Pentagon ‘Independent’ Analysts

Pentagon ‘Independent’ Analysts

David Barstow of The New York Times reports that the Pentagon had quietly recruited and was paying 75 retired military officers to be “independent” radio and television analysts. They were secretly coached about how to make the public case for war in Iraq on the air, and many of them also had significant, undisclosed financial ties to defense companies that were benefiting from the policies they were “analyzing.” The story is based on 8,000 pages of Department of Defense records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.43

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