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  • Trump Goes Mushy, Incoherent on Immigration (gee, who coulda seen this?)

    07/30/2015 6:02:43 PM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 407 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-30-15 | Ben Shapiro
    Has Donald Trump made his first serious boo-boo of the campaign? For weeks, the media have trumpeted the supposed death of the Trump campaign. First, they claimed, Trump’s campaign imploded on launch thanks to his comments about illegal immigration. Then they claimed that Trump was finished because of his slap at Senator Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)43% ’s (R-AZ) war service. But neither of those comments alienated Trump’s base – he’s maintained his seven point lead over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the 2016 presidential polls, with no other candidate breaking double-digits in the polls. In fact, his original comments about...
  • PsyWar: Militant Islam's Worst Enemy

    04/06/2015 4:33:24 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | William A. Levinson
    The takeaway is that images are the most powerful means of communication. The human brain is designed to process images rather than words, and it may even be instinctive for us to accept any image as the truth. This was certainly the case until our ancestors learned to draw pictures. Images can also fascinate us and hold our attention in seconds, in contrast to words, in which the Propaganda Man may lose interest. Psychological warfare, therefore, involves the planned and scientific use of images to win the Propaganda Man's support. The purpose of these images is not, like a Charlie...
  • Eric Holder Kick Starts DOJ Distraction Machine – Begins Ferguson Missouri Racial Grievance Movement

    08/19/2014 6:04:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 63 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | August 14, 2014 | sundance
    Eric Holder is instituting the same process in Ferguson Missouri he used in Sanford Florida. The civil rights wing of the DOJ is dispatched into Ferguson. They are officially called the “Community Relations Service” (CRS), and historically -in previous administrations- have been called upon when racial animus is a concern amid a local municipality. However, under the Eric Holder tenure, and as a specific mandate of the current administration, the CRS has been given a different mandate. The CRS is a statutorily protected secret entity within the DOJ, and is now the official racial advocacy network for the professional black...
  • Psychological Warfare vs. Islam (vanity)

    07/14/2014 1:21:37 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 6 replies
    Internet | 7/13/2014 | William A. Levinson
    PsyWar Can Destroy Islamism By William A. Levinson 7/13/2014, 6:07 AM William A. Levinson William A. Levinson is the author or editor of nine books on management,... Militant Islam has proclaimed openly its Allah-given right to dominate the world, exterminate Jews, and kill or enslave other infidels like Christians, Hindus, and the wrong kinds of Muslims. The last ideology that talked about annihilating Jews and ruling the world came with a swastika, and it killed forty or fifty million human beings before the civilized world stopped it. Psychological warfare is the only weapon of war that is legal for anybody...
  • Was The Department Of Defense Behind Facebook’s Controversial Manipulation Study?

    07/06/2014 11:59:49 AM PDT · by dalight · 15 replies ^ | July 1, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    ... The Professor of Communication and Information Science, Jeffrey Hancock, who Mr. Rosen mentions above, has a history of working with the U.S. military, specifically the Minerva Institute. ... A US Department of Defense (DoD) research program is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar program is designed to develop immediate and long-term “warfighter-relevant insights” for senior officials and decision makers in “the defense policy community,” and to inform policy implemented by “combatant commands.” Launched in 2008 – the...
  • CIA 'Tortures' Muslims with 'Barney the Dinosaur', Bee Gees 'Saturday Night Fever', Meow Mix Theme

    04/23/2014 7:33:57 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 76 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | April 22, 2014 | Tom Barnes
    11 Popular Songs the CIA Used to Torture Prisoners in the War on Terror Imagine you are chained with your hands between your legs, crouching. You're isolated in a small, dark room with earphones you can't take off. Queen's "We Are the Champions" has been playing on repeat for 30 hours now at full volume, and you've lost your ability to think. It could go on for months. Music torture has been common practice for the CIA ever since it began its "enhanced interrogation program" in the early 2000s. The process is designed to "create fear, disorient … and prolong...
  • Pentagon Prepping for ‘Large Scale Economic Breakdown’

