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senate Bill S. 2692

Does America Need to Counter Foreign Propaganda That Undermines U.S. Interests?

Argument in favor

Foreign governments that oppose U.S. national security goals, like Russia and China, aren’t shy about producing anti-American propaganda so the U.S. needs a strategy to counter that.

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10/17/2016
Policy is influenced by voters and voters are influenced by their perception. In this way perception of reality becomes reality. By ensuring that all views are shown and that the US, by and large, is a succeeding experiment by the people and for all people we ensure protection of the first Amendment and foster relationships and ideas for allies and progress abroad.
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John's Opinion
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10/16/2016
People are generally swayed by propaganda! This is important; because, since World War 1, militaries have been a nations population mobilized for military service. If we continue to fight this propaganda and counter it effective, we have the potential to avoid war, or at the least strike a crucial blow to a nations morale. Propaganda is an effective tool, both of the World Wars, and the Cold War stands as teatime the to this fact. Our enemies are waging a way against our image abroad, we aren't the ones throwing down the gauntlet is was thrown down ages ago, and we have taken punch after punch, it's time for us to realize we're getting beat and throw a few punches back.
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10/17/2016
The level of Anti-American propaganda and false narratives spun by Putin and his allies is high and very real. Those familiar with the field of Psychological Operations understand we are LOSING this war of information. The Russians and former head of KGB Putin are masters of this form of warfare specifically. The war for hearts and minds is very real and one we need to address seriously.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. doesn’t need to develop a strategy or use State Dept. resources to win the information war against adversaries like Russia and China that produce anti-American propaganda.

Loraki's Opinion
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10/16/2016
Not unless they also address all the propaganda spewed by Barack Hussein Obama! It seems like every time he opens his mouth, it's against U.S. interests! Is this ORWELLIAN enough for you: Obama Says He Wants To Change The Free Flow Of Information • "That is hard to do, but I think it's going to be necessary ..." by Jack Davis October 14, 2016 at 10:24am The unfettered flow of information has become a problem for President Barack Obama, and he wants something done about it. “We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,” Obama said during a speech in Pittsburgh Thursday. https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-decries-wild-west-media-landscape-214642552.html “There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world,” Obama added. “That is hard to do, but I think it’s going to be necessary, it’s going to be possible,” continued. “The answer is obviously not censorship, but it’s creating places where people can say ‘this is reliable’ and I’m still able to argue safely about facts and what we should do about it.” Obama’s comments were ill-received. Obama decries 'wild west' media landscape – except only ALT MEDIA + WIKILEAKS are telling America the truth about the Clintons! — PolitixGal (@PolitixGal) October 14, 2016 Obama decries 'wild west' media landscape FRUSTRATION — HE CONTROLS THE MSM, NOT THE INTERNET, UNDERGROUND MEDIA https://t.co/mF36PJae1G — Dave Jones (@mdj17) October 14, 2016 So he wants more gatekeepers to screen info and tell us idiots what to think. This is America, folks. https://t.co/jJ7F6plLP6 — Alex (@DaytimeRenegade) October 14, 2016 “So we need ‘safe spaces’ for you to imbibe the government-approved propaganda. And ‘No’… it’s not censorship when the government does it… it’s for your own good!,” wrote Tyler Durden on ZeroHedge. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-14/obama-urges-press-curation-needed-trump-plans-new-attack-new-york-times “Right, it’s not the lying politicians spreading malicious lies against Bad Rube of Dodge, Donald Trump, but the deplorable townsfolk, trying their level best to sift through the lies and distortions sent out daily by the government-media complex,” commented Judi McLeod on CanadaFreePress. “It is the wild, snorting horses of the townsfolk galloping up dust, yelling ‘yahoo!’ sending folk cowering into the safety of their own homes in the narrative as written by Cowboy Obama.” http://canadafreepress.com/article/bs-barry-and-his-wild-wild-west-show-coming-to-save-democracy “Trying to come up with altruistic and noble ideas to save democracy and more adult-like ‘debate,’ in reality, the equivalent of telling all townsfolk: Climb down off your high horses, put down your IPads, and ‘shut up and sit down,'” she wrote. This fall, a Gallup poll found trust in the traditional mass media at its lowest ebb since Gallup started surveying Americans about the media in 1972. Only 32 percent of people overall, and only 14 percent of Republicans, said they trust the media to be fair. http://www.gallup.com/poll/195542/americans-trust-mass-media-sinks-new-low.aspx “With many Republican leaders and conservative pundits saying Hillary Clinton has received overly positive media attention, while Donald Trump has been receiving unfair or negative attention, this may be the prime reason their relatively low trust in the media has evaporated even more,” Gallup said in commenting upon its poll. http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-says-he-wants-to-change-the-free-flow-of-information/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_campaign=WJDailyEmail&utm_content=2016-10-14
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10/17/2016
They misspelt "Ministry of Truth". Orwell is rolling in his grave.
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operaman's Opinion
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10/14/2016
Our POTUS should be our representative to the world, not any kind of program. A POTUS who travels the continents and speaks a tangled web of disparity within his own country cannot advertise our Republic. But do remember, we have Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), a U.S. government-funded broadcasting organization that provides news, information, and analysis to countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East "where the free flow of information is either banned by government authorities or not fully developed".
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What is Senate Bill S. 2692?

