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Congress Just Quietly Passed a Bill Targeting “Russian Propaganda” Websites

(ZH) — On November 30, one week after the Washington Post launched its witch hunt against “Russian propaganda fake news“, with 390 votes for, the House quietly passed “H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017“, sponsored by California Republican Devin Nunes (whose third largest donor in 2016 is Google parent Alphabet, Inc), a bill which deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda, and hints at a potential crackdown on “offenders.”

A quick skim of the bill reveals “Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries”,  whose Section 501 calls for the government to “counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in  coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”

The section lists the following definitions of media manipulation:

  • Establishment or funding of a front group.
  • Covert broadcasting.
  • Media manipulation.
  • Disinformation and forgeries.
  • Funding agents of influence.
  • Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
  • Assassinations.
  • Terrorist acts.

As Kurt Nimmo correctly notes, it is easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or eliminate so-called “fake news” websites, a list which has been used to arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration.

Curiously, the bill which was passed on November 30, was introduced on November 22, two days before the Washington Post published its Nov. 24 article citing “experts” who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.

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As we reported last week, in an article that has been widely blasted, the WaPo wrote that “two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment, as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide range of grievances to claim the White House. The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the problem.”

The newspaper cited PropOrNot, an anonymous website that posted a hit list of alternative media websites, including Zero Hedge, Drudge Report, Activist Post, Blacklisted News, the Ron Paul Report, and many others. Glenn Greenwald penned an appropriate response two days later in “Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group.”

PropOrNot has pushed a conspiratorial thesis, without any actual proof, that the listed websites have been either used directly or covertly by the Russians to spread propaganda.

While the bill passed the House with a sweeping majority, it is unknown if and when the bill will work its way through the Senate and be passed into law, although one would think that it has far higher chances of passing under president Obama than the President-Elect. It is also unclear if it will be used to shut down websites anonymously characterized as “useful idiots” or subversive elements used in disseminating supposed Russian propaganda.

Those interested can read the full “H.R. 6393: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017″ at the following location” bill that may soon proclaim much of the internet to be criminal “Russian propaganda” at the following link.

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  • Don’t like this bill … That means they can shut down whatever website that says stuff they do not like? I’d rather take my chance with foreign propaganda. It was the foreign (I believe Denmark was one) sites that told the truth about flight MH-17 that was not shot down by Russia.

  • 101steagle

    This is a communist piece of legislation being passed as a counter propaganda law,when in reality it will protect the real propagandist,look who was listed as fake,and look who pushed it,Wapo,liars and thieves is all the left are,murder if they can get away with it.

    • Phil Freeman

      Smith Mundt act was repealed, now the state department can create fake news and disseminate it to networks for broadcast as real factual news. Repealed in 2013 I believe. Check into it. You’ll see.

      • davidhollenshead

        The state department does not spend it’s time making fake news. The fringes of the media and tyrants like Putin do that without our governments help.

        • Phil Freeman

          The state department does spend time and money for fake news creation. http://www.aircrap.org/2015/12/11/why-did-they-pass-a-law-that-makes-staged-hoaxes-and-crisis-acted-movies-legal/
          It’s been done for decades.

          • davidhollenshead

            During the cold war, both sides didn’t need to make up fake news to make the other side look bad.
            The Soviets used Leonard Peltier, the abuse of Black Civil Rights Leaders, etc.
            NATO mostly used the plight of Defectors, whose families were still behind the Iron Curtain.

          • Phil Freeman

            I’m talking about now, not cold war era. Our government creates, produces and disemminates fake news as real for propaganda purposes. Not only the that, but it tests bio/chem weapons in us without our knowledge or consent. You, me, us, are all considered the enemy like as not.

          • davidhollenshead

            “tests bio/chem weapons on us”
            Yes, I have heard about chem-trails from an old friend’s husband. Unfortunately the poor man has a mental illness, and can’t understand that the former passenger aircraft that appear conspiracy web sites have been refitted for fighting wild fires. That no one is spray ing dangerous chemical from aircraft, but rather fire fighting foam, which is water & detergent.

