Pentagon Propaganda Is Illegal

Are we surprised that there is yet another charge leveled against the bush administration? No, I didn’t think so. So, here we go with the next charge of abuse leveled at the bush administration, that of propaganda. The laws are quite clear on this issue and have been on the books since 1951. That’s a very long time to have things stated clearly to you. But again, bush and company have flaunted their power saying, “We are untouchable by anyone, even the laws of the land.”

The laws:

The amendment states:

“Unless otherwise authorized by existing law, none of the funds provided in this act or any other act may be used by a federal agency to produce any prepackaged news story unless the story includes a clear notification within the text or audio of the prepackaged news story that the prepackaged news story was prepared or funded by that federal agency.”

Byrd’s remarks are below:

Mr. President, in every year since 1951, Congress has included a provision in the general government appropriations act which states the following: “No part of any appropriation contained in this or any other Act shall be used for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States not heretofore authorized by Congress.” [Section 624 of P.L. 108-447]

~snip~

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in an opinion dated February 17, 2005, the Administration has violated the prohibition on “publicity and propaganda.” In a memo sent to Executive Branch agencies, the GAO stated, “During the past year, we found that several prepackaged news stories produced and distributed by certain government agencies violated this provision.” Very simply, according to the GAO, the Administration broke the law.

Read the full article. It is fascinating. Sadly, I am so NOT surprised. The abuses by this administration just keep multiplying, one on top of another. The only thing that DOES surprise me is that this administration hasn’t been removed. I don’t know what Congress is waiting for, the next millennium?

PBS did a good report on this very thing. They had talked with the Pentagon about having someone explain their position, but when this was finally scheduled, suddenly the Pentagon couldn’t manage to get anyone there on short notice… uh, huh, and if you believe that, I’ve got this beach front property for you here in Arizona!!! < grins >

There is a great streaming video that is 11:23 long. I found it very good. There is also a hard copy on the site in case you would rather read it or have dial-up or for some other reason you don’t want to watch the streaming video.

Here is an excerpt from the PBS site:

JOHN STAUBER, Center for Media and Democracy: Well, Judy, first of all, congratulations to the NewsHour for doing this report. And it’s a shame on the networks who were duped this way that they didn’t show up to defend or explain their actions.

What happened here was a psy-ops campaign, an incredible government propaganda campaign whereby Donald Rumsfeld and Torie Clark, the head of public relations for the Pentagon, designed a program to recruit 75, at least 75 former military officers, as your report said, most of them now lobbyists or consultants to military contractors, and insert them, beginning in 2002, before the attack on Iraq was even launched, into the major networks to manage the messages, to be surrogates.

And that’s the words that are actually used, “message multipliers” for the secretary of defense and for the Pentagon. This program continues right up to now.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And is the essence of this that what they did was — what the Pentagon did was illegal?

JOHN STAUBER: Yes, what they did was illegal. Now, the Pentagon might contest that, but we’ve had various laws on the books in our country going back to the 1920s. It is illegal for the U.S. government to propagandize citizens in this way.

In my opinion, this war could have never been sold if it were not for this sophisticated propaganda campaign. And what we need is congressional investigation of not just this Pentagon military analyst program, but all the rest of the deception and propaganda that came out of the Bush administration and out of the Pentagon that allowed them to sell and manage this war.

My heartfelt agreement here! I’m so sick of hearing about the abuses of this administration. The history books will show this administration was THE WORST EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. How’s that bush for getting your name forever immortalized?

Other noted abuses are:

Yet, despite the law, the Congress and the American people continue to hear about propaganda efforts by Executive Branch agencies. On more than one occasion, this Administration has provided tax dollars to well-known conservative talk show hosts to promote its agenda. One was paid a hefty fee to promote the No Child Left Behind Act. Another talk show host was paid to promote the Administration’s welfare and family policies.

