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Politics: Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-ops On U.S. Senators, Rolling Stone - 2/23/11

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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.

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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.


Full article - http://m.rollingstone.com/?redirurl=%2Fpol...nators-20110223

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Anthony Shaffer - "I ran an Info Ops team at the national level in the early 2000s...and met with the NSC twice on an operation that had the potential side effect of influencing/manipulating members of Congress...so this is no small issue...this is not simply putting on the best dog and ponie show...the USG spends a whole lot of money teaching people like me to use techniques to manipulate thinking as to achieve specific results...and they are intended for use against our adversaries, not our own system...that is why there is a law against it."
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Ain't it amazing, how bold those fuckers are? But they got the power because they've been trained it, and they don't have the morals to NOT use it on american citizens.

Hopefully this incident will help expose the 24/7 deception practiced by the goverenment and its media.
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Is anyone really surprized.??

I was under the impression that the Defense Contractors and Lobbyist treated the Senators to the finest country clubs and stuffed thier campaign chest with lots of money..

I know one Senator who isnt a Stooge for These Evil People.... Bernie Sanders..
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Petraeus Orders Probe After Accusations Army Commander Tried to Manipulate Senators for Afghan War Support

Published February 24, 2011

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This is getting way past out of control. Are there no patriots
left that remember their Oath ?

Guess none of these fuckers remember this ?

I________ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that i will support and defend
the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,
that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, so help me God.


Anyone remember Posse Comitatus ?
Im pretty certain that Congress didnt agree to be the
target of Psychological Warfare by our military.
A violation of our laws by an epic proportion.
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QUOTE (rob balsamo @ Feb 24 2011, 03:47 PM) *

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 Runaway General: The Rolling Stone Profile of Stanley McChrystal That Changed History

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.


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Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators
http://assets.rollingstone.com/assets/imag...00x306/main.jpg

Sen. John McCain walks with Lt. Gen. William Caldwell at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 6, 2009.
Senior Airman Brian Ybarbo/U.S. Air Force (Homepage image: AP)

By Michael Hastings
February 23, 2011 11:55 PM ET

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 Runaway General: The Rolling Stone Profile of Stanley McChrystal That Changed History
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/...eneral-20100622

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," says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. "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."

Photos: Psy-Ops and the General
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The list of targeted visitors was long, according to interviews with members of the IO team and internal documents obtained by Rolling Stone. Those singled out in the campaign included senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin; Rep. Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee; Adm. Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Czech ambassador to Afghanistan; the German interior minister, and a host of influential think-tank analysts.

The incident offers an indication of just how desperate the U.S. command in Afghanistan is to spin American civilian leaders into supporting an increasingly unpopular war. According to the Defense Department's own definition, psy-ops – the use of propaganda and psychological tactics to influence emotions and behaviors – are supposed to be used exclusively on "hostile foreign groups." Federal law forbids the military from practicing psy-ops on Americans, and each defense authorization bill comes with a "propaganda rider" that also prohibits such manipulation. "Everyone in the psy-ops, intel, and IO community knows you're not supposed to target Americans," says a veteran member of another psy-ops team who has run operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "It's what you learn on day one."

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When Holmes and his four-man team arrived in Afghanistan in November 2009, their mission was to assess the effects of U.S. propaganda on the Taliban and the local Afghan population. But the following month, Holmes began receiving orders from Caldwell's staff to direct his expertise on a new target: visiting Americans. At first, the orders were administered verbally. According to Holmes, who attended at least a dozen meetings with Caldwell to discuss the operation, the general wanted the IO unit to do the kind of seemingly innocuous work usually delegated to the two dozen members of his public affairs staff: compiling detailed profiles of the VIPs, including their voting records, their likes and dislikes, and their "hot-button issues." In one email to Holmes, Caldwell's staff also wanted to know how to shape the general's presentations to the visiting dignitaries, and how best to "refine our messaging."

Congressional delegations – known in military jargon as CODELs – are no strangers to spin. U.S. lawmakers routinely take trips to the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they receive carefully orchestrated briefings and visit local markets before posing for souvenir photos in helmets and flak jackets. Informally, the trips are a way for generals to lobby congressmen and provide first-hand updates on the war. But what Caldwell was looking for was more than the usual background briefings on senators. According to Holmes, the general wanted the IO team to provide a "deeper analysis of pressure points we could use to leverage the delegation for more funds." The general's chief of staff also asked Holmes how Caldwell could secretly manipulate the U.S. lawmakers without their knowledge. "How do we get these guys to give us more people?" he demanded. "What do I have to plant inside their heads?"

According to experts on intelligence policy, asking a psy-ops team to direct its expertise against visiting dignitaries would be like the president asking the CIA to put together background dossiers on congressional opponents. Holmes was even expected to sit in on Caldwell's meetings with the senators and take notes, without divulging his background. "Putting your propaganda people in a room with senators doesn't look good," says John Pike, a leading military analyst. "It doesn't pass the smell test. Any decent propaganda operator would tell you that."

At a minimum, the use of the IO team against U.S. senators was a misuse of vital resources designed to combat the enemy; it cost American taxpayers roughly $6 million to deploy Holmes and his team in Afghanistan for a year. But Caldwell seemed more eager to advance his own career than to defeat the Taliban. "We called it Operation Fourth Star," says Holmes. "Caldwell seemed far more focused on the Americans and the funding stream than he was on the Afghans. We were there to teach and train the Afghans. But for the first four months it was all about the U.S. Later he even started talking about targeting the NATO populations." At one point, according to Holmes, Caldwell wanted to break up the IO team and give each general on his staff their own personal spokesperson with psy-ops training.

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It wasn't the first time that Caldwell had tried to tear down the wall that has historically separated public affairs and psy-ops – the distinction the military is supposed to maintain between "informing" and "influencing." After a stint as the top U.S. spokesperson in Iraq, the general pushed aggressively to expand the military's use of information operations. During his time as a commander at Ft. Leavenworth, Caldwell argued for exploiting new technologies like blogging and Wikipedia – a move that would widen the military's ability to influence the public, both foreign and domestic. According to sources close to the general, he also tried to rewrite the official doctrine on information operations, though that effort ultimately failed. (In recent months, the Pentagon has quietly dropped the nefarious-sounding moniker "psy-ops" in favor of the more neutral "MISO" – short for Military Information Support Operations.)

Under duress, Holmes and his team provided Caldwell with background assessments on the visiting senators, and helped prep the general for his high-profile encounters. But according to members of his unit, Holmes did his best to resist the orders. Holmes believed that using his team to target American civilians violated the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which was passed by Congress to prevent the State Department from using Soviet-style propaganda techniques on U.S. citizens. But when Holmes brought his concerns to Col. Gregory Breazile, the spokesperson for the Afghan training mission run by Caldwell, the discussion ended in a screaming match. "It's not illegal if I say it isn't!" Holmes recalls Breazile shouting.

In March 2010, Breazile issued a written order that "directly tasked" Holmes to conduct an IO campaign against "all DV visits" – short for "distinguished visitor." The team was also instructed to "prepare the context and develop the prep package for each visit." In case the order wasn't clear enough, Breazile added that the new instructions were to "take priority over all other duties." Instead of fighting the Taliban, Holmes and his team were now responsible for using their training to win the hearts and minds of John McCain and Al Franken.

On March 23rd, Holmes emailed the JAG lawyer who handled information operations, saying that the order made him "nervous." The lawyer, Capt. John Scott, agreed with Holmes. "The short answer is that IO doesn't do that," Scott replied in an email. "[Public affairs] works on the hearts and minds of our own citizens and IO works on the hearts and minds of the citizens of other nations. While the twain do occasionally intersect, such intersections, like violent contact during a soccer game, should be unintentional."

In another email, Scott advised Holmes to seek his own defense counsel. "Using IO to influence our own folks is a bad idea," the lawyer wrote, "and contrary to IO policy."

In a statement to Rolling Stone, a spokesman for Caldwell "categorically denies the assertion that the command used an Information Operations Cell to influence Distinguished Visitors." But after Scott offered his legal opinion, the order was rewritten to stipulate that the IO unit should only use publicly available records to create profiles of U.S. visitors. Based on the narrower definition of the order, Holmes and his team believed the incident was behind them.

Three weeks after the exchange, however, Holmes learned that he was the subject of an investigation, called an AR 15-6. The investigation had been ordered by Col. Joe Buche, Caldwell's chief of staff. The 22-page report, obtained by Rolling Stone, reads like something put together by Kenneth Starr. The investigator accuses Holmes of going off base in civilian clothes without permission, improperly using his position to start a private business, consuming alcohol, using Facebook too much, and having an "inappropriate" relationship with one of his subordinates, Maj. Laural Levine. The investigator also noted a joking comment that Holmes made on his Facebook wall, in response to a jibe about Afghan men wanting to hold his hand. "Hey! I've been here almost five months now!" Holmes wrote. "Gimmee a break a man has needs you know."

"LTC Holmes' comments about his sexual needs," the report concluded, "are even more distasteful in light of his status as a married man."

Both Holmes and Levine maintain that there was nothing inappropriate about their relationship, and said they were waiting until after they left Afghanistan to start their own business. They and other members of the team also say that they had been given permission to go off post in civilian clothes. As for Facebook, Caldwell's command had aggressively encouraged its officers to the use the site as part of a social-networking initiative – and Holmes ranked only 15th among the biggest users.

Nor was Holmes the only one who wrote silly things online. Col. Breazile's Facebook page, for example, is spotted with similar kinds of nonsense, including multiple references to drinking alcohol, and a photo of a warning inside a Port-o-John mocking Afghans – "In case any of you forgot that you are supposed to sit on the toilet and not stand on it and squat. It's a safety issue. We don't want you to fall in or miss your target." Breazile now serves at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he works in the office dedicated to waging a global information war for the Pentagon.

Following the investigation, both Holmes and Levine were formally reprimanded. Holmes, believing that he was being targeted for questioning the legality of waging an IO campaign against U.S. visitors, complained to the Defense Department's inspector general. Three months later, he was informed that he was not entitled to protection as a whistleblower, because the JAG lawyer he consulted was not "designated to receive such communications."

Levine, who has a spotless record and 19 service awards after 16 years in the military, including a tour of duty in Kuwait and Iraq, fears that she has become "the collateral damage" in the military's effort to retaliate against Holmes. "It will probably end my career," she says. "My father was an officer, and I believed officers would never act like this. I was devastated. I've lost my faith in the military, and I couldn't in good conscience recommend anyone joining right now."

After being reprimanded, Holmes and his team were essentially ignored for the rest of their tours in Afghanistan. But on June 15th, the entire Afghan training mission received a surprising memo from Col. Buche, Caldwell's chief of staff. "Effective immediately," the memo read, "the engagement in information operations by personnel assigned to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan is strictly prohibited." From now on, the memo added, the "information operation cell" would be referred to as the "Information Engagement cell." The IE's mission? "This cell will engage in activities for the sole purpose of informing and educating U.S., Afghan and international audiences…." The memo declared, in short, that those who had trained in psy-ops and other forms of propaganda would now officially be working as public relations experts – targeting a worldwide audience.

As for the operation targeting U.S. senators, there is no way to tell what, if any, influence it had on American policy. What is clear is that in January 2011, Caldwell's command asked the Obama administration for another $2 billion to train an additional 70,000 Afghan troops – an initiative that will already cost U.S. taxpayers more than $11 billion this year. Among the biggest boosters in Washington to give Caldwell the additional money? Sen. Carl Levin, one of the senators whom Holmes had been ordered to target.


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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41753749/ns/wo...d_central_asia/
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Report: Army targeted US senators with psy-ops
General sought to manipulate VIPs in order to elicit more funding, troops, according to Rolling Stone article



Lt. Gen. William Caldwell ordered a specialized "psychological operations" team to manipulate dignitaries visiting Afghanistan and convince them to boost funding and troop numbers, Rolling Stone reports.
The U.S. army reportedly deployed a specialized "psychological operations" team in 2009 to help convince American legislators to boost funding and troop numbers for the war in Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, ordered the operation, Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a story published late on Wednesday.

An officer in charge of the unit objected when he was ordered to pressure the visiting senators and was harshly reprimanded by superiors, according to the magazine.

"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," the officer, Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, told Rolling Stone.

"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," he added.

Gen. David Petraeus has called for an investigation into charges, NBC News reported.

On the msnbc's "Morning Joe" program Thursday, NBC News Senior Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski reported that officials both in Washington and Afghanistan had been "scrambling" to come up with a response to the allegations.

Miklaszewski also pointed out that using such tactics on U.S. citizens is against regulations and not to be done under any circumstances.

Among those targeted were senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin, as well as Representative Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee, the report said. The team also allegedly targeted Admiral Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Video: Officer on psy-ops order: 'We weren't gonna do it' (on this page) Levin pointed out Thursday that he has long been in favor of building up Afghan forces.

"For years, I have strongly and repeatedly advocated for building up Afghan military capability because I believe only the Afghans can truly secure their nation's future," Levin said in a statement. "I have never needed any convincing on this point. Quite the opposite, my efforts have been aimed at convincing others of the need for larger, more capable Afghan security forces, and that we and NATO should send more trainers to Afghanistan, rather than more combat troops."

'Very serious and disturbing'
One of the lawmakers, Sen. Reed, told msnbc's Chris Jansing that he found the accusations "very serious and disturbing" and said the Pentagon should investigate, and if warranted, punish those involved.

The Rhode Island Democrat, who is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former U.S. Army Ranger, said he's been to Afghanistan 11 times and has tried to get a "broad view" of the situation on the ground by seeking out many different sources.

He said he never detected anything unusual when speaking to military personnel, but stressed that he weighs carefully what everyone has told him and doesn't put too much stock into any one individual.

According to Holmes, he and his four-man team arrived in Afghanistan at the end of 2009 in order to determine the effects of American propaganda on Afghans and the Taliban, the magazine reported.

Soon, though, Caldwell ordered the unit to gather profiles of visiting dignitaries, including their likes and dislikes and "hot-button issues," the magazine reported.

Holmes was asked how the general could secretly manipulate the lawmakers, Rolling Stone said.

"How do we get these guys to give us more people?" Caldwell asked, according to the magazine. "What do I have to plant inside their heads?"

U.S. law bars the military from using psy-ops on Americans, and every defense authorization bill explicitly prohibits the manipulation, the magazine reported.

"Everyone in the psy-ops, intel ... knows you're not supposed to target Americans," a veteran member of similar team told Rolling Stone. "It's what you learn on day one."
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QUOTE (rob balsamo @ Feb 25 2011, 01:43 AM) *
Petraeus Orders Probe After Accusations Army Commander Tried to Manipulate Senators for Afghan War Support

Published February 24, 2011
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Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/24.../#ixzz1ExEXgCuK


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Petraeus Orders Probe After Accusations Army Commander Tried to Manipulate Senators for Afghan War Support

Published February 24, 2011
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AP- Feb. 12: U.S. Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, the commander
of NATO’s mission to train Afghan policemen and soldiers Kabul, speaks
during an interview with The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Gen. David Petraeus has ordered an investigation into claims that a
top Army official instructed a military team to manipulate visiting U.S.
dignitaries using "psychological operations" so they would approve more
resources for the Afghanistan war.

Rolling Stone reported that the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell,
who is in charge of training Afghan troops, tried to tap members of the
military's "information operations" unit to use their skills on
visiting senators and congressmen, among others. The goal, according to
the article, was to convince the officials to provide more troops and
money.

A spokesman for Caldwell said the story was "absolutely false." Asked
whether Caldwell or his staff used the psychological tactics against
visiting senators, the spokesman said, "absolutely not."

Two senators also played down suggestions they were manipulated to support the war effort.

But Fox News spoke with the accuser, Lt. Col. Michael Holmes, who
stood by his allegations. He said he was "badgered" for months to get
information on senators and other visitors.

"It was, 'What are these people wanting from us? What is it that we
can tell them that will get them to give us more resources, more people,
more money ... make them vote our way in Congress' essentially?" Holmes
told Fox News. He said he got a written "directive" from Caldwell's
office to find out what dignitaries "did for us" and what "we need to do
next time in order to make things better."

He told Fox News the military has since retaliated against him by
putting out "spurious information," but stood by his claim that the
military had asked his unit to do something that was "over the line." He
added that the order did not come from Caldwell himself, but from his
chief of staff.

