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Meet Facebook’s New General Counsel, Who Helped Write the Patriot Act

The surveillance state is alive and well.

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One of America’s largest tech giants has hired a new general counsel who was responsible for “helping craft” the most powerful law ever enacted to spy on American citizens.

“Facebook announced today that Jennifer Newstead will join the company as General Counsel, overseeing the company’s global legal functions,” said a company statement.

The Verge did a deep dive into Newstead’s history, and it turns out that Newstead was an architect of the Patriot Act, implemented by President George W. Bush after 9/11, which allowed the government broadly-defined power to spy on Americans.

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“Her enhanced leadership duties and her excellent service on a range of issues — including helping craft the new U.S.A. Patriot Act to protect the United States against terror — have earned her this important distinction. She is first among equals,” Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh said in a 2002 Department of Justice press release.

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A 2017 BuzzFeed article described Newstead as the “day-to-day manager of the Patriot Act in Congress.”

“Jennifer is a seasoned leader whose global perspective and experience will help us fulfill our mission,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer in the statement.

The Patriot Act has been the subject of a great deal of controversy by Americans who value privacy. President Barack H. Obama originally campaigned on modifying, if not ending the law completely. He proceeded to renew it. It’s critics say that it is a serious invasion of privacy.

From The Freedom Forum Institute:

Detractors counter that the Patriot Act represents a loss of individual liberty and a naked grasp for power by the executive branch of government, particularly over the judicial branch. Robert Levy, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, has written that the Patriot Act represents “the looming sacrifice of civil liberties at the altar of national security.”

The law permits roving wiretaps and so-called “sneak and peek” warrants, adds new terrorist crimes, knocks down the wall between foreign and domestic intelligence, amends the definition of domestic terrorism and makes many other changes too numerous to catalog.

Now, our tech overlords at Facebook, already embattled in numerous privacy scandals, have added another pro-spying former government official to their team.


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Facebook Directly Censoring Tucker Carlson in Advance of November Election

They fear Tucker Carlson.

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Facebook is censoring Tucker Carlson just weeks away from the November 3rd presidential election, hoping to silence America’s most popular political news figure.

Tucker Carlson hosts the most popular cable television show in American history on Fox News, and he’s one of the only journalists(although he eschews the term) that Americans who distrust oligarch-controlled corporate media rely on for information.

Facebook notified Tucker’s page on the social media giant that his posts would have “reduced distribution” for what they’re falsely claiming is “repeated sharing of fake news.”

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Facebook has previously censored an interview Tucker conducted with a Chinese dissident who claims that coronavirus was engineered in a laboratory by Chinese government researchers.

Tucker is the most prominent political figure to criticize the alliance of big business with the establishment Democrat Party, most notably the tech monopolies of Silicon Valley. Facebook has now taken a page out of the Chinese or Soviet political playbook in censoring its own critics.

Left-wing whiners have been furiously clamoring for Facebook to censor more conservative and right-wing figures, pointing to the pitiful engagement that liberal pundits and politicians receive on the platform in comparison to figures like Tucker, Ben Shapiro, Donald Trump, and Mark Levin.

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