Sunday, February 27, 2011

PsyOps By The U.S. Military Against Memebers Of Congress


I haven't heard anything about Darrell Issa investigating this-- probably the only thing he isn't investigating-- but perhaps he should get rid of the staff full of partisan hacks and hire some Rolling Stone reporters. They uncovered a blockbuster story about the Military Industrial Complex President Eisenhower warned us about. Reminder:
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence-- economic, political, even spiritual-- is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.

And somehow it didn't surprise me in the least to read that the Members of Congress singled out for pro-military brainwashing are powerful media spotlight hogs like John McCain. Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman and conservative new DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, all warmongers to begin with and even more fanatic about unjustifiable wars after being brainwashed. Short version: "The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in 'psychological operations' to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned-- and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators."
The list of targeted visitors was long, according to interviews with members of the IO team and internal documents obtained by Rolling Stone. Those singled out in the campaign included senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin; Rep. Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee; Adm. Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Czech ambassador to Afghanistan; the German interior minister, and a host of influential think-tank analysts.

The incident offers an indication of just how desperate the U.S. command in Afghanistan is to spin American civilian leaders into supporting an increasingly unpopular war. According to the Defense Department’s own definition, psy-ops-- the use of propaganda and psychological tactics to influence emotions and behaviors-- are supposed to be used exclusively on "hostile foreign groups." Federal law forbids the military from practicing psy-ops on Americans, and each defense authorization bill comes with a "propaganda rider" that also prohibits such manipulation. "Everyone in the psy-ops, intel, and IO community knows you’re not supposed to target Americans," says a veteran member of another psy-ops team who has run operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "It’s what you learn on day one."



At 8:12 AM, Blogger Doug Kahn said...

They were brainwashed! The name Romney rings a bell.

At 9:18 AM, Blogger SJ Reidhead said...

I saw the piece the other day - absurd. If they had chosen three "targets" who changed their minds on things then there might be some credibility to the story.

I find it abjectly absurd.

The Pink Flamingo

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous mediabob said...

In the picture, the 3 old pillars in front seem part of the 3 old pillars in the back; even functionality.

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous tony said...

they were certainly gung ho on the war...


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