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Twitter suspends CBP head for border wall tweets: The Federalist

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Mark Morgan Dir of ICE

Twitter has reportedly suspended the account of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan for allegedly violating its hateful content policy after he attempted to tweet a statement about the border wall on the southern U.S. border, The Federalist is reporting exclusively.

The Federalist‘s Thursday report says that it obtained screenshots that were exclusively shared with the outlet and tell the story. According to these screenshots, Twitter suspended Morgan’s account for attempting to publish a tweet that was supportive of the border wall because it apparently going against its hateful content policy.

The first screenshot showed the offending tweet, which contained an image of the wall being constructed and tagged the accounts of CBP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, read: “.@CBP & @USACEHQ continue to build new wall every day. Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country.”

“It’s a fact, walls work,” he added.

The particular part of Twitter’s policy that this tweet supposedly violated, as mentioned in an email from the social media site explaining the suspension, was: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

In breaking down this reason given by Twitter, The Federalist’s Tristan Justice writes that the tweet does not violate any of the guidelines listed in the email.

“As is clear from the banned post’s text,” Justice wrote, “the commissioner did not threaten anyone based on race, national origin, or anything else.”

What makes this suspension odd, though, is that Morgan has tweeted statements with somewhat similar messaging, as Justice pointed out in another area of his article. Most of these tweets cited are Morgan retweeting CBP announcements about significant arrests that it had made.

One of these other tweets, which retweeted one announcement that 12 sex offenders had been arrested, said: “This is @CBP keeping America safe. 12 predators that didn’t make it to our communities!”

Morgan also spoke to The Federalist about this situation.

“If you look at the tweet in question again,” he opined, “every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, and pedophiles from entering our country. It’s just a fact.”

According to him, Twitter never consulted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the wall’s efficacy before suspending him.

He then criticized Twitter, specifically whomever the official was that flagged the tweet, for imposing their ideology on the American people, he claimed.

“I’m sure somebody on that Twitter team has heard that everyone that illegally enters are just good people looking for a better way of life,” he said. “The American people ultimately don’t get to hear the truth because someone at Twitter, based on their own ideology, pushed a button to prevent the truth from coming out.”

As the end of Tristan Justice’s piece nears, citing a DHS report, Justice claims that the reason why border crossings have fallen by 50% since 2019 is because of the wall.

Already, this exclusive story is gaining some traction. Avid anti-censorship advocate, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), for example, tweeted the story on Wednesday and said: “Now @Twitter is suspending law enforcement officials for discussing border security – you can’t make this stuff up”.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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