Somebody’s Gotta Do It

Domestic counter-psyops, that is.  Greyhawk got Instalanched with his post about al Qaeda’s IO strategy, which is the kind of stuff that ought to be on this blog, but isn’t for a variety of legitimate reasons and some lame-assed excuses.

Greyhawk sez:

like it or not, Mr and Mrs Average American are involved in a propaganda war, the only battle of the war on terror currently being fought on U.S. soil – and those who choose not to be victims of that battle may wonder what the appropriate response should be. Perhaps just this – bear in mind the stated goal: “to throw fear into the American people’s hearts”, divide and conquer, weaken resolve, and defeat America. Be aware of the plan to reach that goal, and recognize it for what it is when next you see it in action, as you undoubtedly will. (And while you’re at it, spread the word - this won’t be on the evening news.)

Our Department of Defense Information Operators are not allowed to target domestic audiences, so who does domestic counter-psyops?

We do. 

A lot of people, myself included, bemoan the fact that America is not mobilized; that the burdens of this war fall almost entirely upon the servicemembers fighting it and the people who love them while the rest of the country sits on their asses watching Dances With the Stars, oblivious to World War IV.  Lots of people are eager to be of some service, but little has been asked of them.

Well, here’s your chance.  There is no ASVAB, no PT test, no tickets you have to punch to be a volunteer civilian irregular information defense group operator performing distributed IO in denied battle spaces.  All you have to be able to do is recognize bullshit when you see it and point it out to as wide an audience as you can reach.

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