In a recent letter to Congress, the American Civil Liberties Union asked Congress to investigate allegations that a U.S. Army general improperly ordered military personnel to conduct “psychological operations” (PSYOPS) on members of Congress to manipulate them into supporting funding for the war in Afghanistan.

The ACLU’s letter, signed by Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, and Michael German, ACLU Senior Policy Counsel and former FBI Special Agent, asked Congress to investigate whether military intelligence resources were used to improperly collect information on members of Congress and whether military operations were used unlawfully on members to influence legislation or manipulate public opinion regarding the war in Afghanistan.

Any effort to secretly and illegally investigate and manipulate elected officials or improperly influence them is a shocking challenge to democracy itself, and requires a full public examination of the fact.

Read full letter.