House Quietly Passes Bill Targeting "Russian Propaganda" Websites

Tyler Durden's picture

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."

A quick skim of the bill reveals "Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries",  whose Section 501 calls for the government to "counter active 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.”

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.
  • Assassinations.
  • Terrorist acts.

As ActivistPost correctly notes, it is easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or eliminate so-called “fake news” websites, a list which has been used to arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media's proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration.

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.

As we reported last week, in an article that has been widely blasted, the WaPo wrote that "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 newspaper cited PropOrNot, an anonymous website that posted a hit list of alternative media websites, including Zero Hedge, Drudge Report, Activist Post, Blacklisted News, the Ron Paul Report, and many others. Glenn Greenwald penned an appropriate response two days later in "Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group."

PropOrNot has pushed a conspiratorial thesis, without any actual proof, that the listed websites have been either used directly or covertly by the Russians to spread propaganda.

While the bill passed the House with a sweeping majority, it is unknown if and when the bill will work its way through the Senate and be passed into law, although one would think that it has far higher chances of passing under president Obama than the President-Elect. It is also unclear if it will be used to shut down websites anonymously characterized as "useful idiots" or subversive elements used in disseminating supposed Russian propaganda.

Those interested can read the full "H.R. 6393: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017" at the following location" bill that may soon proclaim much of the internet to be criminal "Russian propaganda" at the following link.

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LetThemEatRand's picture

The war on "fake news" is easily the biggest story right now in terms of importance to our liberties.  

BullyBearish's picture

"The first casualty of War is Truth"

LetThemEatRand's picture

The fact that the House already had a bill on this subject and that it passed overwhelmingly tells us everything we need to know about how this is going to proceed.  We are going to see an all out war on all internet activity that is not approved by the ministry of truth.  Once again, Orwell proved himself a prophet.

TeamDepends's picture

They are trying desperately to memory-hole Pizzagate as we speak.

BennyBoy's picture


Fight the truth with US propaganda!

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) BennyBoy Dec 2, 2016 6:44 PM

That does it! I'm deleting all the Pussy Riot links from my Facebook page to bring myself into compliance.

Transformer's picture

You are so rightt.  Pizzagate is the biggest threat ever to the Elites. 

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

How about we target our own lying pieces of shit media before we worry about other countries lying pieces of shit media???  I will guarantee I have been lied to far more by websites and media that reside right here in the good ole US of A, than I have been by any "Russian" websites.  Of that I have no doubt.

Son of Loki's picture

I expect cnn, npr, wapo and nyt to be shut down if they are serious about "cracking down" on Fake News.

CuttingEdge's picture

Lets see.

The ex-CEO of Breitbart advises the President to sign off on a bill to shut down Breitbart (amongst others) as a "fake" news outlet?

Maybe not.


This bill, being so important, obviously precludes a house or senate committee investigating media sites producing said 'fake' news, and shutting them down upon failure to report the truth. Which would put all the usual suspects (CNN, WaPo, NYT, etc) right in the fucking crosshairs, when you drill down into the factuality of their content. They'd be fucked sideways.

Might be an idea for them to lay off throwing their own shit to the four winds.

Billy the Poet's picture

The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!

Emergency, everybody to get from street

Emergency, everybody to get from street (part 2)

Dabooda's picture

"Truth is treason, in the empire of lies."  -Ron Paul

Mr. Universe's picture

This is the first order of business,

They are trying desperately to memory-hole Pizzagate as we speak.

If they somehow manage to put a lid on the WWW it might be possible. This could be the most important coverup in modern history.


Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

If the article is correct it would seem that the bill is narrowly focused on Russian influence.  I am also reminded that it is now legal for the  US government to sponsor propaganda.



philipat's picture

You can be sure that ALL of these "Fake news" sites are already under surveillance and, of course, the "Sympathizers and useful idiots" who frequent them.

Manthong's picture


It’s just  a goddamn good thing that the guardians of free speech and expression in government are protecting us all from the subversive influences of free speech and expression.

letsit's picture
letsit (not verified) Manthong Dec 2, 2016 11:17 PM

1. They pass a "propaganda" bill against Russia.
2. The war bill comes later.

It's called "slowly cooking the frog".

