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"Afghanistan: Merging News and Psy-Ops
This will likely get lost in future news from Afghanistan, so let us make sure we note it:
KABUL (Reuters) - The U.S. general commanding NATO forces in Afghanistan has ordered a merger of the office that releases news with "Psy Ops," which deals with propaganda, a move that goes against the alliance's policy, three officials said.
The move has worried Washington's European NATO allies -- Germany has already threatened to pull out of media operations in Afghanistan -- and the officials said it could undermine the credibility of information released to the public.
U.S. General David McKiernan, the commander of 50,000 troops from more than 40 nations in NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), ordered the combination of the Public Affairs Office (PAO), Information Operations and Psy Ops (Psychological Operations) from December 1, said a NATO official with detailed knowledge of the move.
"This will totally undermine the credibility of the information released to the press and the public," said the official, who declined to be named.
The new combined ISAF department will come under the command of an American one-star general reporting directly to McKiernan, an arrangement that is also against NATO policy, the NATO official said.
Unfortunately the unnamed 'official' is wrong. This will not 'undermine the credibility of the information released to the press and the public'. The public will not take note of this.
Sure, while news from Afghanistan was already often propaganda, spoon fed to embedded journalists, this will make absolutely sure that nothing will be believable unless it comes from multiple independent sources.
But the mainstream media will continue to report from Afghanistan whatever that new combine operation will feed them. They will soon forget to mention the above, if they will mention it at all. They will deliver "The TruthTM" straight from McKiernan's propaganda shop without flagging its dubiousness.
"What we are seeing is a gradual increase of American influence in all areas of the war," the NATO official said. "Seeking to gain total control of the information flow from the campaign is just part of that."
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