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Last week the United States Senate quietly passed legislation authorising and funding the State Department to co-ordinate with the intelligence agencies to fund pro-government propaganda. The Act also authorises large sums to be provided for grants, think tanks and the promotion of influential voices friendly to the establishment. None of these subsidised information activities will be made public.
This act follows closely the passage in the House on November 30 of ‘H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2017’. This bill covered a wide range of intelligence-related issues, including authorisation for a potential crackdown on whatever news sources the US establishment deems to be ‘Russian propaganda’.… Read the rest