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Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
12-25-2016, 07:50 PM
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Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
The two bills are discussed in a recent article in Zero Hedge. The first bill H.R. 6393 the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 can be found here. I put in the reference since Zero Hedge is among those listed as a "fake news" site peddling propaganda in a source cited by a recent Washington Post article discussed in a Digital Journal Op Ed.. The bill passed with a large majority according to Zero Hedge but you can verify this fact on the GovTrack website, which shows the official count! The bill seeks to crack down on websites that are promoting Russian propaganda without indicating they are funded by Russian authorities.
However, a second bill that is likely to affect the Internet even more and tries to control what Americans will read, hear, or view passed the House just recently. The bill H.R. 5181 calls for a "whole-government approach without bureaucratic restrictions" and is designed to counter foreign disinformation and manipulation which is believed to threaten global "security and stability". When introduced into the Senate the bill was called the Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692). The Zero Hedge article claims that the bill represents a return to Cold War-era propaganda battles. Where has Zero Hedge been? The battle has been going on for some time now in news coverage of the Crimea, Syria, eastern Ukraine etc.
Senator Rob Portman notes that countries such as Russia spend enormous sums funding political movements and other efforts to influence key audiences and populations including generous funding of news organizations such as RT. Of course, all countries do this — as exemplified by Iran's Press TV, France 24, Deutsche Welle, and China's CCTV. The U.S. has its own Voice of America. Apparently the U.S. does not like the competition.
What the U.S. needs is a single agency "charged with the national level development, integration and synchronization of whole-of-government strategies to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation". Perhaps as Zero Hedge suggests it should be called the Ministry of Truth. The House bill H.R. 5181 speaks of establishing a "Center for Information Analysis and Response" which would find sources of misinformation and then develop and disseminate "fact-based narratives' to counter the propaganda. This sounds fine except that we know that government itself is a prime source of propaganda and misinformation as discussed in a recent Digital Journal article. We need protection against the government which is provided by counter-narratives.
The "Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act" was quietly included in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This was passed in Senate December 8. The bill is described as follows:
The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Senators Portman and Murphy in March, will improve the ability of the United States to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation by establishing an inter-agency center housed at the State Department to coordinate and synchronize counter-propaganda efforts throughout the U.S. government. To support these efforts, the bill also creates a grant program for NGOs, think tanks, civil society and other experts outside government who are engaged in counter-propaganda related work. This will better leverage existing expertise and empower local communities to defend themselves from foreign manipulation.
The role of U.S. mass media in Manufacturing Consent is obviously not sufficient in an age where different narratives on the Internet are ubiquitous and the public are becoming skeptical of not only government narratives but of the mainstream media in general. Legislation is needed to better control the flow of information. Senator Portman's bill increases the authority, resources and mandate of the Global Engagement Center to include not just violent extremists but state actors such as Russia and China:
The Center will be led by the State Department, but with the active senior level participation of the Department of Defense, USAID, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the Intelligence Community and other relevant agencies. The Center will develop, integrate, and synchronize whole-of-government initiatives to expose and counter foreign disinformation operations and proactively advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.
The legislation would also help fund local journalists, provide grants to NGO's, think tanks, private sector companies, media organizations and other experts in identifying and analyzing latest trends in foreign government disinformation techniques:
This fund will complement and support the Center’s role by integrating capabilities and expertise available outside the U.S. government into the strategy-making process.
The U.S. being a competitive country will no doubt use the latest successful foreign disinformation techniques to produce a superior American Truth version of fake news. Should these new attempts to control the flow of information not work the government may attempt to imitate the techniques of countries such as Egypt or Turkey and simply make anti-government news promotion a crime while trying to restrict public access to alternative outlets.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com

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12-25-2016, 11:35 PM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
If trump is legit, he will have this repealed.

I guess it didn't matter whether we elected Clinton or Trump.
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12-26-2016, 02:30 AM (This post was last modified: 12-26-2016 02:37 AM by pilgrim.)
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Scary direction things are taking. Forums really may become the last bastion of truth until they decide to go after them also.
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12-26-2016, 05:09 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
Trump prob won't repeal it. He's all for enhancement of the surveillance state. What Trump will do is make the white middle class feel proud again psychologically.

if he does that they will follow all of his demands to ramp up the police state.
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12-26-2016, 05:59 AM
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The treason class and the hostile elite work in tandem.
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12-26-2016, 06:02 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
they probably want to make it illegal for US websites to push a pro-Russian angle.

They also want more funding to counter RT or CCTV etc.

most of US counter-intelligence programming is covert, but now they want to go full overt since their covert grip on the media is falling apart.

they want to regulate content on the web under the guise of controlling fake news. this is ludicrous. straight up orwellian shyte
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12-26-2016, 06:29 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
Quote:The Center will be led by the State Department, but with the active senior level participation of the Department of Defense, USAID, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the Intelligence Community and other relevant agencies. The Center will develop, integrate, and synchronize whole-of-government initiatives to expose and counter foreign disinformation operations and proactively advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.

The legislation would also help fund local journalists, provide grants to NGO's, think tanks, private sector companies, media organizations and other experts in identifying and analyzing latest trends in foreign government disinformation techniques:

This fund will complement and support the Center’s role by integrating capabilities and expertise available outside the U.S. government into the strategy-making process.
The U.S. being a competitive country will no doubt use the latest successful foreign disinformation techniques to produce a superior American Truth version of fake news. Should these new attempts to control the flow of information not work the government may attempt to imitate the techniques of countries such as Egypt or Turkey and simply make anti-government news promotion a crime while trying to restrict public access to alternative outlets.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com

The U.S. and the West easily outspend Russia and others on media initiatives. https://www.rt.com/facts-vs-fiction/

The more practical problem with the above initiative, however, is they want to counter information that is largely factual in nature with information that is largely false.

