we the target

The BBC reports on US plans for information warfare – including readiness to “fight the net”.

Which is all eye opening in its way but nothing new to those familiar with the doctrine/psychosis of full spectrum dominance. But what struck this moose as cute were these comments about psychological warfare operations:

“Information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and Psyops, is increasingly consumed by our domestic audience,” it reads.

“Psyops messages will often be replayed by the news media for much larger audiences, including the American public,” it goes on.

The document’s authors acknowledge that American news media should not unwittingly broadcast military propaganda. “Specific boundaries should be established,” they write. But they don’t seem to explain how.

“In this day and age it is impossible to prevent stories that are fed abroad as part of psychological operations propaganda from blowing back into the United States – even though they were directed abroad,” says Kristin Adair of the National Security Archive.

While it is nice they say they shouldn’t really be deliberately misinforming their own people, it is useful to remember that information (and deliberate misinformation) can be a form of warfare, and receive official confirmation that we in the rest of the world, allies or not, are also the targets of that warfare. It makes evaluating presented data -like, say, the rationale for invading Iraq – a whole other game.

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  1.   chuck
    January 30th, 2006 | 11:37 am

    As a tag line “fight the net” for me conjures up images of Armitage’s former self, a microlight, a laser and the inevitable crash and burn (Neuromancer).

  2. May 4th, 2006 | 1:59 pm

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