Obama Signs The ‘Anti-Propaganda’ Bill Into Law With 2017 NDAA

By Earnest Jones, The Goldwater · 12-26-2016
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As the Americans were making merry and enjoying the holidays, the outgoing President Obama saw an opportunity to quietly sign the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act into Law, the law authorizes a $611 billion budget spending for the military inclusive of the dangerous Counter Disinformation and Anti-Propaganda Act which has been very controversial.

The bill is purely formulated to crack down on free speech and independent media under the guise of Fake News and Propaganda on the internet. The new legislation will give the government the power to crack down with impunity any media that it deems to be spreading propaganda, the legislation will also fund the counter propaganda endeavors; this is purely meant to choke the alternative media and independent journalists who are not blinded by the malicious oligarchist.

This new law is endangering the right to free speech and freedom of the press as guaranteed by the first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The founding Fathers are turning in their graves after Obama watered down the hard-earned endeavors to protect our liberties.

There has been several cases where the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been used to disguise legislation covertly. In 2012, Obama signed a law that enabled the government to indefinitely detain American citizens without a jury or Judge. The following year, Obama enabled the government to legally produce propaganda by signing an NDAA bill that packaged an end to the Smith-Mundit act that prevented the government from unleashing propaganda to its citizens.

Obama has simply set the stage for the U.S. government to crack down on every media outlet that it deems as foreign propaganda. Obama issued a statement saying that he had signed the S. 2943 into law the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2017 adding that the Act authorizes the appropriations for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy national security programs. Obama emphasized that the law will facilitate the provision of vital benefits for military personnel and their families. He also pointed out that the legislation will continue many critical authorizations necessary to ensure that the U.S. is able to sustain momentum in handling threats such as ISIS.

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