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US Demand for RT FARA Registration 'Sounds Like Desperation' - Daniel McAdams


The US Department of Justice has demanded that Russia's broadcaster RT America should get registered under the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by Monday, November 13. Daniel McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, has explained that it is being done for political purposes.

Sputnik: What do you make of the move against RT? What do you see as the underlying motive for the US actions?

Daniel McAdams: It is the ongoing Russian hysteria. We have the government, the police that have the right to tell us what stations we are allowed to watch and what radio we are allowed to listen to. And that is antithetical to a free society. It is "Big Brother" government telling us "don't watch this." And it is only the beginning, by the way.

Sputnik: How legal is this move from the point of view of the US Constitution?

Daniel McAdams: The US government literally has no power and no authority to become involved in any way that would restrict our ability to consume any kind of media.

Sputnik: FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) was initially adopted to combat pro-Nazi propaganda in the US during wartime. How did we even come to it being used against media outlets?

Daniel McAdams: Well, we are not at war with Russia, at least not yet, thank God. The neocons have their way and I am sure this will change. It may have some useful new deal with for example some companies representing foreign governments. However, its application is very selective in Washington. That is a real "untold secret," it is very selectively applied and it is applied for political purposes, that is what we are seeing here.

Sputnik: Is it fair to say then that it makes this application all the more remarkable, given that it's peacetime and the fact that the two countries seem to have a lot of common interests?

Daniel McAdams: It makes it all the more remarkable, particularly when we consider the context, which is that the whole "RussiaGate" story continues to fall apart. The only two organizations that have said that Russia was involved in hacking of e-mails of the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and Podesta (Group)...both of these two companies [Crowdstrike and Fusion GPS] were actually paid by the DNC. If anything, it is the DNC, the Democratic Party that have been involved in the manipulating and colluding. The whole foundation upon which the "RussiaGate" story is built is completely sand, it is not brick or stone and is coming apart. So why would you ramp up attacks against a media outlet? It makes no sense. It sounds like desperation. I think it is the beginning. I think if it does not work, if it does not silence RT America, which is what the neocons want, they will start going after the Americans who appear in the programs.

Sputnik: So you think it is part of a large distraction campaign from the domestic issues which has nothing to do with Russia?

Daniel McAdams: I think that it might play into it. However there is an unholy alliance between the American neocons, who desire a new Cold War because it's very profitable for them, and the military-industrial complex which funds the neocon think tanks. And then you have the Democrats who still can't get over the fact that Hillary Clinton lost. So they all have made the unholy alliance and they are all using Russia as a way to pursue each of their own agendas. That will be despicable in any case, but for us the real danger is that it could lead to a worse Cold War, even a Hot War. The future of the world is at stake here.

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