As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls "the human terrain" of world public opinion. In the process, it is raising concerns of spreading propaganda at home in violation of federal law. An Associated Press investigation found that over the past five years, the money the military spends on winning hearts and minds at home and abroad has grown by 63 percent, to at least $4.7 billion this year, according to Department of Defense budgets and other documents. That's almost as much as it spent on body armor for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2004 and 2006. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/29040299/#.Ujx4DRBPikw For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government's mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts. So what just happened? http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/p...ban_spreads_government_made_news_to_americans Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks Hiring paid shills to propagandize for the establishment is a common practice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zVgy9Jk0Ec It’s an admitted fact that governments around the world hire armies of shills to troll comment sections of news websites and social media with pro-establishment propaganda in an attempt to sway public opinion. http://www.prisonplanet.com/governments-hire-web-trolls-to-sway-public-opinion.html I just have one question for one of our newest posters. How much does the Pentagon pay "sock puppets" to spread "pro American" war propaganda on social media sites like Baptist Board?