New Bill Would Make It Legal To Target Propaganda And “Psychological Operations” Directly At U.S. Citizens

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Should it be legal for the U.S. government to spend billions of dollars on propaganda designed to change public opinion in the United States?  Should it be legal for the U.S. government to use television, radio, newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and Internet forums to conduct “psychological operations” targeted at the American public?  An amendment that has been added to a new defense bill in Congress would make it legal to target propaganda and “psychological operations” directly at U.S. citizens.  The latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act would overturn the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987.  Those two laws essentially make it illegal for propaganda that is used to influence public opinion overseas to be targeted at U.S. citizens back here at home.  If those two laws are struck down, there will be essentially very few limits to what the U.S. government can do to shape our opinions.  The government would be able to bombard us with propaganda messages on television, on the radio, in our newspapers and on the Internet and there would not even be a requirement that those messages be true.  In fact, just as happens so often overseas, it would likely be inevitable that the government would purposely disseminate misinformation to the American public for the sake of “national security”.  That is why it is imperative that this bill not become law.


As an article posted on correctly noted, this bill has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives….

Their bill was included as amendment 114 to the Defense Authorization Act and passed out of the House on Friday, May 18. It would amend two existing acts: the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (1987).

Fortunately, it looks like this amendment might run into some trouble in the U.S. Senate.  But during an election year, not many politicians want to appear “soft” when it comes to national security, so it is definitely not a sure thing that the Senate will reject this amendment.

This amendment has been kind of “flying under the radar”, so now would be a good time to contact your U.S. Senators and let them know exactly how you feel about this.

So precisely what would this new amendment do?

A recent article by Michael Hastings of did a good job of explaining how it would change things….

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.”

Do you want the Obama administration to use mass media in the United States to push a particular political or social agenda?

Do you want the State Department and the Pentagon to conduct psychological operations targeted at you, your family and your friends?

Do you want to see and hear government propaganda everywhere you go?

In a previous article I detailed 25 ways that America is becoming more like Nazi Germany, and I suppose I now have another item to add to the list.

Sadly, the government is already “pushing the envelope” when it comes to using the media.  In his recent article, Michael Hastings detailed some examples of how the Pentagon is already attempting to shape public opinion in the United States….

In December, the Pentagon used software to monitor the Twitter debate over Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing; another program being developed by the Pentagon would design software to create “sock puppets” on social media outlets; and, last year, General William Caldwell, deployed an information operations team under his command that had been trained in psychological operations to influence visiting American politicians to Kabul.

According to U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry, one of the sponsors of the bill, current law “ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible way.”

Apparently we cannot think for ourselves and we need the government to help us to see things more clearly.

But when it comes to “psychological operations”, the people that run them do not always play nice.

Just check out what happened recently to two USA Today reporters….

A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.

Fake Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names.

If this new bill becomes law, there will be very few limits on what the government can do.

And just like the two USA Today reporters, you could end up being a target.

If the government propaganda experts decide that they don’t like you, it is quite likely that you could end up being the target of a massive misinformation campaign.

It could come down to the fact that they simply do not like your blog or what you are saying on Facebook.  They could decide that it is best to destroy your reputation for the sake of “national security”.

These kinds of “Big Brother tactics” are absolutely disgusting, but they are becoming part of who we are as a nation.

According to one recent DHS report, if you revere “individual liberty” or if you “believe in conspiracy theories” you are a potential terrorist.  And if you are a potential terrorist, then it would only make sense to conduct psychological operations against you before you become an “active” threat.

Sadly, many Americans already act as if they have been brainwashed by propaganda.  Recently, a shocking video from North Carolina of a teacher yelling at a high school student and telling him that disrespect of Barack Obama is not permitted in the classroom went viral all over the Internet.

The teacher honestly seemed to believe that it was forbidden to “disrespect” Barack Obama.

That is frightening.

Our founders insisted on a limited federal government for a reason.

They greatly feared what might happen if the federal government became too large and too powerful.

At this point, not only is our freedom of speech under attack, but our freedom of thought is under assault as well.

If we are not very careful, America is going to be turned into a giant prison.

Those of us that still love freedom and liberty must be willing to speak out now before it is too late.

Once our freedoms and liberties are gone they will be incredibly hard to get back.

  • really simple. 2 maxims.
    #1 UN-SCHOOL! the public school system has been allowed to train generations to be pliable to mind control.
    #2 RETURN to JESUS. Pray & Fast to break the spiritual midnight that has descended upon the world.

