WIRED (Danger Room), 20 March 2011
The U.S. military has dispatched one of its secret propaganda planes to the skies around Libya. And that “Commando Solo” aircraft is telling Libyan ships to remain in port – or risk NATO retaliation.
We know this, not because some Pentagon official said so, but because one Dutch radio geek is monitoring the airwaves for information about Operation Odyssey Dawn — and tweeting the surprisingly-detailed results. On Sunday alone, “Huub” has identified the tail numbers, call signs, and movements of dozens of NATO aircraft: Italian fighter jets, American tankers, British aerial spies, U.S. bombers, and the Commando Solo psyops plane (pictured).
“If you attempt to leave port, you will be attacked and destroyed immediately,” the aircraft broadcasted late Sunday night.
Phi Beta Iota: It says a great deal about US “information operations” that the broadcast is in English first, then French, and only at the very end, Arabic that we speculate is not exactly Libyan in nature (there are 12 active forms of Arabic, CIA and DoD usually end up with Lebanese Arabic and all of its built-in biases). Now imagine if there were anyone in DoD qualified to do Advanced Cyber/IO, empowering the people of Libya with Autonomous Internet capabilities, thousands of inexpensive cell phones, a global network of Libyan Arabic virtual democracy and logistics (M4IS2 Global to Local Range of Gifts Table) mentors….ad nasaeum. The US Government just does not know what it refuses to consider….the open-source tri-fecta–faster, better, cheaper. Waging peace costs one third what we spend on war and is (what a concept) non-violent in nature.