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  • U.S. to Ramp Up Afghan Infowar with 'Aggressive Actions'

    06/30/2011 1:38:07 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 30, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. to Ramp Up Afghan Infowar with 'Aggressive Actions' -- Contractor to Bring About 'Desired Effects' in Global MediaThe next phase of a global information-warfare campaign to influence public and media perceptions about U.S. operations in Afghanistan is unfolding, according to an updated U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) planning document that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has located. ďThe information domain is a battlespace, and it is one in which USFOR-A must take aggressive actions to win the important battle of perception,Ē according to the projectís modified Performance Work Statement (PWS), dated June 7. Consequently, the Dept. of Defense, via the U.S....
  • Bilderberg mystery: Why do people believe in cabals?

    06/08/2011 10:32:58 AM PDT · by decimon · 30 replies · 2+ views
    BBC ^ | June 7, 2011 | Unknown
    Ordinary people can only guess at the goings-on at the meetings of the secretive Bilderberg Group, which is bringing together the world's financial and political elite this week. Conspiracy theories abound as to what is discussed and who is there. Why, asks Tom de Castella?The belief in secret cabals running the world is a hardy perennial. And on Thursday perhaps the most controversial clandestine organisation of our times - the Bilderberg Group - is meeting behind closed doors. In the manner of a James Bond plot, up to 150 leading politicians and business people are to gather in a ski...
  • Barack's Brokeback barracks--Leaked 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' details pervert Pentagon study

    11/18/2010 5:01:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2010 | Editorial
    President Obama and his friends in the media want the public to think Americans serving in uniform are just fine and dandy with homosexual conduct in the military. This view is being spread through a series of selective leaks from the Pentagon's Comprehensive Review Working Group, which is putting the finishing touches on a report regarding the future of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Mr. Obama has promised the fringe special-interest activists who helped him win the 2008 election that he will deliver what for them is the symbolic victory of opening barracks to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and the...
  • Groundbreaking cyber espionage report to be released

    04/06/2010 4:12:47 AM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies · 288+ views
    University of Toronto ^ | Apr 6, 2010 | Unknown
    TORONTO, ON Ė The Information Warfare Monitor (Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and the SecDev Group, Ottawa) and the Shadowserver Foundation announce the release of Shadows in the Cloud: An investigation into cyber espionage 2.0. The report documents a complex ecosystem of cyber espionage that systematically targeted and compromised computer systems in India, the Offices of the Dalai Lama, the United Nations, and several other countries. Members of the research team are holding a news conference at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, to discuss their latest findings and to answer questions from the media....
  • Whose Troops Does Facebook Support?

    01/27/2010 6:23:10 AM PST · by StarCMC · 30 replies · 1,180+ views
    †"The world is wrong side up. It needs to be turned upside down in order to be right side up." Billy Sunday There couldn't be a more true statement made about what I've been seeing on the internet of late.† YouTube allows terrorists sympathizers (or worse) to use YouTube servers to host videos that the terrorists then post links for downloading or embed on their websites.† †Many of the terrorist blogs and websites are on, a Google owned hosting service.† Facebook allows all manner of anti-Semitic groups to exist.† †† †† †† †There's even a LOVELY group called† "F*ck...
  • Wars of Ideas and THE War of Ideas [FREE book]

    06/27/2008 8:50:07 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 3 replies · 142+ views
    Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College ^ | June 12, 2008 | Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II
    Wars of Ideas and THE War of Ideas Authored by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II. Added June 12, 2008 Type: Monograph 62 Pages † Cost: Free The author discusses several types of wars of ideas in an effort to achieve a better understanding of what wars of ideas are. That knowledge, in turn, can help inform strategy. It is important to note, for instance, that because ideas are interpreted subjectively, it is not likely that opposing parties will "win" each other over by means of an ideational campaign alone. Hence, physical events, whether intended or incidental, typically play determining...
  • U.S. Military Report on Use of Blogs in Warfare Credits Free Republic

