One of Florida’s most important Libertarian activists, Adrian Wylie, took to Facebook on Monday to denounce the just passed 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. What, you might ask, is the 2017 NDA act? A new law, snuck in the back-door by Obama while Americans celebrated Christmas and Hannukah, to outlaw any “unflattering” truth being told about the government.
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Deep inside the NDAA 2017 was a piece of legislation called The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act. This new law creates an inter-agency Global Engagement Center (GEC) to combat “propaganda” and “fake news,” the definitions of which seems to include any unflattering truth being told about the government. The GEC’s mandate is “national level development, integration and synchronization of whole-of-government strategies to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.”
Have you noticed how anything that exposes the truth about the U.S. government, like Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, has recently been portrayed as “fake news” and Russian hacking meant to disrupt democracy?
Problem…Reaction…Solution…Playing out before our eyes.
Expect much more of that in the future. Anything critical of government will soon become “enemy propaganda.”
Another GEC objective is to “proactively advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.” The bill includes funding to provide “grants” and “training” to journalists and media organizations.
Though there have been past reports of government funding media outlets to run pro-government news, this bill codifies media bribery into law.
This was a bipartisan effort, so both major parties are to blame. Obama signed it and Trump won’t stop it. Cosponsors of the bill, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), released a statement that said:
“Our enemies are using foreign propaganda and disinformation against us. With this bill now law, we are finally signaling that enough is enough; the United States will no longer sit on the sidelines. We are going to confront this threat head-on. I am confident that, with the help of this bipartisan bill, the disinformation and propaganda used against us, our allies, and our interests will fail…The use of propaganda to undermine democracy has hit a new low.”
Yes, it has. But, it is not our enemies who are undermining our so-called democracy. Freedom of the press is dead. The people we elected just killed it.
Ignorance is strength.
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