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Another ‘runaway general’? Military reportedly employed ‘psyops’ against US Senators

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:33 EDT
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Michael Hastings has struck again.

The reporter whose story for Rolling Stone forced the resignation of former Gen. Stanley McChrystal has a new story out, this time focusing on what he calls “psyops” employed against elected officials by yet another “runaway general.”

However, when told to target high-profile individuals such as Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Al Franken (D-MN), Carl Levin (D-MI) and even Adm. Mike Mullen — one unit resisted, citing federal law that information warfare not be used against Americans.

“At minimum,” Hastings writes, “the use of the [information operations] team against U.S. senators was a misue of vital resources designed to combat the enemy.”

The report added that documents provided to the magazine showed the operations cost taxpayers over $6 million.

Those that resisted, the report said, were targeted for retaliation.

Lt. Gen. William Caldwel, Hastings noted, had on multiple occasions attempted to merge the military’s public affairs and information operations units, effectively tearing down the wall between media relations and psyops. He even went so far as to suggest that the information operations teams be split up, the report said, so that each general could have “their own personal spokesperson with psy-ops training.”

The general was also an advocate of expanding the military’s use of widely known information platforms, like Wikipedia, to expand the military’s influence over public opinion.

In one instance, Rolling Stone‘s informant said he was tasked to carry out psyops against every single “distinguished visitor” who stopped by, which a military lawyer later agreed was against policy.

Caldwell’s office, the report noted, issued a rebuttal that “categorically denies the assertion that the command used an Information Operations Cell to influence Distinguished Visitors.”

After the order was reported, the language was allegedly amended to stipulate that distinguished visitors’ profiles be created only from publicly available records.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    When psyops are used against military rubber stamps like McCain and Lieberman, you know that we
    are in deep shit.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, me thinks the cheney shadow government.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds likely.

  • Anonymous

    if someone would have told me 20 years ago that in the future Id have to rely on the rolling stone for the only REAL news left I would have laughed, thats how fucking far weve fallen. This is whats left of our “supposedly” free press. Thank god we still have the rolling stone!

  • Guest

    “…that’s how fucking far we’ve fallen.”

    I disagree. I think it is GREAT that these “alternative” media sources have taken up the sword of true patriotism. This paper started as only a pro-weed outlet and now they are making a major nick in the armor of our oppressors. Add many comedians to the list as well as some cartoon shows.

    Example: Matt Taibibi, of “The Stone” is one of the finest investigative journalists out there now.
    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog

    No, sir. I think they are picking up the gauntlet against conspiracy and elitism that the corporate media dropped a long time ago.

  • Anonymous

    WoW! Who woulda thunk? The Military trying to further their wars by propaganda, Huh. I wonder how the egos of McCain and Leiberman are today? I can’t wait to see their reactions since they both think they know the wants and needs of the military. Will their wrath come down on this general and friends? Or will they pretend they knew what was going on the whole time? Now can we pleeeeeeezzzeeee get out of Afghanistan?

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    It worked on ‘em so the money was used “wisely”? At one time Rumsfeld said billions were missing from the pentagon piggy bank. Maybe funding of the psyops included funding evangelical media moguls and their propaganda machines. I, for one, think there is no way the poor fund these networks who have billions coming in to propagandize the whole earth by $5 donations. It’s an easy take over since they have no sponsors to answer to and only the FCC and Grassley a repugg to answer to. We have let c-street get full control of the US and try to take over the world and that takes a strong propaganda machine with out checks and balances of the free market.

  • gypski®

    One of the fascist agents in our government. Its full of them loaded by Reagan, Bush I, Bush II.

  • enorceht

    that makes a good case for outlets like rolling stone and wikileaks to not only exist but to be protected

  • enorceht

    “In one instance, Rolling Stone’s informant …” which if found out will be in the cell next to Bradley Manning

  • Guest

    Your point is well made.
    Consistently excellent journalism by Rolling Stone.
    Unfortunately it can’t be reduced to several sound bites for the general public, so it goes unread by most Americans.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    And if that doesn’t work they can always try the anthrax again.

