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This comes from: U.S. Army Purchases Riot Gear As Fears Over Civil Unrest Grow

Follows DHS in preparation for domestic disorder
Paul Joseph Watson

Infowars.com
Monday, July 30, 2012
It’s not just the Department of Homeland Security that is gearing up for the prospect of civil unrest in America. The U.S. Army also recently purchased a stock of riot gear including batons, face masks and body shields.
As we reported last week, the DHS has put out an urgent solicitation for hundreds of items of “riot gear,” in preparation for expected unrest at the upcoming Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year’s presidential inauguration.

Back when I lived in Austin, I often listened to Alex Jones on the radio (his program originates there). When I first heard him, I thought him an absolute nut. Lately, I am not so sure. Do any of you have any information on the veracity of this report?

Troy

4 Responses to “Could This Be True?”

  • ◄Dave► says:

    I know what you mean, Troy. Alex Jones never met a conspiracy theory that didn’t warrant his breathless attention. I wrote him off as a kook during the ‘9/11 truther’ nonsense. However, like Michael Savage, et al, he has built up a following and enough of an audience, that a lot of data comes over his transom, from whistle-blowers and serious investigators, who are looking for a way to get exposure for their information.

    His operation has grown considerably as he tries to emulate Glenn Becks successful multimedia ventures, and now even Drudge is frequently linking to reports on his websites. I have checked out several such reports in the past few months, and found them credible. Following the link you provide above, there are several interesting supporting links contained within that article. One is a PDF file of the Army’s Military Police training manual on handling civil unrest, including and especially in the continental U.S. (CONUS). I haven’t read all 115 pages; but skimming it is chilling:

    1. Mission of Military Forces during Civil Disturbances. The mission of military forces during civil
    disturbances, both in CONUS and OCONUS, which cannot be overly emphasized, is to help local and state
    authorities to restore and maintain law and order. This mission may be accomplished by breaking up
    unauthorized gatherings and by patrolling the disturbance area to prevent the commission of lawless acts.
    During operations to restore order, military forces may present a show of force, establish roadblocks, break up
    crowds, employ crowd control agents, patrol, serve as security forces or reserves, and perform other operations
    as required. Successful fulfillment of the missions will depend to a large extent upon sufficient planning,
    training, police information, and coordinated actions of individuals and units.

    Or, how about:

    4. Standing Operating Procedures (SOP). Procedures for confrontation management operations should be
    included in unit SOP. In addition, procedures for apprehension, search, detention of persons, seizure of
    property, obtaining witnesses and statements, crowd control formations, identifying extraction and apprehension
    teams and reserve forces to assist with crowd control when needed. Additionally it should also identify the type
    of crowd control equipment to be utilized, and the procedures for employment and use of non lethal weapons
    and munitions.

    And, lest anyone thinks they are just planning to lend a few bodies to the local cops:

    a. General. Civil disturbance operations involve special consideration for logistical support depending on
    whether you’re here in the United States or overseas. Logistical planning covers all phases of such
    operations from preparation and training to the end of the mission. Planners must include provisions for
    necessary supplies, services, and facilities, through local services, if necessary. These may include
    provisions for food, beverages, ammunition, special crowd control equipment and sanitation facilities.

    b. Equipment and Material.

    (1) Individual and organizational equipment prescribed in common tables of allowances (CTA) and
    tables of organization and equipment (TOE) for Soldiers and units usually are sufficient for civil
    disturbance control operations. Additional you may add non-lethal munitions to your existing organic
    weapons systems such as the M203. For example, adding the M9 pistol for the extraction and
    apprehension teams, a M16 or M4 with a 203 attached, or a 12 gage shotgun with non lethal munitions
    capabilities. The shotgun with non lethal capabilities can be utilized by the over watch personnel. Other
    examples of additional equipment which may be needed are armored vehicles, mechanical crowd control
    agent dispersers, floodlights, spotlights, searchlights, cameras of the Polaroid type, movie cameras,
    public address systems, heavy construction equipment, aircraft, ambulances, first aid kits, firefighting
    equipment, grappling hooks, ladders, ropes, special weapons, communications equipment, and recording
    devices. Equipment that will not be needed should be left behind.

    (2) Plans must also provide for a supply of barricade and roadblock materials and equipment such as:
    heavy single strand wire, barbed wire, concertina wire, heavy stakes, heavy nails and spikes, and power
    saws. Signs and sign making materials, including quick-drying paints, must be available for use with
    barricades and roadblocks

    Aircraft? You betcha:

    13. Army Aircraft. Operations planning includes consideration for the use of Army aircraft (helicopters and
    fixed-wing) for command and control, communications, observation, reconnaissance, en route security,
    distribution of crowd control agents, controlling the movement of units, removing casualties, movement of
    Soldiers, re-supply, dropping leaflets, airborne loudspeaker broadcasting, and other appropriate requirements.
    Plans should include searchlight-equipped observation helicopters to be used in organizing ground patrols to
    ensure complete coverage day and night.

    Distribution of crowd control agents? This was only on page 9; but I needed to go out for some fresh air before I puked on my keyboard, and have not read any further. Suffice it to say that this new inward looking Army ordering more riot gear seems entirely plausible, does it not? ◄Dave►

  • ◄Dave► says:

    If one wishes to know what is going on behind the scenes in America, it is best to visit the foreign press, where Drudge, et al get much of their more interesting news. Currently linked on Drudge, is this Russian press story:

    DHS gears up for civil unrest prior to presidential elections

    Do note some of the related stories in the right column. Just what are they planning to do with those 450 million rounds of .40 cal hollow-points, which wouldn’t even be legal in combat with an enemy. I suppose if the target is one’s own civilians, such rules of civilized warfare don’t apply. ◄Dave►

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