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Using Holidays as a Distraction, Obama Just Signed NDAA ‘Propaganda’ Provision to Destroy Free Press

Using the cover of the holidays and distracted attention, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law Friday evening — just two days before many Americans celebrate Christmas — perhaps because it contains ominously Orwellian language meant to “counter propaganda and disinformation directed at the United States.”

Although the NDAA’s true purpose is to fund the military, notorious provisions — particularly of the variety which erase yet more freedoms — are often added to the overall legislation. In this case, the propaganda and disinformation provisions mentioned above had been attempted in a stand-alone bill which remains stalled in Congress — partly due to scathing criticism and unpopularity from wary politicians.

And that seems justifiable, given legitimate parallels drawn to 1950s McCarthyism and the Red Scare.

According to the text of the $619 billion bill, the Secretaries of State and Defense and other pertinent officials will be tasked with creating an innocuous-sounding “Global Engagement Center.”

“The purpose of the Center,” states the text, “shall be to lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.”

In actuality, however, countering propaganda amounts to silencing dissenting opinion — particularly in the press — of anything deemed shining a favorable light on one of the many countries the U.S. considers a foe.

Such as Russia — which has been the target of choice for blame concerning the election of Donald Trump.

But it could also be a vehicle to initiate censorship of independent and alternative media for reporting on corruption — rife in the Democrat establishment and corporate press — as exposed by documents published by Wikileaks.

It also means creating and furthering propaganda of the American government — because, theoretically, you can’t combat foreign agitprop without filling the void with something convincing and favorable to governmental agendas.

As text of the new law explains, the center will “support the development and dissemination of fact-based narratives and analysis to counter propaganda and disinformation directed at the United States and United States allies and partner nations.”

Many of the Global Engagement Center’s duties concern targeting disinformation and propaganda being disseminated in other nations; however, it subtly suggests the effort would seek to prevent such content from reaching the United States — thus, domestic actions are, by no means, ruled out.

Indeed, as the law states:

“The Center is authorized to provide grants or contracts of financial support to civil society groups, media content providers, nongovernmental organizations, federally funded research and development centers, private companies, or academic institutions for the following purposes:

  • To support local independent media who are best placed to refute foreign disinformation and manipulation in their own communities.
  • To collect and store examples in print, online, and social media, disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda directed at the United States and its allies and partners.
  • To analyze and report on tactics, techniques, and procedures of foreign information warfare with respect to disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda.
  • To support efforts by the Center to counter efforts by foreign entities to use disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda to influence the policies and social and political stability of the United States and United States allies and partner nations.

Seeming at least somewhat innoxious, had the law been passed in a vacuum, the current hysteria over putative Russian interference during the election cycle presents alarming potential implications for the future of free speech and unobstructed access to information.

A subsequently partially backtracked report by the Washington Post, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say,” originally published on November 24, boldly declared The Russians had been behind disinformation during the election cycle, and had facilitated the election of Donald Trump to suit a shady but noticeably unspecified political agenda.

First to obtain an ostensibly damning list of news organizations affiliated with The Russians, the Post failed, negligently or intentionally, to investigate the nascent organization which provided said list, or to even contact a single outlet named — yet reported as if the information were so damning as to be indisputable truth.

In fact, the supposed experts cited by the once-illustrious outlet inhabited a single, newly created website, PropOrNot, whose owners sophomorically responded to outrage — giving the Post a black eye in the process — tweeting,

“Aww, wook at all the angwy Putinists, trying to change the subject – they’re so vewwy angwy!! It’s cute [gloating emoticon] We don’t censor; just highlight.”

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The website encourages reporters and anyone with questions to reach out via Twitter or email, but says, “If you’re a Russian troll, though, don’t bother. We’ll just ban you.”

Although the Post, itself, did not publish or link to the unsourced and unverified index of organizations — incidentally, comprising 200 independent, alternative outlets, and those who’d dared endorse presidential candidates other than Hillary Clinton — the damage exponentially worsened as countless corporate presstitutes parroted the non-information at a rapid clip.

