Obama Quietly Signs The "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act" Into Law

Tyler Durden's picture

Late on Friday, with the US population embracing the upcoming holidays and oblivious of most news emerging from the administration, Obama quietly signed into law the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which authorizes $611 billion for the military in 2017.

In a statement, Obama said that:

Today, I have signed into law S. 2943, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.” This Act authorizes fiscal year 2017 appropriations principally for the Department of Defense and for Department of Energy national security programs, provides vital benefits for military personnel and their families, and includes authorities to facilitate ongoing operations around the globe. It continues many critical authorizations necessary to ensure that we are able to sustain our momentum in countering the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and to reassure our European allies, as well as many new authorizations that, among other things, provide the Departments of Defense and Energy more flexibility in countering cyber-attacks and our adversaries’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles."

Much of the balance of Obama's statement blamed the GOP for Guantanamo's continued operation and warned that "unless the Congress changes course, it will be judged harshly by history," Obama said. Obama also said Congress failed to use the bill to reduce wasteful overhead (like perhaps massive F-35 cost overruns?) or modernize military health care, which he said would exacerbate budget pressures facing the military in the years ahead.

But while the passage of the NDAA - and the funding of the US military - was hardly a surprise, the biggest news is what was buried deep inside the provisions of the Defense Authortization Act.

Recall that as we reported in early June, "a bill to implement the U.S.’ very own de facto Ministry of Truth had been quietly introduced in Congress. As with any legislation attempting to dodge the public spotlight the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 marks a further curtailment of press freedom and another avenue to stultify avenues of accurate information. Introduced by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu, H.R. 5181 seeks a “whole-government approach without the bureaucratic restrictions” to counter “foreign disinformation and manipulation,” which they believe threaten the world’s “security and stability.”

Also called the Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692), when introduced in March by Sen. Rob Portman, the legislation represents a dramatic return to Cold War-era government propaganda battles. “These countries spend vast sums of money on advanced broadcast and digital media capabilities, targeted campaigns, funding of foreign political movements, and other efforts to influence key audiences and populations,” Portman explained, adding that while the U.S. spends a relatively small amount on its Voice of America, the Kremlin provides enormous funding for its news organization, RT.

“Surprisingly,” Portman continued, “there is currently no single U.S. governmental agency or department charged with the national level development, integration and synchronization of whole-of-government strategies to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.”  

Long before the "fake news" meme became a daily topic of extensive conversation on such discredited mainstream portals as CNN and WaPo, H.R. 5181 would task the Secretary of State with coordinating the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to “establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response,” which will pinpoint sources of disinformation, analyze data, and — in true dystopic manner — ‘develop and disseminate’ “fact-based narratives” to counter effrontery propaganda.

In short, long before "fake news" became a major media topic, the US government was already planning its legally-backed crackdown on anything it would eventually label "fake news."

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Fast forward to December 8, when the "Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act" passed in the Senate, quietly inserted inside the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report.

And now, following Friday's Obama signing of the NDAA on Friday evening, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is now law.

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Here is the full statement issued by the generously funded Senator Rob Portman (R- Ohio) on the singing into law of a bill that further chips away at press liberties in the US, and which sets the stage for future which hunts and website shutdowns, purely as a result of an accusation that any one media outlet or site is considered as a source of "disinformation and propaganda" and is shut down by the government.

President Signs Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill into Law

Portman-Murphy Bill Promotes Coordinated Strategy to Defend America, Allies Against Propaganda and Disinformation from Russia, China & Others

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 been signed into law as part of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Senators Portman and Murphy in March, will improve the ability of the United States to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation from our enemies by establishing an interagency center housed at the State Department to coordinate and synchronize counter-propaganda efforts throughout the U.S. government. To support these efforts, the bill also creates a grant program for NGOs, think tanks, civil society and other experts outside government who are engaged in counter-propaganda related work. This will better leverage existing expertise and empower our allies overseas to defend themselves from foreign manipulation. It will also help foster a free and vibrant press and civil society overseas, which is critical to ensuring our allies have access to truthful information and inoculating people against foreign propaganda campaigns.

