Obama Signs Christmas Bill Making Alternative Media Illegal

Obama signs bill making alternative media illegal

President Obama has just quietly signed into law a bill that makes it illegal to run an alternative media website in the U.S.

On Friday, just two days before Christmas, Obama signed the “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017” bill into law.

Wearechange.org reports:

This bill will “Criminalize ‘Fake News, Propaganda’ on the Web,” a key piece of legislation meant to crack down on free speech and independent media. 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 “right to free speech and freedom of the press,” is guaranteed by the First Amendment to The U.S. Constitution. It is a foundation of American values, put in place by our Founding Fathers to protect our liberties, is now being endangered by this new law.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom in a state: it ought not, therefore, to be restrained in this commonwealth.” – John Adams, Samuel Adams, James Bowdoin (1780). Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This is not the first time that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was used to disguise a piece of legislation. Back in 2012, Obama signed a law that allowed for the “indefinite detention of American citizens” without a judge or jury. Then in 2013, Obama signed an NDAA bill that packaged an end to the Smith-Mundit act that prevented the government from using propaganda against its own citizens enabling the government again to legally produce propaganda.

What does that mean for you if you are an independent journalist or blogger? You can read more here, but it means that for simply writing this and asking questions and pointing out that Obama always signs these bills around the holidays like I did in this poem, if I am accused of “fake news” or propaganda, I could face criminal charges.

In other words the stage is now set for the U.S. government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the they deem to be “foreign propaganda.” The ministry of truth is setup. Welcome to 1984.

In a statement, Obama said that:

Today, I have signed into law S. 2943, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.” This Act authorizes fiscal year 2017 appropriations principally for the Department of Defense and for Department of Energy national security programs, provides vital benefits for military personnel and their families, and includes authorities to facilitate ongoing operations around the globe. It continues many critical authorizations necessary to ensure that we are able to sustain our momentum in countering the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and to reassure our European allies, as well as many new authorizations that, among other things, provide the Departments of Defense and Energy more flexibility in countering cyber-attacks and our adversaries’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles.”

  • anonymous4u4me

    Everything this piece of human excrement does is illegal, as he should not be in office, for he is there illegally. Piss on anything he has done with his phone and pen it is your duty and right and obligation to ignore and break these laws.

    • Woody20164

      Um, if true, this was a bill passed by the Republican Congress. What say you now?

      • canucanoe2

        Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

      • Dave Smith

        If true probably an executive order.

    • David Hewitt

      He’s just getting things set up for Trump!

    • Xaviersp

      It obviously flies in your face that this article completely distrorts the truth and that the new bill has absolutely no effect on American alternative media, and in no way makes anything illegal. Well, we already knew that Trumpers were not too big on truth…

  • crotchy the clown

    the bill will be struckdown just as the grayout bill was.free speech isn`t something people take lighty.

  • crotchy the clown

    the age of hypersonic unmanned aircraft has begun,with hypersonic glide nukes&warheads outdating our nuke missles.Just as trump knows not to hang on to manned jets and aircraft.There is no reason to man any jets or fighter aircraft with remote controlled cars already fuctional.A human in a fighter aircraft means it has to go slower than a unmanned airframe.Missles are also outdated with drop nukes in hypersonic glide vehicles taking shorter faster paths to targets inside the Ozone.Nuke warheads on missles must take long routes outside the Ozone and drop back down to target thus being much slower and easyer to counter.I don`t think a 1% run trilated mindset gives a tassy rat ablout joe public accessives

  • crotchy the clown

    hillery would`nt have had a shot at being presidenti if she had not used fake everything to smuck the public

  • Roxy Bryant

    Good thing President Trump can use his power of the pen signing an executive order to undo ALL UNCONSTITUTIONAL “executive orders” and “laws” that infringes our rights.

    • Paul Schuster

      True and I hope he does on this one, but then just think of all the other unconstitutional orders that Nazi is going to sign.

      • Dave Smith

        snowflake.

    • Woody20164

      If Trump ignores lawfully passed legislation, he’s no better than Barry. This bill was passed by the GOP Congress. Take your beef to them. God, I hate defending O’Bama but facts are facts.

    • David Hewitt

      And if you believe he’s going to do that, YOU ARE FUCKING RETARDED.

  • mike
    • Nancy Clark

      I think they lied about this too. Ovomit was born in 1961 and Kenya did not become an independent country until 1963. He has told so many lies no one knows the truth.

      • Woody20164

        His mother is American. Period, case closed. God you people are nuts.

    • Woody20164

      Get over it. He was President. The time to disqualify him was before the election. He wasn’t, so he’s President. Besides, his mother was a qualifying US citizen, so even if he was born on Mars, he’s qualified. Much to our chagrin.

