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Military psy-ops through Twitter

Twitter Files Part 8 details psychological warfare by the U.S. military, using Twitter. Did they use this only abroad – or also at home?

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The Twitter Files continue, this time touching on direct, if not overtly violent, warfare against various peoples. We deal here with psychological warfare – psy-ops – instilling fear in people to control their acts. A free people might expect to see that against their enemies. But who are these enemies? This thread reveals manipulation of civilian and government opinion in the Middle East and Asia. Some of the targets are also the targets of propaganda for domestic consumption. So in view of previous installments in the Twitter Files, we must ask ourselves: haven’t the military been running a psy-op against We, the People?

The military psy-ops thread

This thread comes from Lee Fang, who writes for The Intercept. But unlike the State actor revelation, this does not take any kind of defensive tone.

Herewith the thread, as every other tweet, beginning with the second:

At first view, certain characteristics of this thread make it look like something other than a legitimate Twitter Files release. Lee Fang writes for The Intercept, not for The Free Press. Mike Shellenberger, at the close of Twitter Files 7, did not tease up a thread from this man. Nevertheless, Elon Musk gave it his sanction, in a retweet on his account:

“Yikes” is certainly not a disclaimer!

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.

George Washington, first President of the United States.

For the best source, see here.


This thread shows the danger from the servant. We ask of government that it protect us from criminals and foreign would-be invaders, in addition to providing a forum to settle disputes peaceably. The problem is that those charged with protecting the people, sometimes exaggerate the threats. They might even try to provoke violence abroad to support their claims of external threats.

In any case, we see here acts of war against peoples and powers against whom Congress has never declared war. The most we’ve ever seen from Congress, in any of the cases the thread mentions, are Authorizations for the Use of Military Force. To CNAV’s knowledge, that doesn’t cover military psy-ops.

Mostly, we [fool] with people’s minds.

Actress Leslie Stephanson, as Capt. Elizabeth Campbell USA, in The General’s Daughter (1999).

That’s what psy-ops is all about. The mind is the theater of psychological warfare. So how can we rule out the military practicing psy-ops against the American people?

And hasn’t the United States intelligence community been doing psy-ops against the people? Hasn’t Twitter been a part of that? (And not Twitter only; don’t leave out Facebook.)

But more important still than that scandal, is Twitter’s communications team and executive echelon pretending to stand against such deception, while aiding and abetting it. How can we have confidence in the integrity of a social medium, officials of which tolerate acts of this kind?

“Yikes” doesn’t half say it.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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