Sunday, May 20, 2012

Congressmen introduce bill to make it legal for Department of Defense to wage propaganda war . . . in the USA

From Buzzfeed:

Rep. Max Thornberry
(R-Texas) is co-
sponsoring an attempt
to treat you exactly
like we treat other
poor dummies around
the world.

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 Pentagon, 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.
Why, you might ask, do they want to do this? 


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.”
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.



Oh, and other thing you can hide in a defense authorization:
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.”

3 comments:

tom said...

So the government is going to start lying to us...

If what we've been seeing in the MSM up til now is truth, I don't think anyone will notice or care.

Dana Garrett said...

I thought the Defense Department was doling out propaganda daily through Pentagon news briefing and official statements released to the MSM. Given the largely unquestioned and generally accepted Defense Department's lines by the MSM, it's hard to imagine how the American people can be anymore indoctrinated then they already are.

The Patriot said...

This it to Rep Tim Scott of SC

Tim,
I hope you had NOTHING to do with this EXCEPT to vote AGAINST it

STOP IT!

Regardless, Your record is public.