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Raw Story Investigation: Pentagon Domestic Propaganda

April 20, 2008 The New York Times broke the news that the Pentagon (and members of the Bush Administration) had been coordinating with retired military analysts on talking points to cover in their media appearances, as part of a 'psyop' on the American public to sell the 'post-9/11 world', the 'War on Terror', Guantanamo, torture, and the continued occupation of Iraq. These 'analysts', many of whom had undisclosed conflicts of interest such as financial ties to defense contractors, appeared over 4500 times in the media, as part of this campaign. The media outlets responsible for participating in the program- which includes the NY Times- have generally not acknowledged any fault on their own part, and some commentators attempted to spin the psyop as simply the Pentagon telling their side of things. A DOD Inspector General investigation found no wrong doing on the part of the Pentagon, but that report was later found to be so flawed, it was retracted and removed from the DOD's website. More recently, RawStory.com has published the results of its own investigation into the program, which has uncovered further evidence, as well as indications that the Pentagon's efforts to manipulate public opinion are continuing under the Obama Administration:

Pentagon pursuing new investigation into Bush propaganda program - Nov 5, 2009
http://rawstory.com/2009/11/pentagon-pursuing-investigation-bush-propaganda-program/

Pentagon officials won’t confirm Bush propaganda program ended - Oct 29, 2009
http://rawstory.com/2009/10/pentagon-officials-confirm-bush-propaganda-program-ended/

Pentagon used psychological operation on US public, documents show - Oct 21, 2009
http://rawstory.com/2009/10/bryan-whitman-2/

Senior official in Bush domestic propaganda program remains Obama’s Pentagon spokesman - Sep 29, 2009
http://rawstory.com/2009/09/bryan-whitman-part-1/

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New York Times article, Apr 20, 2008:
Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/us/20generals.html?_r=1

History Commons Summary - April 20, 2008: Pentagon Domestic Propaganda Campaign Revealed; Relies on ‘Military Analysts’
http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=military_analysts_tmln&military_analysts_tmln_military_analysts=milita...

This History Commons project documents the campaign, as well as previous propaganda efforts by the military-industrial complex:
Domestic Propaganda, Military Analysts, and the US Media
http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=military_analysts

So it was a conspiracy theory

and now it's a conspiracy fact?