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.


26 responses to “US Army targets Tea Party movement as extremists in 2016 civil war scenario

  1. This is disgusting and unbelievable. “Mobs of angry whites”?? Now, there’s a sight you see on a regular basis…NOT. I saw a great poem by Kipling yesterday that bears repeating:
    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of man.
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the fire;
    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as water will wet us, as surely as fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!


  2. The weakness in their fantasy is that they are projecting their own insurrectionist tactics onto the tea party and other conservatives. It is the left wing that instigates riots, and lest memory fails us, the KKK is an institution of the Democrats, not the Republicans.

    In short, this regime will wait in vain for the kind of behavior they fear. We do not riot. We do not oppress people of other races; in fact we ARE all races, not just white. Heck, we don’t even litter; compare that to the trash left behind by the occupy crowd.

    Every disruptive behavior pattern they are listing is endemic to the liberals, and absent from the conservatives.

    “Mobs of angry whites” attacking blacks and immigrants is a Hollywood fantasy. Race baiting is happening now at a fever pitch, but all of it from the left, including the white house.

    These idiots are salivating for a revolution, and can’t wait for it. What they actually fear is themselves.


    • They are using Hitlers tell a big lie strategy. problem is,its working. the only truth left in the media is found on the internet…the left will increasingly demonize christian conservatives..We can not continue to be silent and be victims of these attacks..believe me they are capable of unbelievable evil.It can get a lot worse


      • Yep Hitler’s play for sure. As if some of us aren’t bright enough to recognize it.

        Heck, the gen pop probably never learned about it in government education. Other half are too busy watching ET and DWTS.


    • It’s too bad that we don’t steal some pages from the Leftists’ play book; after all, they’ve KICKED OUR SORRY ASSES over the past century! They have remade the country in their image, and they have achieved all their objectives. Given all their success, shouldn’t we take a look at what we’re doing wrong?


  3. Better they should turn on the tyrannical government to come, and join the freedom loving across this country. And I would venture to say, many of them will if it comes to that.


  4. Very valuable information! I welcome being imprisoned for my ardent Catholic Christian Faith and for my absolute allegiance to all pro-life beliefs as defined through my Catholic Faith. In the meantime, I fight, especially locally!


  5. I agree that the government is planning for a major crackdown against civilians and I predict it will come after the Democrat convention and before January. That said, what do we do about it? If the government declares martial law and the citizens rise up, the populace will be slaughtered. Do we blindly roll over and live or do we stand up and die? They have us. We resist and they confiscate our property, our liberty and possibly our lives.


    • That’s the equation. I suggest a third way. Keep your personal values, and continue to be a good citizen, like Daniel in Babylon, until you defeat the beast from within. Military uprising against the government is impossible unless it is conducted by the military itself, in defense of the Constitution.


    • Good call, Grouchy Fogie.
      “…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
      – 2 Chronicles 7:14


    • Considering the mutual dislike and distrust that exists between the military and the skippy o administration,I would think that in the event of a martial law order from skippy,he and his entire corrupt administration would find themselves looking down the barrels of very many large caliber weapons,albeit from the wrong end.


      • Brother Bill, that is my hope and prayer. We have Marines in the family, and I can tell you they would not obey an order to imprison us. This is the glory of a volunteer fighting force; they are governed ONLY by consent.


      • Brother Bill, I’m a National Guard NCO of 21 years, and I have no intention of following any unlawful order and fire upon my fellow American citizens, unless of course they are leftist insurgent seditionists, islamists, or a rogue element of our government such as the one in place in the White House if they dare ignore the Constitution and defy the will of the people this election cycle.


  6. Do you remember how Rachel saved the day at Chick Fil A? Remember how her smile and kindness changed that man’s demeanor? They will look mighty stupid machine-gunning a bunch of Rachels, especially if “all the press is assembled” as they stated. Though it may give Chris Matthews a tingle, it will make for REALLY bad film at eleven.


  7. Maybe I’m one of those brain-dead zombies GF referred to, but why 2016? Are they assuming Obama wins the election? And the “radical whites” put up with 4 more years of his crap before they revolt? And why does the OC go from 2016 all the way to 2028?


  8. This is most chilling to contemplate. I would hope our servicemembers wouldn’t go the way of China’s People’s Liberation Army and what they did a few years back at Tianmin Square.

    I have absolutely no trust in this present unlawful administration, and I must admit I have never been so anxiety ridden on an election year as I am today. November cannot get here fast enough, and when it does arrive, the outcome is far from certain. Will the usurper readily step down? Will he declare a state of emergency and cancel the elections? Only time will tell. In the meantime, we’re in for a bumpy ride.


  9. Clearly freedom loving people who believe in our constitution are being labeled the enemy. I keep warning people I know, that time is running Short,,they think I am crazy. History is repeating itself,and the communists are taking our country…If we do not vote this out, we will never vote again and I fear we will shed rivers of blood to regain our freedom..Nov is our last chance to reverse the lie that has become our government and begin the road towards recovery of a republic…please vote and encourage everyone you know to do the same …Obama Must Go


  10. And we just know the congressional repubs are going to start getting to the bottom of this any day now.

    That was sarcasm.



  11. The most important thing that we all need to realize is the fact that the side who fires the first shot will always lose the war. If we patriots want to win this battle against these traitors, we must wait for them to fire first. I foresee a civil war being fought on 3 sides. The side that thinks they are doing right by inciting a second revolution (which we do not need). The side of the Federal Government fighting back the insurrection. And the side of the true militia fighting against both of the first two sides in attempt to suppress the insurrection while at the same time fighting to restore our great nation. We need to work together to restore it back to the founding principles and ensure that at the end of this struggle, we can free ourselves from these traitorous Socialists, regain our sovereignty, and throw away all globalist ideals.


  12. The extremists they really need to worry about are Muslims, Black Panthers, and some white skin head groups.


  13. Another word for one of TRADOC’s missions: Psy Ops”

    Psychological Operations


  14. “we are anonymous” we are not all computer hackers but we are over 800,000 strong … join us because THEY do not care about what YOU want.


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