In 1974 & 1975 the CIA and other intelligence agencies came under heavy scrutiny.
President Gerald Ford and concerned representatives commissioned several probes and launched committees such as the Rockefeller Commission and the Church Committee to investigate clandestine intelligence activities within the United States.
It was through these investigations that the breadth and scope of programs like MKULTRA and COINTELPRO were revealed to the public.
Fast forward to today and we may just be witnessing the very beginnings of a similar investigation.
According to a report from the Washington Post, Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, is launching an investigation into potential psy-ops operations by the military.
Specifically, the report cites 150 fake Twitter and Facebook accounts that were allegedly run by the military in some capacity.
Anyone reading this and anyone who has lived through the last 2 years knows exactly what Kahl is alleging. These alleged social media accounts are likely not even the tip of the iceberg.
To be clear, I don’t actually expect the Pentagon, of all places, to turn up any meaningful information—I don’t expect these people to investigate themselves properly.
My hope is that this investigation draws more independent media attention and investigative reporting to the issue of military and intelligence psy-ops against the American people…
Here’s what people are saying:
The move by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl comes in the wake of a report by Graphika and Stanford Internet Observatory of more than 150 bogus accounts created in the U.S. taken down by the platforms in recent years.
— Ellen Nakashima (@nakashimae) September 19, 2022
Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, had made the review order, to review the activities of military branches engaging in online psychological operations, or “psyops."
— BNN Newsroom (@BNNBreaking) September 21, 2022
Reclaim The Net explains
According to reports, the Biden administration has requested the Pentagon provide more information on psyops policies, arguing that the deployment of these operations could undermine the US’s credibility to speak against similar operations by foreign adversaries and justify the social media oversight by governments in countries like India, Nigeria, and Indonesia.
I can recall James Clapper lying under oath to Congress about NSA domestic spying and having no real accountability. So I doubt Colin Kahl the undersecretary of defense for policy will get the military commands to reveal the extent of their covert psyops on social media to him.
— Michael Martin (@MichaelNo2War) September 20, 2022
— TheHuntForTomClancy (@HuntClancy) September 19, 2022
Stars & Stripes writes:
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.