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Warnings from the Left and the Right about Obama’s plans for martial law

Let me start by showing a video from the Left. Anyone who knows me would never imagine me showing a video from Rachael Maddow. Well here is the unthinkable. Rachael is equally appalled, together with me, about Obama’s plan for unlimited imprisonment:

This is what troubles me most in our current situation. What follows is Joe Farrah’s take on the massive arms build up by civilian agencies. ~TD

Hollow Point Ammo

Hollow Point Ammo

BETWEEN THE LINES

WHY IS GOVERNMENT STOCKPILING GUNS, AMMO?

Exclusive: Joseph Farah examines Obama’s plan for ‘civilian national security force’

Is the U.S. government getting ready for a war we don’t know about?

And, if that’s why Washington is stockpiling massive amounts of ammunition (hollow points, by the way), why is Homeland Security doing the buying instead of the Defense Department?

I have some theories.

Many of you will remember a story I broke a long time ago – about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s little-noticed announcement that, if elected in 2008, he wanted to create a “civilian national security force” as big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department.

Here’s what he actually said at a campaign stop in Colorado July 2, 2008: “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Could what we see happening now in the Department of Homeland Security be the beginning of Obama’s dream and our constitutional nightmare?

We’ve learned more about Obama’s vision since then. Maybe it’s time for a review:

  • He made the campaign promise to build this $439 billion domestic army, but all references to the initiative were inexplicably deleted from the copy of his speech posted on his website while others mysteriously disappeared from transcripts of the speech distributed by the campaign. That was strange – and ominous.
  • At the time, I had never heard anyone use the phrase “civilian national security force” before. But I did a little homework and found out where it originated. It was first proposed by then Bush administration Defense Secretary Robert Gates. On that basis alone, I accurately predicted that, if elected, Obama would name Gates as his own defense secretary. Needless to say, when that appointment came to pass, no media outlet bothered to interview me about my foresight.
  • Still during the campaign of 2008, I suggested that what Obama had in mind might be something very sinister indeed – perhaps “some kind of domestic Big Brother program.”

We never heard another mention of Obama’s “civilian national security force” again. Not in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/why-is-government-stockpiling-guns-ammo/#gkYhXA2VuPdxuTsP.99

See also:

Another “note” on Conspiracies

“Why do the nations…”

      –from Handel’s Messiah

Psalm 2 (NIV)
Why do the nations conspire 
  and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
  and the rulers band together
  against the Lord and against 
  his anointed, saying,
 “Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
  the Lord scoffs at them.
  He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
  on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
  He said to me, “You are my son;
    today I have become your father.
  Ask me,
    and I will make the nations your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth your possession.
  You will break them with a rod of iron;
    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

  Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
    Serve the Lord with fear
      and celebrate his rule with trembling.
  Kiss his son, or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
  for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Still enjoying the theme? Here’s more from Handel’s Messiah.

“The Trumpet Shall Sound…”

1 Corinthians 15:52-53
For the trumpet will sound, 
  the dead will be raised imperishable, 
  and we will be changed. 
For the perishable must clothe itself 
  with the imperishable, 
    and the mortal with immortality.

Take heart dear readers,
the Lord Almighty is on His throne.
Pleasant dreams tonight. ~ TD

Regarding Conspiracy Theories

FEMA Camps, Freemasons, Illuminati, Bohemian Grove, False Flag, and all their vile cousins are terms that haunt us (me). They sometimes make sleep hard to find. Some people whistle thru the graveyard; I prefer to renew my courage with God’s word and His fellowship.

Conspiracy is nothing new.

Serpent

Serpent

Ever since the expulsion from the Garden, humans have exhibited a tendency toward conspiracy. In fact, Eve’s and Adam’s original sin was a conspiracy with the serpent, intended to challenge their Creator.

In the book of Proverbs, after the prologue and call to honor the advice of parents, the first “nuts and bolts” piece of advice is to avoid entering into conspiracy!