  • Harold Patrick

    Original Constitution was illegally suspended in 1871…Don’t believe it? Do yourself a favor and google it now, while you still can.

    • Pat Engness

      I will…..and it wouldn’t surprise me. Aldous Huxley said that his book, Brave New World, wasn’t a futuristic Fairy Tale. he said it WAS the Game Plan! The Bohemian Grove Crowd that meets for 2 weeks every July in the Redwoods of Mendocino County, CA started back in the 1880’s. And then the Bilderberg Group started in the 1950’s. 1991= Bill Clinton went to Bilderberg. 1992= He became President in spite of everything dogging him from Arkansas. 2006= Obama went to the Bilderberg Group Conference. 2008=HE became President. $HilLIARy has been at least three times=Canada, U.S. and Europe. 2015= Podesta was at Bilderberg. Start compiling your journals, recording stuff, find a secret place to Hide them. Although my MEMORY is still intact and I can Share with you right now: The small entry wound in JFK’s head was in the FRONT> NOT the back. There was NO big Blast Hole in the front, on his face, preventing them from showing pictures of JFK on the gurney. You can go on Facebook Pages dedicated to JFK “Conspiracy” evidence that hundreds of people have compiled. “They” scrambled over the next couple days to get their story put together. I was 10 and I REMEMBER. We ALL thought it was suspicious how Jack Ruby was able to Kill Oswald right on camera! But Lee Harvey did get to say to reporters the day before that he was a “patsy”, he was being framed. Jack Ruby had cancer. But like anyone that the Government says is in jail……who knows, right? Ed Snowden did NOT DEFECT to Russia. He slipped out of Hong Kong and was on his way to Ecuador when Obama Revoked His Passport, STRANDING ED IN RUSSIA! Shut off his chip…..just like they can DO to YOU. Those Chips aren’t for our “protection”…..they are in our Driver’s Licenses now, for ex., to CONTROL us.

      • TutuWuwu

        Bohemian Grove is in Sonoma County.

    • Woody20164

      You’re kooky

  • Kathleen Malandrucca

    You don’t even see it. “PROPAGANDA”. He’s stopping trumps dumb lies from being posted.

    • jholl99

      Its the politically motivated biased media promoting propaganda you idiot.

      • Paul Schuster

        absolutely

    • Matthew Roach

      We as humans have the right to lie. As long as we aren’t threatening others’ physical well being, we can say whatever we want!

    • Woody20164

      Which lies are those? If you like your doctor you can keep him? You can keep your plan? It was over an Internet video? I didn’t know they were classified? Web Hubbell isn’t Chelsea’s father? My husband didn’t have sexual relations with that woman, it was a vast right-wing conspiracy. I didn’t get those questions from Donna Brazille?

  • alwaysright21

    Obongo blows goats and gets
    cornholed by crazed sheep

    • Bill Austin Kearns

      I got photos of you eating cow dung!

  • Aubrey John DeBliquy

    WOW This is not pretty. Trump should depose this Trojan and Alien puppet. Will a Monarch decide what is true and false? When you control fake news you shoot yourself in the foot and destroy your credibility and betray your people and stimulate tyranny and lawlessness and are a traitor to your people.

    • David Hewitt

      So naive. Who do you think Obama is passing these rules FOR? The Democratic party is dead. There will be no more ‘freedom’.

  • Chris Sky

    everyone who thinks logically always knew censorship and a “ministry of truth” is the next phase.

  • Scooter Tramp

    “This bill will “Criminalize ‘Fake News, Propaganda’ on the Web,”but not on TV? (CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC etc?)

    • David Hewitt

      That’s right. This will criminalize ‘Truth’. That is why it is called ‘The Ministry of Truth’.

  • crotchy the clown

    dum lies are freedom of speech in which hillery&billlery smucked joe Q into THINKING that he had`nt got impeached and that she isn`t a lobby pac puppet.Smit always runs down on THE HILL so never look for nayAthing to change other than how much smit how fast.Lieing is the marican way BILLERY NO NEW TAXES=2 biggist tax height in history.America is over OVER?^^^CB BBC elite the world is wired with the worldwide satellite networkSS viewing in GOD VIEW your lifes an`t yours they own the rights to even your DNA codings.BAD projection satellites take lifes every and each NEW DAY!!!

  • crotchy the clown

    dum dum got gum gum?

  • John L. Battey

    So, where is the line between fake news a entertaining fiction, or a joke? If you’re writing a legitimate news story and an eye witness report something to you that what they thought they saw, but it didn’t really happen that way, which one of you goes to jail? Are allegories prosecutable offenses, and if so, do all online copies of the Bible need to be taken down?