    The only TRUTH one needs to know is there is no evil more powerful than the Will of God.

    “He is coming. This time He won’t be spit on.”
    maranâ’ thâ’

    • Ameen

      @thelittlebrother: please, “spAt” for ************** sake at least get your English right….

  • Tatiana Covington

    “Legal”… it’s just a piece of paper. That doesn’t make it better or right or anything else. They could do it anyway, “law” or not. Besides, they just make up all that crap anyway, expecting you to believe and obey, since supposedly they’re better than you are.

    But they are just plain old ordinary people. All they did was win popularity contests, or appointments.

    And anyone actually believes all that crap?

  • Guido

    Sorry, this would seem a whole lot more disturbing if they weren’t already propagandizing us from all angles. The news already reports exactly what they want, anyway. Even if they weren’t hitting us with intentional propaganda, the media are so passive and worthless, citizen journalists have had to go out and do their work for them. The lamestream media isn’t my primary news source anymore, nor will I ever trust them without verification and my finely-tuned BS meter.

    The funny part is the military has been planting fake news out there overseas for years, which then ends up being processed by intel analysts for consumption domestically when they research what foreign media are reporting. That means our fake news is now creating problems for our own side. Our leaders are getting briefings with propaganda we created and broadcast overseas. Garbage in-Garbage out. We might as well get a pistol with a barrel bent to point back at ourselves.

    In any case, it’s plainly obvious when most of the BS is being piped out now-you just watch their lips move. I don’t know many people who would willingly toe party line, so it should be painfully obvious when someone is a plant, but then again, I never get my news from social media.

    FYI-you can’t trust your churches, either. The gov’t co-opted many preachers years ago with programs where they’re mobilized to repeat gov’t-friendly messages in times of crisis. “Keep Calm, Carry On!”

    If you have any hope of knowing what’s going on, you better start getting smart on things and ignoring the lamestream. NBC, ABC, CNBC, HLN, CNN, FOX, etc are not going to tell you what’s really happening. Funny thing about that-most of those news channels and all the major network news are losing ratings and viewers. CNN is so low, I heard they only get 150,000 viewers max a night. Fox is doing better, since people believe they’re “fair and balanced,” but their news is skewed, too. You don’t hear them cover Rupert Murdoch’s troubles very much, do you? And you get a healthy dose of editorializing from their news readers, like Kelly and Shep. I’m a fox viewer on a daily basis (It’s on every TV where I work), but I know when they’re yanking me and it’s nice to have some news that isn’t completely skewed by leftist editors, researchers, and reporters (Such as NBC’s fake 911 Zimmerman call or CNN’s fake news stories about the US Army using nerve gas on the Vietnamese a few years back).

    AND, as if propaganda wasn’t enough, there’s also the blatant product placement in the news. News these days is a thinly-veiled camouflage for advertizing. The most recent product I’ve noticed being pushed in the news are these BS interviews with people relating to the new Hollywood stinker, Battleship. The other day, Fox was running interviews with a disabled vet in the movie, using the opportunity to run footage from the movie over and over all day long. Whatcha want to bet they were paid a healthy amount AND given plenty of access to the actor and plenty of action-packed footage to complete their hard-hitting report?

    Finally, I would point out that if you look at the newspapers from the Revolutionary War era, you would find just as much BS going on. Back then, they were even more up front about their leanings for or against the cause. Opinions weren’t concealed and the writers threw nasty, vindictive insults back and forth that would be shocking and outrageous today. Well, if you updated them-calling someone a Rascal today might not seem so bad…

  • mark

    No comment on these nut cases in the government. I am just going to be depressed for the next five minutes.

  • mondobeyondo

    USA 2012 vs. Germany circa 1934…
    The lines are becoming blurry.

  • mondobeyondo

    “Recently, a shocking video from North Carolina of a teacher yelling at a high school student and telling him that disrespect of Barack Obama is not permitted in the classroom went viral all over the Internet.”


    We’re just a few steps removed from a Hitler-like or Kim Jong-un like dictatorship. Where is this heading?? Will we be thrown into prison for throwing a shoe at a picture of Barack Obama?

  • de Malfosse

    thelittlebrother fingers the root of the problem:
    the public school system is the point at which pro-state indoctrination begins.

