Propaganda is defined as “chiefly derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view; the dissemination of such information as a political strategy.” Since 1948, the federal government has been banned by law in using propaganda against its citizens. Texas Republican Mac Thornberry and Washington Democrat Adam Smith have introduced a bill to make it legal for the government to lie to its citizens about certain political causes. The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 (HR 5736) was referred to committee and is likely to be an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013.
The bill authorizes the government 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.” The bill has a provision stating that no funds authorized “shall be used to influence public opinion in the United States.”
The US has a full propaganda operation disseminating information to foreign countries. A lot of this information is aimed at gaining support for US foreign policy initiatives. This information, however, has been prevented from distribution to the American public because it is considered persuasive material–propaganda. Thanks to Congressmen Thornberry and Smith, this propaganda will likely be used on the American public. And although there is a provision in the bill saying that funds will not be used to influence public opinion in the US, this is only legal doublespeak trying to absolve the government of the responsibility of using propaganda before it puts into practice its program.
Irrespective of Congressmen Thornberry’s and Smith’s intent, this legislation opens the door for the government to legally lie to the American people. Many would say that the mainstream media is already a propaganda arm of the government. Nevertheless, it will be far more difficult to discern the truth by making propaganda legal. The Congress and the Administration are not painting a very good picture for a free people–property confiscation, spy drones, citizen detention without cause, nationalization of property and resources. The list goes on and on. Yeshua said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” As we enter the end times, deception will prosper. Too bad its being legalized in America.
By Bill Wilson