“Our enemies are using foreign propaganda and disinformation against us and our allies, and so far the U.S. government has been asleep at the wheel,” Portman said. “But today, the United States has taken a critical step towards confronting the extensive, and destabilizing, foreign propaganda and disinformation operations being waged against us by our enemies overseas. With this bill now law, we are finally signaling that enough is enough; the United States will no longer sit on the sidelines. We are going to confront this threat head-on. I am confident that, with the help of this bipartisan bill, the disinformation and propaganda used against us, our allies, and our interests will fail.”

The use of propaganda to undermine democracy has hit a new low. But now we are finally in a position to confront this threat head on and get out the truth. By building up independent, objective journalism in places like eastern Europe, we can start to fight back by exposing these fake narratives and empowering local communities to protect themselves,” said Murphy. “I’m proud that our bill was signed into law, and I look forward to working with Senator Portman to make sure these tools and new resources are effectively used to get out the truth.”

NOTE: The bipartisan Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is organized around two main priorities to help achieve the goal of combatting the constantly evolving threat of foreign disinformation from our enemies:

  • The first priority is developing a whole-of-government strategy for countering THE foreign propaganda and disinformation being wages against us and our allies by our enemies. The bill would increase the authority, resources, and mandate of the Global Engagement Center to include state actors like Russia and China as well as non-state actors. The Center will be led by the State Department, but with the active senior level participation of the Department of Defense, USAID, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the Intelligence Community, and other relevant agencies. The Center will develop, integrate, and synchronize whole-of-government initiatives to expose and counter foreign disinformation operations by our enemies and proactively advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.
  • Second, the legislation seeks to leverage expertise from outside government to create more adaptive and responsive U.S. strategy options. The legislation establishes a fund to help train local journalists and provide grants and contracts to NGOs, civil society organizations, think tanks, private sector companies, media organizations, and other experts outside the U.S. government with experience in identifying and analyzing the latest trends in foreign government disinformation techniques. This fund will complement and support the Center’s role by integrating capabilities and expertise available outside the U.S. government into the strategy-making process. It will also empower a decentralized network of private sector experts and integrate their expertise into the strategy-making process.

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And so, with the likes of WaPo having already primed the general public to equate "Russian Propaganda" with "fake news" (despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially "fake"), while the US media has indoctrinated the public to assume that any information which is not in compliance with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also "fake news" and thus falls under the "Russian propaganda" umbrella, the scene is now set for the US government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the government deems to be "foreign propaganda."

Just like that, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born.

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Aubiekong's picture

Anybody who thinks obama is an honest decent man is fukd in the head...

hutnela's picture

Well lets see... how many amendments to the constitution have been infringed upon now in the name of "the greater good?"

  • I    Looks like today the first amendment was all but stripped with censored speech, free speech zones, and protest permits.
  • II   The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been infringed through the forceful use of permits, and regulation preventing you from bearing them unless you pay off the government
  • III  Looks like we got to keep amendment III so far
  • IV   Amendment IV was killed with the NDAA and also through the use of ID's, traffic stops, and warrentless wire taps.
  • V    Eminent domain has been misused by allowing private companies and infrastructure to be put through private property witH no compensation offered to the owner. (i know this from personal experience)
  • VI   The NDAA pretty much kills the 6th amendment as well, forget about a fair and SPEEDY trial.
  • VII  We might have got to keep amendment VII too.... for now
  • VIII Excessive bail or fines is definitely misused, especially for victimless crimes.
  • IX   Using the constitutional rights to deny others of their rights... yeah I'd say that has been done.
  • X    Last, but most trashed amendment... sovereignty of of the states and the people, preventing an all powerful federal         government.... yea that one is GONE!