  • Guest

    I’m sure glad our military is keeping us safe from terrorism.

    I hate to be a complainer, but they’re getting a little expensive for the average American Joe and Jane.

    Does this mean there’s no chance for auditing the unauditable Pentagon budgets?

  • Anonymous

    Will anyone pay for these obvious crimes?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_42WQ3QLRNRCZJAYTYQ6FG6O4WY dissatisphere

    that would be trillions, reported to congress on 9.10.01, the day before 9-11 …

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    This is a big bold reach of the military into directing civilian government policy. It must be obvious how the financial industry has taken hold of the reigns of government to the benefit of banks. The military is following and trying out the process of manipulating government as well. When the military is successful at directing foreign policy for militaristic goals, it will turn toward the domestic side and meet with very little resistance.

  • Anonymous

    No

  • Anonymous

    Always assume the Army lies.

    Don’t be stupid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPV6LRYFLBF6AYBLXYMS6L3XGQ chris

    Always assume everyone lies.

  • http://twitter.com/Howieisright Howieisright

    Military industrial complex running the show whats new. Unlike the Egyptian military they would open fire on it citizens or like they have done already unleash something from plumb island on us.

  • YeaSayer

    Obama’s solution will be to keep the same policy and appoint Petraeus to run psyops. In a nutshell, that is Obama’s solution for everything.

  • Anonymous

    What? You expected less from the snakes in charge? Cmon folks, military and other ops have been doing this FOREVER! More than likely even before the Dark Twins of Death and Entertainment, Dark Dick C. and Rummie became DC staples.

  • Anonymous

    You’re lying.

    (C’mon, someone out there will think it’s sooooo deep)

  • Anonymous

    “”the use of the [information operations] team against U.S. senators was a misue of vital resources designed to combat the enemy.”

    Gee, Wally. I thought using United States weaponry against Americans wasn’t legal. And attacking the government itself was wrong, too. Didn’t Mom say that’s called, “treason”?

  • YeaSayer

    Yea, anthrax is childs play compared with some of the stuff they are “researching.”

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think he was born here.

    In fact, I heard somebody say he was an Arab.

  • lyris

    Does the military ever require their generals and other upper officers take yearly psychiatric testing? If not why? It looks as if a number of them are looney.

  • samhoustonTX

    No surprise that Sen. “Songbird” was among those selected for psy-ops. For certain, he is afflicted with coprophagia.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    amen

  • lyris

    Even though I don’t like either men wrong is wrong and clearly our military needs serious overhauls on the people leading it.

  • lyris

    Perhaps some day Rolling stone will go onto radio or television. Certainly cable would take them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHUR5LALBGRBDQ5VAKAL3JDKNU JustinB

    The article on John McCain, right before the elections was epic. I felt after reading that, that I had a fairly clear insight to the workings of John McCain. His sense of entitlement and how much of a pussy he is compared to John Kerry, whom I presonally believe to be an American war hero.

  • lyris

    Of course we have to get not only our people out of there, but also trillions of dollars worth of equipment, some of it very heavy and very cumbersome.

  • Wyrdless

    Michael Aquino was the head of psyops for fort Brag during the Iran CONTRA scandal. He was also a cofounder of the “Temple of Set” a satanic church and a contemporary of Anton LeVay.

    He went on to write a book called “MindWar which talked about how to use psy-ops on the US population. It was co-authored with Gen Valley

    Now Gen. Valley is a fox new correspondent

    http://www.xeper.org/maquino/nm/MindWar.pdf

  • lyris

    I think the tide is changing, more and more people are speaking out, and to the politicians that means votes, so keep speaking out and keep calling, emailing and mailing your elected officials, and keep voting.

    Those who have kept silent start making noise, lots and lots of noise, they will start to listen to you or they’ll be voted out.

  • lyris

    I believe the post office has taken care of that problem.

  • lyris

    No. People are complaining more and more about this and when more and more people complain and complain loudly to their elected officials most who want to keep their jobs.

