An elaborate hoax?

  1. I think this is just a hoax perpetrated by laundry soap manufacturers (and JCD) trying to get us all to crap our pants in fear. The reality is a lot more benign, at least it appears so. This is just another periodic update of a U.S. Army field manual, superseding the earlier version (FM 3-19.40) published in 2007, which replaced a 2001 version with that same document number. I downloaded the August 2001 version (titled “MILITARY POLICE INTERNMENT/RESETTLEMENT OPERATIONS”, and it also contains that same very curious section about a prisoner being identified with his social security number, cited in this video as proof that internment is intended for use here in America. The 2001 manual also lays down the rules for the use of deadly force in the event a prisoner attempts to escape, mentions those “designated marksmen” to be used in crowd and riot control, and talks about the same type of psychological operations (PSYOPS) and indoctrination as discussed in the later versions of the manual.

    So the truth of this is that most of this silly “government plot” not only predates Obama’s presidency, but it even predates the terrorist attack of 9/11/2001. A thorough review and update were certainly in order after the Dept. of Homeland Security was created, and perhaps again after Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, and Hurricane Katrina exposed a few more problems. Almost all of the training material applies to overseas operations, but there are times when the army could conceivably be required in the homeland.

    Unfortunately, all this fearmongering just helped sell an extra 10,000 or so assault rifles, so maybe that’s a clue as to who might really be behind these little “news” items that come up from time to time. When fear is in the air, there is profit to be made on the ground.

    • jpfitz says:

      I agree, my contention is that 9/11 was the birth of this current governments shenanigans. Terror is an emotion, not an actual enemy.

  2. Somebody says:

    I haven’t been able to come up with any reasonable and rational reasons to do what they did unless somebody is expecting something along the lines of a civil war or a military take over of the country.

    What, I haven’t been clear about that?

  3. Noname says:

    I am skeptical of the authenticity of this conveniently leaked and too easily accessible and well publicized “FM 3-39.40″ document; but I also I wouldn’t put it past our government! It’s a document that could easily be a NRA hoax to justify its positions.

    This doc will further heighten peoples warranted and unwarranted fear of our gloriously unaccountable and above the law government security forces!

  4. CrankyGeeksFan says:

    The document in question is on the list of active field manuals:

  5. CrankyGeeksFan says:

    The document in question is on the list of active field manuals:

    My previous post didn’t post at the end.

  6. Admiral Bob says:

    We’ve had internment before, why not again. Supreme court challenges take a awfully long time to go through. The government might be done with whatever they wanted to do anyway by the time they are scolded for it.

    It can’t happen here? It already has.