Note from Elias Alias, owner/editor: Before viewing the videos below, please go to this website and meditate on what you’ll see there, and then see if you are impressed to do whatever you can to help the Finicum family. I can certainly recommend very highly LaVoy Finicum’s novel. I’ve read it and I love it. Buy this book at One Cowboy’s Stand For Freedom.
Many of you have already seen the top two of the four videos below, as they were published on September 25 2016 Here. Of the four below, the bottom two are brand new, so please share.
The four videos below are not only credible, they are valuable as excellent “forensic analyses” of LaVoy’s last moments on earth. I am proud to post these videos at The Mental Militia, for they pose serious questions which challenge what the government has said about the assassination/murder of LaVoy Finicum. Such questions lead to yet deeper insight into the nefarious underbelly of some government agencies, such as the FBI.
This murder shows that the same consciousness which prompted the mass murders at Waco, Texas is still alive in our current law-enforcement community and must be addressed before yet more innocent Americans are squashed under the mechanical rollers of a berserk government. These four videos also show something which has not been said often enough, that being that we as Americans are entitled to ask questions about the activities of our government. The individual who made these videos has shown us *how* to ask questions, and that is a valuable gift to the freedom movement in and of itself. Thank you for viewing this very important work.
I would also like to thank our friend for sending the two most-recent videos to The Mental Militia and inviting The Mental Militia to be the first to post them on the Internet. This individual wishes to remain un-named, so we will honor that and respect the need for privacy. But we are grateful for all the good work which viewers will appreciate as they watch, and I personally would ask anyone reading here to please help these videos get spread around.
This page has four videos which were created by the same individual. They came to me in this sequence —
“Forensic Analysis of the Murder of LaVoy Finicum” (1)
“The Foam Bullet Used To Justify Killing LaVoy Finicum”. (2)
“The Assassination of LaVoy Finicum: The Planted Gun” (3)
“The Assassination of LaVoy Finicum: The Two Shots That The FBI Lied About” (4)
Regarding the third video, there are serious questions about whether a gun was “planted” on LaVoy’s body after the law-enforcement agents murdered him. If I recall correctly, various witnesses (who were with LaVoy that day) have indicated that he did not bring his gun with him on the trip. There are questions about the gun claimed by the government to have been in LaVoy’s jacket pocket, including the question of ownership of that particular gun. I will verify two items of interest and enter my findings here after verification. Please keep in mind when viewing video number 3 that serious questions are involved, which is why our friend made the video
In video number 4 we find an anomaly in which two bullets penetrated the truck LaVoy was driving while passengers were inside that truck, but only one entry hole is observable in videos or photos. To my knowledge no members of the public have been allowed to examine that truck. (Any reader here who can shed light on that one issue is requested to do so in the comment section under this article. Thank you.)
Our video technician friend has raised several other points to ponder. In that regard it is important to note that the FBI agents on the scene of LaVoy’s murder lied about firing shots, then lied again in trying to cover up the truth about having fired the two shots. Two, or maybe three, FBI agents caused the FBI to launch an investigation into their actions and their lies. By starting that investigation the FBI has noted that at least two of their agents lied about these two shots in question.
The Mental Militia is very fortunate to have a good working relationship with the individual who has produced all four videos on this page. We send our respectful thanks and a grateful Salute!
Spend some time browsing around the Finicum family’s website. Buy LaVoy’s novel. Make a donation. Spread the word. Share this link. Help this American cowboy family defend their ranch against a vicious government encroachment. Click this link and you’re there. Thank you!
[vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][EA note: This article was originally posted at Oath Keepers’ national website on May 16 2011. I am rebuilding the entire series of articles as closely to the original postings as I am able to do from my notes here. I have left the “tense” of the writing as it was in the original series, so keep in mind that this story came in 2011. This link is no good, and a number of other links in this article are no longer good, but are part of the record for this series. I will place the original link for each part in its appropriate posting.]
Foreword: This article focuses on the killing on May 05 2011 of a former U.S. Marine veteran of the Iraq war in a military styled raid on his home by the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department while allegedly attempting to serve a warrant. However, there are other striking stories which relate to this story. The interrelated stories taken together create a yet larger story, and one with very serious implications.
An Empire Strikes Home
By Elias Alias, May 16, 2011
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Let us examine some articles about a young husband and father, a war veteran with the U.S. Marines who served two tours in Iraq. The articles we want to discuss are about his being killed by the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department while the Sheriff’s Department was serving a warrant at the former Marine’s house. The articles are primarily from the press and media at Tucson, Arizona. Some of the articles have been scrubbed. Some of the links within this writing will not work.
On May 05, 2011 KGUN9 in Tucson, Arizona, reported the following information to its audience:
PCSD ID’s man killed in morning SWAT situation
Posted: May 05, 2011 11:47 AM MDT Thursday, May 5, 2011 1:47 PM : Updated May 06, 2011 11:20 AM MDT
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a man is dead after a standoff and gun battle with deputies.
Jason Ogan, spokesperson with PCSD tells KGUN9 that 26-year-old Jose Huerena was the suspect killed this morning.According to Ogan, deputies were serving a warrant at a home near Valenica Road and Wade Road when the standoff started. A woman and a child were also in the home with the suspect at the time the warrant was served. Howeverm [sic] they were able to get out of the house before the SWAT team became involved.
When deputies fianlly entered the home, the Huerena started firing with a long rifle. Deputies fired back, fatally shooting him.
When I read the above article, I gathered that the Pima County Sheriff’s Department was using “deputies” to serve a warrant. At the home of the man for whom the alleged warrant was issued, a man ended up dead after “a standoff and gun battle with deputies”. The “suspect” was, as I read this story, involved in a “standoff”. That means to me that he was barricaded inside his home and was keeping the officers outside his house by some means or other, with the most likely implied meaning being his brandishing of a long rifle. We don’t know for sure at this point who “the Huerena” would be, but we figure that is actually Jose Guerena, the suspect for whom the warrant was issued, who fired on the deputies “with a long rifle”. At that point, after the suspect fired on them, they opened fire and killed him.
All in a day’s work, yes?
Before moving to the next news release about this shooting incident, in which fortunately no peace officers were harmed, let us recount that an armed suspect fired on the deputies who were there to serve a warrant, as told to the news journalist by … well, by whom?
We must presume that the report came from the Sheriff’s Department for Pima County, right? In fact, the article clearly states that one “Jason Ogan, spokesperson with PCSD” told KGUN9 that Jose Guerena was the suspect who was shot dead, and that deputies were serving a warrant at Huerena’s house when the standoff started.
We’ll bear that in mind.
But later and to our surprise, we’re to read a somewhat different account. Let’s look at the subsequent report:
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – At around 9:45 Thursday morning, people living near Valencia and Ajo Highway heard sounds that they’ve never heard on their street before.
“Gunshots. Boom, boom boom. Screaming!” described a neighbor. “It kind of looks like a scene from Law & Order. To see all of this is just crazy!”
Pima County Sheriff’s deputies told KGUN9 News that the SWAT team showed up at the home to serve a search warrant, although they won’t say the reason for the warrant. Deputies said that when they went down the hallway, they were greeted by Jose Guerena, 26, who was armed with a rifle. Deputies said that he opened fire on the officers which forced them to fire back, killing Guerena. The bulletproof shield that officers were carrying took the brunt of the bullets. They were not hurt.
“We are trained to always be on alert because you never know when a scenario is going to change. We don’t always know what the bad guy is going to do.”said Pima County Deputy, Jason Ogan. “The SWAT team is used deliberately for high risk type warrants, this met that criteria and that’s why the SWAT team served the warrant.”
Ogan said that Guerena’s wife and four year old son were not hurt.
Neighbors who spoke to 9 On Your Side had no idea why the SWAT team was serving a warrant on the house.
“Being out here so close to the border, it could have been anything from drugs to human smuggling,” one neighbor said. He added that the Guerena family was the “quiet family” on the street.
Guerena’s home was eventually searched, but deputies would not disclose what was found.
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Now we see it was not just any old run-of-the-mill Sheriff’s deputies who showed up to serve the warrant, but instead was a highly specialized sort of Sheriff’s deputies – the Pima County Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. team, which is “militarized” law enforcement, trained to execute “Dynamic Entries” by assaulting a home, battering down doors and/or windows, and charging in with rifles and guns drawn. As in, “combat’. This happens to more than 70,000 American homes each year.
So I’ve got a question at this point. Why did Sheriff’s deputy Jason Ogan in the first article we read above say it was “deputies” when in fact it was S.W.A.T. team members? There is a difference. S.W.A.T. is the elite of law enforcement. They are truly militarized, trained hard and intensely in “procedures” and “tactics” as if the American homes they’ll assault are battlegrounds. This mindset is perfected and driven home into their loyal brains by repeated training and indoctrination. It is a mindset which is viewed by the “authorities” to be vital and necessary for good men involved in bad work, such as assaulting the homes of American citizens. They are trained to obey all orders instantly, and to take it up with superiors later if they think they were given a bad order.
Perhaps in his role as “spokesman” for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Ogan felt or intuited in his first report of the incident that “deputies” sounded more benign, somehow a bit more acceptable, than just blurting out that the S.W.A.T. team had stormed the house of a citizen and shot him dead. I note, for the record, that the S.W.A.T. team members were indeed “deputies”, but they are a specialized type of deputy, and the distinction should always be reported.
But it would have been okay, even if he had told the full colorful version of the story, since the suspect had fired on the S.W.A.T. team as they were simply serving a warrant. After all, we do know that law enforcement offices around the nation are given regular profile updates on “extremists” and “lone wolf radicals” and “anti-government” misfits of nefarious ilk.
We also know that the Department of Homeland Security has published its opinion that returning veterans from America’s numerous foreign wars are primary objects for extra police scrutiny because they get kinky in their brains sometimes and think they’ve seen something wrong with how the Federal government administers itself upon the American people and especially how it administers itself upon foreign peoples in various countries. This of course would make our returning war vets highly susceptible to radical or extreme views. That, but also to remember is that the combat vets know damn well how to use firepower, same as or better than many cops who’ve not been in combat.
So we must ask, did the Pima County Sheriff’s Department pass this kind of Federal government propaganda, which demonizes our war heroes, our veterans of foreign wars who served this nation by placing their lives on the line in combat zones around the world, on to the deputies and the S.W.A.T. unit members of the PCSD? We may never know, because DHS and the Fusion Centers prefer to keep these kinds of profiling of citizens secret. We can know that there are very solid grounds to ask that question, and I do not want that question to be lost in the shuffle of what’s to come later in this article.
In this second article, from KGUN9-News we learn more details, thanks to not only Deputy Ogan but also to other deputies. We learn that “the SWAT team showed up at the home to serve a search warrant, although they won’t say the reason for the warrant.” Of course everyone knows that the reason, the warrant, is only to be known by those with a need to know, and the public has no need to know, so the Sheriff’s Department hasn’t anything to tell us, in this second report, about the warrant, about just what alleged or suspected guilt the warrant accused the dead man. The authorities know, but they had no interest in the public’s knowing the details of a warrant which warranted a freshly dead citizen. But, my God! It could have been – DRUGS!
I’m supposing that it’s common practice to go about serving warrants with S.W.A.T. teams in Arizona. That is probably a good thing, at least in this case, for the deputies have told KGUN9 tv news that when they “went down the hallway, they were greeted by Jose Guereno, 26, who was armed with a rifle. Deputies said that he opened fire on the officers which forced them to fire back, killing Guerena. The bulletproof shield that officers were carrying took the brunt of the bullets. They were not hurt.”
My goodness, he might have shot one of them. Thankfully, they had shields which “took the brunt of the bullets”. Note that the deputies stated, or are quoted as saying, that the shields took the brunt of more than one bullet, for they used the word’s plural spelling, “bullets” with an “s”. The “s” is an embellishment, no? It lends yet more to the story. Here is a guy who has a long gun and is suddenly firing not just once but multiple times at the peace officers who had barged into his home.
But that’s okay, in a way, because S.W.A.T. trains for unexpected shifts in “scenarios”. Each new home invasion has its own unique set of circumstances, its own special challenges, its own list of variables which are to be accounted for in planning a S.W.A.T. operation. They call such raids “scenarios”. Here is how Deputy Ogan put it, precisely –
“We are trained to always be on alert because you never know when a scenario is going to change.”
See? They’re trained to see home invasions as “scenarios”. That is because they are specialists and because they have been militarized psychologically. I say that because in the S.W.A.T. team members’ heads, a home invasion is an “operation”. That’s how soldiers see that kind of work. (So here we have a case of cops thinking like soldiers.) And that is how an increasing number of our local peace officers across the nation are seeing it, because an increasing river of Federal funding continues to grow its way into our Counties, such as Pima County, Arizona.
Along with that funding comes training, courtesy of Federal programs. The local peace officer becomes psychologically cognizant of a more professional approach to law enforcement. He has, through Federal grace and Fusion Centers, a notion of interface with the U.S. military, which also is being schooled and trained to interface with local law enforcement. So it’s obvious that a common perception of a common chain of command with a common set of tactics and training “scenarios” is called for. We are after all in modern times, and all that.
But Deputy Ogan was happy to say plenty to the news journalists. Look at what he said next –
“We don’t always know what the bad guy is going to do”, said Pima County Deputy, Jason Ogan.
And that brings up an interesting point as well. The training S.W.A.T. team members receive seems to paint any citizen who is the object of a warrant-serving scenario as to be automatically seen as “the bad guy”. Pretty simple symbology, that. If there is a warrant, the intended recipient of that warrant must be “the bad guy”. Case closed, no judge and jury required. Were it not so, the system would not send a S.W.A.T. team to serve the warrant, right? They would only send “deputies”, of the regular kind. Of course. Deputy Ogan spells that out for us too, in his following sentence –
“The SWAT team is used deliberately for high risk type warrants, this met that criteria and that’s why the SWAT team served the warrant.”
So we may deduce that a criteria was studied and the suspect was considered to be a “high risk type”. That does cause me to wonder how the warrant named his crime, and I wish the Sheriff would elucidate on the particulars of how this was viewed to be a “high risk type warrant”.
There is a reason why I wonder such things. It has to do with this – [EA Note: This link is also now removed from their site.]
SWAT team fatal shooting update: Suspect did not fire weapon
Posted: May 09, 2011 5:12 PM MDT Monday, May 9, 2011 7:12 PM EST; Updated: May 09, 2011 5:13 PM MDT Monday, May 9, 2011 7:13 PM
Reporter: Jessica Chapin
TUCSON (KGUN9- TV) –The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is releasing new information in the May 5 officer involved shooting case that resulted in 26-year-old Jose Guerena’s death.
Further investigation reveals Guerena did not shoot at the deputies before they returned fire.
The SWAT Team shot and killed Guerena Thursday morning after he pointed an assault rifle at officers who were trying to deliver a warrant. The rifle had the safety on, but was loaded.
Guerena’s wife and 4-year-old son were also at home but they were not injured.
The sheriff’s department is still investigating.
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That sorta changes things, we reckon.
Let’s be clear, regarding one sentence above – one cannot “return fire” when one has not been fired upon. The truth here is that Guerena was first officially said to have fired “bullets” at the S.W.A.T. deputies, but now we’re told that he did not fire a shot.
We were told by the Sheriff’s Department that the S.W.A.T. shields deflected the shots so that no deputy was injured. Remember that? Now we’re told by that same Sheriff’s Department that the man did not fire a single round at the S.W.A.T. team. What can we make of that?
I imagine it’s just the fog of war. Another militarization of the local peace officer – when one screws up, one obfuscates, just like Deputy Ogan has done, on the record no less. A good question at this point would be from whom Deputy Ogan got his story’s details. Did he just make up those lies himself, or did someone tell him what the story would be? Caught in a total self-contradiction in the news media, on the record, is an automatic waiver of any immunity, especially when a citizen’s death hangs in the balance. Killing a U.S. Marine veteran and lying about it is a grave situation.
There is more.
Here is another revelation: [EA Note: Thankfully, the Arizona Daily Star has preserved the following link, still good as of March 10 2016.]
Fernanda Echavarri Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:00 am From the article –
The Pima County Regional SWAT team fired 71 shots in seven seconds at a Tucson man they say pointed a gun at officers serving a search warrant at his home.
Jose Guerena, 26, a former Marine who served in Iraq twice, was holding an AR-15 rifle when he was killed, but he never fired a shot, the Sheriff’s Department said Monday after initially saying he had fired on officers during last week’s raid. (snip) Now let’s look at this story from the perspective of the widow. Continuing from story linked above.
Vanessa Guerena says she heard noise outside their home about 9 a.m. Thursday and woke her husband who had just gone to bed after working a 12-hour shift at the Asarco Mine, she said. There were no sirens or shouts of “police,” she said.
