Army embeds active-duty PSYOPS soldiers at local TV stations

Posted: December 5, 2010 in War on Terror
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From the article:

The U.S. Army has used local television stations in the U.S. as training posts for some of its psychological-operations personnel, The Upshot has learned. Since at least 2001, both WRAL, a CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., and WTOC, a CBS affiliate in Savannah, Ga., have regularly hosted active-duty soldiers from the Army’s 4th Psychological Operations group as part of the Army’s Training With Industry program. Training With Industry is designed to offer career soldiers a chance to pick up skills through internships and fellowships with private businesses. The PSYOPS soldiers used WRAL and WTOC to learn broadcasting and communications expertise that they could apply in their mission, as the Army describes it, of “influenc[ing] the emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign audiences.”

WRAL and WTOC were on a list of participants in the Army’s Training With Industry program provided to The Upshot in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, and a spokeswoman with the Army’s Human Resources Command confirmed that PSYOPS soldiers worked at the stations.

“Both of those stations are very supportive of the military, and think very highly of the program,” said Lt. Col. Stacy Bathrick. “Our officers are there to learn best practices in terms of programming and production side that they can use when they deploy. To be able to get hands-on interaction with a news station” there’s nothing like that.” Bathrick said the soldiers were never involved in newsgathering.

Yeah sure nothing strange is going on here, we just have active PSYOPS soldiers as interns and it just happens they are learning how to influence the emotions, motives, objective reasoning and the behavior of people.

Well he said that the PSYOPS soldiers didn’t gather news for the news station but he didn’t say that they might use there skills to influence the US people, that he didn’t say.

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WOG out.

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