  • Rowell

    I think you’re a little off on this article. The media has been filled with political bias and propaganda for at least the past decade. De-regulation of the airwaves and media sector have concentrated the sources of news into a small, very biased pool of individuals/companies. Since each parent company is heavily vested in politics, of course they’re already pumping out the slanted news articles, sound bytes taken out of context and other propaganda. The only difference this bill makes is….we, the taxpayers, will be paying to be force fed the propaganda.

    You know, when I was in school and we were learning about World War II, I wondered how the German people could actually follow the Nazis. After the past decade or so, I now know the answer. It is so sad to see this going on, to see the population of your home country following the same path as the Germans walked back in the 1930’s. Democrat, republican, it doesn’t matter…they’re the same thing….bought and paid for politicians dragging us down a well-trodden road of pain and suffering. So sad.

  • Cinderella Man

    This makes me sick but the fact is these programs are already in place…They have fake posters on blogs and fake FB profiles. Just go on Infowars comment rooms and you will see tons of COINTELPRO commenters purposely stirring up crap. Im sure they are on here and ECB and possibly SHTF plan. They are easy to spot. They are the ones who constantly mock and undermine the message of truth the blog is trying to get out. Now that they will have talking street lights Im sure it just a matter of time before loudspeaker messages will either be directly or sublimiliy aimed at us. STAY ASLEEP OBEY MARRY AND REPRODUCE GOVT> IS YOUR GOD.

  • WM

    It is real exciting to see those who mock the Bible and study Nostradamas and the Mayan 2012 prediction, when I mention to them ancient Bible propecies that very clearly predict a one world government, one world religion, one world leader, cashless society, rebuitl temple in Jerusalem, etc.

    We are living in times where things are being aligned with Biblical prophecy. I don’t get stessed about it, but I also think it at the point of no return. We can say we should do something to make sure our freedoms will not dissapear, but will it really have an affect? I don’t think so anymore. No matter how many show up to vote and who you vote for, I really don’t think it matters anymore. The globalist agenda for a new world order and preparing the world stage for antichrist is already well under way, and there is nothing we can do to change it. Unless we repent as a nation and turn to the living God, there will be no healing of this land. I don’t think that is going to happen, becasue our society continues to turn from and reject Biblical precepts. Judgment has come and will contunue to come upon the USA. This is the new age and things of old are passing away. The globalist are after our Constitution and destroying it and nullifying it. Once that is done, then things are really going to get bad here. Much legislation is already in place ( Homeland Security, etc) that will be able to be really enacted once the Constitution is removed from this land.

    We are already seeing the 2nd , the 4th ammendents being challenged and attempted to be eradicated. I keep hearing about the HR 822 ( I think that is the number) which will allow licensed gun owners to conceal carry over state borders legally. Although I hope this does get passed, do you really think Obummer will sign this? Removal of personal firearms is a huge goal of the globalist, although if they try, they are going to have one heck of a fight on their hands. They are not just going to proclaim martial law and go door to door and expect Americans to just hand over their firearms without a very bloody fight. The 4th is also a battle. If you say you take the 4th and refuse to have your car or house searched without a warrent, guess what they will do? They will obtain a warrent under the suspicion of you being a “terrorist” because you must be hiding something. They win either way.

    Sadly, I persoanlly think personal liberty and freedom is coming to an end and a new communistic , new world order system is being setup. We can yell and shout and vote all we want, but what is coming is coming and there is nothing we can do, except pray, read your Bible ( while you still can) and get yourself right with Jesus Christ today.

  • laura

    People who support Obama do not realize or appreciate that their freedoms are little by litte and bit by bit, being destroyed, and they do not realize how much better we enjoyed freedoms compared to other countries. If they did, Obama would not only NOT be re-elected he would have already been impeached. He and his leftist propanganda supporters have brainwashed those who blindly follow him.

  • James

    Why bother with the formality; the corporate MSM in partnership with the government (a soviet) has been doing it for decades, successfully. The government “public” school has been the garden of anti-Christian, evolutionary, socialism; and 85% of so-called Christians sacrifice their children there.


    amen and amen!

  • Donna Plattner

    I am a targeted individual with Covert Electronic Harassment and Surveillance with mind controlling technologies/ microwave chip.

  • Zaralla

    We know what’s going on…..and SO DO THEY.

  • Tatiana Covington

    “Laws” are just man-made pieces of paper with ink on them. They do not enforce themselves. They are only distraction tactics along the lines of “Hey! Look over there! That great big mean inanimate object has control of me! I can’t help what I’m doing!” (While I rob you, and you suffer from the delusion that you are morally obliged to mere documents and mere winners of popularity contests, a false assumption deliberately meant to paralyze you.)

