Scott Atlas, a member of the White House pandemic task force, recently issued an apology on his Twitter for participating in an interview with Kremlin-backed media outlet, RT.
Atlas also said that while the United States has lost lives to the CCP virus, which emerged from China last year and causes the COVID-19 disease, there also have been lives lost due to the lockdowns enacted in response to the pandemic.
“The lockdowns will go down as an epic failure of public policy by people who ... were wrong, refused to accept they were wrong, didn’t know the data, didn’t care, and became a frenzy of stopping COVID-19 cases at all costs and those costs are massive,” Atlas said.
This doesn’t mean that the current situation with the virus is not a deadly pandemic, according to Atlas.
The FARA was passed in 1938 with the purpose of ensuring “that the American public and our lawmakers know the source of information that is provided at the behest of a foreign principal, where that information may be intended to influence U.S. public opinion, policy and laws.”
This law doesn’t restrict freedom of speech, nor does it prohibit foreign entities from operating in the United States, but it does require entities like RT to disclose their activities and relationships, including financial information, to the DOJ.
Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente stated that T&R Productions (a Washington D.C. corporation) has been registered as an “agent for ANO TV-Novosti, the Russian government entity responsible for the worldwide broadcasts of the RT Network (RT).”
Boente said that the American public has a right to know “who is acting in the United States to influence the U.S. government or public on behalf of foreign principals,” adding that the DOJ expects all foreign entities to abide by the rules.