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Military Officials Dispute Claim Army Unit Was Directed to Manipulate Senators
Fox News ^ | 25 February 2011 | Jennifer Griffin and Justin Fishel

Posted on 02/25/2011 9:08:39 AM PST by Racehorse

Both sides are starting to speak out after Rolling Stone reported that the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, who is in charge of training Afghan troops, tried to tap members of the military's "information operations" unit to use their skills on visiting senators and congressmen, among others. The goal, according to the article, was to convince officials to provide more troops and money.

The accuser, Lt. Col. Michael Holmes, stood by his allegations in an interview with Fox News. He said the top brass ordered his unit to gather information in a way that was "over the line," and provided Fox News with documents detailing his concerns. He said he was "badgered" for months to get information on senators and other visitors.

"It was, 'What are these people wanting from us? What is it that we can tell them that will get them to give us more resources, more people, more money ... make them vote our way in Congress' essentially?" Holmes told Fox News. He said he got a written "directive" from Caldwell's office to find out what dignitaries "did for us" and what "we need to do next time in order to make things better."

Petraeus, the lead U.S. commander in Afghanistan, would not comment on the allegations after ordering an investigation. But other military officials either denied the claim or said Holmes had an ax to grind.

Further, another senior U.S. military official who worked in Afghanistan for the training mission told Fox News that Holmes was disgruntled because his original assignment to influence Afghans was no longer needed when Caldwell took up the training command. Holmes apparently thought he was supposed to use "psychological operations" to find the Taliban and "turn them," according to the officer. But that wasn't what Caldwell's command wanted of him.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; franken; freak; military; nationalguard; waroncaldwell; wot

1 posted on 02/25/2011 9:08:47 AM PST by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse

Yet another activity to weaken our military.

Using McLame a former POW in this story is just icing on the Military enemies from within cake.


2 posted on 02/25/2011 9:11:53 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: Racehorse
How dare the Military try to manipulate US Senators!

That's K-Street's job !!

3 posted on 02/25/2011 9:14:47 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Racehorse

One can’t manipulate senators everone knows they go for the highedt bidder.


4 posted on 02/25/2011 9:18:37 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Racehorse

Manipulating the Obamaloon or his other idiot-crats would only require an entry level Jedi mind trick.


5 posted on 02/25/2011 9:20:22 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote
To paraphrase James Carville: “Drag a $1,000 bill in front of a Senator and you'll be surprised [how they can be manipulated].”
6 posted on 02/25/2011 9:25:02 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: Racehorse

Heaven forbid the military should dare to ask for more support for their mission.

As for Petraeus, he can’t leave soon enough IMHO.


7 posted on 02/25/2011 9:25:22 AM PST by Carley (WISCONSIN STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: Racehorse
Some senators are manipulated by the wind.


8 posted on 02/25/2011 9:25:52 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Racehorse
I try to research anyone I make a pitch to. It's good business, not “manipulation” or “psy-ops.”
9 posted on 02/25/2011 9:33:48 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Racehorse
...He said he got a written "directive" from Caldwell's office to find out what dignitaries "did for us" and what "we need to do next time in order to make things better." ...

Much ado about nothing. Rolling Stone is hyping it as a "psyops" deal when it was nothing more than basic research.

The good Colonel was pissed that his unit was being used for this because it was beneath them, not because it was wrong.

10 posted on 02/25/2011 10:12:20 AM PST by FReepaholic
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To: Racehorse

If the army did have a hypnotoad, wouldn’t they use it on the MSM?


11 posted on 02/25/2011 11:35:08 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: Racehorse
Something tells me that Major Holmes has seen one too many Star Wars episodes.

Of course, given which senators were influenced, it goes to show that the Force does have a strong influence on the weak-minded
12 posted on 02/25/2011 7:16:16 PM PST by jmcenanly ( "We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." -Samuel)
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