After its half-hearted retraction of that misstep, the Post further embarrassed itself with a report titled, “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House” — but stunningly provided even less evidence — and again failed due diligence to back this assertion, other than the putative claims of unnamed officials.

Worse, its own article disputed the audaciousness of the headline — the Post admitted no report would be forthcoming from a consensus of all 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies, since “minor disagreements” among officials persist.

When the public had a difficult time swallowing such allegations, the White House stepped in and, rather flippantly, proclaimed Russian President Vladimir Putin played a direct role in hacking the U.S. presidential election — again, despite any evidence the ‘election’ had been ‘hacked.’

Couple this renewed Red Scare with what, in essence, marked the legalization of one of the most nefarious covert domestic government operations in U.S. history — Operation Mockingbird — and any iterations this program won’t severely cripple legitimate but dissenting American media ring hollow.

Notably, though the Obama administration cited pernicious pro-Russian propaganda and the proliferation of false reports for causing the election of Trump, no unassailable evidence has yet been proffered proving this theory true — nor has any indication “fake news” so much as changed a single vote.

Yet, these propaganda-slaying provisions — now the law in the newly-signed NDAA — put this shirked blame for a lost election strawman directly in the crosshairs, as if The Russians meddled was irrefutably evident.

What we can now expect in the coming year is quite up in the air; but, for purveyors of information critical of the political establishment, the NDAA portends censorship beyond the current, heightened, and unusually judicious level we’re currently experiencing.

For everyone concerned about the ability to speak freely — and those who choose to challenge themselves with information outside their personal echo chamber — the legislation constitutes a potentially abhorrent overreach into previously sacred territory.

In fact, for all intents and purposes, the NDAA’s single phrase, “dissemination of fact-based narratives,” summons a near specter to newspeak, the propagandic and revisionist language created by the Ingsoc government’s Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s now eerily portentous 1984.

Innumerable tongue-in-cheek references to that dystopian classic have been made in recent times, but the new law seemingly cements the parallels — naming the modern iteration of the Ministry of Truth an even creepier, Global Engagement Center.

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Given the renewed Cold War atmosphere, perhaps politicians would’ve been better served by discarding pretense and inserting into the legislation’s text Orwell’s famous line, “Oceania was at war with Eurasia; therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.”

None of this, it must be noted, is intended in any way to instill fear; however, history — specifically the era of Senator Joseph McCarthy and his ill-reputed witch hunts against dissenting voices — teaches that the imperative for caution greatly precludes the polite delicacies of not treading far enough.

And it is precisely the foible human penchant for failing to grasp historical lessons that makes a degree of alarm necessary in yet another attempt not to repeat our most ill-fated mistakes.

  • Yvonne Finnegan

    Obama’s legacy of infamy. I’m feeling nauseous.

    • kingdiamond

      And Trump just put a global warming denier in charge of the EPA get your head out of your ass and quit focusing on one person its Washington as a whole that is screwing this country over glad as hell Clinton lost but Trump is going to decimate this countrys waterways and destroy our education system .

      • Francis Flandro

        Gasp, Choke, Cough… Too Much CO2… The Agony of being a Human on God’s Planet Earth!

        • kingdiamond

          Lets hope your dumb ass dont have children would be a shame to spread that ignorance to another generation.

      • qcubed

        CONS are WAY ahead of him on “destroying the education” in this country.

    • qcubed

      Trump’s legacy is the increasing stupidity and gullibility of voters like YOU. Critical thinking skills are at an all time low. Go snapchat your remorse, woman.

  • TOPDOG1

    Of course ! That would place this media source as well as most of us here in the comment section in Pelican. Bay or some other Federal Detention. Unfortunately because of Chump election, Mexico is temporarily on hold. If I showed up there they would use me for target practice. Cambodia, probably the next best choice, however they will officially enter the drug war on Jan 1st.Already activists have a way of getting shot there. All this provision will do is push millions underground. Any suggestions?

  • RN KM

    Just another way for the NWO Eliterats to bilk billions from the US. I thought congress put a muzzle on this rabid muslim dog to prevent these last minute schemes.

