Did General Caldwell Point his Psy-Ops Team at POTUS?

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Rolling Stone‘s Michael Hastings is a consistent home run hitter. First, he profiled the culture of disdain that General Stanley McChrystal and his command staff had for their civilian leadership partners — ending McChrystal’s storied military career.
Now, Hastings has something right out of bad fiction. Lt. General William Caldwell, who is reportedly one of President Obama’s favorites, actually hatched and deployed a plan to use psy-ops against US Senators and Congressmen. Unbelievable, and illegal.
Two of those US Senators targeted were Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and US Senator Al Franken. Levin has already issued a statement that his views on building Afghan security forces have been consistent and stands by his views — i.e. saying he didn’t feel that the psy-ops worked on him.
But I’m not so sure.
In January 2010, I participated in a substantive and interesting conference call with Senator Levin when he was returning with Al Franken via Dubai from a CODEL trip visiting Afghanistan. I wrote about it then and was fairly surprised given the skepticism both had previously expressed for Afghanistan that they believed so readily what the military was telling them. It really seemed strange to me.
Here is what I wrote after the conference call. I also did a few media shows about this leap that Levin and Franken had made on Afghanistan, particularly on Pete Dominick’s SiriusXM POTUS Channel show.
Caldwell should be fired. What he did, if Hastings has his details is right, is really outrageous and a further testament to the wobbliness of civilian control over the military in today’s world.
But bigger question is whether any psy-ops operations were directed at the President of the United States and/or his direct team.
Someone needs to ask that in the White House press briefing.
— Steve Clemons

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43 comments on “Did General Caldwell Point his Psy-Ops Team at POTUS?

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  2. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Updating the BP Gulf Oil Disaster: Wake up, America, You’re being lied to! (Video Playlist)
    By Mac McKinney
    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Updating-the-BP-Gulf-Oil-D-by-Mac-McKinney-110227-629.html?show=votes
    Also…….
    Scientist Questions Safety of Gulf Seafood
    Posted: Feb 28, 2011 12:04 AM by Maddie Garrett
    Updated: Feb 28, 2011 8:26 AM
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    Scientist Questions Safety of Gulf Seafood Topics: Gulf, Seafood, Safe, Eat, Scientist, Oil, Spill, Wilma Subra, Ewell Smith
    Fishermen and restaurants are still struggling to rebound from last year’s gulf oil spill. But is the seafood they harvest and sell really safe too eat? KATC’s Maddie Garrett set out to find the answers from two of the leading experts in Louisiana’s seafood industry and environmental sciences.
    “What we’re concerned about is that people are going to be consuming seafood that contains contaminates,” said Dr. Wilma Subra.
    Subra is a chemist and environmental consultant in New Iberia. She has served as the Vice Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). And was a consultant to the Obama Administration during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
    She is concerned about cancer-causing chemicals called Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons, or PAH’s. And after the oil spill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised the allowable amounts of those chemicals in the seafood they test.
    “And FDA established these levels specifically for the spill and in some cases they are ten times higher than the levels that were already on the books,” said Subra.
    After a 1999 tanker spill off the coast of Oregon, the FDA set levels of concern for PAH’s at 34 parts per billion. After the BP spill in 2010, the FDA set the risk level from 134 – 143 parts per billion.
    Subra also said the FDA established unrealistically small portion sizes for risk levels, such as 4 – 6 jumbo shrimp a meal for a 175 lb person.
    “The FDA levels of concern do not represent the consumption rate along the coast,” said Subra.
    But many organizations flat out disregard Subra’s concerns.
    “We’ve got one scientist who’s been described, her science has been described as junk science by the head person, the head scientist at the FDA,” said Ewell Smith, Executive Director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
    Smith and the LSPMB have worked closely with the EPA, Department of Health and Hospitals and the FDA during and since the oil spill.
    “So we’ve got a small army of some of the best scientists in the country who keep coming back and saying all of the seafood that’s been tested is fine,” he said.
    As for those portion sizes, Amith said the FDA is just being conservative, and sites a recent Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries study that states people would have to consume extreme amounts of seafood to reach the FDA’s levels of concern for oil contamination. He said this discredits Subra’s worries.
    When asked if he was concerned about Subra’s findings, Smith said, “The only thing that concerns me with her is it just plants a seed of doubt in every body’s mind. One nugget of negative news can overshadow all the good news.”
    But Subra still speaks up, even if no one wants to hear what she has to say.
    “This is being cautious, this is being protective of the health of people,” said Subra. “If it doesn’t change people are going to be made sick.”
    Subra said she wants the FDA and EPA to increase testing of gulf seafood. And warns that documenting when people get sick from eating oil contaminated seafood could be difficult, because most people may not realize it was the seafood that made them feel bad.
    Subra said when eating seafood, make sure it comes from a reliable source and notify the authorities if you do get sick.
    But Smith rebuttled, saying testing is rigorous and will continue for many years to come.
    “There’s no benefit for us to put a bad product out on the market, that would be absolutely foolish for us to do,” said Smith.
    Smith admits perception remains their biggest challenge, with a recent study showing 70% of Americans are still afraid to eat gulf seafood. But, if Subra’s findings prove right in the end, they’ll have bigger issues than an image problem.
    http://www.katc.com/news/scientist-questions-safety-of-gulf-seafood/
    Now who ya gonna believe here? Of course, you can completely ignore the Federal Government’s behavior in declaring the air around the WTC as “safe”, despite the fact they knew it to be otherwise. And you can ignore the Agent Orange thing, the Gulf Syndrome thing, and the recent efforts by the Federal Government to fuck the 9/11 first responders out of compensation for the tremendous and life-threatening illenesses they are suffering from because Bush and the despicable piece of shit Whitman wanted to get the Wall Street money flowing again.
    And if you ignore these instances of Federal criminality and malfeasance, than perhaps you can convince yourself that they are being honest with us about the health risks posed by BP’s destruction of the Gulf Of Mexico.
    Then you can have someone tattoo “Blithering idiot” on your forehead, serving to warn those of us with an ort of common sense to stay the fuck away from ya.
    And on a lighter note. Kinda.
    I just bought a packet of socks from the K-Mart. Made in China, of course. Well, the seam on the toe line is so puckered that sometimes I have to remove my work boots two or three times just to get that line located in such a manner that it won’t raise a blister.
    Are they doing this shit on purpose????
    And who is worse, the manufacturer, laughing his ass off at the idiotic fuckin’ Americans, who will buy anything? Or the scumbag buyers employed by the box stores, who just don’t give a shit if their product is crap, because they make such a profit on this shit they could care less if you use it once and then throw it away. Some other unsuspecting jackass will buy it off the rack anyway, even if YOU never go back into that store.
    Oh well. Could be worse, like when I bought two four packs of men’s jockeys, and the damned things didn’t have flies. Ever tried to relieve yourself on a job site, then explain to thirty some odd construction workers why ya gotta drop your drawers to take a leak?

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  3. JohnH says:

    Seems that Steve missed the real story last week–the release of the “Pentagon Labyrinth.”
    http://www.cdi.org/program/issue/index.cfm?ProgramID=37&issueid=254
    On CSPAN’s Book TV, Winslow Walker explained how Congress is in the hip pocket of the “defense” industry. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Discussion-with-Winslow-Wheeler-on-the-State-of-the-US-Military/10737419822/
    The PSYOPS directed at Carl Levin is not something extraordinary–it’s something that he expects and welcomes. Watch the CSPAN clip, and you’ll see that Levin allows himself to be spinned every time the Pentagon testifies before Congress.

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  4. drew says:

    So there’s exactly one source for the charges against Caldwell, and
    he’s a disgraced Lt. Col (i.e., he’s not going to get the next
    promotion, and his career is over).
    The Hastings story, itself, provided no evidence of hanky-panky. I
    don’t know why this blog promoted it, or why other people thought
    a someone like Hastings, absent evidence or observations, should
    be believed.

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  5. rc says:

    And, no doubt, BP will be in overdrive at trying to weasel out of any and every recent ‘deal’ done with the now fast sinking Gaddafi cult!

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  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    The gulf oil spill’s toxic legacy
    Michael Taylor
    February 26, 2011
    SMALL trucks noisily patrol the beach behind Steve Fourrier’s home in Grand Isle, Louisiana. From his deck he watches them dump sand into screening machines. Crews follow close by, dragging rakes along the beach.
    Fourrier wonders when his grandson will be able to play in that sand again, and if he’ll be able to put out his crab traps this northern summer. Most of all he wonders when, or if, Grand Isle will ever be the same again.
    ”The only answer you can have any certainty of,” he says, ”is that absolutely nobody knows.”
    Ten months after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and began spewing almost 800 million litres of oil into the gulf, and seven months after the well was capped, Elmers Island beach, like many, is still closed. Camardelle’s Seafood, where President Barack Obama ate on his visit last June, has been closed since July. It has quietened down a lot since the height of the clean-up, ”when BP took over the world”, as Grand Isle ports commissioner Wayne Keller puts it, ”but we’ve still got oil in the sand and tarballs washing up on the beach”.
    Michael Boatright, 53, has run an aquaculture and fish-farming business in New Orleans since 2004. ”I was on track for a great year,” he says, ”but now all my customers are buying from Florida.” He has sold everything from farm equipment to his watch to pay his bills. His phone has been cut off and his power will go next. ”Christmas was terrible,” he says. ”I couldn’t buy my grandson anything, and he was asking if Santa thought he’d misbehaved.”
    Boatright has been diving in the gulf since he was 17. From last June to September, he dove as usual about once a week, in areas the federal government had declared safe and open for fishing. ”We didn’t think there was much risk,” he says. ”The water looked good, looked clean.”
    In September he started experiencing dizziness and blurred vision, then vertigo and palpitations. By October he was passing blood and had severe nosebleeds. ”At first I was in denial,” he says. ”I’m broke now, and like most fishermen don’t have healthcare. But I was a paramedic for 25 years and I knew this was serious and abnormal.”
    Last month he had his blood tested. The results showed extremely high levels of chemicals such as xylene and ethylbenzene, highly toxic carcinogens found in crude oil.
    According to chemist Dr Wilma Subra, whose lab ran the test on Boatright and two of his diving partners, all three had the same results, and the mix of chemicals was an ”exact fingerprint” for those identified when they tested samples of the BP crude erupting from the ocean floor.
    Subra, a renowned environmental toxicologist with more than 30 years’ experience, has been dubbed ”a modern-day Erin Brockovich” by CNN. She and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, which has been working locally since 1986 with more than 100 community organisations, have been conducting toxicity tests on clean-up workers, fishermen and coastal residents experiencing symptoms like Boatright’s. Results like his are increasingly common, she says. One person had benzene levels 36 times higher than normal.
