President Obama signing a National Defense Authorization Act in 2012
by Dee McLachlan
Just before Christmas, President Obama signed the “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017” bill into law. The law could make it illegal to run an alternative media website in the US — and criminalize Fake News on the Web.
“Last Friday it was announced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) that the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act legislation was in fact signed into law as part of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report which is aimed at countering foreign propaganda and disinformation.”
This is simply a crackdown on free speech and independent media. Investmentwatchdog writes:
“In Layman’s terms, the act will allow the government to crack down with impunity against any media outlet it deems “propaganda.” The next piece of the legislation will provide substantial amounts of money to fund “counter propaganda,” to make sure the government’s approved stories drown out alternative media and journalists who question the status quo.”
The First Amendment to the US Constitution is a foundational American value. It protects many other their liberties. But it is now endangered by this new law.
Congress incorporated (sneaked) this law into the annual defense budget. Now the Feds have the funding to take over the Internet, and thus, the mainstream media can force the “truth” on the American people.
Sites like Gumshoe, outside the US, might become more and more important.