New Bill Legalizes Government Propaganda and Disinformation on American Citizens

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The next defense authorization bill to be proposed by the American congress contains a not-so-publicized amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American citizens. The bill would indeed nullify an existing law that (supposedly) protects U.S. audiences from misinformation campaigns conducted by its own government. In other words, Americans could now be subjected to the hardcore, massively manipulative and disinformation-filled propaganda that is usually reserved for foreign countries such as Iraq. Yes, the American public is the new “enemy” to brainwash and the internet will be an important battlefield.

Readers of this site might ask: “Since when Americans were NOT subjected to propaganda?”. That is a true assessment.  Most of the articles on this site effectively describe how mass media products are filled with propaganda and disinformation that is communicated to the American public. The new bill would however legalize the process, making it official and out in the open. While propaganda in the United States was always somewhat covert and disguised as something else, the new bill apparently seeks to form an actual Orwellian Ministry of Truth, where propaganda is just part of daily business. If you believe that mass media is full of BS now…there’s apparently a lot more of it coming our way soon.

Here’s an article on the “propaganda” bill.

Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban

Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy. “Disconcerting and dangerous,” says Shank.

An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned.

The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the independent Broadcasting Board of Governors, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee’s official website.

The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns.

The bi-partisan amendment is sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State.

In a little noticed press release earlier in the week — buried beneath the other high-profile issues in the $642 billion defense bill, including indefinite detention and a prohibition on gay marriage at military installations — Thornberry warned that in the Internet age, the current law “ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible way.”

The bill’s supporters say the informational material used overseas to influence foreign audiences is too good to not use at home, and that new techniques are needed to help fight Al-Qaeda, a borderless enemy whose own propaganda reaches Americans online.

Critics of the bill say there are ways to keep America safe without turning the massive information operations apparatus within the federal government against American citizens.

“Clearly there are ways to modernize for the information age without wiping out the distinction between domestic and foreign audiences,” says Michael Shank, Vice President at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Washington D.C. “That Reps Adam Smith and Mac Thornberry want to roll back protections put in place by previously-serving Senators – who, in their wisdom, ensured limits to taxpayer–funded propaganda promulgated by the US government – is disconcerting and dangerous.”

“I just don’t want to see something this significant – whatever the pros and cons – go through without anyone noticing,”
“ says one source on the Hill, who is disturbed by the law. According to this source, the law would allow “U.S. propaganda intended to influence foreign audiences to be used on the domestic population.”

The new law would give sweeping powers to the government to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”

According to this official, “senior public affairs” officers within the Department of Defense want to “get rid” of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to prop up unpopular policies—like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Critics of the bill point out that there was rigorous debate when Smith Mundt passed, and the fact that this is so “under the radar,” as the Pentagon official puts it, is troubling.

The Pentagon spends some $4 billion a year to sway public opinion already, and it was recently revealed by USA Today the DoD spent $202 million on information operations in Iraq and Afghanistan last year.

In an apparent retaliation to the USA Today investigation, the two reporters working on the story appear to have been targeted by Pentagon contractors, who created fake Facebook pages and Twitter accounts in an attempt to discredit them.

(In fact, a second amendment to the authorization bill — in reaction to the USA Today report — seeks cuts to the Pentagon’s propaganda budget overseas, while this amendment will make it easier for the propaganda to spread at home.)

The evaporation of Smith-Mundt and other provisions to safeguard U.S. citizens against government propaganda campaigns is part of a larger trend within the diplomatic and military establishment.

In December, the Pentagon used software to monitor the Twitter debate over Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing; another program being developed by the Pentagon would design software to create “sock puppets” on social media outlets; and, last year, General William Caldwell, deployed an information operations team under his command that had been trained in psychological operations to influence visiting American politicians to Kabul.

