Newly released classified documents show that the Pentagon was aware that military propaganda targeting international audiences would be able to reach the American public. The 74-page "Information Operations Roadmap" explains that "information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and PSYOP, increasingly is consumed by our domestic audience and vice-versa." The Smith-Mundt Act, however, prohibits the U.S. government from propagandizing Americans. But the Pentagon argued that "the distinction between foreign and domestic audiences becomes more a question of USG [U.S. government] intent rather than information dissemination practices." The Los Angeles Times reports that the "secret U.S. military program that pays Iraqi newspapers to publish articles favorable to the American mission appears to violate" the "Roadmap," which was signed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "It's clearly a violation based on the language used in the Rumsfeld document," a Pentagon official told the Times.
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