    08/27/2013 8:44:44 PM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 143 replies ^ | August 26th, 2013 | Anthony Gucciardi
    Pentagon Prepping for ‘Large Scale Economic Breakdown’ Anthony Gucciardi by Anthony Gucciardi August 26th, 2013 Updated 08/26/2013 at 1:10 am High level government documents reveal that the Pentagon is preparing in full force for ‘large scale economic meltdown’ and massive revolt via the US public — exactly what we are criticized for doing. pentagon-economic-collapse-riotsYou see the Pentagon and agencies like the Department of Defense (DoD) are in full scale emergency readiness in their own words for ‘cataclysmic’ events that are believed to ultimately ignite riots in the face of chaos and economic collapse, and it’s all out in the open....
  • Lanza Had Arsenal Of Guns, Ammunition, Swords, Knives

    03/29/2013 3:05:24 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 47 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | March 28, 2013 | DAVE ALTIMARI
    Newtown shooter Adam Lanza's home contained an arsenal of guns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, samurai swords, a bayonet and knives, search warrants released Thursday show. The warrants show that police found the items after searching Lanza's home and car following the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six women. Portions of the documents were blacked out, including the name of a witness who told police that Sandy Hook Elementary School was Lanza's "life." Police found a copy of Lanza's report card from Sandy Hook in the house.
  • Operation Demoralize: Are you going to fall for it?

    09/10/2012 5:40:31 AM PDT · by AdamBomb · 43 replies
    It begins.... Polls start showing the kenyan ahead.. Report out that Obama outraises Romney. In unison, the media will have more orgasms than Fluke and her friends. The demoralization campaign has begun. Are you going to fall for it? I'm not.
  • Sikh temple shooting suspect identified as Wade Michael Page; Motivation unclear

    08/06/2012 6:03:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 198 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 6, 2012
    The suspect in a shooting that left six people dead at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday has been identified as Wade Michael Page, who served in the U.S. Army for about six years. According to sources in the U.S. Army, Page enlisted in April 1992 and given a less-than-honorable discharge in October 1998. He served at Fort Bliss, Texas, in the psychological operations unit in 1994, and was last stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, attached to the psychological operations unit. The details of his discharge were not immediately clear. Wade was killed outside the temple in...
  • CBS News: Shooter Identified As Former US Military Member

    ...CBS News reports that Page enlisted in the Army in April 1992 and was given a less-than-honorable discharge in October 1998. He was last stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C., serving in the psychological operations unit...
  • The Education Game ("Dum & Dummer")

    05/26/2012 12:25:22 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 6 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Instructions: Dum & Dummer is an exciting board game for multiple players. You start the game as a curious, moderately intelligent student about six. The object of the game is to be dumbed down. Don't worry, you will win. Congratulations! Winning is good for your self-esteem. To maximize your chances, simply follow these simple strategies: Don't learn any basic knowledge. (Who needs it?) Don't learn to do arithmetic. (Boring!) Don't read. (Why bother?) Don't learn geography. (What's that got to do with you?) Don't learn any history. (That's so lame.) Don't learn any science. (It's way too hard.) Don't learn...
  • Gingrich hints he may drop from race this week (No, he didn't)

    04/23/2012 7:38:13 PM PDT · by VinL · 35 replies
    NBC ^ | 4-23-12 | Moe
    Newt Gingrich hinted he may withdraw from the presidential race if he has a poor showing in the Delaware primary Tuesday – "I think we need to take a deep look at what we are doing...We will be in North Carolina tomorrow night and we will look and see what the results are." "This has been a good opportunity for us, we have been here seeing a lot of people,” Gingrich said. “We have got really positive responses and I would hope we would do well here – either carry it or come very, very close." ..."Romney is clearly the...
  • Total information war

