April 27th, 2008

Pentagon Black Propaganda Scandal… Covered by the BBC in 2002.

Above, George Orwell!

Turns out it’s old news:

The Pentagon is toying with the idea of black propaganda.

As part of George Bush’s war on terrorism, the military is thinking of planting propaganda and misleading stories in the international media.

A new department has been set up inside the Pentagon with the Orwellian title of the Office of Strategic Influence.

It is well funded, is being run by a general and its aim is to influence public opinion abroad.

Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has asked a team of lawyers to check the proposals’ legality.

The Pentagon is forbidden from spreading black propaganda in the American media, but there is nothing to stop an American newspaper picking up a story carried abroad.

The Pentagon is well versed in what it calls “psyops”, dropping leaflets and using radio broadcasts to undermine enemy morale.

But these kind of activities have always been confined to the battlefield, such as Afghanistan.

Using covert tactics on media outlets of friendly countries is much more controversial.

Well i’ll be jiggered.


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