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Indiana Fights Washington Over Assault on Free Speech

Attorney General Todd Rokita

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita recently demanded that the Biden administration disband the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security unit called the Disinformation Governance Board that Rokita says would censor communications deemed deceptive, false, or misleading.

The board poses a direct threat to First Amendment freedom of speech, Rokita said.

“The leftists controlling our federal government are shameless when it comes to their cult-like devotion to destroying Americans’ liberties,” Rokita said. “Fortunately, here in Indiana and across the country, patriots stand prepared to defend our God-given rights. As attorney general, I’ll always uphold my solemn oath to lead the cause of liberty.”

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Rokita and peers from 19 other states declare that the federal government must pull the plug on its Orwellian endeavor.

“The existence of the Disinformation Governance Board will inevitably have a chilling effect on free speech,” the letter states. “Americans will hesitate before they voice their constitutionally protected opinions, knowing that the government’s censors may be watching, and some will decide it is safer to keep their opinions to themselves.”

The letter further notes that the DHS has chosen as the board’s leader an individual who criticized parents as “disinformers” after the parents objected to the indoctrination of their children with Critical Race Theory.

“Even for the Biden administration,” Attorney General Rokita said, “this attack on free speech is egregious. At long last, have they no sense of decency?”