2 April 2010
CIA Seeks to Influence Opinion on Wars - 2
CIA Red Cell document proves the rule
By Daan de Wit
Starting on page 157: 'In 2002, prior to the war in Iraq, a strategic decision was made by Torie Clarke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in the Pentagon. She made 'information dominance' her goal. It occurred to her that analysts, due to their independent expertise, often got more air time than journalists. For this reason she recruited retired military officers. These analysts were selected and personally vetted by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The 75 analysts who were selected were then briefed by the White House and pampered by the Pentagon.
In the fall and winter of 2002 they received their talking points, which were in turn regurgitated by broadcasters and echoed throughout the land: Iraq is an acute danger because it possesses chemical and biological weapons and is developing nuclear weapons, which on an ill-fated day could be passed on to Al Qaida. An invasion of Iraq would mean a relatively quick and inexpensive war of liberation'.
'For the 'war of liberation' phase, Clarke developed another successful program. It contributed to the creation of a positive image of the war: the placement of five hundred journalists inside military units - so-called embedding. ‘I'm really happy that it has worked out so well,' said Clarke following the official part of the war against Iraq.
A company called Omnitec Solutions kept track of the effectiveness of the analysts by meticulously following all of the possible media that the members of this group used to present their views. Their research showed that the analysts were reciting their new talking points loud and clear in the media. The fire dies out'.
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