    04/01/2008 7:04:03 PM PDT · by kristinn · 79 replies · 2,973+ views
    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 | Kristinn
    An unclassified 2006 report by the Strategic Studies Department of the U.S. military's Joint Special Operations University relates the story of how Freepers, followed by others in the blogosphere, took down Dan Rather over the forged Killian memos as a way to demonstrate the growing ability of individuals using the Internet to influence the world at large.The report also discusses the feasibility of "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers" for information warfare and of the reticence the military has toward using the Internet for disinformation campaigns.The report was authored by Maj. James Kinniburgh and Dr. Dorothy Denning. The authors demonstrate...
  • Video: ďFitnaĒ now online

    03/27/2008 1:02:32 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 84 replies · 3,727+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 2/27/08 | Allahpundit
    Links to both a Liveleak embedded video and the Torrent if that stops working. The Islamic hackers are hitting Liveleak hard over it though.
  • Cyber Vigilantes Track Extremist Web Sites, Intelligence Experts Balk at Effort

    03/22/2008 6:33:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 44 replies · 941+ views
    FoxNews ^ | March 22, 2008
    Cyber Vigilantes Track Extremist Web Sites, Intelligence Experts Balk at Effort MIAMI, Fla. ó While the debate grows on how to tackle global jihadism on the Internet, some security experts warn that "cyber vigilantes" ó people who track and help shut down terror-related Web sites ó are compromising government investigations with their amateur sleuthing tactics. Michael Radu, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and an expert on terror-related Web sites, said the government is already overburdened trying to monitor the thousands of sites on the Web believed to contain radical Muslim messages. These cyber vigilantes, he said,...

    02/25/2008 10:56:32 AM PST · by vietvet67 · 19 replies · 387+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 25, 2008 | ARTHUR HERMAN
    CRITICS of the war in Iraq like to claim they "oppose the mission" but "support the troops." But the experience of Vietnam shows that turning our backs on the mission always means turning our backs on the courage of those who fought for that mission, and what they achieved through their skill and sacrifice. Consider the battle that ended 40 years ago today, when US Marines and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) troops retook the Imperial Palace at Hue, South Vietnam's third largest city, from Communist forces after a 27-day siege. The fight for Hue tested the Marines...
  • Peopleís Information Support Team

    02/24/2008 9:04:43 PM PST · by StarCMC · 14 replies · 123+ views
    Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group ^ | Feb. 24, 2008 | Cannoneer No. 4
    A†Peopleís Information Support Team is a Civilian Irregular Information volunteer auxiliary on-line working group collaborating on electronic media engagement of oppositional, neutral and friendly blogs, forums, discussion groups and websites.††Irregulars have no official Table of Organization and Equipment and are under no obligation to follow doctrine, but this particular PIST †is a five-person element composed of a PSYOP officer Team Chief, †a noncommissioned officer Assistant Team Chief, two PSYOP specialists Civilian Irregular Counterpropagandists with photography, videography, journalism or editing skills; and an analyst with linguistic and area studies specialties.Capabilities to be developed: Disseminate selected †public information to†target audiences. Counter enemy...
  • Marines lied about attack, driver says

    01/24/2008 7:47:43 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 79 replies · 3,065+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | January 23rd 2008 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - An Afghan who worked with the CIA two decades ago told a military court Tuesday that a Brooklyn Marine lied about why his special ops unit gunned down unarmed civilians in March 2007. The Marines claimed they fired in self-defense at attacking insurgents as their convoy sped 12 miles back to base after a harmless roadside bomb blast on March 4. < snip > "I swear to Allah and on the Koran not to lie to you," said Qumandan, who a source said worked with the CIA in the 1980s while fighting Soviet military occupiers. "We...
  • USSOCOM: new multiple language web sites

    01/19/2008 6:16:39 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 12 replies · 132+ views
    I was studying "Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group" and posted a comment on'Trans-Regional Web Initiative' Friday, 18 January 2008 by cannoneerno4.( Excellent article ) USSOCOM: new multiple language web sites. They are outsourcing the effort to build websites in different languages to counter the Terrorist propaganda, lies, and present USA efforts in balanced terms in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). And I suspect the military are scared as hell of it, will blanket it with all variations of rules, regulations and red tape. A blogger in the Military must get permission...
  • Blogger in Chief? An odd proposal from Hillary Clinton.