  • DispassionateObserver

    Hey, pay attention to what you are reading. This was part of a massive budget bill that was written and passed by BOTH Republican controlled houses of Congress…knowing full well that the POTUS is not going to veto a massive military budget bill requires to keep the military funded and operating.

  • Paul Schuster

    Obama has been water sliding off my list from the beginning. This puts the black fascist way outside the constitution, and the rest of us already under the water, considering the biggest fascist of all times other than McCarthy is about to take office. Let’s hope the Supreme Court takes this immediately.

  • OrCoastTheo

    For him to sign it a Republican Congress would have had to pass it. What won’t you people believe?

    • Jim

      Not if it was an Executive Order. Those completely bypass congress.

      • OrCoastTheo

        But in fact a Republican congress did pass this.

        • Jim

          Do you understand now why my bare minimum requirement for public office is that the candidates have actually read the Constitution? How about a law that says “No congressman or senator may vote for a bill until they have read it.”

          I can’t find the language of the rider that criminalizes fake news. The article references 2 different bills. The opening paragraph says he signed the “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017”, but according to https://www.congress.gov/search?q={%22congress%22:%22114%22,%22source%22:%22legislation%22,%22search%22:%22Intelligence%20Authorization%20Act%20for%20Fiscal%20Year%202017%22}&searchResultViewType=expanded that one is still in the Senate.

          The closing paragraph says, S. 2943, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.” That is the one he signed, but I’m not finding anything close the what the article claims.

  • Secret Ajentman

    This bill has NOT been passed by the Senate, nor signed by the President, and your site is exactly the kind of website that is endangering the valid alternative news media sites that this bill is about. STOP creating false news and passing along bullshit. HERE is a government link to see the status on this bill PROVING this article is pure crap:

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/6480/titles?r=49

    • Woody20164

      That link proves, or disproves nothing. It is only a synopsis, it doesnt contain the full language. Ever heard of riders? I’m not saying it’s true, but if it is, it was passed by the GOP. So, go read the whole bill and come back.

  • passn8ldy

    He just signed the death knell for CNN, MSNBC, and other liberal news channels.
    Can you imagine how busy our criminal court system is going to be trying to untangle what’s true and not true? … especially with a site like Snopes.com being allowed to publish whatever it wants and legitimizing it by saying according to their sources ….?

  • Bill Austin Kearns

    Wow – where did you kiddos buy your purple Kool-Aid ? Does anyone know how many reporters Donnie Dollars has already banned from attending his “news conferences”? Oh wait – that’s right; he’s not going to have ANY news conferences, because he doesn’t want those evil, evil reporters asking him questions!

    • Dave Smith

      LOL snowflake

      • Bill Austin Kearns

        Water drop

  • ciercee

    First they have to prove it was fake. That of its self will open up a can of worms.

  • Alexander Horvat

    Just as Sean infers, this bill criminalizes nothing, only eliminates any TRUTHFUL competition from independent folks whose experiences and information run contrary to the PROPAGANDA they push. This is an absolute travesty and blow to freedom and liberty loving Americans everywhere, perhaps this can get reversed with the stroke of a pen? As for the weak minded who are desperate and easily influenced by ISIS/Islamic Jihad drivel there will always be those kind of folks. In the 1930’s there were American Nazi’s who filled up auditoriums before WW II saw America get on board by declaring war on Japan and having Germany declare war on America.

    • Woody20164

      Better call your Congressmen because this was passed by the GOP CONTROLLED Congress, if true.

  • Woody20164

    Well, since the GOP has had control of Congress of the past two years, if this landed on Barry’s desk, you can blame Mitchell McConnell and Paul Ryan. This was NOT an Executive Order, it was duly passed legislation.
    They probably assumed it would shut down all outlets but Fox News, but I’ll miss The Onion.

  • superpam1979 .

    This is clearly an act of Fascism by a true Fascist which totally violates the right of free speech guaranteed in the Constitution of America which our forefathers definitely intended to prevent a tyrant like Obama from effecting. Obviously our next bastard president, Trump, will continue along the paths created by the U.S. government ever since JFK was murdered by the Federal Reserve fascists. What needs to be stopped is the endless propaganda sent out by America’s media (mostly owned by Jews) and government leaders, such as the official lies about all of how 9/11 was carried out by American traitors and Israel.

  • B

    He signed this bill as an executive order, thereby circumnavigating congress….the good thing here is that executive orders are subject to judicial review.

  • Peter Ackermann

    16 American Jurisprudence 2nd Ed. Section 256. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 is Unconstitutional by way of direct violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution For the united States and the Constitution of the United States.

  • Jim

    Apparently he’s never read the 1st Amendment. Oh wait…he’s a Constitutional scholar.

