TC Indymedia Exclusive: Secret 'Trigger' & blueprint for emergency domestic military crackdown plan revealed
National Level Exercise 2011 docs found on Army Corps fileserver prove upgrade for Secret 'Civil Disturbance Operations CONPLAN 3502' the Master Pentagon Blueprint for RNC/G20 Lockdowns, Policing Disasters & More
By Dan Feidt for Twin Cities Indymedia — Digital presentations posted on an Army Corps of Engineers server, about military operations in a giant FEMA-simulated earthquake drill called National Level Exercise 2011, inadvertently reveal crucial new info about another 'Secret' Pentagon plan, Northcom CONPLAN 3502, including the “trigger” for domestic military 'Civil Disturbance Operations.' CONPLAN 3502 and CONPLAN 3501, 'Defense Support of Civil Authorities,' are the two main military plans used to design the Pentagon's 'footprint' at National Special Security Events like the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Exactly as the Pennsylvania National Guard took over the G20 protester jail operation, other docs show 'Secret' CONPLAN 3502 specifically plans for military-operated detention and search operations within our country. In context, the new material is the most troubling I have ever discovered, and proves anew that underneath Constitutional limited government, a more brutal martial framework is secretly, constantly, extending its reach. DHS/FEMA doesn't like it at all when NLEs get publicized so check it out right away. Full URLs below.
New Video explanation! Below the fold: CONPLAN 3502 & Garden Plot - 40 years of domestic military plans in context - G20 Pennsylvania Military Operations - Real structure of National Special Security Events - CONPLAN 3501 Designs Gulf Oil Spill Response & Media Spin -
The Big Break: FEMA NLE Regional Readiness Workshop files (indexed on Google)
The NLE2011 presentations & material show a domestic military command system that's accelerated quite a bit since the 1960s. The new documents are in these directories & URLS - all from a planning meeting in March called the Regional Readiness Workshop (RRW).
Google "USARNORTH CONPLAN 3501" and it should take you directly to http://www.google.com/search?rls=en&q=usarnorth+conplan+3501
...This is the key presentation! https://eportal.usace.army.mil/sites/RSC/NewMadrid/Document%20Library/1/11.%20FINAL%20ARNORTH_Dovey_NMSZ%20RRW.ppt
You have to 'accept security certificate' i.e. bad encryption, for your browser to connect to it. [I think this is one reason no one has noticed!] The rest of the files can be located at URLS like
https://eportal.usace.army.mil/sites/RSC/NewMadrid/Document%20Library - The whole filestash for the New Madrid Seismic Zone National Level Exercise 2011 Regional Readiness Workshop. This has the index for the other RRW presentations. (All interesting)
The notes in here portray a FEMA & emergency management system in confusion, overall an alarming state of earthquake preparation for a New Madrid Seismic Zone event. The 11th presentation, from US Army North, was apparently never given due to time constraint (See 'After Action Report'). Don't miss the presentation which maps out which fiber optic cables that would snap in a New Madrid epic heartland earthquake!
Presentation #11 is about CONPLAN 3501, the sunny-faced all-sized military program working between FEMA and NORTHCOM to set up joint commands. It's the same plan as the Gulfwater Horizon Joint Command (more below). They put out a happy 400-page DSCA handbook recently to lay out the nice Joint Task Force / Northcom disaster civil support logistics stuff. No riot control gear suggested in 3501. No checkpoints, etc.
But seemingly accidentally, an entirely different intro notes annotation or text was left in the Army's title slide.
Chilling stuff / details below: the notes show incremental updates to the ultimate “bad cop” Northcom mega-plan, CONPLAN 3502, with the apparent approval of US 5th Army Chief of Staff Richard Francey. CONPLAN3502 is the replacement for the post 1960s Army lockdown plan, GARDEN PLOT. So this note gives us a new totally concrete view of the Army's recent 'Changelog' of the same damn plan that's been there all along – yeah, it includes military detention centers for US citizens, other official material proves.
The rest of the URLS worth checking out, besides the RRW folder:
Reference materials here:
1994 version of domestic ops (dod 3025.1) manual here, not seen elsewhere?
Calendar has training events etc :
Some files are like this - in segments, you can get them together with a ZIP app
Check into these folders - they have FEMA reportbacks - the Senior Leadership Seminar 2010:
Local emergency managers freakin out over giga-planfail. For Public Safety concerns this is just grim :
I think that covers all the interesting folders.
To understand where CONPLAN 3502 & the new info fits, we have to briefly go back to its roots, back to Kent State and the riots of the 1960s - now these plans are core to the domestic military system's new generation.
Quick History - From GARDEN PLOT & Kent State to (S)ecret 3502, NORTHCOM & More
The US Northern Command, NORTHCOM, near Colorado Springs & the post-Cold War NORAD command center, was set up in 2002 as a Department of Defense counterpart to the Department of Homeland Security. NORTHCOM is a global 'combatant command' with responsibility for all of North America, like CENTCOM handles the Middle East, EUCOM Europe, AFRICOM Africa, etc. (By the way, PACOM, the Pacific Command, has 'CONPLAN 7502' setup for Asian Civil Disturbance Operations - i.e. almost certainly ready-to-go on US bases during the Seoul G20).