This bill would establish the Center for Information Analysis and Response that would focus on countering anti-American propaganda and information warfare conducted by foreign governments. It would operate within the State Dept. and focus on propaganda produced by the governments of Russia and China, in addition to other nations.

The Center would:

  • Lead and coordinate the collection and analysis of foreign propaganda;

  • Establish a framework for integrating that data into the process of developing U.S. strategy;

  • Develop and synchronize government programs to expose and counter foreign propaganda operations that undermine U.S. national security interests while advancing fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.

Additionally, the bill would expresses that Congress believes:

  • Foreign governments such as those of Russia and China use disinformation and other propaganda to undermine the national security goals of the U.S. and its allies;

  • The U.S. government should develop a comprehensive strategy to counter foreign propaganda and assert leadership in developing a fact-based strategic narrative;

  • An important element of this strategy should be to promote a free press in countries that are vulnerable to foreign disinformation.

Impact

People that might be swayed by anti-American propaganda or fact-based narratives that advance U.S. interests; foreign governments producing anti-American propaganda; and the State Dept.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2692

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced this bill to improve the ability of the U.S. and its allies to counteract foreign government propaganda from Russia, China, and other nations:

“In order to improve our response to foreign propaganda and disinformation, we need a comprehensive strategy. We have to delegitimize false narratives coming out of Russia, China and other nations and increase access to factual information. By directly countering false narratives and empowering local media and civil societies to defend themselves from foreign manipulation, this legislation will help support our allies and interests in this increasingly unstable world. This bill underscores the United States’ commitment to protecting the freedom of the marketplace of ideas on the international stage.”

This legislation has the support of one cosponsor, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Nikopol / Creative Commons)