Proverbs 1 verses 10-19
My son, if sinful men entice you,
    do not give in to them.
  If they say, “Come along with us;
    let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
      let’s ambush some harmless soul;
  let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
    and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
  we will get all sorts of valuable things
    and fill our houses with plunder;
   cast lots with us;
    we will all share the loot”—
my son, do not go along with them,
    do not set foot on their paths;
  for their feet rush into evil,
    they are swift to shed blood.
How useless to spread a net
    where every bird can see it!
  These men lie in wait for their own blood;
    they ambush only themselves!
  Such are the paths of all who go 
    after ill-gotten gain;
      it takes away the life 
        of those who get it.

For me, this sheds an encouraging light on those who choose to resist conspiracies.
~TD

The Day America Committed Suicide

“Every nation has the government it deserves.”

So observed a very wise man — Count Joseph-Marie de Maistre (1753-1821), a French philosopher and diplomat.

Future historians (if there are any) will record that on November 6, 2012, the no longer United States of America committed suicide.

We, the Opposition — comprised of Conservatives, Christians, Libertarians, and Patriots — had been telling ourselves that the polls showing a tight race must be wrong. Because the pollsters over sample Democrats. Because “nobody” have landline phones anymore. Because so many polling organizations are corrupt. Because….

In the end, it turns out the polls not only were right, they were overly optimistic for Romney.

In the end, the Electoral College vote count wasn’t even close:

332 for Obama v. 206 for Romney

In the end, instead of Romney winning by a landslide, it was the POS winning by an avalanche. The POS even won the popular vote: 62,615,406 vs. Romney’s 59,142,004. [Source: FoxNews]

Romney won Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, No. Dakota, Oklahoma, So. Carolina, So. Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

POS won California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin.

In the end, the swing states of Ohio and Virginia swung to the POS. As of this writing, Florida — with 97% of precincts having reported — is still a toss-up (O 50% vs. R 49%). Not that it matters.

Was it massive Demonrat electoral fraud that did it?

Was it Demonrats’ intimidation — all the threats of riots and assassination, and videos of 97-year-olds threatening to “burn this motherfucker down” and of Romney supporters being maimed, decapitated and exploded — that got to gutless voters?

We can debate all we want. Sure, there’ll be feeble efforts at “investigating” and of lawsuits. But the POS’s so-called Department of “Justice” under his henchman, the so-called “U.S. attorney general” — Amerika’s chief law enforcer! — Eric Holder, will simply stonewall everything.

But I do know this:

The sheeple who voted for the POS so that they’ll keep getting government handouts, welfare, and entitlement checks are in for a rude shock. Amerika is broke. As we Cassandras have been warning here on Fellowship of the Minds:

  • Our national debt is over $16 trillion — more than Amerika’s gross national product.
  • The main Social Security program — the so-called SS “Trust Fund” — will run out of money even sooner than we’d been told — by 2023, instead of 2033. When that happens, BY LAW your Social Security checks will be cut by 25%.

The above bankrupt dates will now be shortened now that the POS and his Demonrats have four more years to overspend, without restraint. And if you think taxing “the rich” will plug the gaping deficit hole — not that taxing “the rich” 100% can fill the hole — you’re delusional.

Unlike the delusional sheeple sucking on Big Government’s teats, “the rich” have both the resources, the means, and the will to simply leave the “United” States. Just as “the rich” in France have and are, after the French sheeple voted in a socialist government that immediately imposed a draconian 75% tax on “the rich.”

Congratulations, my fellow selfish, lazy, envious, covetous, willfully ignorant, stupid, and just plain evil Amerikans.

Yesterday, you voted for a thoroughly evil man and evil party. In so doing, you voted for your own doom. The next four years will be four years of one financial disaster after another. The next four years will see your constitutional freedoms fall, one after another. And if you complain, you sheeple will finally discover:

  • What Obama’s senior adviser consigliere, the Iran-born Marxist Valerie Jarrett, meant when she vowed: “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time.No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”
  • Why there’ve been sightings across Amerika of trucks jammed full of “Martial Law” signs. (FOTM decided not to report this, not wanting to make you “nervous” before the election.)

*Faithful Catholics who attend Mass weekly went for Romney.

For as long as Obama, the Demonrats, and WordPress choose to keep the Internet free, Fellowship of the Minds will continue to chronicle Amerika’s descent into the abyss. Just don’t be surprised when one morning you fire up your computer to come on FOTM to discover we’re not around any more. When that day comes, don’t say I haven’t warned you….