    continues….
    http://www.watoday.com.au/world/the-gulf-oil-spills-toxic-legacy-20110225-1b8mz.html
    I used Benzene as an apprentice. It was an important ingredient for fine furniture finishing, such as tortoise shelling, and other finishes that used drop techniques. The man I apprenticed under, a master furniture maker, did not make it to sixty. He died a lingering death, carrying oxygen, unable to walk ten feet without gasping for breath. Benzene is known to be so carcinagenic that you can no longer buy it in the state of California without special permits.
    But these fuckin’ scumbags at BP, with the complicity of our so called “representatives”, and their sham “independent” slimey little maggot mouthpieces will undoubtedly claim that these people accumulated high levels of benzene from sources other than the spill. Now, you tell me, where else is a fisherman going to be exposed to Benzene, if not from the spill? Do you trust this shyster Feinberg, the ten million dollar a year “independent” administrator, to do the right thing in regards to these people that are facing increased odds of a terribly painful and lingering death?
    But sssshhhhh, don’t tell anyone. After all, doncha know, the oil has “disappeared”, and BP has promised to clean up the gulf and pay all the damages. And we can rest assured that this posturing cowardly fraud Barack Obama has the people’s best interests in mind. I wonder what BP promised HIM for so faithfully playing his part in this massive fuckin’ con-job? Or does he help screw the people for free?
    Smile folks. The Supremes just gave these corporate worms a license to buy the Presidency, and any other public office they wanna own.
    You want your benzene straight up, or on the rocks?

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  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    BP Paying

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  8. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Heres a good piece by Naomi Klein in regards to the oil that the Obama Administration, and BP, would have you believe just simply and magically “disappeared”.
    Poof!
    Gone.
    Just like that. Abra kadabra, now ya see it, now you don’t.
    http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2011/01/search-bps-oil

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  9. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Speaking of psy-ops, mass deception, and government controlled media…..
    Anyone else following developments in the Gulf???
    The most recent item being the record numbers of dead Bottle Nosed Dolphin calves washing ashore? The illnesses of gulf residents? The vast undersea areas of destroyed coral beds? The instances of oil soaked shrimp being netted in areas deemed to be “safe” for resumption of conmmercial fishing? The efforts of BP to weasel out of paying for the damages??? The silence of this piece of crap Obama, who would have you believe the oil has “disappeared”???

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  10. Kathleen says:

    Yosuf Islam/Cat Stevens interview about his new song

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  11. DonS says:

    Josh Rogin at FP cites a letter that is signed by a who’s who of the neocon cabal. (with a few additional quotes from the likes of the useless John McCain). Signatories of the letter include Scott Carpenter and Elliot Abrams, and a bunch of GOP types, apparently trying to hedge Obama in from the right.
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/25/senators_and_experts_call_on_obama_to_take_stronger_measures_against_qaddafi
    Carpenter and Abrams also happen to show up as two of the seven “outside experts” in a post by Laura Rozen about a WH working group on Lybia (which also includes Steve Clemons). Apparently there is not much need to bolster Obama’s right flank since he seems perfectly happy to bring them onboard.
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/0211/White_House_discusses_Libya_crisis_response_with_outside_experts.html?showall
    One wonders when/if Americans will ever rise up against their military/corporate masters. Or will we just continue to pretend that the so-called representatives of the people are really not puppets just trying to keep up with the script written on Wall Street and at the Pentagon.

