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). http://finance.yahoo.com/news/us-government-funded-domestic-propaganda-135410336.html
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.
NPR CAN NO LONGER CUT THE MUSTARD
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?
- U.S. Repeals Domestic Propaganda Ban (drudge.com)
- Now Legalized, US Propaganda Swears It’s ‘Fair and Accurate’ (antiwar.com)
- U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans (brandontward.blogspot.com)