Tucked away in the latest National Defense Authorization Act is a little provision that could be used to censor conservatives under the guise of “fake news.”
Included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was a provision called The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act. It was a bill initially introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) in March. The bill itself never gained any traction and eventually floundered. However, in the wake of the “fake news” scandal, it found new life. It was inserted in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and became law when President Obama signed it.
The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act (CDPA) was originally created to target foreign influence via the media.
This statement was released by Portman to explain what the CDPA will do.
The bill would increase the authority, resources, and mandate of the Global Engagement Center to include state actors like Russia and China as well as non-state actors. The Center will be led by the State Department, but with the active senior level participation of the Department of Defense, USAID, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the Intelligence Community, and other relevant agencies. The Center will develop, integrate, and synchronize whole-of-government initiatives to expose and counter foreign disinformation operations by our enemies and proactively advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.
It sounds like a great idea, but not in the new paranoid era of fake news. This could easily be used to target conservative speech, even with Donald Trump taking office. In addition, bureaucrats who may not agree with conservative values could abuse the new law.
The Independent Journal Review points out that there is no accountability here. What is determined as “fake news” is solely up to a nameless government bureaucrat. There is only a promise that the government “pinky swears” not to go after government critics.
With all the reports of Russia attempting to interfere with the 2016 election, the topic of “fake news” has been a hotly contested subject.
Some critics on social media have made it clear they don’t want the government involved at all in the filtering of information. The government, of course, vows it only seeks to “proactively advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.”
Joe Joseph of The Daily Sheeple posted the video below about the provision.
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