    05/07/2011 12:13:49 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | May 6, 2011 – 1:45 am | vaughanbell
    Total information war Perhaps one of the most important articles yet published on military infowar, propaganda, media influence and PSYOPs has appeared online.Called ‘Military Social Influence in the Global Information Environment: A Civilian Primer’ – the piece is written by psychologist Sarah King who outlines the theory and practice of US information warfare as it stands today. Although the piece gives a fascinating and sometimes jaw dropping account of US information operations (replete with examples) it serves as an essential general introduction to how military thinking has moved on from assuming wars are fought with troops on the ground to conceptualising...
  • Rolling Stone's War on our Troops

    02/26/2011 12:29:51 PM PST · by Abakumov · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2011 | Editorial
    “Rolling Stone magazine is engaging in a psychological operation trying to brainwash the American public,” says an expert in military information operations. The magazine’s Feb. 23 article, “Another runaway general: Army deploys psy-ops on U.S. senators,” by Michael Hastings, is a confused attempt to create an issue where no issue exists, and a potentially libelous smear on the record of a senior military officer. This is what passes for reporting among the anti-war left.... The breathless introduction of the piece is disingenuous, asserting starkly that illegal acts took place when nothing of the kind has been charged, let alone proven....
  • Rolling Stone: (Al) Franken targeted by military 'psy-ops' team

    02/25/2011 9:59:57 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 35 replies
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 2/25/11 | Jeremy Herb - Staff Reporter
    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...
  • Army General Sicced Crack Psy-Ops Troops on Defenseless, Stupid Senators

    02/24/2011 6:55:39 PM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Gawker ^ | February 24, 2011 | John Cook
    <p>Rolling Stone is trying to add another general to its head count: Michael Hastings, the reporter who dispatched Gen. Stanley McChrystal last year, is reporting that Gen. William Caldwell, who is in charge of training Afghan forces, used Army psychological operations troops to try to influence VIP visitors, including U.S. senators.</p>
  • Army targeted U.S. senators with psy-ops

    02/24/2011 10:04:42 AM PST · by Daffynition · 15 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 24th February 2011 | staff reporter
    The U.S. army reportedly deployed a specialized "psychological operations" team to help convince American legislators to boost funding and troop numbers for the war in Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, ordered the operation, Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a story published late on Wednesday.
  • Persona Management Software

    02/21/2011 9:54:38 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies ^ | June 22, 2010 | Department of the Air Force
    0001- Online Persona Management Service. 50 User Licenses, 10 Personas per user. Software will allow 10 personas per user, replete with background , history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographacilly consistent. Individual applications will enable an operator to exercise a number of different online persons from the same workstation and without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries. Personas must be able to appear to originate in nearly any part of the world and can interact through conventional online services and social media platforms. The service includes a user friendly application environment to maximize the...
  • Say Bye-Bye to 'Psy Ops'

    07/02/2010 9:43:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Associated Press via ^ | 6/2/2010 | Associated Press via
    The Army has dropped the Vietnam-era name "psychological operations" for its branch in charge of trying to change minds behind enemy lines, acknowledging the term can sound ominous. The Defense Department picked a more neutral moniker: "Military Information Support Operations," or MISO. U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw said Thursday the new name, adopted last month, more accurately reflects the unit's job of producing leaflets, radio broadcasts and loudspeaker messages to influence enemy soldiers and civilians. "One of the catalysts for the transition is foreign and domestic sensitivities to the term 'psychological operations' that often lead to a misunderstanding...
  • US fight Taliban with heavy metal and rock music