In sorrow,

~Eowyn

US Army targets Tea Party movement as extremists in 2016 civil war scenario

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), established on July 1, 1973, is the official command component that is responsible for training and developing the United States Army.

TRADOC’s sleeve patch or insignia

Headquartered at Fort Eustis, Virginia. TRADOC is charged with overseeing training of Army forces, the development of operational doctrine, and the development and procurement of new weapons systems. TRADOC operates 33 schools and centers at 16 Army installations for our soldiers, other-service personnel, international soldiers and civilians.

The official mission statement for TRADOC states:

“TRADOC develops the Army’s Soldiers and Civilian leaders and designs, develops and integrates capabilities, concepts and doctrine in order to build a campaign-capable, expeditionary Army in support of joint warfighting capability through Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN).”

Those “concepts and doctrines” include the envisioning of likely future scenarios in which the United States may find ourselves and how the US Army will conduct its operations. That is why TRADOC’s Pamphlet 525-3-1, Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028, issued on August 19, 2010, is of importance and concern. Why? Because the document envisions a civil war breaking out in America in 2016 — a war instigated by “political reactionaries” — “an extremist militia motivated by the goals of the ‘tea party’ movement.”

I tried to access the PDF of Operating Concept 2016-2028 (henceforth referred to as OC), but was told “Access Denied.” Therefore, we must depend on Kevin Benson and Jennifer Weber’s account of OC in Small Wars Journal. (Kevin Benson, Ph.D., is a retired Army colonel; Weber is an associate professor of history with a specialty in the American civil war, at the University of Kansas.)

UPDATE (Aug. 17): Thanks to reader Kevin McDonald, you can read OC (Army Operating Concept 2016-2028) for yourself by going here, or if that link is scrubbed, I’ve saved the document to FOTM’s media library: TRADOC Op Con 2016-2028!

No authorship is given for the 65-page OC, but the document bears the imprimatur and official approval of the United States Army. It begins with a “Foreword” by Martin E. Dempsey, General, U.S. Army, Commanding; followed by a brief explanation of the meaning of the Army’s “operating concept” by John E. Sterling, Jr., Lieutenant General, U. S. Army, Commanding General/Chief of Staff.

OC first lays out the rationale for the deployment of the U.S. military inside America’s borders. Benson and Weber write:

“If we face a period of persistent global conflict as outlined in successive National Security Strategy documents, then Army officers are professionally obligated to consider the conduct of operations on U.S. soil [...] to defend the republic at home.  In this paper, we posit a scenario in which a group of political reactionaries take over a strategically positioned town and have the tacit support of not only local law enforcement but also state government officials, right up to the governor.  Under present law, which initially stemmed from bad feelings about Reconstruction, the military’s domestic role is highly circumscribed.  In the situation we lay out below, even though the governor refuses to seek federal help to quell the uprising (the usual channel for military assistance), the Constitution allows the president broad leeway in times of insurrection. Citing the precedents of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and Dwight D. Eisenhower sending troops to Little Rock in 1957, the president mobilizes the military and the Department of Homeland Security, to regain control of the city.  This scenario requires us to consider how domestic intelligence is gathered and shared, the role of local law enforcement (to the extent that it supports the operation), the scope and limits of the Insurrection Act–for example maintaining a military chain of command but in support of the Attorney General as the Department of Justice is the Lead Federal Agency (LFA) under the conditions of the Act–and the roles of the local, national, and international media. [...]

The Insurrection Act does not need to be changed for the 21st century.  Because it is broadly written, the law allows the flexibility needed to address a range of threats to the Republic. 

What we must consider in the design of homeland defense or security exercises is translating the Act into action. The Army Operating Concept describes Homeland Defense as the protection of ‘U.S. sovereignty, territory, domestic population, and critical defense infrastructure against external threats and aggression, or other threats as directed by the president’ (OC, p. 27).”

