Saturday, 19 May 2012

Congress may authorize propaganda against US public

Frederic Guimont
You've probably never heard of the Smith-Mundt Act. This was a law passed in 1948 which basically authorized the US to engage in propaganda efforts around the world. If you've not heard of this act, then you definitely don't know that it prohibits propaganda being directed against Americans.

Of course, if you're politically aware, you know that claiming there is no propaganda inside the US's borders is laughable. Hell, US advertising is not permitted to lie but the US news explicitly is. The US is bombarded with propaganda day and night. For example, if you've heard of the plans to punish the Brazilian Eduardo Saverin for giving up his US citizenship, it's almost guaranteed that you don't know the entire story. It's very complicated and has to do with how America is hunting down and punishing Americans for living outside her borders. Nonetheless, two politicians are using this as a political goldmine for milking poll results by punishing expatriates.

Of course, you probably also don't know about Donald Rumsfeld's plan, with the Pentagon, to allow foreign psychological operations (psy-ops) material to be distributed in the US, so long as it doesn't "target" Americans, thus finessing the language of the Smith-Mundt Act.

Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith of Washing have introduced a bill to lift the domestic propaganda ban. From the article:
The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.” 
According to this official, “senior public affairs” officers within the Department of Defense want to “get rid” of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to prop up unpopular policies—like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
My prediction? If this doesn't pass this time, it will pass in the future. In a world where most Americans don't care that Obama authorized the murder of an American (which was subsequently carried out to great fanfare), when the Bush Administration announced they would spy against Americans, and the Obama administration happily continues to spy against Americans, it should be no surprise that politicians are finally going public with the desire to publicly spread disinformation against Americans.

It's beginning to feel like America has given up. Waging perpetual war against communists, terrorists, Eurasia, disloyal Americans, someone seems to be enough to keep the masses terrified enough of something to ensure that no one questions National Security.


  1. The US government is doing terrible things, but who controls the government of the United States?

    Disinfo doesn't only come from government sources, and the Enemy has been within the gates for a LONG time.

  2. Greetings from a fellow Perl programmer. I saw your comment in r/conspiracy.

    (You don't have to publish this comment, but it'd be nice if you published the previous one.)