Acknowledging Sun Tzu
For I wrote in The Art of War;
“All warfare is based on deception.”
Let me teach you. Consider Edward Snowden. Traitor or Patriot? Look deeper. To help you, please view the following Title to a document published by the Department of the Army, Washington, D.C.;
And the first sentence in the opening Chapter;
Introduction to Psychological Operations
The supported commander must integrate and synchronize many activities including PSYOP into a cohesive and successful military operation.
Now, additionally consider the following definition;
“Psychological operations (PSYOP) are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.
In support of S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield”…
In today’s world, the U.S. Homeland becomes part of a global battlefield subject to a cohesive and successful military operation in which deception reigns.
With such knowledge, let us return to the question of Edward Snowden. Traitor or Patriot? Under the Rules of War, we must admit another possibility, mustn’t we?
Must we also consider Edward Snowden to be a Deceiver and part of a Deception, a participant in a cohesive ad successful military operation, a fully-engaged PSYOP.
If we look further, we will discover that Mr. Snowden’s revelations are nothing new, that for years the U.S. government has authorized the recording, collection and storing of all electronic media including phone conversations, mail, text, audio, video and web content.
As such, Mr. Snowden’s admissions are old news.
If we look further, if we look deeper. If we watch and listen, we may remember that;
“All is deception in a battlefield.”
~ Stephen J. Bergstrom