In a 25 Jul 2012 article titled “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future“, Author Kevin Benson articulates a scenario of using military troops (Army and Marines) to stamp out an “insurrection” by Tea Party Insurgency in Darlington, SC (about 1.5 hours from my home in Sumter, SC). Presumably this is because South Carolina, in his estimation, is a hotbed for Tea Party “radicalism”.
The Author’s current duties are listed as follows:
Kevin Benson, Ph.D., Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, is currently a seminar leader at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
So, we can safely assume he is teaching these concepts to our soldiers at Fort Leavenworth.
In the scenario, taking place in 2016, the following is stated about Full Spectrum Concept of Operations:
“The goal of this concept is to establish a common frame of reference for thinking about how the US Army will conduct full spectrum operations in the coming two decades (US Army Training and Doctrine Command, The Army Operating Concept 2016 – 2028, TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-1, dated 19 August 2010, p. iii. Hereafter cited as TD Pam 525-3-1. The Army defines full spectrum operations as the combination of offensive, defensive, and either stability operations overseas or civil support operations on U.S. soil).”
He then goes on to state:
“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.”
Here is how the scenario unfolds:
“…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….”
Next, the President will call up Active-duty Marines and Army, seemingly in contradiction to the Posse comitatus Act (which was done away with under George W. Bush, in a startling memo from John C. Yoo, to then Counsel to the President Alberto R. Gonzales, starting on page 15):
“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. ”
I want you to notice something interesting: The troops that are mobilized are NOT from S.C., as they might be hesitant to fire on their own citizens. This is a key point, that the forces will come from a different state(s) as there will be much less worry about those soldiers not firing on citizens of another state, especially if agitated or attacked.
Now listen to how the author describes the local government officials, immediately characterizing THEM as insurrection sympathizers, and thus, the enemy also:
“…Given the suspicion that local police are sympathetic to the tea party members’ goals special consideration to operational security must be incorporated into planning. Informally communicating to the insurrectionists the determination of federal forces to restore local government can materially improve the likelihood of success. However, informants sympathetic to the tea party could easily compromise the element of surprise. The fact that a federal court must authorize wire taps in every instance also complicate the monitoring of communications into and out of Darlington. Operations in Darlington specifically and in the homeland generally must also take into account the possibility of increased violence and the range of responses to violence…”
Now, see how the author further disparages South Carolina citizens in the next section:
“…The design of this plan to restore the rule of law to Darlington will include information/influence operations designed to present a picture of the federal response and the inevitable defeat of the insurrection. The concept of the joint plan includes a phased deployment of selected forces into the area beginning with reconnaissance and military intelligence units. Once the Fifth Army commander determines he has a complete picture of activity within the town and especially of the insurrectionists’ patterns of behavior, deployment of combat, combat support and combat service support forces will begin from Forts Bragg and Stewart, and Camp Lejuene. Commanders will need to consider how the insurrectionists will respond. Soldiers and Marines involved in this operation, and especially their families will be subject to electronic mail, Facebook messages, Twitters, and all manner of information and source of pressure. Given that Soldiers and Marines stationed at Forts Bragg and Stewart as well as Camp Lejuene live relatively nearby and that many come from this region, chances are they will know someone who lives in or near Darlington. Countering Al Qaeda web-based propaganda is one thing, countering domestic information bombardments is another effort entirely….”
It may just be me, but didn’t he just compare citizens of a sovereign state to Al-Qaeda?
Finally, look at what this guy says must be taking place routinely:
“...Coordination with federal, state and local civil law enforcement and security agencies is a vital element in concluding homeland operations successfully. The liaison parties cannot be ad hoc or last minute additions to the headquarters. At a minimum such parties must routinely exercise with the headquarters….”
All in the name of smashing anything the President of the United States, ALONE, says is a threat (“…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…)
My final comment: Under the above scenario, what will happen if a “False Flag” operation is undertaken in a state like S. Carolina, to make it appear some “insurrection” is taking place?
So, all the nay-sayers and conspiracy debunkers have a new thing to try and de-legitimize…I don’t think they will be very successful, however.
I will let you know if and when S. Carolina begins to be invaded and occupied in another “Operation Freedom”…