The reason that stations like RT are so popular is that they come the closest to representing the truth, whereas time and again the MSM organisations are proven to disseminate falsehoods to justify the egregious actions of the Globalist crusaders.

A lot of news information is easy to verify and would require obscene levels of censorship to counteract.
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12-26-2016, 06:31 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
yeah RT has a serious professional demeanor about it without the BS of something like BBC

BBC has good presentation but they make up and fake the news so they can't be trusted.

US claims that RT outspends VOICE OF AMERICA and whatever fake propaganda outlets they have, but they forget the pentagon funds hollywood. hollywood is the most effective mind control weapon in the world. it works in the realm of feelings, ideas and emotions. they brainwash you and control you... and destroy your culture. rim u up the ass with no ky.
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12-26-2016, 06:43 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
(12-26-2016 06:02 AM)PRINCESS POOPYPANTS Wrote:  they probably want to make it illegal for US websites to push a pro-Russian angle.

They also want more funding to counter RT or CCTV etc.

most of US counter-intelligence programming is covert, but now they want to go full overt since their covert grip on the media is falling apart.

they want to regulate content on the web under the guise of controlling fake news. this is ludicrous. straight up orwellian shyte

That is pretty much it.

They will have to revert back to the more overt tactics of the 20th century, when propaganda was far less polished than today's.

I think this is another desperate move by a declining Empire.

Always amazed at the level of complicity by a political class so out of the touch with the wants of the average person. I guess they are trying to cling on to their power.
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12-26-2016, 06:46 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
(12-26-2016 06:31 AM)PRINCESS POOPYPANTS Wrote:  yeah RT has a serious professional demeanor about it without the BS of something like BBC

BBC has good presentation but they make up and fake the news so they can't be trusted.

US claims that RT outspends VOICE OF AMERICA and whatever fake propaganda outlets they have, but they forget the pentagon funds hollywood. hollywood is the most effective mind control weapon in the world. it works in the realm of feelings, ideas and emotions. they brainwash you and control you... and destroy your culture. rim u up the ass with no ky.

Right. Plus the entire U.S. media apparatus, plus that of almost every Western country, is pro-Globalist.

RT is one voice on a very tight budget comparably.

It's comparing apples to oranges.
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12-26-2016, 06:49 AM (This post was last modified: 12-26-2016 06:51 AM by pilgrim.)
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
(12-26-2016 06:31 AM)PRINCESS POOPYPANTS Wrote:  yeah RT has a serious professional demeanor about it without the BS of something like BBC

BBC has good presentation but they make up and fake the news so they can't be trusted.

US claims that RT outspends VOICE OF AMERICA and whatever fake propaganda outlets they have, but they forget the pentagon funds hollywood. hollywood is the most effective mind control weapon in the world. it works in the realm of feelings, ideas and emotions. they brainwash you and control you... and destroy your culture. rim u up the ass with no ky.

You can see the brainwashing in action just by looking at how Americans view gays now. Years ago it was abhorred and then opinions started changing with the hollywood message. The big shift started with Clinton's "don't ask don't tell" military policy. Now its considered normal.
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12-26-2016, 06:54 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
It was actually common for kids to say "it's gay" "or that's gay" just 5-10 years ago in school. you said it in front of the teacher and they didn't care. now it's a major violation of political correctness.

not saying it's right, but just noting how things have changed.

Homosexuality should neither be promoted nor denigrated or smeared. they should be able to exist as everyone else, but if it is true STD/HIV rates are higher in the gay population it must be noted and warned about. really that simple.
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12-26-2016, 07:01 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
(12-26-2016 06:54 AM)PRINCESS POOPYPANTS Wrote:  It was actually common for kids to say "it's gay" "or that's gay" just 5-10 years ago in school. you said it in front of the teacher and they didn't care. now it's a major violation of political correctness.

not saying it's right, but just noting how things have changed.

Homosexuality should neither be promoted nor denigrated or smeared. they should be able to exist as everyone else, but if it is true STD/HIV rates are higher in the gay population it must be noted and warned about. really that simple.

I think there is a spiritual factor that must be taught as well to those that care about God. He still loves them but their lifestyle is condemning them.
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12-26-2016, 08:46 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
(12-26-2016 07:01 AM)pilgrim Wrote:  
(12-26-2016 06:54 AM)PRINCESS POOPYPANTS Wrote:  It was actually common for kids to say "it's gay" "or that's gay" just 5-10 years ago in school. you said it in front of the teacher and they didn't care. now it's a major violation of political correctness.

not saying it's right, but just noting how things have changed.

Homosexuality should neither be promoted nor denigrated or smeared. they should be able to exist as everyone else, but if it is true STD/HIV rates are higher in the gay population it must be noted and warned about. really that simple.

I think there is a spiritual factor that must be taught as well to those that care about God. He still loves them but their lifestyle is condemning them.

It will take a lot of effort to change this.

For example, schools at all levels are pretty much controlled by adherents of Cultural Marxism.

TV is also ground zero for this stuff.

The arts is the same.

There really isn't much of anything that hasn't been influenced by this way of thinking.

Even business has been taken over by this thinking insofar as there exists the concern about the 'insensitivity to diversity' threatening the bottom line.
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08-17-2019, 07:57 AM
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RE: Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692) quietly passed by the senate
The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit

When the Defense Department flunked its first-ever fiscal review, one of our government’s greatest mysteries was exposed: Where does the DoD’s $700 billion annual budget go?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/po...ry-807276/
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