Lt. Gen. William Caldwell ordered psychological operations against visiting Senators and congressional delegations to manipulate them into giving the Pentagon more troops and more money for the failing war in Afghanistan.
Caldwell is one of Petraeus' most important subordinates in Afghanistan, charged with training the Afghan National Security Forces. According to Rolling Stone, he sought to use psy-ops specialists to manipulate Congress into providing more funds and troops for the failing war in Afghanistan.
He and his staff reportedly sought psy-ops experts' help to "secretly manipulate the U.S. lawmakers without their knowledge," and wanted "pressure points" to "leverage" when pushing visiting legislators for funds. When they balked, a Caldwell spokesperson shouted, "It's not illegal if I say it isn't!"
There is more to the story, however. "My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave," says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. "I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line."
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