Congrats, we have 2 whole amendments of the original 10 left that haven't been compromised in some way (that I can see). Wake up people... our country is gone! Have we been fighting for freedom in the middle east? If so, were they the ones that took it or were the people right here at home the ones? We were ready to charge off to defend our freedom from a foreign enemy who couldn't touch our constitution, and now we sit here and do nothing when its being stripped away right in front of us! We are at a point when there might be nothing left to fight for if we don't do it now. I as a veteran AND AN OATH KEEPER am ASHAMED OF THIS!

Small Government Is Better's picture

Obama's NDAA bill is an attempt to deny Americans their inalienable rights.  The fake news and propaganda sent out by the Obama Administration has been so great and so rife with lies that it is hard to believe anything the US Gov't declares.

Truth left the USA Federal Gov't long ago, and it took justice with it.  Otherwise, how do you explain so many black people in US prisons?  How do you explain the malicious persecution of whistleblowers by the US Federal Gov't.  Whenever a person shows the USA Gov't is wrong, the USA Gov't does all it can to crush that person.  And, blacks are victims of over-zealous prosecution of the war on poverty and the war on drugs.

America needs a lot less Federal Gov't, and a lot more restoration of citizens' inalienable rights as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights (documents which Obama et. al. have demonstrated total ignorance).

Trump is right:  it is time to drain the swamp in Washington DC, and shoot the nasty alligators that inhabit the place, or put them on display in zoos.

uhland62's picture

We can always work on the assumption that whatever the government puts out is something to influence the people and the exact opposite is more likely true.

JailBanksters's picture

Just another Law that everybody has to voluntarily accept it while the Government Ignores it

This is just Legaizedl version of "Correct the Record", which was Propaganda about Propaganda.

Bongo really has too much time on hands, and I'd like to see them enforce it with putting Innocent Victims in Jail.

He says, She says, He says ....



Happy 2112 @ 40 RUSH

Central Ohio's picture

Portman is a crony republican and represents what Trump will have to deal with.  I didn't vote for the guy.

RSDallas's picture

And this was introduced by the Republicans??? Wake up America! What will it take?

Phillyguy's picture

US Constitution- Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act is designed to censor any news that does not support the corporate/states agenda. Welcome to fascism, American style.

Link: www.blackagendareport.com/dem_and_gop_paths_to_fascism

joeyman9's picture

Consolation here is that govt programs almost always bomerang and achieve the opposite of what they were established for.

uhland62's picture

Government propaganda will be seen for what it is and not be believed, that's true.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been broadcasting again for a while, wasn't effective apparently, so they need to double up? 

How arrogant and presumptious Obama is again.  "Around the globe" - sure, everybody asked for it. Our computers delivered Russian propaganda and 'fake' news without anyone clicking on it. Haven't seen much fabrication on RT, but that doesn't matter. We have weened ourselves off the teet of the official and MSM propaganda so now we need to get a slap on the wrist, us deploarables. 

Truth wants out, Mr. Obama, always. 


NachoLiebor's picture

It's a preemptive strike. Once Obammy doesn't have the power of the presidency behind him, the floodgates will be open  for everybody to share how Chitcago politics has affected their lives.

ableman28's picture

This bill was written by a republican and passed in both houses with the majority of republicans voting yes.  Obama signed what the produced.  Morons.

Blanco Diablo's picture

Pass the loot! Politicians are non partisan when it comes to porking the deployables. Fuk me, Fuk you, Fuk-em all!

rahrog's picture

hack em & stack em

Blanco Diablo's picture

Not Morons but aspiring entrepreneurs , How could anyone gain so much of the profit (Mohamed) or Carlos Slim. Obomba Akbar!!!!!!!! Pass the loot!!

scaleindependent's picture

Zerohedge, Tyler, 


Your days, and ours, are numbered.

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Dec 25, 2016 2:30 AM

Time to start using those gunsCongressmen would be a good start

yabs's picture

Obama zero shame

Determined to be a cunt and tool of the the Nwo until the bitter end.

