Question of the day: Can you possibly be paranoid enough?

The reporter whose story for Rolling Stone forced the resignation of former Gen. Stanley McChrystal has a new story out, this time focusing on what he calls “psyops” employed against elected officials by yet another “runaway general.”

However, when told to target high-profile individuals such as Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Al Franken (D-MN), Carl Levin (D-MI) and even Adm. Mike Mullen — one unit resisted, citing federal law that information warfare not be used against Americans.

“At minimum,” Hastings writes, “the use of the [information operations] team against U.S. senators was a misue of vital resources designed to combat the enemy.”

The report added that documents provided to the magazine showed the operations cost taxpayers over $6 million.

Those that resisted, the report said, were targeted for retaliation.

3 thoughts on “Psy-ops

  1. Now I finally, FINALLY, understand how Sarah Palin got to be taken seriously by people in this country. There can be no other explanation.

  2. So they made the mistake of actually using psy-ops personnel instead of rechristening them as “Public Information Officers?” This is window dressing. The military has always laid out the scene backdrops of Potemkin villages for inspection by high pay-grade civilians. In 1968, Mitt Romney’s dad, then Michigan’s governor, said the US Army “gave me the bigggest brainwashing I’ve ever had,” after a tour of Vietnam.

    It was true. But it was a poor choice of words. It torpedoed his candidacy for Republican nominee for president, and Nixon became the favorite.

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