Guerena told his wife and son to hide inside a closet and he grabbed the AR-15 rifle, his wife said.
The department says SWAT members were clear when identifying themselves while entering the home.
“Tucson is notorious for home invasions and we didn’t want to look like that,” said Lt. Michael O’Connor of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. “We went lights and sirens and we absolutely did not do a ‘no-knock’ warrant.”
When five SWAT members broke through the front door Guerena was crouched down pointing the gun at them, said O’Connor.
“The suspect said, ‘I’ve got something for you,’ when he saw them,” O’Connor said. Guerena’s wife denied he said that.
Deputies began shooting.
A deputy’s bullet struck the side of the doorway, causing chips of wood to fall on his shield. That prompted some members of the team to think the deputy had been shot, O’Connor said.
The Sheriff’s Department put in a call to Drexel Heights fire at 9:43 a.m. requesting assistance with a shooting. But crews were told to hold off.
Guerena was dead by the time they were allowed in the house, fire officials said. Vanessa Guerena vividly remembers seeing her wounded husband.
“When I came out the officers dragged me through the kitchen and took me outside, and that’s when I saw him laying there gasping for air,” Vanessa Guerena said. “I kept begging the officers to call an ambulance that maybe he could make it and that my baby was still inside.”
The little boy soon after walked out of the closet on his own. SWAT members took him outside to be with his mother.
“I never imagined I would lose him like that, he was badly injured but I never thought he could be killed by police after he served his country,” Vanessa Guerena said. – End quoted passages –
Here is more – [EA Note: This link is also removed by KGUN9.]
From that link: Former Marine killed by SWAT was acting in defense, family says
Posted: May 10, 2011 7:14 PM MDT Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:14 PM; Updated: May 13, 2011 5:40 PM MDT
Reporter: Joel Waldman
Web Producer: Layla Tang
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) –New details are emerging about Jose Guerena, the man killed last Thursday in a SWAT incident at his Tucson home. He was gunned down by SWAT members while his wife and young child hid in a closet. Now, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department has taken responsibility for the fatal shooting. The SWAT team said it was just executing a narcotics search warrant when Guerena threatened officers with a military rifle. But the Sheriff’s Department has changed its story on whether Guerena actually fired at anyone.
On Tuesday, candles and tributes to Guerena could be seen outside his home. Family members said the 26-year-old former Marine served two tours of duty in Iraq. A smashed window and a barrage of bullet holes might be the type of scene a battle-hardened Marine would find in a war zone but not the Tucson home he shared with his two children and wife. Guerena’s wife, Vanessa, said her husband died thinking he was protecting his family from an invasion. “I saw this guy pointing me at the window. So, I got scared. And, I got like, ‘Please don’t shoot, I have a baby.’ I put my baby (down). (And I) put bag in window. And, I yell ‘Jose! Jose! Wake up!’” she explained. Jose had just come home from working at the mine. Vanessa said he had fallen asleep two hours before, only to wake up to chaos in his house. It was Pima County SWAT executing a narcotics conspiracy search warrant, but according to her, neither she nor her husband knew it was the authorities until it was too late. “You’re saying only (they) yelled SWAT after the shootout?” asked KGUN9 reporter Joel Waldman. “Oh, yes! Yes,” said Guerena.
[Elias note: Let’s break in this story right here long enough to note something significant. The wife of the dead Marine veteran is saying that the invading S.W.A.T. deputies did not yell their identity until after the shooting began. So this aspect of the case is in contest. That is not good for the Sheriff’s Department, because the Sheriff’s Department has already demonstrated that it will state false information as if it were truth. The Sheriff’s Department is the only side of this argument which has already established itself as being capable of lying. Thus far, Mrs. Huerena has not had to retract any of her statements, while the Sheriff’s Department has.]
(continuing from article) Vanessa said Jose grabbed a gun to protect himself from what he thought were home invaders. The Pima County Sheriff’s Office denies that officers failed to identify themselves. Lt. Michael O’Connor told KGUN9’s Joel Waldman that the SWAT team has a standard procedure when serving high-risk search warrants of this nature designed to prevent the suspect from confusing officers with criminal home invaders. “We will have a lot police vehicles there, with their lights and their sirens on. In this case… because it was a narcotics high risk type of a search warrant, we had our large armored vehicle there with the markings on it. It also has lights and sirens, it was going. So we do everything we can to portray the image that we are law enforcement, we are not home invaders.” O’Connor also said emphatically that this was not a “no knock” raid. “This case was, we came in very high profile, lights and sirens. We go to the door, we pound on the door. We wait approximately 15 seconds. If no one answers the door, we breach the door with a heavy tool and open the door.” The officer said that when the SWAT team got the door open, they found Guerena crouched in the hall pointing an assault rifle at them. According to O’Connor, Guerena said, “”I have something for you!” He said that Guerena “brought this all on himself by presenting himself the way he did.” Guerena’s relatives disagree. “Now, they’re saying this now that they admitted for him not shooting back (SIC). They want to throw more dirt on him,” said cousin Oscar Garcia. Garcia is referring to the issue [ of ] the change [ in the ] story about whether Guerena fired his gun. Initially investigators reported that he had, but then later, they corrected that statement and said that Guerena had not gotten off a shot. Deputies confirmed that Guerena’s safety was still on when his gun was recovered. Also, officials said that reports that some SWAT officers’ shields were riddled with bullets are also untrue. (snip) – end quoted passages –
What can we say about all of this? I think, personally, that someone somewhere might see good cause to establish a fund for Mrs. Guerena’s two children, who now have been deprived of a father by the government.
We have learned, if we are to believe everything we read, that Mr. Guerena’s warrant was related to “conspiracy” and to “narcotics”. We wonder if the people will be able to see that warrant. We wonder if the others supposedly involved in that conspiracy will be named. We wonder if they will be giving statements, whether coerced or volunteered. We wonder how many years it shall take the S.W.A.T. team members to mature in their personal wisdom, each of them who pulled a trigger in this home invasion, enough to realize that the war on drugs is not lawful and cannot be justified in the U.S. Constitution, and that what they did the day they killed this young father, young husband, young new-home owner, young war veteran, they violated something very sacred, something which is supposed to be protected by our women and men who wear the uniforms, badges, and guns of law enforcement.
Their training produces a mind-set which is so intense, so reinforced, so strongly structured that some of them may never become human again. Perhaps a few will sober up in later years, come down from their perpetual adrenalin high, and realize that they were duped into being strong-arms for a corrupt government program which is working to destroy the U.S. Constitution which they swore to uphold and protect.
While this incident is very damning, we must recall that this incident is but a tiny fraction of the great number of S.W.A.T. team mis-applications in this nation. Innocent citizens have been brutalized, tormented, and even shot to death by government agents acting like storm troopers in the so-called war on drugs. And I’m guessing that hardly a one of the guys with the guns who are conducting such assaults ever looks into the Constitutionality of this kind of thing. I’m guessing that they will be old men and women before they realize that in enforcing anti-drug laws they are assisting the government in its claim to own the citizen.
How can I say that? Easy. A free American citizen has full Constitutional rights, including an unalienable right to complete ownership of one’s body and one’s mind. It has to be that way, and the government has to admit it ultimately, because it is written into our nation’s founding legal documents. It is amplified in the letters and writings of this nation’s founders. It is enshrined in numerous Supreme Court rulings. And it is simple common sense. If government can own one’s body, one is not free. This nation’s government declares incessantly that Americans are “free”. To be free, one must accept full ownership of, and responsibility for, one’s body and one’s mind.
When government would tell anyone what one may or may not put into one’s body, government has at that point exceeded its authority and violated its own founding legal charter and nullified the compact between the several sovereign States of the compact. There is no authority for the government to own anyone’s body, nor to dictate what one may or may not ingest into one’s body. Self ownership is an unalienable right. Government is wrong about the war on drugs. Equally, the same principle applies to “forced vaccinations”. If it is “your body”, on what authority can any government in America, Federal, State, County, or Local, require you to allow someone to stick a needle into one’s arm? In both cases, government is asserting ownership over citizens’ bodies, and to do that is to usurp the Constitution, to violate it, to commit a crime against it. There is a word for that.
And that is where we should close part one of this article.
Militarizing Law Enforcement and Domestic Military Deployment
By Elias Alias, May 18 – June 21, 2011
Profiling The Policy
In Part One of “An Empire Strikes Home” we focused on a sad shooting death involving the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department regional multi-jurisdictional S.W.A.T. team. We also spotlighted several Arizona news articles in which the Sheriff’s Department issued conflicting stories regarding the S.W.A.T. raid. The published statements began by claiming that the suspect initiated and conducted a “standoff” and started a “gun battle” with deputies who had come to his home to serve a warrant.
I think that everyone knows that for any government action involving shooting of a citizen those kind of reports are the proper (meaning, from Law Enforcement’s perspective) way this sort of operation should be presented to the press and to the public – the cops are the good guys and the dopers are the bad guys.
When SWAT showed up to enforce the law one of the bad guys had the audacity to draw down on the good guys as they were busting in his front door. As the acceptable, just, and lawful scenario was presented to the press, the good guys prevailed and the bad guy failed.
Message done, cut and dried, clean and closed, nothing more to see here, now move along to the next five-second news sound bite and have a nice day.
The public will take that kind of story and say, “Oh well, that ‘bad guy’ should have thought twice before choosing a life of crime, and it’s no loss to society that he’s gone. Too bad about the widow and fatherless children she’ll raise alone now – she married the wrong dude. The man was associated with marijuana, so he must be a ‘bad guy’. Live by the gun, die by the gun.”
That is, generally speaking, how a significant part of the public would see this event by reading the first Sheriff’s Department accounting of the death of Jose Guerena. And that is the desired perception which the Sheriff’s Department and higher-ups wished to present for public consumption, for that is the perception which will spare the County the trouble of more extensive damage control. If it works.
Days later, however, the Pima County Arizona Sheriff’s Department confessed that Jose Guerena did not shoot at the officers. Tough luck for Sheriff Dupnik, drat.
In early June, 2011, the cheerleaders for militarized law enforcement are saying “But hey – wait a minute here! We’re telling you the facts as we get them. There are new discoveries coming out of the investigation and we now know that earlier reports were less than factual. It is true that we said Jose fired on the officers first, and that bullets were bouncing off the SWAT shield at the doorway, bullets fired by Guerena. Yeah we said that, but now we are saying that he did not fire his rifle at the SWAT team, and besides, we now believe that the man was associated with a grouping of family members who constituted a threat to society They are under suspicion of marijuana-related crimes. So he really was a bad guy and we really were justified in sending a SWAT urban-warfare combat team into his home and shooting him dead. After all, he did have a rifle in his hand.”
They’re saying stuff like that already, not quite a month into this. Jose was shot on Cinco de Mayo, May 05, 2011.
But shouldn’t we ask:Who gave that story to the Sheriff’s Department’s official spokespersons?
Who told the two spokespersons to tell the press and media that Jose fired first, and that his bullets were bouncing off the SWAT team’s shield as the SWAT team came through the doorway?
It’s a good question, because just asking that question leads to something very sinister, a psychological anomaly which is subtle and very much out-of-sight, very much hidden from the public awareness. We must ask – Is there an intended purpose in the perception generated by the Sheriff’s Department?
I do not think for one minute that the two spokespersons would dare make-up a story like this on their own. But even if they did make up this story, they would certainly have submitted it to higher-ups in the chain of command for approval before releasing it to the press. I mean, this story has one shot-up dead man, after all. And there were 71 rounds expended in the operation which must be reconciled according to protocol. A dead war veteran and 71 bullets cascading upon the busting down of a front door of an American home needs proper public perception, lest the natives grow restless. Care should be taken in making press releases. Both spokespersons have a chain of command to which they must report and be held accountable. Did some higher-up tell those two spokespersons to tell that story to the media and press? Or did they just make it up and peddle it to the press?
(Like a gelatinous amorphous blob of pulsating undulating mood-bearing omni-directional free-floating mass of unconscious consciousness, the public mind is to be symbolized as a cohesive field of action. We each have a “mind”, and all of our minds together create what Carl Jung dubbed to be the “collective consciousness” of the human race – well over six billion individual minds registering the impulses and vibration-waves from Alpha through ever-how-many frequencies science now knows the brain emits – and all of those minds together constitute the collective mind of mankind. Specific to America, there are over three hundred million individual minds with each being a singular element (like a molecule in your physical body) in the sum total of all American minds. That collective of American minds constitutes what I refer to as the “public mind”. Edward Bernays and his pals of the day back in the 1920s referred to it as the “Group Mind”.)
Remember: The story initially put forth was that the good guys prevailed and the bad guy failed.
That is a perception, and that perception was manufactured using the press and media. The press and media, however, merely reported what the Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokespersons gave them. The spokespersons relating the story to the news people were using the press and media to get a public perception into the public mind or the group mind – the floating resilient elastic amorphous collective consciousness. It appealed to a common meme, and the news outlets dutifully reported it. Some in the news business at Tucson felt the sting when it came out later that Jose had not fired. (Oath Keepers especially would like to salute KGUN9 of Tucson.)
The S.W.A.T. team members fired seventy-one shots in seven seconds to kill the man dead because he had grabbed a rifle as his wife woke him up shrieking and S.W.A.T. broke in his door. It is questionable whether he had a chance to actually know it was law enforcement invading his home. I mention this because we are looking at something which is a mask, a veil of sorts placed over the public mind. We are looking at a designed, engineered, carefully crafted perception, duly perfected and inserted into the public mind through the regular programming stations and the press. It’s what got into the News. The good guys prevailed, and the bad guy failed. That was the meaning in the initial injection from the Sheriff’s Department into the consciousness of the public mind.
The details of that incident aside, we note that the trend in American law enforcement reveals a large-scale policyof escalation in a process of militarization of local enforcement agencies. America’s good cops, the experienced ones who’ve survived many years in law enforcement and know the score through a body of knowledge which only the years can render, know what I am talking about.
Cops Playing Soldiers?
Our nation is embroiled in much emotional upheaval and wide-spread confusion as the public is being bombarded 24/7 by a compliant media which trumpets Federal utterances on behalf of a desired consensus favoring Federal policy and issues.
Because Americans are awakening from the somnambulistic sleep states in which for generations they’ve been living the American dream. They are awakening because the oppression coming from a centralized and unstoppable Federal behemoth in Washington D. C. has now reached outward into all of the several sovereign States, down into the respective Counties of those fifty Republics and right into their own cities, towns, neighborhoods, and even into their very homes. They’re feeling the pinch of bungled Federal governance over the past four to six decades, with emphasis on the last four Presidential administrations. Don’t deny it. We all know it’s true.
Tensions are high and continue to rise. Fear is rampant and is being fanned by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and all the other usual suspects in the Federal array. Our economy is in its death throes and preparations are being made for the U.S. dollar to be replaced as the world’s reserve currency. Home loss is rampant, job loss is rising, suicide rates among civilians and veterans is skyrocketing, natural disasters are pounding, corruption is everywhere, socialism/Marxism/collectivism are on the march through our social and cultural institutions, our Bill of Rights is being held hostage by a belief system based on ignorance of the virtues of personal freedom in a Republic of law, our schools are pumping humanist/behaviorist existentialist immorality into our children’s heads while Wall Street is conquering their souls with hi-tech toys and myriad related distractions. The nation is in a bad way, and the worse things become, the tighter the Federal government squeezes to wring out the last vestiges of personal freedom and liberty for the American people. And their wealth. Many Americans are feeling such angst now, and the public mentality is shifting toward a heightened awareness of the presence of government in everything people do.
Caught up in the middle of everything are our cops and soldiers and firemen, each of whom is an individual, possessed of one subjective mind of one’s own, is one of countless good Americans sent up to their respective posts from the bosom of American society, from families and neighborhoods, communities and towns.
Our men and women with the authority, the badges, the guns, the uniforms are noble Americans who have grown up and lived in tumultuous times just like everyone else. They represent a cross section of America, and the overwhelming majority of them want to make a difference on behalf of the good in life, want to serve for the benefit of this nation, our respective States, and our local communities.
But they are often trained to see things in Govlish terms, and are not often trained to see things in Constitutional contexts. They are taught, trained, schooled, conditioned, programmed, and motivated to follow instructions, to be a team player, to care for one’s career, to succeed by acting as expected and required. To the ‘T’. The best pro-and-con marks bring the best career successes. If not shot in the line of duty, a nice retirement, graced by public appreciation, awaits the proper mindset in any soldier or cop.