    Laws are paper, and paper burns.

  • The shadow government already owns the media, the Associated Press and Reuters, all the major news networks, Hollywood, magazines, newspapers, etc., so they’ve been spewing propaganda for many years.

    They have controlled opposition agents like O’Reilly and Hannity at Fox, and many top radio program hosts, who make you think that someone is looking out for you, but those clowns simply focus on the puppet show and rarely point out the shadow government which controls the system.

    Most of their propaganda comes in the form of racial issues, politics and religion.

    Fox News now has Jesse Jackson, a 33rd Degree Prince Hall Freemason, hosting a show and stirring up racial strive.

    They’re steering this country towards a civil war. When the economy collapses, all of the financial disparity and racial tension will come to a head, and result in blood in the streets.

    They have opposition agents on the Internet, posting on blogs(no doubt even on this site) and on social media, who promote their agenda.

  • Why would they need to make it legal?

    9/11 was a false flag “Psychological Operation”

    Killing Osama bin Laden was a “Psychological Operation”, since he had already been dead for many years. And now Obummer is using the bin Laden propaganda to make himself out like a hero.

    Now they’re changing their propaganda to make the American people into terrorists, for prepping, for voicing their opinions, for fighting against their anti-constitutional actions, for growing organic foods, etc…

    You can remove much of the propaganda by not watching their TV news shows, which provide misinformation 24×7.

  • Kevin

    The House of Reps just voted and 236 Republicans voted no with two voting yea and 180 Democrats voted yea.

    Thirteen Congressmen abstained.

  • Gary2

    New Bill Would Make It Legal To Target Propaganda And “Psychological Operations” Directly At U.S. Citizens

    we already have this–its called Fox news and AM hate radio.

  • Guido

    yeah, right. And NBC didn’t fake the 911 call in the Zimmerman case. And they never faked accident tests on Ford trucks on Dateline NBC, either. Or what about CBS using fake documents to attack George Bush in 2004? Or the general lefty media refusal to cover Obama’s past? Or CNN’s big embarrassing lie about the US using nerve gas in Vietnam. Or the long-standing refusal of the press to cover racist black on white crimes, such as the 100+ mob in VA beach that beat a newspaper reporter? No, it’s only the conservatives that are the problem…

    • xander cross

      So, its okay for Zimmerman to lie when he was in court and to kill someone because they have a hoddie on? Typical racist. Funny how you did not mentioned how the police kept Trayvons body for three days and did not informed the family. Also, Zimmermann was on psychoic drugs that made caused him to become violent, just like that so called Kony 2012 producer. If you have a gun and get your tail kicked by kid and then, you lie about it, you deserved to be sentenced, which will happen to Zimmerman one way or another.

      • Gary2

        Again–that the right is racist should not surprise you. I do not understand why you seem surprised at this all the time.

      • Guido

        Yep, I’m a racist because I disagree with you and I can prove you’re wrong with specific references to actual events.

        Ad hominem attacks aside, can you disprove me? BTW-what “psychoic” drug was Zimmerman on? Oh, Xander, when did Zimmerman lie in court? Because he hasn’t testified yet to my knowledge-he’s only been arraigned, right? And at what point did I comment on the police holding the body?(Did they? Cuz’ I thought that’s where the coroner came in, not the cops.) I could have sworn I was talking about media bias, but I guess any confrontation with a lefty equals I’m a racist.

        I would posit it’s the left that is racist. From FDR’s anti-black comments to LBJ’s calling blacks N—ers to Occupy movement attacks on Jews to the news trying to rouse black anger by calling a Hispanic/White/Afro-Hispanic man “white” to Woodrow Wilson’s support for segregation AND his enjoyment of Birth of a Nation. I could point out Robert Byrd’s KKK past or Elizabeth Warren’s exploitation of affirmative action, pretending to be an Indian, when she obviously isn’t. That’s pretty cynical and unethical if you ask me, but why not take advantage of the left’s arbitrary BS standards if it gets you a job? America’s affirmative action is only partially down the path to measuring skulls and noses like their ideological cousins in Germany did in the 1930s. (Don’t believe there’s a connection? Hitler and his buddies got THEIR ideas of race from the Progressive Movement’s Eugenics theories. Look it up! They had a mutual admiration for each other and the papers here used to be full of glowing accounts of what Mr. Mussolini and Mr. Hitler were up to overseas.)

