Anytime a politician does something “quietly” or without fanfare, you should suspect, until proven otherwise, that whatever is afoot has some nefarious characteristics about it. After all, politicians establish their reputations and support their future campaigns by making a big deal out of all the great things they are supposedly doing for the nation and the people. In fact, they are far more likely to take credit for something they did not do than miss an opportunity for some grandstanding.
If you want a classic example of this, run the clock back a bit over 100 years and review how the Federal Reserve Bank was brought into existence. If the people knew what they were really getting, there would have blood in the streets. So it was all done “quietly.” Let’s not also forget how Obamacare was passed by Congress in the middle of the night, as quickly and quietly as possible.
So what legislation has Mr. Obama signed that should give us all pause? Why, it’s the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act.” And who wouldn’t want their lives rid of lies and “fake news?” If only it were that simple.
Zero Hedge alerts us to the danger of this bill “that further chips away at press liberties in the US, and which sets the stage for future which hunts and website shutdowns, purely as a result of an accusation that any one media outlet or site is considered as a source of “disinformation and propaganda” and is shut down by the government.”
Scary stuff. Would anyone really want a government agency to determine for the citizens was is and is not true and filter the news accordingly?
There are so many problems with this piece of legislation that is now law that one hardly knows where to start. It’s right out of Orwell’s 1984. Zero Hedge continues:
And so, with the likes of WaPo having already primed the general public to equate “Russian Propaganda” with “fake news” (despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially “fake“), while the US media has indoctrinated the public to assume that any information which is not in compliance with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also “fake news” and thus falls under the “Russian propaganda” umbrella, the scene is now set for the US government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the government deems to be “foreign propaganda.”
Just like that, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born.
All this talk of “fake news” and “Russian hacking” has played right into this effort to empower government agencies and non-government organizations to do Americans’ thinking for them. This cannot be allowed to stand.
Once again, we are presented with the lesson that there is no substitute for constant vigilance for a people who wish to remain free. Let’s hope Donald Trump views this law as garbage and encourages Congress not only to stop adding pork to defense funding bills, but to also allow the First Amendment to stand as our Founding Fathers intended.
Source: Zero Hedge