    • philip.dennany

      Only a dummy would buy the ‘rabid muslim’ bull-hit. The Muslims are the intended very real victims from the beginning, and used as a tool to keep us blinded to the ‘NWO Eliterats that are screwing all of us, with their fraud of war for profits, as they further dumb us down enslave and harvest the people masses. Obama is just following the Zionist Wall Street Mafias orders.

      • john robel

        READ THE FUCKING QUEERAN, ISLAM IS A RABID “RELIGION”. ONLY A DUMMY DOESNT KNOW morehamed WAS A PEDOPHILE< RAPIST, BUTCHER SOCIOPATH..

        • George Reichel

          Muslims aren’t controlling our govt.

          • Brad Dueringer

            Exactly

          • Nailbanger

            So all those muslim brotherhood people obummer has installed do nothing? No influence?

          • FiuToYou

            Obama is a Muslim who just about destroyed America and its population! Good thing Trump won to stop this evil!!!

        • ahughes798

          I’ve read the Quaran, and I’ve also read the Bible. Both of those books condone rape, incest, pedophioia, genocide, slavery, oppression of women, etc. But that’s cherry-picking, which x-tians just love to do. There are also some good things in both of those books.

          • Brad Dueringer

            The most repulsive book, that most people are unwilling to discuss is the Talmud (the Jewish holy book ). Even Anton Levay’s Satanic Bible is less repulsive.

          • ahughes798

            Never read the Talmud, so I don’t have a basis for a comparison. I will check it out.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            Sorry but you won’t find much of that in the New Testament, which is the basis for Christian belief…and the Bible is many books collected together…also, the Koran considered to be the direct word of Allah, therefore a command, unlike the Bible, which Christians acknowledge was written by men.

          • ahughes798

            Then why are so many christians butt-hurt about gay marriage? Or abortion? The New Testament says absolutely nothing about those things. In fact, in the old Testament, which christians claim to pay no attention to, it says that life does not begin until a baby takes it’s first breath. It’s the cherry picking I don’t like and can’t understand. Christians constantly throw OT BS at us….so maybe they should convert to Judaism, or make up their minds, or STFU.

        • qcubed

          paranoid, irrational, ignorant..the trifecta of Trumplethinskin’s supporters.

        • philip.dennany

          And of course that type of horror is okay for our own Zionist Mafia to take pleasure in, and our Federal Justice law enforcement won’t even attempt investigation (Pizza big time), while at the same time creating imaginary crimes of whoever they want to destroy. Similarly, every one of the U.S. wars of aggression since the treasonous demolitions (and the intentional official cover-up of the same) were fraudulently justified
          through created/artificial evidence. The greed of Zionism is the very real evil. Suggest you take a closer look at who actually works and pays those bad Islamic/Muslim patsies.

      • Brad Dueringer

        The Zionists are the biggest driver of the west’s agenda. They use their media to insure puppets are in leadership positions and they wreck the countries. …their current scheme is what their puppet Merkel is doing in Germany. Same thing in France, their puppet is destroying France’s culture as well.

        Then they use their media to call anyone opposing the destruction, a far right racist.

        The liberals fall for all this propaganda and unwittingly help the destruction of their countries.

        I sit back and am amazed at how few “useless eaters” have figured this out.

        • suemenow

          Why would the Zionist want more Muslims in those liberal countries?

          • qcubed

            dissonance is something unrecognized by douche nozzles like Brad,

        • ahughes798

          You really think highly of yourself, don’t you? You think everyone is not as smart as you are. You think people that don’t follow your mindset are sheep, while failing to realise that you’re just as much as a sheep to your particular shepard.

          • Brad Dueringer

            I try to use my intellect to help others and not to beat people up verbally. We all have our own path.

        • qcubed

          useless, that adjective describes Obama’s Republican Obstructionist CONgress..PERFECTLY.

    • George Reichel

      Obama is a tool of the Rothschilds and they aren’t muslims

      • Brad Dueringer

        Nice to see so many people waking up

      • qcubed

        as is Cheetoface

    • qcubed

      you certainly should have your voting rights removed, and should be waterboarded, like Drumpy wants.