A U.S. Army whistleblower, Lieutenant Col. Daniel Davis, noted recently in his scathing 84-page unclassified report on Afghanistan that there remains a strong desire within the defense establishment “to enable Public Affairs officers to influence American public opinion when they deem it necessary to “protect a key friendly center of gravity, to wit US national will,” he wrote, quoting a well-regarded general.

The defense bill passed the House Friday afternoon.

CORRECTION: The amendment under consideration would not apply to the Department of Defense, though the it is attached to a defense authorization bill.

– Source: Buzzfeed

 

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inevitable
3 years 9 months ago
Welcome to the soon-to-be Militarized States of America folks. As my name goes, this was and is inevitable. We can aim to expect more bans on our rights in the years to come. Those who refuse to comply, I'm sure, will be heavily punished. Also expect to be monitored heavily for whatever you say and do; the information and internet age allows your movements to be tracked and meticulously followed. ID chips and bracelets are becoming more prominent you can also expect that to be a replacement for credit cards and social security status and information. Don't even try denying… Read more »
kevin
3 years 10 months ago

Im pretty sure that this was supposed to be a joke. Look at the persons name… "sheep".

Jamie
1 year 9 months ago

This is NOT a joke. Look it up yourself. Start thinking for yourself.

Seumas
3 years 10 months ago
For those interested persons wanting to see the actual offending piece of trash: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:hr57… and since the original media articles couldn't be bothered to name it (hm wonder why…) Thanks for posting this Vigilant, it's bad enough that they do it illegally, but trying to make it legal is adding grievious insult to injury. As of this writing it has an additional sponsor, one dana rohrabacher of california. I would encourage fellow readers to scour around other bills etc. and see what other evils are lurking that aren't even noticed, since congress can't be relied on to screen these things,… Read more »
danyelle
3 years 10 months ago

They already started …. I no that story about a man eating another mans face off is completely bogus

Mainstream
3 years 10 months ago

I despise zombie movies and yes I have to agree with you. The man is demonized in my humble opinion but then if you think it'll cross most people's mind, that there's more to that man except for drugs abuse, you're wrong. They don't want to admit something that terrifies them.

Cinrad
3 years 11 months ago

"a key friendly center of gravity"

What the????

3 years 11 months ago

In other news, a Pentagon spokesperson announced, "We've decided to change the official military salute to a more traditional salute resembling the Nazi German salute, popularized by 20th century luminaries Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels." "He really was ahead of his time, that Adolf guy. He made militarism sexy. We're also considering adding thunderbolts and iron crosses as official uniform insignia."

Redi88
3 years 11 months ago

http://eindtijdnieuws.blogspot.com/p/illuminati-k

i know off topic but u gotta see the cards, dont know if this can be translated in english but its soo freaky! God & Love above all!!

David K.
3 years 11 months ago

The Government does not need a bill to legalize propaganda or disinformation. They do it through different forms of media, as Vigilant knows. They aren't obligated to give us accurate information. Keywords – "Private Interests". So this bill is irrelevant anyways.

Beautiful One
3 years 11 months ago
Hey Vigilant – Have you heard about the new Senate bill proposed by Senator Thomas F. Omara (R) of New York? His proposed bill seeks to put an end to "Anonymous" posting/commenting on the internet by requiring webmasters/administrators to ask their message board commenters to post their real full name, home address and IP address and telephone numbers alongside the anonymous comments they post. If the commenter doesn't comply, then their anonymous comments should be deleted. LOL! What do you think about this, Vigilant? They say the aim of this bill is to put an end to "anonymous" cyber-bullying, but,… Read more »
3 years 11 months ago
Yeah man, great point there. It's not as though there is any kind of intimidation or fear being used when you have to list your name, home address and phone number when you voice opinions that yuo already know will be unpopular with the globalist elite who are known for making people they disagree with just sort of….disappear. Nope, no intimidation there at all – and no chilling effect on free and the unrestricted flow of ideas in a Constitutional Republic. It is so revealing just to watch how these elitists think – well, that is if you would actually… Read more »
Driscol
3 years 11 months ago

This is the final straw. Any speculation is now completely out the window, the powers that be now have full control over our government and our media.