And now, read OC’s “Scenario 2016″ envisioned by the U.S. Army:

The Scenario (2016) 

The Great Recession of the early twenty-first century lasts far longer than anyone anticipated.  After a change in control of the White House and Congress in 2012, the governing party cuts off all funding that had been dedicated to boosting the economy or toward relief.  The United States economy has flatlined, much like Japan’s in the 1990s, for the better part of a decade.  By 2016, the economy shows signs of reawakening, but the middle and lower-middle classes have yet to experience much in the way of job growth or pay raises.  Unemployment continues to hover perilously close to double digits, small businesses cannot meet bankers’ terms to borrow money, and taxes on the middle class remain relatively high.  A high-profile and vocal minority has directed the public’s fear and frustration at nonwhites and immigrants.  After almost ten years of race-baiting and immigrant-bashing by right-wing demagogues, nearly one in five Americans reports being vehemently opposed to immigration, legal or illegal, and even U.S.-born nonwhites have become occasional targets for mobs of angry whites.

In May 2016 an extremist militia motivated by the goals of the “tea party” movement takes over the government of Darlington, South Carolina, occupying City Hall, disbanding the city council, and placing the mayor under house arrest.  Activists remove the chief of police and either disarm local police and county sheriff departments or discourage them from interfering.  In truth, this is hardly necessary.  Many law enforcement officials already are sympathetic to the tea party’s agenda, know many of the people involved, and have made clear they will not challenge the takeover.  The militia members are organized and have a relatively well thought-out plan of action.

With Darlington under their control, militia members quickly move beyond the city limits to establish “check points” – in reality, something more like choke points — on major transportation lines.  Traffic on I-95, the East Coast’s main north-south artery; I-20; and commercial and passenger rail lines are stopped and searched, allegedly for “illegal aliens.”  Citizens who complain are immediately detained.  Activists also collect “tolls” from drivers, ostensibly to maintain public schools and various city and county programs, but evidence suggests the money is actually going toward quickly increasing stores of heavy weapons and ammunition.  They also take over the town web site and use social media sites to get their message out unrestricted. 

When the leaders of the group hold a press conference to announce their goals, they invoke the Declaration of Independence and argue that the current form of the federal government is not deriving its “just powers from the consent of the governed” but is actually “destructive to these ends.”  Therefore, they say, the people can alter or abolish the existing government and replace it with another that, in the words of the Declaration, “shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”  While mainstream politicians and citizens react with alarm, the “tea party” insurrectionists in South Carolina enjoy a groundswell of support from other tea party groups, militias, racist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, anti-immigrant associations such as the Minutemen, and other right-wing groups.  At the press conference the masked militia members’ uniforms sport a unit seal with a man wearing a tricorn hat and carrying a musket over the motto “Today’s Minutemen.”  When a reporter asked the leaders who are the “red coats” the spokesman answered, “I don’t know who the redcoats are…it could be federal troops.” Experts warn that while these groups heretofore have been considered weak and marginal, the rapid coalescence among them poses a genuine national threat.

The mayor of Darlington calls the governor and his congressman.  He cannot act to counter the efforts of the local tea party because he is confined to his home and under guard.  The governor, who ran on a platform that professed sympathy with tea party goals, is reluctant to confront the militia directly.  He refuses to call out the National Guard.  He has the State Police monitor the roadblocks and checkpoints on the interstate and state roads but does not order the authorities to take further action.  In public the governor calls for calm and proposes talks with the local tea party to resolve issues.  Privately, he sends word through aides asking the federal government to act to restore order.  Due to his previous stance and the appearance of being “pro” tea party goals the governor has little political room to maneuver.

The Department of Homeland Security responds to the governor’s request by asking for defense support to civil law enforcement.  After the Department of Justice states that the conditions in Darlington and surrounding areas meet the conditions necessary to invoke the Insurrection Act, the President invokes it.

(From Title 10 US Code the President may use the militia or Armed Forces to:

§ 331 – Suppress an insurrection against a State government at the request of the Legislature or, if not in session, the Governor.

§ 332 – Suppress unlawful obstruction or rebellion against the U.S.

§ 333 – Suppress insurrection or domestic violence if it (1) hinders the execution of the laws to the extent that a part or class of citizens are deprived of Constitutional rights and the State is unable or refuses to protect those rights or (2) obstructs the execution of any Federal law or impedes the course of justice under Federal laws.)

