Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Escalating War on Independent Information

Wednesday, Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Kansas City infoZine
"... a new McCarthyism about purported dissemination of Russian 'propaganda' on the Internet with a new Orwellianism by creating a kind of Ministry of Truth..." 

Washington DC - infoZine - Rick Sterling is an independent investigative journalist and just wrote the piece "The War Against Alternative Information" for -- which states: "The U.S. establishment is not content simply to have domination over the media narratives on critical foreign policy issues, such as Syria, Ukraine and Russia. It wants total domination. Thus we now have the 'Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act' that President Obama signed into law on Dec. 23 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017, setting aside $160 million to combat any 'propaganda' that challenges Official Washington’s version of reality.

"The new law mandates the U.S. Secretary of State to collaborate with the Secretary of Defense, Director of National Intelligence and other federal agencies to create a Global Engagement Center 'to lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.' The law directs the Center to be formed in 180 days and to share expertise among agencies and to 'coordinate with allied nations.' ...

Don't Fall for Enemy Propaganda
Don't Fall for Enemy Propaganda. Poster Series: World War II Posters, 1942 - 1945. courtesy of National Archives
"The new law is remarkable for a number of reasons, not the least because it merges a new McCarthyism about purported dissemination of Russian 'propaganda' on the Internet with a new Orwellianism by creating a kind of Ministry of Truth -- or Global Engagement Center -- to protect the American people from 'foreign propaganda and disinformation.'

"As part of the effort to detect and defeat these unwanted narratives, the law authorizes the Center to: 'Facilitate the use of a wide range of technologies and techniques by sharing expertise among Federal departments and agencies, seeking expertise from external sources, and implementing best practices.' (This section is an apparent reference to proposals that Google, Facebook and other technology companies find ways to block or brand certain Internet sites as purveyors of 'Russian propaganda' or 'fake news.')

"Justifying this new bureaucracy, the bill’s sponsors argued that the existing agencies for 'strategic communications' and 'public diplomacy' were not enough, that the information threat required 'a whole-of-government approach leveraging all elements of national power.'

"The law also is rife with irony since the U.S. government and related agencies are among the world’s biggest purveyors of propaganda and disinformation..."

Related Article Link

"The War Against Alternative Information

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