Monday, December 26, 2016

Just Before Christmas, Obama Establishes Anti-Propaganda Agency


(Stillness in the Storm Editor) This story was posted on the 25th but I had several people send me the following article that covers the same thing. 

The illusion of freedom of speech and the press is coming to an end. The would-be masters of this world are about to play one of their last cards in an effort to retain control over the masses. But once the "fake news" cleansing begins, the people will begin to see first hand how biased the so-called arbiters of truth really are. 

Now more than ever our capacity to be objective, focused, and proactive about sharing the truth is needed. Ensure that the data you share with others has been objectively verified and that you present the information acknowledging doubt and uncertainty. Over extending ourselves in a foolhardy attempt to convince others of something won't help the cause. Take the time to gain key knowledge and understanding of what you share with others. Let's pull the carpet out from under the fake news meme by maintaining a high standard. 

- Justin

(Lauren McCauley) In the final hours before the Christmas holiday weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday quietly signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law—and buried within the $619 billion military budget (pdf) is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda center that critics warn could be dangerous for press freedoms.



Related Using Holidays As A Distraction, Obama Just Signed NDAA “Propaganda” Provision To Destroy Free Press

Source - Truth Dig

by Lauren McCauley, December 26th, 2016

The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act, introduced by Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, establishes the Global Engagement Center under the State Department which coordinates efforts to “recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United Sates national security interests.”

Further, the law authorizes grants to non-governmental agencies to help “collect and store examples in print, online, and social media, disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda” directed at the U.S. and its allies, as well as “counter efforts by foreign entities to use disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda to influence the policies and social and political stability” of the U.S. and allied nations.

The head of the center will be appointed by the president, which likely means the first director will be chosen by President-elect Donald Trump.

The new law comes weeks before the New York billionaire assumes the presidency, amid national outrage over the spread of fake news and what many say is foreign interference in the election, both which are accused of enabling Trump’s victory.

Those combined forces have already contributed to the overt policing of media critical of U.S. foreign policy, such as the problematic “fake news blacklist” recently disseminated by The Washington Post.

And for those paying attention over the holiday weekend, the creation of the a new information agency under the Propaganda Act appears to be another worrisome development:
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Source:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/obama_establishes_controversial_anti-propaganda_agency_20161226
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