By proclamation he calls on the insurrectionists to disperse peacefully within 15 days.  There is no violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.  The President appoints the Attorney General and the Department of Justice as the lead federal agency to deal with the crisis.  The President calls the South Carolina National Guard to federal service.  The Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., alerts U.S. Northern Command, the headquarters responsible for the defense of North America, to begin crisis action planning.  Northern Command in turn alerts U.S. Army North/Fifth U.S. Army for operations as a Joint Task Force headquarters.  Army units at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Marines at Camp Lejuene, N.C. go on alert.  The full range of media, national and international, is on scene.

Read the rest of this most disturbing article, “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A ‘Vision’ of the Future,” by clicking here.

Now, the pieces finally are coming together as to why:

  • There are persistent rumors that the Obama administration is preparing for civil war (see here and here).
  • Supposedly civilian federal agencies (from DHS to the Dept. of Education to, good grief, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Agency) have been buying ammunition.
  • The Department of Homeland Security, in a recent report and a 2008 secret memo, identifies Americans who love liberty, are “fiercely nationalistic” and “anti-global,” pro-life, pro-Second Amendment gun rights, Christian, and military veterans, to be “domestic terrorists.”
  • FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Congressional committee hearing that he’s unsure whether the U.S. government has the right to assassinate U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.
  • Both parties in both houses of Congress passed a bill, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which authorizes the President and the military to arrest and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens, without charge or trial.
  • There really are FEMA camps in every state of continental United States, ranging in size from 301 to 2,000 persons for up to 30 days of detention.

If the Founding Fathers were alive today, they would be deemed “domestic terrorists” by our government. I weep….

H/t FOTM’s Anon & Hardnox.

~Eowyn

US Army has a Field Manual on Civilian Internment

Did you know that the United States Army has a field manual on the internment of civilians?

Titled FM 3-19.40 Military Police Internment/Resettlement Operations, the field manual was first published in 2001, during the George W. Bush administration.

Like you no doubt, I immediately thought: “Though difficult to justify, the Army manual on internment must be because of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the resultant Patriot Act!”

Wrong.

You see, the manual was published on August 1, 2001 — one month ten days BEFORE those two passenger jets flew into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Nor is the manual something for which Democrats can blame only Republicans.

Why is that?

Because there is an updated, revised, and more extensive 326-pages version of the same U.S. Army field manual, FM 3-39.40, published on February 12, 2010, under Democrat Barack Hussein Obama’s administration.

Although the cover page of FM 3-39.40 states that:

  • Distribution of the field manual is “restricted,” being “authorized to the DOD and DOD contractors only to protect technical or operational information from automatic dissemination”;
  • Requests for the manual “must be referred to the Commandant, U.S. Army Military Police School, ATTN: ATZT-TDD-M, 320 MANSCEN Loop, Suite 270, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 65473-8929″; and that
  • FM 3-39.40 is to be “destroy[ed] by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or reconstruction of the document”

Happily, an anonymous patriot or patriots leaked FM 3-39.40, so that the American people can read it for ourselves.

The Preface of the revised 2010 version of FM 3-39.40 says:

“Field manual (FM) 3-39.40 is aligned with FM 3-39, the military police keystone FM. FM 3-39.40 provides guidance for commanders and staffs on internment and resettlement (I/R) operations. [...] FM 3-39.40 discusses the critical issue of detainee rehabilitation. It describes the doctrinal foundation, principles, and processes that military police and other elements will employ when dealing with I/R populations. As part of internment, these populations include U.S. military prisoners, and multiple categories of detainees (civilian internees [CIs], retained personnel [RP], and enemy combatants), while resettlement operations are focused on multiple categories of dislocated civilians (DCs).

[...] All military police units are specifically manned, equipped, and trained to perform I/R operations across the spectrum and those identified as I/R units are the specialists within the Army for this role.”

This is how FM 3-39.40 defines civilian “internment” and “settlement”:

“Internment and resettlement operations are conducted by military police to shelter, sustain, guard, protect, and account for populations (detainees, U.S. military prisoners, or dislocated civilians) as a result of military or civil conflict, natural or man-made disaster, or to facilitate criminal prosecution. Internment involves the detainment of a population or group that pose some level of threat to military operation. Resettlement involves the quartering of a population or group for their protection. These operations inherently control the movement and activities of their specific population for imperative reasons of security, safety, or intelligence gathering.”

