Psy-Ops and the General

Photos of Let. Gen. Caldwell with Sen. McCain, Sen. Reed and others
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Lt. Col. Michael Holmes

Holmes, the leader of the "information operations" unit that was ordered to target American VIPs, in the Tajbeg Palace, Darul-Aman, September, 2010.

"My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave," says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. "I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line."

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