    01/18/2008 9:07:27 AM PST · by Nick Thimmesch · 17 replies · 55+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/17/08 | Howard Mortman is the public affairs practice director for New Media Strategies. He blogs at Extreme
    HERE'S AN ODD LITTLE Hillary Clinton proposal: She wants a government blogging team. At first blush, the idea could cut either way--nutty or silly. We might even call it ridiculous, if we weren't busy laughing at it. So let's do what bloggers always do and go contrarian. Yes, let's take Clinton seriously. Let's consider whether her idea of a team of government bloggers has merit.
  • Al-Qa`idaís ďMySpaceĒ: Terrorist Recruitment on the Internet

    01/17/2008 2:09:13 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 16 replies · 8,505+ views
    CTC Sentinal ^ | January 2008 | Evan F. Kohlmann
    It has been clearly established that terrorist organizations have adopted unusual and innovative ways of using cutting-edge online technologies to expand their movements. Al-Qa`idaís principal media wing, al-Sahab Media Production, has recently released a flood of new audio and video recordings over Arabic-language internet chat forums, and has even solicited open questions from forum participants to be addressed by al-Qa`idaís second-incommand, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Yet, while much time and thought has been dedicated to studying the physical content broadcast over these chat forums, there has been far less attention focused on studying the individual users who populate them. In fact, during...
  • The Race for the American Mind

    01/13/2008 3:54:11 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 22 replies · 123+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2008 | Selwyn Duke
    Last year's scamnesty bill had widespread support among the powers-that-be, with the president, the Democrat majority and mainstream media all singing its praises.† Yet it went down to defeat, slain by a new-media coalition of talk radio and blogosphere warriors.† Working tirelessly to expose the truth and rally the grassroots, they became a David who slew a Goliath.† Forty-three years ago it was a different world.† Ted Kennedy had co-authored the "Immigration Reform Act of 1965," which created a situation wherein 85 percent of our immigrants hail from the Third World and Asia.† He took to the Senate floor, claimed...

    01/13/2008 2:11:40 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 29 replies · 903+ views
    National Defense Intelligence College ^ | July 2007 | Stephen Collins Coughlin
    It is the conclusion of this thesis that Islamic law forms the doctrinal basis for the jihadi threat that can only be understood through an unconstrained review of the Islamic law of jihad. Answering the three research questions, it turns out that: ē When the Chairman said that we have yet to read what our enemyís have said, he confirmed that we have failed to do a doctrine-based threat assessment of the enemy; ē Had the IC done so, it would have quickly found that the doctrinal basis of the jihadi threat is the law of jihad in Islamic law...
  • How al Qaeda Used the Media and the Democrats and Almost Won the War

    01/05/2008 4:39:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 261+ views
    The Real Revo ^ | January 5, 2008 | R.D.Walker
    Al Qaeda in Iraq knew they could not defeat the United States on the battlefield so they planned to defeat the U.S. at home. In 1968, the communists in Vietnam threw themselves against the U.S. Military with all they had in the Tet Offensive. They were defeated and utterly destroyed. The media, however, convinced the American people that the communists were strong and Walter Cronkite told the world the war was unwinnable. A desperate, suicidal offensive that ended in military failure became the path to victory for the communists. They defeated America on the homefront, not on the battlefield. This...
  • Joseph Shahda: Internet Counterterrorism Shadow Warrior

    01/05/2008 3:29:12 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 45 replies · 237+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | January 2, 2008 | Jerry Gordon
    Joseph Shahda: Internet Counterterrorism Shadow Warrior Jerry Gordon In the world of special ops against Islamic terrorism, there is group of talented private ďshadow warriorsĒ engaged in fighting the little known ďinternet JihadĒ war. One of those ďprivateersĒ, Joseph Shahda, emerged from the shadows in a series of investigative articles by New York Times reporter, Michael Moss, that appeared on October 15th and 21st. The first article discussed the internet Jihadis themselves, including, most dramatically, 21-year-old Samir Khan of North Carolina who ran an internet relay for al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, seemingly with impunity. In the October 21st...
  • Who 'Lost' Fallujah? Marines Or Media?

