Have you ever heard of the Smith-Mundt Act, the "United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948" (its official name)? It was signed by Harry Truman on January 27, 1948, in order to "… combat the ‘weapons of false propaganda and misinformation’ that was preventing understanding of America’s policies, …[.]" It was initially intended to establish facilities to broadcast to foreigners "… the ‘urgent, forthright, and dynamic measures to disseminate the truth.’" [emphasis mine] The act established, among others, the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe (RFE).
One original objective of the Smith-Mundt Act was to prevent the US government from broadcasting material it generated to US citizens. But that situation changed on July 2, 2013, as enacted in the "Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012," part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDSA) for Fiscal Year 2013.
The NDSA amended the Smith–Mundt Act, thus allowing materials (spelled "propaganda") produced by the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to be broadcast to the US public. The NDSA struck down a long standing prohibition on the dissemination of such material in the US. US citizens have not, in the past, had to listen to government sponsored propaganda broadcasts. Now, however, Obama has concluded that enough US citizens are sufficiently stupid enough that they can be plied with taxpayer funded lies that sound as if they are truthful messages from "a caring government."
In an attempt to justify BBG actions, spokesperson Lynne Weil
"Those people [the Samolis in St. Paul, MN] can get al-Shabab, they can get Russia Today, but they couldn’t get access to their taxpayer-funded news sources like VOA Somalia. It was silly.” "Now
Americans will be able to know more about what they are paying for with their tax dollars — greater transparency is a win-win for all involved."
That sounds great. And it would be if the BBG and the State Department would stop there. History, however, suggests otherwise. Or if the State Department could be trusted (can anyone say "Benghazi?").
But (and there’s always a "but" when Obama and his administration are involved), if anyone needs a reminder of the dangers of domestic propagana, the Obama administration provides ample reasons:
- The Benghazi cover-up scandal
- The IRS/Obama’s enemies list scandal
- Recent NSA actions
- "Justice Department" watching the Associated Press (AP)
- The ATF "Fast and Furious" scandal
- Holder’s perjury
- Recent EPA actions
- The Energy Department give aways
- We can’t wait."
Propaganda was a way of life in the USSR. The US, under Obama, has adopted Marxism, so government propaganda will now be a part of every US citizen’s daily brain training. Where is the MSM on this? Not a peep from them. And they will be the first to be shut down or become a government tool. Talk about being in Obama’s hip pocket. What’s really sad is that a majority of US citizens bought Obama’s propaganda and re-elected him, even as he was using his informal propaganda machine, the MSM. We ain’t seen nothin’
Bend over, because here it comes. What’s worst is that we taxpayers are paying for this propaganda, this coming manure spreading. Thank GOD for web sites like Conservative Daily News.
But that’s just my opinion
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