History has already judged him as worse pres ever . 

A total sell out. 

Suggest a petition to trump to get this reversed om january

KuriousKat's picture

Book Mark this site .you will need it as these people are not thru with us yet...nice visual how the votes broke down...Rand Paul No.....Jeff Sessions Yes...fuck you Jeff Some real forward thinking there..

ALL you congressional pages and lap sitters reading this for daily reports to your boss who voted yes.. FY too!



oncemore's picture

20% of the gov. budget goes to MIC.

It is 10x more, then russian budget. Russian weapons are superior to US especially hypersonic things, like Zircon and YF71 (being made ready for Sarmats). Yes. the 1000 military bases arround the globe cost a lot. All of this are Unbelievable inefficiencies.

This guy is a moron. MIC is promissing, delivering a scrap and Pentagon lies to public. Their unaccountable books show a lost ballance of 8bn. Where is that money?

yttirum's picture

Unless you work for DARPA or similar, you don't know what the US really has.

milanolarry's picture

Great. Ban all the media that reported Iraq had weapons of mass destruction first.

Which way to the beach's picture

It won't be long before the Department of Defence changes its name to the Department of Peace. They have gone full Jihadi.
On the bright side, they could get bogged down in all the fake news and propaganda that spews from the likes of McCain, Graham etc.


inosent's picture

The only thing threatened is the jew world order. That's it. The govt is a tool for the jew. Period. This govt is utterly illegitimate. It represents the jews, zionism, israhell, all that s-. The only way to get out from under it is through an entirely new govt, where the unifying factor is an understanding of the real enemy was the jew, had been all this time, and to ban them from any positions in any sort of authority, particularly banking, government, courts, education and media. Otherwise the new govt will become corrupted by the same evil.

Jews are a fraud, their myths are a fraud, their claims are a fraud, their label is a fraud, their attack of 'anti-semite' is a fraud, the entire edifice underneath the jew is a total sham. They became 'king of the hill' by only evil means. Whatever they really are, they are surely systematic organized crime. If the 99.8% of the population are that stupid not to recognize the real problem, and lack the brains and the will to do something about it, they deserve their fate in this world.

The real war in this world is the jew (offensive force) and everyone else (too dumb to even know they are being attacked - to say on the defense is a bad joke.)

KuriousKat's picture

If you have not jumped off  from the Social engineering train yet..do so asap..keys to survival is adapt and improvise.

Alternatives to Liberal/Corporate/Globalist controlled Social Media.
Reddit = Try Voat. https://voat.co/
Twitter = Try Gab. https://gab.ai/
Facebook = Try Ello. https://ello.co/ ~ Or Seen.life
Youtube = Try Minds. https://www.minds.com
Google Search = Try Duck. https://duckduckgo.com/


messystateofaffairs's picture

The problem with US propaganda is its all uphill to overcome the hypocrisy and lies that represent the Anglo Zionist foreign policy. This provides ample grist for the Russian propaganda mill, who need only uncover the hypocrisy and lies whilst minimizing their own negative problems which I doubt anywhere near approaches the Anglo Zionist true agenda (driven by non other than Satan). So Russia helps to mangle Porkchops faggot's in Ukraine, who cares? They aim missiles at NATO's urinal's like Poland to neutralize them in the event of a nuclear conflict, so what? The reality is Russia defends her own intetests while the Anglo Zionists fuck with everybody elses, and thats a big uphill spin for Anglo Zionists especially in the face of RT and all those internet fake news deplorables out there. The more shit the Anglo Zionists vomit to cover their Satanic agenda is the more shit they get on their face, so go ahead bring on the propaganda, the truth is out there, and increasing numbers of people want to know what it is.

