US House of
Representatives Passes Law Against Telling the Truth in America
Paul Craig Roberts
The US House of
Representatives is so threatened by truth that “our” representatives have
passed a law against telling the truth. As all truth in America is told by
“Russian agents” spreading “false news,” the truth is no longer to be allowed.
A quick skim of the bill reveals "Title V—Matters
relating to foreign countries", whose Section 501 calls for the
government to "counter active measures by Russia to exert covert
influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of,
political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the
role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”
The section lists the following definitions of media
or funding of a front group.
Disinformation and forgeries.
Funding agents of influence.
Incitement and offensive
As Activist Post correctly notes, it is easy to see how this law, if passed by the
Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or
eliminate so-called “fake news” websites, a list which has been used to
arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream
media's proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given
Curiously, the bill which was passed on November 30,
was introduced on November 22, two days beforethe
Washington Post published its Nov. 24 article citing "experts" who
claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.
As we reported last week, in an article that has been widely blasted, the WaPo
wrote that "two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians
exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a
particularly vulnerable moment, as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide
range of grievances to claim the White House. The sophistication of the Russian
tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake
news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the
PropOrNot has pushed a conspiratorial thesis, without
any actual proof, that the listed websites have been either used directly or
covertly by the Russians to spread propaganda.
While the bill passed the House with a sweeping
majority, it is unknown if and when the bill will work its way through the
Senate and be passed into law, although one would think that it has far higher
chances of passing under president Obama than the President-Elect. It is also
unclear if it will be used to shut down websites anonymously characterized as
"useful idiots" or subversive elements used in disseminating supposed