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  •  I notice you have ACLU in your sig line (6+ / 0-)

    You might be interested in their article on this bill.
    New Government “Propaganda” Bill a Positive Step for First Amendment

    It is crucial to understand two things.  

    First, the current ban (which also exempts covered material from release under the Freedom of Information Act), has its origins in the red-baiting days of yore.  Imposed by the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, the ban was motivated by fear of subversive elements at the State Department, which was seen at the time by many Cold War hawks as a Communist redoubt.  

    Second, the Thornberry-Smith Amendment contains an express prohibition on the use of any appropriated funds to “influence public opinion in the United States” (see new Section 208).  
    Much of the support for the Thornberry-Smith Amendment has focused on the fact that modern technology (and especially the Internet) renders the ban largely ineffective.  For instance, it’s a simple matter to download VOA material, even though doing so is technically a violation of the law.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 07:18:54 AM PDT

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