The timing of the actions of our Republican congress is more than puzzling. Maybe it just proves that the establishment GOP lives on, even in the wake of a Trump victory. It wreaks of establishment bureaucrats trying to suppress speech “that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration.”
Zero Hedge explains:
On November 30, one week after the Washington Post launched its witch hunt against “Russian propaganda fake news”, with 390 votes for, the House quietly passed “H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017“, sponsored by California Republican Devin Nunes (whose third largest donor in 2016 is Google parent Alphabet, Inc), a bill which deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda, and hints at a potential crackdown on “offenders.”
Going forward, “Russian Propaganda Sites” include sites like Zero Hedge, Drudge, Activist Posts and other conservative new media sites like us.
This bill would “counter” the “covert influence” of these sites.
What covert influence? Covert influence to report the other side of liberal news? Maybe! Pretty dangerous language!
And since the government has taken it upon itself to oversee the free press, this is what they are looking for.
The section lists the following definitions of media manipulation:
- Establishment or funding of a front group.
- Covert broadcasting.
- Media manipulation.
- Disinformation and forgeries.
- Funding agents of influence.
- Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
- Terrorist acts.
And the timing of its passage is more than suspect. Trump was elected on November 8th. The bill was passed by congress on the 30th of November. Maybe they want to make sure another Trump never makes it to the Oval Office.
Curiously, the bill which was passed on November 30, was introduced on November 22, two days before the Washington Post published its Nov. 24 article citing “experts” who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.
Here’s a link to the bill, passed by a sweeping majority of your congress members.
And what will they next pass to quash Twitter for speaking out against oppressed speech? Oh yeah! They won’t need to. Twitter and Facebook are already taking care of that.
Justin Amash responded on twitter to patriot concerns.
I persuaded anyone I could on short notice. That's why 30 people voted no instead of just a few.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 5, 2016
We Are Change News cited his objection to the bill and notes things are now rolling toward the Senate.
“As long as the government engages in intelligence activities that violate our rights secured by our Constitution, any Intel Authorization bill should be opposed,” Justin Amash told Sputnik News.
The bill must now pass through Senate, though a senior Rand Paul aide has told Sputnik News that the Senator is currently holding the intelligence bill for several reasons — and that they are looking at this specific issue very closely.