posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 11:59 AM
reply to post by Bilk22
Thank you Bilk22 for starting this thread and keeping it updated. Star & Flag
I don't normally comment outside of the Fragile Earth forum, but between this and the NSA revelations my hackles are up and I can't stop myself from
Did anyone else read the USA
article (dated 19 April 2013) linked from the late Michael Hastings' Buzzfeed article
on page 1 of this thread?
Hastings' article states
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.
In the USA Today article, the author Gregory Korte states:
If the websites were created using federal funds, it could violate federal law
prohibiting the production of propaganda for domestic consumption.
Reread that last phrase, "it could violate federal law prohibiting the production of propaganda for domestic consumption.
Now, since the adoption of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 , it will be entirely legal for the State Department to use fake websites, blogs
and forum posts to ruin reputations at will.
All in the name of national security, of course:
“Effective strategic communication and public diplomacy should be front-and-center as we work to
roll back al-Qaeda’s and other violent extremists’ influence among disaffected populations,”
This was according to one of the bills
sponsers, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA). The other sponser was Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX).
source of quote
I used to think the "paid shill" label thrown around here was stupid; not only was I the stupid one, it's now perfectly legal.
My only consolation is that this propaganda repeal does not apply to the Pentagon....oh, who am I kidding, no one can stop them from joining in--they
have already been knee deep in 'swaying public opinion'.