Government propaganda could be coming to a TV or computer screen near you

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Reporter Michael Hastings at BuzzFeed is raising attention about a new provision buried deep within the latest defense authorization bill passed out of the House of Representatives last Friday that gives the State Department and the Pentagon the authority to unleash propaganda on American citizens.

The new provision overturns two existing laws passed in 1948 and 1987 that prohibited the government from disseminating propaganda information. Supporters argue that the ban on domestic propaganda ties the government’s hands as it tries to respond to Al-Qaeda’s own propaganda on the internet. Already the Pentagon spends $4 billion a year swaying public opinion around the world to support our nation’s war efforts.

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