The title of this article suggests an empirestriking home. Part One was about a Tucson home which has been struck down horribly. Parts Two and Three will reveal the empire and its tentacular interface across the landscapes of America with an enforcement arm emanating from a centralized governmental structure tied into a global economic balancing act which keeps the power elite jumping and the government pumping and the average cop and soldier humping.
We will note how international, national, Tribal, State, County, and Local government is now interfaced into the same circuitry – and we shall see how this statist madness made it possible that Jose Guerena was gunned down in his home by a militarized urban warfare combat team of Sheriff’s deputies doing the work of would-be soldiers.
The tactic elected by the Sheriff’s Department for the simple serving of a warrant was a military-styled assault with plenty of multi-jurisdictional equipment and personnel. This was an urban combat team operation, and it gave the Sheriff’s Department a little on-the-job training for executing procedures, practice in real time, coordination testing for execution of an official court-sponsored urban warfare scenario.
This militation did not come from the neighborhoods of Tucson or Pima County. It originated in Federal programs and the offices which run them. It did not come from grassroots, where we people live and work – it came from top-down concentrated, designed, choreographed, engineered and focused Federal power. That fact is part of The Mental Militia’s interest in this case.
In this second installment we will look more deeply into the militarization of our local peace officers, and note the transformation from local-service peace officers who signed up to “serve and protect”, into authoritarian-styled enforcement tools of bureaucratic governmental mechanisms. We will look at both the military side, and the law enforcement side of the military-police paradigm.
Through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) we’re looking at a burgeoning police state apparatus connected across agency lines, across Federal, State, and County lines. This particular home invasion by SWAT under color of law has exposed the thing to public scrutiny.
But wait; did you read Part One? Understanding of Part Two will be more complete with one’s knowledge of the information in Part One. Thank you for having read Part One first.
Before looking at his infamous speech of 1999, let us first go back in time to the Clinton Administration, where in 1997 then-Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen was giving a press conference which referenced “terrorism” in exaggerated Hollywood fashion.
– William S. Cohen, April 28, 1997 at a news briefing. The link for this transcript is [editor’s note: As of June 2016 the original link is no longer good. I am including the original link in this article just for the record.]
While briefing the press as Secretary of Defense, Cohen touches upon the concept of weather wars. The sentence is contained within the paragraph below. Watch for it, when it comes up. Here is the sentence:
“Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.”
“…But as we’ve learned in the intelligence community, we had something called — and we have James Woolsey here to perhaps even address this question about phantom moles. The mere fear that there is a mole within an agency can set off a chain reaction and a hunt for that particular mole which can paralyze the agency for weeks and months and years even, in a search. The same thing is true about just the false scare of a threat of using some kind of a chemical weapon or a biological one. There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that’s why this is so important.”
When Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen gave that press conference in 1997 and listed some of the horrific wmd sciences which he alleged the world of terrorists was even then developing to use against us, his message was echoed down the line of command, outward to the entire nation. Justice Department bulletins spread the word, State-level intelligence and enforcement communities dispersed the message to local authorities and offices, and finally your friendly firefighter down the street saw it in a journal while your next-door neighbor cop got it at roll call. The soldiers? They got it straight down the chain of command. A Secretary of Defense has power over the thinking and perception of the entire military, as well as an influence in the public mind, the group mind, the amorphous, shimmering, oscillating bubble of the collective consciousness.
So cops and firefighters and soldiers who served honorably back in 1997 and since have had a choice to make. Does one conscientiously believe that any rogue nation-state has the technology to “alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves”? Or does one simply accept whatever the Secretary of Defense says without asking the hard questions, such as, “How can any rogue nation-state get that kind of technology and the materials and logistics needed to actually study such science, much less develop and deliver it, without help from our own Defense contracting multi-nationals?” (We’ll go into HAARP in another article, at another time.)
In other words, public servants who do not ask such questions will tend to somewhat-blindly accept whichever new reality our leaders pontificate and announce. And they will act accordingly in order to get good pro and con marks on one’s record of service. Don’t rock the boat. If Cohen says someone is developing the ability to use ultra-low frequency electromagnetic waves to set off the Yellowstone Caldera or bust loose the San Andreas Fault, then by God it must be true and we’d better start looking out for such varmints wherever we work or are deployed.
It becomes a mindset.
DARPA Mind Control
That basic foundational mindset has surfaced in the visage of one Pima County Arizona Sheriff named Clarence Dupnik. He obviously believes the government’s propaganda. We will look into that here, for it is an altered state of consciousness and it sets in one of the people’s seats of power and authority. And, we should note, it has a SWAT team.
But Oath Keepers firefighters and cops and soldiers are awake, are very reasonable and knowledgeable individuals, can think well for themselves, and they do ask questions. As such, Oath Keepers now offers a look back in time to July 26, 1999, a couple of years after Cohen made his rash predictions in ‘97.
On that day the Washington Post published a speech by then-Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, President Clinton’s go-to military guy. The speech is entitled “Welcome To A Grave New World”.
Couched among all the grave reasons why the U.S. Defense Department should be on call to civil authorities for domestic operations, Defense Secretary Cohen was telling us that there would need to be a chain of command between the Pentagon and the appropriate civilian authorities. He dared not use the words “chain of command”. No sir. He put it this way –
As part of a federal interagency effort launched last year by President Clinton and led by the National Security Council, the Defense Department is doing its part to prepare the nation for the catastrophic consequences of an attack that unleashes these horrific weapons. Because it has long prepared to face this grim possibility on the battlefield, the military has unique capabilities to offer in the domestic arena as well. Several core principles are guiding our efforts. First, any military assistance in the wake of a domestic attack must be in support of the appropriate federal civilian authority — either the Department of Justice or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Second, an unequivocal and unambiguous chain of responsibility, authority and accountability for that support must exist.
That’s it. An “unequivocal and unambiguous chain of responsibility, authority and accountability”.
Is that by any other definition not a “chain of command”? You’re right. But he was speaking a couple of years before 9/11/2001, and at that time any claim by the Pentagon to have any authority to give marching orders to civilian agencies, such as the Justice Department’s enforcement groups or any others, would have been laughed out of court by the American people. Therefore Cohen also notes in his speech –
Finally, we must not [sic] trample on American lives and liberties in the name of preserving them. Fears about the military’s role in domestic affairs are unfounded, as evidenced by a long history of reasonable and successful military support to communities ravaged by natural disasters, such as fire and flood.
As in the past, any military support will be precisely that — support. Both legal and practical considerations demand it. The Posse Comitatus Act and the Defense Department’s implementing policies are clear — the military is not to conduct domestic law enforcement without explicit statutory authority, and we strongly believe no changes should be made to Posse Comitatus.
But of course Cohen was not being genuine. In fact, he was flat-out lying. Consider: It is doubtful that “explicit statutory authority” exists in any body of lawfully written mandate, for Posse Comitatus stands opposed to any ‘explicit statutory authority’ which would place the military on U.S. soil in a policing role. He states clearly that no changes should be made to Posse Comitatus, the old 1878 law prohibiting the use of the Army to police the people of the several sovereign States. He was preparing the way for George Bush 43 to completely butcher Posse Comitatus, as indeed happened. But look at this – Cohen continues…
Also clear is that the military’s unique assets are most valuable when used to supplement — not supplant — continuing federal, state or local efforts. This is one of the reasons we are helping to train the local emergency “first responders” in 120 cities under a program mandated by Congress and now being transferred to the Justice Department.
But merely managing the consequences of an attack is not sufficient. We must be vigilant in seeking to interdict and defeat the efforts of those who seek to inflict mass destruction on us. This will require greater international cooperation, intelligence collection abroad and information gathering by law enforcement agencies at home. Information is clearly power, and greater access to information will require the American people and their elected officials to find the proper balance between privacy and protection.
-end excerpt from Cohen’s speech-
Did we notice how slick he was in sneaking that in there? I mean the part about the “information gathering by law enforcement agencies at home”. This speech was published in 1999. Cohen’s drawing-table mentality, like all planning adventures, dealt with abstractions, with concepts which planners use like wishful building blocks of children’s play. Think-tankers and Planners (working groups, etc) get their blocks and Tinker Toys from the U.S. Census, the NSA, the NRO, Pentagon, FBI, CIA, etc, etc. (More on that in part three.)
picture coming soon DARPA
But as the Guerena shooting shows clearly, the “proper balance between privacy and protection” was anything but an abstract in Jose Guerena’s life. Jose Guerena’s death is sourced to national-level planners who saw, even back in the 1980s and 1990s, some reason to militarize our civilian peace officers. Cohen was pushing that policy in the 1990s.
Before moving along, please note for recall later that Cohen also said, “Information is clearly power”.
From Cohen’s speech in 1999 we can jump now to 2011, just a dozen thrill-packed years later, and find that there exists a Federalized/militarized infrastructure, similar to the 120-City gambit under Clinton’s Administration in which major population centers would become networked in communications and other areas vital to the national intelligence systems required by the Pentagon. There now exists a unifying central hub for all this, and it’s called the Department of Homeland Security. In its outreach, DHS uses for conduits a network of intermediary Intelligence centers called Fusion Centers.
Had Cohen been candid and truthful he would have noted that his announcement of the government’s intent to use U.S. military forces on U.S. soil under whichever exigent circumstances would be deemed worthy, and in conjunction with our local peace officer community, was actually itself predicted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Keeping in mind the fact that Cohen has just told us about 120 centers to be established in as many cities around the nation, and that the 120 centers would exert liaison relationships with local, State, Federal, and Military interface, with that unequivocal and unambiguous command structure of unambiguous authority and accountability etc., let’s look at something else before getting to the fruits of his prophecy.
This is a National Institute of Justice report from 1997, well before Cohen’s Grave New World speech.
In 1994 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) entered into a cooperative agreement to develop technologies of value to both. This agreement, codified in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and signed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General, formalized and focused a longstanding ad hoc relationship. To manage this technology development program and to direct its day-to-day activities, the MOU established a Joint Program Steering Group (JPSG) that would represent both departments and be staffed with members from several agencies…
Part I: The Partnership Between Law Enforcement and the Military [emphasis EA]
The boundaries separating the functions of the law enforcement and military communities are clearly defined in law. The military’s function is to provide for the national defense, while Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies maintain domestic tranquillity. [Sic] Although performing different functions, law enforcement and the military perform many of the same tasks. Both law enforcement and the military operate their own judicial, police, and prison systems. Within the limits set by law, civil law enforcement and the military communities work cooperatively…. Often law enforcement and the military may also participate in the same missions. Such interagency efforts include waging the war against drugs, countering terrorism and espionage, and providing disaster relief… [emphasis EA]
The potential benefits of a joint development program became clear to officials in DOD and DOJ, as well as to Congress, in 1993. The overlap of technology needs had been noted by a senior working group (SWG) convened by DARPA in 1993 to assist in formulating a program to develop technologies to enhance the effectiveness of U.S. forces engaged in Operations Other Than War (OOTW). These kinds of operations involve providing humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping, countering the flow of drugs into the United States, and countering terrorism. This initiative was prompted by events in Somalia and elsewhere. The SWG and DARPA noted many common technology needs between civilian law enforcement operations and OOTW. [emphasis EA] Congress and senior officials in both DOJ and DOD moved DARPA and NIJ toward establishing a formal partnership agreement. In June 1993, the Attorney General sent a letter to DOD and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) suggesting collaboration on technology development. In July 1993, Congress initiated language directing the establishment of an interagency working group, which included DOJ and DOD, to look to the development of dual-use technologies. This was prompted by the recognition of the effect of defense downsizing on the industrial base and the effort to reduce Federal expenditures and by apparent interest within the administration to “reinvent government” by eliminating unnecessary redundancies. In hearings before the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology that year, the DOD Director of Defense Research and Engineering endorsed establishing joint technology development with DOJ. Also at these hearings, key NIJ and industry officials testified about the value such a partnership might produce. [emphasis EA]
NIJ reorganized in 1994 by elevating its Division of Science and Technology to full office status and establishing a Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisory Council (LECTAC) consisting of 85 representatives from Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies. At that time, LECTAC identified law enforcement technology needs for NIJ and noted that many of these needs were pertinent to the military. [emphasis EA]
Memorandum of Understanding. The clear benefits of this partnership led to the execution of an MOU between DOJ and DOD on April 20, 1994. Highlighting the importance attached to this MOU was its execution by the Attorney General and the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the presence of the VicePresident, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the signing ceremony. This MOU set in motion the development and enactment of the technology program described in Part II of this report.
[Interjection by Elias – Please note that an unlawful merging of the Justice Department and the U.S. Military was enacted at this juncture and was officially presided over by the Vice President as well as representatives of the Treasury Department and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Also note that this sub-authority grouping of government officials did not include the U.S. Congress. No law was passed in Congress to permit this, the public mind was not advised of this until after the fact and even then only briefly in the back sections of newspapers for a day or two, and therefore no case regarding this merging of two diametrically-opposed civil bodies, DOJ and DOD, would ever involve the Supreme Court, which would undoubtedly have condemned this mischief. They just did it in the same off-hand way that NORTHCOM recently merged the U.S. Northern Command with the Canadian Army. See:
The MOU calls for the establishment of an extendable 5-year program in which a JPSG, jointly staffed by DOD and DOJ representatives, manages daily operations and a high-level interagency Senior Review Group sets policy. Members of the JPSG have been drawn from DARPA, NIJ, the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons, and the U.S. Army. The JPSG works at any point along the research, development, and acquisition (RDA) spectrum so that it can support demonstrations of existing technology as well as development of totally new and unique technologies. [EA note: When the report mentions that JPSG works at any point along the research, development, and acquisition spectrum, it created the capability of the military and civil law enforcement communities to interchange equipment, technology, science, and logistics, which explains how SWAT teams dash about sporting amazing militarized toys such as APCs and Sound Weapons etc. Recall, this would officially begin in 1994, because a group of visionaries decided to bypass Congress and the American people to build an infrastructure which would be occupied readily under COG or COOP as what General Tommy Franks dubbed “a military form of government”.]
– End quote from 1997 NCJRS report. Read the whole thing at above link. –
I have saved this document for many years, just as I also saved that Grave New World speech by Cohen back in 1999. These are the kind of documents which the theater-going average Wal-Mart shopper and the typical American voter will hardly ever read, but the documents are there for those who care, and the documents mean something. For example, it was in this DARPA document that I first encountered the term, “OOTW”.
Operations Other Than War
That concept is quite a clever innovation for the pursuit of an ever-growing policy which would empower government. Remarkably, that concept came to us on the heels of our victory in the Cold War, and recall: after we won the Cold War, America had no “enemy” left on this planet who could dare attack us.
This was the case with every major war of the 20th Century – we won WWI, WWII, and the Cold War, and after each victory there was no conceivable enemy left on this earth who could dare threaten us. After WWI, Wall Street and the City of London built up the Third Reich in Germany across the 1930s, giving us the second World War by 1939. [See Antony C. Sutton’s books at Amazon] After we won WWII, again there was no credible “enemy”, so Stalin, Churchill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt created the United Nations (1945) and then used Yalta to launch a mutually beneficial Cold War which they could milk for another forty years or so.
And when America finally won the Cold War 1989-1991, lo and behold our Defense contracting industry was once again faced with the need for an enemy, so our think-tankers came up with a War on Terror which George Bush 43 boasted would last beyond our lifetime.
That should explain why “Policy” dictates sending massive military incursions into tiny nations to hunt down a handful of “terrorists”, yes? It also explains why, ten years after invading Afghanistan to hunt down Osama bin Laden, and finally, allegedly, killing him and conveniently dumping his body into the great blue sea for the bellies of disinterested fish, the U.S. military is still fighting an escalating war in Afghanistan, yes? But I digress.
The point is that the U.S. economy is addicted to Defense contracting and spending big time. We all know it, and 20th Century history now shows it – win a war and save the world, and walah, right on cue, a new “enemy” magically appears.
While it is a stretch to understand how the military can fight a concept employed by surrogates handled and directed by black-op CIA and other Intel agents, we do admit that “terrorism” is a concept with very real consequences, not the least of which is a tinkering with perceptions in the public mind. That perception is necessary, according to neo-con philosophy as vomited forth by the now dissolved Project For A New American Century…
…which suggested to the White House, on page 51 of its 2000 report entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses …
http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf [editor’s note: this link as of June 15 2016 produces an “Account Suspended” page. It is here just for the record, as it was good in 2011 when I wrote this series.]
…the following psy-op need –
Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor. Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions. In exploiting the “revolution in military affairs,” the Pentagon must be driven by the enduring missions for U.S. forces. This process will have two stages: transition, featuring a mix of current and new systems; and true transformation, featuring new systems, organizations and operational concepts. This process must take a competitive approach, with services and joint-service operations competing for new roles and missions. Any successful process of transformation must be linked to the services, which are the institutions within the Defense Department with the ability and the responsibility for linking budgets and resources to specific missions.
