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Rolling Stone: (Al) Franken targeted by military 'psy-ops' team
Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 2/25/11 | Jeremy Herb - Staff Reporter

Posted on 02/25/2011 9:59:57 AM PST by MplsSteve

Is the Pentagon trying to control Sen. Al Franken's mind?

While mind games might not be involved, an article in Rolling Stone magazine has alleged that the military ordered a team of soldiers fluent in psychological operations to manipulate Franken and other senators into supporting more funding and troops for the war in Afghanistan.

The story prompted Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to order an investigation Thursday into whether the "psy-ops" team in Kabul directed by Lt. Gen. William Caldwell improperly targeted U.S. officials.

"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," Lt. Col. Michael Holmes, a member of the team, told Rolling Stone. "I'm prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressmen, you're crossing a line."

Franken said Thursday that nothing out of the ordinary occurred during his January 2010 trip with Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin to Afghanistan, where he met with Caldwell.

"I didn't think there was anything unusually manipulative during my time in Kabul, but even if there had been, it wouldn't have been successful," Franken, D-Minn., said. "My perspective on Afghanistan wasn't formed because of that single trip.

He said that while that was his first trip to Afghanistan as a senator, "it was my fifth trip to the country since the war started, and I've learned that to get a clear sense of what's happening on the ground you have to talk to everyone from privates to generals."

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: alfranken; psyops; waronterror
I can't say if there's any truth to this story but the concepts of Al Franken and Psy-Ops in one news story will definitely lead to a number of hysterically funny posts.

Comments or opinions - anyone?

1 posted on 02/25/2011 10:00:02 AM PST by MplsSteve
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2 posted on 02/25/2011 10:02:28 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve
Is the Pentagon trying to control Sen. Al Franken's mind?

Al Franken has a mind??

3 posted on 02/25/2011 10:02:49 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: MplsSteve

Why is the media circling the wagons around Franken regarding this?


4 posted on 02/25/2011 10:03:55 AM PST by Arm_Bears (I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.)
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To: MplsSteve

Psy-Ops don’t work on the brain dead.

(That was just too easy.)


5 posted on 02/25/2011 10:04:01 AM PST by Palmetto Patriot (Just exactly when is the next Election?)
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To: MplsSteve

For brainwashing to work, shouldn’t the subject have a functioning brain?


6 posted on 02/25/2011 10:04:09 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Irritating a libtard is fun, and requires very little imagination.)
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To: econjack

LOL @ Post 3!


7 posted on 02/25/2011 10:04:09 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

Voice of Scotty

But Cap’tn, I kinna do the impossible, you gotta have something there to start with...

EL


8 posted on 02/25/2011 10:04:28 AM PST by Eureka_Lead (No political party has ever become a dictatorship when the citizens have firearms - Stay Vigilant)
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To: MplsSteve
"Is the Pentagon trying to control Sen. Al Franken's mind?"

It sounds kind of whacky on its face, but DARPA has been doing a lot of work with nanotechnology in recent years...

9 posted on 02/25/2011 10:04:50 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: MplsSteve

Sounds like George Romney (Mitt’s dad):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Romney

“Following a mid-1967 remark that his earlier support for the Vietnam War had been due to a “brainwashing” by U.S. military and diplomatic officials in Vietnam, his campaign faltered...”


10 posted on 02/25/2011 10:04:50 AM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: MplsSteve

11 posted on 02/25/2011 10:06:44 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: MplsSteve
If you don't want to be subjected to mind control, don't put on the hat..


12 posted on 02/25/2011 10:07:03 AM PST by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: MplsSteve
[Franken] said that while that was his first trip to Afghanistan as a senator, "it was my fifth trip to the country since the war started, and I've learned that to get a clear sense of what's happening on the ground you have to talk to everyone from privates to generals."

This must be a misquote because it makes too much sense for it to have been said by Franken.

13 posted on 02/25/2011 10:07:03 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: MplsSteve

I find this hard to believe. To begin with, for psy-ops to work, a person must first of all have a mind. No one has ever produced any proof that Al Franken has one. Obviously a prank story.


14 posted on 02/25/2011 10:08:51 AM PST by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: kevkrom

Whats the frequency, Franken?


15 posted on 02/25/2011 10:11:09 AM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: MplsSteve
"Just the fact of what in the Whitehouse is proof it works!"
16 posted on 02/25/2011 10:12:28 AM PST by de.rm ("Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, 3 times is enemy action." Auric Goldfinger)
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To: MizSterious

He’s no Laurence Harvey!


17 posted on 02/25/2011 10:12:48 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: MplsSteve
Rolling Stone?

Only folks who did way too much acid back in the '60s would even come up with a "story" like this, let alone print it.

18 posted on 02/25/2011 10:17:05 AM PST by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: MplsSteve

There is no psy to op in Stewart Smalley.


19 posted on 02/25/2011 10:23:12 AM PST by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: Martin Tell
Franken had already been treated.

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20 posted on 02/25/2011 10:23:32 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (Examples of Serious Crimes of Illegal Aliens at www.fairus.org)
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I doubt this is possible. There is not to work with Franken.


21 posted on 02/25/2011 10:25:01 AM PST by Gan Gan
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To: MplsSteve

You know this is total bs, because it is based on mind control, since we all know Al has no mind, the story is BS.


22 posted on 02/25/2011 10:25:38 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Sawdring

LOL!

Great movie!


23 posted on 02/25/2011 10:37:57 AM PST by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: MplsSteve
Rolling Stone: (Al) Franken targeted by military 'psy-ops' team

I'm guessing he was chosen because he has the weakest mind and thus the easiest to influence.

BTW, if the psy-ops doesn't work, I won't object if they waterboard him.

24 posted on 02/25/2011 10:40:46 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: MplsSteve

According to my connections, they’ve actually been trying to make Franken NORMAL for the last 5 years and they have met with total failure. If they can’t make progress by 2015, that part of the program will be canceled.


25 posted on 02/25/2011 10:41:51 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: MplsSteve

Franken has nothing to fear... ya gotta have at least some “psy” before you can be “ops”.


26 posted on 02/25/2011 10:45:19 AM PST by FiddlePig (truth is hard... lies are easy - http://redneckoblogger.blogspot.com)
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To: MplsSteve

These tricks only work in the presence of a mind.

27 posted on 02/25/2011 10:48:12 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: MplsSteve

The Men Who Stare at Old Goats?


28 posted on 02/25/2011 11:00:04 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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To: MplsSteve

Well, Franken has stopped wearing diapers, so they seem to have had some effect.


29 posted on 02/25/2011 11:07:25 AM PST by texmexis best
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To: greyfoxx39

Excellent! “Eliminates Dissent” ... [^ )


30 posted on 02/25/2011 11:20:59 AM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Sawdring

What about goats that stare at men?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh2BcYh1TTk


31 posted on 02/25/2011 11:27:49 AM PST by paterfamilias
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To: MplsSteve

Has Al Frankenstein made any pro military votes? If so, is this the excuse he is trying to use on his base? Hypnotoad made me do it?


32 posted on 02/25/2011 11:49:35 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: MplsSteve

The one plus concerning Al Franken..

He’s visited the troops numerous times.


33 posted on 02/25/2011 12:02:16 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: MplsSteve

The quote from Franken is wrong. He actually said, “You have to talk to people’s privates.”


34 posted on 02/25/2011 12:09:21 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer.")
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To: MplsSteve

Can’t wait to see his smiling face on the cover of the Rolling Stone.


35 posted on 02/25/2011 12:23:29 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: NEWwoman

36 posted on 02/25/2011 1:49:17 PM PST by flat
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