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Monday, December 13, 2004
Pentagon debates deception abroad:
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is engaged in bitter, high-level debate over how far it can and should go in managing or manipulating information to influence opinion abroad, senior Defense Department civilians and military officers say.

Such missions, if approved, could take the deceptive techniques endorsed for use on the battlefield to confuse an adversary and adopt them for covert propaganda campaigns aimed at neutral and even allied nations.

i find this interesting...it had seemed to me that the bush administration is so powerful, too powerful...considering that gw and his buds have absolutely no compunction about lying to the american public, why would there be any debate on this issue? hmm...purely academic i suppose, an exercise put on to represent the government as giving a good goddam?

Administration officials say they are increasingly troubled that a nation that can so successfully market its cars and colas around the world, even to foreigners hostile to American policies, is failing to sell its democratic ideals, even as the insurgents they are battling are spreading falsehoods over mass media outlets like the Arab news channel Al-Jazeera.

the debate was reportedly engendered by a secret directive that remains sealed from our eyes:

The fervent debate today is focused most directly on a secret order signed by Rumsfeld late last year and called "Information Operations Roadmap." The 74-page directive, which remains classified but was described by officials who had read it, accelerated "a plan to advance the goal of information operations as a core military competency."

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