-end quoted passages from page 51 in PNAC document-
All planners know that if we dry up the Defense contracts to the Defense contracting industry Wall Street’s bubble will pop pronto. See:
It is surely no exaggeration to say that a condition of general world peace would lead to changes in the social structures of the nations of the world of unparalleled and revolutionary magnitude. The economic impact of general disarmament, to name only the most obvious consequence of peace, would revise the production and distribution patterns of the globe to a degree that would make changes of the past fifty years seem insignificant. Political, sociological, cultural, and ecological changes would be equally far-reaching. What has motivated our study of these contingencies has been the growing sense of thoughtful men in and out of government that the world is totally unprepared to meet the demands of such a situation. [EA: that situation being the occurrence of global peace]
So we see that a War on Terror would be a solution for the Defense contracting corporations which drive Wall Street and the local economies of countless communities around the nation. Peace-keeping forces would engage in very limited police actions such as Korea and Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, and much of the new duties for the military would involve “Operations Other Than War”.
But an added benefit would be that in a War on Terror, the U.S. military could also be deployed domestically as a charitable and benevolent service to the Department of Justice and its enforcement agencies as well as State-level and local-level law enforcement offices and departments. This scenario would allow for the U.S. Army’s NORTHCOM to engage in OOTW right here in our own country – and as Defense Secretary Cohen pointed out previously, there is a governmental intent to merge the military with civilian law enforcement for purposes of interdicting domestic terrorists.
I did not say that – Cohen did.
To any Constitutionalist who knows about the Founders’ references to standing armies, there would be no authority for the standing army to involve itself with police work within any of the several sovereign States. To those who would argue to the contrary, I can pass this along to you from a Constitutional historian named Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr. –
“…the doctrine of ‘emergency powers’ runs afoul of America’s Constitution in particular. Anyone who bothers to read the Constitution will see that it: 1- Delegates to the General Government as a whole – or to Congress, the President, or the Supreme Court separately – no ‘emergency powers’ under that rubric; 2- Delegates neither powers that only an ‘emergency’ can call into existence, nor powers that may be exercised only in an ‘emergency’; 3- Delegates no power even to declare that an ‘emergency’ exists; and perhaps most decisively of all, 4- Does not even employ the word ‘emergency’, let alone define it as a legal principle relevant to any part of the ‘supreme Law of the Land’. Thus, constitutionally speaking, “emergency” has neither place nor meaning and therefore by itself cannot serve as the justification for or measure of any power whatsoever. Even the Supreme Court has recognized, as a fundamental constitutional principle, that: “…emergency does not create power. Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the Federal Government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency and they arenot altered by emergency.”
– End quoted passage from Dr. Vieira’s Constitutional “Homeland Security”. 
So we now see that back in the 1990s we had a Federal government with agencies eager to assimilate their powers into an interfaced network which could be employed by government authority – in emergency situations – to keep the peace in our communities, towns, and cities nationwide. The military would see this as OOTW.
“A mock city roughly the size of downtown San Diego has risen in a remote Southern California desert to train military forces to fight in urban environments. The $170 million urban training center was unveiled Tuesday at the Twentynine Palms military base, 170 miles northeast of San Diego… Seven separate mock city districts spread across 274 acres of desert. The fake markets, hotels and other businesses are complete with actors who create scenarios that pose a full range of challenges from humanitarian relief efforts to peacekeeping to police work and direct combat, according to the Marine Corps.”
And there it is. Humanitarian relief efforts, peacekeeping, and police work.
Those are three sorts of OOTW – Operations Other Than War.
Let’s quickly sum up. We have seen here that the military is interested in interface with law enforcement at the State, County, and local levels. We have seen that local law enforcement everywhere is vying for local SWAT teams, search and rescue teams, first responder teams, and intelligence gathering by law enforcement on behalf of the DHS. We have seen a bit about the Fusion Centers operated by DHS, and we know that DHS also interfaces with the Pentagon as well as with the Department of Justice, FEMA, the various Port Authorities, the Secret Service, the U.S. Treasury, the NSA and NSC, and all sorts of other fancy agencies wielding Federal power like a wand over the lives of the mesmerized American people.
All of this represents a philosophy of statist authoritarianism. It is a mindset frequently alluded to as a neo-con mindset. It is the ruthless and bullheaded approach to governing an unwilling population. It is force, and as we shall see, it employs remarkable psychological operations involving the media and press and entertainment industry. In part three, coming right up, we’ll look further into the military-police interface and the ADL / DHS / SPLC trinity of tyranny, which will bring yet more clearly to the surface and make more readily seen and comprehended the reality of an unequivocal and unambiguous chain of responsibility, authority and accountability. Finally, we will see how that chain of command can transform well-intended men and women from our communities and ultimately send a SWAT team to anyone’s house to kick down one’s door and shoot one dead in one’s own home over a weed which grows wild in Nature, while one’s wife and child hide in terrified confusion and unspeakable horror in a closet.
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Psychological Warfare and Operations Other Than War
Packaging The Policy
In Part One and Part Two we looked at the phenomenon of rampant use of S.W.A.T. teams across the nation as they are being deployed in routine police work. We looked closely into the SWAT killing of Jose Guerena in Pima County, Arizona, at Tucson on May 05, 2011. We then looked at the beginnings of the military-police state infrastructure as announced during the 1990s. We looked at topics such as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and we intimated the role each plays in establishing the infrastructure for a military-police state interfaced at the Federal, State, County, and Local levels, so as to include every arena of police work on all levels of government in what Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen in 1999 called “an unequivocal and unambiguous chain of responsibility, authority and accountability.”
…why, it is of course the training of tens of thousands of combat troops who will operate under NORTHCOM for OOTW (Operations Other Than War) on U.S. soil, as noted in Part Two. They will be stationed on U.S. soil and tasked with doing things which may surprise the American people. (And remember, NORTHCOM is directly linked now to DHS and the entire Top Secret America mechanism, with interfaced databases to implement infallibly Secretary Cohen’s predicted “unequivocal and unambiguous chain of responsibility, authority and accountability”.
That is what I am writing about, and why we are noticing the Department of Justice (DoJ) has since the 1990s been working with the Department of Defense in both Research and Development and also through info sharing as well as cross-training. Thusly has derived the militarization of police and Sheriff departments. Keeping Cohen’s chain of command in mind, let’s read it at the Army Times:
3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army.
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys… Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks… But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.
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Secretary of Defense Cohen said it in 1999, “support of civil authorities”, and nobody screamed bloody murder, because it was published in the back pages of the Washington Post and never repeated again, to my knowledge. But I knew even then that a police state would of course use its military in “support of civil authorities”, and you can see that plain as day yourself when you pause to think about it.
So we see that NORTHCOM has a commission to do what Secretary of Defense Cohen predicted in 1999, which is to merge State, County, and Local law enforcement into a chain of command which can answer calls from DHS as well as the Pentagon or the White House.
Our objective in looking at such subjects has to do with that perception which declares that the SWAT killing at his home at Tucson, Arizona, of a young Marine veteran of two tours in Iraq is the logical extension of a policy which emanates from the vortex of Federal power in the hands of a neo-con establishment which actively intends to fuse the military with our local peace officers for the unspoken, but obvious and self-evident, clamp-down on political dissent in America.
Particularly, it has to do with the transition in this country from “protect and serve” to “law enforcement”.
That inner-cultural shift within the peace officer community may be said to have been caused by psychological operations promoted by Department leadership-level influences which come backed by the full force and power of the U.S. Federal government. (For what that’s worth any more, eh?)
To ‘protect and serve’ is of the people; to ‘enforce law’ is of the government.
Could that have anything to do with why many Departments and agencies of Federal government resent Oath Keepers reminding our troops and soldiers that the Oath is sworn to the Constitution and is not sworn to the government? We’ll look at that in Part Four, where we’ll focus on the SPLC and DHS.
The need for the people to regulate their government’s style of administering itself upon the citizenry is self-apparent and obvious when this transition is viewed with an awakened sense of awareness. Clans and tribes derived from Nature’s brute indifference to life’s frailty and rather recently created civilization. The group was a primitive answer to the need for security, dating back to the caves. Social and cultural mores trace back to distant beginnings before recorded history. Our language and our science evolved throughout a span between now and the primitive terror of bygone times. And throughout that history arcs an electric lightning branch which animates the refinements afforded by experience and the remembrance of gained knowledge. It is like a Newtonian mirror of the synapsial firing of neurons in the brain’s electric wave-length fields.
Does the Great Terror of the saber-toothed tiger, seen with dread while circling the camp’s fire as it waned down to embers in interminable night, yet translate today its primordial presence into subconscious archetypal constructs of fright?
Is the instinct for survival yet among mankind? Are there yet hungers and appetites stirring below the surface of society, within the world’s cultures?
Are there subtle, subconscious promptings from bygone forgotten pasts? Is the mind of mankind malleable? Are three tenses really enough? What is a thought? What is “the mind”? Why do we so seldom think about thinking, how it’s done, what it is, what a thought is when compared to a feeling or an emotion or a memory? How is the mind different from the body? What’s the difference between meta and matter? Can there really be a war for one’s mind? In the world of psychological operations (psy-ops) isn’t it all about the mind?
In Part Three we are looking at just a bit of the science and the infrastructure for a bona fide “in-your-face” corporate-backed military-industrial-police state. We see that the infrastructure is already in place. We see that if the Federal government decides that an “emergency” (such as an economic collapse) should come our way, the Federal government will move quickly into this infrastructure and enact what General Tommy Franks has publicly said would be “a military form of government”. There is another name for that. Some call it “Martial Law”.
Let us begin Part Three by looking at something the military is up to, keeping in mind that now the U.S. military has a dedicated Command with a tactical area of responsibility designated as the North American continent including every square inch of U.S. soil.
“UW” stands for Unconventional Warfare. UW is the tricky side of warfare. UW is also a major tool which policy-makers and statecraft shapers enjoy using, for UW includes the power of the press and the magic of the media.
Ever hear of Psychological Operations (psych-ops or psy-ops)?
All of those and other such are respective parts of OOTW (Operations Other Than War), and it has become a very huge industry, a money-making trough within the military-industrial complex.
What, though, is Unconventional Warfare all about? The best answer is in the Army’s definitive document on UW. I’d suggest going over to the Federated American Scientists’ website and downloading your own copy of this remarkable U.S. Army document while you can. Store it on discs and share copies, but be advised that it is a large file, 248 pages in pdf. This is the U.S. Army’s manual on Unconventional Warfare –
I found an article about this document written by a somewhat unabashed author whom I have not met. In a brusk tone he brings forward from the Army’s document on Unconventional Warfare some condensed points, and I offer a taste here as a hint as to the content of the document.
Unconventional Warfare uses as operatives certain types of people. Those types of people are worked by the psy-op warrior in the same way an FBI or CIA “asset” is worked by an FBI or CIA “handler” to accomplish certain things pertinent to a psychological operation. When an underworld criminal type of the sorts listed as potential surrogates is handled by a handler who is playing tricks on the surrogate’s mind, we may say that the psy-warrior doing the handling is performing routine tasks relative to his duties and responsibilities in whichever psychological operation currently deployed. Getting a mentally-controlled surrogate to pull off some stupid crime which can be played in the mainstream media to arouse predictable emotional and mental activity in the collective mind of a nation is a handy trick designed to assist in the implementation of governmental “policy”. It’s psy-ops routine fare, as revealed in the Northwoods Document of 1962 under McNamara.
Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba By David Ruppe
N E W Y O R K, May 1, 2001
In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.
Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.
The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba’s then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.
America’s top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: “We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,” and, “casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.”
They were looking for pretexts which would induce the American people to support a war against Castro, in 1962. Read the document itself, just a few pages, at George Washington University’s website –
That is one example, but let’s keep our focus as narrow as possible so as to move right along. The key words here are “surrogates” and “UW”. Handlers use surrogates as assets. The Army’s UW document shows how and why. Let us notice briefly:
Irregulars, or irregular forces, are individuals or groups of individuals who are not members of a regular armed force, police, or other internal security force. They are usually nonstate-sponsored and unconstrained by sovereign nation legalities and boundaries. These forces may include, but are not limited to, specific paramilitary forces, contractors, individuals, businesses, foreign political organizations, resistance or insurgent organizations, expatriates, transnational terrorism adversaries, disillusioned transnational terrorism members, black marketers, and other social or political “undesirables.” (Unconventional Warfare, p. 1-3)
Please note that UW openly admits using terrorists as “surrogates”. Let that one sink in for a moment.
Psy-ops warriors, Unconventional Warfare ‘handlers’, are expected to manipulate terrorists as surrogates for carrying out psychological operations missions.
There is something else named in the Army’s UW document – “Irregular Warfare” (IW). The two – UW and IW – are not to be confused or seen as varied names for the same kind of mischief. Irregular Warfare is its own distinct psychological warfare system. From the document:
[Irregular Warfare – IW] also relies on the understanding of such social dynamics as tribal politics, social networks, religious influences, and cultural mores. Although IW is a violent struggle, not all participating irregulars or irregular forces are necessarily armed. People, more so than weaponry, platforms, and advanced technology, will be the key to success in IW. Successful IW relies on building relationships and partnerships at the local level. It takes patient, persistent, and culturally savvy people within the joint force to execute IW. (from U.S. Army manual on Unconventional Warfare, p. 1-5) [emphasis EA]
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Please note with me this gem – Did it say “tribal politics, social networks, religious influences, and cultural mores”? Wow.
Now we’re getting into some spooky stuff, yes? Our government is flat out saying that it’s working on mental stuff, mental warfare as a facet of Operations Other Than War (OOTW) and UW. By the time government psy-ops is focusing on our politics, social networks, religions, and culture, we can pretty much safely say that the human mind is the target. Your mind. My mind. Everyone’s mind. The individual mind and the group mind. And our government is funding its massive psychological operations with tax-payer dollars or black budget dollars.
But of course the government is not aiming its psy-weaponry and mind-power at you or me. No, the power is only focused on America’s enemies – not us. Government tells us that frequently, as they told us when introducing the USA PATRIOT ACT of 2001. Like, Echelon would not snoop citizens’ emails while tracking enemies abroad, right? Right.
Yet DARPA and the National Institute of Justice have already told us that assets can be used in common between law enforcement and the military, including, (considering NORTHCOM’s existence now), domestically assigned OOTW.
Does anyone wish to dispute that defense industry products are first field-tested in military combat zones before widespread acceptance into military Commands and units? And once the military has field-tested new technology, is it not then accessible to NORTHCOM for beefing up NORTHCOM’s arsenal of handy tools? And after any science is mastered and applied as given logistics and the demand has been saturated, is said science not called “military surplus”? And does that end of the applied science, the product-in-the-field scientific marvels of DARPA science, not make its way through Federal grants to State enforcement offices and Sheriff Departments? And does it not come with an expected reciprocal interface when asked by Federal or military superiors for the implementation of certain Federally-originating “policies”?
Through DARPA’s relationship with DOJ, of course the latest hi-tech gear invented for the military ends up in Federal programs which furnish same to State and Local law enforcement. (See Part Two)
In the UW document we also learn that psychological operations warriors do many other interesting things. Psy-ops specialists are military soldiers specializing in psychological operations, so they are interfaced at times with Intelligence community black operations on the clandestine battleground. That is one of the reasons why the Army’s manual on UW stresses the absolute need to work through surrogates. (i.e., drug smugglers, money launderers, terrorists)
A surrogate, as we gather, is to have a “handler”. The handler causes the surrogate to be motivated to do certain things which will lead to media and press releases which will influence the perception of the public mind. The handler would be a book-trained sort of black ops specialist of the type who would work in the FBI or CIA. Or – one who would work as an Unconventional Warfare operative, either on active duty within the military or as private sector specialty companies like Blackwater-Xe. But let us certainly note that government’s psychological operations are admittedly focusing on “such social dynamics as tribal politics, social networks, religious influences, and cultural mores.” Let us never forget that.
Our UW warriors (“psy-warriors”) do many other things as well. These soldiers or agents co-mingle with the media and press, for instance. They create tv and radio programming and make up press releases and other beneficial activities such as running columns in newspapers. They may publish pamphlets and fliers, letters to editors, etc. They may call into talk-radio shows, even sometimes run radio stations. They will back factions. Call it “national security” or “advertising” or “propaganda” or call it “UW” – it’s one and the same. And it is interlinked. By design. Look –
As we see, they are intent upon data-mining the Internet’s global voice, and they are even now developing software which will allow one psy-op warrior sitting at one work station to manage and operate up to forty different “personas” to be used on various social networks and forums. Their efforts are designed to favor a desired perception within the public mind, or in, as Edward Bernays dubbed it, “the group mind”. Many agencies and departments inside the Federal behemoth are deeply concerned about just how you and I see things.
