The Unholy Alliance: Government and Higher Education’s Censorship of Political Speech

Revelations of government-sponsored “disinformation” groups at Stanford University and the University of Washington raise concerns about the erosion of free speech and the need for accountability.

Recent revelations that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) collaborated with Stanford University and the University of Washington to create “disinformation” groups have sparked outrage and alarm among Americans. The partnership between the government and higher education institutions aimed to censor political speech in the lead-up to the 2020 election, undermining the fundamental principles of democracy. This article delves into the implications of this unholy alliance, highlighting the importance of the free exchange of ideas and the urgent need to expose and dismantle such collaborations to protect our Constitutional Republic.

The Suppression of Speech

Under the partnership, researchers at Stanford and the University of Washington acted as intermediaries between the government and Big Tech, working to remove speech deemed unacceptable by government officials. These researchers reviewed reports of ‘misinformation’ submitted by federal officials, compiled lists of offending posts, and submitted them to social media platforms with recommendations for action. As a result, approximately 35 percent of the flagged content was removed, leading to shadow bans and account suspensions. The effort primarily targeted individuals with opinions that contradicted prevailing narratives, particularly regarding corruption allegations against Biden, the integrity of the 2020 election, and COVID mask and vaccine policies. Countless Americans were silenced, censored, and shadow-banned during the election cycle, effectively controlling public discourse and limiting the diversity of voices.

The Far-Reaching Impact

The House Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government and the Twitter Files have shed light on the extensive influence of the Election Integrity Partnership between the government, Stanford, and the University of Washington. The suppression of factual information during the 2020 election had significant consequences. Surveys revealed that one in six Biden voters would have reconsidered their vote if they had known about the Hunter Biden laptop scandal and corruption allegations against Joe Biden. These findings underscore the potential impact of information censorship on the democratic process.

Expanding Government-Higher Education Alliances

Building on the perceived success of the Election Integrity Partnership, the Biden administration expanded the government-higher education alliance through the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism in June 2021. This expansion has given rise to numerous partnerships between the government and higher education institutions, further shaping public perception and opinion. For instance, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $5 million to the University of Wisconsin to develop a system to detect and “strategically correct” what the government deems misinformation. Additionally, $7.5 million was awarded to ten universities for similar censorship-oriented programs, and $40 million was allotted to 15 higher education institutions under the “Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant.” These initiatives reflect the growing authority of the federal government and its attempts to control public discourse, straying from the principles enshrined in the Constitution.

The Threat to Democracy

The National Strategy, purportedly aimed at preventing domestic terrorism, actually serves as a means to control behavior. The strategy allows even the slightest criticism of the government and its policies to be labeled as anti-government or anti-authority sentiment. The lack of clear definitions for these terms enables a wide net to be cast, resulting in the targeting of various groups, including parents at school board meetings, traditional Catholics, and Trump supporters. The suppression of dissenting voices and the erosion of our freedom to openly criticize the government pose a significant threat to democracy.


The revelation of government-sponsored “disinformation” groups at Stanford University and the University of Washington exposes the dangerous alliance between higher education institutions and the government. The suppression of political speech and the control of public opinion undermine the foundations of our Constitutional Republic. It is crucial to hold both higher education institutions and government officials accountable for their actions. By pursuing legal action against Stanford and other institutions involved, we can discourage their willingness to aid the government in curtailing our freedoms. Additionally, government officials who knowingly infringe upon our constitutional rights should face consequences under existing laws. The time to dismantle this unholy alliance and defend our liberties is now. The preservation of our Constitutional Republic depends on it.






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