3,757. 8/25/2002

“As the move toward war [in Iraq] began gaining momentum in late August 2002, [Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas] Feith created another new organization, the Office of Special Plans [OSP]. Its purpose was to conduct advance war planning for Iraq, and one of its most important responsibilities was ‘media strategy.’ …Above all, the office was Top Secret. ‘We were instructed at a staff meeting that this office was not to be discussed or explained,’ said [Air Force Lt. Col. Karen] Kwiatkowski, ‘and if people in the Joint Staff, among others, asked, we were to offer no comment.’ “ [The 25th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Pages 307-308

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