Like, it’s getting to be quite personal, and the more ‘personal’ it becomes, the less gullible and manipulated the individual citizen becomes. Fifty-thousand to seventy-thousand SWAT raids in America each year make it very personal to as many Americans and neighborhoods. Strike that chord in the sleeping mass mind, the group mind, and the strike shall resonate across the land through grassroots consciousness such as we saw in the Tea Party movement of 2009, which is a high string on the harp of Heaven in the name of freedom. That grassroots energy brought to Washington D.C. the largest protest crowd in American history, and while its message was not acknowledged by the power elite on the Hill, they immediately enjoyed directing our psy-ops agencies to beef up psychological operations in the domestic arena.
“But they can’t do that”, I am told often enough.
Well, maybe they can do that.
Recall Secretary of Defense William Cohen’s “Grave New World” speech of 1999 [see part two] and compare it in conjunction with reading the NIJ/DARPA report on merging domestic law enforcement with the U.S. military and establishing interface and cooperation under a policy called “Operations Other Than War” (OOTW).
The thrust of Unconventional Warfare abroad is translated into the domestic arena by simply lifting a template from one sheet or database to another. The psy-ops used in Syria or Egypt become the learned template of what the United Nations might do in the wake of a collapse of the American economy or society.
The template has been established already, and we find it first in the Department of Defense/Pentagon/JCS. Since the 1990s the U.S. military’s assets are accessible to domestic law enforcement through the good graces of the U.S. Department of Justice. Military Intelligence and independent Intelligence agencies such as CIA or NSA or NRO have an interest in what’s bubbling up in so many State legislatures lately, and so does the Department of Homeland Security and its interface with DARPA and the Department of Justice. Through all of that together we see a now-militarized interface with State and Local law enforcement through DHS’ Fusion Centers.
So, yes, they can do that, and are, as we speak, doing it on a massive scale.
What the Fusion Centers are distributing is psychological warfare Intelligence as concocted by private sector think-tanks friendly to certain discretionary sensitivities in respect to the source of the funding. Allow me to back that statement please, as on its face the statement would appear to be extremely blunt. Does the Mechanism have an Anatomy?
In Part Four we’ll answer that question, and go deeper into Psy-Ops and how UW and OOTW are applied in the domestic arena through a cooperative media and press. Then we will look at the DARPA/DHS/SPLC interface.
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[vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]November 9th, 2011 * Reposted at Oath Keepers on July 20, 2016
An Empire Strikes Home
SWAT killing of Marine Jose Guerena at his home – false publicity campaign initially put forth by Pima County Sheriff Department in wake of the killing – point-blank lies about Jose Guerena shooting at the SWAT team members as they burst open his door – my premise that the SWAT killing of Guerena was the publicly visible tip of the spear of a Federal policy which is now threatening the Constitution for the united States of America.
In Part Two we looked at the militarization of our peace officer community and domestic military deployment. We brought up DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen’s infamous speech of 1999, “Welcome To A Grave New World”.
We looked at the National Institute of Justice report on merging the military with law enforcement (1997). Then we introduced a concept which has been around since the 1990s but which the mainstream media somehow has forgotten to share with the public – “OOTW”. That stands for “Operations Other Than War”, and it is a transition of the military mission from one of national defense into one of “peace keeping” and “crowd control” and “police work”. It also includes psychological operations. We also brought into the fray a now-defunct neo-con slice of madness called the Project for a New American Century (which has now taken down their website). We referred readers to The Report From Iron Mountain. These concepts go toward building an understanding of a philosophy of statist authoritarianism as coming at us now from the Federal government.
In Part Three we covered something called “UW” – Unconventional Warfare, which ties in with “OOTW” as seen in Part Two. We discovered “Irregular Warfare” (IW). We learned that psy-ops warriors are expected to use “terrorists” and other criminal types as “surrogates” in psy-ops. (Think: Oklahoma City Bombing and the attacks of 9/11/2001.) We learned that OOTW, UW, and IW all involve psychological operations and can include Black Operations, covert ops, and unspeakable crimes committed with Presidential blessings so long as the President enjoys “plausible deniability” in case they were exposed (as in the Bay of Pigs fiasco, one of CIA’s biggest flops which blew-back in Kennedy’s face).
In Part Four we’re looking at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and their interface with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House.
An intimate look at the tormented soul of Daryl Johnson, author of the ill-fated April 07, 2009, leaked DHS report which cost him his position at DHS and embarrassed Janet Napolitano; and my conclusion.
An Empire Strikes Home _ Part Four
The ADL / DHS / SPLC Interface
A Psychology Behind Psy-Ops
For Oath Keepers the war was on before the organization was even born. I refer to Psychological Warfare (Psy-War). Specifically I refer to a type of psy-war which was aggressively mounted against Oath Keepers by organized and subsidized private-sector think-tanks before Oath Keepers incorporated.
Oath Keepers held its first muster on Lexington Green on April 19, 2009, having been invited by Walter Reddy and his Committees of Safety to participate in celebrating the spark which ignited the American Revolution. Walter Reddy knew the power in the Oath and wanted Oath Keepers to attend his event.
But prior to April 19, 2009, occurred two important psy-op leaks of powerful Department of Homeland Security documents, the first happening in February (the MIAC report) and the other happening in April, a direct DHS report. [1&2 in notes below]
The New American published in late November of 2009 an article decrying this, entitled –
This year, too, we have seen the appearance of attacks on “right-wing extremism” and potential “home grown terrorism” courtesy first of the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) — which released a list of terrorist-watch groups that included military veterans, political constitutionalists, and other “right-wing” political elements — and then the Department of Homeland Security itself, which was behind the creation of the MIAC watch list.
Also mentioned in regard to subversive elements were both “third party” presidential candidates, Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party and Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party, as well as a sitting Congressman and former Republican Party presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Texas). The MIAC report, widely distributed over the Internet, was quickly withdrawn under the implied threat of a federal lawsuit.
On November 16, the Anti-Defamation League of B’Nai B’rith released the latest of these broadsides against anyone perceived as being “right-wing” under the title “Rage Grows in America: Anti-Government Conspiracies.” 
The ADL’s report had this to say about Oath Keepers, to whom ADL devoted a special page:
One manifestation of the ideology of resistance to the government was the creation of the Oath Keepers group in March 2009. Formed by Stewart Rhodes, a Nevada lawyer and sculptor and former staffer for Representative Ron Paul, the Oath Keepers is a group that deliberately targets police officers and military personnel for recruitment into the anti-government movement. Its basic pitch is to remind such people that they swore an oath to defend the Constitution “from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and to suggest that now is the time to live up to that oath by resisting an allegedly tyrannical government. “Such a time is near at hand again,” declares the Web page of the Oath Keepers. “The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of the military and police.” The Oath Keepers refuse to cooperate with the “tyrannical government” by making a declaration that there are certain “orders” from superiors that they will refuse to obey.
The “orders” the Oath Keepers refuse reveal their extreme conspiratorial mindset, because the “orders” are not instructions ever likely to be actually handed down by Obama or his officials; instead, they are reflective of the anti-government conspiracy theories embraced by the extreme right. The first “order,” for example, that they refuse to follow is any order “to disarm the American people.” They also pledge to disobey any order to impose martial law or to support foreign troops on American soil. The other “orders” they refuse to follow are of a similar sort.
The Oath Keepers are essentially a new version of a similar 1990s group, Police Against the New World Order, started by retired police officer Jack McLamb (who endorsed the Oath Keepers in March 2009 on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio show). Indeed, in a message posted to the Oath Keepers’ Web site and “recommended” by Stewart Rhodes, one member using the pseudonym Elias Alias claimed that the United States was currently ruled by an “imposter government” and warned against the encroachment of a “New World Order.”
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So that is what the ADL had to say about Oath Keepers in November of 2009 in a report entitled “Rage Grows in America: Anti‑Government Conspiracies”. (I will go into the question of whether there is or isn’t a “New World Order” in a separate article.)
And on the site in Lexington, Mass., where the opening shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in 1775, members of Oath Keepers, a newly formed group of law enforcement officers, military men and veterans, “muster” on April 19 to reaffirm their pledge to defend the U.S. Constitution. “We’re in perilous times … perhaps far more perilous than in 1775,” says the man administering the oath. April 19 is the anniversary not only of the battle of Lexington Green, but also of the 1993 conflagration at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and the lethal bombing two years later of the Oklahoma City federal building — seminal events in the lore of the extreme right, in particular the antigovernment Patriot movement….
Swearing at the Government
Oath Keepers, the military and police organization that was formed earlier this year and held its April muster on Lexington Green, may be a particularly worrisome example of the Patriot revival. Members vow to fulfill the oaths to the Constitution that they swore while in the military or law enforcement. “Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and we will not obey unconstitutional (and thus illegal) and immoral orders,” the group says. Oath Keepers lists 10 orders its members won’t obey, including two that reference U.S. concentration camps.
That same pugnacious attitude was on display after conservatives attacked an April report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that suggested a resurgence of radical right-wing activity was under way. “We will not fear our government; they will fear us,” one man, who appeared to be on active duty in the Army, said in an angry video sent to the Oath Keepers blog. In another video at the site, a man who said he was a former Army paratrooper in Afghanistan and Iraq described President Obama as “an enemy of the state,” adding, “I would rather die than be a slave to my government.” The Oath Keepers site soon began hawking T-shirts with slogans like “I’m a Right Wing Extremist and Damn Proud of It!”
In April, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes — a Yale Law School graduate and former aide to U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (a Texas Republican and hard-line libertarian) — worried about a coming dictatorship. “We know that if the day should come where a full-blown dictatorship would come, or tyranny … it can only happen if those men, our brothers in arms, go along and comply with unconstitutional, unlawful orders,” Rhodes told conspiracy-minded radio host Alex Jones. “Imagine if we focus on the police and military. Game over for the New World Order.”
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So the SPLC is on record (along with ADL) as declaring that Oath Keepers is an “anti-government” organization with leanings toward “conspiracy theories”. They sometimes include the term “extremist” when speaking of Oath Keepers. Both insinuate that “conspiracy theories” are “anti-government”, and both mention the grand-daddy of all conspiracy theories – that there is a cabal of devoted world-level power brokers in economics and politics who are working in concert to organize a world government which would possess a superior authority over the Constitutions of each and every nation-state on earth including America – that is in essence the New World Order conspiracy theory. Friends of the Federal government pooh-pooh that idea as impossible. Oath Keepers sees it as self-evident.
Earlier in October 2011 I received a phone call from the SPLC and was asked if, in my opinion, Oath Keepers is “anti-government”. I assured the gentleman over the phone that Oath Keepers is one of America’s premier pro-government organizations, because we focus on the Article VI mandate of the Oath, which is sworn to the Constitution that created the Federal government. Without the Constitution there is no Federal government, and if Oath Keepers is teaching soldiers and peace officers about that Constitution, then obviously we are securing the very existence of the Federal government. One simply cannot get any more pro-government than that.
I further explained that Oath Keepers is against corruption and criminality within government, and that like all good Americans we expect our Federal government to operate within the dictates of its founding legal charter, the Constitution. That is not “anti-government”; instead, it is pro-government patriotism of the highest order.
That should not be too difficult for the average cretin to grasp, but it may have gone over the gentleman’s head – we’ll see when SPLC publishes their interview as part of some upcoming new report. (I did not ask the gentleman when it was due to be published.)
So we should sum up at this point that Oath Keepers has been associated in published articles by private sector think-tanks as being “anti-government conspiracy theorists” who believe in a real threat by a nebulous conglomerate of political and economic power-players who fancy themselves the drive train for the New World Order. We are branded as potential terrorists for asking questions which government could answer but refuses to answer, and, further, we are spotlighted for increased police surveillance as individuals of interest to the government – because we’ve discovered that our government is in bed with a massively powerful criminal group of foreigners who share ownership in the Federal Reserve System, Inc., which creates debt for the government (allegedly to fulfill its budgetary mandates), while holding the taxpayer liable for that debt plus its interest. The interest will go to the invisible owners – that’s right, we do not know who owns the Federal Reserve. We do know who created the thing back in 1910, thanks largely to the work of G. Edward Griffin.
Further, the Government Accountability Office has issued its first report after the first year of auditing the Federal Reserve System, Inc. In that report we learn that – but wait – please note: I must repeat this – this report is from the government’s Government Accountability office and is credible – the Fed generated more than sixteen trillion dollars in new currency which was then given to their banking co-conspirators. As you will read in this article on the report from the Government Accountability Office –
They created sixteen trillion dollars out of thin air, backed it with U.S. debt which you and I will be expected to pay, and gave the money to themselves.
And if the little people, the poor people, the disenchanted youth or the disillusioned Veterans, camp outside their door to protest, they call forth the long arm of the law, for the elite must maintain the appearance of control, must keep people down, must contain the voice of dissent.
And if the middle-class people cry out about it on the Internet, using a Tea Party coalition of un-organized resistance, the elite make use of incredible secret government agencies to monitor and manipulate that consciousness using the threat of secret government pre-crime “war-on-terror tactics”, including psy-ops paid for by tax dollars, to cause anyone to have to put at risk one’s home, career, family, and even one’s life for daring to oppose their lie with truth-telling on the Internet.
We’ve known it all along. Now the Federal government has proven it for all to see. The people who operate the Federal Reserve System, Inc., made the money from nothing, devaluing the Dollar in the process, backed the newly-created money with public debt, and gave it to themselves. They had to. Otherwise, if they did not do it, their House of Cards would “all fall down”, and what they’ve worked for for over three hundred years would suddenly disappear in defeat, and you and I would once again, in the American tradition of personal sovereignty, autonomy, freedom and individual responsibility, be the rulers of our lives.
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To know this is to become a conspiracy theorist, at least it is so in the eyes of DHS. [To my view it is to become a conspiracy factologist.] And since DHS now over-rides all law enforcement as well as parallel military activity, the proclamations by ADL and SPLC establishes in the public mind that there could not possibly be such a thing as a “conspiracy factologist”. Nope. We’ve been branded as “theorists”, and cannot possibly believe in conspiracy fact. The biggest fan, and best-paying supporter of those orgs could be the U.S. Federal government, which by its very nature enjoys employing mental manipulation among the masses.
Let’s note, while on the topic of conspiracy theories, what the Obama Cabinet thinks of conspiracy theorists. But remember while reading this next bit, what SPLC and ADL said above –
“The ‘orders’ the Oath Keepers refuse reveal their extreme conspiratorial mindset, because the ‘orders’ are not instructions ever likely to be actually handed down by Obama or his officials; instead, they are reflective of the anti-government conspiracy theories embraced by the extreme right.”
So a brief look at Cass Sunstein, who is a major player in policy studies and represents the Obama Administration, is in order:
To get a glimpse of one sample of how Govlish operates in psy-war zones of mentality, here is one of many famous ‘Cass Sunstein’ blurts – get it here:
Government is faced with suppliers of conspiracy theories, and might aim at least in part to persuade, debias, or silence those suppliers. However, those two players are competing for the hearts and minds of third parties, especially the mass audience of the uncommitted.Expanding the cast further, one may see the game as involving four players: government officials, conspiracy theorists, mass audiences, and independent experts – such as mainstream scientists or the editors of Popular Mechanics – whom government attempts to enlist to give credibility to its rebuttal efforts.
(Without getting too far aside I would like to note that the Popular Mechanics article debunking 9/11 conspiracy theories was a major flop, a laughing stock full of holes and empirical nonsense and has been rejected by science. It is a classic example of dis-information, pure propaganda. One of Michael Chertov’s closest kin was brought in to oversee that report.)
Now note Sunstein’s phraseology – “the mass audience of the uncommitted.” That is his Govlish way of naming the battle-field, the mass mind of the nation, the “group mind”, the collective consciousness. Remember – this guy is working at the White House level.
But Sunstein was being warmly poetic in that abstract screed. For a look at what’s behind the Govlish rhetoric hidden in his words one can read this passage by Sunstein – and please remember, this guy is Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs –
[W]e suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies (acting either virtually or in real space, and either openly or anonymously) will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity. (Page 219, “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures.” (J. Political Philosophy, 7 , 202-227.)
We will look more closely at the government’s interest in “hard core extremists who supply conspiracy theories” as we go along.
So we see that SPLC, ADL, and the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs all agree that this conspiracy theory madness is anti-government. But what about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)? We can turn to Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center
Many readers will want to read that entire article and share it with friends and neighbors.
