In an interview with Breitbart News, influential Republican legislator Jim Jordan (R-OH) explained how Republicans want to exploit the Select Subcommittee on Weaponization. According to the Ohio Republican, the subcommittee’s three aims are to offer oversight to “get the fact on the table,” legislation solutions to the problems, and, if necessary, cut off funds to hostile agencies through the appropriations process.
He highlighted the process of attaining the goals by noting that it begins with facts so you can establish the case for legislation, then you can build the case for utilizing the appropriations process to limit money going to these bad practices.
Mr. Jordan remarked that the committee members’ most immediate worry was the wide and overwhelming assault on conventional and fundamental American rights. He stated that the committee’s principal focus mirrored this worry.
Mr. Jordan advised that there are three kinds of categories for weaponization. The first of these is the First Amendment. This is the Twitter Files, the DHS Disinformation Governance Board; it is the attacks on the freedom of the press and free speech—this nexus between big government, big tech, and non-governmental organizations all working together to suppress information, stifle expression, and censor visibility.
Mr. Jordan has expressed his alarm about the government’s systematic attack on such rights in his January statement on the necessity for the Weaponization Subcommittee. In his floor speech, he stated that citizens had five rights under the First Amendment. Under the first amendment, you have the right to practice your religion, the right to gather, the right to petition the government, freedom of the press, and freedom of expression. Mr. Jordan stated that every one of them had been attacked in the past two years.
Congressman Jordan stated that since January, they had received a lot of data regarding Twitter. According to Mr. Jordan, they will keep gathering information from the agencies that they believe were complicit in suppressing the First Amendment and freedom of expression. Mr. Jordan added that they have information from whistleblowers about the Department of Justice, especially the FBI.
Mr. Jordan was also deeply concerned about how the weaponized censorship sector elements were transferred to foreign countries as part of official American foreign policy. As a result, the censoring industry has acquired a global flavor. He said the GEC [the State Department’s Global Engagement Center] sends money to these NGOs and not-for-profit entities. Free speech is a significant issue, and suppressing it requires the subcommittee to look into the matter.