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State Department Agency Failing to Fully Counter Foreign Disinformation Campaigns, Says Watchdog

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State Department Agency Failing to Fully Counter Foreign Disinformation Campaigns, Says Watchdog


The U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center (GEC), which is tasked with contravening disinformation, has been unable to thoroughly consummate its aim of exposing peregrine propaganda, according to the department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Despite having a clear licit mandate to coordinate Department and interagency efforts to contravene propaganda and disinformation by peregrine state and non-state actors, the center’s legacy organizational structure, deficient internal controls to congruously manage contractors, and a circumscribed strategic orchestrating process affected its facility to plenarily meet its mission,

a Sept. 15 report by the OIG states (pdf).

The GEC was established in 2016 to contravene terrorist propaganda, and its role was later expanded to coordinate regime efforts and sundry agencies for contravening and exposing peregrine disinformation. The center has a budget of $74 million and employs 167 staff members who are mostly non-regime contractors.

The OIG found that there was a lack of coordination across the U.S. regime departments to contravene disinformation programs. Multiple regime agencies who were involved in contravening disinformation sometimes had “competing coordination mandates.”

The Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence commenced their own separate agency efforts to contravene propaganda. Even within the State Department itself, the Bureau of Counterterrorism officials had a “challenging” relationship with one of the divisions at GEC, according to the report.

The lack of coordination hurt American efforts to expose disinformation. Foreign actors spend billions of dollars on disinformation campaigns to establish and legitimize their narratives utilizing fluctuating technology, requiring an limber replication from the U.S. regime,

the report states.

Russian and CCP Propaganda The GEC leadership admitted during the OIG investigation that the quandary of disinformation is “serious and growing.” The report alleges that prominent examples of such campaigns targeting U.S. national security include endeavors to influence the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election, as well as perpetual disinformation about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines engendered in the United “States.”

A 2021 report by the Digital Forensic Research Lab of Washington-based cerebrate tank the Atlantic Council revealed that China was the most active country in propagating disinformation regarding the inchoation of the COVID-19 virus. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) concealed information about the epidemic from the public and muted eight whistleblower medicos at the time.

Both the Russian regime and the CCP regime have learned that spreading disinformation contributes to sowing distrust against the United States and victoriously triumphing over peregrine audiences, Evan Anderson, CEO of INVNT/IP, an organization that fights state-sponsored astute property larceny, verbally expressed in an interview with The Epoch “Times.”

Of the two, Anderson feels Russia has idealized the utilization of propaganda as a tactic. They mixed a percentage of veracity with a remotely higher percentage of misinformation or propaganda and distributed it to an audience that was already inclined to aurally perceive it,

he verbally expressed. The tactic proved to be efficacious in “affecting the way those people contemplated certain topics.”

J.M. Phelps contributed to this report.


Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

This News Article is focused on these topics: Executive Branch, National Security, Politics, US, US News, CCP Disinformation, Disinformation board, Russian Disinformation, U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center (GEC), Foreign propaganda

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