Quoting Tom DeWeese:
Consider the following facts:
Item: In 2009, The DHS issued a report entitled “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”
That official document of an agency of the United States government said
“Right-wing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movement, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”
Item: Two weeks later, the DHS released a second report entitled: “Domestic Extremism Lexicon,”designed to provide specific definitions of just who may be Right wing extremists.
That report labeled the following types of persons to be extremists, bordering on terrorism:
Those concerned over our economy, loss of jobs, or foreclosures;
are antagonistic toward the Obama Administration;
criticize free trade programs;
oppose same sex marriage;
believe in the “end times;”
stock pile food;
oppose illegal immigration;
oppose a New World Order;
oppose the UN;
oppose global governance;
fear of Communist regimes;
oppose loss of US manufacturing to overseas nations;
oppose loss of US prestige; and
use the internet (or alternative media) to express any of these ideas.
Skipping further down Tom DeWeese’s article we read (quoting) –
Item: in the Spring of 2010, the Department of Homeland Security organized a “Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.” This is an advisory council given the task of creating a plan to reach out to local law enforcement and community activists for training to respond to potential violence and terrorist threat.
Leafing through the report one gets the distinct impression that the plan is basically a “turn in your neighbor,” neighborhood- watch approach. It talks extensively of “sharing” information, along with “training, training, training.”
Training for what? To identify potential terrorists, of course. And who are those potential terrorist? A look at the members of the working group offers a clue.
While the group includes several public officials and law enforcement officials from around the nation, and it also includes Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and unindicted co-conspirator in a case concerning the funding of Muslim terrorist organizations.
And the working group member list also includes Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In addition, as one of the “Subject Matter Experts,” it lists Laurie Wood, an analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center and an instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
That training center is run by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is one of the most visible direct links between DHS, the Fusion Centers and SPLC.
Law enforcement agencies actually send their personnel to these training classes to gain Federal Law Enforcement Training Center certification.
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We’ve heard from the ADL, the SPLC, the White House and now the Department of Homeland Security, all of which are singing in four-part harmony the same sick stanza of totalitarian government control protecting an imposter government from public dissent. And using the force of government to sustain the oppression. ADL, SPLC, Sunstein, and DHS make up a single-minded group singing the same song. But are there any more voices to join in on the chorus?
Well, actually, yes. Here is a doozie, one who should be main-string first-chair in the quartet, as he is sort of a pioneer in the exploitation of paranoid thinking encased in Fedgov memology. Ever hear of –
We’ve heard from the ADL, the SPLC, the White House and now the Department of Homeland Security, all of which are singing in four-part harmony the same sick stanza of totalitarian government control protecting an imposter government from public dissent. And using the force of government to sustain the oppression. ADL, SPLC, Sunstein, and DHS make up a single-minded group singing the same song. But are there any more voices to join in on the chorus?
Well, actually, yes. Here is a doozie, one who should be main-string first-chair in the chorus, as he is a sort of pioneer in the exploitation of paranoid thinking encased in Fedgov memology. Here is a mind twisted in Govlish perversion and immersed in stunted perception. Here is one who prefers to see you and me as enemies of America because we respect the U.S. Constitution. Here is the vortex of inverted psychopathic vile, the spring-head of delusional dream-wish and willful betrayal which claims that you and I constitute just cause for the installation of a military-police state under military rule. Ever hear of
-Quoting from Daryl Johnson’s “about” page at his website, DT Analytics dot org-
Daryl Johnson, an acknowledged expert in the area of domestic extremism, is the owner of DT Analytics. He has worked as an intelligence analyst for several federal agencies for two decades.
For six years, Mr. Johnson was the senior domestic terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A). During his time at DHS, Mr. Johnson wrote numerous sensitive intelligence reports and briefed a wide range of organizations, including Congressional staff; Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; members of the intelligence community; colleges and universities, and other non-government organizations. He also led a team of analysts responsible for analyzing domestic extremist activity in the United States. Mr. Johnson is the primary author of the politicized DHS report on rightwing extremism, dated April 7, 2009.
Prior to working at DHS, Mr. Johnson was the subject matter expert on violent antigovernment groups (a designated intelligence program for monitoring the criminal activities and violent acts of rightwing extremists in the U.S.) at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). He provided analytical support during highly sensitive ATF investigations focused on the criminal activities of domestic extremists, including members of the Ku Klux Klan, militia extremists, Christian Identity adherents, neo-Nazis, and Sovereign Citizens. Mr. Johnson served as a part-time instructor at the ATF National Academy in Glynco, Georgia for more than a decade, educating and training newly hired special agents on the subject of domestic terrorism.
Mr. Johnson began his Federal career as a counterterrorism analyst for the United States Army. He served as a civilian in the Army for several years specializing in CONUS (a military acronym for Continental United States) force protection issues. This experience provided him with a unique insight into domestic rightwing extremist targeting of military personnel for recruitment as well as the targeting of military installations by domestic terrorists.
The thought of creating a small business to monitor domestic extremist activity in the United States was first envisioned in May 2009. At the time, the idea was more of a passing thought – simply put, it was wishful thinking. The whole thing seemed an impossible and overwhelming task. It would take nearly a year for an opportunity to present itself. Ultimately, through unwavering dedication, pure determination and lots of hard work, Daryl Johnson was able to take a fleeting idea, create a vision and eventually turn it into a reality. Mr. Johnson’s raw passion for the subject also provided a strong incentive and the necessary will power needed for the incorporation of DT Analytics.
Daryl likes to brag on his website:
DT Analytics possesses specialized knowledge and experience from having worked domestic extremist issues for U.S. government agencies. We also have access to, and a trusted relationship with, other highly qualified subject matter experts in this field. DT Analytics is a private corporation and, therefore, does not have the same restrictions, limitations and liabilities of a government agency. We believe that DT Analytics will play an important role in countering extremism and provide a valuable contribution to the mission of law enforcement and homeland security professionals nationwide. Identifying potential threats and giving adequate warning of extremist activity will undoubtedly create another layer of defense in the prevention of extremist-inspired criminal activity and against potential acts of domestic terrorism.
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Daryl seems to be a single-minded sort of guy. He’s always been out to stop those danged domestic terrorists, even before the war on terrorism was officially launched. He is a natural-born Sherlock Holmes hot on the trail of those extremists who so craftily morph into domestic terrorists. And he has shared his peculiar talent with our dearly-beloved government as well as all over the west side of Creation, including at the SPLC and at DHS. But his truest high honor is authorship of that amazing leaked DHS document of April 07, 2009, less than two weeks before Oath Keepers mustered at Lexington Green.
Yes. Daryl Johnson is the mastermind behind that masterpiece. He not only admits it, he’s proud of it.
Before looking at what exactly Daryl has to say about Oath Keepers, let’s notice a warm and friendlyinterview conducted by the SPLC itself in the aftermath of the leak of that document. This is really a hoot to read, so please take time to enjoy the psychology at play in the article. It is truly one of the most remarkable compositions of theater ever produced by SPLC. Here are a few highlights:
SPLC Urges DHS to Reassess Resources After Key Analyst Reveals Unit on Domestic Terror was Scaled Back in Wake of Right-Wing Criticism
The Southern Poverty Law Center this week urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reassess the resources it devotes to investigating non-Islamic domestic extremism. The request came as the SPLC published an interview with a former top DHS analystwho charged that the department effectively dismantled the unit he once headed following the political right’s unjustified criticism of a 2009 report on right-wing terrorism. (snip)
The report was intended only for distribution to law enforcement agencies. But after it was leaked to the media, a firestorm erupted among conservative commentators who wrongly claimed it equated conservatives with terrorists. Within days, Napolitano had disowned it. Johnson, who was interviewed for the upcoming summer issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, said that following the controversy, the DHS dismantled the intelligence team that studied the threat from right-wing extremists and that the department no longer produces its own analytical reports on that subject. When the 2009 report was written, there were six analysts in the unit, including Johnson. Today, he said, there is one.
“DHS stopped all of our work and instituted restrictive policies,” said Johnson, who has since left the department. “Eventually, they ended up gutting my unit.
For posterity, let’s place a bit of that interview here now:
Quoting SPLC’s interview with Daryl Johnson –
SPLC: Did your report generate controversy inside DHS?
DJ: This is how it happened. I got a tasking from the secretary, which demanded a quick turnaround. We went through all the necessary coordination; many people reviewed the draft and made comments. Several people signed off on the report: two supervisors, the Office of General Counsel, multiple editors, etc. The Office of Privacy signed off, and the Office of Policy had no suggestions.
The secretary doesn’t oversee agency reports. She couldn’t do it, given the number of agencies generating multiple reports a day. As a result, heads of DHS’ agencies have authority to review work, coordinate with other agencies, approve and disseminate reports.
One office raised issues — the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties [CRCL]. At the time, we weren’t required to give them the report, but my boss thought we should run it past them. They had edits, but the main issue related to the definition of right-wing extremism. That office wanted a narrow definition limited to violent groups and individuals. Our subject-matter experts and management felt the definition needed to be broader.
Under CRCL’s definition, if you were in the Klan, burned crosses, had a terrorist in your house and donated money to groups advocating violence, you still would not qualify as a right-wing extremist. Our attorneys basically told them, “We appreciate your input, but we are approving the more broad definition.” This ended up being a sore point with CRCL once the document was released.
Did Napolitano know about the report?
Analysts generally have little interaction with the secretary. I know she was briefed on the report a few days before it went out. The day after it went out, I met with Napolitano to talk about the four questions she had asked. My division director thought we could answer the first three questions, but couldn’t answer the last. So, we gave the last question to the FBI, and they came to the briefing.
The report had yet to be leaked. I gave Napolitano a summary of the report and gave her a map of where new militia extremist groups had recently organized. She held the report and nodded her head with agreement as I was talking. It was a cordial meeting. She listened and thanked us all, and she seemed pleased.
Any idea who leaked it?
The report went to the fusion centers [joint federal, state and local terrorism task forces] and various law enforcement agencies. They, in turn, blasted it out to many more people. It’s virtually impossible to know who leaked it, though I have some hunches. Obviously, the person who leaked the report didn’t agree with it and had a political agenda.
What happened after the leak?
I got to the office, and there were lots of phone calls. Citizens were angry. People wanted to speak to DHS authorities. I was very distraught. I felt I could talk to my peers, but beyond that, I couldn’t speak for myself. The public affairs office was doing all the PR and media response. We weren’t consulted on anything. If I could have responded, I would have said this is why we wrote this. But the response DHS provided just fueled the public’s speculation.
What about Napolitano?
Napolitano initially supported the report. She issued an official press release [on April 14, 2009] that said DHS has the authority to look at all types of threats. And we need to be vigilant. It was very supportive and direct.
Unfortunately, not too many people listened, and they kept applying political pressure. She held a couple of press conferences, trying to put out that same message. And people just kept continuing the pressure, especially after Congress got involved. [Editor’s note: For example, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), then the ranking member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote to Napolitano to complain about what he called “a shoddy, unsubstantiated, and potentially politicized work.”]
I don’t know whether her staff advised her to, but she eventually backtracked. The DHS press spokesman came up with this story that it was all unauthorized and orchestrated by a rogue group of analysts. DHS caved in.
How did you feel?
I felt as if I had been betrayed. I had been the recipient of numerous awards at DHS. Our team was considered to be a very productive team that knew its customers. Our co-workers, field representatives and law enforcement counterparts respected us. Many thought we were doing great work.
What ultimately happened?
Napolitano eventually told Congress that DHS was going to remove the report from its websites. Some of the people in the media assumed they were recalling the report. That never happened. There is actually a formal process involved when you want to rescind a report. The only reason you do so is if there was something erroneous in the document. Napolitano also told Congress that DHS was going to pull this report back and refashion it into a much more usable format. It never happened.
Is it off the DHS website today?
Yes. It was removed from various law enforcement computer systems, and classified systems too. But they never sent out an official recall notice saying, “Hey, you need to destroy this document, it’s erroneous.”
What happened to your DHS unit?
When the right-wing report was leaked and people politicized it, my management got scared and thought DHS would be scaled back. It created an environment where my analysts and I couldn’t get our work done. DHS stopped all of our work and instituted restrictive policies. Eventually, they ended up gutting my unit. All of this happened within six to nine months after the furor over the report. Analysts then began leaving DHS. One analyst went to ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement], another to the FBI, a third went to the U.S. Marshals, and so on. There is just one person there today who is still a “domestic terrorism” analyst.
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So Mr. Johnson has had his up days and his down days. I suppose it’s because of the stress and pressure of holding such an important position of power over the behavior of the American people. It’s bound to be an emotional roller-coaster ride to juggle career advancement in a field where one must literally create an excuse for his department to exist. It’s the sort of daily angst which naturally causes Mr. Johnson to think that anyone with a Ron Paul bumper sticker is a potential anti-government terrorist.
Now we’re gaining a pretty good insight into the character and personality of Daryl Johnson, author of the pathological frenzy of zealous paranoia marked by an enthusiastic fabrication of imaginative insanity which lo this past decade we have seen blooming on steroids in the visage of the April 07, 2009, DHS report which shut down DHS’ non-Islamic domestic counter-terrorism unit.
We are looking at a Feducated exegete suffering from Govlish impaction who has swallowed every fantasy his sugar-bloated blood chemistry could conjure from a necessarily perverted childhood fantasy and projected it upon the American people, the mass of whom constitutes in his perception his very own personal battleground. Our minds are his playground as he would play life and death games with our lives. He leverages, to the best of his ability, the most powerful government agency in America and its partner private-sector think tanks to convince you that I am a terrorist for demanding the Federal government abide by its own founding legal charter.
With that in mind, let’s at last look at how the non-plussed and ever-diligent Mr. Daryl Johnson views Oath Keepers. From his DT Analytics website page devoted to Oath Keepers –
The Oath Keepers portrays itself as an innocent, civic-minded organization catering to current and former members of the military and law enforcement. Their name is taken from the “Oath of Office” that each of them took as public servants. They are not terrorists. And, contrary to popular belief, they are not a militia group. The Oath Keepers organization is, however, a domestic extremist group that embraces antigovernment conspiracy theories such as FEMA detention camps and the New World Order. They are not a traditional threat such as organized crime, violent gangs or terrorist groups. Rather, they represent an internal operational security and counterintelligence threat.
The Oath Keepers’ mission is solely about subverting the U.S. Government through secretive infiltration, covert monitoring of law enforcement, military and intelligence communications and, if necessary, unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information to their membership, affiliated groups and the general public. This makes the organization and its membership a particularly dangerous (and peculiar) type of domestic threat.
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There is a little arrow-button under that paragraph which, when clicked, breaks the entire statement into two paragraphs. That little mind game would likely have to do with rewarding intuitive readers at his site with his pronouncement of the bottom line on why Oath Keepers is such an exotic threat to the government. It’s like a little insider game. One sees the acknowledgement of Oath Keepers as “conspiracy theorists” in the first paragraph, and one is given the analysis of the acknowledged threat in the second paragraph. It’s like fifth-grader stuff in the guise of psy-war cloak-and-dagger fantasy for older children grown big as men. It is a sign of the hollow in Daryl Johnson’s soul.
Daryl Johnson makes me feel very significant. When I was (for six years) a grassroots volunteer officer in Oath Keepers I was just thrilled to know that this man has spread that kind of unfounded consciousness in such high places as DHS, the Justice Department (FBI), and even to private sector think tanks like SPLC, all of whom work together to make sure there is some “object” in their so-called “war on terror”. DHS was happy to praise this man before his handiwork got itself leaked back in 2009. This guy can manufacture enemies and institute entire training courses for our Peace Officers and, now, even our soldiers who will be deployed on peace-keeping missions on U.S. soil under any “emergency” any sitting President declares to exist.
For the character and will of government to fulfill itself it must have enemies upon which to qualify its growth and acquisition of authority and power. Without an “enemy”, there can be no war, and without a war on terror there can be no police state. A free people will not tolerate a police state unless they are confronted by the threat of terror. I did not say that first – it is what Zbigniew Brzezinski imagined back in 1997 and 1998 when he published his neo-con confession untoward the American Empire–
The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives 
-quoting from page 211-
“Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstances of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.”
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The widely perceived direct external threat was kicked off as a psy-op on September 11, 2001 with a shock-and-awe attack on New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon at WDC. As Govlish perspective would have it, “they” came over “here” and hit us because they envy our lifestyle of freedom and prosperity, and now “they” are recruiting domestic extremists to become the new face of the Enemy in the so-called war on terror.
