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 and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.
According to a Rolling Stones article, 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.
When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.
“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, 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.”
Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders.
In January 2001, Lieutenant General Caldwell’s command asked for another $2billion to train an additional 70,000 Afghan troops, on top of the $11billion already allocated for that purpose.
U.S. politicians are currently debating a $1.2trillion spending bill, which includes £158billion for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Looks like the Military Industrial Complex does run America.