Definitions

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  • n. Techniques used by military and police forces to influence the beliefs, emotions and behaviour of citizens.

Etymologies

psychological operations (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When RMNews gets too close to the truth … another psyops is launched to distract us … I think that many old time readers are getting pretty good at recognizing distractions then they start appearing on the forum.

    Think Progress » Rule Changes Allow Police To Arrest War Protestors Near Crawford

  • Then it's called psyops, or psychological operations.

    Caveat Emptor (or The Poisoned Apple)

  • Secondly, psychological military operations, known as psyops, will be at the heart of future military action…

    Firedoglake » The Heckuva Job Bushie and GOP Weekend Round-Up

  • Secondly, psychological military operations, known as psyops, will be at the heart of future military action.

    Sunday, April 30, 2006

  • Rendon has pushed a policy of reaching out to dissident rebels within the FARC — the way U.S. forces did with Iraq's Sunni militias — and "psyops" that exploit dissension in the group.

    A Smarter Way to Fight

  • It is interesting to compare these historical materials, largely created by government departments, with the increasing trend for corporations to provide 'psyops' services on a consultancy basis as previously reported on Mind Hacks.

    Mind Hacks: July 2006 Archives

  • Perhaps strangest of all, the American troops brought in their own "psyops" trucks - for psychological operations - and blared sounds that created a nightmarish duet with the mosques: old AC/DC songs, something that sounded like a sonar ping, the cavalry charge.

    Archive 2004-11-01

  • If they catch you looking at them and they know who you are, they'll run some pretty ugly "psyops" on you.

    Indymedia Ireland

  • Chaos and violence continue, Iraqis suffer from exposure to depleted uranium, US troops patrol Iraqi villages attempting to coerce Iraqi civilians (in the name of "psyops"), and more.

    Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude

  • The damned government also needs to be reined in - "psyops" are not supposed to be practiced against our own citizens, and shouldn't be practiced against populations of other countries just because they happen to live in places that have resources our corporate-controlled military is trying to "reduce" so they can be robbed by the big multinationals.

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