          • Phil Freeman

            Stop, just stop. I’ve been researching this for years. My friend is Michael Murphy, documentarian of WHAT and WHY IN THE WORLD ARE THEY SPRAYING respectively. You are ill informed. Evergreen Air is a known CIA front company, that’s been proven. They are actively spraying us which is an act of war upon the people! http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=20259 we know the chemical composition of what’s being sprayed.

          • davidhollenshead

            Perhaps you need to start taking your medications again.
            No one is spraying coal ash or other shit into the air.
            Airlines and freight companies do coat aircraft with de-icing agents.
            [I’ve know two commercial pilots so I know how much this costs, and thus how seldom this is done.]
            Converted passenger aircraft are used for firefighting, as the Catalinas are no longer safe to fly.
            But no one is committing an “act of war” on us with aircraft spraying chemicals.

          • Phil Freeman

            Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance! Your Ad hominem attacks serve to discredit yourself. I provide evidence. You failed at defending your position and use logical fallacy to attempt to satisfy your ego. I think we’re through. Thus endeth the lesson.

          • Stuart H.

            Well said, Phil. He lost my serious attention to his posts with that ad hominem attack on you. He has no idea what geoengineering is and apparently knowing two pilots makes you an expert in all things airborne.

          • pcgate

            Just as him knowning a conspiracy theorist makes him an expert on….

          • Stuart H.

            Ah, “conspiracy theorist.” That phrase that was coined by the CIA to discredit those who stray off the controlled information reservation. Sure stupid and false stories are posted all the time on the Internet. It is disinformation meant to muddy the waters and discredit those who are otherwise looking for answers beyond the obviously crony mainstream media.

          • pcgate

            Ah, yes, an expert on the vague and fud.

          • davidhollenshead

            There are no f-ing chem-trails, only deicing chemicals.

          • pcgate

            Lol aircrap.org yeah sure, they’re the media we need right now… chemtrails & anti-vaccine crap, from their front page, “The Weaponization of Hurricane Katrina Explained in 2:23 Video”… lol….lollolololloll.l…ololll…

          • Phil Freeman

            Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.
            The shoe fits you well.

          • pcgate

            Yeah done plenty of research on Chem trails, it’s all crap.

          • Phil Freeman

            You’re not a MENSA member, that much is clear. You enjoy listening to your own soup coolers flap too.
            I provided evidence, you provided….. nothing. Clueless.

        • scottytreid

          Look for a video of Hillary Clinton in 2011 begging Congress for billions more to produce propaganda and yes she uses that word. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6sYB5d1Bu4

          • davidhollenshead

            Wow an RT Video Clip, to be used out of context.

        • Jim Mooney

          Hmm, it’s only anecdotal, but I Personally ran into a “journalist” who was really US Intel adopting that pose. Yes, the govt influences the news. It is naive to think otherwise. The state dept barks and the Washington Post picks up its tail.

          • davidhollenshead

            The Washington Post has many informants, and not all government informants are acting alone, as often they get asked to release the information from above.

    • davidhollenshead

      Bull.
      The purpose was prevent Vladimir Putin & Friends, from creating fake news to promote the worst possible candidate for POTUS. They also want to prevent a bunch of teenagers from making $$$ for making fake news sites.
      Soon you will learn what New Yorkers have known for years, that Führer Trump is a Sociopath.

      • Dylan Davis

        Funny, it looks like Trump is keeping his promises. Which is more than could be said for the boy king O.

        • Jim Mooney

          You mean promises like the TPP, Total Bankster Forgiveness, and Endless War?

    • Johnny

      you call it “communist?” russia has already shod down all unfriendly foreign and russian sites (and has been filtering the russian internet for some time) and also pushed away all companies that they considered unfriendly, like microsoft. yes microsoft has been sponsoring terrorism (as russians claim)!

