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Internet censorship may be being rolled out in the USA and elsewhere...

In 2017 the phrase "deep state" was widely (with contrasting definitions) used by the commercially-controlled media. This followed their introduction of the "Fake News" meme in November 2016. So far, 2017 has seen some reports of censorship of the 200 sites listed by PropOrNot, including Naked Capitalism, Truthdig and Counterpunch.[1] The case Saleh v. Bush was concluded in February 2017, and the Bush administration officials deemed not guilty of war crimes since "The actions that (Bush administration officials) took in connection with the Iraq War were part of their official duties".[2]

"Fake News"

Full article: “Fake News”

The "Fake News website" meme introduced in November 2016 appears to have been intended to smear websites to bolster faith in the commercially-controlled media, was quickly reduced to the issue of "fake news". Global efforts were underway in 2017 to try to automate censorship (a.k.a. "fact checking") and crack down on whistleblowers. In the UK, Conservative MP Damian Collins is heading an inquiry into combatting the so-called "fake news" problem, which is reportedly considering increasing the maximum punishment for publishing real information online, from 2 years to 14 years.[3] Various commentators have suggested that the net effect of the "fake news" meme may have been a type of blowback - encouraging everyone to be more critical consumers of news, checking facts and sources.

Deep state exposure

After years of being ignored, the phrase "deep state" became popular after the 2016 US Presidential election and has continued to grow in popularity, particularly in the case of the US Deep State.[4] In 2017, leaks continue, including a leak of hacking tools, which were offered for sale by a group calling itself Shadow Brokers.

Expanded Mass Surveillance

Full article: Mass Surveillance

In January 2017, US President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 12333, will expanded the provision for mass surveillance by letting the NSA share the raw streams of communications it intercepts directly with agencies including the FBI, the DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security.[5]

UK General Election

Full article: UK/2017 General Election

In UK the Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election when her party was a long way ahead in the polls, aiming to increase her parliamentary majority. The opposition Jeremy Corbyn however defied predictions by closing the gap and increasing the seats held by the Labour Party. This resulted in a hung parliament. Young people in particular were heavily in support of the Labour party. The UK suffered three acts of "terrorism" during the election campaign, the 2017 Westminster attack, the Manchester Bombing & the June 2017 London attack. In spite of heavy coverage by the commercially-controlled media, these did not appear to greatly influence the election outcome.  

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Al-Salam weapons deal
Saleh v. Bush
Brexit
Wikileaks/Vault 7
Action Counters Terrorism
2017 Westminster attack
2017 Manchester bombing
June 2017 London attack
 

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