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  •  NSA Bars all Media Contact (25+ / 0-)

    thus helping us know that anytime we read anything in the papers from 'intelligence sources' it is approved propaganda.  

    Employees of U.S. intelligence agencies have been barred from discussing any intelligence-related matter _even if it isn’t classified _ with journalists without authorization, according to a new directive by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/...

    If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything.

    by LieparDestin on Fri May 09, 2014 at 06:37:25 AM PDT

    •  dovetails with their other CYA from a few yrs ago; (3+ / 0-)
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      Don midwest, StrayCat, elwior

      against accusations of police-state behavior.

      From the late Michael Hastings, on the repeal of anti-propaganda laws (HR 5736):

      The evaporation of Smith-Mundt and other provisions to safeguard U.S. citizens against government propaganda campaigns is part of a larger trend within the diplomatic and military establishment.

      In December, the Pentagon used software to monitor the Twitter debate over Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing; another program being developed by the Pentagon would design software to create “sock puppets” on social media outlets; and, last year, General William Caldwell, deployed an information operations team under his command that had been trained in psychological operations to influence visiting American politicians to Kabul.

      A U.S. Army whistleblower, Lieutenant Col. Daniel Davis, noted recently in his scathing 84-page unclassified report on Afghanistan that there remains a strong desire within the defense establishment “to enable Public Affairs officers to influence American public opinion when they deem it necessary to “protect a key friendly center of gravity, to wit US national will,” he wrote, quoting a well-regarded general.

      "See, it's a law nao, so..."

      They really think that if they 'legalize' the behavior they'll get away with it. Which is horrifying insight to anyone who thinks we're on the right trajectory.

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