“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
~ George Orwell, 1984
The one thing we need and do not have is a taxpayer-funded propaganda machine that can disseminate government-sponsored disinformation here and abroad in real time. We don’t have one of those because of a 1948 law that our Congress now wants to nullify.
Just when you thought the National Defense Authorization Act couldn’t get any worse, it does. For now, the NDAA is on hold thanks to a Judge Katherine Forrest who is actually concerned about the First Amendment. That doesn’t seem to stop the amendments to NDAA however.
Texas Republican William Thornberry introduced HR 5736 – the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 and the next day Adam Smith (Democrat) of Washington co-sponsored it. It amends the NDAA. It is a bipartisan bill which should enjoy strong bipartisan opposition. It is yet another bill that the ACLU and the Tea Party should both hate.
I don’t think the bill will go anywhere, but the way things are going, who knows. The fact that they would even come up with this is rather alarming. If the other members of Congress have their wits about them, they won’t touch this one.