Wednesday, August 7, 2019

50 USC 3093 (f): "No covert action may be conducted which is intended to influence United States political processes, public opinion, policies, or media."

"No covert action may be conducted which is intended to influence United States political processes, public opinion, policies, or media." - 50 USC 3093 (f)

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/50/3093

I am trying to figure this out, as it describes Operation Mockingbird.

https://allthatsinteresting.com/operation-mockingbird

Former CIA spy Valerie Plame has stated that CIA service is nonpartisan. "We did not serve as Democrats abroad or Republicans abroad. You serve as an American."

https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2017/05/former_cia_spy_valer/

The issue arises when the intelligence function itself is politicized (paywall). Any operation to influence the media for national security reasons would then be tainted.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08850607.2018.1488496?scroll=top&needAccess=true
The interesting question then comes up, if the media has been infiltrated by a politicized intelligence function, whether corrective action (such as #QAnon) is counter-politicized by definition. 

In other words, if "objective fact" advantages or disadvantages a political party...

This is really a larger question in particular because of the modernization of the Smith-Mundt Act in 2012, which essentially says that informational materials produced for overseas viewing can be viewed domestically.

Even if the informational materials are firewalled and objective in nature, how does one conceive of the totality of government communication given all the different applicable laws, standards and rules?
On top of that, how does one convey to all stakeholders what the laws, standards and rules are; how does one establish a consistent, reliable process for implementing them and for reporting on abuses?
The issue goes well beyond the media, of course. 

Per Federal law, ANY covert action undertaken by the US must be completely FREE of partisan intent.

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.