  • The Ministry of Truth hereby established in the United States. Unbelievable.

  • Harvey_Steele

    Who watches the watchers?

    beyond belief to scrap the freedom of press.

  • But what if what is being said isn’t propaganda,but truth, but the US doesn’t want the word to get out. They can proclaim that it is false and rule under this law that it is illegal to say. xD Who watches the watchers? Harvey_Steele said it best.

    • disillusionist

      Exactly.

  • TheVIYOHD

    He’s always been a Muslim

    • john robel

      Yup, muslim, homosexual communist.

      • suemenow

        hilarious

  • fgt4urights
  • Ellis

    Just as we thought he would, Obama is setting fires right before leaving the party.

    Not to worry; this can be reversed just like they all can be.

  • john robel

    No worries, just 1 executive order from Trump aces ALL the obamunist mandates.

    • qcubed

      and that;s ok, right? Man, you are stupid and hypocritical beyond all description.

    • Blocky Orbits

      Nope. He can’t reverse this one. Atleast not without the support of congress.

  • Bailynn

    I pray for you, America. If financial martial law happens and Obama takes a 3rd term, then shit’s about to hit the fan. Look out for the false flag.

  • QV3

    So, the fact that New Bill Passes! Obama SPANKED by Trey Gowdy and Loses Executive Power!
    is rubbish? A New bill passed that forces Obama to relinquish his Executive Power. Trey Gowdy had a few words to say about Obama.
    The new bill passed on Thursday 23.11.1.6 which blocks Obama from making any last minute regulations and irrational decisions is useless?
    Is the authoress of the article ready to take on Trey Gowdy and call him a Liar?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RF52HOkxy4

    • qcubed

      Gowdy us a coward and a criminal…open your blind eyes.

      • QV3

        PROOF required, or you are what HUSSEIN Obama is: A LIAR.

  • Geo Synchronous

    Sorry Obama. You can’t do that. Its against the Constitution.

    • qcubed

      Oh, sorry, he signed a LAW passed by your glorious traitors in CONgress…moron.

  • L. A. McDonough

    If I’m still reading my favorite websites Jan. 2d then I’ll know this is all hype.

  • wally63

    The frog has been boiled one degree at a time. Can you spell GRADUALISM, boys and girls? Yes, I knew that you could.

  • thomas jefferson

    OBOOZO is a foreign exchange student,HIS STUDENT “ID” said so,Hes not the president,nothing he signs is legal,ANYONE in the government acting on ILLEGAL orders is commiting TREASON,and they know it,their just praying they don’t get caught,THEY ALREADY HAVE BEEN……when the war ends NOT a single one of them will still be alive,THIS is proof,you have to be stupid as rocks to work for the government……….

    • Vida Galore

      Good luck with that.

    • qcubed

      still on that one? Douche.

  • Thom Miller

    We know the truth and the truth will set us Free !!
    Remember as he slaps Israel again !! GOD said ” I will Bless those who Bless Israel and I will “CURSE” those who Curse Israel “! AMERICA is “DOOMED” if we DO NOT REPENT !!!!!

  • Mark Faine

    Well, for the most part this is a war between two sides, both enemies of the truth, but with different agendas. Yes, there could be some collateral damage to the real last remaining bastions of the true fourth estate, journalists like Democracy Now, TYT, Jimmy Dore, etc. But unfortunately, the mainstream press in this country has been dead for a long time now, at least as a source for any legitimate news. If the parroting of this fake news about Russia hacking the election, by every single mainstream news organization, as though it were fact, without any evidence, doesn’t prove this, then nothing does.

    • Hell And A Hand Basket

      Your short-list of “truth bastions” has me baffled, especially considering the rest of your comment.

  • Nailbanger

    Doesnt matter who the driver is, the government as a whole sucks and is a giant out of control monster, until there is a direction change that can be seen from space im sticking to my plans,
    Who is John Galt!

