The Biden administration has come under heavy criticism for creating a “Disinformation Governance Board” that falls under the Department of Homeland Security.
The board has been slammed as Orwellian as the board was formed to fight whatever the US government considers to be “disinformation.” According to Politico, the board is meant to “coordinate countering misinformation related to homeland security, focused specifically on irregular migration and Russia.”
So far, the Biden administration hasn’t put out much information on what exactly the board will do. When asked about it, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki didn’t offer any details. “I really haven’t dug into this exactly, I mean, we of course support this effort but let me see if I can get more specifics,” she said.
President Biden Appointed Nina Jankowicz as the head of the board, who previously worked as a “disinformation fellow” at the Wilson Center and advised the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry as part of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, a program run by the State Department. Jankowicz also oversaw Russia and Belarus programs at the National Democracy Institute, a US-government-funded NGO.
Jankowicz’s appointment comes as the US is significantly escalating its support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia. Part of the Biden administration’s campaign against Moscow includes information warfare.
Earlier this month, US officials told NBC News that the Biden administration has been putting out information related to Russia’s war in Ukraine based on bad intelligence as part of an information war against Russian President Vladimir Putin. As part of this effort, the Biden administration fed several stories to the press that were based on claims the US had no evidence to back up.