    04/07/2010 11:27:47 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 91 replies · 1,503+ views
    AFP via google ^ | April 6, 2010 | Karim Talbi (AFP)
    ...The playlist has been hand-selected to annoy the Taliban, according to one US special forces officer. "Taliban hate that music," said the sergeant involved in covert psychological operations, or "psy ops", in the area in Helmand province. "Some locals complain but it's a way to push them to choose. It's motivating Marines as well," he added after one deafening round of several hours including tracks from The Offspring, Metallica and Thin Lizzy. The officer said they also broadcast messages from the Afghan government, as well as threats to the Taliban -- there are no obscenities, "but we tell them they're...
  • Psyops and the Battle for Marjah

    02/17/2010 11:29:13 PM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 345+ views
    As the campaign to take over the village of Marjah enters its second day, the fog of battle has somewhat dissipated, bringing to light one of the untold truths over what the real battle is all about. Coalition forces conducting the operation are trying their utmost, to emphasize the role of the Afghan National Army as an equal member of the engaged military force, and lead element representing the interests and authority of the central government in Kabul. But the battle is not fought over the land, but on the hearts and minds of the local Pashtun tribe people, torn...
  • Slow Roll Time At Langley

    04/22/2009 8:34:22 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 25 replies · 1,160+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2009 | David Ignatius
    At the Central Intelligence Agency, it's known as "slow rolling." That's what agency officers sometimes do on politically sensitive assignments. They go through the motions; they pass cables back and forth; they take other jobs out of the danger zone; they cover their the words of one veteran officer, "hit the agency like a car bomb in the driveway." President Obama promised CIA officers that they won't be prosecuted for carrying out lawful orders, but the people on the firing line don't believe him. They think the memos have opened a new season of investigation and retribution. The lesson...
  • Rick Santelli and the "tea parties": an astroturfing project of the Koch family?

    02/28/2009 4:41:08 PM PST · by lonewacko_dot_com · 60 replies · 2,044+ views
    Playboy (article is just text) ^ | 2/27/09 | Mark Ames and Yasha Levine
    ...What we discovered is that Santelli’s “rant” was not at all spontaneous as his alleged fans claim, but rather it was a carefully-planned trigger for the anti-Obama campaign. In PR terms, his February 19th call for a “Chicago Tea Party” was the launch event of a carefully organized and sophisticated PR campaign, one in which Santelli served as a frontman, using the CNBC airwaves for publicity, for the some of the craziest and sleaziest rightwing oligarch clans this country has ever produced. Namely, the Koch family, the multibilllionaire owners of the largest private corporation in America, and funders of scores...
  • Is The Anti-War Machine Going Out Of Business?

    02/22/2009 1:17:35 PM PST · by ADReditor · 10 replies · 1,361+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | 02/21/2009 | Mark L. Harvey
    As I was snooping around the internet that Gore made, I ran across a web site that was practicing Fear Mongering. As has become common practice, I took a screen shot for future reference. As is the “norm” for the Leftinistra, posts such as this one vanish which then, any criticism of any particular issue can be seen as “hate speech”. Thus the screen shot. This plea for help for a faltering endeavor cannot be denied. Why are they pleading for help? If they have the heartbeat of America, shouldn’t they be rolling in cash? Doesn’t George Soros care about...
  • Obama's Spiral of Silence

    11/01/2008 5:11:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 2,483+ views ^ | October 31, 2008 | Wynton Hall
    If Sen. Barack Obama loses the presidency or wins by far narrower margins than the double-digit lead some mainstream media polls predict, his weak performance will not be the result of the so-called “Bradley Effect,” which holds that black candidates underperform at the polls due to latent racism. Rather, the true culprit will be something public opinion scholars call the “Spiral of Silence Theory.” In the 1970s, German political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann introduced a provocative and startling theory of mass communication she called the “Spiral of Silence.” Noelle-Neumann argued that when mass media create an impression that the majority of...
  • Please watch Anderson 360 between 10.30-10.45 this evening.

