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Pentagon Audits PsyOps After CIA Caught Trolling Online

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Americans have long lived with a healthy distrust of their federal government, and who can blame them?  This nation was born under the duress of a tyrannical monarchy, and into the sort of freedom that some corners of the world still dream about experiencing some 230+ years later.

So, of course we are skeptical of what an institution as large as the federal government is telling us, and we have every right to wonder what it is that they are up to.

The latest news out of the Pentagon certainly isn’t going to help the cause either.

The Pentagon has ordered a sweeping audit of how it conducts clandestine information warfare after major social media companies identified and took offline fake accounts suspected of being run by the U.S. military in violation of the platforms’ rules.

Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, last week instructed the military commands that engage in psychological operations online to provide a full accounting of their activities by next month after the White House and some federal agencies expressed mounting concerns over the Defense Department’s attempted manipulation of audiences overseas, according to several defense and administration officials familiar with the matter.

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Just how widespread was the practice?

The takedowns in recent years by Twitter and Facebook of more than 150 bogus personas and media sites created in the United States was disclosed last month by internet researchers Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory. While the researchers did not attribute the sham accounts to the U.S. military, two officials familiar with the matter said that U.S. Central Command is among those whose activities are facing scrutiny. Like others interviewed for this report, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military operations.

The news will certainly rile some folks who’ve been labeled “conspiracy theorists”, as it corroborates some of their most frequently-voiced concerns regarding the online space.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.