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US gov’t creates Ministry of Truth run by cold warrior who smears independent media as ‘Russian disinformation’

The authoritarian Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that oversaw the War on Terror created a “Disinformation Governance Board,” led by anti-Russia information warrior Nina Jankowicz, who ran regime-change ops at a CIA front, smears independent anti-war US media outlets as “Russian disinfo,” and called WikiLeaks “scum.”

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The US government has created what is essentially a Ministry of Truth. It is led by a censorial cold warrior who worked for a CIA cutout overseeing regime-change operations targeting Russia and Belarus, and who smears independent anti-war American media outlets as supposed “Russian disinformation.”

This new US information czar has also denounced whistleblowing journalistic publication WikiLeaks as “scum,” claiming without evidence that it is part of a supposed Russian “operation” that spreads so-called “malinformation.”

Washington’s de facto Ministry of Truth will be overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is infamous for violating civil liberties in the name of the so-called War on Terror.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has warned of DHS’ authoritarian tendencies and called for it to be dismantled. Noting the department’s use of “horrific tactics” against protesters, the ACLU wrote that the “short history of DHS has been filled with violence, the stoking of fear, and a lack of oversight.”

In 2018, DHS published a press release that echoed the white-supremacist “14 words” slogan used by neo-Nazis.

Instead of reining in this scandalous department, the US government is giving DHS even more power over Americans’ freedom of speech.

On April 27, 2022, DHS announced the creation of a “Disinformation Governance Board,” which it said would be dedicated to combatting so-called “Russian disinformation.”

CIA Director William Burns had admitted back in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March that the United States is waging an “information war” on Russia, and boasted that its President Vladimir “Putin is losing.”

DHS’ new Disinformation Governance Board is part of this US government information war, which is in turn a key front in Washington’s new cold war on both Russia and China.

In the guise of fighting supposed “Russian disinformation,” this notoriously authoritarian US institution is threatening to impose more censorship on critics of Washington’s foreign policy. And it has recruited a hard-line information warrior to lead these efforts.

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Nina Jankowicz: Cold warrior who helped run regime-change ops at CIA cutout

To run this Disinformation Governance Board, the Joe Biden administration selected a fanatical cold warrior named Nina Jankowicz.

Jankowicz claims to be an expert on so-called “disinformation”; in reality she is an anti-Russia information warrior who has extensive experience working for the US and Ukrainian governments, including a shady CIA cutout.

This newly appointed executive director of DHS’ Disinformation Governance Board has smeared independent American media outlets that expose crimes committed by the US government abroad as vehicles for purported “Russian disinformation,” and has clearly suggested that she supports censoring them.

Jankowicz established herself professionally in Washington by working for several years for the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

This NDI is a branch of the US government’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a CIA front created by the Ronald Reagan administration at the end of the first cold war to fund regime-change operations from the Eastern Bloc to Nicaragua.

NED co-founder Allen Weinstein admitted in the Washington Post in 1991, “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.”

The NDI is an arm of the NED that is affiliated with the Democratic Party. (The Republican Party has its own branch of the NED, called the International Republican Institute, or IRI.)

At the NDI, Jankowicz oversaw so-called “democracy assistance programs” in Russia in Belarus. In other words, she helped run regime-change operations aimed at overthrowing these independent Eastern European governments.

US intelligence cutouts like the NDI frequently use “democracy assistance” as a euphemism to mean regime change.

According to her NDI bio, Jankowicz joined the CIA cutout in 2013, and worked for two years on destabilization operations targeting Russia and Belarus.

Then in 2015, she moved to the NDI’s “Government Relations and Communications team,” where Jankowicz said she bridged “her passion for democracy assistance and social media.”

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In a 2016 article in Democracy Works, the NDI’s official publication, Jankowicz described herself as “someone who has made a career in democracy assistance.”

“I have worked in support of democratic progress around the world since 2011 and joined NDI in fall 2013,” she boasted.

Jankowicz added that she was “proud to be a participant in democratic progress in the United States and and proud to work for NDI — an organization that supports democratic progress the world over.”

Nina Jankowicz smears independent US media outlets as “Russian disinfo”

When Donald Trump won the 2016 US presidential election, the Democratic Party hatched a conspiracy theory that blamed Russia for Hillary Clinton’s loss. Many Democratic operatives in Washington subsequently transitioned their careers to cash in on the “counter-disinformation” racket.

