#Propaganda Is Alive And Well in the U.S. of A

Good morning, all!  I am looking forward to another week of sending out resumes and hearing nothing back.  I live in an area that brags on the news that they have the lowest unemployment rate in the state.  It’s complete bollocks; their stats may say one thing, but now that I am looking at month 18 without a paycheck, I have no idea who is manufacturing their nonsense.

The job situation in D.C. is much worse than anyone is officially saying.  It’s pure propaganda designed to boost the chances of those employed to support the current political regime.  I predict, after November, comes the big U.S. crash.

Speaking of officially sanctioned propaganda, here is a story about two sneaky Congressmen trying to slip an amendment by the rest of us allowing the USG to aim its taxpayer-funded public affairs machine towards the American homeland.

Reps. Adam Smith (R-WA) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX) dropped a stupid amendment into the DoD authorization bill repealing the venerable 1948 Smith-Mundt Act, passed during the height of the House Un-American Activities Committee era of rooting out Communist propaganda.

But here’s what is really interesting:

The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”

According to this official, “senior public affairs” officers within the Department of Defense want to “get rid” of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to prop up unpopular policies—like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Critics of the bill point out that there was rigorous debate when Smith Mundt passed, and the fact that this is so “under the radar,” as the Pentagon official puts it, is troubling.

The Pentagon spends some $4 billion a year to sway public opinion already, and it was recently revealed by USA Today the DoD spent $202 million on information operations in Iraq and Afghanistan last year.

In an apparent retaliation to the USA Today investigation, the two reporters working on the story appear to have been targeted by Pentagon contractors, who created fake Facebook pages and Twitter accounts in an attempt to discredit them.

Sneaky, sneaky, boys!  Seems the guys at the Pentagon are already using their ability to use DoD public affairs contracts to government contractors and manipulate public opinion towards their domestic objectives.  And I wonder what kind of cush job has been promised to the two Representative’s defense LAs for dropping this amendment…

That’s a nice disinformation campaign by some Beltway contractor.  Most likely, the same people I can’t apply to for public affairs work since I don’t have a DoD clearance.

Isn’t it ironic:  here I am, bitching about the loss of freedom, but I want to get a public affairs job working for these clowns since that is my area of expertise.  Sometimes you just can’t win…

Of course, as usual DoD is a bit late to the party with a targeted information campaign.  The three legacy media network news ops, CNN, and MsNBC have been doing this for more than thirty years promoting socialism upon a very gullible American public.


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