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  12. Cee says:

    http://www.cnas.org/blogs/abumuqawama
    Gah! I have to add another one nicely illustrating that fact that the difference between the neoconservative fantasy in the efficacy of military power is really no different than the same liberal interventionist fantasy.
    There are various ways in which the horror can be brought to an end. Is a no-fly zone really too complicated to negotiate? Then let NATO planes fly over Tripoli to shoot down any Libyan aircraft that make war on the Libyan population.
    We are now paying the price for having waged two very difficult wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that far too few Americans have participated in or been made to sacrifice for. I sometimes get accused of being a hawk because I have argued that resource-intensive counterinsurgency campaigns have represented our best chance to salvage bad situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but my experiences in both countries also taught me that a) force has its limits and b) we should all be very cautious about committing U.S. troops to combat operations in the first place. I’m horrified to read liberal interventionists continue to suggest the ease with which humanitarian crises and regional conflicts can be solved by the application of military power. To speak so glibly of such things reflects a very immature understanding of the limits of force and the difficulties and complexities of contemporary military operations. And then there is this:
    I do not see a Middle East rising up in anger at the prospect of American intervention.
    Hoo boy. Have I read that before?

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  13. Brock Ducharme says:

    The hidden story here is that none of this matters anymore. The Psy-Ops story merely illustrates the corruption of set of institutions insulated from the consequences of its decisions by sheer power. As the recent uprising in the Middle East shows, the power of the United States has waned significantly in terms of realpolitik. That the Army is wasting time trying to cast spells on millionaire senators to support a war they already fund is just one more sign of the snake eating its tail. The problem is that America is in the “Graveyard of Empires” to begin with.

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  14. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Tick tock, tick tock…….
    3:53 PM PST, Febuary 25, 2011.

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  15. Doctrine Man says:

    “What he did, if Hastings has his details is right, is really outrageous and a further testament to the wobbliness of civilian control over the military in today’s world.
    What if the details are wrong? What if Hasting didn’t verify his source’s credentials? What if his source is, in fact, NOT as PsyOps officer? What if his source had no PsyOps experience? What if his source lied? What if the source retaliated in response to being reprimanded?
    In the rush to judgment, those are the questions that have to be answered. When the facts are revealed, the story is going to be much different than the one published in Rolling Stone.

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  16. Paul Norheim says:

    I don’t know the source, but I take the risk to quote this, due to its clarity:
    “All the attention is focused on Libya, but the process going forward in Egypt is, so far, extremely
    impressive. The interim government constituted a technocratic Constitutional Committee with
    eight members, each of them a preeminent figure in Egyptian legal circles. The Committee’s
    report is due to be floated today and a bit of it has just slipped out to the media in Egypt. It will
    a. Abrogate Article 179 (Emergency powers of the President)–i.e., no more dictator as president
    b. Amend Articles 76 (Conditions to elect the President), Article 77 (Presidential terms to be
    limited to two six-year terms), Article 88 (Judicial Supervision over the elections)–clearing
    obstacles to freely contest the presidency
    c. Abrogate Article 93 (The Parliament

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  17. Paul Norheim says:

    Robert Gates in a speech to West Point cadets today:

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  18. Chris says:

    Given our experience with Obama’s negotiating prowess against conservatives, I don’t think Caldwell had to do a lot to sell him on the war.
    I mean, this *is* the guy who took Biden on as VP, who kept Gates as SecDef, and who has generally gone along with (1) what the military wants, (2) indefinite war, (3) sabotaging civil liberties, (4) contractors out the wazoo, (5) Christianist infiltration and domination of military academies, and (6) minimal accountability for war profiteering.
    Yes, he changed DADT. But beyond that, when it comes to the military, if we’re concerned about Obama being manipulated, I think we’re a couple years late.

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  19. Don Bacon says:

    As with Curveball, and the “dominance of Cheney,” and other excuses for malfeasance in office, we are to believe that US senators and other government operatives are merely a bunch of impressionable schoolboys/girls who can’t be blamed for bad results because some devil made them do it. Horsepucky.

