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Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:17 AM

 

Cambridge Analytica's Psy-Ops Warriors

In the ongoing furor over the pilfered data on 50 million Americans taken from Facebook by Cambridge Analytica and weaponized during the 2016 election campaign on behalf of Donald Trump, attention has focused primarily on CA's slick and fast-talking CEO, Alexander Nix, who's been suspended from his job over the scandal, amid investigations in at least four countries.

Less noticed, however, is the fact that behind CA and its parent, the London-based SCL Group – for Strategic Communications Laboratories – stands a shadowy clique of former spooks, military intelligence specialists in psychological warfare operations ("psy-ops" ), and right-wing military officers, at least two of whom have close ties to General Stanley McChrystal, the disgraced "runaway general" who lost his job as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2010 after a exposé by Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone

One of those generals, Michael T. Flynn, was Trump's national security adviser during the campaign and, for a few weeks, in the White House, and who, in 2016, served as an adviser to Cambridge Analytica. And, before being fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 by President Obama, Flynn served as McChrystal's top intelligence adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The other senior officer, much lesser known, is Steve Tatham, a British psy-ops specialist and a former commander in Britain's Royal Navy, who served as head of SCL Group's defense-related business. His official bio calls him "the U.K.'s longest continuously serving officer in information operations," and it notes that he served in Afghanistan during McChrystal's tenure there and then, later, as "Commanding Officer of 15 (U.K.) Psyops Group." Tatham, along with McChrystal and Andrew Mackay, a British general who served with McChrystal in Afghanistan, is the author of a 2011 book, Behavioural Conflict, whose subtitle is: "Why Understanding People and Their Motives Will Prove Decisive in Future Conflict." It applies what Tatham learned during counterinsurgency wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, the Balkans, and Northern Ireland as lessons in how to get people do what you want them to do.

During those wars, many generals, and their counterinsurgency experts, were operating according to the precepts of General David Petraeus' famous book, The Petraeus Doctrine: The Field Manual on Counterinsurgency Operations, written for the Joint Chiefs of Staff with General James Mattis, now serving as Trump's secretary of defense. Its central belief that winning a war means winning "hearts and minds" and adapting counterinsurgency to the culture of the target population appealed mightily to Steve Bannon, who readily applied it to political electoral strategy.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/trump-facebook-data-scandal-cambridge-analyticas-psy-ops-warriors-w518189

See also The New Military-Industrial Complex of Big Data Psy-Ops

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210404024

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FarCenter Mar 2018 OP
Squinch Mar 2018 #1
Achilleaze Mar 2018 #2
Anon-C Mar 2018 #3
Mc Mike Mar 2018 #4
ucrdem Mar 2018 #5
Mc Mike Mar 2018 #6
FarCenter Mar 2018 #7
Mc Mike Mar 2018 #8
poboy2 Mar 2018 #9

Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:34 AM

1. Kick. This is the real story, and it's being lost.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:42 AM

2. k & r

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 08:01 AM

3. K&R!

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 09:01 AM

4. I've been saying psy-ops all along.

Bannon is psy ops, bircher jones is psy ops, the National Enquirer is psy ops, the whole alt right is psy ops. All those shitty reality tv shows that dRump comes from are psy ops.

Where there's military intel, there's sig intel. Part of sig intel is bugging, data hacking, communications infrastructure, but part of sig intel is psy ops.

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Response to Mc Mike (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 09:04 AM

5. Yes to all of the above.

Which raises the question, where are Greenwald and Snowden and the rest of the legally-issued-Verizon-warrant warriors? They were so concerned about Obama reading our emails but seem to have lost interest in the matter. Can't think why.

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Response to ucrdem (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 09:10 AM

6. I never trusted privatized hacker sig intel. It'd be like trusting Erik Prince in a battlefield sit

But I do also think that our far-right old hands in the agencies were and are on the side of the Putin luvin birchers, via electronic hijinks.

They're behind the hacks as much as russkie intel.

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Response to Mc Mike (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:51 AM

7. Psychological operations are fundamental to all political campaigns

 

The purpose of the campaign is to persuade the voter to vote for your candidate. All the psychological tools developed by the ad agencies, marketing organizations, and propaganda organs of governments are applied in campaigning. It's the nature of the beast.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 05:59 PM

8. Advertising is a form of psy ops, but psy warfare against our population is no ad for Tide.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:01 PM

9. r'd

 

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