|Submitted||Nov. 12, 2010|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Tampa Bay Online reported that US CENTCOM has responded to enemy propaganda using social media. I hereby request all records that direct CENTCOM on the use of social media for gaining support of their actions (aka propaganda).
Below is an excerpt from the mentioned news report:
On Sept. 2, Chowrangi, an English-language online journal of culture and news in Pakistan, published a story about three explosions in Lahore that killed more than 30 and wounded more than 200, including women and children. Like a lot of online stories, this one sparked vociferous comments.
One man, calling himself "Jaffakush," blamed "Obama and War-Hawks like Zbigniew Brzezinski" for the problem. Another, calling himself "Abu Hamza," wrote that "Pakistan has been dragged into a war which is not our own," and that Blackwater/Xe was running deadly covert operations on behalf of the U.S. government.
While hardly shocking, the comments on the English-language site didn't go unnoticed 8.000 miles away at U.S. Central Command, headquartered in Tampa at MacDill Air Force Base. Members of the command's public affairs office not only read them, they posted their own responses.
"Abu Hamza, let me first address your 'not our war Scenario:', wrote Lt. Commander William Speaks on Sept. 9. "It is ironic to hear accusations about the US 'dragging' another country into a conflict we ourselves had no choice in. Without stating the obvious, if your civilians cannot leave their houses due to fears of suicide bombings and it is your countrymen that are conducting these attacks, it is homegrown insurgency and your own war."
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This request was sent in November of 2010, however, I have no record of any acknowledgement. Can you please provide the status of this request?