U.S. Government Pass Bill Outlawing Independent Media

U.S. government pass bill that outlaws independent media outlets

The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Friday that will effectively outlaw all forms of independent media from being accessed in the United States.

The “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” not only allows the U.S. government to ban outlets deemed to be “Russian propaganda,” but gives them the ability to legally spread disinformation online via social networks and mainstream media outlets.

Senate.gov reports:

U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today announced that their Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act – legislation designed to help American allies counter foreign government propaganda from Russia, China, and other nations – has passed the Senate as part of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report.

The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Senators Portman and Murphy in March, will improve the ability of the United States to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation by establishing an interagency center housed at the State Department to coordinate and synchronize counter-propaganda efforts throughout the U.S. government.

To support these efforts, the bill also creates a grant program for NGOs, think tanks, civil society and other experts outside government who are engaged in counter-propaganda related work. This will better leverage existing expertise and empower local communities to defend themselves from foreign manipulation.

“The passage of this bill in the Senate today takes us one critical step closer to effectively confronting the extensive, and destabilizing, foreign propaganda and disinformation operations being waged against us. While the propaganda and disinformation threat has grown, the U.S. government has been asleep at the wheel.

Today we are finally signaling that enough is enough; the United States will no longer sit on the sidelines. We are going to confront this threat head-on,” said Senator Portman. “With the help of this bipartisan bill, the disinformation and propaganda used against our allies and our interests will fail.”

“Congress has taken a big step in fighting back against fake news and propaganda from countries like Russia. When the president signs this bill into law, the United States will finally have a dedicated set of tools and resources to confront our adversaries’ widespread efforts to spread false narratives that undermine democratic institutions and compromise America’s foreign policy goals,” said Murphy.

“I’m proud of what Senator Portman and I accomplished here because it’s long past time for the U.S. to get off the sidelines and confront these growing threats.”

  • anonymous4u4me

    You can pass all the bills, laws etc. you wish, but until the 1st amendment is abolished, the people have the right to freedom of the press, religion , right to assemble and worship. Piss on anyone that would try to deny them the rights given by God almighty first, and backed by the constitution. But don’t you dare piss on them, if they are on fire, well perhaps if you just drank turpentine, or gasoline then fire away and leave nothing in the tank.

  • tomatoman

    This Obama Osama is a total dickhead…. has he no dignity.. as well as ghoing down as the worst president America ever had,.,, he will go down in history as the coc k head president who went into a prideful meltdown in the last weeks of his term./… what a total tosser….hahahahah

    • David Hewitt

      No. YOU will go down and history as the dumbest generation of Americans: the ones who destroyed us.

  • okatina

    He dare to open his mouth?

  • wootendw

    “…grant program for NGOs, think tanks, civil society and other
    experts outside government who are engaged in counter-propaganda related
    work…”

    Think tanks – like ones who take donations from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states – Brookings Institution, the Atlantic Council, the Middle East Institute and the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies

    • Roberto Deramo

      Like the Council on Foreign Affairs….

  • http://engforum.pravda.ru/index.php?/forum/3-main-forum/ Lisa Karpova

    obomba has nothing on Adolph Hitler. Congratulations bastard, you’re worse than him. This is total fascism that not even the Nazis dreamed about.

    • David Hewitt

      No… YOU are worse than the German people who supported the Nazis. Obama is just a corrupt president who was used to stoke the racism of people like you. You’re fascism. You need to go. You KNOW this.

      • http://engforum.pravda.ru/index.php?/forum/3-main-forum/ Lisa Karpova

        Where do I need to go, dumb a$$?

        Racism up your a…s idiot. I am NOT a racist by any stretch of the imagination.

        What I think about obomba has nothing to do with race and you making race an issue makes you a pathetic, ignorant, halfwit loser. I am as anti-fascist as it gets and your comments show that you’re a fascist just like obomba who is not only corrupt, but a war criminal and a murderer. Deflecting and attributing my comments about him to race ignores the real issues, but as a good zombie little fascist creep, you have been taught to ignore truth and real issues.

        hitlery KKKlinton, that white trash garbage, tried to make everything about race and gender instead of real issues such as murder, genocide and criminality.

  • Street

    Hey kids, they are God’s ministers (Rom. 13:1-6).
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  • GLENN E ALMOND

    ITS CONGRESS THAT DID THIS .. BLAME THEM FOR BEING MISGUIDED ..

  • Spaghetti Monster

    Down with the Establishment. .long live the Revolution

  • Spaghetti Monster
  • http://tklist.us TKList

    So only government approved propaganda saturates the masses.

  • Zanfi

    Then maybe the rest of the world should BAN USA then!!! Because the biggest and worst propaganda come from there!

  • MiracleM3diaTech (+)

    i have new media tech start up i just started in july i had reliable sources i been on Fox 26 Houston for tweetup alot of times i do multi-media tech i know it is oximoron statement of company but sometimes ..Ya Newscorp or 21 century fox took a risk to put into studio in 2011 back then i had 1 k followers so not much independent ..ya Amerika gone down hole down Obama i am german too i want to move to germany now i feel betrayed

  • rhubarb

    This was passed by the same congress that just a few years ago passed a law that makes it legal for the government to use propaganda against it’s own citizens. It’s obvious that congress does NOT work for We the People.

  • Heather Arthur

    This is their effort to keep the people in ignorance. Surely Trump did not agree to this….he hates FAKE NEWS and that is all you can get without the alternative.

  • Heather Arthur