Jankowicz moved away from “democracy assistance” and rebranded herself as an expert on so-called “Russian disinformation.”

She moved to Ukraine and began working for its new right-wing, viciously anti-Russian government, which had been installed after a violent US-sponsored 2014 coup.

Jankowicz boasts on her website that, from 2016 to 2017, “she advised the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on disinformation and strategic communications.”

Jankowicz’s work for Ukraine’s post-coup regime was sponsored by a US Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship.

After her year in Ukraine, Jankowicz was given a cushy position as a “disinformation fellow” at the Wilson Center, a hawkish US government-funded think tank that advocates for an aggressive foreign policy.

There, Jankowicz worked on churning out anti-Russia information warfare for the Kennan Institute, named after infamous cold warrior George F. Kennan, a US diplomat who helped to create “containment” policy toward the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, Jankowicz spread some disinformation of her own, citing US spies to repeatedly claim that the leak of files from Hunter Biden’s laptop was part of a “Russian influence op.” (The authenticity of these files was later confirmed by both the New York Times and Washington Post.)

Jankowicz also set her targets on independent anti-war media outlets, smearing them as so-called “Russian disinformation.”

On Twitter in November 2017, Jankowicz attacked the whistleblowing journalistic publication WikiLeaks, calling it “scum.”

Nina Jankowicz WikiLeaks scum

In May 2018, she accused WikiLeaks of spreading “malinformation,” although the outlet has been shown to have 100% accuracy in all of its publications.

Jankowicz claimed, without any evidence, that “Wikileaks is a cog in a much larger [Russian] operation.” She also implied that WikiLeaks’ founder and former editor Julian Assange, a UN-recognized political prisoner persecuted by the US government, is part of a “Russian influence op.”

Nina Jankowicz WikiLeaks Russian operation

The current US information czar similarly went after independent journalists in the United States.

On Twitter in 2020, Jankowicz boasted that she had blocked journalist Aaron Maté, a critic of US foreign policy who exposed many of the lies behind the Russiagate conspiracy theory.

Jankowicz called the independent US news website The Grayzone “a source of disinfo,” claiming that it was supposedly “implicated in a Russian disinfo op.”

The current US government official, who made her career overseeing US regime-change operations in Eastern Europe, claimed The Grayzone “spreads incredibly damaging disinformation” and “calls popular protests ‘color revolutions’ and papers over Stalinist crimes against humanity.”

Nina Jankowicz Grayzone disinformation Aaron Mate

In addition to blocking Maté on Twitter, Jankowicz blocked the author of this present report, Multipolarista editor Benjamin Norton, even though he had never engaged with her.

Jankowicz’s eagerness to block independent American journalists who are critical of US foreign policy clearly shows that this cold warrior is not very concerned about the freedom of speech or freedom of the press.

As a so-called “disinformation expert” at the US government-funded Wilson Center, Jankowicz also went after independent journalists who exposed the US government’s role in waging a decade-long dirty war on Syria, in which the CIA armed and trained Islamist extremists linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS.

When American journalist Ben Swann correctly said in May 2018 that the US government was funding the Syrian opposition group the White Helmets, Jankowicz declared that he was a “conspiracy theorist” who should be censored.

It is an objective, undeniable matter of public record that the US government gave tens of millions of dollars to the White Helmets. In fact mere weeks after Jankowicz’s tweet, in June 2018, the Donald Trump administration gave the Syrian opposition group an additional $6.6 million.

Nina Jankowicz Syria conspiracy theorist

Similarly, Jankowicz has repeatedly rejected the undeniable historical fact that the US government backed a violent coup in Ukraine in 2014, calling it “Russian disinformation.”

While Jankowicz markets herself as a “disinformation expert,” in reality she is a devoted soldier in the US government’s information war on Russia.

In 2020, Jankowicz made her status as an information warrior clear as day, publishing a book titled “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict.”

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While Jankowicz frequently smears Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, and other targets of US foreign policy as “authoritarian” (and even accuses Cuba and Venezuela of supposedly meddling in US elections), she had no problem working for an authoritarian right-wing regime in Ukraine.

Jankowicz advised Ukraine’s government when it was led by billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko, who only came to power thanks to the violent overthrow of former elected president Viktor Yanukovych in a coup in which neo-Nazis and far-right extremists played a key role.