    01/03/2008 5:42:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 223+ views
    IBD ^ | January 3, 2007
    Media And War: As the battle for Fallujah raged during 2004, the world's media gave it front-page treatment ó almost all of it negative. Now U.S. intelligence analysts say the media deserve some blame for the setback there.A report looking back at the first battle of Fallujah, which led to a U.S. withdrawal of forces from that city, concludes that a major reason for the U.S. retreat wasn't military incompetence or an unbeatable foe; no, it was the media. "The outcome of a purely military contest in Fallujah was always a foregone conclusion ó coalition victory," according to a report...
  • The Terrorists' Tet

    12/26/2007 4:13:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 147+ views ^ | December 26,2007 | Austin Bay
    Sometime within the next six months or so, al Qaeda or Saddamist terrorists will attempt a Tet offensive. No, Middle Eastern mass murderers don't celebrate the Vietnamese festival of Tet, but trust that America's enemies everywhere do celebrate and systematically seek to emulate the strategic political effects North Vietnam's 1968 attack obtained. This spring marks the 40th anniversary of Hanoi's offensive (yes, 40 years, two generations). It will also mark the umpteenth time American enemies have attempted to win in the psychological and political clash of an American election what they cannot win on the battlefield. In the course of...
  • The Propaganda Advantage: Why the Terrorists Still Have It

    12/16/2007 9:12:51 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 45 replies · 211+ views
    Serviam ^ | From the November/December 2007 issue of Serviam.
    << Back to November/December ServiamTHREAT ASSESSMENT The Propaganda Advantage: Why the Terrorists Still Have It Terrorism is primarily psychological warfare carried out by ‚Äúpropaganda by deed.‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs a mind war that can grind down the public‚Äôs will to continue the fight.Weighted down by the old big-war concept of superior firepower, the Pentagon and the national security community at large have ceded the propaganda advantage to the terrorists and insurgents, who cannot hope to defeat us militarily. Despite impressive coalition gains around the world, and especially in Iraq, the United States lacks an effective counterpropaganda strategy to deprive the enemy...
  • Happy 104th Birthday National Guard

    12/13/2007 1:02:59 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 6 replies · 72+ views
    I am not anti-National Guard. I lived with the 2-136 CAB of the MNARNG in Iraq. Good people. Good soldiers. Long live the National Guard.But the National Guard is not the militia the Second Amendment is all about, and it is not the militia the Militia Act of 1792 is all about. The National Guard became the "Organized" Militia by legislative fiat in 1903, when the United States Congress bribed states with federal funds into keeping their Volunteer Regiments raised for the Spanish-American War in existance as part-time soldiers. The National Guard is a Reserve Component of the Federal armed...
  • Pulitzer Prize In Terrorism

    12/10/2007 2:41:17 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 34 replies · 328+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 9, 2007 | Jim Hanson
    AP photographer Bilal Hussein was on the radar screen of US forces prior to his being detained in a chance encounter April 12, 2006. He was a stringer working in Fallujah who filed numerous reports and photos that seemed to need a high degree of cooperation from the terrorists. He has been in custody for 19 months and will soon face trial by the Iraqi government on charges related to his activities with Sunni insurgents in Fallujah and Ramadi. Evidence against him is expected to be given to the Iraqi government this week. Geoff Morrell, Pentagon Press Secretary had this...
  • Defense Secretary Gate's Landon Lecture at K-State

    11/27/2007 8:14:28 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 11 replies · 114+ views
    Secretary Gates was in Kansas yesterday, giving the latest installment of the Landon Lectures at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. < snip > I find the Washington Post's headline interesting... Gates Urges Increased Funding for Diplomacy, with the tagline of Secretary Calls for Use of 'Soft Power'. I watched the address live. My take, like my notes, are a little different. This speech is potentially a historic address, if Secretary Gates can put in motion a plan that the next administration will be able to carry forward. He's couching it in terms that a Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton...
  • An inconvenient truth

