Politicians Can Be Part of a PSYOP Campaign – Whether They Realize It Or Not

Politicians Can Be Part of a PSYOP Campaign – Whether They Realize It Or NotMany of us remember then President George W. Bush declaring victory in Iraq under a “Mission Accomplished” banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego on May 2, 2003 (see: https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall/comment-page-14/?_r=0, which is also this picture’s source.) This week Vice President Pence chose to break protocol and, according to innumerable media, stare down the North Korean troops at the DMZ (see: http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/new-video-shows-pence-stare-down-north-korean-troops-at-dmz, which is also the photo source.) The picture is really a still taken from the CNN video. Clowning around of one type or another across the DMZ have ranged from the comical to the tragic and the Vice President’s face making is just one of the latest. On April 29, 2016 Task & Purpose ran a report “North Korea Whines In this area US Troop Faces At Its Border Guards” (see: http://taskandpurpose.com/north-korea-whines-us-troops-making-faces-border-guards/, which is that photo source.)Of course, one could also conclude that neither Mr. Bush nor Mr. Pence were posing for our adversaries but were courting the American Public. Mr. Pence’s rebellious (if you could call it that) seems to follow the pattern of the new Commander-in-Chief, that is act first and reckon later. This time there doesn’t seem to be much of a downside. But, it is honest to say that actions by Heads of State and other senior government leaders, whether attended or not, can have significant impact due to the 7/24 news cycle and social media. Metaphors can be taken out of context and used for purposes quite opposite of their original intent. A small forethought can prevent our adversaries from getting even more information bullets.

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Foreign Media: Good PSYOP Reading Material?

Foreign Media: Good PSYOP Reading Material? Before I get into this week’s post, I want to proffer a very huge thank you to Psychological Operations Qualification Course Class 05/06-12 for the honor of being their graduation speaker last week and to the faculty and personnel of the JFK Unique Combat center. A unique thank you goes to 5th Battalion for their gracious hospitality.Now – on to this week’s posting - - - I subscribe to the Economist because I like an ‘unAmerican’ view. As a British publication they often say what would be politically unacceptable in America. During my time at SFOR in Bosnia I often referred to the Economist as ‘the answer key’ because it clarified what happened in Bosnia the week before in such a way that made sense. Something I couldn’t do because I was in the thick of it.But, not all foreign (in this case non-US media is so benign. One of my sources sent me a link to a foreign publication in which an article on the Boston Marathon bombing concluded: “In small, I believe the Boston Marathon bombing has all the signs of an OP: a psyop, a fake-flag operation that is one more grizzly event in the marathon of mind control forced by the U.S. government on its own citizens to justify its ever-expanding security/police state, and divert attention from the ever-shrinking civil rights held by the people” (See http://www.tehrantimes.com/yuram-writings/106956-psyops-mind-control-marathon-and-boston-bombingswhich is also the photo source.)The article walks through events surrounding the bombing and alludes to “Western Propaganda” and distortion of the events surrounding the bombing throughout.The point is not whether the article is pure journalism or whether it is Iranian state sponsored propaganda, the source is the Tehran Times of course, but that we in PSYOP/MISO need to be on top of what key foreign media are adage and if possible to be on the lookout for measures of effectiveness that show whether or not their message is getting across.

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Judge Denies George Zimmerman’s Motion for Recusal

Judge Kenneth Lester has denied George Zimmerman's shift that he recuse himself from the case. In an order entered today, Judge Lester stated Zimmerman's shift was "legally insufficient." He did not clarify why. The rule on judicial disqualifications is here. Details of Zimmerman's shift to recuse are here. As I opined then: Place yourself in Zimmerman's shoes: The issue is how he feels, and whether his feelings are reasonable. Would you, if you were George Zimmerman, dread not getting a honest trial before Judge Lester? I believe Zimmerman can request a writ of prohibition preventing the case from going forward while the appeals court reviews the issue. Read more