      • Jim Mooney

        By God you’re right! If Russia is shutting down dissent, we should, too!

  • Connie Rogers

    THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DIRECTED AT THE DAMN MUSLIMS & THEIR DEATH TO AMERICA CHANTS – BUT INSTEAD THEY ARE TRYING TO SHUT DOWN ANYONE THEY SO CHOOSE – THIS IS NOT COMPLIANT WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH – BUT RATHER AN INFRINGEMENT OF THAT RIGHT!!!!

    • davidhollenshead

      Excuse me, but my French Algerian relatives are not making “DEATH TO AMERICA CHANTS”, but they are concerned or their safety.
      Most Muslims are like any other People of Faith, extremely decent, concerned about others regardless of their Faith, Ethnicity, or Nationality.

      • sharkboy

        I find it hard to take what you said seriously after the previous posts about chem-trails, propaganda, and government spending. I appreciate opinions but when someone brings up fact its time to prove your opinions hold weight.

        • davidhollenshead

          Chemtrails is the kind of thing that a mental patient believes in.
          No one is dumping toxins from aircraft, though toxic waste is dumped in the Ocean by Japanese & Central European Corporations.

      • Stuart H.

        I disagreed with you above, but I agree that many Muslims are decent people concerned for their safety. Especially those in this country. In many areas of the middle east and Africa the U.S. is not popular at all due to our foreign policy…and they are brought up to hate U.S. hegemony. It is an error, I believe, to lump all Muslims into the same pot. But clearly there are terrorists and radicals here and in Europe, but there are radicals of other faiths as well. We need to zero in on the bad element and stop painting all with a broad brush.

        • davidhollenshead

          Nope, the Jihadists are mostly mentally ill people that are recruited by terrorist organizations.
          Most of the terrorists in Western Nations are Home Grown, not Immigrants.
          Creating distrust in the Muslim Community is counter productive, as most Terror Plots are stopped by Confidential Government Informants in the Muslim Community.

      • Jim Mooney

        And the Vast majority of people killed by ISIS are Muslims.

        • davidhollenshead

          Yes, and that is why many Muslims prefer calling them DAESH, as they hate that.

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  • Larua

    who freaking cares that our congress takes all their orders from Israhell and rothchilds that own all the mainstream media in our planet?
    our congress passes a bill behind our backs targeting Russian propaganda, when it is them and media inventing the propaganda.
    I am so damn mad I am screaming!!!!!

  • LieutenantM

    WE WILL HAVE THE PROTECTION OF BOTH THE FIRST AND SECOND AMENDMENTS
    AT THE READY…….ANY…..ANY… GOVERNMENT ACTION OR PRIVATE ACTION INDUCED AGAINST OUR FREEDOM TO SPEAK AND WRITE AND READ WHAT WE WISH BY THE GOVERNMENT MUST BE MET WITH [AHEM] …”APPROPRIATE FORCE”

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  • Jon Davidson

    Congress is so out of touch they wouldn’t know fake news if it bit their big overpaid paid arses. How ’bout that ‘realistic’ movie about mohammed that supposedly sparked all that muslim rioting that supposedly led to the Benghazi attack which killed Americans. They couldn’t distinguish that one either.

  • Jim Mooney

    RUSSIA IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO EVER FACE HUMANKIND!!! Let’s forget who makes, sells, and uses more bombs than all other nations combined, and whose endless wars, regime changes, and support of murdering governments has caused mass slaughter. A govt that is even now punishing Native Americans for standing up for their water rights. And the globe’s biggest contributor to warming. Also, the starter of a new cold war and nuke race. Sure, it’s the evil Russians who threaten the planet.

    To paraphrase Goebbels, Create an enemy and the public will fall in line. And how easy to morph a law against dissenting about Russia to dissenting about anything. After all, any criticism of the US government must be aiding Russia. That only makes sense.