  • http://luxomni.blogspot.com/ Luxomni

    From this Bill forward the Government is allowed to determine the truth we are allowed to know.

  • http://hoosiertoo.blogspot.com hoosiertoo

    This legislative pile of excrement was passed by your Republican-controlled Congress and slipped into the NDAA. Call your congresscritter and excoriate it – or thank it, if you’re so inclined.

    Truth is what it is, independent of the source. Whether the source of the lie is the Bureau of Lies and Scams or CNN is irrelevant. It’s become apparent that there is no untainted news source in this country and that the main purveyor of disinformation is our own government and mainstream media.

  • John Bottomley

    We had this conversation as a people generations ago and came to the group conclusion that you could not yell ‘Fire’ in a theater and hide behind freedom of speech. It speaks to consequences. It just means you cannot lie anymore, call it true, and say you are a news outlet. Opinion is not news, it is editorialism at best. Without lies paraded as truth there would be no conservatives, faux news or Ronald TrumpDonald and this should have been done 20 years ago.

  • walterjessesmith

    This is a very important topic. Unfortunately, run-on writing merely adds confusion. Like this: “Then in 2013, Obama signed an NDAA bill
    that packaged an end to the Smith-Mundit act that prevented the
    government from using propaganda against its own citizens enabling the
    government again to legally produce propaganda.” Who are these citizens that silly writer believes are “enabling the government again to legally produce propaganda”?! What silly nonsense! The US Government has never, since the Constitution was ratified, removed itself from the propaganda business. Are we citizens so devoid of history we cannot recognize ignorant nonsense? Many, yes, perhaps most. Does this make it alright for silly writers pretending to be serious to avoid editing their writing to make it coherent. Apparently that is the most easily recognizable source of fake news. It may or may not be fake by design. It may be fake only because of sloppy writing.

  • Tom Cook

    Something that Obama did not intend was that Trump can use this new law to shut down Lame-stream-media outlets like MSNBC and the New York Times. Obama, the gift that just keeps on giving.

  • Gordon McPhail

    …..and the custodians of this legislation are ,,, Gates and Soros…. What could possibly go wrong???????

  • Phyl

    What ever Obama makes up will be wiped once Trump gets in.
    The Congressional Review Act gives Trump the power to wipe out the last 6 months of Obama’s presidency
    A little known law called “The Congressional Review Act” which was passed by Newt Gingrich in 1996 to prevent outgoing presidents from trashing the nation upon exit will give Donald Trump – with the cooperation of Congress – the ability to nullify every law and agreement made by Obama in the last six months of his “presidency”. Once nullified, the laws can never be proposed again. Obama is going wild writing everything under the sun right now to “wreck America” and create a mess before Trump gets in. And this law will make it possible for Trump to simply nullify everything Obama does between now and getting the boot from power.

    If Obama gives all the illegals amnesty, Trump can void it.

    The window of opportunity is six months. There is a very detailed report on this topic HERE. This is something everyone ought to know about.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/11/littlenoticed_law_gives_trump_unexpected_power_to_undo_the_mischief_of_bureaucrats_.html

  • Michael Demeule-Calella

    I notice you did not actually show us the bill itself..in other words you presented conclusions without actually presenting the bill or the facts first.

  • Jay Wood

    obummer dont waste your Time , for one your an Illegal President, your birth certificate is a fraud, therefore you are not a President and anything you sign is invalid null and void. just do the world a favor your a loser from the NWO the people are wise to the NWO and they will never go any where so face it your done and so is the NWO buh bye

  • Jay Wood

    Obummer your a fraudulent President you have a fake birth certificate, therefore you are not a valid U.S. president anything you sign aint worth the paper its written on. Do the world a favor just take your lame ass down the road and go away

  • RogerGarberg

    FYI, there is no language in the bill that disallows or punishes fake news sites. Hilariously, this story is fake news about a government response to fake news. Read on to discover how many people are unable to distinguish fake from real stories. Apparently, they are ready to rant about Obama’s unconstitutional behavior at any and every opportunity afforded by fake news like this.

    The real threat to our democracy is the ignorance that allows such stories to spread.

  • frankz00

    The funny thing about this is that it is going to backfire just like Hillary’s failed campaign which tried to rely on a “Trump is racist” mantra that no one bought!

  • frankz00

    Wait a sec, wasn’t propaganda produced by the government just legalized a few years ago? Does that mean the CIA and FBI will stop lying to us and engineering staged events?

  • Julie Jelsma

    It is important to verify information if you want the public to take you seriously.
    I don’t see anything about this in the actual bill. (Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017)
    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2943/text
    We would all appreciate you verifying this info.