AKA

Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016

Official Title

A bill to counter foreign disinformation and propaganda, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedMarch 16th, 2016
    Policy is influenced by voters and voters are influenced by their perception. In this way perception of reality becomes reality. By ensuring that all views are shown and that the US, by and large, is a succeeding experiment by the people and for all people we ensure protection of the first Amendment and foster relationships and ideas for allies and progress abroad.
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    Not unless they also address all the propaganda spewed by Barack Hussein Obama! It seems like every time he opens his mouth, it's against U.S. interests! Is this ORWELLIAN enough for you: Obama Says He Wants To Change The Free Flow Of Information • "That is hard to do, but I think it's going to be necessary ..." by Jack Davis October 14, 2016 at 10:24am The unfettered flow of information has become a problem for President Barack Obama, and he wants something done about it. “We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,” Obama said during a speech in Pittsburgh Thursday. https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-decries-wild-west-media-landscape-214642552.html “There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world,” Obama added. “That is hard to do, but I think it’s going to be necessary, it’s going to be possible,” continued. “The answer is obviously not censorship, but it’s creating places where people can say ‘this is reliable’ and I’m still able to argue safely about facts and what we should do about it.” Obama’s comments were ill-received. Obama decries 'wild west' media landscape – except only ALT MEDIA + WIKILEAKS are telling America the truth about the Clintons! — PolitixGal (@PolitixGal) October 14, 2016 Obama decries 'wild west' media landscape FRUSTRATION — HE CONTROLS THE MSM, NOT THE INTERNET, UNDERGROUND MEDIA https://t.co/mF36PJae1G — Dave Jones (@mdj17) October 14, 2016 So he wants more gatekeepers to screen info and tell us idiots what to think. This is America, folks. https://t.co/jJ7F6plLP6 — Alex (@DaytimeRenegade) October 14, 2016 “So we need ‘safe spaces’ for you to imbibe the government-approved propaganda. And ‘No’… it’s not censorship when the government does it… it’s for your own good!,” wrote Tyler Durden on ZeroHedge. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-14/obama-urges-press-curation-needed-trump-plans-new-attack-new-york-times “Right, it’s not the lying politicians spreading malicious lies against Bad Rube of Dodge, Donald Trump, but the deplorable townsfolk, trying their level best to sift through the lies and distortions sent out daily by the government-media complex,” commented Judi McLeod on CanadaFreePress. “It is the wild, snorting horses of the townsfolk galloping up dust, yelling ‘yahoo!’ sending folk cowering into the safety of their own homes in the narrative as written by Cowboy Obama.” http://canadafreepress.com/article/bs-barry-and-his-wild-wild-west-show-coming-to-save-democracy “Trying to come up with altruistic and noble ideas to save democracy and more adult-like ‘debate,’ in reality, the equivalent of telling all townsfolk: Climb down off your high horses, put down your IPads, and ‘shut up and sit down,'” she wrote. This fall, a Gallup poll found trust in the traditional mass media at its lowest ebb since Gallup started surveying Americans about the media in 1972. Only 32 percent of people overall, and only 14 percent of Republicans, said they trust the media to be fair. http://www.gallup.com/poll/195542/americans-trust-mass-media-sinks-new-low.aspx “With many Republican leaders and conservative pundits saying Hillary Clinton has received overly positive media attention, while Donald Trump has been receiving unfair or negative attention, this may be the prime reason their relatively low trust in the media has evaporated even more,” Gallup said in commenting upon its poll. http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-says-he-wants-to-change-the-free-flow-of-information/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_campaign=WJDailyEmail&utm_content=2016-10-14
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    They misspelt "Ministry of Truth". Orwell is rolling in his grave.
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    Our POTUS should be our representative to the world, not any kind of program. A POTUS who travels the continents and speaks a tangled web of disparity within his own country cannot advertise our Republic. But do remember, we have Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), a U.S. government-funded broadcasting organization that provides news, information, and analysis to countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East "where the free flow of information is either banned by government authorities or not fully developed".
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    Freedom of speech practice what you preach
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    Don't we have more important issues to be concerned with? People will always have propaganda against the US.
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    Our government should by no means open a Ministry of Propaganda (let's be honest - that's exactly what it would be). But they'll try to under the guise of protecting America. They won't call it Propaganda. They'll call it Counter-propaganda. And it will look like this bill. No, definitely Nay on this bill.
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    The level of Anti-American propaganda and false narratives spun by Putin and his allies is high and very real. Those familiar with the field of Psychological Operations understand we are LOSING this war of information. The Russians and former head of KGB Putin are masters of this form of warfare specifically. The war for hearts and minds is very real and one we need to address seriously.
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    People are generally swayed by propaganda! This is important; because, since World War 1, militaries have been a nations population mobilized for military service. If we continue to fight this propaganda and counter it effective, we have the potential to avoid war, or at the least strike a crucial blow to a nations morale. Propaganda is an effective tool, both of the World Wars, and the Cold War stands as teatime the to this fact. Our enemies are waging a way against our image abroad, we aren't the ones throwing down the gauntlet is was thrown down ages ago, and we have taken punch after punch, it's time for us to realize we're getting beat and throw a few punches back.
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    Refer to the 1st Amendment.
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    A nation of free people do not need a ministry of propaganda; the internet provides information to people all over the world. “Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too”. ~ Voltaire
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    It's the first amendment stupid although POTUS is typically against our interests. We also don't need more government agencies and regulations.
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    These are the worst opinions I've ever read. Sort of speaks to the problem at hand, no?
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    No new institutions! This is yet another waste of taxpayers money.
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    Fighting a furious flame with more fire is inflammatory. Disinformation and propaganda are political tools for the nation state, including our "democracy," and the hypocrisy lies in "fighting" such rhetoric when we believe in the democratic value of free speech and utilize the power of the persecutory false for our own means. I do not support this bill because 1) a truth about U.S. policy and actions can be misconstrued as anti-American, 2) diplomatic efforts should be exhausted first, and 3) while I am in favor of a monitoring system, it's a slippery hope to trust such a center. Revise and try again.
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    We need people with common sense
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    No! No! No! For one thing I don't give a rats back end what anyone in in any foreign country thinks about us. They don't live here and they don't vote here. Some in Washington would like for them to vote here but that's another issue. The news media in the U.S. already broadcasts to most of the planet so we don't need a government agency to spend money doing it. Second, an agency of propaganda will become very dangerous with time. Any law can be added to easily but is very hard to repeal, how long until such an agency is given control of all media within the United States?
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    “In order to improve our response to foreign propaganda and disinformation, we need a comprehensive strategy. We have to delegitimize false narratives coming out of Russia, China and other nations and increase access to factual information. By directly countering false narratives and empowering local media and civil societies to defend themselves from foreign manipulation, this legislation will help support our allies and interests in this increasingly unstable world. This bill underscores the United States’ commitment to protecting the freedom of the marketplace of ideas on the international stage.” I agree with this statement and bill. The State Department needs this to counter the false propaganda.
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    No, we have many leaders and a president to speak on our behalf and represent our best interest when visiting these countries. I say we should focus more on what is truly in our best interest rather than trying to subsidize eastern media. Freedom of speech
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    We already have The Voice of America which broadcasts our own propaganda around the world.
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