Don't Legalize Propaganda, Prosecute It

For as long as the United States government has sought to deceive foreign nations for its own ends, it has been legally forbidden from aiming propaganda at the U.S. public.

A bipartisan group of Congress members slipped a repeal of that ban into the military authorization bill that passed the House last week.

In 2006 we learned that the U.S. government was secretly producing "independent" video news stories talking up alleged successes in the Iraq war.

In 2008 we learned that the Pentagon was secretly directing "independent" pundits, retired military officers, to propagandize the public on behalf of war.

Every new war or "intervention" or "targeted killing" is packaged in lies.

The answer is not to throw up our hands and legalize these abuses.  The answer is to prosecute them.