastructure” expressively (sic) to include our “cognitive infrastructure,” which deals with the way people acquire knowledge and understanding.30”. with FN 30 being [Doc. No. 293 at 77]
In other words, CISA’s job was to protect infrastructure. But what it actually did was censorship. So director Jen Easterly called censorship the protection of critical infrastructure, by designating our minds as “critical infrastructure” and ‘protecting’ our minds by censoring information that might be harmful to them.
This is deceitful, devious and duplicitous in the extreme. Someone needs to go to jail, soon, for this little switcheroo.
And Jeff Childer’s take on this:
“Yesterday, not surprisingly, the Judge in the Missouri v. Biden case denied the government’s motion to stay the injunction forbidding it from censoring Americans. He’s being careful; he typed up a well-drafted, thirteen-page order. In this new order, in showing that the government was likely to lose, Judge Doughty provided examples of clear censorship from each of the following federal agencies: the White House, the Surgeon General and his staff, the CDC, the NIAID, the FBI, the CISA, and the State Department.
The government’s misconduct was so widespread, one wonders what the federal government was doing during the pandemic apart from censoring Americans.
Sometimes it only takes reading one sentence in an order to tell which way the Court plans to go. Here’s that one sentence from this order:
CISA Director Jen Easterly views the word “infrastructure” [expansively] to include our “cognitive infrastructure,” which deals with the way people acquire knowledge and understanding.
Easterly’s remark was not just a throwaway line. CISA is part of Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over the Nation’s “critical infrastructure.” Easterly meant that “cognitive infrastructure” — our collective brains and the thoughts in them — are part of the country’s critical infrastructure and thus subject to HomeSec oversight and control.
Orwell himself would never have believed that a real, unelected, unaccountable government official said something that sinister.
Federal court rules required the government to try to seek a stay from Judge Doughty first. Now that he’s denied the stay, they can try again at the Fifth Circuit. As I’ve noted before, the Plaintiffs picked possibly the very best circuit in the country to bring this once-in-a-lifetime civil rights case, since the Fifth Circuit was reliably pro-freedom during the difficult cases of the pandemic.
Judge Doughty’s new order sort of summarizes his previous 100+-page order, so if you want to get a quick sense of the case, read this one (it’s double spaced).
🔥 Haha, while the government’s lawyers in Missouri v. Biden were busy arguing that no censorship occurred, in a recent podcast interview, Meta/Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted straight out that government censorship went too far and undermined trust in the institutions. In part:
“There hadn’t been time to vet a lot of the scientific assumptions, and, you know, unfortunately I think a lot of the kind of establishment on that, um, kind of waffled on a bunch of the facts, and you know, asked for a bunch of things to be censored, that in retrospect wound up being more debatable, or true, and that stuff is really tough, right, and really undermines trust.”’