‘Should it be legal for the
article posted on LegalInsurrection.com
correctly noted, this bill has already been passed by
Their bill was included as amendment 114 to the Defense Authorization Act and passed out of the House on Friday, May 18. It would amend two existing acts: the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (1987).
it looks like this amendment might run into some trouble in the
amendment has been kind of "flying under the radar", so now would be
a good time to contact your
So precisely what would this new amendment do?
A recent article by Michael Hastings of Buzzfeed.com did a good job of explaining how it would change things....
new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push
television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the
you want the Obama administration to use mass media in the
Do you want the State Department and the Pentagon to conduct psychological operations targeted at you, your family and your friends?
Do you want to see and hear government propaganda everywhere you go?
previous article I detailed 25 ways that
the government is already "pushing the envelope" when it comes to
using the media. In his recent article, Michael
Hastings detailed some examples of how the Pentagon is already attempting to
shape public opinion in the
In December, the Pentagon used software to monitor the Twitter debate over Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing; another program being developed by the Pentagon would design software to create “sock puppets” on social media outlets; and, last year, General William Caldwell, deployed an information operations team under his command that had been trained in psychological operations to influence visiting American politicians to Kabul.
to U.S. Representative
Mac Thornberry, one of the sponsors of the bill, current law "ties the
Apparently we cannot think for ourselves and we need the government to help us to see things more clearly.
But when it comes to "psychological operations", the people that run them do not always play nice.
Just check out what happened recently to two USA Today reporters....
Fake Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names.
If this new bill becomes law, there will be very few limits on what the government can do.
just like the two
If the government propaganda experts decide that they don't like you, it is quite likely that you could end up being the target of a massive misinformation campaign.
It could come down to the fact that they simply do not like your blog or what you are saying on Facebook. They could decide that it is best to destroy your reputation for the sake of "national security".
These kinds of "Big Brother tactics" are absolutely disgusting, but they are becoming part of who we are as a nation.
According to one recent DHS report, if you revere "individual liberty" or if you "believe in conspiracy theories" you are a potential terrorist. And if you are a potential terrorist, then it would only make sense to conduct psychological operations against you before you become an "active" threat.
many Americans already act as if they have been brainwashed by
propaganda. Recently, a shocking video from
The teacher honestly seemed to believe that it was forbidden to "disrespect" Barack Obama.
That is frightening.
Our founders insisted on a limited federal government for a reason.
They greatly feared what might happen if the federal government became too large and too powerful.
At this point, not only is our freedom of speech under attack, but our freedom of thought is under assault as well.
are not very careful,
Those of us that still love freedom and liberty must be willing to speak out now before it is too late.
Once our freedoms and liberties are gone they will be incredibly hard to get back.