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Early 2006: Pentagon Inquiry Concludes that Planting News Stories in Iraq Does Not Violate US Law

An internal review written by Navy Admiral Scott R. Van Bushkirk concludes that a Defense Department program that plants pro-US stories (see September 2004-September 2006) in the Iraqi press is not violating any US laws. (Mazzetti 3/4/2006) In a Pentagon press briefing on March 3, 2006, Army Gen. George W. Casey tells reporters, “By and large, it found that we were operating within our authorities and responsibilities.” The Defense Department has no intention of ending the program, Casey adds. (US Department of Defense 3/3/2006; Mazzetti 3/4/2006)


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