    11/16/2007 3:32:35 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 4 replies · 73+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 16, 2007
    The sad fact is that for most of the anti-war Left, the only thing that matters is delivering a defeat to the Bush administration, and in achieving that end the Iraqi people are expendable. John Pilger said in January 2004 that while he didn't like the "terrible civilian atrocities" committed by what he called "the resistance", "the outcome of this resistance is terribly important for the rest of the world" and that only a defeat in Iraq of the US "military machine" and the Bush administration would make our world secure. As Christopher Hitchens wrote despairingly in 2005 of his...
  • Political 'black ops'

    11/08/2007 2:43:46 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 25 replies · 98+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 06, 2007 | James Lewis
    Sarah Lai Stirland writes in Wired Magazine about political ‚Äėblack op' websites: Welcome to the online house of mirrors that is the 2008 campaign: A growing bag of tricks employed by tech-savvy amateur political operatives now includes a collection of spoofed online forums purporting to support top candidates, while damning them with praise for extreme positions they have never voiced. The operating principle: The best way to undermine a candidate's supporters is to pretend to be one of them. Case in point: It took less than a month for Jason Francis to realize that he was not among allies at...
  • The 'Torture' Fraud of the Left

    11/05/2007 3:03:59 AM PST · by davidosborne · 76 replies · 322+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 05 November 2007 | J.R. Dunn
    The 'Torture' Fraud of the Left By J.R. Dunn "Torture" is one of many current topics of significance that have been abandoned to the left. Leftist commentators have been allowed to set the terms, make the definitions, and generally run the argument without much in the way of serious opposition or debate. No small number of elements of the War on Terror have suffered the same treatment. An offhand list would include profiling, wiretapping, border security, and rendition. All have been hijacked and turned into battering rams to support a particular left-wing interpretation of the War on Terror. The GOP...
  • Yon to media: Will you publish the truth about Iraq if I give it to you for free?

    10/22/2007 12:10:47 PM PDT · by faq · 20 replies · 132+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 22, 2007 | Allahpundit
    No joke. So despairing is he of the gap between what he‚Äôs seeing on the ground versus what he‚Äôs seeing in the papers, especially in Basra, that he‚Äôs offering his reports and photos to the National Newspaper Association at no charge. But he needs your help, in two ways: Using the lessons learned from ¬ďBless the Beasts,¬Ē it probably won¬ít be enough just to make the news I am reporting available to NNA-member publications at no cost. There may need to be a little irritating sand in order to get a pearl out of this oyster‚Ķ[R]eaders can first check to...
  • What Happened at Haditha

    10/18/2007 9:59:32 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 59 replies · 116+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-19-07 | Commentary
    REVIEW & OUTLOOK What Happened at Haditha The massacre that wasn't, and its political exploitation. Friday, October 19, 2007 12:01 a.m. The incident at Haditha--or the massacre, as it is often called--is due for a wholesale rethinking. The allegations are that in 2005 U.S. Marines went on a killing spree and deliberately executed 24 Iraqi civilians. The casualties have drawn an extraordinary amount of political attention, becoming an emblem for everything critics say is wrong with the Iraq war--in the common telling, another My Lai. Thus Congressman Jack Murtha, a decorated combat veteran, made accusations of war crimes and said...
  • "Blog of War" co-author Eric Egland takes on CNN

    09/19/2006 9:47:35 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 13 replies · 1,642+ views
    CNN ^ | September 19, 2006 | Maj. Eric and Ania Egland
    My friend Maj. Eric Egland is a contributing author to Blog of War: Front Line Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan, a newly-released anthology of stories from military members and their families published by Simon & Shuster. Eric did tours in both countries. He and his wife Ania were on CNN twice last week talking about the book and about how media coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan bears little resemblance to reality on the ground. They did a terrific job making their case. I suspect we'll be hearing more from Eric in the future...
  • Sanchez' Message (must read)