~snip~

The Times told of a news segment — produced by the State Department — featuring a jubilant Iraqi American telling a news crew in Kansas City, “Thank you, Bush. Thank you, U.S.A.”

The Department of Homeland Security apparently produced a so-called news report on the creation of the Transportation Security Administration. The reporter called the establishment of TSA, “one of the most remarkable campaigns in aviation history.” But what the viewers did not know was that the “reporter” was actually a public relations professional working under a false name for the Transportation Security Administration.

A third segment, broadcast in January, was based on a news report produced by the Department of Agriculture. The Agriculture Department apparently employs two full-time people to act as reporters. They travel the country and create their own so-called news, distributing their work via satellite and mail, always pushing the White House line. In the January report, these USDA employees claiming to be independent journalists called President Bush, “the best envoy in the world.” I am not here to argue whether George W. Bush is America’s best envoy to the world. But I would rather leave that discussion to independent analysts, not Administration employees or on-the-payroll journalists pushing the White House line.

~snip~

Mr. President, if paying national columnists and talk show hosts, faking news segments, hiring actors to pretend to be reporters “do not constitute propaganda,” what does? It is time for the Bush Administration to back off.

We trust the media to provide us with independent sources of information, not biased news stories produced by the Administration at the taxpayers’ expense.

Of course the administration denies the claims by the Government Accountability Offices, (GAO). Its stance is that it is ok to do this sort of thing so long as it is done as purely informational. Ya, right, and the disclosure was where??? People have a right to know what is and is not propaganda. And not including a blurb at the beginning or end specifically stating this is from a certain source is propaganda.

It is just disgusting how this administration behaves. bush and company should have been gone long ago. Are you getting it yet Congress? Is there enough evidence YET as to abuse of power, misuse of taxpayer money, misconduct, abuse of power, breaking of existing laws, etc. I mean, what more do they need? How much clearer can this get? Hell, they tried to impeach Clinton over sex, surely this constitutes a greater threat to America as a whole than some sleaze having sex in the White House and getting caught.

For another unbiased look at 9/11 go here: This article is an eye opener to say the least. That is, if you have any doubts left over… I love looking at stuff from other countries, they don’t get the media bias/propaganda we’ve gotten and can look at things rationally. Course, they must be too disappointed in us for not doing anything yet. I’m right there with them!

It is all just sickening and sad that Congress cannot or WILL NOT do anything about this. I’m so disgusted with them I want to fire them all! And this is enough to make me laugh. Talk about a worthless piece of policing! The agency putting out the propaganda is now “reviewing” its policies… Read this:

The Pentagon has suspended a public affairs program that has come under fire for using retired military “media analysts” as surrogates to get out its messages on the Iraq war, a spokesman confirmed Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the program was undergoing an internal review following criticism that the retired officers offered Pentagon talking points as their own during the run-up to the Iraq invasion and thereafter.

Teleconferences and briefings for the military analysts have been halted pending the review, which is being conducted by the Pentagon’s public affairs office, he said.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has not directly addressed the issue since the New York Times carried a lengthy report on the program April 20, except to say that the analysts should make clear they were speaking only for themselves.

Whitman said the program was designed to provide information to the US public “by any number of means, the media being one of them – analytical assessments and discussions on network television is another.”

He said the Pentagon also interacted with bloggers, corporate leaders and education leaders as part of the effort to reach out to the public

OK, I’m so done here! I’m thankful I’m NOT one of the bloggers that they used.

Advertisements

~ by justmytruth on April 30, 2008.

2 Responses to “Pentagon Propaganda Is Illegal”

  1. I know. I couldn’t believe it when I read that. Like that will do a damn bit of good! Sheesh! More government intelligence! The shit is getting deep, even my hip waders are going to be useless soon.

  2. Exactly what makes the Pentagon think that anyone is going to believe an “internal” (meaning done by the Pentagon) review of itself?

    Were they really serious and honest, they would call in an independent firm to do the investigation and review.

    It’s really insulting that they think us THAT stupid.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: