A shocking U.S. Army manual that describes how political
activists in prison camps will be indoctrinated by specially assigned
psychological operations officers contains numerous clear references
to the fact that the policies do apply domestically to U.S. citizens.
Despite the fact that the manual is well over 300
pages long and would take hours to read properly, within minutes
of posting our story yesterday a minority of commenters were claiming
that the policies outlined in the document only pertained to foreign
combat operations and did not apply domestically to U.S. citizens.
This is similar to the denial witnessed prior to the
passage of the NDAA when some argued that the indefinite detention
provisions did not apply to American citizens despite
numerous legal analysts asserting they did and President Barack
Obama himself acknowledging they did when he signed the bill.
here to read the full document entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment
and Resettlement Operations.
The most alarming portion of the document appears
on page 56 and makes it clear that detention camps will have PSYOP
teams whose responsibility will be to use "indoctrination programs
to reduce or remove antagonistic attitudes," as well as targeting
"political activists" with such indoctrination programs to provide
"understanding and appreciation of U.S. policies and actions."
Let's make one thing clear – the manual primarily
deals with enemy combatants captured and detained in foreign prison
camps run by the U.S. Military. However, another thing that is just
as clear from reading the manual in full is the fact that it also
applies to citizens detained within the United States, whether they
be DCs (displaced citizens) or “civilian internees,” in other words
citizens who are detained for, “security reasons, for protection,
or because he or she committed an offense against the detaining
Firstly, throughout the manual there are scores of
references to how the U.S. Army would work together with the DHS,
ICE and FEMA (page 24) to implement the policies "within
U.S. territory" as part of "civil support operations"
in the aftermath of “man-made disasters, accidents, terrorist attacks
and incidents in the U.S. and its territories.”
"The handling of DCs (displaced citizens) is also
a mission that may be performed in support of disaster relief or
other emergencies within the United States or U.S. territories
during civil support operations," states page 33. Page
56 also states that it is the responsibility of the PSYOP officer
to "control detainee and DC populations during emergencies."
"Resettlement conducted as a part of civil
support operations will always be conducted in support
of another lead agency (Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department
of Homeland Security)" states page 37.
All these passages make it clear that the policies
outlined on page 56 are also applicable within U.S. territory as
part of "civil support operations" conducted in partnership with
domestic federal agencies like the DHS and ICE. The U.S. Immigration
authorities have no role in detaining prisoners in Afghanistan and
Iraq and neither do other U.S. agencies also listed in the document
such as the Public Health Service (page 224).
The document also contains numerous references to
U.S. citizens (notably pages 13, 41). Page 13 notes how "U.S.
citizens will be confined separately from detainees," meaning
they will be separated from foreign prisoners in the camps.