Protecting A Key Friendly Center of Gravity, To Wit U.S. National Will

Abby Zimet

In a little-noticed addition to a $642 billion defense bill, bipartisan legislators are proposing getting rid of two previous acts, the Smith-Mundt Act and Foreign Relations Authorization Act, aimed at forbidding the State Department and Pentagon from unleashing misinformation campaigns on its own citizens,  allowing "U.S. propaganda intended to influence foreign audiences to be used on the domestic population." The Pentagon already spends about $4 billion a year to sway public opinion, particularly on unpopular issues like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But just wait. Scary.


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