EXCLUSIVE – Brennan-Clapper Group Pushed DHS to Adopt Covert Influence Campaigns to Crush Political Opposition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, following its victory in disbanding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Homeland Intelligence Experts Group,” America First Legal (AFL) is releasing the sixth tranche of the group’s internal meeting notes, exclusively obtained from litigation. This is the sixth installment of #DeepStateDiaries, a multi-part series of releases including newly obtained documents.

Today’s installment highlights how the Group led by John Brennan and James Clapper advocated for using DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis to adopt covert messaging and influence campaigns targeted at the American public.

In a previous installment of #DeepStateDiaries, documents exposed that the Group thought that “quietly making democracy work” was the solution to crushing political dissent. Today’s installment picks up on that same conversation and shows how the Group discussed manipulating messages and using “trusted messengers” to “get the American people to feel” a certain way about issues.

Using “Trusted Messengers” to Push Their Narrative 

During the Group’s September 2023 Meeting, the group discussed the best way to get people to accept their partisan message that the threat of domestic extremism only comes from Trump supporters. Moreover, the group discussed redefining political dissent as a “public health” crisis. At first, the Group wanted this messaging to come from the White House: 

In a telling admission, made nearly a year ago, one participant acknowledged President Biden’s decline stating “The President seems an ineffective messenger, particularly with who his opponent is” and asks “who could be a good messenger?”

Another group member, likely from DHS, then noted that Secretary Mayorkas had been doing his part in working with elected and other political officials. “The other guy [Trump] has been forceful. S1 [Mayorkas] has rallied across the government on this.” 

This participant suggested that DHS “quietly talk to people” and work with people on “both sides of the political aisle” to try to “arm them with the right information.” 

In addition to deputizing political leaders, the group looked to “crisis communications” by the private sector as an example and asked who else might make effective surrogates for their message. They noted that they needed “other digital channels for influence” and that DHS needed to use other groups for its social media outreach to push its message efficiently.

One participant suggested trying to get the National Sheriffs Association or border sheriffs to carry their message to people who do not agree with them. 

Another suggested that it be state and local leaders since there is a “mistrust at the national level.” 

Another suggested that DHS work with the hosts of the “All In” podcast because “all Republican candidates” had appeared on that show. And, if they could get a couple of the hosts “to support what you are saying, people listen to them.” 

In summary, the Brennan-Clapper-led DHS intel group had a full-length discussion about manipulating the optics of their political messaging to the American public. They suggested various ways to use the government to launder their political messaging through other channels, including co-opting political leaders, social media companies, and media outlets they perceive to be trusted by their political opponents. 

Their message is that all domestic violent extremism comes from Trump supporters and, therefore, such speech should be censored on a public health basis or treated as a public health crisis. 

Stay tuned for the next installment of #DeepStateDiaries…

In the first installment, AFL released documents showing how the group proposed expanding DHS’s reach into local communities in an “ambiguous” and “non-threatening” way and contemplating ways to get teachers and mothers to report their children. 

In the second installment, AFL showed how the Biden Administration proposed using military, religious, and even political (Trump supporters) affiliations to tag Americans as prone to committing violent attacks. 

In the third installment, AFL revealed how the Biden administration’s allies on the Brennan-Clapper committee discussed using January 6 and the manufactured raid at Mar-a-Lago to justify further targeting and surveillance of political dissent.

In the fourth installment, AFL revealed how the Brennan-Clapper intel committee admits the existence of a Deep State that works “quietly” to “make democracy work” in the face of “domestic terrorism threats,” or in their eyes – “supporters of the former president.”

In the fifth installment, AFL reported, for the first time, that the Biden Administration had drafted a classified implementation plan accompanying their 2021 Domestic Surveillance Strategy.

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