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Archive for May 19th, 2022

Homeland Security Pauses Disinformation Governance Board Because of, Well, Disinformation

By Steve Neavling

The Department of Homeland Security is pausing its controversial Disinformation Governance Board, and the leader of the group has resigned, after it became a target of disinformation, The New York Times reports.

The board, which launched three weeks ago, was tasked with combating disinformation at a time when lies and baseless conspiracy theories are fueling domestic violence. 

But Republicans baselessly claimed that the board’s work would lead to censorship. 

According to the group, the goal was to combat dangerous disinformation by international crime groups and foreign adversaries, not to police people’s speech. 

“False attacks have become a significant distraction from the department’s vitally important work to combat disinformation that threatens the safety and security of the American people,” the department’s statement said.

In her resignation letter, the group’s leader, Nina Jankowicz, said it’s “deeply disappointing that mischaracterizations of the Board became a distraction from the Department’s vital work, and indeed, along with recent events globally and nationally, embodies why it is necessary.”

Pennsylvania Woman Who Fatally Shot FBI Agent to Be Release from Prison

Christina Korbe

By Steve Neavling

A Pennsylvania woman serving a 15-year prison sentence for fatally shooting an FBI agent at her home will soon be free of jail, the Associated Press reports.

Christina Korbe shot Special Agent Samuel Hicks during a raid at her home in 2008, saying she believed someone was breaking into her home in Indiana Township. Her husband was wanted on drug charges.

Korbe had requested compassionate release from prison while she was recovering from a COVID-19 infection in August. 

Her attorney W. Theodore Koch III said she was still recovering five months after she tested positive and insisted there’s “no guarantee that a person develops full immunity after recovery.”

Koch said Korbe was doing good work behind bars and “clearly is not danger to the community.”

She was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and a firearms charge in 2011.