On November 30, one week after the Washington Post launched its witch hunt against “Russian propaganda fake news“, with 390 votes for, the House quietly passed “H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017“, sponsored by California Republican Devin Nunes (whose third largest donor in 2016 is Google parent Alphabet, Inc), a bill which deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda, and hints at a potential crackdown on “offenders.”
A quick skim of the bill reveals “Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries”, whose Section 501 calls for the government to “counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”
The section lists the following definitions of media manipulation:
Establishment or funding of a front group.
Disinformation and forgeries.
Funding agents of influence.
Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
It is easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or eliminate so-called “fake news” websites, a list which has been used to arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration.
Curiously, the bill which was passed on November 30, was introduced on November 22, two days before the Washington Post published its Nov. 24 article citing “experts” who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.
The Ministry of Truth has arrived.
Senate Passes Major Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill
December 08, 2016
Senate Passes Major Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill as Part of NDAA
This bill is a bipartisan effort, sponsored by Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT). It’s encouraging to know that both Democrats and Republicans are equally interested in trampling over free speech and the destruction of the fourth estate.
The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Senators Portman and Murphy in March, will improve the ability of the United States to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation by establishing an interagency center housed at the State Department to coordinate and synchronize counter-propaganda efforts throughout the U.S. government. To support these efforts, the bill also creates a grant program for NGOs, think tanks, civil society and other experts outside government who are engaged in counter-propaganda related work. This will better leverage existing expertise and empower local communities to defend themselves from foreign manipulation.
Furthermore, the idea that the government will actively fund NGO’s, think tanks, etcetera to counter propaganda is chilling. Sounds like paying Correct The Record-style online trolls will only become more of a problem as time goes on.
Correct the Record is a self-proclaimed “strategic research and rapid response team designed to defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks.”
Scumbag David Brock, the creator of the liberal website Media Matters, is the founder of Correct the Record. The PAC had been a project of American Bridge 21st Century, another liberal super PAC, until May 2015, when Correct the Record announced that it was separating from its parent organization to become a stand-alone PAC.
Intelligence officials believe they have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who allegedly gave WikiLeaks thousands of hacked emails and other documents, The Washington Post wrote.
Hmmmm….. but they haven’t denied the hacked emails are not true.
They inadvertently are confirming the legitimacy of the emails.
OR……. are they implying the hackers who ALLEGEDLY gave WikiLeaks thousands of hacked emails and other documents who they BELIEVE have connections to the Russian government is the problem NOT the CONTENT.
That allegation was revealed in a secret CIA presentation that was given to lawmakers, The Washington Post reported on Friday night a day after the Senate Passed the Major Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill as Part of NDAA .
That allegation was revealed in a secret CIA presentation, so are you telling me the Washington Post hacked the CIA?
Did they use hackers who are BELIEVED to have connections to the Obama administration?
Freedom had a good run; 1984, here we come.