Magazine article New Internationalist

Let the Dirty Tricks Begin!

Magazine article New Internationalist

Let the Dirty Tricks Begin!

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It only took an hour to cover their tracks. In 2006, a group of US 'veterans, enlisted personnel, and officers', who are apparently horrified by defeatist news coverage and peace activism surrounding the interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, decided to take action. According to their website: 'The result was the creation of Vets for Freedom, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the unbiased, non-partisan truth of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to educate the public and mobilize public support for the Global War on Terror.1

But its non-partisan status has come under fire following blogs by John Stauber. Writing for the Center for Media and Democracy's online journal Sourcewatch on 7 lune 2006, Stauber initially observed: 'While the organization claims to be non-partisan, the privacy notice on its website suggests otherwise, reading: "We may from time to time share the information our visitors provide with other Republican candidates and other like-minded organizations,' By that afternoon, Stauber provided an update: 'Whoever the PR professionals are behind Vets for Freedom, they work fast in monitoring and managing scrutiny. …

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