(first posted in Feb.) First time since 1948, propaganda is now legal in the U.S.

On 12/29/12, President Obama signed HR 4310, the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1078 (thomas.loc. gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.4310:) of the bill authorizes the use of propaganda inside the US, which had previously been banned since 1948 when the Smith-Mundt Act was passed.

History of Section 1078:

1) First version of NDAA is proposed, does not include domestic propaganda legislation (3/29/12)
2) Domestic propaganda legislation introduced by Rep. Thornberry as stand-alone legislation not related to NDAA, HR 5736, entitled ‘Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012.’ Defeated in committee vote. (5/10/12)
3) Exact text of HR 5736 introduced as Section 1097 of third version of NDAA, which was approved by the house. House sends bill to Senate. Section 1097 is entitled ‘Dissemination Abroad of Information about the United States.’ The text of this Section 1097 is virtually identical to that of HR 5736, except one word is removed (see below)*. (5/18/12)
4) NDAA referred to Senate. Section 1097 appears in fourth version of bill, ‘Referred in Senate’ version. In this version, there is a Section 1078, listed as ‘Authority for Corps of Engineers to Construct Projects Critical to Navigation Safety’ (6/19/12)
5) Section 1097 does not appear ‘Public Print’ version, nor does Section 1078. There is no section regarding ‘Dissemination Abroad of Information.’ (12/4/12)
6) In, ‘Engrossed Amendment Senate’ version, Section 1097 reappears as ‘Transportation of Individuals to and from Facilities of Department of Veterans Affairs.’ There is no section regarding ‘Dissemination Abroad of Information.’ (12/12/12)
7) Final version of bill is returned to House and Senate for re-approval. Section 1097 does not appear, and the ‘Transportation of Individuals’ clause does not appear elsewhere in the bill. Section 1078 reappears, now entitled ‘Dissemination Abroad of Information about the United States.’ The text of this Section 1078 is identical to the text of Section 1097 from the third version of the bill discussed in point #3. (12/21/12)
8) Obama signs this final version of HR 4310. (12/29/12)

That is the basic history of this bill. All information is sourced from Library of Congress.

*There is only one difference between the text of HR 5736 and Section 1078, and it is that the word ‘primarily’ from ‘intended primarily for foreign audiences’ appears in HR 5736 but is removed in Section 1078 of HR 4310 and the wording is ‘intended for foreign audiences.’

Below I’m going to paste the important parts of the bill’s text to help your writers. Bracketed text is mine. The beginning of the bill is misleading, and apparent reversals of clauses in it are made in subsequent subsections (however, if the reader uses a broad interpretation, they’re not really reversals, only expansions on the original meaning):

SEC. 1097. DISSEMINATION ABROAD OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNITED STATES.
(a) United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 [aka Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which banned domestic propaganda]- Section 501 of the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (22 U.S.C. 1461) is amended to read as follows:
GENERAL AUTHORIZATION
Sec. 501. (a) The Secretary and the Broadcasting Board of Governors are authorized to use funds appropriated or otherwise made available for public diplomacy information programs to provide for the preparation, dissemination, and use of information intended for foreign audiences abroad about the United States, its people, and its policies, through press, publications, radio, motion pictures, the Internet, and other information media, including social media, and through information centers, instructors, and other direct or indirect means of communication.

[using a broad interpretation, 'intended for foreign audiences abroad' could apply to any material that could at any point after release be potentially made available to any person who lives outside of the US]
SEC. 208. CLARIFICATION ON DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION OF PROGRAM MATERIAL
(a) In General- No funds authorized to be appropriated to the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors shall be used to influence public opinion in the United States. This section shall apply only to programs carried out pursuant to the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (22 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.), the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 (22 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.), the Radio Broadcasting to Cuba Act (22 U.S.C. 1465 et seq.), and the Television Broadcasting to Cuba Act (22 U.S.C. 1465aa et seq.). This section shall not prohibit or delay the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors from providing information about its operations, policies, programs, or program material, or making such available, to the media, public, or Congress, in accordance with other applicable law.
(b) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors from engaging in any medium or form of communication, either directly or indirectly, because a United States domestic audience is or may be thereby exposed to program material, or based on a presumption of such exposure. Such material may be made available within the United States and disseminated, when appropriate, pursuant to sections 502 and 1005 of the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (22 U.S.C. 1462 and 1437), except that nothing in this section may be construed to authorize the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors to disseminate within the United States any program material prepared for dissemination abroad on or before the effective date of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012.

