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UPDATED: Get your copy of the US Army’s New “Civil Disturbances” Manual for 2014

[Note: We have added another document – 2007’s “Military Intelligence – US Army Intelligence Activities”  to the end of the article – IWPCHI]

Until recently, US citizens have been spared the kind of savage military response to attempts by workers to defend their rights such as we have seen this year meted out so brutally by the Israel Defense Force (IDF) against the Palestinian people in Gaza. But as the State of Missouri’s response to the uprising against police state murder in Ferguson shows, it looks like this kind of military intervention is going to be increasingly used against dissidents here in the US as well.

It is a little-known fact that throughout the civil rights struggle in the US, the FBI, whose own savage COINTELPRO tactics wantonly violated the Constitutional rights of US workers who legally fought for their rights, routinely kept the US military districts all over the US informed of their plans and activities.

In this document, the FBI, which is spying on both the anti-Vietnam War Movement and the late wife of Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, notes that the referenced memo (LHM means “Letterhead Memorandum” in FBI-speak) will be disseminated to several US military intelligence divisions in the various military districts…

as has been done with the rest of the world

(as has been done with the rest of the world)

…which the United States is divided into.

US Military Intelligence spied on Coretta King and antiwar activists

The U.S. Army Intelligence Command (USAINTC) is “the Army counterintelligence element formed in 1965 to conduct operations in the continental United States. The command had been allotted substantial personnel to carry out its mission. Its seven Military Intelligence groups controlled a network of 300 field and resident offices across the nation.” [Source: globalsecurity.org: “U.S. Army Intelligence Command and the Home Front“] In the FBI document above, we see that the 111th Military Intelligence Group, as well as the Naval Investigative Service [NIS – now known as the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)] and the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) were being kept informed by the FBI as to the activities of the antiwar left and the key civil rights activists legally exercising their constitutional rights to protest and organize. Since the end of the Civil War, the US military has been used most significantly on behalf of the US capitalist class in order to smash labor strikes whenever the oligarchs’ private security forces have been overwhelmed by working class militancy.

The National Guard was famously used against black workers in the uprisings that broke out across the nation in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King as well as in the efforts to quell the antiwar protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968.

In a 2009 article for the US Army’s “Joint Center for Operational Analysis Journal” entitled “The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Law Enforcement“, Retired Col. John R. Brinkerhoff provided a concise historical overview with a couple of surprises:

“Federal military troops have been used often to enforce the laws of the Nation. In the past two hundred fifteen years, the Army and, to a lesser extent, the Marine Corps has enforced the laws in over 167 incidents, or about 0.75 times per year on the average. Federal troops have been called on to quell insurrections, enforce unpopular federal laws, govern the seven states of the defeated Confederacy, protect minorities from harm, quell race riots, police the lawless West, guard the borders, break strikes, protect key assets against sabotage, seize and operate war plants, enforce civil rights laws, operate the postal service, and protect the population from lawless elements. (See U.S. Army Center of Military History, The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1789-1878 (1988).)


“A major source of confusion is the Posse Comitatus Act, which many people believe-incorrectly-prohibits the use of federal troops to enforce the law in the United States.

“What was originally no more than a way to prevent US attorneys and local sheriffs to require federal troops to enforce the law has become, in popular myth, a general proscription of any use of federal troops to enforce the law. This general belief is belied by the fact that despite the Posse Comitatus Act, Presidents after 1878 have used federal troops to enforce the laws when they saw fit to do so. Presidents have used the Posse Comitatus Act as an excuse to reject or avoid actions they did not want to do, but have not hesitated to work around the act to do what they wanted to do. During the labor riots of the late 19th Century, Presidents used federal troops to intervene in labor disputes under the pretext of protecting federal property. During World War I, President Woodrow Wilson breached the actual terms of the Posse Comitatus Act by allowing his subordinates to use troops without first obtaining his authorization. During World War II and for three decades thereafter, federal troops were frequently involved in law enforcement actions, such as surveillance, search, detention, and arrest in the course of authorized domestic operations. Federal troops not only enforced the law of the land, including making arrests and detaining lawbreakers, but they were expected to do so by a generally grateful public. The real intent of the original Posse Comitatus Act was to restore to the President sole authority to authorize the use of federal military forces to enforce the law in the United States.

