“Fifty U.S. Spies Say Govt. Altering Reports to Imply We’re Winning War Against ISIS” reads a recent headline. The growing scandal over whether phony intelligence reports are being used to paint rosy portrayals of the war against the Islamic State has even caused the Pentagon inspector general to open an investigation as to whether senior officials are unduly pressuring military subordinates.
But manipulating war intelligence is hardly anything new. Frankly, it goes with the territory, if you know the history of wars, connected as they usually are with “perception management” of public opinion, also referred to as “information warfare.”
IF YOU GO
What: New Ideas Forum with Ray McGovern and Coleen Rowley
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport
Details: The New Ideas Forum is sponsored by the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, St. Ambrose and the Quad-City Times.
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Rowley and retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern are also speaking at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Ames Public Library, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium, and 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Drake University, Olin 101 in DesMoines.