Senate! Don't Legalize Propaganda!

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Quote Demand Progress:Did you think it could get any worse? Now they want to legalize the use of propaganda on American citizens—and the vote could happen NEXT WEEK.

An amendment legalizing the use of mass propaganda campaigns on American audiences has been inserted into the latest defense authorization bill—and that bill just passed the House.

Please click here to demand that the Senate oppose ending the propaganda ban—it'll be up for a vote as soon as next week.

The NDAA amendment lifts bans on propaganda that have been around since the 1940s, neutralizing laws put in place to protect the American people from its government’s own “misinformation” campaigns.

“It removes the protection for Americans,” a Pentagon official told Buzzfeed, who broke the story. "There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”

The amendment would remove all distinction between a hostile foreign audience and American one, turning the massive information operation apparatus within the federal government against its own people.

This amendment cannot become law. Will you join us in demanding that the Senate oppose this amendment to the NDAA? Just click here.

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Karolina's picture
Nov. 3, 2011 7:45 pm


"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it."

"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise."
~ Benito Mussolini,
"London Sunday Express," December 8, 1935

I found it really hard to believe on May 18, 2012 that Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban, I mean when the hell was there ever a ban on military or corporate propaganda? What is the point of a ban with a silent corporate media propaganda machine.

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.

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. )

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DdC's picture
Mar. 22, 2012 1:39 am

In reference to NDAA and CISPA, Demand Progress will give you your senators' phone numbers and a call script that you can use to tell them to oppose both bills:

Quote Demand Progress:It's a big day. We're teaming up with several other groups on a call-in effort to the Senate and hope to generate tens of thousands of calls.

Demand Progress is fighting on two fronts:

1) We're opposing the National Defense Authorization Act — especially its provisions which would legalize the use of propaganda on American citizens and permit the indefinite detention of civilians.

These dangerous, detestable violations of our basic freedoms will have our own government treating Americans as though we're the enemy.

2) We're opposing the Lieberman-Collins cybser security bill — similar to CISPA but not exactly the same -- because it will violate Americans' online privacy.

It will tear down barriers that prevent corporations from sharing your info with one another and with the government.

Will you help us kill two birds with one stone?

Please click here and we'll give you your senators' phone numbers and a call script you can use to tell them to oppose both bills.

Thanks for keeping up the fight.
-Demand Progress

Karolina's picture
Nov. 3, 2011 7:45 pm

I am not surprised that this push originated in TX. /how-texas-inflicts-bad-textbooks-on-us/ shows the indoctrination of a whole generation, labeling evolution hooey, the importance of nra, and cattlemen, but no new deal, no teen suicide hotlines, and science is just theory. Probably sponsor field trips to the creation museum in KY, so the students can see saddles on dinosaurs for themselves.

Those favorites are not shrinking violets. In 2009, the nation watched in awe as the state board worked on approving a new science curriculum under the leadership of a chair who believed that “evolution is hooey.” In 2010, the subject was social studies and the teachers tasked with drawing up course guidelines were supposed to work in consultation with “experts” added on by the board, one of whom believed that the income tax was contrary to the word of God in the scriptures.

Ever since the 1960s, the selection of schoolbooks in Texas has been a target for the religious right, which worried that schoolchildren were being indoctrinated in godless secularism, and political conservatives who felt that their kids were being given way too much propaganda about the positive aspects of the federal government. Mel Gabler, an oil company clerk, and his wife, Norma, who began their textbook crusade at their kitchen table, were the leaders of the first wave. They brought their supporters to State Board of Education meetings, unrolling their “scroll of shame,” which listed objections they had to the content of the current reading material. At times, the scroll was fifty-four feet long. Products of the Texas school system have the Gablers to thank for the fact that at one point the New Deal was axed from the timeline of significant events in American history.

Austin, the sane voice, must suffer daily.

'TX' and 'school book' as in depository, continue to change history.

douglaslee's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

It is insanity. It is meant to create stupid, demoralized people who have no access to truth. It is pure evil. IT IS PURE EVIL.

What is the difference between killing a human mind/spirit and killing a human being? There is no difference.

Karolina's picture
Nov. 3, 2011 7:45 pm

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