“The real effect of the Posse Comitatus Act has been to slow down the response time for the use of federal troops.” [ibid.]

More information on this subject can be had by looking up the term “Operation GARDEN PLOT” which is “the DoD Civil Disturbance Plan, the generic Operations Plan [OPLAN] for military support related to domestic civil disturbances.”

This April, the US Army published a new “Techniques Publication” on how to handle civil disturbances. This document lays out in no uncertain terms just how our “heroes in uniform” have been handling “disturbances” created by our working class brothers and sisters courageously fighting for their rights under US military occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

We have confirmed that this document is genuine and comes from the US Army’s own website. In it are described many of the most notorious tactics used by the military and cops against political activists, including “extraction teams” and methods to “establish lethal overwatch” by placing snipers on tall buildings overseeing the likely sites where “disturbances” might take place.

Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33 – Civil Disturbances

This all sounds very scary, but even this extreme example of police state terror has its limitations, as has been belatedly discovered by every despot who was overthrown in a revolution led by an enraged working class and/or peasantry. After all, the National Guard and the rest of the armed forces of the US are composed of our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, and and also of poor and minority workers, who join the military not out of love for the ruling class and its government but out of desperation to find means to survive, especially at times of high unemployment. The army, therefore is very unlike the cops who more consciously hire on as the front-line defenders of capitalist private property, knowing in advance that they will be used to break strikes and to brutalize workers on a daily basis as part of their “jobs”. To the rank-and-file members of the military appeals can be made that they refrain from opening fire on their fellow workers.

Using the military to quell domestic disturbances can very easily lead to a rapid demoralization of the working-class members of the armed forces, their joining the insurrection, arresting their officers and turning the heavy guns of the military against the ruling class itself. If led by a revolutionary socialist vanguard party dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist system, this can lead to the collapse of the government and the accession of the working class to power. In the great Russian Revolution of 1917, almost the entire Czarist army went over to the side of the Bolsheviks, who alone among all the opposition parties had promised to end the bloodbath of WWI – and who followed through on that promise upon their seizure of power. Brute force is an effective deterrent to attempts at the overthrow of the government – until it finally fails to work… at which time, as we have seen repeatedly throughout history, the end finally comes for the hated government and ruling class that has dared to attempt to extend their tenacious hold on to power by slaughtering “their own” workers in the streets of “their own” cities.

Workers of the World, Unite!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

UPDATE:  We’ve run across another interesting unclassified US Army document entitled: “Military Intelligence – US_Army_Intelligence_Activities“.  It’s a good overview of the extent of the US Army’s domestic and international espionage activities. – IWPCHI


Astronomy Alert – X1.4 Solar Flare from Region 1520 HEADING STRAIGHT AT EARTH!!!

Sorry – didn’t mean to scare you!  Settle down and read this.  You’re not going to die!  Really!

We just thought we’d try to shake you up a bit before CNN and the Weather Channel get a crack at you.  Got your attention, didn’t we?

Don’t you wish you’d spent more time studying science while you were in school?  If you did, then scary headlines like that would only make you laugh, like us.  OK sometimes we get mad, but usually we just shake our heads and say: “There they go again trying to scare the pants off the scientifically illiterate working class of the United States!  The bastards!”

Or words to that effect.

All that has happened is this:  the GOES-15 satellite has detected an X 1.4 solar flare from sunspot group 1520, which is pointed almost straight at Earth.

THIS IS NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED BY!  It is a relatively common occurrence on the Sun during its 11-year solar cycle.  Solar Maximum periods, one of which we are passing through this year, produce several flares of this size and some many orders of magnitude larger without having major effects on life forms on Earth (beyond exposing people in planes – and astronauts, especially – to the equivalent of several chest X-rays’ worth of… X-radiation.

We watch these things all the time.  It’s no huge deal, really.

HOWEVER – for those of us who enjoy watching the Aurora Borealis, this could be a flare that will produce some nice auroral displays on Earth in about 3 days.  Stay tuned.