Responding to accusations by military officials that he had an "ax to grind," Holmes said:

"Do I have an ax to grind? Yeah. But the ax is this. If they can do
this to a lieutenant colonel, what are they doing to the sergeants out
there? I have a lot of education and training. ... I knew where to go
and what the rules were and weren't."

Petraeus' office issued a brief statement Thursday morning saying the
Afghanistan commander has ordered an investigation "to determine the
facts and circumstances surrounding the issue."

Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Thursday that the
investigation will seek to determine whether the actions taken were
inappropriate or illegal.

Lapan, while not offering any denial of the claims made in the
article, said it's not unusual for "psy-ops" personnel to be asked to do
things outside their normal duties. For instance, it would not be
inappropriate for Caldwell to ask one of the officers in the unit to get
data on visiting congressional delegations. The critical question
concerns what information was being gathered and how it was intended to
be used.

Speaking to the general's character, current and former U.S. military
officers who worked with Caldwell said he is an example of a modern
Army officer who was trying to bring the Army's "strategic
communications" into the 21st century, encouraging the units he
commanded at Ft. Leavenworth, the Army's premier training facility, to
use social media, blogging and Wikipedia as part of their efforts to
shape their message. Defense Secretary Robert Gates praised Caldwell
just last week for his efforts training Afghan forces.

"If you had to line up the smartest guys in the Army, he'd be at the
top of the list. He gets 'communications'," said an Army public affairs
officer familiar with Caldwell.

The Rolling Stone article centered on allegations by Holmes, a leader
of the "information operations" unit. He said Caldwell was looking for
more than typical background information about visiting senators. Holmes
told the magazine the office wanted a "deeper analysis of pressure
points we could use to leverage the delegation for more funds."

A senior U.S. military official whose unit deals with "psy-ops" told
Fox News Holmes was not officially trained by the Army in this kind of
warfare.

Holmes, in the interview with Fox News, acknowledged "psychological
operations" was not his specialty -- but he said it's part of what his
team works with.

Holmes, a member of the Texas National Guard, has a strategic
communications firm in Dallas, Texas named SyzygyLogos LLC, which he
runs with his business partner Laural Levine, who served with him as an
Army major in Afghanistan and is mentioned in the Rolling Stone
article.

According to the magazine article, when Holmes' unit first arrived in
November 2009, the team believed their mission was to evaluate the
effects of U.S. propaganda on the Taliban and local population.

Holmes claimed he resisted the order to gather information on Americans and told the magazine his unit was retaliated against.

According to the article, Holmes later became the subject of an
investigation, which cited him for, among other things, going off base
in civilian clothes and drinking alcohol. A timeline of events provided
to Fox News by a senior U.S. military official showed that in March
2010, a lawyer looking into the legality of the directive to Holmes
found information suggesting Holmes may have been engaged in an
inappropriate relationship with another officer, identified in the
article as Levine. Holmes denied the charge. The lawyer also noted the
two went off post in civilian clothes to consume alcohol.

Those reportedly singled out in the "information operations" campaign
included Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Jack Reed,
D-R.I.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; and Carl Levin, D-Mich. Other diplomats
and think-tank analysts were also targeted, according to the article.

The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 was passed by Congress to prevent the
State Department from using propaganda techniques against U.S.
citizens.


Levin, in a statement Thursday, said he has long supported a troop buildup among Afghan forces.

"For years, I have strongly and repeatedly advocated for building up
Afghan military capability because I believe only the Afghans can truly
secure their nation's future," Levin said in a statement. "I have never
needed any convincing on this point. Quite the opposite, my efforts have
been aimed at convincing others of the need for larger, more capable
Afghan security forces, and that we and NATO should send more trainers
to Afghanistan, rather than more combat troops."

Franken, who traveled to Kabul with Levin in January 2010, stressed his objectivity in assessing the briefings he received.

"While the briefings provided me with a helpful update on what was
happening on the ground, I knew that I would have to crosscheck their
assessment by talking to other military officials, diplomatic officials,
outside experts and troops in the field, and I always raise skeptical
questions when discussing this topic," Franken said in a written
statement.

Fox News' Jennifer Griffin and Justin Fishel contributed to this report.
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