Office of Strategic Influence

2003 | Rock

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"Hate it when the truth unravels — Hate it when we don't get a spin — Hate it when the enemy travels — ‘cause it's awfully un-american"


  • The album is named after the Office of Strategic Influence, an organization set up after the September 11 attacks to spread misinformation and plant false news items in the media.
  • Hit #31 on the Billboard Independant Albums chart.
  • The band consists of Jim Matheos (Fates Warning,) Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, ex-Dream Theater,) Sean Malone (Cynic and Gordian Knot) & Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre.)
  • "Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame performed vocals on "ShutDOWN.""


Luke Tatum

This is a side project of Mike Portnoy (formerly Dream Theater), Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, formerly Dream Theater) named after the Office of Strategic Influence. This office, formed shortly after September 11th, 2001, was quickly shut down. While it existed, its purpose was to spread false news in the media to help change public opinion in favor of the subsequent war. This song focuses on the office and its function: "We're helping you to hire us to help ourselves. We're serious."

Sherry Voluntary

This is the first time I’m hearing this band and this album, and I’m loving it! This song in particular, is from such a menacing point of view. The deep State propaganda machine. The OSI was a real US government organization and was responsible for psychological operations or psyops in support of the war on terror. Although it has supposedly been shut down, I have serious doubts and reservations. As far as this song goes, there are very few lyrics, but they’re very telling. “Hate it when the truth unravels hate it when we don't get a spin hate it when the enemy travels 'cause it's awfully un-american.” These lyrics are the mindset of the Feds. If they can label someone a “terrorist,” for whatever reason they choose, they feel they have the right to lie, spin the truth, and track them and all of their activities and associations. As libertarians we know that the word terror is a spook meant to scare the masses into letting them have free reign to do whatever they want. To many, the objectives of the US government are beyond question, and to do so is awfully un-american. But questioning the powers that be is the responsibility of every thinking person. The fear mindset that the government encourages is what allows the rights of the individual to be destroyed. Think, question, be truthful, and speak up! That will help to keep tyranny at bay.

Nicky P

Oh to be in the post 9/11 world where Americans actually seemed to care about the trandgressions their government was enacting upon them. Where wiretapping every American's phone seemed ludicrous. Where we didn't take it for granted that getting on a plane meant inherently that i was going to be fondled. Where we understood at some fundemental level that authority was something to be questioned and bucked wherever it tried to take control. I remember how important resistance seemed in college (graduated '06.) Now i feel like resistance is only to individual demagogues. They've gotten mass buy-in on the theatre so literally everyone is controlled oppostition. The farther left and right the groups split the more insane they'll all appear to each other so instead of distrusting the state it's their fellow American's they distrust. As a final Note I wonder how many people had any idea this department even existed...I wonder how many still do?

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Nicky P

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