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    America will be great again when it begins EXECUTING all those who have committed TREASON against it. It begins with the BANKERS. Specifically Rothchild/Jesuit satanist Bankers. Same ones that helped INSTALL Hillary and Barach …and the Bushes. Same ones that contrived the CIA, NSA and DHS from day one. Same ones that contrived 911 and the FRAUD war on terror. SNAP the bastards necks.

    • FiuToYou

      So true!!

    • ahughes798

      Conspiracy theorist, I see. You seem nice.

    • qcubed

      if that is the case, Trumplthinskin will be one of those scheduled for execution.

  • Nam Marine

    Why hasn’t congress put this psycho in prison?

    • qcubed

      My regrets that you actually SURVIVED combat…

      • Blocky Orbits

        Troll.

  • Hell And A Hand Basket

    In regards to the article author’s 2nd to last paragraph regarding the late Sen. Joe McCarthy – if I am reading correctly – you believe McCarthy’s warnings then, are as comparable with the projectile vomiting of the 0bama administration: “The Russian’s did it”.

    If I am correct in my assumption (since, IMO… the paragraph alone isn’t worded coherently enough to decipher the true-direction of its intention), but in the context of the article, the insertion of McCarthy’s warnings are used to align the fear-mongering occurring now, so as to shut-down independent news.
    But, there’s a problem with the McCarthy comparison in this way……
    …The late Senator Joe McCarthy was right.

    If the premise of McCarthy’s warnings =equal= 0bama administration, and all of the WHouse “Russia did it” bloviation’s are indeed what the author is saying, I would say instead, McCarthy is more comparable with OUR opposing voices.

    “…his ill-reputed witch hunts against dissenting voices..” – should teach us that quieting the ONE voice rising-up, and screaming from the mountain-tops, is most likely the ONLY voice “…treading far enough […] in an attempt not to repeat our most ill-fated mistakes…”
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/history/item/15223-the-real-mccarthy-record

    • qcubed

      teapublicans are historically unable to place blame anywhere but on other’s shoulders. And before you come back with “but I am a libertaritard”, consider that Cheetoman is going to cozy up to the people he owes billions to and that should make you worry more than ANYTHING that you think Obama has done wrong.
      Also, you probably should research on the actual workings of our government. Blame lies at the feet of CONgress….
      Schmuck.

      • Hell And A Hand Basket

        @qcubed:disqus
        Name calling is the most graceless way of admitting you’ve lost an argument.

        But, considering you started it, I would be remiss in not addressing your assumptions and inaccurate analysis of anything I’ve posted – however, I am not such a malevolent malcontent as you, to consider slinging such crass, classless and rudimentary verbal assaults.

        Have you not noticed that it is indeed, the Obama Administration who is telling all of us “The Russian’s did it” – or did I miss something you apparently have seen/heard?
        Who exactly does President-Elect Trump “owe billions to”?
        What is a “libertaritard”?

        If you have issue with what I’ve said about Sen Joe McCarthy and the author’s use of a comparison – since McCarthy was proven to have been correct afterall – then we can discuss that – but, I’d rather not play-along with your strawman nonsense.
        My Mother always told me it wasn’t nice to put the retarded in compromising positions, as would an intellectual discussion.

        Happy Trump New Year 2017

    • Joanne Richartz
      • Hell And A Hand Basket

        @joannerichartz:disqus I would never rely on snopes for accurate information on ANYTHING.
        But, I wonder if you read the entire article snopes offers-up?
        Next to last paragraph, they quietly inserted this:
        “…neither bill explicitly rules out targeting the spread of disinformation on the home front…”
        What we’ve seen expand in surveillance against Americans with the Patriot-Act (sold to all Americans as the government “protecting” us), any act of censoring ANYTHING on the internet is trouble.

  • JayGoldenBeach

    The communists were hiding behind the ex-Nazis imported by the US govt. post-WW2.

  • suemenow

    The false news situation was so totally ridiculous…I could hardly believe what otherwise seemingly sensible people were sending around. They were and are getting emotionally high on outlandish content, while not using any critical thinking what so ever… It’s like a mad drunken sprey, and it does damage our democracy, created carefully by thoughtful people. It IS very concerning.