    I’m hoping that people are so angry now that they’ll be voting in our elections from now on. Now if the far left would start reading our Constitution and read reliable sources instead of conjecture, we can’t lose.

  • lyris

    If we complain loud enough.

    http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

    http://www.theorator.com/government/house.html

    No one has any excuse NOT to contact their elected officials now.

  • lyris

    Wrong answer.

  • lyris

    Show your proof, don’t make conjectures.

    You may be right, but without proof you have nothing and are causing the same fear mongering as the right wing.

  • lyris

    So call email or write your Senators and representative and show or tell them about this article.

    If enough people did this there might be an investigation or more. But until we start making more noise nothing will be done, and that’s our fault.

  • Anonymous

    The military has been crossing the line between civilian control and junta for a long time. They become bolder every day. If I could climb a tree I would SHOUT IT FROM THE TREETOPS. With the patriot act, blackwater, psyops and corporate owned legislatures and judges, the days of civilian controlled government of constitutional laws are over. They have their hideous sonic and microwave crowd control weapons and internment camps ready. They have been conditioning active duty troops to believe killing American citizens is their duty. They have promoted evangelical doctrinism within the ranks. They promote false memes that Americans hate the military and don’t support the troops. They seek to divide and instigate conflict at every turn. They are one and the same with the Neocon Pnac dreamers and tyrannists. There dreams of empire and hegemony are destined to end in the clouds, the mushroom variety.

    Todays headlined on the tightening noose of the oligarchy.

    IMF says weaker dollar would help global growth

    Monsanto shifts liability for genetically modified crops to farmers

  • lyris

    Thank you, Atilla10, I’ve been saying that for some time now. I also said that back in the early 80′s about reagan and everyone told me I was crazy.

    I not only had parents who suffered from Dementia but when I was 15 I worked under the table for a local convalescent home washing dishes, taking trays of food to the patients, and feeding some of them. I saw almost every stage of Dementia. I can spot them. Take a look at lieberman too.

  • lyris

    The officers certainly.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LVBV54PK6UKA7BYDRTBLJLGQR4 Randi

    Get our equipment out? I don’t think so. Ask any National Guard unit how much of their weaponry the US military has left behind. State National Guard units have been crippled by loss of equipment abandoned in our two wars on the other side of the world. Governors have been protesting for years…to no avail.

  • lyris

    Now that’s paranoia.

  • lyris

    If Americans continue to be lazy and indifferent you may be correct, so we should nip it in the bud and start making lots and lots of noise. That’s the only way to beat this.

  • lyris

    You must be an extreme lefty, which likes to use fear mongering as much as the teabagging/gop.

  • lyris

    Yep, I had you pegged. Fear mongering over facts.

  • lyris

    I read that you are nuts.

  • lyris

    Since WWII. It got worse starting in the 50′s when they messed with the Middle East, which explains why so many of the Arabs hate us.

  • lyris

    Send this article to your elected officials. I am.

  • Anonymous

    The enlisteds lie too.

    On penalty of imprisonment they lie.

    Ask them questions, and they will tell you lies.

    Certainly.

  • samhoustonTX

    Agree. This neocon crap began with Reagan, who left “sleeper cells” to disrupt non-neocon endorsed policies and sabotage non-neocon managers. Their first vicim was Pres. George HW Bush (41), who suffered but did not clean them out. Their next victim was Pres. Clinton, who was advised to clean them out, but failed to act. Now, the Reagan “sleepers” have been re-inforced with the Bush/Cheney “sleepers” — because Pres. Obama failed to act on advice to clean them out.

  • YeaSayer

    He heard it too. Letting the military do whatever it wants is his way of negating this dastardly insult.

  • Anonymous

    I am nuts.

    But I still heard somebody say he was an Arab.

  • Anonymous

    I see.

    BTW, what the fuck is wrong with your eye thingies?

  • Jaimie11

    Petraeus who claims Afghani parents burn their own children in order to make America look bad.

    http://news.antiwar.com/2011/02/21/petraeus-accuses-afghan-parents-of-burning-kids-to-make-us-look-bad/

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Lara Logan to the rescue. Oh, is it too soon?

