What is the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” hidden inside the 2017 incarnation of the NDAA that was quietly swept through the Senate and what unlawful powers does it now grant the Government?
The NDAA has been a problem for liberty minded citizens when it was originally introduced in 2012 as it allowed for the controversial “Indefinite Detainment” for any alleged Terrorist without pretense while forgoing the traditional judicial process of obtaining warrants for searching and detainment. This of course led to a firestorm of opposition from many liberty and freedom minded individuals nationally as well as globally but as is becoming too much a sad norm, the opposition was marginalized and Obama signed a bill into existence that is every bit as controversial as the Patriot Act signed by his predecessor.
So now, here we find ourselves at the annual update of this Bill, unloved by many, as it is signed by President Obama in its new form to carry forward for the perceived betterment of our nation. The bill expresses that in now more than 180 days will the government “…establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response…”, a de facto “Ministry of Truth” to allow for the aggregation and fact proofing of all information and news that is publically broadcast.
One of the most worrying aspects to this bill is the statement that the entity will be created via a “whole-of-government” approach as implied via :
(3) to develop, plan, and synchronize, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, and other relevant departments and agencies, whole-of-government initiatives to expose and counter foreign information operations directed against United States national security interests and proactively advance fact-based narratives that support United States allies and interests.
This will allow the Center for Information Analysis and Response to handpick and approve what is acceptable and allowable for the American public to hear, watch and read in regards to news and information. Essentially creating a government controlled bottleneck and filter to “freedom” of information.
Much of the desired reasoning for public acceptance for this bill is staked on the unfounded accusations of Russian tampering with the 2016 Presidential Election as the bill explicitly states in its reasons for implementation that :
(2) the Russian Federation, in particular, has conducted sophisticated and large-scale disinformation campaigns that have sought to have a destabilizing effect on United States allies and interests;
This is extremely convenient timing for an establishment reeling from a devastating blow to its global policies and desire for censorship after suffering a stunning November defeat to President Elect Trump. A result which was no doubt the motivation for such a speedy approval and ratification by a political entity that fully expected Hillary Clinton, an avid supporter of censorship and governmental control over freedom of speech and internet control, to win handily.
As a separate issue this bill should certainly be alarming but when looked at in the lens of the larger picture globally about control of information and censorship, it can be cause for even greater concern than initially considered. The U.S. government and the U.N. is not afraid to shut down and censor the internet as revealed by a Brookings Institute report that over $2.4 Billion in damages was caused in 2016 due to over 50 government led internet shutdowns and the notorious battle between the U.S. and U.N and Wikileaks, as the two global juggernauts attempt to shut down and silence the truths that are shared via Julian Assange’s brainchild. This is even more worrisome when considered beside a Wall Street Journal report earlier this fall about the distinct possibility of the U.N. acquiring control of the internet.
The War on Fake News and how the Mainstream Media has used it to try and silence voices of truth and opposition and force itself back into acceptance and validity has been well documented but has set the table for the forceful entry of this new bill, whether the public likes it or not. The bigger danger is that although the forces that fight for liberty and freedom won a victory by proxy through the defeat of Hillary Clinton, the war for the preservation of freedom of speech itself is much larger and has become exponentially more difficult against global entities that are not afraid to use brute force and blatant censorship to further their agendas.
This is due in large part to the fact that Clinton’s defeat or Trump’s victory, whichever idea you prescribe to, was ushered in due in large part to the existence of alternative news outlets and sources as well as online entities such as Wikileaks, who continue to counter and illuminate the many state fed lies that populate controlled outlets. The Main Stream Media and online juggernauts such as Facebook, now a state sponsored puppet for censorship and propaganda due to its recent partnership with the progressive controlled “fact checking” site Snopes, and Twitter, which has surfaced repeatedly in recent months for its draconian censorship and account banning practices are at the forefront of the forces that are now tasked with herding the public into acceptance of the establishment views and agendas and undermining and discrediting the alternative outlets that enabled bombshells such as the Podesta email scandal that used truth to equip the American public with facts necessary to make informed decisions rather than being led blindly into a role that the establishment desires.
Ultimately, the signing of this bill, the Fake News controversy, and the desire for control over the internet are all part of the war on freedom of speech by an out of touch and corrupt establishment. The American public would do well to heed the warnings of one of its nation’s great forefathers, Thomas Jefferson, who after newly establishing the fledgling American Republic, plainly stated :
“No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.”
And not allow their right to free speech, knowledge and information be so easily revoked and stripped away nor accept facts and news as truth without their own fact checking and vetting.