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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

US unveils counter-propaganda unit

THE US DEPARTMENT of Defense has announced the creation of a new unit dedicated to countering 'inaccurate stories' concerning the war on terrorism, with a focus on internet sites and blogs, BBC News reported.

The DoD and the White House are both concerned by the increasing use of the internet by jihadist groups to disseminate propaganda.

A Pentagon spokesman said the new news outlets would aim to "set the record straight". The spokesman said: "We are looking at being quicker to respond to inaccurate statements."
The unit will operate within the 24-hour news cycle, continually monitoring web logs and reacting rapidly to the publication of jihadist propaganda, possibly using 'surrogates', or top politicians and lobbyists, who could be interviewed on radio and television.
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