Feds Quietly Open Successor to ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ but Without Scary Poppins at the Helm

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Nina Jankowicz was at the top of her game for less than a month. She was about to lead a newly formed “Disinformation Governance Board” within the DHS umbrella. DHS claimed that she was highly qualified. It’s easy to see why. Nina was a member of Wizard Rock’s band The Moaning Mirtles and loves musical theater.

Videos of Nina singing Disney songs began to appear on social media shortly after her appointment as the Disinformation Governance Board’s head. They weren’t hidden from her. Nina was proud of her music, and even a fake Mary Poppins accent. To prove how serious she was about “disinformation”, she rewrote the lyrics to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and posted it on TikTok. She was relentlessly mocked. Scary Poppins was shocked at the negative reactions. She was proud of her theater-nerd cred. Why wasn’t America singing along? Nina wanted the new world order’s citizens to be aware of all the disinformation available and would sing it until it was gone.

In her version of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Nina offered up some specific examples – one such example of “disinformation” was this claim:

“…When TikTok influencers claim that COVID doesn’t cause pain …”

Nina is bold, if true. I ran a Google Machine. These are the results.

Screenshot from Google Search
Hmmmm. It could be that I am mistaken, but it seems like Scary Poppins was spreading her own “disinformation”.

Alejandro Mayorkas, DHS Secretary and well-known liar, defended Nina’s hiring. Jen Psaki, White Press briefer, also did the same. Jen called Nina “an expert on online disinformation.”

The rollout of the title head and the appointment of a theater geek as the titular person didn’t go as planned. Nina resigned, and the “Disinformation Governance Board” rolled up its red carpet before disappearing. Kinda. It’s back. But this time, she isn’t TikToking about how she plans to crush disinformation using Disney ditties.

The “Foreign Malign Influence Center” was quietly established in September 2022. It is, to use a more accurate analogy, a cloned of the dead and buried Disinformation Governance Board. The FMIC’s mission is identical to Jankowicz’s, except that it is not based on her Disney musical remakes. Its mission is to combat “malign influence,” which ostensibly influences opinions and behaviors, as well as elections.

Why is the federal government so determined to create more bureaucratic layers to influence and monitor opinions and behavior? It sounds almost Orwellian. You might find it too. This new Disinformation Board, also known as Foreign Malign Influence Center, was:

[A]ctivated September 23, 2022. FMIC was chartered by Congress and established in the DNI. It is the U.S. Government’s primary organization for analyzing, integrating, and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to foreign malign influences, including election security.

FMIC, the successor to the ODNI election threats executive, was created in 2019 to be the DNI’s principal adviser on security and election threats. Election security is still a major mission of FMIC. The Director continues to hold dual roles as the Election Threats Executive and as the coordinating authority for IC election security. He reports directly to the DNI.

Mission

To combat enduring threats to democracy, U.S. national interest, and foreign malign influences actors, we integrate analysis, manage the intelligence mission, foster partnerships, and provide indications and warnings of foreign malign Influence.

Vision

FMIC defends U.S. national interests, protects citizens from foreign hostile influence and safeguards democratic institutions

Jeffrey Wichman is the director. Wichman, a 30-year veteran of CIA, is someone you can trust.

Jeffrey K. Wichman is the acting director of the Foreign Malign Influence Center and the ODNI Election Threats Executive. Jeffrey K. Wichman is the acting Director of the Foreign Malign Influence Center (FMIC) and the ODNI’s Election Threats Executive (ETE). This role is vital in light of other challenges facing the United States.

Dominion Voting Systems sued Fox News and other media outlets, claiming its machines were virtually unhackable. This claim is both defamatory and a threat against democracy. Fair enough. So what is FMIC to do? FMIC will prevent foreign actors from “influencing” opinions. How will that work? How will that work? Will FMIC agents set up offices at Google and Facebook (Meta) to make subjective calls about what is “bad”? Or just call Zuckerberg to say shut it down.

In public hearings FBI agents denied that they tried to influence Twitter, such as by suppressing the Hunter Biden story.

“We wouldn’t go to a company that said you needed to squash this story.”

Yes, Jan. An FBI top agent was escorted from the FBI building after he suppressed the Hunter Biden probe and slow-walked it. But rest assured that the FBI would not do the same thing at private companies. You can rest assured that the FMIC will do what is right. Merrick Garland used this tagline incessantly:

One side would not influence the Feds. FMIC will act without fear of favor, I’m confident.

We are trustworthy. Trust them.

I don’t know. At this point, my only desire is for silly TikTok videos or Scary Poppins.