New Bill Legalizes Government Propaganda and Disinformation on American Citizens

May 22nd, 2012 | Category: Latest News | 70 comments


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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70 Comments to “New Bill Legalizes Government Propaganda and Disinformation on American Citizens”

  1. Tom S says:

    Not again…

    These things hardly surprise me anymore

    • Nothing says:

      That's what they want you to think…to become desensitized to it so that you won't care no more. That's how they're able to get away with so much

    • Sabretruthtiger says:

      1. There is no Al Qaeda as such, it's purely a CIA construct, a bunch of Mujahadin created by the CIA renamed, it's a scientifically proven fact that 911 was an inside job.

      2. Even if there was an Al Qaeda they're not pushing any discernible propaganda, all propaganda is pumped out by the Western governments to cover up the new world order.

      3. It's obvious to anyone with an IQ over 50 that the internet crackdown is purely about globalist control of our information, not piracy.

  2. me says:

    while their propaganda increases, books of wisdom will also continue to increase, internet sites on good information and 'vigilant' will continue to grow. the choice will be left to us to choose from an ocean of information. i know where to be enlightened, so i am safe. i also have the bible which is the master of all wisdom and it is going nowhere. so, while they increase in propaganda, we will also increase in wisdom as it is written:

    Luke 2:52

    And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

  3. Sheep #4777690 says:

    Haha, this is silly. The government wouldn;t do this to it's own citizens! You are all just being paranoid!

    • TheWiredWorld says:

      At first I was like

      >:(

      And then I saw your name and was like

      : )

      • openyoureyesnclose y says:

        BOOM! Shots Fired! LOL

        yea sir if you really believe that, then the "subtle" Propaganda already in place has effectively worked on you and others like you…

        open your eyes & close your mouth… that is all!

    • Crapola says:

      A few of my facebook friends are buying into that Kony thing–got their ID bracelets and all. There has to be a reasoning for this, $$$ perhaps? There's almost always a monetary incentive involved.

    • sarah says:

      And you my friend, are a complete sheeple that is utterly blind. If the government wouldn't do such a thing, then why was such a bill passed. You'd have to be a complete fool to actually believe that the government is actually for the people…

    • kevin says:

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

    • Flip says:

      Read and learn, or go back to sleep

  4. Nir says:

    wasn't it legal already? just look at FOX, CNN, CNBC, ABC etc.

  5. Fleurdamour says:

    This is some 1984 doublespeak: "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.”"

    How is propagandizing us communicating in a credible way? Here's a thought for "America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others" – please remember that you serve the people, not the other way around.

  6. Lu says:

    When's the last time they've passed some form of legislation that actually helped us? I thought the government was suppossed to work in our interest? Something really bad is iminent. It has to be. They are mobilizing with all of this legislation. Disinformation has always been around but its more important now then ever because ppl are waking up even though its still slow. Sadly people who allow themselves to be X-rayed getting on a plane will never complain about these laws.

    • Freedom says:

      The government was not even designed to look out for our interests. It was designed to be small and to protect the freedoms and interests of citizens. Not to further their interests. When the government gets involved in anything this is inevitably the outcome. We must shrink the size of this monstrosity and keep it in check or else we are all screwed.

      • Liberty says:

        I fully agree with you there my friend. Have you noticed that while most countries are running away from socialist and communistic ideas, we seem to be running right towards it with open arms? And we are supposed to be the world leaders of "Truth, Justice and Liberty"……. yea…… sure we are.

  7. Essential Truth says:

    Legalized Lies.

    This law pretty much saves the Governments butt if they get called out on any of their lies, essentially giving them a free pass to say whatever without ever having to worry about any legal proceedings like the embarrassing Iraq weapons of mass destruction hearings where Donald Rumsfeld sounded like a complete moron.

