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Michael Hastings writes: "The US Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in 'psychological operations' to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned - and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators."

Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi directs Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV to a security post in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 01/04/11. (photo: Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr./USAF)
Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi directs Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV to a security post in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 01/04/11. (photo: Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr./USAF)

Another runaway General? Michael Hastings, whose Rolling Stone article took down General Stanley McChrystal, now exposes a General who ordered his psychological operations unit to illegally produce dossiers on US officials in advance of their trips to Afghanistan. -- smg/RSN

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+8 # Archie1954 2011-02-24 12:45
I think everyone should be considering how vulnerable and easily persuaded the senators were. Do you think perchance they are brainwashed and not responsible for their own actions? Do you think they should resign as being a danger to democracy? Are they now psyops plants in the heart of the Senate? Maybe psychological testing is required and very soon.
 
 
+14 # Bruce Gruber 2011-02-24 12:57
Anyone surprised??!
 
 
+8 # DS 2011-02-24 13:54
Not I.
 
 
+8 # giraffe 2011-02-24 13:36
They should be "resigned" - and are as guilty as Bush/Cheney/ etc for getting us into these wars and MISHANDLING the wars once started.

Furthermore -- get the $$$ out of running our government. These elected officials who make "rulings" to profit a few is not democratic.
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U.S. Supremes MUST repeal their stupid decision to allow big corp "buy" our elections. No corp is and ndivicual. How stupid do you think we are? I'm talkling to Scalia/Thomas -- resign your seats (You are in bed with the Koch brothers)
 
 
+11 # DaveM 2011-02-24 13:43
It is within the authority of our Senate to investigate, bring charges against, and bring to trial any government employee who has violated Federal law. Perhaps now would be a good time?
 
 
+10 # granny 2011-02-24 13:48
I thought we elected a different president, a man who would not continue the high crimes and misdemeanors of little George, big Dick and their gangs of thugs.
 
 
+5 # genierae 2011-02-24 13:57
It seems to me to be a race between mind control and consciousness-r aising, and it should not be taken lightly. That's why it is so important for news outlets to be fair and balanced. If the American people have all the information they need to make their decisions, then the propaganda onslaught by the corporate Republicans will not make a dent.

Truth. First, last and always. Truth.
 
 
+3 # X Dane 2011-02-25 03:31
genierae, That is the BIG problem. We need the truth; but we are not getting it. We get spin, with a few exceptions. Rachel Maddows on MSNBC. She does a good job of informing without spinning. She is highly educated, is a road scholar, a doctor. You can trust what she says. She even has a sense of humor
 
 
-1 # genierae 2011-02-26 11:00
X Dane: I agree that Rachel Maddow is very smart, and very progressive. I really enjoy her show, and I think that she will go far. I also like Cenk Uygur and Ed Schultz. They seem to be honest progressives and I often wonder how the big shots at MSNBC can stomach their truth-telling. I guess we will see how long they last.
 
 
0 # Bruce Gruber 2011-02-25 09:57
There is NOTHING "fair and balanced" about presenting lies and propaganda back to back and there is nothing reasonable about giving equal weight in presenting fiction/propaga nda and factual presentations as equals. Truth has become the claim of the mob listening to the clamor of loudspeakers in the streets and repeated endlessly from entertainment divisions of multinational media/military conglomerates from GE to disney.
 
 
0 # genierae 2011-02-26 10:56
Mr. Gruber: Rest assured that I am not stupid enough to think that our corporate media is "fair and balanced". I was speaking in the abstract, about what should be, not what is. I do watch MSNBC's evening progressive shows, but I am well aware that these programs can disappear overnight, just as Keith Olbermann's did. I watch Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, and BBC America, to get a fresh outlook on the news, and I do my own thinking always.
 
 
+4 # Simone 2011-02-24 14:33
Let's just send all those clowns in Washington to fight the war.
 
 
+6 # Pat Tibbs 2011-02-24 14:56
This is outrageous. Lt. Gen. Caldwell should be cashiered immediately.
 
 
+6 # angelfish 2011-02-24 15:22
Ah, Manchurian Candidates all? Pretty scary stuff, I think. If our Senators can be this easily manipulated, you can already SEE how the Hard Right Wing of ReTHUGlican Mega-Wealthy Koch Bros. et al; can hold such sway with the Tea Partiers. Anybody see a correlation with the Governor of Wisconsin's tactics? Hmmmm? The Rogue Military personnel need to answer these charges NOW.
 
 
+12 # banichiI 2011-02-24 15:25
This just keeps getting better and better. (sarcasm) After Taibbi's article on Why The Banks Aren't In Jail, I thought I had seen the worst. What next? Here's a graphic illustration of the misuse of power by the MICC (Military Industrial Congressional Complex). But will anything come of it? Will Caldwell be kicked out, even? Or will it turn into another coverup, sweeping it all under the rug?

Rolling Stone has turned into one of the last remaining sources of good journalism, and I applaud them.

I guess the next question for me is when someone is going to blow the cover off the Supreme Court so loudly and largely that Scalia and Thomas have to resign.
 
 
+1 # X Dane 2011-02-24 23:53
That is surely my fervent wish banichil/
Scalia, Thomas AND Alito too, for Alito absolutely lied when he was questioned by the Senate, before his confirmation.
there should be consequenses for lying to congress, it is serious matters.

Cakdwell will be fired, no doubt in my mind. (And he should not be the only one) What HE did was much, much worse than Mc Chrystal shooting of his mouth.
This guy was using OLD SOVJET style tactics on senators to continue a war that needs to be wound down, not ratcheted up.
Personally I think the military has been running the show for years. they have a way of intimidating senators. I have seen that on many congressional hearings.
You learn a lot watching C SPAN.

When you see SOME of the eanators and representatives in action you are dumbfounded that such idiots run the country. No wonder we are in trouble.
 
 
+5 # DPM 2011-02-24 21:21
It is time to end our Mid-East adventures. Bring the military back home. Put the people and money to better use. Let Haliburton, et al, hire their own protection.
 
 
+1 # minkdumink 2011-02-25 05:29
all the weirdness you can want at 2 billion a week.americans are idiots.
 
 
-1 # MindControlisScience 2011-02-25 19:03
At least they're not reporting symptoms of Silent Sound, like smashing bottles with no glass, and wicked whispers voice-to-skull.

There's plenty more wierdness in the potential Psy-Ops bag of tricks. What do you think they spend most of their Black Ops. (off-budget) on, redundant nuclear weapon #1,000,000,000, 001? C'mon now, we're not still in the 1950s.
 

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