While Jankowicz worked for Poroshenko’s government, he was advised by a fascist extremist who wrote “Heil Hitler” on Facebook and was photographed posing with extremist soldiers wearing Nazi symbols.

Poroshenko’s regime imposed a series of far-right, anti-democratic policies, banning all communist parties and making it a crime punishable by years in prison to use socialist symbols or sing the leftist anthem The Internationale.

The Poroshenko regime made it mandatory for Ukrainians to honor Nazi collaborators like Stepan Bandera, turning fascists who participated in massacres of Jews, Poles, and Romanis during World War II into official, state-appointed national heroes, while simultaneously banning books that exposed their crimes.

Jankowicz is likewise eerily quiet about atrocities committed by the United States. Although she is very active on Twitter and constantly condemns US anti-war journalists for supposedly being soft on Russia, Jankowicz has never mentioned the seven-year war on Yemen.

Jankowicz is sure to never diverge from the bipartisan neoconservative foreign policy consensus in Washington.

She strongly supported Hillary Clinton and her ultra-hawkish foreign policy, tweeting in 2016, “So proud to support HRC as she calls out boundless Russian aggression in Syria.” Jankowicz added the hashtag #ImWithHer.

Jankowicz has similarly fawned over former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, repeatedly referring to her as her “role model.” In an interview on CBS’ program 60 Minutes in 1996, Jankowicz’s role model justified the deaths of half a million Iraqi children due to suffocating sanctions, claiming it was “worth it” to advance US foreign policy interests.

Democrats try to rebrand Bush-era DHS, giving it power over freedom of speech

During the Donald Trump administration, many Democratic politicians condemned the Department of Homeland Security, highlighting in particular the horrific abuse of migrants and refugees carried out by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), which is overseen by the department.

The fact that proud Democrats like Jankowicz and the Biden administration would embrace this notoriously authoritarian department in order to escalate the new cold war on Russia and China reflects how DHS is trying to rebrand.

The Department of Homeland Security was created by the George W. Bush administration after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and was a fundamental part of the architecture of mass surveillance and the so-called War on Terror.

Given DHS’ close associations with these repressive right-wing policies, some Democrats even claimed they wanted to abolish the department.

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), for instance, proposed dismantling DHS in 2019, stating, “Don’t let people rewrite history as if DHS/ICE always existed, or is a no-brainer. It’s a young agency, ill-conceived after 9/11 & sacrificed our civil liberties – like the Patriot Act.”

But many Democrats who superficially opposed DHS during the Trump era have since done a political 180. The Biden administration has helped the department try to rebrand as a supposedly “anti-extremist” institution, claiming it is combatting far-right groups in the United States.

DHS in fact deceptively announced the creation of its “Disinformation Governance Board” by claiming it would be focused on opposing racist fake news spread by right-wing demagogues about immigrants. This was transparently an attempt to deceive liberal critics into believing the institution could serve progressive ends.

This is political cover for DHS’ main activities, which in addition to terrorizing immigrants and refugees also are focused on surveilling left-wing protesters who oppose US government policies, especially its hawkish foreign policy.

The ACLU has emphasized that “DHS has surveilled Black Lives Matter activist circles; descended into mosques and community centers to infiltrate Muslim communities; shot and killed foreign nationals across the border; and monitored protests using fusion center intelligence sharing hubs.”

But the Biden administration, just like the Trump administration, has joined in the bipartisan campaign to strengthen this authoritarian institution, by giving it power to police Americans’ access to information.

This is a flagrant US government attack on the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. It demonstrates how, as Washington escalates its new cold war on Russia and China, civil liberties are increasingly under threat.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Dana Carros

    2022-04-30 at 09:25

    Absolutely awesome I reposted several times so far. … brilliant and brave as always

  2. JonnyJames

    2022-04-30 at 10:41

    Ben Norton covers issues that few others do. He does such good work that some so-called journalists from the oligarchy media try to smear him with lies and name-calling. It seems they can’t ignore folks like him, so they try and smear him with name-calling. (like children do when they have no argument). This story is also frightening – it traces the slow-but-sure far-right, authoritarian drift of the US govt. (and the sycophantic “media”).