    10/23/2008 9:38:38 PM PDT · by indianyogi · 43 replies · 2,182+ views
    The Anderson team is discussing how McCain should bow out honorably. They all agree that the race is all Obama and the election is just a formality. This hit by CNN is what they did to Hillary. PUMA please be there for McCain!!
  • Psychologists Clash on Aiding Interrogations

    08/16/2008 5:07:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 175+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 15, 2008 | Benedict Carey
    They have closely studied suspects, looking for mental quirks. They have suggested lines of questioning. They have helped decide when a confrontation is too intense, or when to push harder. More than those in the other healing professions, psychologists have played a central role in the military and C.I.A. interrogation of people suspected of being enemy combatants. But now the profession, long divided over this role, is considering whether to make any involvement in military interrogations a violation of its code of ethics. At the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting this week in Boston, prominent members are denouncing such work...
  • Iraqis, Soldiers Make New Friends During Patrol in Suwayrah

    07/23/2008 4:41:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 140+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. David Turner, USA
    Staff Sergeant Brian Doty (left), of Orange, Va. and Cpl. Sam Weaver, of Fayetteville, N.C., both with Company B, 13th Psychological Operations Battalion, are accompanied by local children while on a foot patrol in the city of Suwayrah in northern Wasit province. Photo by Sgt. David Turner. COMBAT OUTPOST SUMMERS — Walking down the busy streets of Suwayrah at sundown, the city’s residents met Soldiers with handshakes and friendly smiles. Children gathered everywhere the Soldiers stopped to talk to residents. As the patrol of Soldiers from 1st Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment continued on its way, the...
  • C-130J tailor-made for mission over Afghanistan

    03/14/2008 4:37:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 582+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Capt. Tracy Bunko, USAF
    3/14/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- A 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130J Hercules aircrew operating out of Southwest Asia dropped leaflets over Afghanistan encouraging its citizens to reject violence and embrace their government as part of an integrated operation with NATO's International Security Assistance Force March 6. The mission came after news reports of violence against ISAF troops including two bombings last week. It was the crew's first leaflet drops since their arrival in theater Feb. 8 and a first for the active-duty C-130J model. "This airdrop is just one example of the many combat capabilities the 379th Air Expeditionary...
  • Airmen aid coalition ground forces one leaflet at a time

    03/11/2008 5:58:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 138+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Michael O'Connor, USAF
    3/11/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- American Airman here and members of the Australian Defence Force recently teamed up to deliver critical information to Iraqi civilians in southern Iraq. Flying in a C-130 Hercules, Airmen from the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, worked in conjunction with Australians from Overwatch Battle Group (West)-4, as they conducted two one-day missions to drop 330,000 leaflets designed to solicit the help of Iraqi civilians to not harbor insurgents or bomb manufacturers. "This is what the war is all about -- finding the bad guys targeting U.S., coalition forces and innocent civilians," said Capt. MacArthur Hoglund,...
  • CBS ‘Early Show’ Guest: ‘Killing Has Nothing to Do With Atheism’ (Whiskey Tango Hotel!)

    11/28/2007 3:36:04 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 26 replies · 199+ views ^ | 11/28/2007 | Kyle Drennen
    On Wednesday’s CBS "Early Show,"co-host Hannah Storm, who reports will soon be leaving the show, teased an upcoming segment about the controversy over the atheist-inspired movie, "The Golden Compass": "And Nicole Kidman on why the Church doesn't want your children to see her new movie." Of course, the "Church" has said no such thing, but rather the Catholic League has called for a boycott of the movie. Later during the segment, Storm talked with Catholic League President, Bill Donohue, as well as Ellen Johnson, the president of American Atheists. To Storm’s credit, she challenged Johnson by quoting the atheist...
  • 70 punished in accidental B-52 flight

    10/19/2007 9:57:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 303+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/07 | PAULINE JELINEK,
    70 punished in accidental B-52 flight By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 3 minutes ago The Air Force said Friday it has punished 70 airmen involved in the accidental, cross-country flight of a nuclear-armed B-52 bomber following an investigation that found widespread disregard for the rules on handling such munitions. "There has been an erosion of adherence to weapons-handling standards at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base," said Maj. Gen. Richard Newton, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations. Newton was announcing the results of a six-week probe into the Aug. 29-30 incident...
  • Iran Scrambling to Counter Western Psychological Operations