[Note that section B expressly allows the use of propaganda domestically, as long as there is some possibility that at least one non-US-citizen will eventually receive the given communication]

This bill appears to not only open the door to legalization of the dissemination of propaganda in America, but would also legalize covert infiltration of media organizations by government agents and even the creation of media outlets that legally operate entirely as government fronts.

28 comments on “(first posted in Feb.) First time since 1948, propaganda is now legal in the U.S.
  1. Goldman Sucks says:

    Pope Benedict in shock resignation
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21411304

  2. Gregers Werle says:

    That’s asinine. “Banning” propaganda is something only an American could believe. Hollywood has been ‘product placing memes’ for decades, most would call that propaganda while Americans call it advertising.

  3. yawp says:

    It’s becoming obvious to TPTB the people are turning to alternative sources of information ,as provided by the internet, in greater numbers. Oh yea, CISPA’s back too, what a coincidence.

  4. Danny Cunnington says:

    @Goldman Sucks, Yes the Ratzinger is fleeing the rotting sinking ship just after the Dutch queen abdicated. Expect Queen Lizard to do a runner in the next couple of months.

  5. jarrollin says:

    Thank God, this will help keep Matt Lauer’s candy ass out of the clink.

  6. Flopot says:

    Does this really make any difference to what misinformation the average US citizen will be subjected to? Surely it will just mean even more of the same old propaganda, i.e. the War on Drugs, War on Terror, War on Socialism etc… Which in reality amount to a war on democracy.

  7. Flopot says:

    “This bill appears to not only open the door to legalization of the dissemination of propaganda in America”

    I thought we all agree that this has being going on for decades?

    “legalize covert infiltration of media organizations by government agents”

    Legalize something that has been going on for decades.

    “and even the creation of media outlets that legally operate entirely as government fronts”

    And what do you mean by “government front”? Considering that the corporations ARE the government then the corporate run networks are already doing God’s Work ;-)

    The real story here is that the “inverted totalitarian” process is almost complete. It is stepping into the light and this law is the mark of the rubber stamp that is the US State.

  8. Flopot says:

    PS I should have listed the “War on Information” aswell which is of course a war on truth.

  9. Banking Thiefs says:

    I suspect Obama wishes to promote the Global Warming propaganda to get people to use less energy, and pay more taxes for it.

    This is the kind of propaganda we got in the UK
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD2WTK94c1U

    We’ve had a doubling in fuel, gas and electricity taxes in the last decade.

  10. blindman says:

    or the whole thing is a special op, dorner or droner
    being on vacation in mexico at the time?

    post armageddon news ! updates and recollections….
    in the age of open deceit and legal disinformation by
    the departments encompassing justice, legislation and
    “trivial”, unreported , executions by the executive brand ,
    as always for sale at discount, not open to the public,
    all restrictions apply. ( data base, alciada, construction
    and maintenance ongoing ….
    .
    Talking Tom
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3__ggNTGtO8
    .
    “..[Note that section B expressly allows the use of propaganda domestically, as long as there is some possibility that at least one non-US-citizen will eventually receive the given communication]

    This bill appears to not only open the door to legalization of the dissemination of propaganda in America, but would also legalize covert infiltration of media organizations by government agents and even the creation of media outlets that legally operate entirely as government fronts.
    ” ….
    First time since 1948, propaganda is now legal in the U.S.
    Posted on February 11, 2013 by maxkeiser
    http://maxkeiser.com/2013/02/11/first-time-since-1948-propaganda-is-now-
    ( sure it has been happening, now it is legal and in the face. trust no man and know the lie, new world order
    what do they call those miserable souls damned for eternity? agents provocateur, that is it, know them at
    first sight. between them and the true believers no one stands a chance, check mate.) but, life goes on…..
    .

    Clap Hands

    Wine wine
    Why the goose drank wine
    And the monkey chewed tobacco on a streetcar line
    Now the line broke and the monkey got choked
    And they all went to heaven in a little row boat
    Clap hands…….
    Tom Waits : Clap Hands
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvMy1xOh6cw
    .
    Tom Waits – ‘Young At Heart’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1O1W_eebIw
    .
    Update ! Chris Dorner says It Wasn’t Me in Message ? Search Into Mexico with
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t80BaWR0Su8&feature=youtu.be
    .
    ” ..Now it’s roar, roar it’s the thunder and the roar
    sum’ bitch is never coming back here no more
    a moon in the window
    and a bird on the pole
    we can always find a millionaire
    To shovel all the coal
    Clap hands clap hands
    Clap hands clap hands …” t,w,
    .
    Christopher Dorner Manhunt Analysis
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGAA9yHGQBM
    .
    droner/sandy crook meme continues, who is behind the op? who is in on the op?
    what is being obscured/neglected/erased from the public mind, data base.
    .
    Here’s what the Project for New American Century (PNAC), a think tank that defines the foreign and defense policy of the US has to say about this:
    “…the art of warfare…
    will be vastly different than it is today…
    “combat” likely will take place in new dimensions…
    advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target”
    specific genotypes may transform biological warfare
    from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.”
    .
    Tom Waits – Mr. Siegal
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH4KM1uYPq8

