Skip to comments.Military Officials Dispute Claim Army Unit Was Directed to Manipulate Senators
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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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.
That's K-Street's job !!
One can’t manipulate senators everone knows they go for the highedt bidder.
Manipulating the Obamaloon or his other idiot-crats would only require an entry level Jedi mind trick.
Heaven forbid the military should dare to ask for more support for their mission.
As for Petraeus, he can’t leave soon enough IMHO.
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.
If the army did have a hypnotoad, wouldn’t they use it on the MSM?