Source: SOHO Website:  http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/sunspots/

Source:  NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_1m.html

Product: 20120712events.txt
Created: 2012 Jul 12 2132 UT
Date: 2012 07 12
# Prepared by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Please send comments and suggestions to SWPC.Webmaster@noaa.gov
# Missing data: ////
# Updated every 30 minutes.
#                            Edited Events for 2012 Jul 12
#Event      Begin        Max                End   Obs    Q    Type   Loc/Frq          Particulars                Reg#


9900 +      1537        1649              1730  G15    5     XRA      1-8A             X1.4 4.6E-01             1520

Source: NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center at  http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/indices/events/events.txt

And, finally, here’s the full report on today’s solar action, hot off the… Internets – also from NOAA’s “Space Weather Prediction Center:

Prepared jointly by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
Space Weather Prediction Center and the U.S. Air Force.
Updated 2012 Jul 12 2200 UTC

Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity
SDF Number 194 Issued at 2200Z on 12 Jul 2012

IA.  Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from  11/2100Z
to 12/2100Z:  Solar activity was high.  At 12/1649Z, a long-duration
X1/2b flare was observed from Region 1520 (S16W09).  The event was
visible in GONG H-alpha imagery as a bright ribbon flare that
erupted along the region?s long E/W oriented inversion line. 
Associated with this event were Type II (1268 km/s) and Type IV
radio emissions along with an 800 sfu Tenflare.  Limited satellite
imagery indicated a CME was associated with this event.   STEREO
Behind COR2 imagery observed a CME lifting off the west limb, first
visible at 12/1710Z.  Further analysis of this CME is ongoing. 
During the past 24 hours, Region 1520 grew in both area and spot
count and maintained a complex beta-gamma-delta magnetic
configuration.  Region 1521 (S21W21) also grew in area and spot
count and remained a beta-gamma magnetic classification.  New
Regions 1522 (N13W21) and 1523 (S27E31) emerged on the disk as
simple bi-polar spot groups.

IB.  Solar Activity Forecast:  Solar activity is expected to be
moderate with a chance for X-class events for the next three days
(13 - 15 July).

IIA.  Geophysical Activity Summary 11/2100Z to 12/2100Z:
The geomagnetic field was at quiet to active levels with isolated
high latitude major storm intervals from 11/0600 - 1200Z.  ACE solar
data indicated wind velocities decreased steadily through the period
from 500 km/s to near 400 km/s while the Bz component of the
interplanetary magnetic field did not vary much beyond +/- 5 nT. 
The greater than 10 MeV proton flux at geosynchronous orbit exceeded
the 10 pfu event threshold at 12/1835Z.  At the time of this report,
flux levels were at 35 pfu and rising.  The greater than 100 MeV
flux at geosynchronous orbit was enhanced, but below event threshold
levels of 1 pfu. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at
geosynchronous orbit reached high levels during the period.

IIB.  Geophysical Activity Forecast:  The geomagnetic field is
expected to be at mostly quiet to unsettled levels for day one (13
July).  Unsettled to active levels, with isolated minor storm
intervals, are expected on days two and three (14 - 15 July) as
effects from the 12 July CME are expected to become geoeffective.

III.  Event Probabilities 13 Jul-15 Jul
Class M    80/80/80
Class X    35/35/35
Proton     99/99/50
PCAF       red

IV.  Penticton 10.7 cm Flux
Observed           12 Jul 165
Predicted   13 Jul-15 Jul  165/165/165
90 Day Mean        12 Jul 127

V.  Geomagnetic A Indices
Observed Afr/Ap 11 Jul  010/012
Estimated Afr/Ap 12 Jul  009/011
Predicted Afr/Ap 13 Jul-15 Jul  006/008-015/018-013/015

VI.  Geomagnetic Activity Probabilities 13 Jul-15 Jul
A.  Middle Latitudes
Active                20/40/35
Minor storm           05/15/10
Major-severe storm    01/01/01
B.  High Latitudes
Active                20/10/15
Minor storm           25/30/30
Major-severe storm    25/55/45

Hey, look!  The US Air Force is good for something that doesn’t involve killing people in cold blood from high altitudes!

