The Biden Administration was met with huge backlash last year when it announced plans to establish a ‘Ministry of Truth.’ Plans eventually were put on pause, but Glenn warned back then that the far-left would just find a more secretive way to accomplish the same goals. And now, thanks to a new report from the Federalist, we know more details about those plans. The Federalist reports that ‘our tax dollars are funding the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) technology that will allow the government to easily discover “problematic” speech and track Americans reading or partaking in such conversations.’ Glenn has all the details in this clip — like how there have been over 500 contracts or grants given to companies to partner with the federal government to accomplish these terrifying goals…
TranscriptBelow is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: This comes from the Federalist.
While the Twitter files offer a glimpse into the government's efforts to censor disfavored viewpoints, what we have seen is nothing compared to what is planned. As the details of hundreds of federal awards now lay bear.
Research by the Federalist reveals that our tax dollars are funding the development of artificial intelligence, and machine learning technology, that will allow the government to easily discover problematic speech, and track America's reading and partaking in conversations.
In partnership with big tech, big business, and media outlets, the government will ensure the speech is censored, under the guise of combating misinformation and disinformation.
Remember when they said they wanted an office of truth or whatever it was. And everybody, oh, my gosh. That's horrible. We can't do that. And they dropped it right away.
And I said, don't put your guard down. They'll do it a different way.
Well, here is the money, showing you what they're doing.
The federal government now has awarded more than 500 plus contracts, or grants. Related to misinformation, or disinformation. Since 2020.
So 500 different companies or groups are working for the government, to gather information on you.
One predominant area of research, pushed by the Department of Defense, includes the use of AI and ML technology, to monitor or listen to internet conversations. Originally used as a marketing tool to track discussions about their brands and products. And to track competitors. The DOD and other federal agencies are now paying for profit public relations and communication firms, to convert their technology into tools for the government, to monitor your speech online.
The areas of interest, the companies monitor, differ somewhat. And each business offers its own unique AI and machine learning proprietary technology.
But the underlying approach and goals are identical.
The technology under development will mine large portions of the internet, and identify conversations deemed by the government. Indicative of an emerging harmful narrative, to allow the government to track these threats, and adopt countermeasures before the messages go viral. With AI and machine learning identifying in real time the origins of supposed influence operations and how the message is spread. The government will have the ability to preempt the amplification of speech, squelching even true reporting, before the general populace has an opportunity to learn the news.
To appreciate fully the danger this poses to free speech requires Americans to consider the use of that technology, with some additional details.
First, the AI and ML technology under development will mine every conceivable mode of conversation for the government.
Consider, for example, the databases monitored by just a few of the companies the government is paying to develop this AI and ML technology.
One, peak metrics. The receipt of $1.5 million tracks millions of news sites, blogs, global social platforms, podcasts, TV, radio, and all email newsletters.
Oma Loss, Inc. just received more than a million dollars in taxpayer money. It will cull data from the most influential newspapers, TV channels, government offices, militant groups, and across more than a dozen social networks and messaging apps. Thousands of webs and thousands of RSS feeds.
The Althea Group, which received a phase one award of $50,000 to develop a machine-learning tool for proactive disinformation/misinformation detection, assessments, and mitigation.
It mostly covers data sources, including mainstream and fringe social media platforms. Stu, I think they're talking about us.
Peer-to-peer messaging platforms. Peer-to-peer messaging platforms, blogs and forums, state-affiliated media sites, gray propaganda sites, and the dark web.
NewsGuard, which was just recently discredited, $750,000 by the DOD. They're offering two databases, including the unreliable reliability rankings database.
Primer, which scored 3 million that are award, to develop its technology, offers a database, that looks to news and media data sources, publicly captured images -- publicly captured images, the dark web cyber attacks shared by the general public, and classified presumably for the government clients. And unclassified data sources.
Primer also partners with flash point, which adds telegram, reddit, discord, and the deep dark web to the database's mind.
Okay. So they plan on listening, reading, culling, and sorting through AI all of our communication and all of our thoughts.
This is not just for foreign influence.
This is for America, as well.
They will be able to, quote, flag problematic speech on any imaginable subject.
Here the past is prologue. Speech need want involve terrorism, act of war, or even our electoral process for our government to consider it within its purview. To fact-check.
It also needs not be false. The Twitter files and recent events provide Americans a glimpse into the breadth of the topics of the government, that they may deem harmful narratives worthy of censor from elections, to vaccines, to run on grocery stores underlying the government's obsession with silencing disinformation, misinformation, and malinformation, is the great power competition perspective of foreign relations under which China and Russia represent a constant threat to America's power, influences, and interests.
So when you have a problem, we have to be the -- the great power competition. We -- we have to do what the other people are doing.
And we also can't let our own people do anything to hurt our great power. So anybody who talks about bank runs, it's not just the people that might be influencing outside the country.
But if you say, I got my money out of the bank. And you have to think about it. Because this is -- this is a problem.
These things are going to collapse.
The government with AI and machine learning, will team that as a threat to the United States of -- of America, and you will be tracked and silenced.
These -- this is not up for debate or question. This is not a conspiracy theory. We have the receipts. This is what these companies are being engaged by our government to do.
Now, there's another story. The TSA, Transportation Security Administration.
The chief David Petrosky said, we really want to make the travel process easy and safe and more comfortable. More pleasant.
All this taking off of your shoes. And we -- we can do so much better.
Have you tried clear? All we need is a retinol scan of your eye. Don't ever let them take a retinol scan.
We just need a retinal scan of your eye. I mean, 2.4 million people are screened every day, by the TSA. And we need to make sure the security is there. But also, that they don't suffer any friction at all.
So we urge now, facial recognition. We urge the new technology. And we're building this. And may I quote, biometrics will not be optional.
You want to fly, you're going to have to give them your retinol scan. But you won't have to take off your shoes.
One last thing: On this subject. There's a bill going to the Senate floor now. And this is the way you have to think. You have to understand, there's a bill on the Senate floor now. To prevent spying on you and your family, by your refrigerator. Because smart refrigerators have cameras. And also microphones. And we have already seen cases where that information can just be given over to the government, sometimes without even a warrant or asking for it.
The world is changing dramatically. I want you to be prepared.