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Under President Obama, A law was changed with the new Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, an act sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R- Texas) and Rep. Adam Smith (D- Wash.). The reform was quietly inserted into the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and effectively nullifies the original 1948 act.
In 2013, the NDAA created an act called Countering foreign propaganda and disinformation act which removed the ban in place since 1948, (The Smith-Mundt act 1948) and as well as the (Foreign Relations Authorization Act) FRA act of 1987.
In 2016, the NDAA reinforced it by including it In It's 2017 budget to fund it.
The original law prohibited U.S. organizations from using state resources, including the intelligence community, to influence public opinion of United States citizens. President Obama’s reform to the Smith-Mundt Act allows the American public to be one of its targeted audience of U.S. government-funded information campaigns.
The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 was established as a prohibition on domestic dissemination of materials intended for foreign audiences by the State Department, also known as propaganda. It was established as a barrier between government agencies and the media, and for 65 years the act stood unchallenged, given the role propaganda is generally reserved for in empowering dictatorial governments.
The purpose of the repeal, to disseminate foreign policy related information. This newfound power could be used to influence our democratic election or used to produce false information by any party in power.
We must demand that the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 & FRA act of 1987, a fail safe measure, are reinstated to keep the government in check and prevent misinformation to be used to mislead the American public.
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