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  20. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Meanwhile, at the AIPAC website….
    “Palestinians Call for Boycott of United States”
    “PA Prime Minister Fayyad said he is willing to go to Gaza to meet with Hamas”
    “Palestinian local councils on Wednesday called for a boycott of American products and aid, The Jerusalem Post reported. The calls come after the United States vetoed an anti-Israel U.N. Security Council resolution brought to a vote by the Palestinian Authority (PA). The PA brought the resolution forward despite a personal appeal from President Obama not to do so. PA and Fatah officials have also called for a “day of rage” against the United States and President Barack Obama on Friday. Meanwhile, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said that he was willing to go to Gaza to meet with Hamas-an Iranian backed terrorist group-about a reconciliation deal that would bring the terrorist group into the PA government”
    Ya gotta love that “Hamas-an Iranian backed terrorist group” part, doncha? So much for these racists respect for the actual institution of “democracy”, eh?
    If ya go to the AIPAC homepage, you find NOTHING about the tidal wave sweeping the Middle East. Personally, I hope these fascist/racist leaders in Israel are quaking in their boots.
    Somehow, I doubt that simply ignoring a herd of stampeding elephants is going to stop the earth from shaking under the wieght of so many heavy hoofs.
    (Whats that I hear over the din? Is that squawking???? Gee, it sounds like a flock of chickens. I wonder if they’re looking for a place to roost.)
    Cock-a-doodle-do, a new day is dawning. The sun rises for the “Arab street”, as it sets in Israel.
    So much for Wiggie’s demeaning and *overtly prejudiced* assertions of docility and irrelevence, eh???
    (*Steve, is that a “civil” enough manner with which to describe bigotry?)
    And whats the big effin’ deal with this Caldwell thing? It really makes no sense to snivel and moan because our leaders are so weak, inept and corrupt that the military can manipulate them through psy-op efforts. Anyway, why break away from protocol, and use psy-ops instead of the tried, true, and tested age old tactic of simple bribery and political intimidation???? Such succesful techniques have put these lying corrupt pieces of shit in DC in the pockets of the military for a coupla centuries now. Whats a little psy-ops nudge gonna do, get them to piss away an extra trillion or so, on top of the trillions we already suck the military off with?
    Where is Steve’s indignation at the HUGE psy-ops effort being waged against the citizens of the United States by using fear, propaganda, and government controlled media entities to justify our current dangerous and bankrupting military adventures? Steve celebrates the likes of Harman or Wurmser, whose efforts have FAR FAR surpassed anything that Caldwell has contributed to the mass marketing of war, mayhem, and military expenditures of obscene amounts of taxpayers treasure. And what, if not for Caldwell’s efforts, Franken and Levin woulda magically been smooth feathered doves, going against the blood-sucking leadership of Clinton, Gates, or this posturing fake Obama? As if the denizens of DC require psychological manipulation to f*ck us out of our tax money by waging perpetual war against fictional foes?
    The “psy-ops” effort that Steve should be concerned about is the one he participates in almost daily, by willingly getting on the likes of MSNBC and ignoring the ommissions, selective outrage, and half truths of Rachel Maddow and her ilk. Or lauding, forgiving, and even ignoring the crimes of past Bush officials. Or ignoring the corrupt machinations of people such as Harman, who step into federal investigations to protect the interests of foreign entities, against our own best interests.
    “Psy-Ops”???? Just turn on your effin’ TV. Or tune in to the output of any of the agenda driven and so-called “Think Tanks”.

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  21. DonS says:

    drew, now you are not being logical. If this was such a legit request, why would there be such push back, smear and threats from the brass? Prompting an investigation from the military when it cant be hidden. I think I’d wait a bit to see how deep this thing goes before proclaiming not guilty (although, in the end such a ‘verdict’ may be forthcoming which, in and of itself, wouldn’t prove a whole lot either). “It’s legal if I say it’s legal”. Where have I heard that before (the Watergate breakin)?
    Interesting, this story brings out some very rare, but apparently important, commenters to defend something which, if true, is heinous and illegal, and if false . . . why bother? Oh, yeah, and the resident Firster.

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  22. Cee says:

    Another update on Davis
    American official Raymond Davis, arrested for double murder, had “close links” with Taliban and was “instrumental” in recruiting youths for it, the media here claimed on Tuesday, close on the heels of reports in the US that he was a CIA agent tracking movements of terror groups like LeT.
    The “close ties” of 37-year-old Davis, arrested in Lahore on January 27 for killing two men he claimed were trying to rob him, with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan came out during investigations, ‘The Express Tribune’ reported quoting an unnamed senior official of Punjab Police. “Davis was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taliban to fuel the bloody insurgency (in Pakistan),” the official said.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Did-Davis-double-cross-US-as-recruitment-point-man-for-Taliban/articleshow/7553226.cms

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  23. janinsanfran says:

    Why does anyone believe anything the US military tells them? The job of the institution is to perpetuate wars that give its bloated carcass a reason for being. It’s all lies.
    Didn’t we figure that out about 40 years ago?