    The “Department of Homeland Security” is indeed far-right, authoritarian. It should remind us of the old “Reichssicherheitshauptamt”

    If you question your leaders and the dominant ideology, you will be punished: you are a “traitor”, Russian agent, Putin stooge blah blah. That’s all they got is BS, but the truth will prevail

    • Deschutes

      2022-05-01 at 07:13

      Well said. This is an ominous development, this ‘Disinformation Governance Board’. It was bad enough that Twitter, Youtube, FB banned thousands of accounts for being critical of the US government’s propaganda narratives about Iraq, Syria, Ukraine etc. But now they have a “ministry of truth” which will be spying on everyone and making lists of enemies that they can then…what? Take journalists (Assange comes to mind here) to federal court and presumably jail them for spreading disinformation or “espionage”? Take down their website? Take them to an American gulag for “re-education”? And how does this ominous development reflect American values of freedom of expression as guaranteed in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constituion? To wit-

      U.S. Constitution First Amendment:

      ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’

  3. Deschutes

    2022-05-01 at 06:58

    DHS ‘Disinformation Governance Board!? In today’s war criminal infested US government, they never miss a chance to go from bad to worse. So now thanks to CIA dingbats like this dingbat Jankowicz, any website or journalist which is critical/finds lies in the Russiagate debacle, Maidan 2014 coup, propaganda narrative of Ukraine war etc–they are instantly branded “Russian disinformation”; factual evidence to the contrary is swept aside as so much ‘Russian disinformation’. Now the USA, a de facto military police state has a “ministry of truth” which will punish those who don’t obediently parrot the official government narrative. What a shit country the USA has become 🙁 Military police state with forever wars–now worse than ever before with a ‘ministry of truth’.

  4. Michael C.

    2022-05-01 at 08:15

    Hope this can penetrate the bubble of the supposedly left circles that the Democratic Party claims as its base. It’s a tough bubble to prick because ever since the election of Donald Trump that “left” segment remains silent of any criticism of Biden policies, self censoring itself with no reflection. Thank you for writing this, and with information that is factual and readily available to anyone who has the courage to examine their own biases. That is getting to be a tougher crowd to break through on, but your work I believe will help burst the insulating bubble many willingly live in. Thanks Norton for your work.

  5. MH1972

    2022-05-01 at 19:59

    Well done and thank you Ben. The fact that Jankowicz still denies the US role in the 2014 Ukraine coup, even after Nuland’s leaked phone call arranging which figures should take power, and later – via an apology – confirmed the phone call’s authenticity, just show how dishonest Jankowicz is.

  6. Sam Williams

    2022-05-02 at 15:51

    Another fine article. Thank you Ben. I fear that new truths from the Disinformation Governance Board may not serve to set us free.

  7. JonnyJames

    2022-05-03 at 11:03

    Watch out Multipolarista: It looks like RT.com and Sputnik News have been blocked in the USA. I accessed their sites yesterday, today “website can’t be reached” on both RT and Sputnik.

    Is this Nina’s Ministry of Truth at work? I hope this massive censorship and information blackout does not continue.

  8. Bill Wolfe

    2022-05-03 at 16:23

    Just found your work. So refreshing to read so one who thinks independently.

  9. GS

    2022-05-06 at 20:21

    Can’t see how anyone not truly trying to hide their own wrongdoing or unpopular acts can support the concept of a truth department in the government. I get the Democrats myopic desires but in the fantasyland they live in I guess they haven’t considered that they will lose an election at some point (most are 50/50 these days) and this precedent will exist. Trump will love this office.

  10. JMF

    2022-05-19 at 01:22

    News FLASH:

    DHS ‘Disinformation’ Board Put on ‘Pause’ After Backlash
    https://news.antiwar.com/2022/05/18/dhs-disinformation-board-put-on-pause-after-backlash/

    “Nina Jankowicz has resigned from her role as head of the board …”

    Damn glad to hear it! Should we start singing, “Ding, dong, the witch is dead”? 🙂

  11. Eric Arthur Blair

    2022-05-19 at 04:54

    We live in Orwellian times, the main difference from “1984” being that the most successful State practitioner of psyops and mind control is NOT Russia but is in fact the US empire. Just as in “1984”, where the actual function of the ministry of Truth was to TELL lies and OPPOSE the truth, the actual function of Nina’s “disinformation board” would be to SPREAD disinformation/propaganda and OPPOSE the truth.
    Putin correctly called the USA “an empire of lies”.
    Orwell said that speaking truth in an empire of lies was an act of treason.
    Who has committed the greatest treason? Julian Assange.

  12. Eric Arthur Blair

    2022-05-19 at 04:59

    Assange is being punished accordingly

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