  • YeaSayer

    Hey, avatars are supposed to be provocative. But then, you know that because yours stands out as if you were in Harlem.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Seems to me that it is the bureaucrats that are the shadow government, both inside and outside the military and it matters little which party is in power because they work for both. See David Margolis ongoing hijinks at Justice, for example.

    http://my.firedoglake.com/valtin/2010/01/30/david-margolis-hatchet-man-for-holderobama-on-opr-torture-memos-report/

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Couldn’t agree more about Taibbi.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Hell of an idea. The name recognition factor is a big advantage. Some enterprising progressive media mogul should give that consideration. I’m talking to you, Bill Moyers.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    “Stateless media”

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Ravi Batra predicted back in 2008 that there would soon be a tsunami of information coming forth.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Except Bradley Manning

  • YeaSayer

    You must be an extreme statist, the kind that accepts government lies, government handouts, and government orders with a hearty “Thank you sir, may I have another?”

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    1965 Prisoners at the Holmesburg State Prison in Philadelphia are subjected to dioxin, the highly toxic chemical component of Agent Orange used in Viet Nam. The men are later studied for development of cancer, which indicates that Agent Orange had been a suspected carcinogen all along.

    1975 The virus section of Fort Detrick’s Center for Biological Warfare Research is renamed the Fredrick Cancer Research Facilities and placed under the supervision of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) . It is here that a special virus cancer program is initiated by the U.S. Navy, purportedly to develop cancer-causing viruses. It is also here that retrovirologists isolate a virus to which no immunity exists. It is later named HTLV (Human T-cell Leukemia Virus).

    1977 Senate hearings on Health and Scientific Research confirm that 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969. Some of the areas included San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Key West, Panama City, Minneapolis, and St. Louis.

    1990 More than 1500 six-month old black and hispanic babies in Los Angeles are given an “experimental” measles vaccine that had never been licensed for use in the United States. CDC later admits that parents were never informed that the vaccine being injected to their children was experimental.

    1994 Senator John D. Rockefeller issues a report revealing that for at least 50 years the Department of Defense has used hundreds of thousands of military personnel in human experiments and for intentional exposure to dangerous substances. Materials included mustard and nerve gas, ionizing radiation, psychochemicals, hallucinogens, and drugs used during the Gulf War .

    1995 Dr. Garth Nicolson, uncovers evidence that the biological agents used during the Gulf War had been manufactured in Houston, TX and Boca Raton, Fl and tested on prisoners in the Texas Department of Corrections.

    Is that fear mongering, too?

  • YeaSayer

    Ever heard of Catch-22?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    That’s even better than the Camp No detainees who stuffed rags that they didn’t have down their own throats, bound their own hands and feet and climbed up on furniture and hung themselves with other rags that they didn’t have.

  • Anonymous

    No, never Bradley Manning.

    He’s Jesus Fucking Christ.

    And The Band Played On.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Wow would I love to be a fly on the wall in Senator McGrumy’s office today! I wonder who he’ll explode at and how long will it be before he demands a resignation and or a trial for treason!

  • Anonymous

    They are?

  • Anonymous

    Members of Congress have no basis for objection.

    After all, they have known about all of “this” taking place over the years, and much more. They knew, and they did nothing but vote more funds, year in and year out. That THEY now have become targets isn’t very important, frankly.

  • Anonymous

    Actually you both agree with each other. And so do I.

  • Anonymous

    Duhhh! Republicans have been running psyops operations on the US citizens for thirty years – since Reagan authorized propaganda to be used on the US during his last term.

    Here is the army manual of propaganda use: http://www.constitution.org/col/propaganda_army.htm .

    IT IS THE GUIDE BOOK TO FOX NEWS.

  • Anonymous

    As long as the military is all volunteer, economically conscripted force, it will continue to be a breeding ground for totalitarianism. Shit in, shit out. When the only people who want to join the military are military-loving, nationalistic, religious, hierarchical thinkers, it will only get worse. It’s a petri dish of stupid, aggressive, anti-freedom lunkhead fascists like this one.

