September 27 — The United States House of Representatives has a House Select Committee investigating how COVID-19 came to be and a letter from the head of the committee sent to the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services details concerning information.
Representative Brad Wenstrup alleges the information could show that there were false origin stories about COVID-19 that came from a number of federal agencies.
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM wondered, “Is this stuff too little too late? Who cares? We’re years after this.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Well, if the CIA actually paid some of the committee people to change their opinion on where it came from, we really should make sure and look into that.”
Ryan asked, “Will we really ever know this stuff? You know how everybody likes to hide for themselves.”
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “There’s that professor from Stanford that during COVID, he was publishing a lot of things questioning the explanation on the origins. He very much believed in the lab leak theory. He had a lot of evidence to back that up and one of the things coming out of this committee is that he was blocked from putting those things on Twitter and there may have been some government coordination that made sure that those things did not get disseminated to the public on Twitter and of course, that should be subject of an investigation. Hard to say though, what else might come out of this? That question of the origin of COVID is still debated. I do think there’s growing evidence and a lot of evidence to suggest that it did come from a lab, not from the wet market, but it seems like this committee is verifying that for various reasons, the government and working in tandem with Twitter at the time, they did not want that to become the narrative that got out to the US public.”
Jansen noted, “That’s why people keep talking about the First Amendment and how important this is. Government should not be the arbiter of what is disinformation and misinformation. That is not a source that you can trust will not become biased to one side or the other. We’re seeing that quite clearly with whistleblowers coming out of the IRS, the CIA, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security. It’s just not the people who should be the arbiters. That’s why our First Amendment was set up the way it was, so the government couldn’t control us. That’s huge. You can’t have a disinformation czar, a misinformation czar that’s part of our federal government.”
Barkdoll said, “Some of this goes back, to get into the weeds a little bit on this, there was this document called the Great Barrington declaration and it was all these high level doctors that signed it. This was in October of 2020. Jay Bhattacharya was one of the doctors from Stanford and he was on the TV circuit at the time. You could see him on CNN and Fox really ringing the alarm bell, about COVID origins, these lock downs, different measures that were being taken. It sounds like this committee is discovering that it was that kind of commentary in the Barrington declaration itself, that Twitter was really taking efforts to subdue to make sure that it didn’t get circulated on that platform at least and that is troubling.”