Rolling Stone: US military violated law and used pys-ops against US Congress

The US military brass has been living in Banana Republic land for years now. Can anyone name another first world country where the military leadership is so present, so powerful and so casual with the law? It doesn’t happen to the degree that it does in the US yet everyone thinks this is normal. As long as there are no repercussions for such un-American and probably illegal behavior, it’s not realistic to think it will stop any time soon. The war machine is so similar to Wall Street, who can get away with bad behavior thanks to deep pockets and expensive political campaigns. Rolling Stone:

The list of targeted visitors was long, according to interviews with members of the IO team and internal documents obtained by Rolling Stone. Those singled out in the campaign included senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin; Rep. Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee; Adm. Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Czech ambassador to Afghanistan; the German interior minister, and a host of influential think-tank analysts.

The incident offers an indication of just how desperate the U.S. command in Afghanistan is to spin American civilian leaders into supporting an increasingly unpopular war. According to the Defense Department’s own definition, psy-ops – the use of propaganda and psychological tactics to influence emotions and behaviors – are supposed to be used exclusively on “hostile foreign groups.” Federal law forbids the military from practicing psy-ops on Americans, and each defense authorization bill comes with a “propaganda rider” that also prohibits such manipulation. “Everyone in the psy-ops, intel, and IO community knows you’re not supposed to target Americans,” says a veteran member of another psy-ops team who has run operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s what you learn on day one.”

What is also interesting and of note here is that the old guard media is so lacking on issues like this as well as the banking crisis. The NY Times is still better than the Washington Post, but that’s not saying much. The old guard media has been much more concerned with maintaining their access rather than delivering quality journalism. When they wonder why their readers are disappearing and they are losing money, they might give that some thought.

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