|"Psychological operations are an essential part of
warfare, more so in the electronic age than ever," said Lt. Col. Charles
A. Krohn, a retired Army spokesman and journalism professor. "If you're
going to invade a country and eject its government and occupy its
territory, you ought to tell people who live there why you've done it.
That requires a well-thought-out communications program."|
Good thinking there, Colonel Krohn. How about hiring people to plant phony stories in the Iraqi media along with the old standby of kicking down doors?
Annals of Democracy
A no less important question for the lawmakers, he said, will be to determine whether a totalitarian media following the Chinese model is consistent with democracy.
He said, "The Navy taught me everything I needed to know about how totalitarianism operates."
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Professors' Politics Draw Lawmakers Into the Fray
"How could this happen?" Ms. Brown asked Representative Gibson C. Armstrong two summers ago, complaining about a physics professor at the York campus of Pennsylvania State University who she said routinely used class time to belittle President Bush and the war in Iraq. As an Air Force veteran, Ms. Brown said she felt the teacher's comments were inappropriate for the classroom.
The encounter has blossomed into an official legislative inquiry, putting Pennsylvania in the middle of a national debate spurred by conservatives over whether public universities are promoting largely liberal positions and discriminating against students who disagree with them.
A committee held two hearings last month in Pittsburgh and has scheduled another for Jan. 9 in Philadelphia. A final report with any recommendations for legislative remedy is due in June.
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