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This Is CNN: Ex-CIA Wonk Explains the Dangers of Free Speech



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What do Leftists, those stalwart defenders of “our democracy,” really think about our Constitutional freedoms? We got a bracing insight into that question on CNN Friday, when ex-CIA analyst and current CNN intelligence and security analyst Robert Baer explained to the easy marks who still take CNN seriously how very dangerous it is that Elon Musk is beginning to restore the freedom of speech on Twitter.

Did you guess it already? Baer explained that rolling back Twitter’s usefulness as a tool for the Leftist establishment’s propaganda and allowing dissident voices once again to be heard is just playing into the hands of none other than the archenemy of all that is decent and good, Vladimir Putin. Now do you understand? If the Left loses its hegemony over the American public discourse, Ukrainians will die. That’s what passes for analysis today on CNN, and apparently in the CIA as well; it was the quintessential CNN news feature.

There’s no denying that Robert Baer is heroic: he managed against all odds to keep a straight face as he declared: “Putin is going to be all over Twitter if there’s no regulations on this, fake accounts, spoofed accounts, the rest of it. This is a great opportunity for him. And so when he’s talking about the popular voice, Musk, he’s really talking about Russian intelligence. Um, you know, the Russians are waiting for something like this. They need a propaganda campaign against the United States and against our support for Ukraine, and they’re gonna be all over Twitter. I guarantee this. Supporting the far right, plans, demands to stop arming Ukraine. Just wait.”

Imagine if Putin suddenly disappeared: the Left would be completely at a loss. Who could they blame for everything then? (Oh yeah: Trump.)

Baer explained how difficult it is to distinguish truth from “disinformation”:

Well, that’s why the pre-Musk Twitter had 7,000 people going through these accounts. You can pick ‘em out with algorithms, you can pick ‘em out by looking at ‘em, uh, you can check IP’s and the rest of it. And you simply block ‘em. And it’s, it’s, it’s not right. And you know, this freedom of speech is just nonsense ‘cause you can’t go into a movie theater and yell ‘fire.’ It’s against the law. And what Putin’s gonna to do and the Russians, is they’re going to use this as a vehicle to, to save himself in Ukraine. And, y’know, whether it’s gonna work or not, I don’t know, but we’re gonna see, as soon as these restrictions come off, we’re gonna see the Russians all over, as I just said.”

In effect, Baer was saying that 7,000 gatekeepers guarding against alleged “disinformation,” all of whom share the same point of view on virtually every important political and cultural issue, were superior to 330 million gatekeepers who ought to be respected enough to be allowed to distinguish truth from falsehood themselves.

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