The Office Of Perception Management

The War Department’s clever name for a propaganda machine.

But they do not need it for we have clarity and transparency in our democracy. (that is sarcasm in case you missed it)

Would our government use propaganda?

You bet your ass they would especially when public approval is needed they will lie and misinform to keep the public dazed and confused makes acceptance of crappy policies palatable.

But let’s go back to the 1980s and the Reagan admin……

Not long after the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration launched what it called the Office of Strategic Influence, which would seek to “counter the enemy’s perception management” in the so-called war on terror. But it quickly became clear that the office, operating under Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, would be managing those perceptions with its own disinformation.

As the New York Times reported at the time, its work was to “provide news items, possibly including false ones, to foreign journalists in an effort to influence overseas opinion.” In the nascent Internet age, observers worried the propaganda could boomerang back on Americans.

“The question is whether the Pentagon and military should undertake an official program that uses disinformation to shape perceptions abroad,” the Times reported in 2004. “But in a modern world wired by satellite television and the Internet, any misleading information and falsehoods could easily be repeated by American news outlets.”

Now, two decades later, “perception management” is once again becoming a central focus for the national security state. On March 1, 2022, the Pentagon established a new office with similar goals to the one once deemed too controversial to remain open. Very little has been made public about the effort, which The Intercept learned about through a review of budget documents and an internal memo we obtained. This iteration is called the Influence and Perception Management Office, or IPMO, according to the memo, which was produced by the office for an academic institution, and its responsibilities include overseeing and coordinating the various counter-disinformation efforts being conducted by the military, which can include the U.S.’s own propaganda abroad.

Inside the Pentagon’s New “Perception Management” Office to Counter Disinformation

I have been saying this for decades….[lus with social media I am sure that some of us have been a target for the trash spread by the Pentagon and its contractors.

Americans bad mouth Joseph Goebbels and his Ministry of Truth…..looks like we have some that are following the textbook to a tee.

Pay attention or be stupid your choice.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”


14 thoughts on “The Office Of Perception Management

  1. We can hire Trump to development the perception management program because there has never lived a greater expert in the subject (Other than Goebbels.)

  2. Warfare has changed. Information (influence) operations is widely practiced by our adversaries. We can either counter it, or utterly lose in the asymmetric spaces. In a world that is constantly in conflict, one wonders…..where we would be if everyone thought as you do.

    1. WE are trying to get the whole planet thinking as we do…..still sounds like propaganda to me….but that is just me. .. chuq

      1. All modern communications are propaganda of one kind or another and all propaganda is designed with profit in mind as an end game.

      2. I am not comparing so-called systems…..I gave my opinion like it or not it is just that mine. chuq

  3. Every govenment has used propaganda, ever since the first forms of governments existed. Some are just better at it than others.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I can’t wait until the right wing assholes get hold of this and start to innovate it.. they will surely establish a policy of branding their “Alternate Facts” as “Truth” and start dismissing real truth as misinformation.

      1. If the republicans have an intel group of their own I can believe it.. absolutely!

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