From Robert Parry's 10-13-17 Consortiumnews article entitled "The Legacy of Reagan's Civilian 'Psyops'":
"Declassified records from the Reagan presidential library show how
the U.S. government enlisted civilian agencies in psychological
operations designed to exploit information as a way to manipulate the
behavior of targeted foreign audiences and, at least indirectly,
"A just-declassified sign-in sheet
for a meeting of an inter-agency 'psyops' committee on Oct. 24, 1986,
shows representatives from the Agency for International Development
(USAID), the State Department, and the U.S. Information Agency (USIA)
joining officials from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense
"Some of the names of officials from the CIA and Pentagon remain
classified more than three decades later. But the significance of the
document is that it reveals how agencies that were traditionally
assigned to global development (USAID) or international information
(USIA) were incorporated into the U.S. government’s strategies for
peacetime psyops, a military technique for breaking the will of a
wartime enemy by spreading lies, confusion and terror.
"Essentially, psyops play on the cultural weaknesses of a target
population so they could be more easily controlled or defeated, but the
Reagan administration was taking the concept outside the traditional
bounds of warfare and applying psyops to any time when the U.S.
government could claim some threat to America.
"This disclosure – bolstered by other documents released earlier this year
by archivists at the Reagan library in Simi Valley, California – is
relevant to today’s frenzy over alleged 'fake news' and accusations of 'Russian disinformation' by reminding everyone that the U.S. government
was active in those same areas."
To read Parry's entire article, click HERE.