H.R.6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, passed in the House of Representatives on November 30.
The legislation deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda.
Section 501 calls for the government to counter “measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”
Definitions include media manipulation, covert broadcasting, disinformation and forgeries, and “funding agents of influence.”
On November 24, The Washington Post published an article citing “experts” who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.
“Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment, as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide range of grievances to claim the White House. The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the problem,” the Post reported.
The newspaper cited PropOrNot, an anonymous website that posted a hit list of alternative media websites, including Drudge Report, Zero Hedge, Activist Post, Blacklisted News, and many others.
PropOrNot attempts to make the case the websites are either used directly or covertly by the Russians to spread propaganda.
At this point it is unknown if the bill will work its way through the Senate and become law and if it will be used to shut down or curtail websites anonymously characterized as useful idiots or willing participants in disseminating supposed Russian propaganda.
This is code for, “if the right wing media publishes something we don’t like, it’s Russia’s fault and we will hammer on it.”
The left’s obsession with Russia knows no bounds. They continuously say that their “researchers” (unnamed) and “experts” (according to whom) have evidence against Russia claiming that it was a cyber attack that lead to Trump’s victory. Even though Facebook and Twitter were both caught red handed when they suspended accounts of Trump supporters and prevented certain hashtags from trending.
It’s no secret that Mark Fuckerberg is a tool for the left and did his best to hide or silence those on Facebook who voiced support for Trump. It’s no secret that HRC lied at the debate when she claimed she had several sources that verified a Russian cyber attack. The fact checkers caught her the very next day. But what do you expect from a pathological liar? It’s also no secret that Julian Assange admitted Russia wasn’t his source for the DNC hack of Podesta’s emails.
Now this lunacy is being passed by the House. When the left can’t beat you, they silence you. And this bill is the House’s way of silencing the American people and our free press (which isn’t really free) before Trump can get into office.
Be afraid. We need Trump more than ever to put a muzzle over this hysteria that could lead to nuclear war with Russia. The mainstream media is no better than a terrorist organization. They spread lies, fear, and silence their opponents.