The role of Russian “hackers” and fake Russian news during the election cycle continues to be a main stream narrative, even though no real evidence has been given that there has been any such intervention.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard of the website propornot.org which was created Created on 2016-08-21 and has since compiled a comprehensive list of Russian Propagandist websites. They managed to do this in three months, and in that short amount of time have become an “authority” on Russian Propaganda. Their authority has been lent from news article from The Washington Post after they cited propornot.org as “experts” who claimed Russian Propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.
This bill was introduced November 22nd, and passed on November 30th. The Washington Post article was published November 24th, just two days after the bill was introduced.
Just one week after the Washington Post launched its witch hunt against “Russian propaganda fake news“, with 390 votes for, the House passed “H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017“, sponsored by California Republican Devin Nunes (whose third largest donor in 2016 is Google parent Alphabet, Inc), a bill which deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda, and hints at a potential crackdown on “offenders.” A list of which is as follows:
The bill itself passed with a sweeping majority, and it will be interesting to see if it makes its way to the presidents desk as Obama would be more willing to sign it compared to President Elect Trump who seemingly wants to normalize relations with Russia.
Here is the interesting part of this bill:
Title V Matters relating to foreign countries
Committee to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence over peoples and governments
In this section:
(1) Active measures by Russia to exert covert influence
The term active measures by Russia to exert covert influence means activities intended to influence a person or government that are carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly, including the following:
(A) Establishment or funding of a front group. (B) Covert broadcasting. (C) Media manipulation. (D) Disinformation and forgeries. (E) Funding agents of influence. (F) Incitement and offensive counterintelligence. (G) Assassinations. (H) Terrorist acts.