    06/30/2007 1:23:28 PM PDT · by hardback · 26 replies · 1,654+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | July 4,2007 | Bill Gertz
    Iran scrambling to counter Western psychological operations Iran is actively preparing countermeasures to what its military calls a psychological war being waged by the West over its nuclear program. Teheran’s military has been drafting measures to respond to Western propaganda broadcasts and other efforts intended to undermine the regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Officials said the measures included a crackdown on trade unions, students and other dissidents. __ Full Text, Subscribers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Northeast Asia Report China's cyberwar threat boosted by theft of top U.S. military technology __ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Focus on Israel and the Palestinians Israel's Mossad shaken by...
  • Is the L.A. Times Repeating Enemy Propaganda?

    11/25/2006 1:27:51 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 23 replies · 1,074+ views
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | 11/24/2006 | Patterico
    I don’t have the resources of the L.A. Times. Yet in my spare time from my full-time job, using widely available resources on the Web and contacts built up through blogging, I probably got a more accurate picture of what happened in Ramadi on November 13 than the paid reporter for the L.A. Times did. In doing so, I found I learned something important about reporting from Iraq in general. Big Media journalists often rely on sources that are unreliable. They don’t tell you the pressures these sources might be under from insurgents and terrorists. They refuse to tell you...
  • Al-Qaida "Planted Information To Encourage US Invasion"

    11/17/2006 3:07:29 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 29 replies · 1,088+ views
    Guardian ^ | 11/17/2006 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    A senior al-Qaida operative deliberately planted information to encourage the US to invade Iraq, a double agent who infiltrated the network and spied for western intelligence agencies claimed last night. The claim was made by Omar Nasiri, a pseudonym for a Moroccan who says he spent seven years working for European security and intelligence agencies, including MI5. He said Ibn Sheikh al-Libi, who ran training camps in Afghanistan, told his US interrogators that al-Qaida had been training Iraqis. Libi was captured in November 2001 and taken to Egypt where he was allegedly tortured. Asked on BBC2's Newsnight whether Libi or...
  • Army radio DJs in Afghanistan mix news, music sans 'psy ops'

    10/08/2006 12:00:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 330+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Scott Peterson
    NARAY, AFGHANISTAN — The first words 1st Lt. Daniel Hampton learned in Pashto were ones he had heard time and time again in the remote reaches of eastern Afghanistan: "Mana raka radio," or "Give me one radio." Hampton's Afghanistan "combat" has turned him into something of a disc jockey, running a small radio station that broadcasts from this American firebase into the Kamdesh district of Nuristan, along the Pakistan border — the target of a U.S. counterinsurgency effort to defeat Taliban-led militants. Hampton has handed out about 4,000 small radios, sometimes distributing them while his Afghan journalists report at events...
  • Hizbollah hands out cash to Lebanese (yet more psyops)

    08/18/2006 5:19:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies · 438+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 8/18/2006 | Alistair Lyon
    Hizbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the Iranian-backed group's support among Lebanon's Shi'ites and embarrassing the Beirut government. "This is a very, very reasonable amount. It is not small," said Ayman Jaber, 27, holding a wad he had just picked up from Hizbollah of $12,000 in banknotes wrapped in tissue. Israeli and U.S. officials have voiced concern that Hizbollah will entrench its popularity by moving fast -- with Iranian money -- to help people whose homes were destroyed or damaged in the 34-day conflict with Israel. Hizbollah has...
  • Psychological Operations Field Manual No.33-1

