The DOJ Funded a Censorship Database that Targeted The Gateway Pundit, Joe Hoft, James O’Keefe and Project Veritas | Joe Hoft


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The DOJ Funded a Censorship Database that Targeted The Gateway Pundit, Joe Hoft, James O’Keefe and Project Veritas

The DOJ funded a censorship database monitoring conservative websites including The Gateway Pundit (including Joe Hoft) and Project Veritas and James O’Keefe. 

After all we have learned it comes as no surprise that the DOJ funded a censorship database being built that targets Joe Hoft and The Gateway Pundit and other conservative websites alongside fascist groups in America.

The Foundation for Freedom Online published a report labeled, “DOJ Funded Censorship Database Targets Christians, Gateway Pundit, Ron Paul Forums”.

A research project at Youngstown State University in Ohio, funded by a Department of Justice grants program, is scooping up millions of posts from Americans, storing them in a vast database, and analyzing them to identify common patterns of speech that can then be targeted for censorship. Targeted groups include conservative website The Gateway Pundit, a discussion board run by supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, and a wide range of communities on Telegram and Reddit.

The project, called “A Frame Analysis of Violence and Accelerationism in Cognitive Radicalization,” received over $440,000 in taxpayer funding from the DOJ for research that will incorporate an existing data project led by Youngstown State University professor Richard Lee Rogers, “Frames of Misinformation, Extremism, and Conspiracism” (FOMEC).

Contributors to the big-data focused project  admit to collecting tens of millions of posts from Americans, which they group under a wide range of broad-brush labels including the “Christian Radical Right,” “QAnon,” “accelerationism,” and “extremism.”

From “The Christian Radical Right and Potentially Violent Discourse“:

This is a “big data” project. Over 55 million posts in total were collected for a period stretching from April 1, 2018, to February 28, 2022. The analysis itself was limited to 8 million posts with at least 50 words in order to make sure there were enough words in the post to identify key themes. Although some researchers argue for using 100 words as the threshold for inclusion (e.g., Boyd et al., 2022), I chose a lower cut point because over 96% of posts above 50 words were tagged at least once in the most recent quality audit (December 2021).

From “Social-media conspiracies and perceptions of sex crime: The mainstreaming of QAnon“:

Started February 2021. Recovered 92 million posts and 14 million posts with at least 50 words dating back to April 2018.

This means that the political opinions of tens of millions of Americans are sitting in a database and labeled as potential “domestic extremism” by a program backed by the DOJ, and paid for with taxpayer dollars. So far, the project has received $449,897 in DOJ Funding, part of a wider DOJ grants program on “Domestic Radicalization and Violent Extremism” that has paid out nearly $1.5 million in grants to the censorship industry.

Although Youngstown claims their research is focused on “extremists,” the project’s own publications show it is lumping mainstream conservatives in with open neo-Nazis. For example, the project’s most recent monthly report shows that a Ron Paul discussion board, as well as conservative news sites World Net Daily and the Gateway Pundit, are being monitored alongside neo-Nazi websites Stormfront and the Daily Stormer.

The DOJ’s grant report noted the following:

In its announcement of the grant to Youngstown, the DOJ’s notes the project’s emphasis on analyzing the “syntactical structure” of online speech:

The purpose of this study is to engage in a frame analysis of contemporary discourse associated with domestic radicalization. The results are then used to launch discussions with professionals outside of law-enforcement and security-related occupations about possible responses to online radicalization threatening their areas. The project has five goals: (1) to quantify the presence, syntactical structure, and sentiment of violent and accelerationist ideas;

“Syntactical structure” means the patterns of words, phrases, and clauses used by the groups under surveillance. The researchers are hoping to identify large swathes of Americans engaging in political speech by isolating their unique use of language. Other identified, these “syntactical structures” can easily be inputted into censorship algorithms, to monitor and suppress wide numbers of users based on their manner of speaking.

This is just another government sponsored activity targeting good Americans in an effort to kill free speech and punish the truth tellers. 

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