  8. A. Smith says:

    Hello everyone, I read this site on a regular and just wanted to share an interview with R&B singer, D'Angelo that is in the upcoming issue of GQ magazine:

    D’Angelo on the evil in music:

    There’s forces that are going on that I don’t think a lot of motherf-ckers that make music today are aware of,” he says. “It’s deep. I’ve felt it. I’ve felt other forces puling at me.” He stubs out his cigarette and leans toward me, taking my hand. “This is a very powerful medium that we are involved in,” he says gravely.” “I learned at an early age that what we were doing in the choir was just as important as the preacher. It was a ministry in itself. We could stir the pot, you know? The stage is our pulpit, and you can use all of the energy and that music and the lights and the colors and the sound. But you know, you’ve got to be careful.”

    Read more: D’Angelo Makes A Comeback In GQ Magazine: Talks The ‘Evil In Music’, ‘Untitled’ Music Video & Madonna |

    • Michelle says:

      Very good. I like that he is not blind to what's really going on. With rappers like Jay-Z out there promoting Illuminati there is no telling what evils lay before us. I know that people think Michael Jackson was crazy but there are some interviews with him regarding the same, at one point he stated, "now I've said too much." Music is a very intense form of propoganda. People who believe otherwise have already been "brainwashed."

    • nice guys says:

      i like d'angelo…so i'm conflicted about his return to music…he just needs to be careful…

    • openyoureyesnclose y says:

      I read this article yesterday! it was great!

      He spoke str8 to the thing we all know.. Satan's minions rule the industry. PERIOD! Music is for praise just like he said, it "stirs the pot".. of your soul. When the energies holding that spoon aren't of God, then…well u know the rest.

      I also liked what Chris ROcksaid about African American greats " Lauryn Hill, Chirs Tucker, Dave Chappell all live on the island of What Do I DO With ALl this Talent" Its so true, these greats have retreated because they CHOSE to not associate themselves with this NEFARIOUS business! I miss Lauryn tho.. DAM, but I understand why she had to leave.

  9. ObviousEye says:

    This is strange. We have a massive propaganda media machine in full works at the moment, that seems to be working great. (for them)

    How does propaganda work if people know it's propaganda?

    I'm going to have to do more digging on this, because nothing is as it seems at first glance.

    There's another agenda behind this other than just telling the people,"hey this is propaganda and we're making it legal."

    I wonder what's going on here…….?????

    • Bibeli says:

      I agree.

      Sometimes I get the feeling that "The Elite" purposely wants to look like: "Hey, we are the bad guys, we take your rights and your money, whatchagonna doo???"

      So that people gets mad and starts to riot. I really think that the elite wants to create tensions, so that we can have a massive civil war.

      Massive war = Less people = Better world for the Elite

      • ObviousEye says:

        It's probably something to that affect. If they didn't want us to know, then they could have just kept doing what they are doing.

        Why do they want us to know???????

      • wasda says:

        Coming out is useful in seeing how many people are aware.

        That's why they teached us to protest in the street instead of doing it Gandhi's style.

    • InSightFul says:

      You have to remember one of VC's very important articles "How To Brainwash A Nation" .It clearly states that a person who is demoralized/brainwashed can see the truth,feel it physically, show the up most evidence and will change nothing in there perception it just proves that America is doomed. Repetition is key take another look at it in case you have forgotten

      the article/video–&gt ;http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/how-to-brainwash-a-nation-video/

    • TheOne says:

      Most the populous are to entertained to know a snake from a shoe string.

  10. Blair says:

    All we can do is pray for the knowledge to know what's the truth and what's the lie.

  11. Harlequin Nameless says:

    "War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance equals Strength…"

  12. Mel~Ski says:

    For what? So they can make order out of chaos??? Controlled opposition at its finest.

  13. bjezierski says:

    "Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary."

    - George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3

  14. wow says:

    slightly off subject but Has anyone else been getting the "test text" from the commercial mobile alert system???? just wonderin because ive gotten a couple already and i gotta feeling they're upto something. . . . . .

    • GLS says:

      What kind of test text? Could you elaborate a bit more please?