    10/12/2001 10:29:22 AM PDT · by Fixit · 31 replies · 21,883+ views
    An old, now missing freerepublic post ^ | 31 August 1979 | Department of the Army
    PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES "Propaganda Techniques" is based upon "Appendix I: PSYOP Techniques" from "Psychological Operations Field Manual No.33-1" published by Headquarters; Department of the Army, in Washington DC, on 31 August 1979 (from Knowledge of propaganda techniques is necessary to improve one's own propaganda and to uncover enemy PSYOP stratagems. Techniques, however, are not substitutes for the procedures in PSYOP planning, development, or dissemination. Techniques may be categorized as: Characteristics of the content self-evident. additional information is required to recognize the characteristics of this type of propaganda. "Name calling" and the use of slogans are techniques of this nature. ...
  • 21st Century Reporting of the Doolittle Raid

    04/20/2006 3:31:32 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 8 replies · 927+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | April 20, 2006 | Harold C. Hutchison
    The recent anniversary of the April 18, 1942 the Doolittle raid raised the question of how the press of today might have reported on the event. At the time, the Doolittle raid, as militarily ineffective as it was, proved to be an enormously popular morale boost for the American people and their allies. However, times have changed. Here's a likely report, of the 1942 event, but as it would be reported by today's media. New York Times, April 19, 1942: "AIR RAID ON TOKYO. In what the Roosevelt Administration described as retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United...
  • The 213 Things Skippy [can't] do in the Army.

    01/03/2006 9:31:12 AM PST · by FreedomFarmer · 37 replies · 4,331+ views
    Skippy's List ^ | 22SEP05 | SP4 Skippy
    The 213 Things Skippy is no longer allowed to do in the U.S. Army.... 1. Not allowed to watch Southpark when I'm supposed to be working. 2. My proper military title is "Specialist Schwarz" not "Princess Anastasia". 3. Not allowed to threaten anyone with black magic. 4. Not allowed to challenge anyone's disbelief of black magic by asking for hair. 5. Not allowed to get silicone breast implants. 6. Not allowed to play “Pulp Fiction” with a suction-cup dart pistol and any officer. 7. Not allowed to add “In accordance with the prophesy” to the end of answers I give...
  • Pentagon spying on anti-war groups - Report

    12/17/2005 4:43:44 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 160 replies · 2,468+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | Dec. 17, 2005 | Al Jazeera
    A Pentagon document shows that the U.S. army is monitoring and collecting information on anti-war activists across the United States, NBC reported. The network obtained a classified Pentagon document which lists four dozen anti-war meetings or demonstrations that took place in the U.S. over a 10-month period. The document also included anti-nuclear protests staged in Nebraska on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Nagasaki. The Pentagon describes all of these events as threats, says William Arkin, the former Army intelligence officer, who obtained the secret documents. According to NBC, the document says that the U.S. military is...
  • Propaganda: Military's Information War Is Vast and Often Secretive

    12/10/2005 2:05:57 PM PST · by 68skylark · 15 replies · 483+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 11, 2005 | JEFF GERTH
    The media center in Fayetteville, N.C., would be the envy of any global communications company. In state of the art studios, producers prepare the daily mix of music and news for the group's radio stations or spots for friendly television outlets. Writers putting out newspapers and magazines in Baghdad and Kabul converse via teleconferences. Mobile trailers with high-tech gear are parked outside, ready for the next crisis. The center is not part of a news organization, but a military operation, and those writers and producers are soldiers. The 1,200-strong psychological operations unit based at Fort Bragg turns out what its...
  • US: The Booming Business for Psy/Ops

    12/02/2005 1:38:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Corps Watch ^ | November 30th, 2005 | Jason Vest
    No one is sure how well psychological operations have worked in Afghanistan or Iraq, but that's not stopping efforts to step them up, using contractors to do it. From the State Department to the Pentagon, winning hearts and minds is an increasingly important element of U.S. national security strategy. But while Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes has been the highest-profile example of U.S. public relations in action, the Defense Department quietly has been tinkering with its own systems of overseas influence. Among these are psychological operations, or PSYOPS. But after-action reports on the invasion...
  • Review of Psychological Operations Lessons Learned from Recent Operational Experience