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) letsit Dec 2, 2016 11:18 PM

Frog legs are pretty tasty.

tazs's picture

Not Russian frog legs. lol

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) tazs Dec 2, 2016 11:19 PM


forexskin's picture

alright, here we go!

mordor on the potomac moving right along to full censorship and new think.

we're already doing the regularly scheduled two minutes of hate, so what's left....



i wonder if this can be any more transparent?

janus's picture

sure, let them pass this bullshit bill; we can use it as an excuse to publish the names of americans who were on russia's payroll back in KGB days -- these records exist, i can absolutely assure you...who knows, maybe the chi-coms inherited them as assets after the fall.  we should also see the names of 'Daily Worker' subscribers & members of SDS, and the American CWP.  we can also use it to purge anyone with a dual citizenship from any position of power.  the problem doesn't begin and end with russia.  this country needs to eliminate influence from every foreign nation.  anyone possessing dual citizenship doing anything more important than janitorial work must renounce the other citizenship and swear a loyalty oath.

two can play at this game, tptb.

more than anything, this is an attempt to distract from pizzagate.

pizzagate is very, very real.  far and away the biggest story of a lifetime.

this is just a whole new species of evil.


jeff montanye's picture

and while we are at it, let's also think if there is maybe, possibly, any other foreign country that could conceivably manipulate the u.s. media by any of the following:

Establishment or funding of a front group. (aipac, anti defamation league,

Covert broadcasting.  (short wave numbers stations, false flag "foreign" broadcasts,

Media manipulation. (

Disinformation and forgeries. (

Funding agents of influence.  (

Incitement and offensive counterintelligence. (

Assassinations. (

Terrorist acts. (,+mossad,+li...)

well, nothing there really, was there?  glad we went through that exercise though.  so it's just russia apparently.

please make us safe u.s. congress.  we trust you to protect our interests, as always.

WordSmith2013's picture

Not to worry ... look at the sites read by the Kremlin.


TOP 20 Websites Viewed By The Kremlin

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

Trump had best watch his back, being as he wants to deal with Russia on an even footing. This law tells me ALL the current administration and congress are down with the "Russia is our boogie man" narrative. Back in 1914 an unfortunate event involving a certain Serbian-sympathizing heir to the throne and his wife was used to start WWI.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

Idiot! Many people including myself have dual citizenship. It's not about loyalty. It's about not being the property of any single government.

janus's picture

for david pollard it was about loyalty...for the goldbergs it was about loyalty.  my gut tells me there's scads of pollards/goldbergs infesting this nation's halls of power.  

That's the way this war works.  Whatsoever weapons they fashion, we take them and use in retaliation.

They make the rules, we're just better at the game...we're winning battles and we're going to win the war. 


11b40's picture

No. it is 100% about loyalty to the principles outlined in the Constitution. It is about the willingness to stand and defend those principles from enemies both within and outside our boundaries. Either you are one of us, or you belong in your heart to some other tribe. You sound just like a coward, ready to run at the first sign of trouble, not someone who can be counted on to stand with true citizens. Such people do not belong anywhere near levers of power or influence in America's government, defense industry, or in high finance.

philipat's picture

Dear letsit, tazs, techies-r-us, stizazz, lock-stock, beauticelli, Mano-A-Mano, mofio, santafe, Aristotle of Greece, Gargoyle, bleu, oops, lance-a-lot, Loftie, toro, Yippee Kiyay, lonnng, Nekoti, SumTing Wong, King Tut, Adullam, espirit, rp2016, Holy hand grenade of Antioch, amongst many others, I wonder why you continue to talk to yourself? When you use honest disclosure of your Biblical site (Even though the site has no connection whatsoever to your comments) I will  not respond with a SPAM alert. So there is no need to talk to yourself to prevent my SPAM alert appearing right below your fake links. Unless you see the need to congratulate and/or reassure yourself on your clever comments, knowing that nobody else will? Alternatively, it can only mean you are seriously mentally ill. Talking to yourself is not good; you MUST remember to take your meds.

Ms No's picture

Remind me to NEVER piss you off.  You are a relentless enemy to have.  They deserve it though.  WTH are they doing, hunting for IP addresses or something?

hardmedicine's picture

HAHAHA........... no kidding, PHILIPAT  ....... you are scary over the edge of committed to call this damn troll OUT!

11b40's picture

What he is, is a troll of the highest order.  Very likely on some Israeli payroll, monitoring this site 24/7.  He is desperate to prevent everyone from clicking any link to this Biblicism Institute, which seems to criticize Israel.  Just ask yourself what he is afraid we will learn.  Most here are capable of critical thinking, so why is he so hell bent on acting as our censor?

Mustafa Kemal's picture

philipat is surely the best of our troll spotters. Thank you for such fine service philipat

11b40's picture

Mr. Phillipat is trying to be the ZH censor, and is himself a troll par excellence. 

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Manthong Dec 2, 2016 11:23 PM

So, when we resist the coup, will we then be "agents of a foreign government"?

