Rolling Stone – Pentagon psy-ops team accused of targeting US senators
Pentagon psy-ops team accused of targeting US senators
25 Feb 2011 Allegations have surfaced that members of a psychological-operations team – known as psy-ops – were ordered to target American Senators and other dignitaries visiting the country to help to persuade them to provide new troops and money… The man in charge of psy-ops, Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Holmes, told a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine that he received orders to turn his focus on visiting politicians from Lieutenant-General William Caldwell, one of the top commanders in the country. “How do we get these guys to give us more people? What do I have to plant inside their heads?” the chief of staff to Lt-Gen Caldwell purportedly asked Lt-Col Holmes.
Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators
By Michael Hastings 23 Feb 2011 The U.S. 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. The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops — the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as “information operations” at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell.