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Martial Law Threat is Real: Lucky that the Military is Breaking Down

By Dave Lindorff

The looming collapse of the US military in Iraq, of which a number of generals and former generals, including former Chief of Staff Colin Powell, have warned, is happening none too soon, as it may be the best hope for preventing military rule here at home.

From the looks of things, the Bush/Cheney regime has been working assiduously to pave the way for a declaration of military rule, such that at this point it really lacks only the pretext to trigger a suspension of Constitutional government. They have done this with the active support of Democrats in Congress, though most of the heavy lifting was done by the last, Republican-led Congress.

The first step, or course, was the first Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed in September 2001, which the president has subsequently used to claim—improperly, but so what? —that the whole world, including the US, is a battlefield in a so-called “War” on Terror, and that he has extra-Constitutional unitary executive powers to ignore laws passed by Congress. As constitutional scholar and former Reagan-era associate deputy attorney general Bruce Fein observes, that one claim, that the US is itself a battlefield, is enough to allow this or some future president to declare martial law, “since you can always declare martial law on a battlefield. All he’d need would be a pretext, like another terrorist attack inside the U.S.”

The 2001 AUMF was followed by the PATRIOT Act, passed in October 2001, which undermined much of the Bill of Rights. Around the same time, the president began a campaign of massive spying on Americans by the National Security Agency, conducted without any warrants or other judicial review. It was and remains a program that is clearly aimed at American dissidents and at the administration’s political opponents, since the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would never have raised no objections to spying on potential terrorists. (And it, and other government spying programs, have resulted in the government’s having a list now of some 325,000 “suspected terrorists”!)

The other thing we saw early on was the establishment of an underground government-within-a-government, though the activation, following 9-11, of the so-called “Continuity of Government” protocol, which saw heads of federal agencies moved secretly to an underground bunker where, working under the direction of Vice President Dick Cheney, the “government” functioned out of sight of Congress and the public for critical months.

It was also during the first year following 9-11 that the Bush/Cheney regime began its programs of arrest and detention without charge—mostly of resident aliens, but also of American citizens—and of kidnapping and torture in a chain of gulag prisons overseas and at the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay.

The following year, Attorney General John Ashcroft began his program to develop a mass network of tens of millions of citizen spies—Operation TIPS. That program, which had considerable support from key Democrats (notably Sen. Joe Lieberman), was curtailed by Congress when key conservatives got wind of the scale of the thing, but the concept survives without a name, and is reportedly being expanded today.

Meanwhile, last October Bush and Cheney, with the help of a compliant Congress, put in place some key elements needed for a military putsch. There was the overturning of the venerable Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which barred the use of active duty military inside the United States for police-type functions, and the revision of the Insurrection Act, so as to empower the president to take control of National Guard units in the 50 states even over the objections of the governors of those states.

Put this together with the wholly secret construction now under way--courtesy of a $385-million grant by the US Army Corps of Engineers to Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc--of detention camps reportedly capable of confining as many as 400,000 people, and a recent report that the Pentagon has a document, dated June 1, 2007, classified Top Secret, which declares there to be a developing “insurgency” within the U.S, and which lays out a whole martial law counterinsurgency campaign against legal dissent, and you have all the ingredients for a military takeover of the United States.

As we go about our daily lives--our shopping, our escapist movie watching, and even our protesting and political organizing—we need to be aware that there is a real risk that it could all blow up, and that we could find ourselves facing armed, uniformed troops at our doors.

Bruce Fein isn’t an alarmist. He says he doesn’t see martial law coming tomorrow. But he is also realistic. He says, “This is all sitting around like a loaded gun waiting to go off. I think the risk of martial law is trivial right now, but the minute there is a terrorist attack, then it is real. And it stays with us after Bush and Cheney are gone, because terrorism stays with us forever.” (It may be significant that Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate for president, has called for the revocation of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq, but not of the earlier 2001 AUMF which Bush claims makes him commander in chief of a borderless, endless war on terror.)

Indeed, the revised Insurrection Act (10. USC 331-335) approved by Congress and signed into law by Bush last October, specifically says that the president can federalize the National Guard to “suppress public disorder” in the event of “national disorder, epidemic, other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident.” That determination, the act states, is solely the president’s to make. Congress is not involved.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has added an amendment to the upcoming Defense bill, restoring the Insurrection Act to its former version—a move that has the endorsement of all 50 governors--but Fein argues that would not solve the problem, since Bush still claims that the U.S. is a battlefield. Besides, a Leahy aide concedes that Bush could sign the next Defense Appropriations bill and then use a signing statement to invalidate the Insurrection Act rider.

Fein argues that the only real defense against the looming disaster of a martial law declaration would be for Congress to vote for a resolution determining that there is no “War” on terror. “But they are such cowards they will never do that,” he says.

That leaves us with the military.

If ordered to turn their guns and bayonets on their fellow Americans, would our “heroes” in uniform follow their consciences, and their oaths to “uphold and defend” the Constitution of the United States? Or would they follow the orders of their Commander in Chief?

It has to be a plus that National Guard and Reserve units are on their third and sometimes fourth deployments to Iraq, and are fuming at the abuse. It has to be a plus that active duty troops are refusing to re-enlist in droves—especially mid-level officers.

If we are headed for martial law, better that it be with a broken military. Maybe if it’s broken badly enough, the administration will be afraid to test the idea.

Sidebar: Why US troops should question orders:

Mounting evidence that football star Pat Tillman, who famously gave up a high-paying pro career to sign up as an Army Ranger and fight Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, may have been assassinated in a high-level conspiracy to prevent him from returning to the US as a prominent war critic should make even hardened military people question orders from their commander in chief, particularly if those orders involve arresting or shooting American citizens. Tillman, it is now known, had turned strongly against the war in Iraq as early as late 2003, and was telling his platoon to vote against Bush. There are reports too that he was contacting war critics like Noam Chomsky from Afghanistan about coming out as a war critic in 2004--a prospect which must have terrified the war-mongers in the White House and Pentagon.

The military initially claimed Tillman had been killed in combat, then later claimed his death was from friendly fire. It is now known that an investigation at the time found no evidence of any enemy fire at all, and Tillman's death came from three close shots from an M-16 to the forehead, execution-style. Memos have been found from Pentagon lawyers congratulating each other for having buried a doctor's report on the possibility of murder.

If this is what the government does to its critics, how can soldiers believe anything they are being told?

Of course, the shabby treatment afforded to insured troops should also be having an effect on morale.

Maybe the way to respond to a declaration of martial law is, like the Israelites on the first Passover, to prominently display a sign on one's front door saying, "Support the troops: Bring them home!"
DAVE LINDORFF is a veteran, award-winning investigative reporter based in Philadelphia. His latest book, co-authored by Barbara Olshansky, is “The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office” (St. Martin’s Press, 2006 and now available in paperback). His work is available at

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It's broken as planned. We don't have to fear our military, we have to fear Blackwater and KB&R. They (those in control) knew that our military would not turn on the American people. The allowing of White Arian gang members and felons into the army was to supply forces which would fire on the people, but they can't get enough of them. Look to the enlargement of Contractors thru out the "Homeland", new facility's in California and The east coast, the building of containment camps all over the country, the sign's are all there.
We are SOooooo screwed.

Great article - I wish it would hit mainstream. The respected Mr. Fein thinks "the risk of martial law is trivial right now, but the minute there is a terrorist attack, then it is real". We all know that a terrorist attack could happen right now, so really it's not trivial.
Also we may have a tired military, but I am sure Blackwater is full of energy.

Chaos, anarchy, and a crumbling empire, er, I mean, crumbling society. And then what alternative would Cheney, er Bush, have then ...but BLACKWATER, et al ?


Ah, hell, kidz . .. we hippies have been under siege since LBJ!! . . .;-)

The rest of the country just choses not to see it . . . after all, we must protect the children . . . and apparently the U.S. Constitution doesn't apply to we "weirdos" . . .or users of that "devil's weed" .. . ;-)

I always figured we were the scale-model "beta-test" group . . . to work all the kinks out of the co-ordination between the militarized Law Enforcement agencies, the court & legal system, the privatized prison system, and the 5th Column Propaganda machine . . .

Just look how cleanly and effeciently BushCo carried out "Operation Falcon" (brainchild of good ol' Alberto "I Don't Remember" Gonzales) back in 2005, kidz . .. ;-)

In less than a week, over 10,000 "bad people" were rounded up and quasi-dissappeared without so much as a peep of outrage or even a "blip" on the social consciousness . . .

Now, that we can now boast as having the biggest per capita prison population in the World, don't you figure it's about time to start filling up all those Halliburton Labor Camps?

What's that old poem, "When they came for the Yippies, I didn't speak up because I wasn't a yippy . .. when they came for the blacks and hippies, I didn't speak up .. . " or something like that . .;-)

After all, good ol' General Michael "4th Amendment" Hayden and Admiral Mike "Total Information Awareness" McConnell haven't been been Cray-Computer-crunching all those "domestic profiles" for funzies. .;-)

Back when folks like Albert Pike and Sam Houston sold this Pinkerton "Law Man" Protection racket to WE THE PEOPLE, maybe someone should have looked up exactly WHY they chose a five pointed star for their symbol of "Authority" . . .oh, yeah, Captain William Morgan did, but they "Pat Tillman'd" his ass . .

"Wesley Clark On MSNBC: 'Possible' Tillman Death Was Murder, Cover Up Came From Very Top"

"New Evidence Clearly Indicates Pat Tillman Was Executed"

. . .after all, Luciferian Death Cults are all about one thing . .. "Who lives, who dies, and who gets to decide" . .. ;-)

Like I've said before, history shows that in every military coup d'etat, there is ALWAYS a PURGE . . .

Besides folks like Joe "Israel First" LIEberman and Rev. John "Separate But Equal Heavens" Hagee tell us that gawd wants us to kill off each other . . . I guess they have to "purify" the earth before Jesus will come back and give us all a pony and ice cream . . .;-)

"Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour"

The great usurper at least made it clear from the beginning what the game rules were . .. "You are either with US or you are with the TERRORISTS". . .;-)

. . . and good ol' Michael "Mr. Talmud" Chertoff is JUST the duel-citizenship man to separate out the sheep from the goats for Sith Lord Rothschild and BushCo. . . to secure the Homeland, of course . .. and he has one HELL of a budget to play with and unlimited authority under all those new FEMA laws . . ;-)

After all, Sith Lord Rothschild and the global elite want to rule the world . . . and he and his minions need to acquire and destroy the United States to complete their "North American Union" collection . .. ;-)

Of course to restore "Order", these Patriarchal Fascists must create more 9/11-type "Chaos" . . . PROBLEM - REACTION - SOLUTION

Our founding fathers gave us the "keystone" for thwarting all this bullshit in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. . . Ghandi gave it to us again . . . bascially, WE THE PEOPLE don't want to play your game anymore . . .WE don't NEED Masters to protect us and provide for us. We can work TOGETHER - PEER-TO-PEER to form a MORE PERFECT Union, because your tired ass 6000 year old Master/Slave Patriarchal Fascist societal model is flawed and unsustainable. . .;-)

We used to teach this in skool, kidz . . . do you remember?

"WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union. establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Contitution for the United States of America"

"Say WE want a revolution
We better get it on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out in the street
Singing power to the people
Power to the People
Power to the People
Power to the People, RIGHT ON!!!
- Power To The People by John & Yoko


every Iraq war vet I know would either 'ignore' or 'fight on the people's side' as they all know and are very bitter about having been 'used' by the dictator and mass murderer.

so, other than the CACI / Blackwater asshole mercs, there is no meaningful threat even if he declares Martial Law as a last ditch attempt to remain in power.

one way or another, Bush is either peacefully OUT OF THERE or will find himself in Mussolini's shoes very soon. Either way, doesn't matter to me, we just need to be rid of the son of a bitch.

Military will fight with the people they came from, not shoot them or raid their homes, per Bush's June 1, 2007 EO about 'U.S. insurgency' and 'rotating troops home to fight U.S. insurgency' here.

What do you think? Others on this site?

It seems clear that this has always been the purpose of BlackWater; their origin and leadership has an ideology which is not primarily military, but Religious/Fascist.

It seems clear BlackWater is practicing and refining their "counter-insurgency" - i.e., Death Squad - tactics in Iraq. We have seen video (though I can only find the following link to text now) depicting Blackwater patrolling New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina; evidently also there to practice.

Plus, earlier this year there was the initiative to form some sort of "Citizen Emergency Force" - I can't remember the precise NewSpeak name - attached to FEMA(?).

Cheney began long ago to privatize the military, in order to get around its procurement rules and inject even more profit motive for the business community to support infinite, imperialistic war. It seems only logical that such a plan would grow - maybe even designed from the outset - to include "subcontracting out" the soldiers themselves; circumventing the Uniform Code of Military Justice while enlisting mercenaries happy to get "the work" - i.e., to go to war - anywhere, any time. At which point they will be just as happy to gun down Americans as anyone else, if so ordered.

This is the essence of BlackWater, it seems to me.

And it seems 100% in line with the agenda on which Cheney/BushCo have been working for over 20 years now.

Here in Florida, after the theft of the 2000 election, we "joked" (although it wasn't funny) that Florida has become the "Banana Republic" of America. Well, it was the truth - and now all of America is to follow suit. Complete with paramilitary Death Squads.

Over the past several decades a lot of people have died in Central- and South American countries - a HELLUVA LOT of people - precisely because of arrangements like this. Who will prevent the same from happening here?

Semper Fi,

-Matty in Florida

Not much attention has been paid to how the "War on Drugs" has functioned as a cover story for imperial administration right along the the "War on Terror", and for that matter, the Cold War of the old days. Any foreign/neo-colonial government worth its salt knew that US assistance would come as long as you branded your local dissidents as "communists" or "narcotraffickers".

The War on Drugs has worked as a pretext for building neo-imperial infrastructure in Latin America, as well as SW Asia (including Afghanistan), and SE Asia. Blackwater, et al has reportedly done some recruiting among former military in Chile & Colombia, among others. These reportedly were deployed to Iraq. While the Blackwater management reportedly didn't consider Latin America to be there first choice for recruitment, they may be getting used to the idea, especially since Latin American soldiers can be recruited a whole lot cheaper than US mercs.

One way to get around any lack of US soldiers capable or willing to follow orders could be to sub-contract to companies who can explicitly recruit "order-keepers" and "order-takers" from Central and South America military vets. Much of their training, whether due to DrugWar or Cold War initiatives, was heavily influenced by the US military.

For starter, see National Public Radio's stories (just search "blackwater" from their homepage)
"Jeremy Scahill talks about his book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

I suspect that, even if martial law were somehow "successfully" declared and enforced at first, it wouldn't take much for people across the US to realize that a model for resistance has been playing out right before their eyes: the home-grown Iraqi resistance. At the same time, that's not a model I'd want to focus on. Impeachment & exposure of 9-11 as an inside job are more potent strategies at this point. Impeachment as a practical way to spark and motivate people to do something NOW, avoiding War with Iran and a new 9-11 inside-job attack should put some urgency into things, and understanding how the 9-11 and anthrax attacks show how the empire really works to give some real framework to a new understanding.

I have been quite diligient in getting the word out

i have personally contacted the staffers to several congressmen, senators and the word is getting to some Governors

if you love this country, do not censor this posting

you may read the plans for Military Take Over of this our country here, people have risked their lives to get this stateside

go to:

look left see 'Archive' click link

scroll down to July 16, then click link: "green zone follies"

Here is a bit of it, this illegal occupation of our representative government of the Republic of the USA is going to end right now


A perceived serious potential of dissident American groups rising up against constituted authority has been clearly identified by counter-intelligence agencies.. The stated cause for such an uprising appear to be growing dissatisfaction with the course and conduct of the war in Iraq, the chronic inability of Congress to deal with various pressing issues and the perception of widespread corruption and indifference to public needs.

Very important heads-up, thank you. Entirely within the realm of possibility the way things have been going.

Matty in Florida mentioned elections.

So please, PLEASE, watch Bill Moyers' NOW PBS show tonight. He'll interview Greg Palast who will tell us how the GOP already has in place what's necessary to steal the 2008 election. Thousands, if not millions, of people will lose their votes due to these CRIMINALS.

This is the only site I know of that wants to hold them accountable: IMPEACH!!!

Please post the show's link here afterwards!


To start with , what makes anyone think that Bush does anything that makes sense. The only agenda tht Cheney or Bush has is to destroy our nation so Corporations gain wealth , power and control of it.
Bush has contracted to private corporations and FOREIGN COUNTRIES most of our government duties, the military , our security , and our land plus our resources to private conservative republicans and foreign countries. If you notice the oil corporations are taking our resouces including oil a a price over 30 years ago while charge us after the process it a the highest price and profit in the history of our country.
This is what his agenda is and what Cheney is instructing him on how to do. Why does anyone think the Cheney , the CEO for Halliburton , was selected for the Vice Presidency. To give A Clown instruction on what procedures and policies to put in place for Global control of our nation.......
Bush has divided citizens and destroyed our democracy , freedom , social progran and handed over our countries's resources as never ment or done in our history. In past history we has received land and resources from wealthy Americans that were REAL Americans , that donated it for the benefit of American citizens , their children and to be keep as public property.
Cheney , Bush and the republicans have make a disgrace of our country , democracy , laws and our honor.
So, their is nothing that Cheney would not get Bush to do that they would lose any sleep over and would put wealth , control and power into their pockets and that of their backers GLOBAL CORPORATIONS..


...and the only reliable troops Bush & Co. will be able to depend upon will be Blackwater/ Black & Tans. Or is that the idea?

Ponder this, though. Back in 1973, a sign of the impending fall of the Colonels' regime in Greece the following year was when the crew of the destroyer "Velos" refused to sail their ship home from Italy, and many of them sought asylum.

"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves"

Edmund R. Murrow

Military occupation of the US may be unlikely, not impossible. What's worse?

Trust the Bush regime to hire contractors, outsource an occupation...NAZI's with big guns... provided by Blackwater, etc. to do much of the nasty work.

Maybe Iraq is just a training-ground for wannabe' NAZI's to learn the ropes of oppression at home, and they will take the money.

Googling two sentences from Lindorff's "proof" these are the hits I get.

Sent the below to Dave Lindorff.
Hal Turner is a neo-fascist racist, strike one.
A Neo-Nazi blog. Strike Two.
RENSE?!?! UFO Nuts who support Ernst Zundel?! And they take this
from TBRNews, an outfit run by neo-fascist Willis Carto. See,

US Preparing Domestic Clampdown?

Green Zone Follies

BAGHDAD -- "Yesterday, one of my good friends from another office was
telling me they were going to start issuing armored vests to us office
types because of the growing danger from mortars. We are being shelled
daily and, like everything else, casualties are way underreported .
But more important than the flak vests was a file he had copied out
and which he gave to me to smuggle out of the country. As I have said,
we have strict censorship here on all incoming and outgoing snail
mail, email, phone calls and so on. This report is so serious I am
making a précis of it and am even now sending it around to various
news outlets, both Stateside and elsewhere. I have my sources and
believe me, the CIC people here are so stupid they couldn't pour piss
out of a boot if the directions were on the bottom.

It states that because of "growing popular unrest in the United
States, caused by the prolonged war in Iraq .coupled with obvious
Congressional inaction," the U.S. military has drawn up plans for
combating domestic U.S. civil insurrections. This is not a theoretical
study but a very specific one. Units to be used domestically are
listed in detail as are detention centers, etc.

As a result of this, plans are now in train to segregate, retrain and
reequip certain anti-insurgent U.S. military units now serving in Iraq
and to prepare them for quick transfer back to the United States for
use "as needed" The Pentagon command believes that such civil
insurrections are not only a possibility but a very real probability
in the event that the President and his advisors maintain their
present course vis a vis the Iraqi war.

It is interesting to note that "foreign intelligence representatives,
now active in the United States" (read Mossad) are to be subject to
"arrest, confinement and eventual deportation to their country of

The report and several attached ones, run to almost 900 pages and
cannot be put up in their current form. However, I will list some of
the more important data here:

Classification: Top Secret-Noforn as of 1 June 2007

Distribution Restriction: Distribution authorized to the DOD and DOD
contractors only to maintain operations security. This determination
was made on 1 June 2007. Other requests for this document must be
referred to (redacted)

Destruction Notice: Destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure
of contents or reconstruction of the document. .

This publication uses the term insurgent to describe those taking part
in any activity designed to undermine or to overthrow the established

Counterinsurgency is those military, paramilitary, political,
economic, psychological, and civicactions taken by a government to
defeat insurgency (JP 1-02). It is an offensive approach involving all
elements of national power; it can take place across the range of
operations and spectrum of conflict

In dealing with the local populace, the primary aims must be to:

·Protect the population.

·Establish local political institutions.

·Reinforce local governments.

·Eliminate insurgent capabilities.

·Exploit information from local sources.

An insurgency is organized movement aimed at the overthrow of a
constituted government through use of subversion and armed conflict
(JP 1-02). It is a protracted politico-military struggle designed to
weaken government control and legitimacy while increasing insurgent
control. Political power is the central issue in an insurgency.

An insurgent organization normally consists of four elements:


Combatants (main forces, regional forces, local forces).

Cadre (local political leaders that are also called the militants).

Mass base (the bulk of the membership).

A perceived serious potential of dissident American groups rising up
against constituted authority has been clearly identified by
counter-intelligence agencies.. The stated cause for such an uprising
appear to be growing dissatisfaction with the course and conduct of
the war in Iraq, the chronic inability of Congress to deal with
various pressing issues and the perception of widespread corruption
and indifference to public needs.

The support of the people, passive or active then, is the center of
gravity. It must be gained in whatever proportion is necessary to
sustain the insurgent movement (or, contrariwise, to defeat it). As in
any political campaign, all levels of support are relative.

Insurgent movements begin as "fire in the minds of men." Insurgent
leaders commit themselves to building a new world. They construct the
organization to carry through this desire. Generally, popular
grievances become insurgent causes when interpreted and shaped by the
insurgent leadership. The insurgency grows if the cadre that is local
insurgent leaders and representatives can establish a link between the
insurgent movement and the desire for solutions to grievances sought
by the local population

Insurgent leaders will exploit opportunities created by government
security force actions. The behavior of security forces is critical.
Lack of security force discipline leads to alienation, and security
force abuse of the populace is a very effective insurgent recruiting
tool. Consequently, specific insurgent tactical actions are often
planned to frequently elicit overreaction from security force
individuals and units.

Insurgencies are dynamic political movements, resulting from real or
perceived grievance or neglect that leads to alienation from an
established government.

A successful counterinsurgency will result in the neutralization by
the state of the insurgency and its effort to form a counterstate.
While many abortive insurgencies are defeated by military and police
actions alone, if an insurgency has tapped into serious grievances and
has mobilized a significant portion of the population, simply
returning to the status quo may not be an option. Reform may be
necessary, but reform is a matter for the state, using all of its
human and material resources. Security forces are only one such
resource. The response must be multifaceted and coordinated, yet
states typically charge their security forces with "waging
counterinsurgency." This the security forces cannot do alone.

These imperatives are-

· Facilitate establishment or reestablishment of a 'legitimate government'.

· Counterinsurgency requires perseverance.

· Foster popular support for the incumbent US government.

· Prepare to perform functions and conduct operations that are outside
normal scope of training.

· Coordinate with US governmental departments and agencies, and with
vital non-governmental, agencies.

Urban operations.

· Protection of government facilities.

· Protection of infrastructure.

· Protection of commercial enterprises vital to the HN economy.

· Protection of cultural facilities.

· Prevention of looting.

· Military police functions.

· Close interaction with civilians.

· Assistance with reconstruction projects.

· Securing the national borders.

· Training or retraining a national military police and security force.

Establishing and maintaining local government credibility.

· Contributing local government is both tangible and psychological.
Local security forces must reinforce and be integrated into the plan
at every stage.

· Facilitate and use information and intelligence obtained from local
sources to gain access to the insurgent's economic and social base of
support, order of battle, tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Army forces help local pro-government police, paramilitary, and
military forces perform counterinsurgency, area security, or local
security operations. They advise and assist in finding, dispersing,
capturing, and destroying the insurgent force.

US forces may conduct offensive operations to disrupt and destroy
insurgent combat formations. These operations prevent the insurgents
from attacking government-controlled areas.

There are many organizations and extensive resources available to aid
counterinsurgent forces.

Commanders should not overlook the aid these organizations may
provide. All forces assigned an AO or function should determine which
departments and agencies are assisting in that AO and coordinate
actions so that there is no duplication of effort. Such departments,

councils and agencies include-

· National Security Council.

· Department of Defense.

· Department of State.

· Department of Justice.

· Department of the Treasury.

· Department of Homeland Security.

· Department of Agriculture.

· Department of Commerce.

· Central Intelligence Agency.

· Department of Transportation

Various governmental departments directly administer or support other
governmental agencies. Examples of these US agencies are-

· The US Coast Guard (under Department of Homeland Security).

· The Federal Bureau of Investigation (under Department of Justice).

· Immigration Customs Enforcement (under Department of Homeland Security).

· Federal Communications Commission

. The proper application of force is a critical component to any
successful counterinsurgency operation. In a counterinsurgency, the
center of gravity is public support. In order to defeat an insurgent
force, US forces must be able to separate insurgents from the
population. At the same time, US forces must conduct themselves in a
manner that enables them to maintain popular domestic support.
Excessive or indiscriminant use of force is likely to alienate the
local populace, thereby increasing support for insurgent forces.
Insufficient use of force results in increased risks to US forces and
perceived weaknesses that can jeopardize the mission by emboldening
insurgents and undermining domestic popular support. Achieving the
appropriate balance requires a thorough understanding of the nature
and causes of the insurgency, the end state, and the military's role
in a counterinsurgency operation. Nevertheless, US forces always
retain the right to use necessary and proportional force for
individual and unit self-defense in response to a hostile act or
demonstrated hostile intent.

The media, print and broadcast (radio, television and the Internet),
play a vital role in societies involved in a counterinsurgency.
Members of the media have a significant influence and shaping impact
on political direction, national security objectives, and policy and
national will. The media is a factor in military operations. It is
their right and obligation to report to their respective audiences on
the use of military force. They demand logistic support and access to
military operations while refusing to be controlled. Their desire for
immediate footage and on-the-spot coverage of events, and the
increasing contact with units and Soldiers (for example, with embedded
reporters) require commanders and public affairs officers to provide
guidance to leaders and Soldiers on media relations. However, military
planners must provide and enforce ground rules to the media to ensure
operations security. Public affairs offices plan for daily briefings
and a special briefing after each significant event because the media
affect and influence each potential target audience external and
internal to the AO. Speaking with the media in a forward-deployed area
is an opportunity to explain what our organizations and efforts have

Continuous PSYOP are mounted to-

· Counter the effects of insurgent propaganda.

· Relate controls to the security and well-being of the population.

· Portray a favorable governmental image.

.Control measures must-

· Be authorized by national laws and regulations (counterparts should
be trained not to improvise unauthorized measures).

· Be tailored to fit the situation (apply the minimum force required
to achieve the de-sired result).

· Be supported by effective local intelligence.

· Be instituted in as wide an area as possible to prevent bypass or evasion.

· Be supported by good communications.

· Be enforceable.

· Be lifted as the need diminishes.

· Be compatible, where possible, with local customs and traditions.

· Establish and maintain credibility of local government.

A control program may be developed in five phases:

· Securing and defending the area internally and externally.

· Organizing for law enforcement.

· Executing cordon and search operations.

· Screening and documenting the population (performing a detailed census).

· Performing public administration, to include resource control.

Support to the judiciary may be limited to providing security to the
existing courts or may lead to more comprehensive actions to build
local, regional, and national courts and the required support
apparatus. To avoid overcrowding in police jails, the courts must have
an efficient and timely magistrate capability, ideally co-located with
police stations and police jails, to review cases for trial.

Cordon and search is a technique used by military and police forces in
both urban and rural environments. It is frequently used by
counterinsurgency forces conducting a population and resource control
mission against small centers of population or subdivisions of a
larger community. To be effective, cordon and search operations must
have sufficient forces to effectively cordon off and thoroughly search
target areas, to include subsurface areas.

PSYOP, civil affairs, and specialist interrogation teams should
augment cordon and search orces to increase the effectiveness of
operations. Consider the following when conducting cordon and search

Cordon and search operations may be conducted as follows:

Disposition of troops should-

· Facilitate visual contact between posts within the cordon.

· Provide for adequate patrolling and immediate deployment of an
effective re-serve force.

Priority should be given to-

· Sealing the administrative center of the community.

· Occupying all critical facilities.

· Detaining personnel in place.

· Preserving and securing all records, files, and other archives.

Key facilities include-

· Administrative buildings.

· Police stations.

· News media facilities.

· Post offices.

· Communications centers.

· Transportation offices and motor pools.

· Prisons and other places of detention.

· Schools.

· Medical facilities.

Search Techniques include-

· Search teams of squad size organized in assault, support, and
security elements.

One target is assigned per team.

· Room searches are conducted by two-person teams.

· Room search teams are armed with pistols, assault weapons, and
automatic weapons.

· Providing security for search teams screening operations and facilities.

Pre-search coordination includes-

· Between control personnel and screening team leaders.

· Study of layout plans.

· Communications, that is, radio, whistle, and hand signals.

· Disposition of suspects.

· On-site security.

· Guard entrances, exits (to include the roof), halls, corridors, and tunnels.

· Assign contingency tasks for reserve.

· Room searches conducted by two- or three-person teams.

· Immobilize occupants with one team member.

· Search room with other team member.

· Search all occupants. When available, a third team member should be
the re-corder.

· Place documents in a numbered envelope and tag the associated
individual with a corresponding number.


Screening and documentation include following:

· Systematic identification and registration.

· Issuance of individual identification cards containing-

A unique number.

Picture of individual.

Personal identification data.


An official stamp (use different colors for each administration region).

Family group census cards, an official copy of which is retained at
the local po-lice agency. These must include a picture and appropriate
personal data.

Frequent use of mobile and fixed checkpoints for inspection,
identification, and reg-istration of documents.

Preventing counterfeiting of identification and registration documents
by laminat-ing and embossing.

Programs to inform the population of the need for identification and

Covert surveillance is a collection effort with the responsibility
fixed at the intelligence/security division or detective division of
the police department. Covert techniques, ranging from application of
sophisticated electronics systems to informants, should include-

Informant nets. Reliability of informants should be verified.
Protection of identity is a must.

Block control. Dividing a community or populated area into zones where
a trusted resident reports on the activities of the population. If the
loyalty of block leaders is questionable, an informant net can be
established to verify questionable areas.

Units designated for counterinsurgency operations

· 115th MIB, Schofield, HI

· 704th MIB, Fort Made, MD, Collaboration with NSA

· 513st MIB, Fort Gordon, GA in Collaboration with NSA

· Arlington Hall Station, VA

· Aberdeen Proving Ground (Maryland)

· US Army Intelligence and Security Command ­ INSCOM- Huachuca ( Arizona )

· INTELLIGENCE THREAT and ANALYSIS CENTER ( Center Analysis for threat
and Intelligence )

· 501st Military Intelligence Brigade EAC

· 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion Exploitation Area

If that's true, they are f***ing engineering geniuses. No way can I figure out how to build any detention facility, temporary or not, that can deal with inmates at a mere $1,000 each! And I am as good as they get at these things. With a guard to prisoner ratio of a mere 1:20, too low by far, that money won't even house the guards, let alone the prisoners.



Is that Fein acknowledges we could have martial law, and that the best way to prevent a martial law crack down is EDUCATING the folks in the military (army, navy, air force and marines), National Guard, and police about what's REALLY going on in this country. This may be the best way to insure that they will "do the right thing" and not turn against the people and the Constitution.

As far as Blackwater ... I'd bet on the American people -- especially if that includes the good folks in the military and police who have been educated about fascism -- over a bunch of private mercenaries any day of the week.


George Washington

Maybe the way to respond to a declaration of martial law is, like the Israelites on the first Passover, to prominently display a sign on one's front door saying, "Support the troops: Bring them home!"

Nice piece of advice...NOT. Just a reminder of why we're even in this mess in the first place. Israel is the guarddog of American power in the Middle East. They are the deadly instrument of power used to maintain American domination over Arab-owned resources. AMERICA OUT NOW! DOWN WITH ISRAEL!

Mr. Lindorff:

If claims of secret construction of domestic concentration camps are to be given credence, they must be supported by some evidence other than the good name of the author. I don't trust Bush as far as I can throw Cheney, but I need more than naked claims to take this kind of thing seriously. Do tell!

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