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  24. bks says:

    Why is General Caldwell not facing a court martial?
    –bks

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  25. Cee says:

    A shiver went up my leg. Chris Matthews would understand.
    Questions,
    You need to get PAID! LOL!

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  26. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Speaking about slimey warmongers, (excepting Wurmser, of course), heres a must read about the P.O.SH*T Clinton…….
    http://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2011/02/23/the-push-of-conscience-and-secretary-clinton/

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  27. DonS says:

    “Both Reed and Levin denied they had been influenced by the effort, which may have been in violation of US law that forbids targeting US nationals with such propaganda campaigns.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/usmilitarycongressafghanistanreedlevin
    1) How would they know? If the outfit was good at what they did, they wouldn’t.
    2) Lt. Col. Holmes was apparently a person of responsibility and integrity, to go out of his way to question inappropriate orders. We could surmise he was good at what he did.

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  28. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Heres a fun one. The idiot commenters at the following link are accusing me of being a Jewish zionist troll.
    HAH!!!! Had you all fooled here, didn’t I?
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/02/19/falk-the-united-states-stands-alone-with-israel-in-the-un-security-council/comment-page-1/#comment-175593

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  29. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I’m still pushing for accountability for the Bush administrations WMD “pack of lies” PsyOps program run on the American people via the MSM every night before the invasion of Iraq”
    Haven’t you heard??? Criticism of those criminals is verboten here. Just scroll on down to the Wurmser thread. All criticism of Wurmser, even that devoid of profanity or incivility, was removed. So too was a post outlining his spouse’s history and affiliations.
    Yes, Caldwell may well be a villain here today, but give it a year or so, and he’s liable to be described as “honorable”, “civil”, and worthy of our admiration.

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  30. Cee says:

    Hey Russell,
    And you typed that with a straight finger? What people believed before the US attacked Iraq proves you wrong.
    Erich,
    Thanks for the update on Raymond Davis.

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  31. erichwwk says:

    Another counterpunch article worth a read is the one by Mike Whitney on Raymond Davis and the US role in Pakistan, Feb. 24, 2011.
    The last paragraph:
    “Despite the Obama administration’s efforts to derail the investigation, the case against Davis is going forward. Whether he is punished or not is irrelevant. This isn’t about Davis anyway. It’s a question of whether the US is working hand-in-hand with the very organizations that it publicly condemns in order to advance its global agenda. If that’s the case, then the war on terror is a fraud.”
    Previously it refered to the reports that:
    “CIA Spy” Raymond Davis was Giving Nuclear Bomb Material to Al-Qaeda, Says Report.”
    http://nuclearexportcontrols.blogspot.com/2011/02/cia-spy-raymond-davis-was-giving.html
    Pretty serious charges,that if true, from the nuclear export control blog, that makes the Caldwell deception and the Reischtag’s fire pale.
    ” ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English):”

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  32. drew says:

    @ Kathleen
    Wow, Scott Ritter? A convicted child molester as crucial information
    source? Really?
    I read the NYT story on this reputed scandal but I couldn’t find a
    scandal. The general was asking his G2 guys to give him dossiers
    on his visitors. The framing of the story “oooh ooooh psy ops”
    makes it sound like they are all manchurian men now.
    I refer people to the current Bill Donovan bio, just published. This
    guy Caldwell is a junior high home ec teacher by comparison.
    Donovan is an American legend and hero. This is a story in search
    of seven days of rage.

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  33. Russell Burgos says:

    Sound and fury almost certainly signifying very little.
    We are no more able to claim media effects via PSYOP than we are media effects through journalism — there are simply too many confounding variables. Unless someone is prepared to stand up and say, yes, Glenn Beck has convinced them that the Egyptian uprising that toppled Mubarak was part of a clever Obama plot to elevate the Muslim Brotherhood and create a global caliphate that would put Russia in charge of the Netherlands, then the soundest course of action is to assume this had no effect at all.
    I spoke with LTC Holmes, the officer in the story, this morning, and Sunday’s St. Petersburg (FL) Times will have a longer and more detailed piece.
    Given what we know, it’s over-reaching by a considerable degree to start shouting “illegal” and “treason” and the like. Among other things, it’s not at all clear that there is a violation of the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948.
    For some historical context, it’s worth remembering that modern military PSYOP was created by Roper, Gallup, Lazarsfeld, Lasswell, and Ogilvy (among others) in WWII and after — the same men who applied the same techniques to create public opinion surveys, the academic field of Communication Studies, and Madison Avenue.
    They can tell me the beer tastes great and is less filling, but I still don’t buy it.
    A few grains of salt are in order here.

