About 10 years ago, I read a story about someone who posted something on Twitter before leaving for a plane flight. By the time her flight landed in another country, she’d already been “canceled.”
What she wrote was a satirical joke that was easily explained once she landed. However, the damage had already been done. She was fired.
For months after, she couldn’t get a job because the first thing that came up when potential employers Googled her were the news stories about her Twitter gaffe.
She eventually discovered there are companies created solely to suppress and hide information on the internet, such as a negative news story. You could pay money, and a company would create tons of content that would change search results in your favor.
At the time I read it, this was revelatory. That was almost 10 years ago.
Fast forward to today, and not only is this common, but now it has grown into a political machine used for suppressing the thoughts of anyone who disagrees with the approved narrative at the time.
Disagree with lockdowns? Fake social media accounts can be used to downvote you, discredit you, and flag you to social media companies.
Fake accounts can be created to boost content that opposes your idea, so it will never be seen.
In 2020, Americans had their social media posts surveilled, and content flagged with the entire goal of suppressing views that went against the narrative at the time.
The plan was hatched by interns at a federal agency in the national security sector.
Not elected officials. Not actual federal workers. INTERNS.
They knew that you could “bury” information online. They just took it much, much further.
What once seemed like a sneaky way to change your internet profile now seems horrifyingly Orwellian when it is intentionally used for censorship.
The Worst Case Scenario
We talk about censorship a lot on Scout– for good reason.
Controlling free speech (aka censorship) is one of the fastest ways to gain control.
If people cannot express their thoughts and ideas freely, it begins to seem like everyone thinks the same way.
As a result, this prevents movements from standing up, speaking out, and going against the grain.
Think of popular movements over the last few years: mask protests, lockdown protests, Black and Blue Lives Matter.
If people were not allowed to share their thoughts, none of these movements would have gotten off the ground.
Censorship ultimately becomes a threat to every infrastructure.
We’ve already seen people de-banked for their political views and statements on social media platforms.
It can trickle down to every part of our lives – including what we eat.
Just this week, the UN announced its upcoming recommendation for the West (including America) to “dramatically reduce its meat consumption.”
What if those “in charge” of the internet decide that they agree with the UN and start suppressing any information posted about meat?
Henry Kissinger famously said, “Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.”
If they control speech, they can control movements.
If they can control movements, they can control critical infrastructure.
If they can control infrastructures, they can control the food.
You may think, “No one is in charge of the internet.” Well, that’s somewhat true…for now.
The UN has created an organization just for this purpose. They just released a document of rules. And it’s terrifying.
The Development of the Internet of Trust
UNESCO stands for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
And they just released a plan to combat "misinformation" by creating what it calls the "Internet of Trust."
The main goal straight from the source is: “Safeguarding freedom of expression and access to information through a multi-stakeholder approach.”
Here is what it says on the first page:
“Safeguarding freedom of expression and the right to information while dealing with dis- and misinformation, hate speech, and conspiracy theories requires a multi-stakeholder approach. This is the reason why UNESCO, the leading UN agency for the promotion and protection of freedom of expression and to information, is launching Guidelines for the Governance of Digital Platforms. […] Cultivating an Internet of Trust is a shared responsibility among all stakeholders. It calls upon us all to sustain an enabling environment for freedom of expression and the right to information.”
You can read the entire document here.
The key here is that a group of people (not even elected officials) want to create guidelines for what you can say or post on the internet.
If they deem it is misinformation, disinformation, hate speech, or a conspiracy theory, you are in trouble.
If these rules become laws, you will be punished.
If these worldwide rules supersede national laws, you cannot use your “Freedom of Speech” to fight any trouble you get in for sharing your opinion.
The UN/UNESCO wants to create an internet that only allows users to see what they want you to see or what they deem as truth.
But we’ve all seen in the past few years just how MANY times the “truth” changes…
The Creation of the Censorship Industrial Complex
The term, Censorship Industrial Complex, is a play on the “military-industrial complex.”
With the military-industrial complex, the military, private companies, and academia work together to help the US win on the battlefield.
In this case, it’s the government (with the help of big business and academia) using censorship of its own citizens to dominate.
Pete McGinnis explains it perfectly when he writes, “But the censorship industrial complex builds algorithms, not bombers. The players aren’t Raytheon and Boeing, but social media companies, tech startups, and universities and their institutes. The foes to be dominated are American citizens whose opinions diverge from government narratives.”
What’s worse is that our government knows and participates.
In the Testimony by Michael Shellenberger to The House Select Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government on March 9, 2023, Shellenberger spoke about the Censorship Industrial Complex. He said:
“Today, American taxpayers are unwittingly financing the growth and power of a censorship-industrial complex run by America’s scientific and technological elite, which endangers our liberties and democracy. I am grateful for the opportunity to offer this testimony and sound the alarm over the shocking and disturbing emergence of state-sponsored censorship in the United States of America.
“The Twitter Files, state attorneys general lawsuits, and investigative reporters have revealed a large and growing network of government agencies, academic institutions, and nongovernmental organizations that are actively censoring American citizens, often without their knowledge, on a range of issues, including on the origins of COVID, COVID vaccines, emails relating to Hunter Biden’s business dealings, climate change, renewable energy, fossil fuels, and many other issues.”
Read it in full here.
What We’ve Learned Since
Since Michael Shellenberger’s explosive testimony in March, another whistleblower has come forward with even more documents showing government involvement in censorship on social media platforms.
As of publication, word came out that it was discovered the US and the UK military made plans for global censorship in 2018.
Again, global internet censorship.
Exactly like what the UN just created a list of guidelines for.
Shellenberger reports that one document “explains that while such activities overseas are ‘typically’ done by ‘the CIA and NSA and the Department of Defense,’ censorship efforts ‘against Americans’ have to be done using private partners because the government doesn't have the ‘legal authority.’"
The CTIL (Cyber Threat Intelligence League) developed a strategy for censoring online.
Shellenberger reports, “In the spring of 2020, CTIL began tracking and reporting disfavored content on social media, such as anti-lockdown narratives like ‘all jobs are essential,’ ‘we won’t stay home,’ and ‘open America now.’ CTIL created a law enforcement channel for reporting content as part of these efforts. The organization also researched individuals posting anti-lockdown hashtags like #freeCA and kept a spreadsheet with details from their Twitter bios. CTIL’s approach to ‘disinformation’ went far beyond censorship. The documents show that the group engaged in offensive operations to influence public opinion, discussing ways to promote ‘counter-messaging,’ co-opt hashtags, dilute disfavored messaging, create sock puppet accounts, and infiltrate private invite-only groups.”
How This Affects You and Me
It’s only a matter of time before people start seeking out alternative communication channels.
Not because they want to, but because they might be de-banked, discredited, or put in prison.
Censorship is a powerful weapon that can be used to control our actions and movements. It can be used to control critical infrastructure.
And it can be used to control our food – whether we can farm or not. What we can eat or not.
If the UN thinks we shouldn’t eat meat, they can censor anyone who says something different. We’ll be forced to buy meat in secret.
Can you imagine? Yes, I bet you can.
While you are developing a safe communication plan, make sure you also stock up on meat and protein emergency food kits.
Get heirloom seeds and prep to plant next year.
Start hobby farming.
Do what you can now to prepare to protect your food sovereignty before it’s too late.
Stay aware, friends.
Preparedness Advisor, My Patriot Supply