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Militray mind controlling senators?

WASHINGTON – The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is ordering an investigation into charges that an army unit trained in psychological operations was improperly told to manipulate American senators to get more money and troops for the war.

A senator allegedly targeted said Thursday that he's confident there will be a review of the facts, but played down the idea that he was manipulated.

The staff of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, head of the effort to train Afghan security forces, ordered the information operations unit to compile profiles, voting records and other information on visiting lawmakers to leverage in a campaign to get more assistance, said a story Thursday on Rolling Stone's website. It says the campaign also improperly targeted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, and others.

Caldwell's office denied that the command used information operations cell to influence distinguished visitors. But a press statement from Kabul said that the commander of forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus would order a probe "based on the information" in the article.

But the episode underscores how murky the dividing line can be between information operations and public affairs officers — one the Pentagon has wrestled with in recent years as it struggled to win the hearts and minds of populations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Thursday that the probe will look at the actions taken by Caldwell and his staff and determine whether they were inappropriate or illegal.That distinction, he said, depends on the circumstances.

"It just depends on what it is they are doing. It's the actions not just the assignment," said Lapan. "It all depends on how the information is used. There is no blanket prohibition against having that information provided."

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:44 PM on Feb. 24, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:45 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • Wait, you can mind control people? Like make my husband wash his own dishes and take out the recycling instead of leaving it on the kitchen table in a pile?

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:55 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • i'm not sure what exactly the "miltary" is doing that is mind control?

    Answer by juliness at 2:00 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • This is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard!

    Answer by xxlilmomma09 at 2:05 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • This is just CRAZY!


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:05 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • Senator Murkowski is visiting JBER today........

    Look into my eyes......

    going crazy


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:12 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • tasches

    Answer by tasches at 2:17 PM on Feb. 24, 2011


    Answer by UpSheRises at 2:32 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • OP,

    Look how the DNC and Obama control your mind. They sure have you programed.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 2:32 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • what does obama have to do with a dumb article?

    Answer by juliness at 2:40 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

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