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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Did a Top General Run Psy Ops on Senators? | Danger Room | Wired.com

Did a Top General Run Psy Ops on Senators? | Danger Room | Wired.com: "Aides to a prominent general are insisting that their boss didn’t run a psychological operation on members of Congress. But the e-mails they provided to Danger Room to back up their denials appear to reinforce the initial charges: that Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, head of training in Afghanistan, used propaganda personnel to “spin” visiting U.S. Senators.

It’s a potentially serious offense. If Caldwell did order the operation, it could violate a decades-old law called the Smith-Mundt Act, which forbids the government from targeting propaganda at American citizens. Caldwell’s boss, Gen. David Petraeus, announced on Thursday that he’ll investigate the “facts and circumstances” of a potentially improper use of information operations.

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