  11. blindman says:

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the US public believes is false”
    = William J. Casey, 1981

  12. believe anything says:

    1078 isn’t in the bill. if so, i would like to see proof. i just went to the library of congress website. try to scare somebody else.

  13. Researcher says:

    Dear “believe anything”, I just went to the Library of Congress website, searched for “HR 4310″, found it, went to section 1078 and read it. It says exactly what the author said it says. There’s your proof.

  14. believe anything says:

    i would like the link mr. researcher. because you obviously went to a different library of congress website than i did. thanks

  15. believe anything says:

    There is on HR 5736 in the library of congress. Keep trying guys, scare the world. Government wants us all dead n lies to us. YOU should read the HR 4310 completely. It has some very smart things in the bill. But sorry to say, no conspiracies…darn!

  16. believe anything says:

    **no HR 5736

  17. jaack says:

    The only place I seem to get information about the US isn’t from all “news” program that are 99% sports & statistics & the latest athletic scandals. I go to RT.com and RT channel (russian TV) they are showing the stories, why aren’t Wall St fat cats being prosecuted for almost destroying the world economy? Why are oil co. or (*fill in blank induusrty) getting so much tax breaks when they have obscene profits alreaady? Outsiders are asking the quuestions that American Investigative reporting is supposed to do! The US govt doing propoganda , bring in Dr. Goebbels!

  18. aleksy says:

    NOthing revolutionary here.

    Been going on for decades.

    so it’s now “legal” [whatever that is supposed to mean...], so what…

  19. Useless Eater says:

    @Banking Thiefs

    OUCH! That video made me sad. I almost wanted stop breathing out that toxic CO2, just so I could do my part to help save the planet. Especially sad was the part where her paper dog drowned. But, alas, if I stop breathing for too long, I would die – and then I would no longer be able to be a pest.

    In America, we are blessed to have propaganda in the form of such classic comedy, like Bill Maher and Jim Carey. What a wonderful world it is indeed, when the comic genius of the likes of the immortal Jon Stewart can summon great guffaws from his audience with the mere mention of CO2 and poison gas in the same sentence, because it is so true. The funniest part of that for me, though, is that I found myself laughing too. In fact, I laughed so hard that I collapsed to my knees while tears rolled down my cheek. The difference, however, was that I was not laughing at what he said, I was laughing at the audience.

    This whole “propaganda is now legal” thing, I must admit, has me a bit confused. It sure did not seem like it was illegal before, with what I consider propaganda being spewed unashamedly on a daily basis. But, as with all government rules, regulations, statutes, policies and codes, they eventually codify the criminal behavior of the governments, corporations and banks. Law and justice be damned.

    Is this, then, a codification of something which they might see themselves as being libel for in the future? Every rule, regulation, statute, policy and code which they create, as of late (of the past oh, say 100 years or so), seems to have a primary purpose of legalizing their day-to-day criminal behavior. Truly, this is nothing new. But, as for nothing to see here and moving on? Sorry. That is not what a pest does.

  20. poopysnot says:

    Pages 326-328, HR 4310, signed by Obama on 12/29/2012.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr4310enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr4310enr.pdfv

    NDAA 2013 / HR 4310.

  21. poopysnot says:

    Look at the DOMESTIC section on page 327 and also note section c)

  22. poopysnot says:

    HR 5736 was shot down in Committee, then later attached onto NDAA 2013 or HR 4310. That time, as we all no doubt remember, it did pass.

  23. poopysnot says:

    @believe anything

    ahem

  24. poopysnot says:

    @believe anything

    Oh wait, I was mistaken after all! The bill was enacted after being signed by the President on January 2, 2013. (Not Dec 29, 2012)

    HR 4310 passes in NDAA authorizing propaganda on American Citizens: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr4310#overview

    (my bad)

  25. poopysnot says:

    or maybe he signed it on the 29th and the bill was enacted on the 2nd of January?

  26. poopysnot says:

    oh, there it is… “Signed by the President Jan 02, 2013″ (Its shown there at the govtrack link, above)ok, laughing at myself

    K g’night all!

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