Monday, January 02, 2006

Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda

NYT reported A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print positive articles written by American soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work, according to current and former employees.

So what. I am glad to hear that. But tell me this, durring World War II, did the NYT run stories about how the government was paying for propaganda efforts in against the Nazis in Europe? Or were you not trying to stir up anti-war feelings for that war?
The Lincoln Group, a Washington-based public relations company, was told early in 2005 by the Pentagon to identify religious leaders who could help produce messages that would persuade Sunnis in violence-ridden Anbar Province to participate in national elections and reject the insurgency, according to a former employee.
A VERY good idea.
Since then, the company has retained three or four Sunni religious scholars to offer advice and write reports for military commanders on the content of propaganda campaigns, the former employee said.
Why just three or four. Why not three or four hundred?
But documents and Lincoln executives say the company's ties to religious leaders and dozens of other prominent Iraqis is aimed also at enabling it to exercise influence in Iraqi communities on behalf of clients, including the military.

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