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  34. Cee says:

    A conservative cop is wondering about this potential use of agitators in the crowd…..
    I’ve saw this during the WTO protest in Seattle. A man began to kick a window, stirred up others and later put plastic handcuffs on one fool who began to do the same thing.

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  35. DonS says:

    Steve, FWIW, my reaction to the apparent conversion of Sen. Franken and, particularly, Levin on their return from visiting Afghanistan was, frankly, surprise and confusion, based on the several accounts, including TWN.
    Since one of my career interests has been psychology, I can’t seem to avoid analyzing such reactions, including my own. As I recall, at the time, I got kind of a creepy mind-bending feeling (not exactly technical term, eh), and my thought pattern ran thus: “hmmm, maybe these guys have been read into some super secret strategy designed to lay the groundwork for bugging out”. I couldn’t believe in any straightforward explanation for such a volte face. Or perhaps, ” hmmm things are so very bad that they felt they had no choice but to follow the party line”.
    Anyway, this breaking story fits my own confused reaction, and perhaps yours, quite well.
    How many other rotten apples are seeded throughout the military? Move over Jerry Boykin, and the whole Air Force Academy chaplaincy.

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  36. questions says:

    Carl Levin, Official Target of the Afghan Psy-Ops responds:
    “In his statement, Levin also reaffirmed his commitment to to funding the Afghanistan war effort. He did not indicate whether he had been aware of any alleged “psy-ops” effort.
    “For years, I have strongly and repeatedly advocated for building up Afghan military capability because I believe only the Afghans can truly secure their nation’s future,” Levin said. “I have never needed any convincing on this point. Quite the opposite, my efforts have been aimed at convincing others of the need for larger, more capable Afghan security forces, and that we and NATO should send more trainers to Afghanistan, rather than more combat troops.””
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/2chambers/2011/02/carl_levin_pentagon_must_inves.html
    What he REALLY meant to say was:
    ‘When I was over there, I was in a room with many mirrors. And in each mirror there was a distorted image of me. Only it wasn’t distorted, it was really me. I WAS distorted. And then this curious young man appeared in only one of the mirrors. He kept staring at me. He gave me the evil eye. A shiver went up my leg. Chris Matthews would understand.
    ‘The shiver was accompanied by a belief. A sudden belief that we needed to stay in Afghanistan for a thousand generations of Bidens (oh, wait, that’s the wrong speech….) Anyway, the shiver had this thought with it. And as the shiver rose, so did the thought. And suddenly I cried out
    HALLELUJAH! I love me some more war!!!!!
    ‘And when I left the room of mirrors, I notices a stick poked into my left leg. I now realize it was blocking all my left thinking and only my rightwing nature could take flight. I was ready to kill all of Afghanistan to save it.’
    *******
    Hmmmm.

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  37. Cee says:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/stclair06122007.html
    At the top of the list was John Rendon, head of the D.C. firm, the Rendon Group. Rendon is one of Washington’s heaviest hitters, a Beltway fixer who never let political affiliation stand in the way of an assignment. Rendon served as a media consultant for Michael Dukakis and Jimmy Carter, as well as Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Whenever the Pentagon wanted to go to war, he offered his services at a price. During Desert Storm, Rendon pulled in $100,000 a month from the Kuwaiti royal family. He followed this up with a $23 million contract from the CIA to produce anti-Saddam propaganda in the region.
    As part of this CIA project, Rendon created and named the Iraqi National Congress and tapped his friend Ahmed Chalabi, the shady financier, to head the organization.
    Shortly after 9/11, the Pentagon handed the Rendon Group another big assignment: public relations for the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan. Rendon was also deeply involved in the planning and public relations for the pre-emptive war on Iraq, though both Rendon and the Pentagon refuse to disclose the details of the group’s work there.
    But it’s not hard to detect the manipulative hand of Rendon behind many of the Iraq war’s signature events, including the toppling of the Saddam statue (by U.S. troops and Chalabi associates) and videotape of jubilant Iraqis waving American flags as the Third Infantry rolled by them. Rendon had pulled off the same stunt in the first Gulf War, handing out American flags to Kuwaitis and herding the media to the orchestrated demonstration. “Where do you think they got those American flags?” clucked Rendon in 1991. “That was my assignment.”
    The Rendon Group may also have had played a role in pushing the phony intelligence that has now come back to haunt the Bush administration. In December of 2002, Robert Dreyfuss reported that the inner circle of the Bush White House preferred the intelligence coming from Chalabi and his associates to that being proffered by analysts at the CIA.
    So Rendon and his circle represented a new kind of off-the-shelf PSYOPs , the privatization of official propaganda. “I am not a national security strategist or a military tactician,” said Rendon. “I am a politician, and a person who uses communication to meet public policy or corporate policy objectives. In fact, I am an information warrior and a perception manager.”
    What exactly, is perception management? The Pentagon defines it this way: “actions to convey and/or deny selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives and objective reasoning.” In other words, lying about the intentions of the U.S. government. In a rare display of public frankness, the Pentagon actually let slip its plan (developed by Rendon) to establish a high-level den inside the Department Defense for perception management. They called it the Office of Strategic Influence and among its many missions was to plant false stories in the press.

