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Khatami's meeting with intelligence ministry officials, significant: daily

Tehran, Jan 22, IRNA -- `Tehran Times' on Wednesday praised the recent meeting between President Mohammad Khatami and Intelligence Ministry's officials as "significant and noteworthy".

Addressing the officials on Monday, Khatami termed "the projection of a dark image of the activities of the system" as a psychological operation (psyop) which is conducted by the domestic and foreign enemies, noted the English-language daily in its Opinion Column.

In saying this, Khatami "pinpointed one of the clandestine psychological plans of the nation's ill-wishers who attempt to undermine national security", it added.

President Khatami stressed that better organization of people's mentality is incumbent on all institutions of the system, highlighted the daily. It further noted that the remarks echo the statement of Leader's remarks made during a meeting with some high-ranking officials a few months ago in which he termed the mental, psychological and ethical security of the society as a "strategic and national duty" which has come under attacks from both domestic and foreign foes.

The president advised the officials to challenge the attempts to undermine the activities of the system, noted the daily.

But the psyops, meant to inculcate a dark mentality into the society, would prove to be futile if they are not nurtured by certain propaganda tactics, it advised.

Logic rules that in addition to "transparency" and the "rule of law" in the field of information and propaganda, it is also necessary to refrain from overall optimism and absolute leniency, added the article.

The daily said that a review of recent attempts of the country's enemies, specially the last December recorded speech of US President George Bush on the first broadcast of "Radio Farda" calls for greater efforts to "foil complex psychological machinations of the enemies" irrespective of factional concerns. The daily noted that the radio is commissioned to launch news against Iran through "various strategies and approaches" including targeting the younger generation.

Even the Supreme National Security Council's stress on the unified domestic foreign psyop front has a three pronged significance in the sense that the enemies are an "existing reality" rather than being "perceived"; current ties between the extra-territorial and inborn enemies are mainly built on psyops and white war tactics; and leniency and optimism among the national security officials will only serve the enemies, it underlined.

"Rejection of radical and extremist moves was one of the duties of the national institutions," the daily highlighted, quoting Khatami as saying.

The daily urged that the loyal revolutionary forces from among various political groupings shall draw a distinctive line between themselves and those who have failed to provide a trasparent record of their activities, adding that this will, by no means, be an invitation to conflict but to give a more transparent political atmosphere in the country.

... Payvand News - 1/22/03 ... --

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