CONPLANs are Concept of Operations Plans, basically abstract templates, around 200 to 300 pages long in some cases, which can be turned into OPLANs, specific local operations plans. Other operations like exercises (exercise orders or EXORDs) can be generated from CONPLANs as well. CONPLANs are numbered in sets for each combatant command - NORTHCOM got the 2500s and 3500s, PACOM the 7500s etc.
Before NORTHCOM, the US military labeled its plans differently. The urban riots of the 1960s prompted the blue-ribbon Kerner Commission to recommend a more coherent approach for the military to intervene in domestic emergencies. So the Pentagon secretly drafted and deployed 'GARDEN PLOT,' also known as Plan 55-2.
Four versions of GARDEN PLOT have been released recently via FOIA. (More @ globalsecurity.org) At the US Social Forum this summer, an activist attorney who's been dealing with west coast military ops said to me that they thought GARDEN PLOT was 'just a conspiracy theory' all those years, but of course it turned out to be very real.
GARDEN PLOT laid out the National Guard plan at the Watts Riots, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the LA Riots and Kent State. Just like 3502, it kept getting revised after every 'lab test' on Americans. It's really the main foundation, and in the 1980s infamous Oliver North-related tests like REX84 and in California, Louis Guifrida's CABLE SPLICER were essentially GARDEN PLOT type exercises, with Pentagon & FEMA-based communications & control.
An early-1990s domestic operations manual was also on USACE server, so it shows the pre-NORTHCOM/DHS way the Pentagon & FEMA were connected.
Once tiny authorities & connections have grown into bureaucracies with thousands of operatives & staff. GARDEN PLOT was last modified in 1996, and in 2002 it was replaced with CONPLAN3502. That's the main idea-what's new here is the latest revision info & the “trigger”.
CONPLAN 3502 = GARDEN PLOT For 21st Century Military Control Ops in America
NORTHCOM has now set a whole series of CONPLANs. One particularly creepy one, CONPLAN 3591, the master plan for Influenza Pandemic operations, (PDF) has already been published but heavily redacted. Skimming 3591 illustrates the deeply spooky and exhaustive nature of CONPLANS – not to mention the bulk, more than 250 pages with many annexes!
CONPLAN 3502 is, at a minimum, the classified (S)ecret NORTHCOM replacement for GARDEN PLOT – this means it replaces the major secret Army domestic crackdown plan of the 20th Century. Careful comparison of all official CONPLAN 3502 references with the GARDEN PLOT editions – dating from the 1960s to 1996 – proves that certain features like “Civil Disturbance Conditions” or CIDCONs are in both. CIDCONs are a stages of readiness for an Army units with Civil Disturbance gear to fly out to US cities. (Like this set of Army gear eerily advertised right now on the Metrodome - a pic from the 2008RNC!)
GARDEN PLOT lists Army staging areas or 'bases' for domestic military operations such as the military fields by the Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport, which is exactly where they staged to crush the Highway 55 Coldwater resistance protest camp in 2002. The 'bases' are key to understanding what turned up.
There they were, already indexed on Google for “NLE 2011” and “USARNORTH CONPLAN 3501” etc - files on the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) server. Inside the NLE2011 Powerpoint slides from US Army North, the 5th Army under NORTHCOM, supposed to just be about CONPLAN 3501, 'Defense Support of Civil Authorities' which includes all big disasters, hurricanes, earthquakes etc.
Instead the title slide's 'notes' or annotation field has a whole bunch of explanation about CONPLAN 3502 including Army revisions and 'base' changes! This must have been accidentally left within the PowerPoint - as almost nothing else references 3502. It proves the 5th Army Chief of Staff is approving refinements to 3502, apparently (by the date) after they deployed it in Pittsburgh.
This proves beyond the shadow of a doubt a Colonel Francey, i.e. Chief of Staff (CofS) Richard Francey of the US 5th Army, influenced the revisions to CONPLAN 3502 - it proves where this thing is getting tweaked.
Why is this here? The military is choked by transmitting all its material in PowerPoints, and soldiers are constantly throwing presentations together from existing slides, so it's no surprise the presentation about approving revisions to CONPLAN 3502 leached into the CONPLAN 3501/NLE2011 Earthquake presentation. According to meeting notes this presentation was never actually given as they ran out of time – the actual National Level Exercise 2011 planning conference process seemed quite messy in execution.
Another major CONPLAN 3502 fact was included to be presented, no less than the “TRIGGER” condition itself. A slide with very pixellated layout (via MS Paint?) shows the “3502 TRIGGER = CDO EXCEDES T32 CAPIBILITIES” [sic]. Civil Disturbance Operations exceed Title 32 Capabilities, it seems likely, a reference to the different sections of US Code delineating domestic military operations authorities.
