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October 17, 2003

Warbaby says:

Sam Gardiner makes a strong case for a systematic effort to distort information about the war in Iraq and manipulate public opinion in the U.S.  Long story short, he says we're the targets of psychological warfare waged by our own government.

Atrios pointed out this gem.  (it's a 4.7 Mb PDF file, so be prepared for a wait if your on a dialup.)

A beautiful example of open source research and analysis by Col. Sam Gardiner (Ret.), formerly a teacher at the National War College and Mark Fineman of the LA Times.  Fineman died of a heart attack in Iraq in September, 2003.  Gardiner completed and released his report in mid-October.

In brief, Gardiner lays out a compelling case for the existance of an organized disinformation campaign waged by the U.S. government to distort the news and manipulate domestic public opinion about the war.  It's not airtight, but it is the sort of information that would be sufficient to convene a grand jury if this were a criminal matter.  Or put another way, not proved beyond a reasonable doubt, but certainly enough to demand further investigation.

Another successful team effort...