Mr Kurtz's picture


“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”--Joseph Goebbels

Mr Kurtz's picture


“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”--Joseph Goebbels

Fireman's picture

The pedophiles in the Washing town regime are scared, very scared. However, if the pedophile scum imagine that the sheeple will be contained inside their electronic pens then obviously said pedophiles have grown too confident by their constant abuse of innocent children. We ARE not children and WE will no longer take the abuse from reptilian elitist filth!


2017 will decide the future and these scum will pay.



Last of the Middle Class's picture

The proletarians are gathering. Elitists are VERY nervous about that.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

"Threat of the Islamic state"? Really? Thought they were just some JV knuckleheads? And vital benefits for Military personnel? He threw everything in there just short of a Russian sighting off the East or West coast. Jesus H Christ, that guy is just a flim flam man. I can guarantee you the way that bill is worded, if you tracked the money, you would be awfully damn surprised where it ended up at. This is classic and I mean CLASSIC lefty libtard bait and switch legislation and you will never EVER get to know who truly benefited from it.

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Dec 25, 2016 7:49 AM

"Up to 80-85% of the first Soviet Union government members were jews, thank god those ideological blinkers and false ideological thoughts have collapsed" -Vladmir Putin


Now america will get a taste of how it feels to be under jewish control. Usa, nato, UN, israhell, saudi arabia, you will face judgement from god for your actions. Prepare for complete tyranny, Trump? lol, he can't save you from the coming disaster.


CoastalCowboy's picture

Oh well. yet another law to ignore.

AE911Truth's picture

Verified and confirmed; U.S. Government disinformation and propaganda.

amadeus39's picture

Kinda like closing the barn door after the horses have left isn't it?


dlfield's picture

This reminds me of the U.N. regulating the Ozone Hole.  You cannot regulate The Truth, assholes.

Grimaldus's picture

Criminal progressives infesting the US FEDGOV and desperate for maximum control not granted them in the Constitution push the boot of tyranny harder onto the neck of the American citizen.


To have a crime, you must first have progressives.






c0nan's picture

And now we know who the real enemies of we the people, and our children, are. Anyone supporting this bill supports human trafficking and pedophilia (see pizzagate: http://www.captainsjournal.com/2016/11/22/pizzagate/).

Falcon49's picture

Funny I always thought the best way to counter propaganda is through a free press...to act as a watch dog to keep those in power under control and on the straight and narrow.  Now, those that would be kept in check by a free press want the ability to destroy or usurp it as they have done with all the MSM.  The truth to them is flexible, bendable, and breakable depending on the needs and objectives of the day.  It is a narrative whose primary purpose is for manipulation and control...and not to truly inform.  I hope this election has not been one gigantic scam to facilitate and justify even more draconian laws.

Guitarbill's picture

So I guess CNN is going off the air? Thanks Bama!

moonmac's picture

Big Gubbermint is the Enemy and it must be Destroyed!!!

SMC's picture

In other words, USSA political scum can not do their large donors bidding without being able to censor and control information.

Another nudge towards civil war. These asshats probably think that they can legislate Pi equal to 3, the earth is flat, etc...

Dark times.

perkunas's picture

Finally we get some real news, yes russia has been spending huge anounts of monney on propaganda, and if we were smart we would counter it. The problem is, we are not countering it with truth, but more propaganda, so no one buys anything they say.

John C Durham's picture

Law or no law, there isn't going to be an undoing of the rights to free speech. Won't work in this nation. That's only the starting point of reality.

Everyone knows that this attack was effectively against those forces supporting Trump and Sanders. As Trump establishes his new government business enterprise and the effects of rational thought applied in the government sphere becomes more appreciated, ignorant hypocrite Democrates will almost dissappear, replaced by Henry Wallace, Kennedy, FDR Democrats.

This law is already on its way back out the door and those who supported it will be negatively celebrated in public.

Bondo's picture

just like the NDAA, this law ain't going away. 

neither is ignorant hypocrite democrats

withglee's picture

Shouldn't Trump have demonstrated by now that he knows Israel is our number one enemy?