A Counter to the Post Truth Era.
28 December 2016 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
On Friday evening President Obama quietly signed the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act into law as part of 2017’s NDAA, which had passed with massive veto-proof majorities in both the House and the Senate previously.
The new law mandates a chunk of the NDAA’s budget be used to create what it calls a “Global Engagement Center” within the State Department, which shall carry out 1) such functions as analyzing “relevant information, data, analysis, and analytics from United States Government agencies, United States allies and partner nations, think tanks, academic institutions, civil society groups, and other nongovernmental organizations.”
The second part of the mandate is to 2) “support the development and dissemination of fact-based narratives and analysis to counter propaganda and disinformation directed at the United States and United States allies and partner nations.”
Republicans are going to want to repeal this one.