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U.S. ARMY uses PSYOPS on it’s own SENATORS!! BREAKING NEWS FEB 24, 2011

The U.S. army reportedly deployed a specialized “psychological operations” team to help convince American legislators to boost funding and troop numbers for the war in Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, ordered the operation, Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a story published late on Wednesday.

An officer in charge of the unit objected when he was ordered to pressure the visiting senators and was harshly reprimanded by superiors, according to the magazine.

“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” the officer, Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, told Rolling Stone.

“I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line,” he added.

Gen. David Petraeus has called for an investigation into charges, NBC News reported.

On the msnbc’s “Morning Joe” program Wednesday, NBC News Senior Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski reported that officials both in Washington and Afghanistan had been “scrambling” to come up with a response to the allegations.

Miklaszewski also pointed out that using such tactics on U.S. citizens is against regulations and not to be done under any circumstances.

Among those targeted were senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin, as well as Representative Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee, the report said. The team also allegedly targeted Admiral Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

‘Very serious and disturbing’
One of the lawmakers, Sen. Reed, told msnbc’s Chris Jansing that he found the accusations “very serious and disturbing” and said the Pentagon should investigate, and if warranted, punish those involved.

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..The Rhode Island Democrat, who is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former U.S. Army Ranger, said he’s been to Afghanistan 11 times and has tried to get a “broad view” of the situation on the ground by seeking out many different sources.

He said he never detected anything unusual when speaking to military personnel, but stressed that he weighs carefully what everyone has told him and doesn’t put too much stock into any one individual.

According to Holmes, he and his four-man team arrived in Afghanistan at the end of 2009 in order to determine the effects of American propaganda on Afghans and the Taliban, the magazine reported.

Soon, though, Caldwell ordered the unit to gather profiles of visiting dignitaries, including their likes and dislikes and “hot-button issues,” the magazine reported.

Holmes was asked how the general could secretly manipulate the lawmakers, Rolling Stone said.

“How do we get these guys to give us more people?” Caldwell asked, according to the magazine. “What do I have to plant inside their heads?”

U.S. law bars the military from using psy-ops on Americans, and every defense authorization bill explicitly prohibits the manipulation, the magazine reported.

“Everyone in the psy-ops, intel … knows you’re not supposed to target Americans,” a veteran member of similar team told Rolling Stone. “It’s what you learn on day one.”

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  1. lolz the leftwing loons at Rolling Stone hate the U.S. military
    anything liberal scum can find to try and smear the military and make America look bad they'll jump right on it

  2. @frictionRx9 I think the military/gov't doesn't need any help to look bad….they are doing a pretty good job at that themselves!!

  3. @36arista lolz your reply tells me all I need to know about you
    you leftwing loons will always stand against America before you stand against it's enemies
    you'll always blame America before you ever blame it's enemies

  4. @frictionRx9 What's sickening is the lack of accountability. We have no one to blame but ourselves. We play the blame game so well that we make enemies out of everyone. Even ourselves. Whatever happened to being united? We can't let sick individuals like this Lt. General mess with our freedoms, man! He is not America! But, if we let people like this infiltrate our democracy, they can F it up for the rest of us. I love America and want us to be the best we can be…not sick and twisted.

  5. jim mick – lih – shev – ski is one of the best known and hardest questioners of authority the MSM has left – maybe show you've heard of the guy

  6. "PsyOps" SOUNDS way cooler than it actually is, you know. People usually think about The Men Who Stare at Goats and telepathy… but its really more of building schools and spewing propaganda in at-risk countries. I know this because I affiliate with psychological operators quite often.

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