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article imageAlleged US Army document: Re-education camps aimed at activists?

By Anne Sewell     May 4, 2012 in World
A U.S. military document has been uncovered which seems to detail a U.S. Army plan for detaining "political activists" at re-education camps. These camps would be staffed by military-hired "PSYOP" officers in both the U.S.A. and overseas.
RT reports that the document has been posted by Alex Jones of Infowars.com and details can be seen on the PublicIntelligence.net website.
It's also been noted the original story came from this video uploaded by user Endthelie.
The document is also listed on the U.S. Military's Doctrine and Training publications website, but it is not possible to access the .pdf from that page, as it requires higher security to view. Thus it cannot be verified and authenticated with the copy displayed on the publicintelligence.net website.
What can be viewed appears to be copy of a U.S. military manual entitled "FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations".
The manual seems to offer Defense Department personnel instructions on how to deal with the imprisonment of anyone considered an enemy to the American "way of life". The document further tells how to "indoctrinate" persons with an “appreciation of US policies and actions” through psychological warfare.
The document is dated February 2010, but has only recently been leaked online.
The title page of this manual warns that the contents of the 326 pages are to be distributed to U.S. Defense Department and its contractors only. It states that the document must be "destroy[ed] by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or construction of the document."
To quote the first page of the document: “This manual addresses I/R [Internment and Resettlement] operations across the spectrum of conflict, specifically the doctrinal paradigm shift from traditional enemy prisoner of war (EPW) operations to the broader and more inclusive requirements of detainee operations,”
The document then goes on to lay out the methods of brainwashing of, and psychological warfare against persons as applying to "U.S. military prisoners, and multiple categories of detainees (civilian internees [CIs], retained personnel [RP], and enemy combatants), while resettlement operations are focused on multiple categories of dislocated civilians (DCs).”
Reading on, the manual then describes categories of personnel to whom certain guidelines in the document apply. For example, a detainee is any person captured by an armed force, however does not include people held for law enforcement purposes, except where the U.S. is the occupying power.
When referring to civilians, these internees are described as anyone “interned during armed conflict, occupation, or other military operation for security reasons, for protection, or because he or she committed an offense against the detaining power.”
The document further reads: “An adaptive enemy will manipulate populations that are hostile to U.S. intent by instigating mass civil disobedience, directing criminal activity, masking their operations in urban and other complex terrain, maintaining an indistinguishable presence through cultural anonymity and actively seeking the traditional sanctuary of protected areas as defined by the rules of land warfare. "
"Commanders will use technology and conduct police intelligence operations to influence and control populations, evacuate detainees and, conclusively, transition rehabilitative and reconciliation operations to other functional agencies.”
Infowars.com states about the manual and its authenticity: “We have exhaustively documented preparations for the mass internment of citizens inside America, but this is the first time that language concerning the re-education of detainees, in particular political activists, has cropped up in our research.”
Reading through the document, the Department of Defense outlines methods of detaining U.S. military prisoners captured from both "battlefield and non-battlefield confinement".
It outlines how to rehabilitate these prisoners to "ensure a successful return to society" and also "psychological operations (PSYOP) practices and procedures to support I/R operations."
From around page 56 of the document, the authors then lay out the role of psychological operations officers in regard to internment and resettlement. It explains that they will be responsible for developing methods which are designed “to pacify and acclimate detainees or DCs to accept U.S. I/R facility authority and regulations.”
The manual also states that PSYOP officers would identify “malcontents, trained agitators, and political leaders within the facility who may try to organize resistance or create disturbances,” and demands that the PSYOP officers overseeing the camps identify "political activists" for indoctrination.
In the video, speaking of the camps, Jones says: “They always tell the media that it’s for disasters — domestically — or foreign wars and putting people in camps like Abu Ghraib in Iraq or Camp X-Ray in Cuba, but now more and more documents are coming out confirming what I’ve already had from sources and my researching into this.”
On sending U.S. civilians into the camps, Jones adds: “I’ve been to the drills and I noticed that they were training with the role players to put American political dissidents in them. I witnessed marines training to confiscate firearms on the West Coast and to put Americans both on the left and the right into camps and even segregate them according to their different political persuasions.”
Jones advises that in the past, Pentagon officials have informed him of plans to re-educate political activists using armed enforcers. He says that the leaking of this document confirms what he has said in the past.
“Now we have an Army document that dovetails with huge increased spending, hiring tens of thousands of people in the military to specifically be internment camp officers,” states Jones.
In the infowars.com website they quote certain sections of the manual that discuss not just “The authority to approve resettlement such operations within US territories,” but also how, “US citizens will be confined separately from detainees by being booked and processed according to their Social Security number."
Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars explains: “Last time I checked, the United States Social Security Administration was not responsible for handing out social security numbers to people in Afghanistan or Iraq.”
Watson continues: “The time for denial is over. People spent weeks arguing over the ‘indefinite detention’ provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act, ignoring assertions by top scholars and legal experts that the kidnapping provisions did apply to U.S. citizens.”
When U.S. President Barack Obama signed NDAA into law at the end of last year, he did acknowledge his own reservations about the provisions providing for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charge. Now with the document that has been unearthed, it seems that not only can the U.S. imprison its own citizens if they do not agree with the government, they have already laid down the rules.
Jones finishes with: “This isn't just some contingency plan. This is the manual.”
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