      • wow says:

        Well actually about a year ago vc did an article about how in the near future all the latest phones would have some sort of way that the government could mass produce texts to cell phones "notifying everyone of like upcoming elections,amber alerts, terrorist levels" and what not and we have no choice in opting out of this option. Well at the time i had an older phone so i was like whatever but now i have an lg spectrum and have gotten these texts twice. They pretty much just say that its a test text of the commercial mobile alert system, crazy thing is tho my hubby has the exact same phone but hasnt received any text like that. The only diff between my hubbys phone and mine is that we have different area codes. I was just curious if anyone else had recieved anything similar to it. Thanks for responding

      • Nicolynn says:

        Yes, and just a couple weeks ago I received one of those texts. I live in NY and it was one warning ppl near Rockaway Beach to get away due to the hurricane… We have Verizon and I was able to get into the settings and block most of those alerts from reaching me except for texts from the President or one of those alerts, i'm not allowed to block. My phone is a recent Samsung Brightside, my grandma's is a verizon from 2006, she didn't receive the text. it's madness :/

  15. The Illusionary Beas says:

    I think the elites are just pissed off that it's 2012 already and they still haven't openly enslaved humanity yet.

    • Sarah Connor says:

      LOL – I think you are onto something! When I saw this article awhile ago I could hear the conversation in my mind: blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/01/obama_meets_with_jeb_bush_geor.html

      Obama (nervously crosses legs and purses lips): Uh…hey guys. You didn't have to come all the way here! I'm working as hard as I can. Healthcare Reform/NDAA/Super Committe/illegal wars…..the Constitution is dead, the economy is spiraling, the police state is growing and bottom feeders are getting radiated, sprayed on, injected with and consuming toxins at an epic level. I think I am doing all right.

      Bush Sr: Now look here son! Dubya coudn't have passed if off any better than he did. Do you see over there on the couch? If you don't step it up I'm going have to call in 'the cleaner'. Two words: Brokered Convention. Bush dynasty……bringing in the Fourth Reich!

    • Slackerdiaries says:

      That my friend is what they are creating 2013 for….hungergames anyone?

  16. otad12 says:

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

  17. Sigh says:

    So I guess we're North Korea now.

  18. Obama says:

    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….

  19. Tom says:

    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.

  20. Lee says:

    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.

  21. LVB says:

    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" yet.

    One way or another, as we know with SOPA, they will not just give up on these ideas simply because they know most people don't want it. The fact is, "they" want these things, and they want them badly – which is all that really matters to them.

    We must stay alert and always keep a healthy suspicion of what the mass media tells us – and even more importantly, everything that they DO NOT tell us.

  22. astrowoodbine says:

    VC for president.

  23. Liberty 2012 says:

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

    The Wasted Billions on Propaganda is more than Enough

  24. mark says:

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

  25. tj says:

    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 in a world of eventual hope.

  26. Liz says:

    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

  27. MalcolmO says:

    >> 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!

  28. Chucky W says:

    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 have my intelligence and common sense insulted.

    • Driscol says:

      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.

  29. Sarah Connor says:

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

  30. Driscol says:

    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.

  31. Beautiful One says:

    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, really, I think they are seeking to have total control over the internet to keep truth seekers from visiting websites (like yours, for example) in search of the truth about what's going on. And also, I think the crooked politicians just can't stand to know that people are talking and telling the truth about them.

    • LVB says:

      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 call it thinking.

      They are very sick, evil and care only about themselves, that much we know.

  32. David K. says:

    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.

  33. Redi88 says:

    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!!

  34. 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."

  35. Cinrad says:

    "a key friendly center of gravity"

    What the????

  36. Mainstream says:

    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.

  37. danyelle says:

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

  38. Seumas says:

    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, it's up to we the citizenry to root out the filth.

  39. inevitable says:

    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 it because it has already started taking place in the wealthier areas: It just hasn't made hardcore headlines yet.

    Thanks to God I don't give about it at all because in the end I am only here to spread the good news that none of this matters as long as we have our souls, mind and spirit in the right place and in the Faith.

    God Bless