“A little MISO soup.” The US Defense Department has changed the name of Psy-Ops, psychological operations, to the more pleasant-sounding MISO, military information support operations. Private contractors such as Navanti Group provide MISO to e.g. the vastly grown Special Operations Command, SOC, in Tampa, Florida, according to the Washington Post.

In a 07 Jul 2013 article about how Navanti created a dossier on a US citizen living in Minnesota, WaPo wrote:

“The Pentagon is legally prohibited from conducting psychological operations at home or targeting U.S. audiences with propaganda, except during ‘domestic emergencies.’ Defense Department rules also forbid the military from using psychological operations to ‘target U.S. citizens at any time, in any location globally, or under any circumstances.’

“Last year, however, two USA Today journalists were targeted in an online propaganda campaign after they revealed that the Pentagon’s top propaganda contractor in Afghanistan owed millions of dollars in back taxes. A co-owner of the firm later admitted that he established fake Web sites and used social media to attack the journalists anonymously.”

(Me zo ZIPP chhen.)


“Holding-out films.” Carry-on films in England. Late-WWII Nazi propaganda films that encouraged people to keep struggling in the face of Nazi-imposed adversities. Most have been rightfully tossed on the rubbish heap of history; one is still watched and is a feel-good equivalent of The Wizard of Oz. 1944’s Die Feuerzangenbowle, named after a hot schnapps punch prepared by setting beet sugar afire. Heinz Rühmann and some old friends are drinking punch and make a wager that they can go back to high school and enjoy schoolboy pranks.

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