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Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban

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Image from a quicklink An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned.

The amendment would "strike the current ban on domestic dissemination" of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee's official website.

The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts--the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987--that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government's misinformation campaigns.

The bi-partisan amendment is sponsored by Rep. Mark Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State.

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"Thornberry warned that in the Internet age, the c... by revzef on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 2:59:33 PM
What is 24/7 cable news if not propaganda for both... by John Lynch on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:38:50 PM
The definition of propaganda is:  Information... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:27:36 AM
But when such behavior is based on deceit, it serv... by Taylor on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 11:37:15 AM
I can, sure as hell, be wrong.... by Taylor on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 12:00:14 PM
There is plenty of misinformation - propaganda - e... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 4:35:17 PM