Late on Friday, while the US population was preparing for the upcoming Christmas holiday, the Obama administration quietly signed into law the 2017 NDAA act. NDAA stands for National Defense Authorization Act and it includes,among other things, 611 billion dollars for military expenditures for 2017 along with (surprise surprise), buried deep into the act’s provisions, the infamous Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act.
While funding the US military is hardly breaking-news, the biggest issue, which was basically ignored in the mainstream “fake media”, is the creation of a Ministry of Truth so to speak, which comes directly from George Orwell’s 1984 novel.
A bill called Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act that was stealthily introduced in Congress back in March was signed into law by Barack Obama, as it was made part of the 2017 NDAA, being something like a “package deal” of sorts.
Just like any controversial bill that is trying to dodge the public interest by being buried deep inside another (more vast) piece of legislation, one that sounds patriotic and non-threatening, the Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act is basically an attempt from Big Brother to further curtail press freedom, marking a dramatic return to a Cold War era mentality, when the government was fighting fierce propaganda battles with the Empire of Evil, the former USSR.
With Obama signing on Friday the 2017 NDAA, now the Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act which was included in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act is the law of the land.
According to the (bi-partisan) bill’s sponsors ( i.e. a REP and a DEM), the Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act will promote a coordinated strategy for defending America and its allies from disinformation and propaganda purported by China and Russia, among others.
The bill will create a new inter-agency center harbored by the State Department for synchronizing/coordinating counter propaganda efforts via the US government’s grant program for NGOs, civil society and think tanks, together with “experts” from the private sector, all working together for protecting the US and its allies from foreign manipulation.
Let me quote directly the bill’s sponsors:
Our enemies are using foreign propaganda and disinformation against us and our allies, and so far the U.S. government has been asleep at the wheel. But today, the United States has taken a critical step towards confronting the extensive, and destabilizing, foreign propaganda and disinformation operations being waged against us by our enemies overseas. With this bill now law, we are finally signaling that enough is enough; the United States will no longer sit on the sidelines. We are going to confront this threat head-on. I am confident that, with the help of this bipartisan bill, the disinformation and propaganda used against us, our allies, and our interests will fail.
The use of propaganda to undermine democracy has hit a new low. But now we are finally in a position to confront this threat head on and get out the truth. By building up independent, objective journalism in places like eastern Europe, we can start to fight back by exposing these fake narratives and empowering local communities to protect themselves. I’m proud that our bill was signed into law, and I look forward to working with Senator Portman to make sure these tools and new resources are effectively used to get out the truth.”
What does that mean, you may ask? Well, the general public was essentially primed to equate “Russian propaganda” with the fake-news meme, meaning that any information which doesn’t comply with the official (the government’s) narrative, i.e. it dares to criticize the establishment, is basically fake news, falling under the “foreign propaganda” umbrella, thus the US government can legally close/censor any media outlet deemed to spread the respective foreign propaganda.
Thus, the Ministry of Truth was born.