A Few Words On Our New Ministry Of Truth
The Senate quietly passed the “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act”, recently, following in the path of the House. The Act was slipped into this years NDAA authorization.
From Zero Hedge:
Also called the Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692), when introduced in March by Sen. Rob Portman, the legislation represents a dramatic return to Cold War-era government propaganda battles. “These countries spend vast sums of money on advanced broadcast and digital media capabilities, targeted campaigns, funding of foreign political movements, and other efforts to influence key audiences and populations,” Portman explained, adding that while the U.S. spends a relatively small amount on its Voice of America, the Kremlin provides enormous funding for its news organization, RT.“Surprisingly,”
Portman continued, “there is currently no single U.S. governmental agency or department charged with the national level development, integration and synchronization of whole-of-government strategies to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.”
Rob Portman is a Republican Senator from Ohio; for those who might think this was solely a Democrat Party creation.
This Act, assuming it is signed by President Obama, (as I’m sure it will be, as it is included in the NDAA), means a group of individuals within the Government will be tasked with deciding what is truth and what is disinformation, and acting upon those decisions. George Orwell would be proud.
After years of being fed lies by the Government and Mainstream Media, the new Ministry of Truth will be assigned the task of censoring the Alternative Media for telling some truths. Governments always seek to control public perception, but the Alternative Media has given them competition, hence the need for this new Act.
Government is adept at choosing names for the laws they pass, which are usually opposite the true intent; such as the Patriot Act and the Affordable Care Act. You get the picture, no doubt. When they give a new law a fancy name, its real intent is probably the opposite of the given name. So, in the case of “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act”, the intent can be assumed to be the fostering of disinformation and the use of propaganda.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer to decide for myself what is truth and what is propaganda. When a Government takes on this task, it always ends up badly.
Some will think that it is high time the Government rooted out the “fake news” that is destroying our Country, thinking that incoming President Trump will use the new power wisely. Keep in mind, that once the law is in place, that any future President, or Congress, can avail itself of the powers granted. And they will!
In 2012, again included in the NDAA, Congress passed a repeal of the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which barred the use of propaganda by the Government within the US.
The newest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes an amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on the American public, reports Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed.
The amendment — proposed by Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and passed in the House last Friday afternoon — would effectively nullify the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which explicitly forbids information and psychological operations aimed at influencing U.S. public opinion.
So, first Congress passes a law allowing the Government to use propaganda on its citizens, then secondly, it passes a law which lets the Government decide what is Truth or Propaganda. Forgive me for thinking we are living in the Brave New World Aldous Huxley wrote about.