    10/13/2007 7:13:36 AM PDT · by jdm · 130 replies · 920+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 13, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    It seems that half of the message retired General Richard Sanchez intended to deliver missed the cut at most newsrooms, and with most bloggers. Typical among the reports of his blistering oration is the front-page treatment given by the Washington Post's Josh White, the entire first half of Sanchez's speech -- found in its entirety here -- gets reduced to a single paragraph at the end of the story. Why? Well, it turns out that Sanchez considered his first target the media itself, which he blames for a large part of the problems he sees in Iraq (via Power Line,...
  • C-inC Meets IO War Lords

    09/14/2007 4:25:45 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 10 replies · 512+ views
    Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group ^ | September 14, 2007 | Cannoneer No. 4
    Somebody in the White House must have read Blogospheric Resistance.¬†If you have ever commented on one of the blogs listed below, somebody in the White House has probably read what you said, too.¬† The President, War Czar LTG Doug Lute, Tony Snow, Dana Perino, Stephen Hadley, and others could be in your audience.I‚Äôm excited.Read:First Impressions of meeting with the President. ‚ÄĒ John of Argghhh!So What Did YOU Do Today? ‚Äď Mrs. GreyhawkThreatsWatch at the White House ‚Äď Steve SchippertMrs. G listsBlackfiveJohn of Argghhh!A Soldier‚Äôs PerspectiveSteve ShippertNZ BearMohammed of Iraq the ModelBill ArdolinoBill Roggioas the IO War Lords who participated in...
  • The Big Picture(s)

    08/30/2007 7:56:46 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 30 replies · 691+ views
    Protein Wisdom ^ | August 29, 2007 | Karl
    In the midst of the still-lingering controversy over the truthiness of The New Republic‚Äôs ‚ÄúBaghdad Diarist,‚ÄĚ more than a few people suggested that war supporters, unable to discredit the real bad news coming from Iraq, targeted the Scott Thomas Beauchamp stories as a weak link. I cannot speak for everyone who supports the mission in Iraq, but I would submit that Beauchamp‚Äôs apparent fables and embellishments are not a ‚Äúweak link‚ÄĚ to be attacked, but simply an egregious example of the establishment media‚Äôs flawed coverage of the conflict. Accordingly, what follows is an over view of the establishment media coverage...
  • HEH: The AFP photo editor must have been fresh back from happy hour . . . .

    08/15/2007 7:46:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 353 replies · 12,744+ views
    AFP/Wissam al-Okaili ^ | August 15, 2007 | Glenn Reynolds
    Terrorist Propaganda Picture of the Week. An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.
  • School of the Counterpropagandist

    08/12/2007 6:05:31 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 18 replies · 552+ views
    Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group ^ | 11 August 2007 | Cannoneer No. 4
    Distance learning for civilian irregular PSYOP auxiliaries and virtual information militia.America is not at war. The Marine Corps is at war. America is at the mall.Contemplate that. Does that sting? Are you uncomfortable with the implications? Are you frustrated that more has not been asked of you? Would you like to do more but donít know what you could do? Well, bookmark this and come back to it when you have some free time and brainpower and a cup of coffee.
  • PSYOP Surrogates and Propaganda Proxies

    08/04/2007 8:11:28 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 5 replies · 765+ views
    CIIDG ^ | 1 August 2007 | Cannoneer No. 4
    Too many "Americans" are pre-programmed to expect the worst from the people who keep them free. This pre-programming is ideological. It is a legacy of Soviet psychological operations that merged with the Vietnam-era anti-war movement that provides the Democratic Party with its leadership today. War is just not Politically Correct and so no war effort can be supported, unless the issues at stake are not in the national interest and the war can be fought from 20,000 feet. The Amazing Grim, for whom I have the utmost respect and great admiration, writes about the danger of politicizing the military†and adds...

