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Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Office of Strategic Influence

I mention this because while I will often use as sources of information government and official websites, I don't necessarily believe that all of the information contained on them is accurate. I feel that one has to weigh the possibility of disinformation in all cases in order to maintain proper skepticism. You may feel that this is an overcautious stance to take, but I hope to persuade you on that score why I feel this to be necessary through the combination of the Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth document and the evidence which I will be presenting. I feel that a case can be made that whether or not some or even most of what I present is disinformation it does not detract from my argument, which is that there is a need for the U.S. public to obtain a fuller understanding of the events of 9/11 than has been provided in official accounts so far.

From Secretary Rumsfeld Media Availability En Route to Chile
And then there was the office of strategic influence. You may recall that. And "oh my goodness gracious isn't that terrible, Henny Penny the sky is going to fall." I went down that next day and said fine, if you want to savage this thing fine I'll give you the corpse. There's the name. You can have the name, but I'm gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have.

That was intended to be done by that office is being done by that office, NOT by that office in other ways.

From Wikipedia's entry on the Office of Strategic Influence

The Office of Strategic Influence, or OSI, was a department created by the United States Department of Defense on October 30, 2001, to support the War on Terrorism through psychological operations in targeted countries. The closure of the office was announced by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld soon after its existence became publicly known.

The OSI would have been a center for the creation of propaganda materials, for the stated purpose of misleading enemy forces or foreign civilian populations. After information on the office spread through US and foreign media in mid February 2002, intense discussions on purpose and scope of the office were reported. The discussions culminated in a public statement by Rumsfeld in late February that the office has been closed down.

Some argue that due to its secretive nature and stated purposes the existence of such an agency would be hard to determine. In fact, in November 2002, Rumsfeld stated in an interview that only the name of the office was abolished, that it still exists and continues to fulfill its original intended purposes. Much of the OSI's responsibilities were shifted to the Information Operations Task Force. [1]


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