Government takeover can happen quickly or it can happen gradually. While we haven’t (thankfully) seen a coup in the United States, the Federal government has been gradually expanding it’s power and control into different areas of society. Whether it is influence and control over state governments by threatening to withhold Federal money or whether it is through the use of laws, the Federal takeover has been becoming more and more complete.
Now, we can thank President Obama for sneaking in legislation two days before Christmas which gives the Feds the ability to muzzle the free press.
The legislation which was signed into law is called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and is, primarily, for the purpose of funding the military. However, nasty little provisions are often added onto legislation or cloaked to look innocent. Such is the case with the NDAA. Claire Bernish gives the details:
According to the text of the $619 billion bill, the Secretaries of State and Defense and other pertinent officials will be tasked with creating an innocuous-sounding “Global Engagement Center.”
“The purpose of the Center,”states the text, “shall be to lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.”
“The Center is authorized to provide grants or contracts of financial support to civil society groups, media content providers, nongovernmental organizations, federally funded research and development centers, private companies, or academic institutions for the following purposes:
- To support local independent media who are best placed to refute foreign disinformation and manipulation in their own communities.
- To collect and store examples in print, online, and social media, disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda directed at the United States and its allies and partners.
- To analyze and report on tactics, techniques, and procedures of foreign information warfare with respect to disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda.
- To support efforts by the Center to counter efforts by foreign entities to use disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda to influence the policies and social and political stability of the United States and United States allies and partner nations.
It doesn’t take too much imagination to see how this legislation can easily be used to prevent news that the government doesn’t like from getting to you and me, and, once that happens, how will you know what is really going on? You won’t have any warning of danger before it hits when it comes to a societal collapse.
With this new development, it’s even more important that you are ready now and ready all of the time because you won’t know when the disaster situation is going to hit.
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