Bill Targeting “Russian Propaganda” Passes in House

us-capitolBy Kurt Nimmo

H.R.6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, passed in the House of Representatives on November 30.

The legislation deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda.

Section 501 calls for the government to counter “measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”

Definitions include media manipulation, covert broadcasting, disinformation and forgeries, and “funding agents of influence.”

It’s easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used against “fake news” websites.

On November 24, The Washington Post published an article citing “experts” who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.

“Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment, as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide range of grievances to claim the White House. The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the problem,” the Post reported.

The newspaper cited PropOrNot, an anonymous website that posted a hit list of alternative media websites, including Drudge Report, Zero Hedge, Activist Post, Blacklisted News, and many others.

PropOrNot attempts to make the case the websites are either used directly or covertly by the Russians to spread propaganda.

At this point it is unknown if the bill will work its way through the Senate and become law and if it will be used to shut down or curtail websites anonymously characterized as useful idiots or willing participants in disseminating supposed Russian propaganda.

Kurt Nimmo is the editor of Another Day in the Empire, where this article first appeared. He is the former lead editor and writer of Infowars.com. Donate to ADE Here.

  • Louis Charles

    Ah… I see. Russia no, but Izzzreeeal, no problem. WTFEver

  • jwmiller

    Frankly, the Propaganda spewed for decades & now spouting like Old Faithful by Fed Govnt concerns more.

  • Jon

    Another smoke screen scape goat to get peoples attention off of our still completely corrupt government and government controlled media.

  • michael lawless

    maybe when our useless government stops all their propaganda they can ask russia to stop
    these idiots just dont get it

  • Abe

    Я думаю, вы клоуны в Вашингтоне не слышал “Мы, народ” 8 ноября Ваши presstitutes полны дерьма! Мы не считаем, дерьмо по телевизору или DC больше! вы тупые ослы знаете, что мы хотим, пока вы клоун отказываются слушать!

    Does pitch forks and torches mean anything to you?

    • Kat121

      This is fun! Это просто пропаганда, когда она устраивает свою историю. Они являются страх шлюх, просто и ясно..

      • Abe

        Bingo Kat!! России я взял 45 лет назад, наконец, окупается. да ваше право по обоим пунктам.

    • aliswell

      Первичный каждый дебил, кто голосовал в пользу этого законопроекта ослиный.

      • Abe

        Для того, чтобы плохо русский переводится так херово с английским языком, но теперь были коммуняки тем, что мы читаем, как они говорят, “Когда в Риме делают как римляне».

  • A. Edelstein

    Good, maybe this fake news site and others will be shut down. #jews4hillary

    • PhilTTipp

      #kvetchlolz

  • LudVanB

    I’m sure it wont effect foreign donations to political campaigns.

  • Ben

    Г-н Путин является большим мировым лидером в моей униженного мнению. Он был, что даже до выборов здесь, в Америке. Он остается фактом, что даже после выборов. Он не нуждается в пропаганде, чтобы петь ему дифирамбы или поднять Россию, чтобы быть мировым лидером позитивных изменений. Я пишу это не как пропаганду, а как личное мнение. Да, я знаю, господин Путин, как и многие политики имеет свою темную сторону. То, что я вижу, публично в настоящее время кажется, что он пытается выкупа себя и России.

    Mr. Putin is a great world leader in my humbled opinion. He was that even prior to the election here in America. He remains that even after the election. He has no need of propaganda to sing his praises or to lift Russia to being a global leader of positive change. I write this not as propaganda but rather as personal opinion. Yes, I’m aware Mr. Putin like many politicians has his darker side. What I see publicly at present seems he is attempting redemption of himself and Russia.

    • aliswell

      What sets President Putin above our current leaders is his love for his own country and countrymen.

      “Russia is for Russians.”
      ~ Vladimir Putin

  • William Burke

    How dare they counter our propaganda with propaganda of their own! We shall overcome!

  • Nameless the Deplorable

    So basically, any news source that Obama and his team doesn’t like will be labeled Russian propaganda.

    • highserenity

      I know you label yourself a Nameless Deplorable, but really, you don’t know who runs/controls the House of Representatives that passed this bill? ppppsssst It is not Obama…it is the GOP/Republicans who do everything the opposite of what they think Obama might want.
      Putin has been gloating on billboards how he is collecting from Trump and bought US by using him. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a0b8fab597f9f1820b524c671fec47b9d482cce6157bb4061dcd425df245f0df.jpg

      Labeled as HIS New World Order w/Trump

      • drbhelthi

        Such fairy tales as you have published belong to the group that deserve to be suppressed. The traitors in the US congress who pledged 1st allegiance to “Israel” represent the parasites who have sold out the U.S. Whom, the alias, B.H.Obama, secretively supports while pretending to be a Moslem.