Dammit!  The folks in Canada and along the Canada-US border have a better than 50% shot at seeing a major-severe Geomagnetic storm the night of July 14-15, while those of us in the lower lower 48 will have a mere 15% shot at a “minor” storm?  We demand a recount!



UPDATE:  We are soooo happy to report that this solar flare lived up to expectations, producing lovely displays of the Aurora Borealis visible from southwest Wisconsin during the early morning hours of July 15th!

We first observed the aurora from a rest area (probably Rest Area 15) on I-90 at about 3:30 AM.  We’d been looking for the aurora all night long, starting at about 11PM on the 14th.  Though there was skyglow around, it couldn’t be determined if it was the aurora or the lights from some distant town.  So, we kept looking periodically, but never seeing anything.

We were looking for some cool motel to crash out at for the night, and had gone too far west for our liking – the country around this part of the world is so beautiful, and here we were driving at night and missing it all!  When we crossed the Mississippi, we decided to head back east to the St. Croix river – not knowing that we were far off course for that, having ended up on 90 instead of 94 when we set about looking for a motel by driving north along the east side of the Mississippi a couple hours back – we think…

Oh, never mind all that.  This isn’t about our navigational skills anyway!  Shut up!

So, having been unable to find a motel, we decided to just head back to the last rest area we’d passed and crash out there for the night.  Pulled in there and grabbed some munchies at the crappy vending machines at about 3:15 AM.  No one there but a couple of semis and a car or two.  Looked for the Aurora, but couldn’t see anything through the bright lights of the rest area’s parking lot. 

Headed back to the truck and prepared to move on down the road to the next exit and then turn around and stop for what was left of the night at the rest area on the westbound side of the highway (in the direction we were headed.  Figured we’d be able to head to our destination first thing in the morning and enjoy the great scenery along the way, then head up to Minn./St. Paul along BEAUTIFUL, LEGENDARY HIGHWAY 61 in the morning.

So, we get in the truck and start her up and get ready to go east to go west… we pass out from under the bright lights of the rest area and onto the ramp that heads back onto the highway when, out of the corner of our eyes…!

Big Green aurora!  About 60% of the horizon from NW to E, with a big bend in it on the W side and beautiful green curtains all along!  Stop the truck!  Get out!  Woo Hoo!  Make noise like an idiot!

It was awesome and the first one we’ve seen since the last solar maximum.  It lasted from about 3:38 to 4:00AM; then it came back again a couple of times until the sun rose.  The last appearance was of a bright white aurora with beams and curtains, and a brief period before that where it was a diffuse white nebulous cloudy thing with distinct “pulses” like it was rapidly turning on and off – never saw that before!

The highest it got was about 70degrees, which means that, as we expected, it would have been barely visible south of Chicago.   Lucky us, we were “forced” to drive from Chicago to Minneapolis that one day!  

A word to the wise traveler: if you’ve never been out to the Great River Road that runs from New Orleans to the source of the Mississippi River, you’re missing one of the great American scenic drives.  The stretch of Highway 61 we drove from French Island, Wisconsin to Red Wing, MN is absolutely gorgeous.  Big, isolated, forested limestone bluffs (they look like Smurfs’ hats at night) line both sides of the river and expose some amazing cross-bedded lime- and sandstone formations.  There’s camping locations all along the west side of the river – including some “bicycle only” campsites for backpackers on 2 wheels – and a great, wide bike path running along the highway, with scenic overlooks all along the river.  Funky little cabins and houses line the very banks of the river in some places, while big, modern mansions stand perched atop some of the limestone bluffs.  At night, the Milky Way is clearly visible from the roadside rest areas.  In the day, beautiful farms using contour farming methods flow across the undulating hills of the region.  It was one of the most spectacular drives we’ve ever taken, and we have been to the enormous Grand Canyon loop that includes Phoenix, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon Village, Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest National Park.  The Great River Road is on that level of beauty. 


It was a great night, and we’d never have seen it if we’d actually found a motel to crash out in.  It was a wonderful night and a