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Senator Todd Young in bipartisan effort to crack down on illegal foreign propaganda

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U.S. Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., have introduced legislation which would empower the Department of Justice to investigate the dissemination of propaganda in the U.S. by foreign agents, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The bill: the Foreign Agents Registration Modernization and Enforcement Act (FARA).

“When foreign governments attempt to surreptitiously disseminate propaganda in the United States, deliberately evading our laws, the American people have a right to know,” Young and Shaheen said in a joint statement released on Tuesday. “In order to ensure compliance with the law and maximum transparency for the American people, we are proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that would provide the Department of Justice authority that the DOJ Inspector General and GAO have said is necessary.”

The Foreign Agents Modernization and Enforcement Act would specifically strengthen FARA by giving DOJ the authority to compel organizations like RT America to produce documentation to confirm funding sources and foreign connections, the statement said.

“The authorities this bill would provide currently exist in other areas of the law, and the bill would simply provide those authorities to DOJ in instances involving potential foreign agents,” the statement added. “The bill would also streamline and update information disclosure and user fee requirements.”


Posted 3/17/2017




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