US Army's Psy-Ops Against Visiting Senators in Afghanistan

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February 25, 2011
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US Army's Psy-Ops Against Visiting Senators in Afghanistan
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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."

Read the original breaking story here:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/another-runaway-general-army-d...

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2011 / 02 / 26
Mike corbeil says:

Reading viewer comments in the Youtube page for this video, it's sickening to see how many kiddie war cheerleaders still exist today. There are, relatively speaking or proportionally, many comments there that basically mock this video report and try to ridicule or discredit Rethink Afghanistan for this report; a person might say incredibly. I would've liked to think or dream that people might've grown up over the past several years, which is plenty of time to get real education about a topic we're [all] aware of, but evidently not for everyone or many. So I "invited" these poor, foolish souls to enlist in the military and get their butts over to the war zone risking their lives for the war they clearly support, rather than cheerleading for it from totally safe quarters. But, cheerleaders prefer to be on the side-lines to only cheer for and profit from their favorite "action team(s)".
Maybe they were brought up with GI-Joes and still haven't given up these stupidly conceived "toys".
Excuse the rant. It's an important report.

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