Jason Goodman
3 min readDec 22, 2022


President Barack Obama, Twitter Head of News, Politics and Elections Adam Sharp, Twitter General Counsel Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other staff members celebrate the success of the Twitter Whitehouse Townhall on July 6, 2011

Operational Deployment of FBI–Twitter

For more than a decade, FBI leadership was acutely focused on a “Going Dark” public relations campaign. James Comey and Christopher Wray each spoke about it throughout their respective tenures as FBI Director.

But it was Valerie Caproni’s disciples in the FBI General Counsel’s office that finally made the plans operational. Her direct successor Andrew Weissman led the Mueller Investigation into Russian Collusion with the Donald Trump Presidential Campaign. This investigation was marred by the abuse of the secret FISA Court process and was distinctly categorized by Mueller’s team as a Counterintelligence investigation rather than a criminal investigation. This distinction allowed investigators to access the unconstitutional and disputed powers imbued upon the FBI by Caproni. Ultimately, no evidence was found to substantiate the Mueller accusations.

Because the mere suggestion of Russian interference with a U.S. Presidential election represents a national security threat, the accusation alone absent evidence, was legally sufficient to open an investigation under the Patriot Act. This would have allowed Andrew Weissmann to use National Security Letters to merely allege that Trump represented a national security threat and initiate the years long and highly disruptive probe. This is perhaps the clearest example of naked abuse of the Patriot Act since its inception and provides good grounds for its termination.

Weissmann’s successor James Baker. Director Comey appointed Baker General Counsel of the FBI on January 15, 2014. Baker was reassigned by Wray in 2017 and then resigned amid accusations that he leaked classified documents related to the Mueller investigation of Trump.

Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, Benjamin Wittes was the likely recipient of the leak. Wittes is the editor of Lawfare, an online publication of the Brookings Institution that James Comey told an audience he reads every day. Wittes has claimed to be among James Comey’s closest friends. Baker would transition to Brookings and Lawfare after departing the FBI and prior to becoming Twitter’s Deputy General Counsel. The Brookings Institution is a non-profit think tank and a potential incubator for domestic coup d’etats, perhaps along the lines of what was done with Twitter. Baker appeared on MSNBC as recently as 2019 restating unconstitutional FBI demands to access everyone’s data at any time.

FBI All in at Twitter

On or around May 28, 2020, a new Twitter policy began adding warnings to “fact check” users’ Tweets. After warnings were applied to Tweets sent from @realDonaldTrump, the President issued executive order 13925 titled “Preventing Online Censorship”. The order sought to curb perceived abuse of 47 USC § 230, the infamous Communications Decency Act that shields online service providers from liability even if they editorialize content that does not violate the law or civil torts. If implemented, the proposed changes threatened to expose Twitter to thousands of civil legal actions. Less than three weeks after Trump’s order, former FBI General Counsel Baker joined Twitter as Deputy General Counsel. Was this a coincidence or was Baker still serving the demands of his long-time FBI colleagues? Baker had transitioned through the FBI revolving door of non-profit think tanks, including the Brookings Institution, Lawfare and the R Street Institute, following the plan articulated in Obama’s 2015 Stanford inspired order.

It has now been widely reported that during Baker’s time as Deputy General Counsel, Twitter suppressed a true and accurate news story published by the New York Post that likely affected the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election. Dr. Michael Shellenberger provides evidence of communications between FBI Special Agent Elvis Chan and employees of Twitter in the Twitter Files 7.

The communications indicate the FBI had foreknowledge of facts that would be asserted by the New York Post and knew them to be true, but falsely informed Twitter it was the product of a Russian “hack and leak” operation.

Now we stand at the brink of world war in Ukraine. Even stating the opinion “Joe Biden and Twitter rigged the 2020 election with the help of the FBI” is considered spreading disinformation. The FBI and CISA have determined disinformation is a national security threat. This logically could lead to the FBI investigating you if they decide something you say is false.

America has been transformed right before our eyes, and all that was needed was a pen and a phone.

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