From that single event has grown the complete assumption of power by the Executive branch and an accompanying mechanism, with governmental and private sector infrastructure all interfaced and arranged in a formidable fusion of all enforcement power in America, upheld by the Govlish courts and seldom ever questioned by the members of specialized, militarized, authorized SWAT teams who will today dutifully do things which Americans in the past would have never tolerated on U.S. soil, like kicking in Jose Guerena’s door and shooting 71 bullets at him, killing him violently in a military style assault on his private home, over a weed which grows wild in Nature.
An object of the war on terror is to assure the public that there is a terrorist behind every tree, boulder, and barn across America, just lurking and waiting to strike down the all-powerful peerlessly-hegemonic U.S. government. Right now, in the northwest mountain States, the FBI is on a public relations / advertising campaign for budget increases to swell the number of agents assigned to the Salt Lake City regional FBI office, and they’re using the newest gov-meme profusely in newspapers to prep the public mind to support it.
What is the newest threat which FBI promises us is lurking behind every rock, tree, and barn in Montana and Wyoming? Why, it’s those danged sovereign citizens of course. One word about that – there is no such thing as a “sovereign citizen”. If one is a sovereign, one cannot by definition be a “citizen”. That is what rubs excruciatingly the tortured minds of those who set the policy for the FBI, the Justice Department, and Homeland Security.
The reason the Fedgov is using this new little flake of Govlish is simple – the Patriot movement in America is rife with people who are awakening to the Constitution’s long-forsaken blessings, which include the document’s use of the word sovereignty. And for God’s sake, the Constitution and even the Supreme Court suggest that the several nation-State Republics which constitute the Union are themselves “sovereign” in their own rights.
No totalitarian government can permit the concept of sovereignty to run amok among its citizenry, and the Federal government itself presently is challenging in every way the sovereignty of the States which own it. The Federal government tells Montana that it doesn’t give a flip about Montana’s Firearms Freedom Act of 2009 – the ATF has written the letters to remind all Montanans that Federal law trumps Montana law.
The Federal government also tells Montana that Montana’s medical marijuana laws are null and void in Federal eyes, as their amazing spree of growing-facility raids this past April, 2011, across the State clearly show. The Federal government now thinks it owns the States which created it.
And I, a simple old man from down South who moved to Montana to escape just that very kind of pathological mentality emanating from concentrated governmental power at Memphis and Atlanta, am now credited by Daryl Johnson with being able to subvert the U.S. Government by secretly infiltrating, covertly monitoring law enforcement and military and Intelligence communications, as well as being able to disclose unauthorized sensitive information to all readers on the Internet – therefore I, an honorably-discharged U.S. Marine Veteran of the Vietnam war, ex-businessman, grandfather, artist and activist with little more than a high-school diploma about which to brag, am a particularly dangerous type of domestic threat. All because I expect the damned-by-God Federal government to live and operate within its enumerated powers under Article 1 Section 8 of the document which created the U.S. Federal Government.
I began this series of articles with a premise that the force which killed Jose Guerena at his home on May 05, 2011, emanated from Federal policy. Oath Keepers stood against that policy by conducting a muster and march at Tucson, Arizona, on May 30, 2011. Oath Keepers marched to the Guerena home where Jose was shot to death and honored Jose’s service with the U.S. Marines in two tours of duty in Iraq. We presented Vanessa Guerena with a plaque and roses and other tokens of our appreciation for her husband’s service to America. We really did not give a damn if Jose’s brother smoked pot. We were there on Memorial Day to honor Jose’s service to America in uniform and to lament the loss of two small boys’ father and a young wife’s husband – but also we were there to raise a public outcry against the POLICY which sent a militarized combat unit to kill the man as if he were some “enemy” right here on U.S. soil.
A word aside about the autopsy of Jose Guerena. Being an old beatnik and an unemployed old poet, I can recall that I went to college in the 1960s and I also went to Vietnam in the 1960s. I know a couple of things about marijuana. This we all learned way back in the 1960s – if one is going to apply for a new job which would require a drug-screen test, one knew – everyone knew – that one could not smoke pot for at least a month (and preferably, to be sure, up to six weeks) prior to taking the drug-screen test. Why? Because it takes a month or more for the THC imbibed by smoking pot to leave one’s physical body. The drug screen would show positive if one smoked marijuana two, three, or even four weeks before taking the test. I mention this because despite all the talk tossed about by the Sheriff Department of Pima County, Jose’s autopsy revealed no marijuana or THC residue in Jose’s body. I also mention that because the mainstream media seems to overlook that tiny little detail, and it should get placed on the record somewhere, if only here at Oath Keepers. We know that the man had not been smoking pot, as the coroner’s report reveals. Vanessa Guerena has initiated a law suit.
Many Americans resented Oath Keepers making a stand against this insane policy of using SWAT for every-day police work. SWAT usage is now rampaging to the tune of between fifty thousand and seventy thousand home invasions each year in America. Many Americans felt that Jose Guerena was a “dirt bag”, that he may have been involved in – Oh My God! – Marijuana! Many people felt that Oath Keepers would tarnish our good reputation by defending Jose.
But what those nay-criers failed to realize, despite the fact that we stated it again and again before marching there, was the fact that we were intent upon exposing this insane policy of using SWAT professionals to serve routine warrants and the now-undeniable fact that America is turning into a damned-by-God military-police state in the name of a so-called “war on drugs” and a so-called “war on terror”, both of which are bogus shams created by the likes of Daryl Johnson and his pathologically-branded ilk. The idiocy which emanates from the deluded paranoid perversions of reality which are fragmented and carried in minds such as Daryl Johnson’s has been seen by government as a sure-fire way to expand police power, to grow centralized government, to create government jobs and bureaucracies, and to feed the military-industrial complex while at the same time feeding the out-sourced corporatized private-sector commercialized prison industry. The policy which murdered Jose Guerena most surely came down the pike from the idiocy of the Department of Homeland Security and a generally-wide-spread disavowal of everything this nation’s Constitution stands for.
Daryl Johnson wants the credit for that.
So I will now attempt to wrap this up, being grateful all the while for each reader’s patience.
A pathological personality with political connections can, as we now see, poison the perception of biased individuals who are too weak to ignore a promise of profits or benefits, or other rewards toward personal enhancement, and can actually influence organizations such as SPLC and agencies like DHS or the Pentagon to buy their fantasy. People like Mark Potok of SPLC and Daryl Johnson formerly of DHS can do this, simply because the growth of government needs such facilitation for its ever-hungering expansion into the lives of the subject-citizenry. The arms industry, the law enforcement industry, the prison industry, the Defense Contracting Industry, in fact the entire government industry, can continue to demand more and more growth and expansion only if there is a publicly-held perception of a need for more.
When the people of America finally lost control of their representative government in 1913, the loosed mechanism of government began its ascension. At that same time, the Federal Reserve System began the downfall of the Dollar. President Wilson was suckered by Edward M. House to launch the idea of Progressivism during his years in the White House. That was accented over again in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and an exclamation point was added by President Lyndon B. Johnson – after which the neo-con faction began to emerge with influence of its own in WDC, leading to the travesties of the past four administrations, Bush-41, Bill Clinton, Bush-43, and Obama – all of whom advanced the United Nations’ agenda and sacrificed U.S.A. sovereignty incrementally while at the same time beefing up domestic policy by levering government programs of entitlement and hammering down the Constitution with an insane war on drugs, which was a gold mine for black ops and psy-ops and the “Black Budget” created in the 1949 revisions of the National Security Act of 1947.
All of the above requires funding and enforcement. The 16th Amendment, which came with the Federal Reserve System Act of 1913 as a bonus for the bankers in that it placed the American taxpayer, which it created at that time, as the collateral for the debt which the Fed would engineer for politicians who could not fund their entitlement programs and other activities any other way, created the IRS, which now has SWAT professionals to enforce its robbery. This is of course corporatized socialism with a touch of fascism thrown in for good measure. We suffer today the effects of such causes planted a hundred years ago, and it is evident that in the eyes of the Federal government the Constitution is just a worn-out old piece of paper (some statist Presidents have called it much worse).
That is what is behind the policy driving DHS, just as it is revealed in the two leaked documents from 2009 which we studied in Part Four of this article. Edward House and friends from the Rhodes Round Table groups created the CFR and later the Trilateral Commission. They took control of the major media and press in America since 1921 and also created and funded the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Historical Society, among other institutions, through their great tax-exempt Foundations.
We now look back on the twentieth century and clearly see Federal policy poisoned by a mixture of a Freudian/Marxian/Darwinian philosophy in a Wall Street cocktail capable of juxtaposing in concert both communism and monopoly-capitalism for the advantage of international banking interests. It is now fully surfaced in America. The American people are only now beginning to awaken to the insidious methodology worked in secret over the past nine to ten decades.
As Cass Sunstein has shown, in Part Four, the Federal government has to combat “conspiracy theorists” who would dare expose this massive drive to enslave the unwitting American people. The U.S. Intelligence community has agencies and offices devoted to influencing what the mass mind of America perceives, and now is hell-bent on keeping track of any individual mind which may question its motives.
The promises we’re often given state that psy-ops will never be used on the American public. Those promises are exposed for the lies that they are, and a significant number of Americans, perhaps several million or more, have grave doubts about any official government statement or action or policy. That awakening represents a dire threat to the powers that be on Wall Street and at the Federal Reserve and also in our nation’s Congress and Cabinet-level agencies and departments.
Showing that the militarization of our peace officer community has been a deliberate program originating at the Federal level was not so hard to do. Am I right? Answer that question for yourself, as you see it in your own understanding and perception. That program is designed to render a martial-law sort of military-police state which can be brought to bear against dissenting patriots who are now becoming ready to fight for their Constitution. The government calls it’s defensive stance, “COG”, (Continuity of Government), which government values higher than the continuity of your and my bill of rights under your and my Constitution.
Nothing else can so completely explain why Daryl Johnson, the ADL, the SPLC, the White House, and the Department of Homeland Security would so viciously attack a young organization comprised of Veterans, FireFighters, Soldiers, and Peace Officers who understand the principles of personal freedom enshrined in the wording and spirit of the Constitution and who will renew their Oath to defend that Constitution where they stand, as American patriots in the highest and most noble sense of that word.
November 08, 2011
(Slight edits on all five installments of this series were added in March and April, 2017.)
In August 2011, Vanessa Guerena sued the county, claiming the SWAT team acted negligently throughout the whole process, from procurement of the search warrant until after the shooting, when paramedics were prevented from tending to her bleeding husband.
Her lawsuit was settled in September 2013. How is it that a county can admit wrongdoing — to the tune of $3,400,000 — but manages to retain all parties involved? Why was no one fired? What policy changes have been made to prevent others from being killed in the name of keeping plants off the streets?
“What worries me is the fact that our country is under attack from within, from our own Feducated trance-state robotized Govlish-mesmerized fanatical insatiately-hypnotized authoritarian statist idiots sporting power-damaged minds who somehow find their way into seats of governmental power, and the rest seem to be in denial about that glaring fact, thinking foolishly but persistently that a Republican or Democrat, like a giant winged god robed in justice, peace, and prosperity, will plug back in the tv stories of our ways and days, and shall in providence by God save the day.” – Elias Alias, to no one in particular.
For decades the federal government has been developing a highly classified plan that would override the Constitution in the event of a terrorist attack. Is it also compiling a secret enemies list of citizens who could face detention under martial law?
In the spring of 2007, a retired senior official in the U.S. Justice Department sat before Congress and told a story so odd and ominous, it could have sprung from the pages of a pulp political thriller. It was about a principled bureaucrat struggling to protect his country from a highly classified program with sinister implications. Rife with high drama, it included a car chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., and a tense meeting at the White House, where the president’s henchmen made the bureaucrat so nervous that he demanded a neutral witness be present.
The bureaucrat was James Comey, John Ashcroft’s second-in-command at the Department of Justice during Bush’s first term. Comey had been a loyal political foot soldier of the Republican Party for many years. Yet in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he described how he had grown increasingly uneasy reviewing the Bush administration’s various domestic surveillance and spying programs. Much of his testimony centered on an operation so clandestine he wasn’t allowed to name it or even describe what it did. He did say, however, that he and Ashcroft had discussed the program in March 2004, trying to decide whether it was legal under federal statutes. Shortly before the certification deadline, Ashcroft fell ill with pancreatitis, making Comey acting attorney general, and Comey opted not to certify the program. When he communicated his decision to the White House, Bush’s men told him, in so many words, to take his concerns and stuff them in an undisclosed location.
Comey refused to knuckle under, and the dispute came to a head on the cold night of March 10, 2004, hours before the program’s authorization was to expire. At the time, Ashcroft was in intensive care at George Washington Hospital following emergency surgery. Apparently, at the behest of President Bush himself, the White House tried, in Comey’s words, “to take advantage of a very sick man,” sending Chief of Staff Andrew Card and then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales on a mission to Ashcroft’s sickroom to persuade the heavily doped attorney general to override his deputy. Apprised of their mission, Comey, accompanied by a full security detail, jumped in his car, raced through the streets of the capital, lights blazing, and “literally ran” up the hospital stairs to beat them there.
Minutes later, Gonzales and Card arrived with an envelope filled with the requisite forms. Ashcroft, even in his stupor, did not fall for their heavy-handed ploy. “I’m not the attorney general,” Ashcroft told Bush’s men. “There”—he pointed weakly to Comey—”is the attorney general.” Gonzales and Card were furious, departing without even acknowledging Comey’s presence in the room. The following day, the classified domestic spying program that Comey found so disturbing went forward at the demand of the White House—”without a signature from the Department of Justice attesting as to its legality,” he testified.
What was the mysterious program that had so alarmed Comey? Political blogs buzzed for weeks with speculation. Though Comey testified that the program was subsequently readjusted to satisfy his concerns, one can’t help wondering whether the unspecified alteration would satisfy constitutional experts, or even average citizens. Faced with push-back from his bosses at the White House, did he simply relent and accept a token concession? Two months after Comey’s testimony to Congress, the New York Times reported a tantalizing detail: The program that prompted him “to threaten resignation involved computer searches through massive electronic databases.” The larger mystery remained intact, however. “It is not known precisely why searching the databases, or data mining, raised such a furious legal debate,” the article conceded.
Another clue came from a rather unexpected source: President Bush himself. Addressing the nation from the Oval Office in 2005 after the first disclosures of the NSA’s warrantless electronic surveillance became public, Bush insisted that the spying program in question was reviewed “every 45 days” as part of planning to assess threats to “the continuity of our government.”
Few Americans—professional journalists included—know anything about so-called Continuity of Government (COG) programs, so it’s no surprise that the president’s passing reference received almost no attention. COG resides in a nebulous legal realm, encompassing national emergency plans that would trigger the takeover of the country by extra-constitutional forces—and effectively suspend the republic. In short, it’s a road map for martial law.
While Comey, who left the Department of Justice in 2005, has steadfastly refused to comment further on the matter, a number of former government employees and intelligence sources with independent knowledge of domestic surveillance operations claim the program that caused the flap between Comey and the White House was related to a database of Americans who might be considered potential threats in the event of a national emergency. Sources familiar with the program say that the government’s data gathering has been overzealous and probably conducted in violation of federal law and the protection from unreasonable search and seizure guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.
According to a senior government official who served with high-level security clearances in five administrations, “There exists a database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived ‘enemies of the state’ almost instantaneously.” He and other sources tell Radar that the database is sometimes referred to by the code name Main Core. One knowledgeable source claims that 8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect. In the event of a national emergency, these people could be subject to everything from heightened surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and possibly even detention.
Of course, federal law is somewhat vague as to what might constitute a “national emergency.” Executive orders issued over the last three decades define it as a “natural disaster, military attack, [or] technological or other emergency,” while Department of Defense documents include eventualities like “riots, acts of violence, insurrections, unlawful obstructions or assemblages, [and] disorder prejudicial to public law and order.” According to one news report, even “national opposition to U.S. military invasion abroad” could be a trigger.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Let’s imagine a harrowing scenario: coordinated bombings in several American cities culminating in a major blast—say, a suitcase nuke—in New York City. Thousands of civilians are dead. Commerce is paralyzed. A state of emergency is declared by the president. Continuity of Governance plans that were developed during the Cold War and have been aggressively revised since 9/11 go into effect. Surviving government officials are shuttled to protected underground complexes carved into the hills of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Power shifts to a “parallel government” that consists of scores of secretly preselected officials. (As far back as the 1980s, Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of a pharmaceutical company, and Dick Cheney, then a congressman from Wyoming, were slated to step into key positions during a declared emergency.) The executive branch is the sole and absolute seat of authority, with Congress and the judiciary relegated to advisory roles at best. The country becomes, within a matter of hours, a police state.
