3-39.33 Civil Disturbances April 2014
FM 3-19.15 Civial Disturbance Operations April 2005
It is a rare day when you don’t hear something about the militarization and overreach of the police in America. Just this week Ron Paul came out with a statement about the police in Philadelphia, who have had a nasty habit of confiscating the homes of over 500 families whose children have been caught with controlled substances. If you live in any kind of city or suburb, you have already seen the militarized cops, replete with armored vehicles. As we are so careful at the range to not sweep anyone with a loaded gun, these cops are very happy to point loaded weapons right at innocent Americans, just because they can. We saw that after the Boston bombing, the residents of Watertown and Newton Massachusetts celebrated the boot jacked thugs who dragged people out of their homes and put their feet on their heads, in search of one, unarmed, man.
But what if you live in flyover country? What if your local police and Sheriffs have already either joined Oathkeepers or have on their own declared that they will never violate the constitution if ordered by the President or other bought and paid for politicians, even it the event of a disaster? Do you feel safe? Do you feel like the black suited stormtroopers will never knock at your door?
Think again. Because the executive branch of the US Government doesn’t just command the police. They also command the military, and as recent changes to the US Army Civil Disturbances manual reflect, not only is that military planning and training for a war with the citizens, nobody is even going to remember that the military is not supposed to do that, no matter what.
In 1871, the Posse Commitatus act was signed into law. It was created because the US Army had been used to occupy the South after the Civil War, and abuses from that era were so egregious that it was decided this should never happen again. In 2006, George W. Bush specifically, and covertly, as part of the 2007 Defense Authorization Bill, dismantled Posse Comitatus.
Section 1076 is titled “Use of the Armed Forces in major public emergencies.” It provided that:
The President may employ the armed forces… to… restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition… the President determines that… domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order… or [to] suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy if such… a condition… so hinders the execution of the laws… that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law… or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.
Since that time, the laws were further cleaned up to not conflict with the Insurrection Act of 1807, and in In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama signed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 into law. Section 1021(b)(2) extended the definition of a “covered person”, i.e., someone possibly subject to detention under this law, to include:
A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.
That means that if you unwittingly bought a pocket knife from an Ebay seller in Pakistan who the government has deemed supporting “the terrorists,” then did the belligerent act of not allowing a police officer into your home without a warrant, you could be on that list.
If this sounds like a meaningless connection of dots from someone who is just trying to scare you, check out the difference in the treatment of Posse Commitatus from from the 2005 Civil disturbances manual, compared to the April 2014 version.
This is the 2005 version. It clearly prioritizes the Posse Commitatus Act and explains to the Federal troops reading it that local law enforcement is in charge:
It of course covers exceptions, but if you read them, it is clear that at the time, 2005, four years after 911, the military was still being informed that the only way they should get involved is if the Constitutional rights of the citizens were in danger, or if Federal property was at risk of damage:
Compare that to the 2014 version. Now that the law has been gutted, Posse Comitatus is only mentioned in passing, as part of a very mean manual clearly meant to instruct the US Military in Nazi SS 101. It gives lip service to the fact the US Constitution forbids it, but read further:
The exceptions reflect a completely different thought process:
What I find mot interesting is that there are many parts of the manual that haven’t changed. For instance this Graduated Response Matrix sample card has not changed since 2005. This manual was made for CONUS and OCONUS (inside and outside the continental US),
so when you see a Youtube video that shows our US Military firing on unarmed civilians, this is one of the places that it is documented training. Americans have no problem lighting up a 1986 Honda Civic in Iraq whose occupants couldn’t read the sign saying stop. But the same manual is going to be used against you when you protest after the bank holiday that confiscated 50% of your bank account because the system was “too big to fail.”
A lot of people are finally waking up to the fact that the reforms post-911 weren’t necessarily the best thing for the future of America. We took so much for granted, and who even knew what the Posse Commitatus Act was before it was eroded, and before the US Military was being used to staff drunk driver checkpoints?
Please share this knowledge with others. The abuses of government have become so brazen that it appears they don’t care anymore if they get caught. Just over the past year we saw the public disclosure of full American looking towns built on military bases made specifically to train the troops to fight against us. This isn’t supposed to be what America is about, and everyone who has woken up to these facts has a genuine duty to share them as much as possible. The future is in our hands, and it is really scary.