BeanusCountus's picture

Sickens me that these are nothing more than an admission that they have to protect stupidity in America. Let America read what it chooses and decide for itself what is bullshit and what is not. What are they afraid of? Essentially, its that America is dumb as a rock. And THAT says it all..

jeff montanye's picture

so, really, when you think about it, should this beauty pass, it's actual enforcement, if the defendants are brave enough and rich enough to demand trials instead of just rolling over in plea bargaining (please don't test my bravery or wealth mr. secret agent man), the discovery and cross examination, etc. should provide some useful shit for sheeple shearing of eye wool, no?

oh that law of unintended consequences.

Things that go bump's picture

It must be quite annoying to have their propaganda canceled out by vieing opinions.

explodinghead's picture

Out of curiosity I asked a group I was with tonight (very mixed bag of about 10 people) if they had heard of pizzagate. Not one person had. They are doing a good job of never even letting it reach the memory.

jeff montanye's picture

and the wonder of our era, and the force that strikes cold fear down to the sex parts and assholes of the power elite, is that you can follow up that conversation with emails/tweets/facebooklets, whatever, to the group, or some of them, with extensive documentation complete with videos and pictures, leaked podesta emails and comments threads, etc. and fucking etc., and put it in the memory.

you are the media now.

explodinghead's picture

I do my part. Most just ignore it. I kinda go in cycles. I am active for a while then just get completely discouraged by the apathy. Then something horrifically evil like pizza gate gets me to start talking/posting/emailing again. As a follow up none of these people had heard of the franklin coverup/conspiracy of silence or jimmy sevil or any of the semi exposed pedo rings. Corbettreport had a really good replay of a show last week covering a lot of them. It's these other ones that really gives me little doubt pizzagate is the real deal. Unfortunately I don't think any of it is going to bring any of these sick fucks down. There is no smoking gun that I have seen.

11b40's picture

Yes, you identified the problem.  What is needed is a smoking gun.  Some one who has the App mentioned in the email/videos needs to be flipped, or we need some pictures, or a body.  Most cannot fathom such evil, and turn away from it in horror.  Without that smoking gun, engaging others in that story tends to leave them thinking that you are some kind of nut case yourself.

WordSmith2013's picture

The MSM is soon to be toast.


The Mainstream Media Spews More Anti-Russian Propaganda Than Ever…
Déjà view's picture

R. controlled House would not do such a thing...this is fake news!

Vlad...careful what you wish for!

Biffkenson's picture

"In an insane society, the sane man must act insane" - Spock

Sam.Spade's picture

It's not going to stop with this one bill.  Just like CIPA, they will keep ratcheting up the restrictions, one after the other, until any legal source of Internet news is as controlled as the MSM.

So that will be it, right?  1984 2.0?  We will all have to learn how to say 'Sieg Heil'?

Not quite.  Because the Internet isn't standing still, either. 'Fake' news sites will just go 'underground'.  In other words, they will become illegal.  Meaning you will become a criminal if you access them.

You think the new Silk Roads are big just because a few pot-heads want to toke up?  What do you think will happen when then entire country realizes that they have to go to places like that to learn what is really going on?

Connect the dots and you can see where this is going. An entire society operating illegally over the Internet, protected only by anonymity from the wrath of the state. 

Someday soon.

Maybe now?

Why do we still have spam?  Or ransomware?  Or sources for Wikileaks?  You don't really think it's the Russians, do you?  Or the Chinese? Or any 'state' actor?

No.  It's an anonymous underground digital society.  And it exists today.

Without it, Hillary would have been President.

Think Everyman Hacker vs The Deep State.

Thieves Emporium is a primer on this word, a technical education wrapped in fast-paced fiction to keep the plot interesting.  It does for this new digital badlands what Hunt For Red October did for modern submarine warfare.

The Daily Anarchist loved the novel and called it "Barely Fiction".  The Daily Bell thought it was so good they ran it as a serial.  And one of the Directors of The Bitcoin Foundation said of it:  "I recommend you read this book".

Readers at Amazon must agree, as they rate it 4.6 in over 100 reviews.  Ditto for Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, though without quite so many ratings.

But I don't think The Deep State likes it very much.  So you better get your hands on a copy before they force it off the market.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

U got only 2 votes - 1 mine :), now that speaks loud about the chances we have that the average 0hedge reader would understand the problem and the book's message ...

jeff montanye's picture

aw don't be such a gloomy gus, as of 4:19 a.m. 12-3-16 the kid's about to break into double digits.

we don't have to take anything sitting down anymore (well, figuratively speaking), if we don't want to.

hearts and minds?  just watch.