  • Anonymous

    Really. When has anyone involved in government paid any price for their actions?

  • Anonymous

    Wait a minute. I know. America is a sequel to the Truman Show.

  • Anonymous

    “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Our military’s misuse ranks up there with investors and corporation as the greatest threat to America and mankind. But being an American and saying that makes me wonder if cancer is self-conscious.

  • willymack

    Getoutcher pitchforks and torches, folks.
    That’s all we have left to defend ourselves against the maniacs in the corporate world and the Pentagon, and the bought off stooges in gumint
    We let this shit happen, and we’re the ONY ones who can make it UNHAPPEN.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, did I miss something? How did this become about Obama? You apparently believe any subject under the sun is on open invitation to let your anti-Obama neurosis run free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dorothy-Banks/100001470098554 Dorothy Banks

    I prefer to hear from the above mentioned name to hear what they have to say. I am reluctant to accept the word of a reporter’s side of the story. It could have happened. Anything is possible. I just want to hear from all individuals involved.

  • cannotvote
  • Winski

    Caldwell AND BETRAYUS should be summarily dismissed – TODAY.

  • Anonymous

    According to the first sentence in the story “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.”

    If that is the story then nothing happened in Afghanistan that hasn’t happened in every war that I have read about since WWII. How do people think we get continued escalations of military involvement and troop levels in places like Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan? The military has to “sell” the worthiness of the operation and the need for more funding, technology, and troops. I haven’t read but a couple of paragraphs so far, but what Hastings is reporting so far is nothing but a more intense sales pitch than normal but certainly nothing that isn’t done in every war by every commanding general.

    General Westmoreland would probably be jealous that he didn’t think of this. He might have had those million plus troops he thought he needed to win in Vietnam. And anyone who thinks that these Generals and Colonels don’t want to see interminable war doesn’t understand the military mind or the role war duty plays in advancement and retirement benefits. According to the story some even referred to the snowjob as “Operation Fourth Star.”

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Well! Imagine that, the MIC using psyops on their shills. I suppose that next, they’re going to be telling me that Wall Street was giving them money too.

  • realnewz

    Thank You. This is nothing new but apparently the rest of the population needs to catch up.

  • realnewz

    The Truman Show is for real.

    For instance when “CBS news reporter, Serene Branson, who’s bizarre display of slurring, incomprehensible words live on air after the Grammy’s left people stunned.”
    It was initially thought that she was suffering a stroke but is now being reported that she didnt have a stroke but a ‘complex migrane’. ok…but it wouldnt be so funny had I not seen a “slurring, incomprehensible” reporter on Bruce Almighty! lol

    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/66433fed08/bruce-almighty-steve-carell-from-thaffner

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Them damn Jooz again! Thank you for your wonderful insight, Juan Guerre-Dinero.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Tra la la.

    La la.

    La la.

    I think you may have paragraphosis.

    That’s a menial disease. ;-)

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Especially.

    Considering.

    He is.

    As are you.

    Crash.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Don’t want

    Dirty money

    Do we?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Tricky Dick.

    Though some

    think the CIA

    set him up.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    No, actually, we’re still working on that.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    No, the tide is TURNING. If you’re gonna use a metaphor, try to get it right. You do know what a metaphor is?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Well, there are visual equivalents to such an event, where part of the visual field becomes pixelated. They’re called optical migraines.

  • Anonymous

    And according to the U.S. military code of uniform justice (sic) for a commissioned officer to knowingly tell a lie is a court marshall offense?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    You have a real hang up with being a jew, don’t ya? Well, can’t say I blame you. I’d use whatever tools I had at my disposal to hide my shame too if I were you.

  • Anonymous

    How about in this century?

  • Anonymous

    …and more bottles of beer falls off the wall…ooooo

  • Elim

    So the military considers certain Senators and Congressman the enemy. Never would have guessed.