Not long before the internet is controlled.

We can't waste any more time.

Sarah Connor
3 years 11 months ago

The Assassination Czar….I knew they were missing one!

Chucky W
3 years 11 months ago
Well, the propaganda and disinformation would only work if people were paying attention to it. Nobody pays attention to the mainstream media anymore because we know it is ALL LIES, and nobody cares about the (propaganda) movies being churned out by Hollywood. We are not idiots; we know they are drastically inflating box office receipts for movies – only to make people think movies are blockbusters and everyone should run out and see them. I haven't cared one bit about politics, politicians, or celebrities/entertainers, or the news in over twenty years. I don't know about you, but I refuse to… Read more »
Driscol
3 years 11 months ago

bullshit. Spend some time with the average person. All the talk about is the shit they see on mainstream tv. This is going to get very bad, if you need to tell yourself nobody will be affected, good for you.

I'm getting ready for the first blow, they don't have much time left and neither do we.

MalcolmO
3 years 11 months ago

>> The new law would give sweeping powers to the government to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. <<

Does that mean that people will go to jail for not being on Facebook? Good question!

Liz
3 years 11 months ago

I think propaganda was created to manipulate the masses in the first place…Just a distraction from the real truth..CNN and other corporate media SUCKS! Guys check out my mentor's website for the truth!

yourworldnews.org

Blackagendareport.com

tj
3 years 11 months ago
They can do whatever they want, and they will, but we just don't have to take it. Soon its mark of the beast, cashless society, concentration camps and 1984 all rolled up in one. All you sheep who like following the gov.' keep your head buried in the sand and the blinders down, as for all us non – sheeples run to the hills and watch your backs. I don't see a pretty world for our grandchildren or great grandchildren or there children. We'll have to go through some tuff times to see the light that lies ahead of us… Read more »
mark
3 years 11 months ago

doesn't this happen already, this just makes it legal!

Liberty 2012
3 years 11 months ago

What does it take for People to Wake Up to Totalitarianism ?

The Wasted Billions on Propaganda is more than Enough

astrowoodbine
3 years 11 months ago

VC for president.

3 years 11 months ago
Sponsored by one Republican and one Democrat – two sides of the same coin, no doubt. The only shocking thing about this is that they believe it is time now that they can let it out in the open and no one (or very few) will even notice, or care. This could be all the proof you need that their propaganda has already been very successful. And maybe it is just another layer of propaganda, designed to "comfort us" when we hear that it has been voted down…and therefore, we no longer have to worry, since it is not "legal"… Read more »
Lee
3 years 11 months ago

Some bloke bought that domain name and thought it'd be a nice joke to have it redirect to the NSA page. It's been circulating the web now – there are real threats at hand, don't get distracted by shiny lights.

Tom
3 years 10 months ago

Dude,what are you talking about?

Tom
3 years 11 months ago
I would like to be around to see it all crumble down around their mis-guided, arrogant selves, but I don't think I will…but who knows. History does repeat itself. There will be suffering – Satan like that stuff and that's really who they serve – slaves they all are. Watch "Eyes Wide Shut," Kubrick's last film, after which they killed him via heart attack, just like they did with Malachi Martin. They got too close. Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" has a lot hidden stuff in it, too. CollativeLearning has some great film analysis on this stuff.
Obama
3 years 11 months ago

Good book to read on propoganda is this Mind control in the united states by steve Jackobson. Download in pdf here http://www.metaexistence.org/pdf/mindcontrol_usa….

Sylar Iscomingforyou
3 years 9 months ago

The link is bad…showed up as an error…I was interested.

Sigh
3 years 11 months ago

So I guess we're North Korea now.

otad12
3 years 11 months ago

Apparently, this has BEEN legal, but still it is wrong!

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