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Senate Passes Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act as Part of NDAA

As was recently reported, the Intelligence Authorization Act recently passed the House, which calls for the government to counter “measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation.” On the 8th of December, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act passed the Senate as part of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report, taking the US one step closer to an actual 1984 Ministry of Truth scenario. The source for the supposed “Russian propaganda” was a site called PropOrNot, which has since been discredited and disavowed, yet the movement continues, which should show all that this is not about Russians or propaganda, but rather, Americans who dare to speak the Truth. 

This “fake news” story has been pushed so plainly and so intensely, that in many ways it is beginning to backfire, such as the fact that the Washington Post recently admitted that its ‘story on fake news, might be fake.’ This was the very source article from which this entire fake news/Russian propaganda narrative stemmed, which means the entire effort is based on a lie. Yet, the push to attack alternative media seemingly continues without missing a step. Never mind that the foundation of the argument has dissolved, the plan is to just push forward and build a new one on lies and legislation in order to complete the silencing of dissenting minds. Mainstream media is dying, and they know it. This is its last grasping effort to stop opposing information, or at the very least, stifle independent media; because regardless of what happens in the end, the people have begun to awaken to mainstream manipulation and its all-encompassing conflict of interest in every regard.

This new bill will be the outlet for all those attempting to put the genie back in the bottle. Yet, what they do not realize is that no matter how many genuine truth-telling organizations they shutdown for not towing the government line, fifty more will arise, stronger and more determined to open minds. Short of shutting down the Internet(which is possible, however unlikely), this awakening can no longer be stopped. And it’s bills such as this that show with such clarity how completely disconnected Washington is from the people that it is supposed to represent. 

According to the press release:

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 interagency 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 bipartisan Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is organized around two main priorities. They are as follows:
  • The first priority is developing a whole-of-government strategy for countering foreign propaganda and disinformation. The bill would increase the authority, resources, and mandate of the Global Engagement Center to include state actors like Russia and China in addition to violent extremists(otherwise known today as anyone who opposes the State-sponsored views). 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(notice how the words narrative and fact “based” were used instead of simply “facts”).
  • Second, the legislation seeks to leverage expertise from outside government to create more adaptive and responsive U.S. strategy options. The legislation establishes a fund to help train local journalists and provide grants and contracts to NGOs, civil society organizations, think tanks, private sector companies, media organizations, and other experts outside the U.S. government with experience in identifying and analyzing the 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. It will also empower a decentralized network of private sector experts and integrate their expertise into the strategy-making process. 

In other words, the US government bill designed to sniff out “Russian propaganda” will be funding what appears to be massive counter propaganda efforts all over the world, or as the Washington Post put it,

“foster civil society and independent journalism in countries targeted with propaganda campaigns by Russia and other foreign powers, including China.”

So it will be planted, US-funded journalists that will spread what the US deems “the Truth,” while attempting to counter anything else. The outlandish part of this entire smoke screen, designed to create an excuse to silence alternative media, is that the US seems to think that doing exactly what they are accusing Russia of, is somehow okay for them, but wrong for everyone else.

Propaganda is propaganda regardless of who you are, yet the US simply points the “fake news/propaganda” finger at anyone and anything that dares attempt to actually inform the people, and labels them whatever the new scaremongering buzz word is. Over the years there have been many, all designed to instill the same doubt and fear. What was once a “communist,” or more recently “ISIS sympathizer,” today, is FAKE NEWS.

One should take note of the serious decrease in both ISIS activity, and mainstream coverage of that activity, as they pivot into the new narrative. It could be a coincidence that while the establishment and the media were focusing on other things, such as the election, and now the effort to quiet alternative media, that ISIS just decided to take a breather from its Western funded agenda. Yet, it is altogether more likely that its puppet masters are not currently pulling the strings. 


What makes the US the arbiters of world truth? It is already known that the US government spreads propaganda all over the world, so how is that any different from what Russia is being accused of doing? At least the US is consistent in its double standards, which is now basically an American pastime. 


Ryan Cristián
"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see." - John Lennon Driven by a desire for accuracy, chef and independent news stalwart Ryan Cristián has a passion for the Truth. As a recent recipient of the Serena Shim Award For Uncompromising Integrity In Journalism, he understands that Americans want their news to be transparent, devoid of the opulence frothed out by today's corporate media. A cultured and insightful man with a worldly sense, Ryan's unjaded approach offers common sense to the individual racked by the ambiguous news cycle - a vicious and manipulative merry-go-round that keeps trenchant minds at a manageable distance from the truth. Avid writer & editor by day, Truth seeker by night, Ryan's reality defines what it means to be current.

9 Replies to “Senate Passes Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act as Part of NDAA

  1. Excellent work, Ryan! I sincerely appreciate your thorough review of the latest traitorous act against our Constitution and Bill of Rights by the very people sworn to defend it. Portman and Murphy should be near the top of the lengthy and growing list of domestic traitors.

  2. Could you please comment on whether any of this “official fact checking” will apply to Fox News which has been the de facto “Ministry of Truth” for 1/2 of America for the past 20 years, despite its proven reputation for purveying outright lies? Not to mention that paid FN “contributors” are now the font of officially instated president-elect advisors.

  3. The propaganda irony of complaining about a bill that “bans” independent media – by citing an Act that doesn’t exist !!

    Oh the irony !! Oh the paranoia !!

      1. you win! if that guy spent much time on this website he would have done his homework prior to trying to call you out. Just curious, do you ever sleep? or eat? you must do research in your sleep 😉

      2. Sometimes it certainly feels like it! This is now bigger than me, and I have a responsibility to keep you and our other readers truly informed, and I do not plan on slowing down anytime soon. Your support is greatly appreciated Kathleen!

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