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  38. questions says:

    Speaking of ops, even perhaps psy-ops, Walker rides again!!!!
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/24/949232/-Wisconsin:-Madison-police-chief-wants-Walker-to-explain-troubling-statements-#comments
    A conservative cop is wondering about this potential use of agitators in the crowd…..
    And here’s Huckabee the Compassionate Tolerant Dude(tm)
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/24/949166/-Mike-Huckabee-thinks-DOMA-decision-will-destroy-Obama-presidency
    File this under strange fuckin’ bedfellows.

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  39. questions says:

    Some questions!
    First, is this breaking now because the admin wants an out and so is using, ummmmm, PSY-OPS on Congress and the American public so that it can give us CHANGE we have been op-ped psy-ly to believe??
    Second, did they use acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, or herbs to get MCs to think that a WAR was a good thing?
    Third, did they somehow invent the fallacy of sunk costs?
    Fourth, did they create out of whole cloth the idea that terror bases in Afgh. were a significant concern?
    All these leading questions I’m asking are a way to wonder whether or not these psy-ops really could have done anything.
    Remember, the victims of this technique are not isolated in primitive prison camps. They are VIPs flown in, shown the place, flown out, returned to civilization where there is dissent, there are books and magazines and the web and staffers and dirty fuckin’ hippies and Steve Clemons and all sorts of resources that help people ask questions after experiences of intense psychological pressure.
    There are also defense contractors in the district. There are funds to raise. There are elections to win. There are potential challengers to scare off. There are votes to be cast. There’s the whole American public that sided with the war, but now is turning away.
    As the public turns, so too can the policy. But not really til that happens.
    This story may well help the public turn….
    BUT then there’s some poll out that Politico is running on, I picked it up at kos — nearly half of us actually think that the ACA was repealed!!!!!!!!!!
    We don’t know shit about shit!
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/24/949184/-Kaisers-Upsetting-New-Health-Care-Poll
    Kaiser conducted the poll.
    So how exactly could these psy-ops work on the system, given that they are really playing right into ignorant constituent preferences.
    Remember, political power exists ONLY as a coalescence of interests. As soon as we think otherwise, our “leaders” have no power over us at all.
    My honest guess is that psy-ops are right up there with AIPAC in genuine effect. Very limited, working better when interests seem to line up, and failing miserably when interests diverge.
    If constituents turn against Afgh. then no way is a member of Congress gonna fall for the military line.
    The psy-ops are a convenient excuse for voting for a war that people and defense contractors, the pres, and the terror-phobes all want.
    Besides, Americans love themselves some good wars once in a while.
    And besides, besides, what do we do with all the suddenly unemployed men and women during a recession? They could do the Egypt game, I guess, and make refrigerators and dishwashers….

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  40. Kathleen says:

    I’m still pushing for accountability for the Bush administrations WMD “pack of lies” PsyOps program run on the American people via the MSM every night before the invasion of Iraq.
    Not that all of us believed it. Some of us were listening to Amy Goodmans interviews with former weapons inspector Scott Ritter, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern etc etc. Some of us actually heard El Baradei come out in early March of 2003 and report that the Niger Documents were poorly done forgeries. Still waiting for those who created that PsyOps operation to be held accountable
    I am stupid enough to believe in justice. Not sure why?

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  41. Cee says:

    Ten years ago in Censored 2001 yearbook reported on how U.S. Army

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  42. Cee says:

    I asked him how his rather positive assessment could be true.
    What accounted for the dramatic change in circumstances between Senator Levin’s quite bright portrayal of trends in Afghanistan — as offered in part to them by General Stanley McChrystal’s tour guides — and McChrystal’s own quite bleak read just a few months ago?
    Way to go Steve!
    The media does this to the public all the time. Not long ago I read about them being in certain news rooms.

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