  • Elim

    A psyops czar. But it will be called something less intimidating.

  • trank

    if they could do this does anyone doubt they have banks of talk radio callers using voice altering devices?

  • Elim

    Why yes, it is. Just like it’s fear mongering to mention that the US gov’t studied the effects of untreated syphilis on a selected black population when it was with easily within their power to cure them. The test subjects were never told they had the disease to keep them from seeking treatment.

    Withholding knowledge and treatment is as bad as if they had infected them themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Men Who Stare at Senators

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XJDFSBQBSFDDC7GC2LV2OEMTDY Tim

    Why stop there psyops on the people also..

  • Anonymous

    Oh, puleeze. These Psyops guys are full of themselves. It’s called propaganda, folks. And propaganda has been used by the Army to justify their wars going back to dubya-dubya-one.

    It was during Korea that Congressmen and Senators decided that it would be a “good idea” to find out where all the money was going since it seemed to be going down a black hole at an alarming rate. And it was during Vietnam that the Army got wise and propagandized those gullible politicians, knowing they would go home and give speeches about how valiant “our boys” were and how important the job they were doing was. The smart pols caught on after watching the dog and pony show, the dumb ones didn’t.

    Sadly, we have more dumb ones these days.

  • Elim

    Except for that Matt Taibbi guy. He buys the whole government 9-11 fantasy hook, line and sucker.

  • Elim

    Matt is a fine investigative journalist if you don’t look at what he believes about 9-11.

  • http://twitter.com/Howieisright Howieisright

    I had my suspicions too it makes perfect sense now.

  • Anonymous

    think these sleeper cells/moles are above murder, ever wonder what really makes the presidents hair go gray so fast. what a deal………do what we say or you’re dead……………

  • Mr. Neutron

    The Military also hacks the Nielsen ratings – nobody actually watches those stupid shows like American Idol or Survivor – not the first three years, anyway.

    Bread and Circuses – but today it’s McDonalds and TV.

  • Mr. Neutron

    And Senator Wellstone, the most progressive Senator to oppose Supreme-Court-appointed President Bush, was born to Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants.

    Say, wasn’t the Ukraine part of the Soviet Union, the “Enemy” most of these military guys grew up with ?
    And didn’t Senator Wellstone die in a very suspicious small airplane crash, just like CIA-targeted “enemies” like Panama’s Omar Torrijos, who died in a very suspicious small airplane crash ?

    Huh.

  • iRead

    We can’t get out until we find enough “people” there willing to use the weapons we leave behind on their fellow countrymen.
    If Egypt had Wisconsin’s cops, there would never have been a revolution for them, and we’d still have good ol’ Hosni the Just. Where are we gonna out-source torture now??!!

  • iRead

    You and I will. Society always bears the burden of hypocrisy.
    Our military has long fought for peace, and doused fires with gasoline.
    Their confusion and self-justifying rationale know no bounds.

    Our military didn’t invent psy-war, but use it as proficiently at it as any dictatorial regime. We’ve used it in the Phillipines, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.
    We exported psy-war to many countries; trained them to terrorize their legitimate opposition groups.

    Hoo-ah.
    Ooooo-rah.

  • iRead

    Not unless

    we’re Republican

    and know

    it cannot be traced.

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather they waste their time with psyops than with things that shoot or explode.

  • iRead

    All those sheep that were found with all four legs in the air after an “accidental” release of nerve agents from Ft. Detrich were, like the parrot of Monty Python fame, just sleeping?

    Wake up, lyris.

    I personally know research physicians working on germ warfare. It’s not fear, just simple reality.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    like a horror movie, . . the call came from inside the house.
    Solved. Take the rest of the day off. :)

  • iRead

    Asymmetrical warfare! A conspiracy!

    Nothing to see here. Move along, move along…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    Your worldview is diametrically opposed to the entire world of fact. Just FYI.
    Your heart may be in the right place, but your processor needs a better instruction set.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    There’s been an ciminogenic orgy of Homeric proportions ever since.
    Not that there wasn’t much corruption prior, but, they learned from the words of Dick.
    It isn’t illegal, if you say it isn’t.

