Journal: From Social “Science” HTT to KR Death Squads

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Social Science Death Squads

Linking JIEDDO to US Death Squads:
Chinese Publication Seeks Guidance from HTS Program Manager

“According to several government and civilian sources, [Michael] Furlong’s operation was funded under a $24.6 million contract by the Defense Department’s Joint IED Defeat Organization [JIEDDO], which was set up early in the Iraq war to combat insurgents’ roadside bombs. His operation was part of a larger military information program, called Capstone”, Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/15/AR2010031504151.html

by John Stanton

Cultural Operations Research – Human Terrain System (COR-HTS) — now simply HTS — was originally funded by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). Coincidently, JIEDDO was formerly under the command of Steve Fondacaro, who now runs the turbulent HTS program. JIEDDO received a punishing audit by the Government Accountability Office.

Phi Beta Iota: Few bureaucrats understand that compared to the sciences and the humanities, social sciences are the runt of the intellectual litter, and that beginning in the 1970’s, social sciences mostly gave up trying to understand foreign cultures, and went instead toward comparative analytics, code for not having to leave your office to do field work, while avoiding the pesky challenges of learning a foreign language or reading foreign history.  John Stanton feels about the Human Terrain Team (HTT) and Steve Fodaro the way feel about US Government complacency, ineptitude, and often criminal neglect of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).  He is unabashedly hostile, and that must always be factored in, but on balance, he speaks truth, and the truth needs to be offered even if stoutly rejected.