        Ignoring all the name calling and hate for Herman Cain or Condoleeza Rice and other black conservatives, let me just point out the results of the Liberals’ love for minorities in America. Since the left started pretending they care about America’s blacks and others, we’ve seen the black family collapse in America, unemployment go up far in excess of the national averages, and education and literacy rates go down. No matter how much they claim they care, somehow, the results don’t seem to reflect it. Finally, and most damning, you can tell liberals are racist, since they consistently argue blacks and others need special exceptions and alternatives to the rules. Blacks and others can’t make it in America without a special leg up, extra time, more Mulligans, etc. Liberals think blacks can’t figure out how to pass a standardized exam, so they need special scoring or changes to grading methods to pass. Blacks can’t compete professionally in the workplace, so they need special quotas to ensure they get into the workplace, too. They don’t even think blacks and other minorities can figure out how to get an ID to vote, even though an ID is required to travel, buy alcohol, get a loan, rent a car, etc. It’s so bad, in the 1990s, liberals argued blacks in LA weren’t capable of even learning the English language and needed to be taught “Ebonics,” instead. Say what you want about racism, but if a black kid can’t speak English, his chances of getting a job are much, much lower. Racist or no, the results of the unique love of the left only seem to make the plight of blacks and other minorities worse.

        Finally, I would point out, it’s the left that is always worried about race, even when race isn’t part of the equation. They have to shoehorn race into everything, especially when their assumptions and ideas and opinions are challenged by independent-thinking people. Then, the race card comes out. I’ve watched liberals accuse black conservatives of being reverse-racists, then treat those conservatives like utter garbage for their trouble. For a color-blind nation, this country spends a lot of time agonizing over race. Try for a job, apply to a college, request a loan-you’re beset with questions of your race. If the nation is colorblind, and the government officially doesn’t care about race, it sure is funny how much they want to know about it.

        So go ahead, call me a racist. You can’t prove it and I’ve never expressed an actually racist belief you can cite, i.e. whites are better than blacks, but you know you hate me and what I say, so obviously, I’M the one with a problem. Since I disagree with you, it somehow makes me racist. Maybe I lynch blacks and I kick old Jewish ladies down stairs? Hey, while you’re at it, why not call me a Fascist! I’m a dirty, evil, goose-stepping Fascist with a little mustache and a love for jackbooted order and control. And I hate dirty Orientals, too. And I want to throw old men off cliffs and make your grandmother eat dogfood. Got anything else? My momma wear combat boots???

  • Patrick Downey

    All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. Noam Chomsky

    “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” Avram Noam Chomsky

    “I think there is a good reason why the propaganda system works that way. It recognizes that the public will not support the actual policies. Therefore it is important to prevent any knowledge or understanding of them.” Avram Noam Chomsky

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels

  • Kevin


    The entire MSM has a hand in it already but to codify it as a policy is no laughing matter.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “George Orwell would be shocked if he saw what was happening. It’s far greater than he could have ever imagined.”—Gerald Celente

    “I don’t think people realize just how evil and what an abomination our country has become.”—Alex Jones

    “Next train to Auschwitz, all aboard! Kiss those calories goodbye, because we’re in a fascist state.”—Gerald Celente

    “In eleven years, the Bush/Obama Regime repealed 800 years of human achievements that established law as a shield of the people and, instead, converted law into a weapon in the hands of the government.”—Paul Craig Roberts

    “This is beyond left and right. This is about good and evil, right and wrong. And if people can’t recognize that we’re in deep trouble, they are abetting pure evil.”—Alex Jones

    “How about that wonderful National Defense Authorization Act? You know, the one Obama signed on New Year’s Eve. You can arrest Americans—no jury, no trial, no habeas corpus rights, no attorney. The military can come and take you away, and you can never be heard from again.”—Gerald Celente

  • Joe

    The government has been involved in propaganda and indoctrination for a really long time,working together with Hollywood,Madison Ave,the universities,the newspapers,and the broadcast media news.
    Maybe because of the internet,too many people have been catching on and realizing how much we are lied to and how much propaganda there really is.Sounds like they’re scared and want to hang on to the status-quo of their 24/7 propaganda blitz, year in and year out.
    Legal propaganda or not,more and more people are turning away from the government’s mouthpieces on the tv news and the newspapers and magazines.Making it officially legal makes it even more obvious and blatant that they are in the business of lying.
    This will only serve to wake more people up and resistance will increase.