    • FiuToYou

      What John Robel said is the real truth and nothing but the truth. Do some investigating on OBAMA and find out for yourself. A. Homosexual = true;:: B. Muslim = true::: C. Communist = true. Illegal President = true!!!!

  • FiuToYou

    This better be deleted along with all of this treasonous illegal Presidents signed laws. How can an illegal President get away with this shit????

    • qcubed

      how can so many brain dead people be allowed to vote for corporatism?

  • What a bunch of hogwash and a delusional interpretation of what event that have already occurred in a massive disinformation campaign to change our national elections perpetrated on the United States by the Russian Republic (if we should be calling a one man oligarchy a ‘republic at all).

    This distortion of what the ops center was set up for (to counter foreign intelligence operations) on the internet is a legitimate and necessary response to the massive operations conducted against our nation.

    We should however as always be vigilant that it is used the way it is intended. The very mention by the author of abuse by the military is an anathema to all we teach and our passionate respect of the Constitutional and civilian authority which is almost a religion in today’s military. Only a reader of sixties novels and unfamiliar with the workings of the current American military could have even dreamed up or believed in this article (or maybe it itself is ‘Russian disinformation’) or written by some ‘useful fool’…………

  • Talon

    Executive Order will kill the NDAA….and if that doesn’t work all President Trump has to do is ask for help.

    • qcubed

      with luck, the second amendment will remove Trump and CO from power, quickly

  • Randy Rogers

    The Ministry of Truth

  • Bradley Stephens

    TELL ME FELLOW AMERICANS, DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA???? WELL I FOR ONE HAVEN’T!!!!!!!!!!! THIS TYPE OF NEWS IS WHAT THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO DISAPPEAR OR CALL FAKE NEWS BECAUSE IT SHOWS AMERICA THE TRUTH OF WHO THEY REALLY ARE AND WHAT THEY REALLY WANT FOR WE THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP FOLKS…………. OR LIKE HALF OF THE COUNTRY, GO BACK TO SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rumplestiltskin

    By the way, that supposed 1950s McCarthyism was credible and McCarthy was correct in his assumptions that our government was full of communist. IT WAS ! We should not find out after the fact that supporting the war machine, America has allowed the creation of what is decidedly not a paper tiger, but a real animal with teeth and claws.

    The bottom rung of that ladder, is that the war machine now has a momentum which will be hard to counter because a huge percentage of actual employed men and women work in some manner supporting that war machine in all its facets, from forging a rivet to banks loaning money to the MIC.

    That is the problem with having created the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). THAT ANIMAL MUST NOW BE FED ! Ask yourselves how much of Wall Street is invested in that war machine, which includes pension funds and all manner of investment by entities controlling where those investment pay the highest dividends. The larger the War Machine the greater the investment by the private sector allowing their savings to fund that MIC through those investment proxies.

    As long as the MIC is allowed to create enemies to which they can aim their defense production it will eventually suck the life out our country, as is seen by the missing 2.1 Trillion from the Pentagon budget over the years, and the NDAA, now making it impossible to question the MIC’s efforts to stay at war.

    When the “PEOPLE” become the enemy of the state, (read – MIC), that TIGER appears about to chew its own leg off to get out of the trap not realizing that he then becomes the prey with little chance of finding his own food because he is missing a leg.

    America needs to stop this War Machine, get our men and women back home and close about 80% of our overseas bases, because it has proven that one country cannot police the world without having to steal the labor of its people, (taxes) to pay for it. We cannot continue to pay for that phony policing effort

    The only way to stop this insanity is to just stop. Yeah, there are going to many thousands of people put out of work as it becomes obvious that a complete reorganization of our production capabilities needs to be addressed and attended to if we are to take our Country Back.

  • John L. Battey

    So, where is the line between fake news a entertaining fiction, or a joke? If you’re writing a legitimate news story and an eye witness reports something to you that they thought they saw, but it didn’t really happen that way, which one of you goes to jail? Are allegories prosecutable offenses, and if so, do all online copies of the Bible need to be taken down? Is astrology now banned?