    06/10/2007 3:00:56 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 10 replies · 832+ views
    Strategic Studies Institute ^ | June 2007 | Steven Metz
    Because contemporary insurgencies are nested within broader crises or conflicts reflecting the diffusion of power and information, a diverse array of participants influence the outcome. During the Cold War, insurgencies involved what could be called ďfirstĒ forces (the insurgents and counterinsurgents themselves) and often ďsecondĒ forcesóother states which supported either the insurgents or the counterinsurgents. Today, ďthirdĒ and ďfourthĒ forces are increasingly important. Third forces are armed elements other than the insurgents or counterinsurgents. Fourth forces are unarmed elements which affect and shape the conflict. Fourth Forces.Fourth forces are unarmed groups or organizations which affect an insurgency. The most common...
  • Blogger's Roundtable: BG Holmes, DDO CENTCOM

    06/10/2007 12:18:08 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 23 replies · 691+ views
    BLACKFIVE ^ | June 08, 2007 | Grim
    David Axe of Danger Room asked the question I had planned to ask. DAVID AXE: [I]s there like an IO surge, then, to sort of accompany the new tact we're taking in Iraq? GEN. HOLMES: Well, I think all along your information operators, if you will -- and we have to draw a line there, and I think you can particularly understand -- the military, what we would look at as operational capabilities for information operations include certain things like, you know, psychological operations and then some other things with regard to I think Internet ops and things like that,...

    06/08/2007 7:38:32 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 144+ views
    AKI ^ | 6/8/07
    Algiers, 8 June (AKI) - Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - the new name for the old Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) - has launched its first website since the new terror alliance was formed several months ago. The organisation, which claimed responsibility for the 11 April bomb attacks that killed 30 people in Algiers, is taking an increasingly high profile both in its jihadi activities and in its use of the internet for propaganda. Much prominence is given to photos of mujahadeen on what the site says is a Mediterranean beach, giving the impression that the terror...
  • Journalists, You're in the Army Now

    06/06/2007 11:08:47 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 24 replies · 816+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 06 Jun 2007 | Robert Haddick
    The days of the independent, neutral war correspondent, objectively reporting from a war's front lines, are quickly coming to an end. In the future, a war correspondent will either effectively be a soldier for one faction of a conflict, or he will literally not survive in the war zone. In today's media age, the requirement for combatants to shape perceptions about the nature of a conflict, and the necessity of denying that ability to the enemy, are more crucial than firepower and logistics, the traditional measures of battlefield dominance. Successful media operations energize a faction's supporters and demoralize its...
  • Is the War on Terror Over?

    04/25/2007 11:00:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 59 replies · 1,661+ views ^ | April 26, 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Do we still need to fight a war on terror? The answer seems to be no for an increasing number in the West who are weary over Afghanistan and Iraq or complacent from the absence of a major attack on the scale of 9/11. The British Foreign Office has scrapped the phrase "war on terror" as inexact, inflammatory and counterproductive. U.S. Central Command has just dropped the term "long war" to describe the fight against radical Islam. An influential book making the rounds - "Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them"...
  • In Iraq There Is No Alternative But Victory

    06/03/2007 8:07:30 AM PDT · by Valin · 14 replies · 565+ views
    Troop Talk Radio ^ | 6/2/07 | Captain Trip Bellard
    In Iraq There Is No Alternative But Victory-The Truth Shall Set Them FreeÖTo Focus On Winning! Memorial Day came and went and we all enjoyed the long weekend here at home while our brave heroes defended our freedom on distant shores. We are rapidly approaching the 63rd Anniversary of D-Day where 10,000 out of 156,000 Allied Ground Forces participating in Operation Overlord became casualties in the categories of Killed, Wounded, Missing or Captured. That was one day of one campaign in World War II. That day and campaign are consistently called an overwhelming Victory for Allied Forces. In four years...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Honesty About Iraq. How are we doing?

    06/05/2007 7:26:11 AM PDT · by Tolik · 35 replies · 1,257+ views ^ | June 5, 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The United States can usually win even postmodern wars abroad if it can play to its strengths ó which are marshaling our enormous material, intelligence, and technological advantages to defeat the enemy before he inflicts enough casualties to convince an affluent and comfortable public at home that such losses are simply not worth the envisioned aims.So how are we doing? As expected, many of our traditional advantages are being nullified. How can Americans use air superiority against an enemy that hides among civilians and dares them to destroy infrastructure essential to our friends? We create sophisticated communications at great cost...
  • Al-Qaeda Mastered Media Manipulation in Iraq