    Yoo knew.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    quote unquote
    Thanks, I had forgotten about that bizarre public relations response.

    Scott Horton tenuously but credibly links the very active cover-up directly to the administration.

    *When Pentagon officials engage in a leak investigation, they generally use military investigators. They rarely turn to the FBI, because they cannot control the actions of a civilian agency. Moreover, when the FBI does open an investigation, it nearly always does so with great discretion. The Bumgarner investigation was widely telegraphed, though, and seemed intended to send a message to the military personnel at Camp Delta: Talk about what happened at your own risk.
    All of which suggests it was not the Pentagon so much as the White House that hoped to suppress the truth.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    If it smells authoritarian, she kowtoes.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Heck, Obama is a family man and a Democrat. How could you possibly go wrong?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    Great list.
    I suppose the speaking about the latest round of Swine Flu would also be fear mongering, as it’s made two escapes from the infamous Ft. Detrick. In ’76 it infected and killed a single Ft. Dix recruit, and more recently, it was synthesized, and killed many thousands. In ’76, Rummy was in charge. In much nearer memory, he just so happened to own interest in the companies that held the ‘cure’.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    Media Relations Transparency Officer

  • hourglass1

    pentagon psyops are designed to perpetuate a war economy – not resolve conflict.

    it has proven to be one of the most effective programs your tax dollars can buy …
    even al frikken franken voted to extend tax cuts to the financiers and profiteers!

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Yeah, and those nukes that grew legs and ran away from Minot. That’s just wingnuttery to imagine that that wasn’t just a simple bookkeeping error.
    Ever read the protocol involved in getting a nuke moved from A to B? Suffice it to say that the possibility of that event being a mistake is less likely than Siamese twins each winning 10 Powerballs in a row while simultaneously getting struck by lightening on each occasion.

  • ThatBostonMan

    Now you know why Senators don’t have any real liberty. They are brainwashed, manipulated, etc.

  • iRead

    yeah, the ‘nation of laws’ president and our FAIL A.G.

    I put A.G. Eric Holder right up there with Edwin Meese and Alberto Gonzales for deftly covering the tracks of the absolute highest-level, top-shelf criminals.
    The taint won’t last. People forget. The fucking money keeps rolling in. Of such things are political dynasties made.
    I see a Medal of Freedom somewhere down the road, if he keeps his pie hole shut, and keeps towing the company line.

  • Anonymous

    McCain and Lieberman were previously brainwashed and that’s assuming they ever had any thoughts of their own.

  • BrainRagYell

    Wait … it’s the radical left that don’t comprehend the Constitution?

    Can you please cite any one single example that is even close to Christine O’Donnell or Sarah Palin’s absolute ignorance of the document?

  • BrainRagYell

    Who doesn’t like a mixed metaphor with a twist of lime?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Come again?

  • Anonymous

    I was so hoping that Raw Story would have a better take on this than the original Rolling Stone article. I’m starting to wonder what people actually think happened here? They weren’t some kind of supernatural Jedi knights. Psychological tricks (read:PR, mostly) don’t tend to work on smart and strong-willed people. So they blurred the line between PR and propaganda – since when has the Pentagon NOT done this??

    Seems like a total non-story to me.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    For an excellent article on how hopelessly corrupt the DoJ is, Matt Taibbi’s ‘Why Isn’t Wall St. in Jail?’ currently up at Rolling Stone is an eye opener.

  • ThatBostonMan

    Manchurian Candidate?

  • Anonymous

    I also question this…

    Just ask Rahmbo Finger, I think the campaign contributions, bribes, kickbacks, and election fraud services currently available would be quite enough.

    And why should the lawmakers be spared from the deluge of poop the Pschychotic – Ops unload on us, daily?

    If this were a serious investigative story, one would be forced to question whether these orders, and funding, would be the result of a single rogue general. I doubt it. Where is the questioning of the trail leading above? Not even questioned, here. I find that strange. The question was not even asked. Which would bring it to Betray-Us, the Drug-Runner in Pajamas. Another fine example.

