Editor’s Note: Kay Stevenson is a guest contributor to Winter Watch who lives four miles from the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.
By Kay Stevenson
Caligula — or someone quite like him — is reputed to be thundering about closing down the U.S.-Mexico border.
On March 29, CNN reported that the entire international border was closed per the emperor’s whimsy. U.S. Border Patrol was immediately swamped with panic calls as the millions of people who daily cross the border tried to make sense of the news.
We learned of this when I told a friend we had plans to cross that border. She said they were buying emergency medical provisions they commonly acquire south of the border, because she heard rumors of the border closure. She urged me to check with Border Patrol.
From an agent, I learned that no such closure ever occurred. Nor did they have any information about such an event slated to happen. Albeit their agency — which is the only standing army defending the U.S. mainland on a full-time basis — would probably be the last to know of any such event.
As the agent described the false panic that had occurred on April 5, I asked what to do. I was cautioned not to listen to CNN. Nor could the agent recommend any mainstream media source with confidence.
Apparently it has registered with others that CNN is problematic. It has fallen below the Food Network in ratings.
The problem is that what CNN did is legal.
Prior to the high times of lone gunmen, the U.S. government’s propaganda arm — which is a vast enterprise — was forbidden to be used on the U.S. public. Just in time for all the fallout from Sandy Hook, Congress passes a measure called the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012. Now, the U.S. official propaganda organs are free to make things up to influence public opinion.
Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 — Amends the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 to authorize the Secretary of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to provide for the preparation and dissemination of information intended for foreign audiences abroad about the United States, including about its people, its history, and the federal government’s policies, through press, publications, radio, motion pictures, the Internet, and other information media, including social media, and through information centers and instructors. (Under current law such authority is restricted to information disseminated abroad, with a limited domestic exception.)
Stay tuned for Caligula’s war on Neptune, Part II. Maybe it’ll be a holographic rerun of “War of the Worlds” or whatever other canard the mainstream media decides to foist upon us.