    05/26/2007 8:38:42 AM PDT · by TruthFactor · 44 replies · 1,998+ views ^ | May 24, 2007 | Lorie Byrd
    An aspect of the war on terrorism that gets too little attention, yet is as important as any other, is the media war. Whether they realize it, members of the mainstream media are participants in the war on terrorism, and nowhere is that more evident than in Iraq. Blogger Bill Roggio, who has embedded as a journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan, says the enemyís documents reveal that much of their strategy revolves around manipulation of the media. An enemy unable to beat us on the battlefield is employing a strategy of attacks planned specifically for maximum media coverage and effect....
  • Public Multimedia Inc. (PMI) is a not-for-profit media organization (The Long War repors...)

    05/21/2007 9:04:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 434+ views
    The Fourth Rail ^ | May 21, 2007 8:45 AM | Bill Roggio
    PMI News In the past I mentioned the creation of a new non-profit news organization, Public Multimedia Inc. (PMI) was underway. Yow can read more about PMI at out new website. PMI has been progressing, and we are proud to announce we've embedded two reporters in Iraq: Gene Blanton and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross. Gene Blanton is a former Marine and now entrepreneur (link bio), who is embedding in Habbaniyah to witness and report on the situation in Western Iraq and at the Multi-National Force-West Training Center. He is writing a book Semper Fi Leadership: From the Corp to the Corporation, and...
  • Army Leader Doesn't Sugarcoat His Views

    05/20/2007 7:22:55 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 25 replies · 1,047+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | May 20, 2007 | MyLinh Shattan
    "If we don't finish this, it will follow us home," Command Sgt. Major Neil Ciotola says about the mission in Iraq. As the senior enlisted leader for the Multi-National Corps - Iraq, he oversees more than 158,000 service members and serves as the principal enlisted advisor to the commanding general, Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno. Ciotola gave his assessment of the situation in Iraq as well as candid observations on the troop surge, Congress' vote to establish a withdrawal timeline and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's recent comments on the war.With 31 years in the U.S. Army, Ciotola is on his...
  • OverUnderestimating The Insurgency

    05/20/2007 3:24:17 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 71 replies · 1,876+ views
    Villanous Company ^ | May 19, 2007 | Cassandra
    In today's Friday's NY Times, David Brooks presents some disturbing food for thought: The war on terror has shredded the reputation of the Bush administration. Itís destroyed the reputation of Tony Blairís government in Britain, Ehud Olmertís government in Israel and Nuri al-Malikiís government in Iraq. And hereís a prediction: It will destroy future American administrations, and future Israeli, European and world governments as well. Thatís because setbacks in the war on terror donít only flow from the mistakes of individual leaders and generals. Theyíre structural. Thanks to a series of organizational technological innovations, guerrilla insurgencies are increasingly able to...
  • Defeat in the ďInformation Battle SpaceĒ

    05/18/2007 6:42:16 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 11 replies · 550+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 17, 2007 6:40 AM | Jonathan Foreman
    The Western media, wittingly or not, are aiding our enemies. . . . it would be a huge propaganda victory for the Taliban and their allies to create the impression that Coalition troops routinely or increasingly kill large numbers of civilians. Once established as a media ďfact,Ē such an impression would not only undermine the Afghan government and ISAF, but it could also affect the strategic, and very real, battle for hearts and minds in Europe and the United States. Make no mistake, the Taliban and their allies, like the Sunni insurgents in Iraq, know perfectly well that they donít...
  • The Missing Context in Media Reporting on Iraq

    05/14/2007 7:03:24 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 6 replies · 431+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 14, 2007 | Gerd Schroeder
    The US mainstream media are failing to provide the public the context it needs to accurately understand both the successes of our progress in Iraq. They do this either purposely or through incompetence and/or lack of intellect. I know many members of the media, and none of them lack intellect or are incompetent. An information campaign is what is needed. It is time to cowboy up.Accurate, meaningful information that spans the full spectrum of subjects, including good news as well as bad, is critical to the American people getting a true picture of the war. If the information is slanted...