    12/01/2005 4:02:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 228+ views
    National Defense University ^ | National Defense University
    The Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense commissioned this report. He did so at the recommendation of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense-level Information Operations Steering Committee. The Committee decided in its March 9, 2004, meeting that a review of psychological operations (PSYOP) lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was in order. ----
  • Report: U.S. Troops Burned Taliban Bodies

    10/19/2005 10:11:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 1,839+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/19/05 | Meraiah Foley - ap
    SYDNEY, Australia - The U.S. military said Wednesday it was investigating a report carried on an Australian television network that claimed American soldiers in Afghanistan burned the bodies of two Taliban fighters and then used the action to taunt other Islamic militants. The SBS television network broadcast video footage that purportedly showed U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of the suspected Taliban fighters in the hills outside the southern village of Gonbaz, near the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. The network said the footage was taken by a freelance journalist, Stephen Dupont, who told The Associated Press he was embedded with...
  • Canadian Colonel predicts shorter Afghan stay

    09/26/2005 9:46:29 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 3 replies · 406+ views ^ | Monday, September 26, 2005
    Extremist militias could be defeated within three years, Canadian says KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- Afghanistan's insurgency can be defeated within two or three years, a top Canadian commander said yesterday, offering a more hopeful view of the situation than other suggestions that Canadian troops would keep fighting for two decades. Colonel Steve Bowes, commander of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar, said the extremist militias that plague rural Afghanistan could be eliminated much faster than previously estimated if international donors help the country recover from years of war. "It could take two years, best-case scenario," Col. Bowes said. As he spoke,...
  • Donations Help War Hero Get Independence

    08/14/2005 7:34:43 PM PDT · by madison10 · 8 replies · 437+ views
    WTOL-TV11 News ^ | July 4, 2005 | A. Baker
    SYLVANIA -- Army Specialist Matthew Drake still feels the pain every day from a suicide car bomb that cut short his service in Iraq. But now with some donations and help from a lot of people, he'll get out of the hospital, and back home with his parents. Four other soldiers in the unit died the day Drake was wounded. He was part of the Psychological Operations unit, communicating with civilians in Iraq, delivering messages regarding surrender and safety. Matthew remembers the unit's motto well. "Win the mind, win the day," said Drake. After months of treatment and rehabilitation, the...
  • "...The Martians In Our Movie Represent American Military Forces." (New Flick Anti-America PsyOps!)

    06/24/2005 10:18:23 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 25 replies · 818+ views
    GOP Vixen ^ | 6/24/2005 | Bridget Johnson
    According to a reader over at Libertas, David Koepp, the writer of the film, had this to say in an interview with Rue Morgue Magazine, [not available online]: “And now, as we see American adventure abroad’ he (David Koepp} continues ‘in my mind it’s certainly back to it’s original meaning, which is that the Martians in our movie represent American military forces invading the Iraqis, and the futility of the occupation of a faraway land is again the subtext” Koepp also told Newsweek: "I think the whole war [in the movie] is about water," he says. "I figure their planet...
  • Christina Aguilera 'used to keep terror suspects awake'

    06/13/2005 12:08:59 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 81 replies · 2,156+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 6/13/05
    INTERROGATION techniques at Guantanamo Bay, including playing Christina Aguilera's music to keep terror suspects awake, have been highlighted in a report. The first documented log of methods used by the US military to extract information from detainees details a range of techniques that range from a satirical puppet show to making a suspect growl at pictures of terrorists. The 84-page document, obtained by Time magazine, concerns the interrogation of Mohammed al Qahtani, the so-called 20th hijacker - an alleged acquaintance of Osama bin Laden and an intended participant in the September 11 attacks. The often hour-by-hour log spans a period...