The Military and Civil Disturbances

Don’t let the innocuous title of this Self-Reliance Institute Advisory fool you. What I’m about to share with you is extremely important and deadly serious.

And, given the growing potential for civil unrest, it’s very relevant to many of the events unfolding across the United States.

During my talk radio career – one of many professional hats I’ve worn – there was a question that listeners asked with increasing frequency after the Department of Homeland Security was created and rumors of the construction of internment camps began to circulate.

With the election of President Barack Obama, and his penchant for using executive orders to bypass Congress and the Constitution, the question cropped up even more frequently.

The question boils down to this: “Can the United States military imprison or kill American citizens on American soil?”

And before anyone scoffs at the notion of the military being turned on citizens, recall that in 2013 U.S. Senator Rand Paul conducted the longest filibuster in recent Senate history as he demanded that Obama affirm that he would not use drones to kill U.S. citizens on American soil.

As the hours wore on, Paul was joined by other conservative, libertarian, and Tea Party affiliated members of the Senate in his filibuster. Even one Democrat came on board.

So it is a rational question.

Can the United States military imprison or kill American citizens on American soil?

The answer is, “Yes.”

Yes, the U.S. military can imprison or kill American citizens on American soil.

Now I bet some of you, with good reason, are asking: “What about the Posse Comitatus Act? Doesn’t that forbid the use of the military against Americans here in the U.S.?”

The answer to that question is, “No, not always.”

This week, the good people over at ZeroHedge pulled together the information about the use of the military against citizens that you need to know and that you need to share with your friends and family.

The article is, Under What Conditions Can the U.S. Army Engage Citizens: The Army’s “Civil Disturbances” Primer.

I highly recommend you open and read the entire piece. Not only does it provide you with specific information about how the U.S. military can be used to imprison and kill Americans on U.S. soil, it provides you with the links to the government documents that purportedly authorize the military to take such actions under certain circumstances.

Those documents include:

1) ATP 3-39.33 Civil Disturbances (April 2014) which, among other aspects, lays out various scenarios where the U.S. military can be used against American citizens. As ZeroHedge puts it: “In other words, if and when the US Armed Forces decide that rioting infringes upon any of these exclusions, then the constitution no longer applies and the use of lethal force becomes a viable option against US citizens.”

2) FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations (February 2010) which ZeroHedge points out allows for Americans to “be herded into ‘temporary internment camps’ for reindoctrination purposes under the supervision of PSYOP Officer.”

ZeroHedge concludes that, based on these documents, “[I]f and when the time comes to “override” Posse Comitatus, random U.S. citizens may have two options: i) end up in the US version of a Gulag or, worse, ii) be shot.”

As always, I prefer that you read the source documents for yourself – that’s what we as self-reliant individuals should do.

Once you’ve assessed the documents for yourself, you can draw your own conclusions about whether the U.S. military could ever be turned against American citizens to conduct lethal or internment maneuvers.

Once you reach your conclusion, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Write me at [email protected]

Be safe and secure,

Rob Douglas – Former Washington DC Private Detective, Information Security Consultant and Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist

PS: As I send this off to you today, residents in and around the northern San Francisco Bay area (Napa) have been struck with the most powerful earthquake in that region since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that killed more than 60 and injured thousands.

As we keep our fellow Americans in our thoughts and prayers, this is a tragic reminder of how important it is to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for an extended period of time if the need arises.

Are you prepared?

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