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Defense Bill Includes Approval for Domestic Propaganda by Feds

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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.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/congressmen-seek-to-lift-propaganda-ban


The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 was put into place because of the recent memories of World War I and World War II. President Woodrow Wilson put into place the Committee for Public Information (CPI) and President Franklin D. Roosevelt started the Office for War Information (OWI).

Thornberry defended his support of the bill in a statement from his website, on the grounds that it provides for the common defense and is a positive for national security.

http://redalertpolitics.com/2012/05/22/domestic-propaganda-amendment-slipped-into-defense-bill/


The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon 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.”

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/us-house-passes-propaganda-bill-h-r-4310-2932922.html


The Pentagon is looking to build a tool to sniff out social media propaganda campaigns and spit some counter-spin right back at it… It’s an attempt to get better at both detecting and conducting propaganda campaigns on social media. SMISC has two goals. First, the program needs to help the military better understand what’s going on in social media in real time — particularly in areas where troops are deployed. Second, Darpa wants SMISC to help the military play the social media propaganda game itself… Darpa’s announcement talks about using SMISC “the environment in which [the military] operates” and where it “conducts operations.” That strongly implies it’s intended for use in sensing and messaging to foreign social media. It better, lest it run afoul of the law. The Smith-Mundt Act makes pointing propaganda campaigns at domestic audiences illegal.

http://blackmettle.com/2012/05/22/house-passes-amendment-that-allows-govt-backed-propaganda/


The Pentagon is already subject to a new investigation regarding a misinformation effort against media employees. A USA Today reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.

Fake Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names. The websites were taken down following those inquiries. Various other sites and accounts were removed for violating their providers' terms of service.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-04-19/vanden-brook-locker-propaganda/54419654/1


The Associated Press reports that although the bill passed in the Republican-controlled House, the Democratic-controlled Senate is “likely to scrap many of them and stick to the spending level in the deficit-cutting agreement.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/disconcerting-and-dangerous-house-passes-amendment-that-allows-govt-backed-propoganda/







"The truth is the greatest enemy of the State." -- Joseph Goebbels


Added: May-22-2012 Occurred On: May-18-2012
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  • "Domestic Propaganda by Feds", ortherwise known as the Department of Education.

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  • moot point. wtf does it matter if everyone consumes MSM and MSM is already bullshit? so long as they dont shutdown LL of like sites. i also think we can trust our pals over at RT for never missing the opportunity to inform viewers of the crap the US does/gets into.

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    • @mixer

      All very true. But as I said in the first post, if this is the official law, the Feds will go Goebbels on us. And the next step is to remove the opposition to the message.

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    • @joe prole

      no way, not 'remove the opposition to the message', i have confidence enough that the government would not do that. they cant even get public info enemy #1: julian assange and we all know hes leaked in the past and he will leak again in the future.

      as for the social media thing, i would need to know the specifics because i know israel has a program like that where the give a stipend for zionists to go trolling on forums like this to advocate a more favorable view is israel. i thin More..

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    • @mixer

      Dude, open your eyes and see how far they are casting their net. The government has included in the domestic terrorist definition groups that are "mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration." The lists of characteristics they put out could include anyone, including ol More..

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    • @joe prole

      ok. i do see your point and it could be a cause for concern. i think this is due to the polarized times were in (and im well aware of what a bullshit passive response that is so allow me to explain/rant.) im not one to advocate infringing upon constitutional rights as a response to more challenging times so im conflicted how i feel about this.

      about the only thing congress can agree on is their own pay raises but they cant agree on any serious piece of legislation causing faith in More..

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  • Of course it's not like the Feds haven't already been spinning the crap out of all the info from their agencies. Only under the new law, they would bureaucratize the hell out of it, probably to the level of Heir Goebbels.

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  • Don't we have enough already? Jeeze........

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  • This is one of those zones where the entrenched Republicans fall down badly. In their own, different ways they will sometimes subvert government function to the detriment of liberty nearly as severely as the Democrats will.

    We can do without the Socialists and the Fascists alike, thank you.

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  • If they don't control or destroy the internet this isn't going to mean shit. They'll spread their propaganda and people online will just crap all over it.

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