  • LINCOLN

    Stupid Bill H.R.6393 by stupid Politicians to stupid Politicians for the stupid Politicians. Most of You voted for most of the wars, you stupid Politicians. Half of the world is in flame, because of you scum backs and you keep passing idiotic bill after bill after bill and where is U.S. standing now? There is proof you are cowards, as always you pick on small countries?

  • yoshi

    The 2013 repeal of the anti-propaganda act raised red flags but hit lists on alternative sites like Drudge etc make intentions very clear.

  • enriqueferro

    After the European Parliament’s infamous “non-legislative resolution”, this bill is a new assault against the freedom of speech. It is curious that what they didn’t do in order to counter “terrorism apology”, which was a classical tool to pass restrictive measures, it is done now as a Russophobic and certainly a degradation of the Western democracy and liberties. Fake news and bias propaganda is found aplenty in the MSM, but of course they comply with the governments’ directives, so the remaining “second opinions” mainly in Internet must be gagged…

  • nimbii

    Alt media censorship, here we come.

  • Ricky Ross

    … lol, meanwhile, the US Government made Domestic Propaganda legal to be used against the American citizens 3 years ago!

    • Nathan Hale

      No argument that those holding and brokering influence, power in fact, do not tolerate competition . Something to consider: What is an American Citizen, and what is a U.S. CITIZEN .Surely words have meaning still, in spite of the diligent efforts by the self anointed propaganda wizzes

  • Sabbie

    The Ministry of Truth. War is Peace, Slavery is Freedom, Ignorance is Strength. Sorry snowflakes, Hillary did not lose the election because of “fake news” but rather because the lies of the mainstream media made her voters too complacent.

  • Jarvis210

    Those with a brain in their head know that the propagandists are really the mainstream news (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, CNBC, etc)…. and this bill is being passed to hide the truth that is being shown by alternative media sources exposing the lies, hoaxes, and psyops that have been and still are being perpetrated on the American people. Why not INSTEAD pass a bill to stop the CONTINUED fabrication and falsification of legal documents , including forgeries and falsified endorsements on mortgage notes that have been and continue to be used as evidence against homeowners across this country to foreclose on their homes after they were lied to by the banks, most notably Bank of America, who lied to the DA’s and modified nothing and instead forged and fabricated and bundled the loans up w/newfound forgeries and gave them to entitites such as Ditech, Everbank, etc etc..why not go after the criminal banksters instead of truthtellers????

  • James Bennett

    So, in our perpetual ‘State of Emergency’ in these United States (USA, Inc) since 1933.

    Does this mean that Independent News could be deemed ‘Collaborators’; synonymous with Treason.

    So giving ‘Aide and Comfort’ to the Truth could have Real News journalists in a Federal penitentiary?

    They really do crave civil unrest don’t they?

  • snafubar

    RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA = FAKE NEWS

    Globalist LIARS.

  • supersajin

    In a Time of Universal Deceit — Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act..Orwell 1984

  • lizzie dw

    I do not believe that many members of the House of Representatives actually believe that Russians are carrying out “covert influence”. I think it is a two-fold bill. #1. to suppress news not sanctioned by the executives of the 6 large corporations that control 80% of our mainstream media. #2. to continue to promote fear of the Russians by keeping us in ignorance of what is really going on in the world and inundating us with false spectres of ….something, I don’t know what. Imminent attack? For me, every time I see another name of the so called “fake news” sites, I add it to my list of go-to news.

    • John Galt

      This IS a very wise practice for which I commend you. Given the trustworthiness of politicians and the p!$$stream/prog-stream media complex, it is hard to swallow lectures from same about “fake —” anything.

      It is especially sickening given what WikiLeaks exposed between Podesta and the Clinton campaign, the standard-bearer of fraud and fake news.

  • sallyM

    Propaganda is what the great boob tube says it is and fake sites are….on the boob tube.
    I suggest find Alt ways of keeping the ALT sites alive and spewing.
    The fake news comes from the very sources that try as they may with all their might they could not win the wicked witch of the East the election.
    BTW: What Lizzie dw says and most everyone else on this comments.
    According to the great screen of deceit you are all dumbed down by this fakery. They and they alone will spew forth their given diatribes of course.

  • Anthony Enos Wicher

    It’s obviously unconstitutional.

  • aliswell

    What is the name of every corruptocrat who voted “yay” on this BS?

  • nate cole

    they can falsely accuse sites that are not russian propaganda and close them down.

    • 6plus12

      That is my concern also –

  • Nathan Hale

    The words by Washington Post are clearly “HATE SPEACH” such discrimination on the part of those entrusted with such position of influence is the epitome of “Intolerance “.
    Bill the principals and agents of the derelict propaganda printers for substantial damage resultant the egregious harm caused.

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