No, DOJ Shouldn’t Investigate Tulsi Gabbard for ‘False Russian Propaganda’

Hosts of The View Today’s show opened with a lengthy criticism of Tulsi Gabbard, a former congresswoman, and Tucker Carlson, Fox News host for spreading false Russian propaganda about Vladimir Putin’s invasion in Ukraine. The pair also called for an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Whoopi Goldberg complained that “they used to arrest people doing stuff like these.”

Goldberg may have been referring to U.S. efforts to eliminate Russian spy leaders who provided information to the Soviet Union in the Cold War. Sharing state secrets with foreign hostile governments is illegal. However, Gabbard and Carlson don’t do this; in fact it is not close.

Gabbard, Carlson and other contrarians on the Russia-Ukraine Conflict are engaging in First Amendment speech protection. They may be incorrect, but their views are not prohibited. In the case of war between two countries, Americans don’t suddenly lose the right to voice political views that they disagree with. Even if the U.S. goes to war, it is not a violation of our rights to freedom speech.

In World War I, a century ago, the U.S. Supreme Court placed unfavorable restrictions on Americans’ rights to organize against war. The decisions were made in Schenck vs. Ohio And Debs v. U.S. were never explicitly overturned, subsequent Court decisions gradually invalidated the logic behind them; the modern Supreme Court takes a fairly maximal position on the First Amendment, and the right to express anti-war views—even if some people view them as offensive, insensitive, or inaccurate—is now well established. Carlson cannot be investigated by the DOJ for being insufficiently hostile towards Putin.

Gabbard’s statements, regardless of whether they are “false Russian propagandism”, are protected under the First Amendment. However, it is worth taking a closer look at her latest claim. I don’t believe it was fair. Gabbard currently gets flak from people for her voice. concernsConcerning “U.S. Funded Biolabs in Ukraine”, a line The Washington Post has branded “Russian disinformation” and Sen. Mitt Romney (R–Utah) considers to be “treasonous lies.”

It’s not possible to do anything else. TreasonableEven if she was incorrect, there is nothing wrong with what she stated. While treason can be a crime and theoretically repeated Putin’s reasons for war are not, it is still a violation of international law. However, it’s not completely wrong. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland recently confirmed to Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.) Senator Foreign Relations committee confirmed that Ukraine indeed has biological research capabilities and is concerned that Russia might take them. The State Department. The New York Times They were described as “diagnostic and biodefense labs” instead of “biological weapon facilities”. The Times Robert Pope is the Pentagon’s Cooperative Threat Reduction program director:

Pope had warned of Russia’s invading Ukraine’s potential damage to the laboratories within the country, which are funded by the United States and conduct disease surveillance research. While he acknowledged that there may be pathogens in some facilities that were once part of Soviet-era bioweapons program programs, he stressed that Ukrainian laboratories do not currently have the capability to produce bioweapons.

Pope stated that “there is no country left with the infrastructure necessary to research or produce biological weapons.” Scientists are scientists so it would not surprise me that some of the strains in these collections still contain pathogen strains going back to that original program.

What is it like to be a scientist? I am sorry that this has not made me feel at ease, particularly considering what we have learned about the lax oversight of U.S.-funded foreign labs conducting research on pathogens. It is possible for a laboratory to conduct research on pathogens that can cause concern. However, it does not matter if the research is used to make a weapon. The majority of people who believe COVID-19 was created in Wuhan think it was accidental and not an intentional biological weapon.

There is no risk here. Gabbard as well as the Russians raised doubts about the laboratory. It’s hard to imagine anyone being completely honest. Certain This is however not true. While The Washington Post“The fact-check” laments the American right having “embraced Russian disinformation concerning the U.S. “bioweapons laboratories” in Ukraine,” The article actually claims that power loss to Kharkiv may inadvertently lead to the release of multiple pathogens.

“Andrzej Jarynowski, a Polish infectious-disease epidemiologist, said Kharkiv’s Institute of Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine is one of the best labs between Greifswald, Germany and Pokrov, Russia—a distance of about 1,300 miles,” wrote The PostGlenn Kessler. “He stated ASF. Bacillus anthracis, avian Influenza viruses, Francisella tularensis, brucella, salmonella, E. coli (toxin producing), Borrelia sensu latoKharkiv was the location where the coronavirus and Kharkiv were examined. Active agents had been stored up until the invasion.

The hosts are also The View want the DOJ to investigate—or even imprison—political commentators who are vexed by all this? It’s an example of how irresponsible the push by mainstream media to ban so-called disinformation.