Interestingly, plans drawn up during the Reagan administration suggest this parallel government would be ruling under authority given by law to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, home of the same hapless bunch that recently proved themselves unable to distribute water to desperate hurricane victims. The agency’s incompetence in tackling natural disasters is less surprising when one considers that, since its inception in the 1970s, much of its focus has been on planning for the survival of the federal government in the wake of a decapitating nuclear strike.
Under law, during a national emergency, FEMA and its parent organization, the Department of Homeland Security, would be empowered to seize private and public property, all forms of transport, and all food supplies. The agency could dispatch military commanders to run state and local governments, and it could order the arrest of citizens without a warrant, holding them without trial for as long as the acting government deems necessary. From the comfortable perspective of peaceful times, such behavior by the government may seem farfetched. But it was not so very long ago that FDR ordered 120,000 Japanese-Americans—everyone from infants to the elderly—be held in detention camps for the duration of World War II. This is widely regarded as a shameful moment in U.S. history, a lesson learned. But a long trail of federal documents indicates that the possibility of large-scale detention has never quite been abandoned by federal authorities. Around the time of the 1968 race riots, for instance, a paper drawn up at the U.S. Army War College detailed plans for rounding up millions of “militants” and “American negroes” who were to be held at “assembly centers or relocation camps.” In the late 1980s, the Austin American-Statesman and other publications reported the existence of 10 detention camp sites on military facilities nationwide, where hundreds of thousands of people could be held in the event of domestic political upheaval. More such facilities were commissioned in 2006, when Kellogg Brown & Root—then a subsidiary of Halliburton—was handed a $385 million contract to establish “temporary detention and processing capabilities” for the Department of Homeland Security. The contract is short on details, stating only that the facilities would be used for “an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs.” Just what those “new programs” might be is not specified.
In the days after our hypothetical terror attack, events might play out like this: With the population gripped by fear and anger, authorities undertake unprecedented actions in the name of public safety. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security begin actively scrutinizing people who—for a tremendously broad set of reasons—have been flagged in Main Core as potential domestic threats. Some of these individuals might receive a letter or a phone call, others a request to register with local authorities. Still others might hear a knock on the door and find police or armed soldiers outside. In some instances, the authorities might just ask a few questions. Other suspects might be arrested and escorted to federal holding facilities, where they could be detained without counsel until the state of emergency is no longer in effect.
It is, of course, appropriate for any government to plan for the worst. But when COG plans are shrouded in extreme secrecy, effectively unregulated by Congress or the courts, and married to an overreaching surveillance state—as seems to be the case with Main Core—even sober observers must weigh whether the protections put in place by the federal government are becoming more dangerous to America than any outside threat.
Another well-informed source—a former military operative regularly briefed by members of the intelligence community—says this particular program has roots going back at least to the 1980s and was set up with help from the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has been told that the program utilizes software that makes predictive judgments of targets’ behavior and tracks their circle of associations with “social network analysis” and artificial intelligence modeling tools.
“The more data you have on a particular target, the better [the software] can predict what the target will do, where the target will go, who it will turn to for help,” he says. “Main Core is the table of contents for all the illegal information that the U.S. government has [compiled] on specific targets.” An intelligence expert who has been briefed by high-level contacts in the Department of Homeland Security confirms that a database of this sort exists, but adds that “it is less a mega-database than a way to search numerous other agency databases at the same time.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A host of publicly disclosed programs, sources say, now supply data to Main Core. Most notable are the NSA domestic surveillance programs, initiated in the wake of 9/11, typically referred to in press reports as “warrantless wiretapping.” In March, a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal shed further light onto the extraordinarily invasive scope of the NSA efforts:
According to the Journal, the government can now electronically monitor “huge volumes of records of domestic e-mails and Internet searches, as well as bank transfers, credit card transactions, travel, and telephone records.”
Authorities employ “sophisticated software programs” to sift through the data, searching for “suspicious patterns.” In effect, the program is a mass catalog of the private lives of Americans. And it’s notable that the article hints at the possibility of programs like Main Core. “The [NSA] effort also ties into data from an ad-hoc collection of so-called black programs whose existence is undisclosed,” the Journal reported, quoting unnamed officials. “Many of the programs in various agencies began years before the 9/11 attacks but have since been given greater reach.”
The following information seems to be fair game for collection without a warrant: the e-mail addresses you send to and receive from, and the subject lines of those messages; the phone numbers you dial, the numbers that dial in to your line, and the durations of the calls; the Internet sites you visit and the keywords in your Web searches; the destinations of the airline tickets you buy; the amounts and locations of your ATM withdrawals; and the goods and services you purchase on credit cards. All of this information is archived on government supercomputers and, according to sources, also fed into the Main Core database.
Main Core also allegedly draws on four smaller databases that, in turn, cull from federal, state, and local “intelligence” reports; print and broadcast media; financial records; “commercial databases”; and unidentified “private sector entities.” Additional information comes from a database known as the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, which generates watch lists from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for use by airlines, law enforcement, and border posts. According to the Washington Post, the Terrorist Identities list has quadrupled in size between 2003 and 2007 to include about 435,000 names. The FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center border crossing list, which listed 755,000 persons as of fall 2007, grows by 200,000 names a year. A former NSA officer tells Radar that the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, using an electronic-funds transfer surveillance program, also contributes data to Main Core, as does a Pentagon program that was created in 2002 to monitor anti-war protestors and environmental activists such as Greenpeace.
If previous FEMA and FBI lists are any indication, the Main Core database includes dissidents and activists of various stripes, political and tax protestors, lawyers and professors, publishers and journalists, gun owners, illegal aliens, foreign nationals, and a great many other harmless, average people.
A veteran CIA intelligence analyst who maintains active high-level clearances and serves as an advisor to the Department of Defense in the field of emerging technology tells Radar that during the 2004 hospital room drama, James Comey expressed concern over how this secret database was being used “to accumulate otherwise private data on non-targeted U.S. citizens for use at a future time.” Though not specifically familiar with the name Main Core, he adds, “What was being requested of Comey for legal approval was exactly what a Main Core story would be.” A source regularly briefed by people inside the intelligence community adds: “Comey had discovered that President Bush had authorized NSA to use a highly classified and compartmentalized Continuity of Government database on Americans in computerized searches of its domestic intercepts. [Comey] had concluded that the use of that ‘Main Core’ database compromised the legality of the overall NSA domestic surveillance project.”
If Main Core does exist, says Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counterterrorism officer and an outspoken critic of the agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its likely home. “If a master list is being compiled, it would have to be in a place where there are no legal issues”—the CIA and FBI would be restricted by oversight and accountability laws—”so I suspect it is at DHS, which as far as I know operates with no such restraints.” Giraldi notes that DHS already maintains a central list of suspected terrorists and has been freely adding people who pose no reasonable threat to domestic security. “It’s clear that DHS has the mandate for controlling and owning master lists. The process is not transparent, and the criteria for getting on the list are not clear.” Giraldi continues, “I am certain that the content of such a master list [as Main Core] would not be carefully vetted, and there would be many names on it for many reasons—quite likely, including the two of us.”
Would Main Core in fact be legal? According to constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, who served as associate deputy attorney general under Ronald Reagan, the question of legality is murky: “In the event of a national emergency, the executive branch simply assumes these powers”—the powers to collect domestic intelligence and draw up detention lists, for example—” if Congress doesn’t explicitly prohibit it. It’s really up to Congress to put these things to rest, and Congress has not done so.” Fein adds that it is virtually impossible to contest the legality of these kinds of data collection and spy programs in court “when there are no criminal prosecutions and [there is] no notice to persons on the president’s ‘enemies list.’ That means if Congress remains invertebrate, the law will be whatever the president says it is—even in secret. He will be the judge on his own powers and invariably rule in his own favor.”
The veteran CIA intelligence analyst notes that Comey’s suggestion that the offending elements of the program were dropped could be misleading: “Bush [may have gone ahead and] signed it as a National Intelligence Finding anyway.”
But even if we never face a national emergency, the mere existence of the database is a matter of concern. “The capacity for future use of this information against the American people is so great as to be virtually unfathomable,” the senior government official says.
In any case, mass watch lists of domestic citizens may do nothing to make us safer from terrorism. Jeff Jonas, chief scientist at IBM, a world renowned expert in data mining, contends that such efforts won’t prevent terrorist conspiracies. “Because there is so little historical terrorist event data,” Jonas tells Radar, “there is not enough volume to create precise predictions.”
The overzealous compilation of a domestic watch list is not unique in post-war American history. In 1950, the FBI, under the notoriously paranoid J. Edgar Hoover, began to “accumulate the names, identities, and activities” of suspect American citizens in a rapidly expanding “security index,” according to declassified documents. In a letter to the Truman White House, Hoover stated that in the event of certain emergency situations, suspect individuals would be held in detention camps overseen by “the National Military Establishment.” By 1960, a congressional investigation later revealed, the FBI list of suspicious persons included “professors, teachers, and educators; labor-union organizers and leaders; writers, lecturers, newsmen, and others in the mass-media field; lawyers, doctors, and scientists; other potentially influential persons on a local or national level; [and] individuals who could potentially furnish financial or material aid” to unnamed “subversive elements.” This same FBI “security index” was allegedly maintained and updated into the 1980s, when it was reportedly transferred to the control of none other than FEMA (though the FBI denied this at the time).
FEMA, however—then known as the Federal Preparedness Agency—already had its own domestic surveillance system in place, according to a 1975 investigation by Senator John V. Tunney of California. Tunney, the son of heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney and the inspiration for Robert Redford’s character in the film The Candidate, found that the agency maintained electronic dossiers on at least 100,000 Americans, which contained information gleaned from wideranging computerized surveillance.
The database was located in the agency’s secret underground city at Mount Weather, near the town of Bluemont, Virginia. The senator’s findings were confirmed in a 1976 investigation by the Progressive magazine, which found that the Mount Weather computers “can obtain millions of pieces [of] information on the personal lives of American citizens by tapping the data stored at any of the 96 Federal Relocation Centers”—a reference to other classified facilities. According to the Progressive, Mount Weather’s databases were run “without any set of stated rules or regulations. Its surveillance program remains secret even from the leaders of the House and the Senate.”
Ten years later, a new round of government martial law plans came to light. A report in the Miami Herald contended that Reagan loyalist and Iran-Contra conspirator Colonel Oliver North had spearheaded the development of a “secret contingency plan,”—code named REX 84—which called “for suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the United States over to FEMA, [and the] appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments.” The North plan also reportedly called for the detention of upwards of 400,000 illegal aliens and an undisclosed number of American citizens in at least 10 military facilities maintained as potential holding camps.
North’s program was so sensitive in nature that when Texas Congressman Jack Brooks attempted to question North about it during the 1987 Iran-Contra hearings, he was rebuffed even by his fellow legislators. “I read in Miami papers and several others that there had been a plan by that same agency [FEMA] that would suspend the American Constitution,” Brooks said. “I was deeply concerned about that and wondered if that was the area in which he [North] had worked.” Senator Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Iran, immediately cut off his colleague, saying, “That question touches upon a highly sensitive and classified area, so may I request that you not touch upon that, sir.” Though Brooks pushed for an answer, the line of questioning was not allowed to proceed.
Wired magazine turned up additional damaging information, revealing in 1993 that North, operating from a secure White House site, allegedly employed a software database program called PROMIS (ostensibly as part of the REX 84 plan). PROMIS, which has a strange and controversial history, was designed to track individuals—prisoners, for example—by pulling together information from disparate databases into a single record. According to Wired, “Using the computers in his command center, North tracked dissidents and potential troublemakers within the United States. Compared to PROMIS, Richard Nixon’s enemies list or Senator Joe McCarthy’s blacklist looks downright crude.” Sources have suggested to Radar that government databases tracking Americans today, including Main Core, could still have PROMIS based legacy code from the days when North was running his programs.
In the wake of 9/11, domestic surveillance programs of all sorts expanded dramatically. As one well-placed source in the intelligence community puts it, “The gloves seemed to come off.” What is not yet clear is what sort of still-undisclosed programs may have been authorized by the Bush White House. Marty Lederman, a high-level official at the Department of Justice under Clinton, writing on a law blog last year, wondered, “How extreme were the programs they implemented [after 9/11]? How egregious was the lawbreaking?” Congress has tried, and mostly failed, to find out.
In July 2007 and again last August, Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon and a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, sought access to the “classified annexes” of the Bush administration’s Continuity of Government program. DeFazio’s interest was prompted by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 (also known as NSPD-51), issued in May 2007, which reserves for the executive branch the sole authority to decide what constitutes a national emergency and to determine when the emergency is over. DeFazio found this unnerving.
But he and other leaders of the Homeland Security Committee, including Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, were denied a review of the Continuity of Government classified annexes. To this day, their calls for disclosure have been ignored by the White House. In a press release issued last August, DeFazio went public with his concerns that the NSPD-51 Continuity of Government plans are “extra-constitutional or unconstitutional.” Around the same time, he told the Oregonian, “Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right.”
Congress itself has recently widened the path for both extra-constitutional detentions by the White House and the domestic use of military force during a national emergency. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 effectively suspended habeas corpus and freed up the executive branch to designate any American citizen an “enemy combatant” forfeiting all privileges accorded under the Bill of Rights. The John Warner National Defense Authorization Act, also passed in 2006, included a last-minute rider titled “Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies,” which allowed the deployment of U.S. military units not just to put down domestic insurrections—as permitted under posse comitatus and the Insurrection Act of 1807—but also to deal with a wide range of calamities, including “natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack, or incident.”
More troubling, in 2002, Congress authorized funding for the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, which, according to Washington Post military intelligence expert William Arkin, “allows for emergency military operations in the United States without civilian supervision or control.”
“We are at the edge of a cliff and we’re about to fall off,” says constitutional lawyer and former Reagan administration official Bruce Fein. “To a national emergency planner, everybody looks like a danger to stability. There’s no doubt that Congress would have the authority to denounce all this—for example, to refuse to appropriate money for the preparation of a list of U.S. citizens to be detained in the event of martial law. But Congress is the invertebrate branch. They say, ‘We have to be cautious.’ The same old crap you associate with cowards. None of this will change under a Democratic administration, unless you have exceptional statesmanship and the courage to stand up and say, ‘You know, democracies accept certain risks that tyrannies do not.’ ”
As of this writing, DeFazio, Thompson, and the other 433 members of the House are debating the so-called Protect America Act, after a similar bill passed in the Senate. Despite its name, the act offers no protection for U.S. citizens; instead, it would immunize from litigation U.S. telecom giants for colluding with the government in the surveillance of Americans to feed the hungry maw of databases like Main Core. The Protect America Act would legalize programs that appear to be unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, the mystery of James Comey’s testimony has disappeared in the morass of election year coverage. None of the leading presidential candidates have been asked the questions that are so profoundly pertinent to the future of the country: As president, will you continue aggressive domestic surveillance programs in the vein of the Bush administration? Will you release the COG blueprints that Representatives DeFazio and Thompson were not allowed to read? What does it suggest about the state of the nation that the U.S. is now ranked by worldwide civil liberties groups as an “endemic surveillance society,” alongside repressive regimes such as China and Russia? How can a democracy thrive with a massive apparatus of spying technology deployed against every act of political expression, private or public? (Radar put these questions to spokespeople for the McCain, Obama, and Clinton campaigns, but at press time had yet to receive any responses.)
These days, it’s rare to hear a voice like that of Senator Frank Church, who in the 1970s led the explosive investigations into U.S. domestic intelligence crimes that prompted the very reforms now being eroded. “The technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny,” Church pointed out in 1975. “And there would be no way to fight back, because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know.”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”violet” border_width=”3″ el_width=”70″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin speaks with television host Tavis Smiley, discussing his book ‘Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s’ Final Year’ which explores aspects of Dr. King’s life that have been whitewashed and back-paged in US history books. Abby then highlights the need to reflect on the message of Mahatma Gandhi to apply non-violence in current world conflicts, and speaks with the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, about how his book ‘Legacy of Love’ which outlines the most important lessons learned from his grandfather’s mission of peace.
Abby Martin Reviews Orwell’s 1947 map into present reality. Don’t miss this one!
Updating March 08 2017 — Abby did this video some while back, and after I posted it here in early March 2017, the Wikileaks “Vault7” release of highly secret CIA documents has exploded into the nation’s Psyche. George Orwell’s little bombshell book,”1984“, and Abby’s analytic review of the book are both very important for understanding the magnitude, depth, extensiveness, and diabolical intent of the American Deep State, given us by the National Security Act of 1947 which created the CIA, the National Security Council at the White House, and the Black Budget. View this brief video and then go to the Wikileaks website and read their introductory article, HERE