US Gov’t Restarts Domestic Propaganda

Joseph McCarthy (image: Wikipedia)

Joseph McCarthy (image: Wikipedia)

The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which prohibited US groups from influencing public opinion, was effectively nullified by a section of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

During WW II, the US taxpayer-funded organization Voice of America (VoA) promoted favorable aspects of American society to a global audience.  This organization is authorized to restart transmissions under NDAA.


Some remember the Red Scare with the ever-famous ‘better dead than red’ mantra.  Thius occurred after Smith-Mundt, and shows that individuals still have the power to orchestrate propaganda campaigns despite government regulations.

Arguably, the DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) program was/is domestic propaganda, however, it does not constitute a military deployment of thought-guiding messages.  (Arguably.)

Does the restarting of War era programs indicate that Washington or the Pentagon detects a global security threat the scale of WWII?  WWIII?




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