PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror:

“Officials at the Pentagon and other U.S. national security agencies said the CNN incident was not just an isolated feint — the type used throughout history by armies to deceive their enemies — but part of a broad effort under way within the Bush administration to use information to its advantage in the war on terrorism.”

If for some reason you thought BEFORE today that what you see on the news or read in the papers in the Unted States was the honest story, AFTER reading this you should know that it is not. And if you think this refers only to the “war on terror” (whatever that means), you should think again.

“The Pentagon in 2002 was forced to shutter its controversial Office of Strategic Influence (OSI), which was opened shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, after reports that the office intended to plant false news stories in the international media. But officials say that much of OSI’s mission — using information as a tool of war — has been assumed by other offices throughout the U.S. government.”

Like … maybe … this right-wing story that the UN’s “Oil-for-food” program was corrupt, and that the UN is corrupt, and that France and Germany were in on it?

A democracy depends on an informed citizenry. We shouldn’t even pretend anymore.

“These efforts have set off a fight inside the Pentagon over the proper use of information in wartime. Several top officials see a danger of blurring what are supposed to be well-defined lines between the stated mission of military public affairs — disseminating truthful, accurate information to the media and the American public — and psychological and information operations, the use of often misleading information and propaganda to influence the outcome of a campaign or battle.”