In its “Introduction,” FM 3-39.40 seems to say that the “civilians” targeted for “internment” are the civilian populations of FOREIGN countries:

“In light of persistent armed conflict and social turmoil throughout the world, the effects on populations remain a compelling issue. The world population will increase from 6 billion to 9 billion in the next two decades, with 95 percent of the growth occurring in the developing world. By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Coexisting demographically and ethnically, diverse societies will aggressively compete for limited resources.

[...] The goal of military police conducting detainee operations is to provide stability within the population, its institutions, and its infrastructure. In this rapidly changing and dynamic strategic environment, U.S. forces will compete with local populations for the same space, routes, and resources. The modular force’s ability to positively influence and shape the opinions, attitudes, and behaviors of select populations is critical to tactical, operational, and strategic success.

An adaptive enemy will manipulate populations that are hostile to U.S. intent by instigating mass civil disobedience, directing criminal activity, masking their operations in urban and other complex terrain, maintaining an indistinguishable presence through cultural anonymity, and actively seeking the traditional sanctuary of protected areas as defined by the rules of land warfare. Such actions will facilitate the dispersal of threat forces, negate technological overmatches, and degrade targeting opportunities. Commanders will use technology and conduct police intelligence operations to influence and control populations, evacuate detainees and, conclusively, transition rehabilitative and reconciliation operations to other functional agencies. The combat identification of friend, foe, or neutral is used to differentiate combatants from noncombatants and friendly forces from threat forces.

FM 3-39.40 is written with the acknowledgement that today’s OEs are much more variable than the environments addressed in previous doctrine. Military police must be prepared to deploy into any OE and conduct I/R operations in support of the commander while dealing with a wide range of threats and other influences.”

Though Field Manual 3-39.40 Internment Resettlement Operations seems to be a manual for the U.S. Army Military Police’s internment and resettlement of civilians in foreign countries, the manual does NOT say U.S. civilians are excluded.

In fact, FM 3-39.40 (p. 24 of the PDF document) specifies that the “agencies concerned with internment and resettlement” are comprised of “international agencies” of the UN, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organization of Migration, but also of “U.S. agencies” that include the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To my knowledge, neither DHS nor FEMA has ever been deployed outside of the United States.

More disturbing still is that pages 30 and 78 of the PDF version of FM 3-39.40 are blank, except for this message: “This page intentionally left blank.”

Maybe now we know why on the last day of the year 2011, Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act — a bill passed by a bipartisan majority of both houses in Congress, which authorizes the President and the military to arrest and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without cause or trial.

Maybe now we know why the construction company Kellogg Brown & Root is tasked to provide services for FEMA camps scattered across the five regions of the United States. (See my post of December 14, 2011, “There Really Are FEMA Camps.”)

Maybe now we know why a DHS informant leaked the information that the Obama administration is preparing for a massive civil war in America.

I belong to an e-mail list that includes active and retired U.S. military and federal government employees. The reaction thus far, predictably, is a dismissive “Pffft”:

  • “The federal government has contingency plans on EVERYTHING, as it should. Be glad that our government is prepared.”
  • “The U.S. government is under civilian, not military control. Besides, the U.S. military is sworn to protect the Constitution and will never turn against the American people.”
  • A retired Defense Intelligence officer who’s now a practicing attorney, however, observes: “USMIL forces are not supposed to be deployed inside the US on law enforcement missions. Called the Posse Comitatus law and it’s a century and a half old. It’s bad news if U.S. agencies like Homeland Security and FEMA are deployed. It’s really bad if international agencies are unleashed inside U.S. borders.”

Our military strategists have a guiding principle for the formulation of defense policy toward other countries: “It’s not intention that matters, it’s capabilities.”

Indeed, intent changes with the wind. But if a powerful entity has the capability to do harm, that means if and when it decides to wield that might against us, it has the ability to do that.

What is true about other countries is true about our own government. Whatever the intent of the Obama or future administrations, we now know that the United States Army has a detailed field manual on civilian internment. And the vast majority of Americans are civilians.

Read FM 3-39.40 for yourself here or, if that site’s been scrubbed, in FOTM’s archives.

H/t May, Mike, Tina, and Joseph.

~Eowyn