US general orders probe into report of mind tricks

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 24, 2011 18:57

WASHINGTON — The US military says the top American commander in Afghanistan will call for an investigation into charges that an army unit trained in psychological operations was improperly ordered to manipulate American senators to get more money and troops for the war.

The story in Rolling Stone magazine Thursday said the staff of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell ordered the unit to compile profiles, voting records and other information on visiting lawmakers to use in the effort. It said the campaign also improperly targeted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen.

Caldwell's office denies it. But a press statement from Kabul said Gen. David Petraeus was  preparing to order an investigation and there would be no further comment. Caldwell leads efforts to train Afghan security forces.


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