Tactic of warfare: Captives told to claim torture

Are “public relations” or propaganda legitimate aspects of warfare? The United States military has units who specialize in this and who are covered under the laws governing armed conflict. Therefore it is reasonable to say that, yes, “public relations” or propaganda are legal components of warfare and as such an individual or organization which aids in the promotion of a “public relations” or propaganda campaign of an enemy can be prosecuted for providing aid or comfort. It is time for those in the media who are providing the medium of transmission for Al Qaeda’s propaganda campaign be detained for the duration of the conflict and then prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Lock up, for the duration, one or two editors and half a dozen so called journalist and the security of the United States will be immediately increased as the terrorist voice is constrained.

Captives told to claim torture – The Washington Times: Nation/Politics – May 31, 2005, courtesy of the ever vigilant The Center for Security Policy.

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