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.”
That of course is Govlish for “chain of command”.
“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.
U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba
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]
-end passages from Army’s manual on Unconventional Warfare
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.
1 – Propaganda by Edward Bernays; copyright 1928 by Edward Bernays; (Edward Bernays: 1891-1995); Copyright renewed 2005 by Anne Bernays; published by Ig Publishing, 178 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205; firstname.lastname@example.org ; www.igpub.com ; ISBN: 0-9703125-9-8
See also: Pentagon Investigates Psy-Ops Allegations
Cass Sunstein quotations – http://stopsunstein.com/media/pdf/Sunstein%20quote%20file.pdf