    I feel sorry for Caldwell. Looking at his face, it looks drug-ravaged. This stinks. I don’t really buy it for one minute. What a complete mess and a total tragedy, all around. And O-Stinkin’ is looking for more Mid East war.

    What did Charlie Sheen call him yesterday? “A Coward In A Cheap Suit”. Yeah, that’s it.

  • Anonymous

    the war criminal general petraeus is calling for investigation… but what this does is show us how easy it is to brainwash government officials

  • Anonymous

    seems to me that this just goes to show how easily brainwashed… a service. as for overhauling the military… hahahaha… any reading of history shows praetorian guard just allows caesar and senate to pose. if’n you genuinely want freedom and democracy instead of fiefdom and demockery, there’s only one thing to do… overthrow, disarm, demilitarize and keep it that way… as an aside to that, seems clear to me that any government with a single WMD is a rogue terrorist state and ‘we don’t negotiate with terrorists, eh? indeed, it has always seemed to me that if a single innocent person is killed, be it by a citizen, a government, a corporation or a religion… it must be charged as a murder, period. in the case of military murder, all in the chain of command must be punished. if a religion kills, it must be relegated to the dust-bin of history.

    now here’s one from julius caesar from his journal on ‘the campaign on the rubicon’… “no soldier should fight for a ruler who does not fight on the front lines in battle.” now were that the law… history would have been a very different world… i mean, Ike was one thing, but… imagine LBJ, nixon, reagan, bush, clinton, bush, obamabush in the front lines?

    another alternative? just prior to the invasion of iraq, the president under hussein, saying it was approved by saddam, offered to president bush instead of slaughtering vast number of innocents, to duke it out with hussein in a ring. ‘two men enter; one man leaves.’ i can definitely see saddam whipping bush’s chickenhawk ass. bush declined, preferring mass-death…

  • Anonymous

    as well as ‘wag the dog.’

  • Anonymous

    reminds me… mercedes recently announced they have developed a new form of subliminal advertising which they plan to use in their television commercials. it leaves and after-image of text, sound and image on the mind for some 30 seconds afterwards. and i’d been waiting to see one as i intend to sue the brainwashing bastards at benz. but my wife tells me we’ve seen several of their ads recently… and i didn’t notice? more sublimination?

    btw… on more serious point… i get MIT emergingtech update weekdays online since 1993. in the past 2 years, 4 articles on the rapid progress being made in japan/frane/DARPA towards mind-reading and mind-cotrol tech. the director of the japanese group says they now get direct-from-brain printouts of text and images. says that by 2015-20 will be high resolution video! and the french/DARPA are moving towards remote viewing, even via satellite!

    in the early 21st century, this came out {http://www.lradx.com/site/content/view/291/110?utm_campaign=ppc&utm_medium=web&utm_source=google&utm_content=commercial_security&utm_term=perimeter_security&gclid=CMHhiaH6o6cCFcTb4AodKhNHBA} a ‘focused acoustical cannon’… HSS, hyper-soic sound, is a technical marvel… it beams the sound in extreme high quality directly into the brain. in fact, 3 people in a room all listening to different songs and none can hear the others, seems silent!

    but as is clear at the website, this tech is being primarily applied to military usages. it can disintegrate a tank or a jet… one of those incidents sen only once… in about 1997, clinton was to fly air force oneby copter to norfolk, but he was detained and took one later. but the one he was expected to be on went down in mid-virginia… it was said, never validated that the pilots eyes and brain had been liquefied… by HSS?

    and an old friend of mine who is a leading audio and monitor expert. he says that HSS in reverse is a means of remote listening, too… and more frightening still… that it can beam seeming ‘thoughts’ into a head so strongly that it either seems to be their own thought or is so overwhelming it takes command!

    if i wake up some morning as a jesus-freak republican warmonger…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    . . . and with NOrad standing down lol. Yup.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    aren’t you off the clock yet. ?

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