  • Mariellen Nagle

    congress wrote it, O was disappointed in it but did sign it. DID NOT use the holiday to slide it through and only a quarter brained idiot would think he would be againt free press. Look at your Duck, he does not want free press, truth hurts him.

  • Jake

    Reading the comments you see it went from talking about the issue to bashing obama and saying trump will do right wtf? stay the fuck on topic, talk about the issue, don’t stray to bash someone who made a problem or give credit to someone we all know will fail “trying” to “fix” a problem, lets only talk on how we as a WHOLE will bring about change its utterly ridiculous to believe the 535 people running the country of 300 million plus will do a better job then everyone coming together and actually talking through these fucking problems we are the many they the few lets fucking shove that in their face otherwise they can leave. Main goal = talk this shit out together and send it to them hard.

  • John Tucker

    “Such as Russia” in the recent election? You mean when they possibly released the internal emails of a corrupt party?

  • Vida Galore
  • Vida Galore

    How nice of Obama to set up complete fascism for The Donald so he can start disappearing anyone who he doesn’t like. Thanks, Obama!

  • Lisa Kazmier

    But let’s not have the Fairness Doctrine. Ugh.

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  • Devi Bea

    The amount of disinformation is sadly very dangerous. People are hurt and people die because of it.

  • Devi Bea

    Just perused through the comments and wow . . . Trump supporters are such nutcases man. Crazy mofos
    It’s the end of the world as we know it . . .

  • Dick Motta

    And Ryan and McConnell allow this BS to pass through Congress. Stop the Communist New World Order. Take Back America!

  • Luigi Amaretto

    Trump can now declare CNN and New York Times a foreign powers interventions and cut them off.

  • There is a reason that you are on the propornot list. I personally tend to be skeptical of any site that claims to be free or truthy in its name. I prefer places like
    http://www.snopes.com/obama-signs-christmas-bill-making-alternative-media-illegal/
    which contains this gem: So, while neither bill explicitly rules out targeting the spread of disinformation on the home front, the stated focus in both cases is on stemming its flow abroad.

    Of course we do have the constitution which actually prohibits censorship except in a very few special cases. This is unlike some of the sites on the list which have already banned me 🙂

    More to the point, the focus is on disinformation originating from foreign sources (e.g., Russia and China), not domestic ones. Contrary to rumor, therefore, there is nothing in either bill, targeting or “criminalizing” practitioners of so-called “alternative media” or “independent journalism” within the United States.

  • it definitely has some ominous langauge in there, but it’s also got some good stuff in there too.

    “The Center is authorized to provide grants or contracts of financial support to civil society groups, media content providers, nongovernmental organizations, federally funded research and development centers, private companies, or academic institutions for the following purposes:

    (A) To support local independent media who are best placed to refute foreign disinformation and manipulation in their own communities.

    (D) To support efforts by the Center to counter efforts by foreign entities to use disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda to influence the policies and social and political stability of the United States and United States allies and partner nations.”

    & then there is more stuff that is slightly ominous like this.

    “The Secretary of State shall provide that each organization that applies to receive funds under this subsection is selected in accordance with the relevant existing regulations to ensure its bona fides, capability, and experience, and its compatibility with United States interests and objectives.”

    United States interests and objectives are shown from history to be anything that makes us and our corporate interests money. Like the CIA drug wars, Panama, Libya, and on and on…

    “The Center shall terminate on the date that is 8 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.”

    Now that I find rather interesting. Why are we appropriating $80,000,000 a year to something that’s only going to be around for 8 years? Is this a let’s the upcoming president in office for the next 8 years or let’s make the next 8 years as foolproof as possible for this current election system because we see things changing after that. Only time will tell.

  • Francis Flandro

    The Merriam-Webster Definition of #Treason: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treason

    The U.S Constitution: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs

    We The People Have A Problem!

  • qcubed

    you people are just incredibly dense and paranoid.

  • qcubed

    none of you people deserve freedoms, after the results of november’s election

  • Joanne Richartz
  • Sarah West

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/4909
    Look at who INTRODUCED the bill for goodness sake. Stop posting divisive articles.