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Military Report: Secretly 'Recruit or Hire Bloggers'

By Noah Shachtman EmailMarch 31, 2008 | 1:11:05 PMCategories: Info War

Ff_118_milblogs2_fA study, written for U.S. Special Operations Command, suggested "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers."

Since the start of the Iraq war, there's been a raucous debate in military circles over how to handle blogs -- and the servicemembers who want to keep them. One faction sees blogs as security risks, and a collective waste of troops' time. The other (which includes top officers, like Gen. David Petraeus and Lt. Gen. William Caldwell) considers blogs to be a valuable source of information, and a way for ordinary troops to shape opinions, both at home and abroad.

This 2006 report for the Joint Special Operations University, "Blogs and Military Information Strategy," offers a third approach -- co-opting bloggers, or even putting them on the payroll. "Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering," write the report's co-authors, James Kinniburgh and Dororthy Denning.

Lt. Commander Marc Boyd, a U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman, says the report was merely an academic exercise. "The comments are not 'actionable', merely thought provoking," he tells Danger Room. "The views expressed in the article publication are entirely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, USSOCOM [Special Operations Command], or the Joint Special Operations University."

Denning, a professor at Naval Postgraduate School, adds in an e-mail, "I got some positive feedback from people who read the article, but I don't know if it led to anything."

The report introduces the military audience to the "blogging phenomenon," and lays out a number of ways in which the armed forces -- specifically, the military's public affairs, information operations, and psychological operations units -- might use the sites to their advantage.

@ Wired

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13 comments:

DEN said...

Funny thing about fascism, it has never worked long term, and is unsustainable.

Can we have our Democracy back now?

DEN said...

After careful review of the picture, I have determined the military does not understand the meaning of "laptop".

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Yes, FDR said it. But the question asked was abit more subtle than that: who wrote it?

Both Den and Micki get good extra credit marks.

Micki--- Your left-over snow just arrived, headed in Carol's direction...

Carey said...

You made me giggle Den. The military is doesn't understand the meaning of alot of things. They're all mixed up-- squihook--crazy.

Stephanopoulus (sp?) on McCain this morning? A similar toughness in questions as the ABC debate, I believe, didn't appear. George raised the issue of captial gains cuts and McCain, almost convincingly explained that this tax reduction is for everyone. Of course, McCain gave all the pat answers. He tends to laugh his way through interviews--to show that he is confident and in control.

David,

Ring of Fire and Bobby Kennedy Jr. were excellent yesterday on climate crisis. They talked about Robert's article in Vanity Fair. What I most admired was the show keeping the main concern out in front--climate crisis. All through this campaign they have kept focus on key issues, and what could be more important than climate crisis?

The show also keeps a focus on vote count fraud, together the two most important items on the agenda.

Carey said...

Pardon the lack of editing there.

Carey said...

Homework is heavy for my poor boy. He's struggling this term. Even Brandon's therapist thinks the load is way too heavy. Burnout is on the horizon. I fear that so much.

David B. Benson said...

Who wrote/said

We can have a democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few. We cannot have both.

micki said...

DEN - LOL! Your laptop witticism!

Dr. B: The FDR attributed quote -- did SAMUEL ROSENMAN write it?

Today's quote: Justice Louis D. Brandeis?

Woke up to snow again today. Bainbridge Island got hammered, considering it's Spring! Lots of snow.

Beautiful and sunny now.

Carey -- had a WOLF meeting today. One Wolfie -- a librarian at an elementary school -- said the kids are freeking out about the WASL tests in GRADE SCHOOL. Anxiety abounds.

Carey said...

The testing in grade school is outrageous. The whole thing is screwed up. Education has been tampered with by bad people with no good on their minds.

DEN said...

Doc,

Louis Dembitz Brandeis, More about him here.

Alan said...

I guess they might as well use corrupt bloggers since they ALREADY use corrupt TV 'analysts'.

Behind Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand

Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.

The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day, has sought to exploit ideological and military allegiances, and also a powerful financial dynamic: Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.
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That's just a couple grafs from the long article, showing those retired military 'analysts' are paid to say what they say even if they know it's NOT THE TRUTH.

DEN said...

Attempting to take over the USA through deceptive means is a federal crime, Justice Department or no Justice Department. There is no room for private agendas in a government for the people, by the people.

DEN said...

Crap, weekend shot in the butt, Monday up next, feel like I need a vacation but cannot afford one.

What ya gonna do?

Sleep on it.