The Army Manual on War Against the States? Army Manual ATP 3- 39.33
Paul Gordon Collier- The US Army just released a de-classified manual on riot management called CIVIL DISTURBANCES, or ATP 3- 39.33 . The Manual is designed to instruct US Soldiers on how to handle civil disturbances both abroad as well as at home. The manual is designed to serve “Army Commanders and Staff Elements at all echelons who are tasked with planning and directing civil service missions.”
The manual specifically states that it “provides discussions and techniques about civil disturbances and crowd control operations that occur in the Continental United States( CONUS) and outside the Continental United States (OCONUS).” Note that this manual is to instruct US Military personnel on how to conduct themselves IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES.
In light of that key information, this part of the document is particularly disturbing:
In this section, the manual addresses the use of sniper fire being the first choice of lethal action against a group. The manual calls for the targeting of the leaders of the disturbance. The scale of lethal response runs from sniper fire to indirect fire, which includes aerial fire as the penultimate response before indirect fire.
Given that this manual is intended to instruct our military on how to manage civil disturbances on American soil, many questions must now be asked about the constitutionality of such a manual, the training of such a military force that may be deployed to, in point of fact, run an operation that looks remarkably like a military action on American soil targeting American citizens.
The Freedomist will be investigating this document further and providing updates to this story as facts warrant them. In light of the recent actions in Ferguson, in which snipers were deployed by the police department, one must also question if this manual is also being followed by our civil police departments as well.
You can read the document for yourself here: atp3_39x33