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iceberg124 December 27th, 2016 12:04am

Obama has signed the 'Countering propaganda and disinformation' Act. Good call?

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Senate101 San Diego
12/26/16 11:26 pm

That's not a thing. It is not on and it is not a bill. Congress isn't even in session. Fake news alert.

12/27/16 6:30 am


It's part of S.2493, the national defense authorization act 2017.
"WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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."

12/27/16 7:04 am


Senate101 San Diego
12/27/16 8:11 am

So Brrrr, it's not an Act in and of itself. It's part of the bipartisan defense appropriations Act, which instead of the sinister law that it is, the provision is just a regular measure in the Act. This has been enforced by previous presidents, as well. Did you expect the president to veto funding for defense just because if one old provision? If he had, you'd be complaining even more.

12/27/16 8:30 am

It has not been enforced by previous presidents. As you can see from the date of the press release, December 8th 2016, it only got tacked onto the NDAA this month.

Senate101 San Diego
12/27/16 8:34 am

Things like this, more sinister actually, have been in the works for 20 years. I don't see a problem with this provision, as it is the federal government's role to prevent foreign interests at a great level in our country. But if you disagree, fine. If you were President, would you have vetoed the whole defense spending bill, placing the military and our troops in crisis, because of one provision that you may not like?

12/27/16 9:22 am

But how's it fake news though?

12/27/16 9:24 am

If I were president, and they kept sending me crap I didn't like tacked onto important bills, I'd issue signing statements until they learned that such tricks won't work with me.

12/27/16 10:46 am

Maybe not.

Senate101 San Diego
12/27/16 5:58 pm

And put the entire defense department at risk?

12/27/16 8:11 pm

Sure. Until they bring back a proper bill. No self-respecting human will permit himself to get played like this, much less the president of the greatest country on the planet. However you're missing the point entirely.
1) it isn't fake news
2) Obama isn't opposed to it, he's busy claiming the Russians interfered in the elections. He loves it. If anything, he's annoyed that they didn't sneak in a more rigorous 'countering-propaganda' act.

Senate101 San Diego
12/27/16 10:01 pm

Well, it's not an individual law and it's not entirely a bad thing. That is the DoD's job.

12/26/16 10:02 pm

Yeah... and who decides whats considered propaganda and misinformation? Just another step towards censorship.

catpillow Florida West Coast
12/26/16 9:49 pm

I like the name of it. If that's what it accomplishes, I'm all for it.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
12/26/16 9:41 pm

This is part of the National Defense Authorization Act- approved by congress. I think something should be done to counter or at least identify...foreign propaganda & fake news. But I'm not familiar with the scope of this's a slippery slope.

12/26/16 8:06 pm

Why, thank you Mr. Barry 'if you like your plan you can keep your plan' Obama.

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
12/26/16 6:14 pm

It's a little late to counter Obama's and Hillary's disinformation and bull shit...

ishady 86451132020
12/26/16 6:05 pm

A response to all the republican bullshit the past 8 years I'm sure.

12/26/16 5:06 pm

Life pro tip: Whenever any bill has an overly positive title such as the 'Patriot Act' it is likely a lot more negative once you read the text.

Looks like Obama is enacting his won ministry of truth to protect his legacy. Someone should have let him know 1984 is a fictional novel, not an instruction booklet.

It's a shame to see this happen to my country.

12/26/16 5:54 pm

Fortunately I think it can also be repealed

12/26/16 6:01 pm

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