In a shocking admission, the Pentagon concedes that "psychological warfare" messages intended to target foreign enemies are hitting the American people themselves, according to a 78-page Pentagon document obtained by an organization called the the National Security Archive via a Freedom of Information Act request.
Of course, a senior adviser to Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld, Larry Di Rita, according to an Associated Press article, says that since October 2003, when the document was signed, the Pentagon has come to understand the "importance" of creating "'firewalls' between the military's psychological warfare operations and its public affairs efforts, which are intended to be truthful at all times." Ah, blessed assurance.
The document opens with a signed section by Donald Rumsfeld.
According to the National Security Archive, the document says that the Pentagon shouldn't explicitly target Americans with psychological warfare messages, but beyond that, "any leakage of PSYOPS [(psychological operations)] to the American public does not matter."
The National Security Archive and I both beg to differ. "Leaking" PSYOP propaganda--by definition a weapon of war--towards the American people certainly does matter. By definition, PSYOP propaganda is a weapon of war, and like the poisonous "juice of cursed hebenon" poured into King Hamlet's ear, subtly deadly.
I find this abhorrent.
First, almost every republic the world has seen traveled a road to ruin paved with so-called good intentions. A political body guard for Rumsfeld telling us the Pentagon intends to be truthful with us, the citizens of the U.S., who surrender 48% of every tax dollar taken from our paychecks to the military isn't good enough. The military--the Pentagon--works for me, not the other way around, and I don't want them to intend to tell the truth, I want a guarantee that they always will, and always prove that they do so.
Secondly, it has already been revealed that the Pentagon lies readily: about torture, about civilian casualty figures--which they did not even record during the Iraqi invasion, about details of flight interception possibilities on the morning of September 11, 2001, about many things. Therefore, an assurance that the Pentagon has "learned" something since October 2003 ought to make one wonder what manner of lies we were fed before then, before all this "learning" took place. (Who, or what occurrences, gave the Pentagon its new remedial lessons?)
I urge you to contact your members of Congress and urge them to demand an investigation into the Pentagon's allowance for psychological warfare "leaks" against the American people.