Awhile back I posted a letter at Salon about an article I'd received from David Horowitz's FrontPageMagazine. In June 2005, a week after Sen. Dick Durbin made a well-publicized criticism of conditions of detainees at
The New York Times has a lengthy, front page piece this morning that mentions that flight in the summer of 2005:
Some of these analysts were on the mission to
These ' “message force multipliers” or “surrogates” ' in Pentagoneze were part of an " information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance," the Times finds.
These ' “message force multipliers” or “surrogates” ' in Pentagoneze were part of an "
information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate
favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance," the Times finds.
... members of this group have echoed administration talking points, sometimes even when they suspected the information was false or inflated. Some analysts acknowledge they suppressed doubts because they feared jeopardizing their access.
A few expressed regret for participating in what they regarded as an effort to dupe the American public with propaganda dressed as independent military analysis.
“It was them saying, ‘We need to stick our hands up your back and move your mouth for you,’ ” Robert S. Bevelacqua, a retired Green Beret and former Fox News analyst, said.
Kenneth Allard, a former NBC military analyst who has taught information warfare at the
, said the campaign amounted to a sophisticated information operation. “This was a coherent, active policy,” he said. National Defense University
As conditions in
deteriorated, Mr. Allard recalled, he saw a yawning gap between what analysts were told in private briefings and what subsequent inquiries and books later revealed. Iraq
“Night and day,” Mr. Allard said, “I felt we’d been hosed.”
You can find photos of Lt. Col. Cucullu being hosed here.