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 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.
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 defense bill passed the House Friday afternoon. continued...
Not a big surprise... The Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie.
The Thornberry-Smith amendment gives the military industrial complex the same propaganda powers currently possessed by the ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy), a requirement to lie based on Title VII Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998: H11225.
Where prohibition is concerned, the ONDCP anti-drug/pro-police propaganda targeting legalization has been a complete failure. Marijuana is heading toward legalization, and more than half the country knows the drug war itself was lost decades ago.
Perhaps the Thornberry-Smith amendment is meant to convince Americans that an unending war across the globe is a good thing, or that the military can do no wrong, which implies the state can do no wrong; always a futile task.
The inevitable result of passing the amendment will be the same as it was for prohibition: as with drugs, few thereafter will believe a single word the U.S. government says about its military ventures. Reliance upon foreign news sources for information about U.S. military operations will become the norm for Americans. Fraud and illegal activities by the U.S. government will be more easily concealed. New threats to democracy will arise. The amendment will eventually emerge to have a far bigger effect, one more harmful than the sum of its parts. (Extended version of posting cross-posted here at juancole.com )
Thousands took to the streets in protest over the Bush Cheney Lie in Iraq. Through out the US cities and around the globe and the only place to see or hear of it was on foreign news sources and independent media. The Free Press is Inbedwith the Military Industrial Complex and now Wall St.'s Madison Ave. can commercialize the new police actions to save democracy everywhere but home. Look for a DARE type instructions for the tikes over Military Interventions as they've done with drug intervention. OK Norquist and the Dick Armey of Teabog ditto's, what about all of these taxes?
"When fascism comes to America,
it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross”
~ Sinclair Lewis (attributed)