There it is, one heck of a droid many have been looking for. But let's look for further reference hooks to codes of martial law-like behavior. Turns out there are plenty.
Cross Reference: CONPLAN 3502 Outlining Domestic Searches, Crowd Control & Detention Facilities Match Pittsburgh G20 Terrors
The frightening dimension of what must be contained in the full version of CONPLAN 3502 is indicated by footnotes in a manual for Judge Advocate Generals and military lawyers - Chapter 5 of the Domestic Operational Law Handbook. (PDF 3MB)
The entire JAG manual is frightening, really, for anyone that assures themselves the Posse Comitatus Act really restricts domestic military operations.
A series of footnotes authoritatively point to USNORTHCOM CONPLAN 3502 as containing everything from handling insurance claims to domestic military-controlled detention facilities, and domestic military searches and seizures. Yes, really. (And no one seems to have noticed!)
The same conditions described in JAG manual sections footnoted to CONPLAN 3502 happened in the 2009 G20 Conference in Pittsburgh, in particular military detention operations at the Allegheny County Jail, and fully armored-up riot control style crowd control.
Here are some key supporting references from Ch 5:
Here's a part about CONPLAN3502 and citizens detained by the military:
And well, just look at all these footnote references... Clearly the authoritative source for p99 (PDF #116) - which includes Riot Control Agents and civilian detainment.
The G20 was a military-supported National Special Security Event (NSSE) like the 2008 Republican National Convention. CONPLAN 3501, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities” is described in some docs as the basis for NSSE plans, since it provides the planning template for the 'Joint Information Center' and 'Multi Agency Communications Center' structures. But CONPLAN 3501 doesn't include aggressive military-backed crowd control or anything beyond – thus, the harsher military planning elements seen at the G20 must actually spring from CONPLAN 3502 or similiar & related plans.
Military Intelligence gathering on Americans is another topic addressed in the JAG manual – but until we see the full text of CONPLAN 3502 the full truth won't be known about this. If major disasters happen, a mixture of CONPLAN 3501-based command and CONPLAN3502-based repression would be one likely pattern if there's an aggressive military reaction.
Training documents linked to the Garden Plot / 3502 doctrines have been released as well, and the 1985 / 2005 Army Field Manuals for Civil Disturbances - with amazing artwork and the same Army tactics used on the streets of St. Paul and Pittsburgh. (Crazy art after article's conclusion)
Various handbook footnotes reference other DoD Directives & policies, but the CONPLAN obviously fills the broad role of planning, the sketch of the repeatedly-activated patterns of force and organizational logic, including seemingly every main tactic needed to enforce “martial law” like conditions. If CONPLAN 3502 is not a martial law plan, what more would you need? Beats me.
Military Template in Action: CONPLAN 3501 & The BP Gulf Oil Disaster
The story's already way too long here, but we recently witnessed another key example to understand this system. The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster kicked in the CONPLAN 3501-based emergency response planning system. CONPLAN 3501 dictated exactly what type of structure would control the emergency response: a Joint Command based on 3501 blueprints. To forcibly evacuate a city: just kick in CONPLAN 3502.
The CONPLAN3501 USARNORTH presentation lays out in perfect clarity how the main domestic emergency military / Homeland Security FEMA framework actually functions – pretty crazy stuff in itself, not widely understood.
Main feature: NORTHCOM and teams in each FEMA Region HQ Office, called Defense Coordinating Officers / Elements (DCO / E) are the go-betweens for NORTHCOM, FEMA and locals. (People gotta check these out!)
So in National Level Exercise 2011 the military proposes, under CONPLAN 3501-based plan, to have some Deepwater Horizon-type joint command set up and run military operations through the DCO offices in each FEMA region converging on the Ohio/Mississippi river valleys, attempting a simulation of controlling the government in that large multi-state area through a military task force structure. (Weird but true)
This is the modern federal military plan, no doubt about it. We saw how aggressively the propaganda blackout worked, with avid & seamless corporate pressure, on the Gulf disaster. Locals from the Twin Cities know all too keenly how intense and strange the federal-led information warfare campaign from 2008RNC was. So it's no surprise that CONPLAN 3501 includes crucial features used for media control, including talking points and embedding journalists in DoD operations, in 'rescue' like contexts, in order to strategically control the narrative.
And right below the nasty “3502 TRIGGER”, no less.
The remaining NLE 2011 material is quite interesting, but these words run long. Researchers should dig in already!
Quick Conclusion: Unconstitutional Martial Supremacy of Military Operations, A Dark Horizon and Bleak Plans
Minnesota Constitution, Article I - Bill of Rights Sec. 14: "Military power subordinate. The military shall be subordinate to the civil power and no standing army shall be maintained in this state in times of peace."
This isn't the first time people have noticed CONPLAN 3502, but it was earlier labeled CONPLAN 2502. GlobalSecurity.org already has expansive details on Garden Plot & 2502. Here we add the 3502 TRIGGER, and determine it's being updated by the military in certain, classified (S)ecret ways. This NLE2011 material gives us the 'home address' of a linchpin plan and its Army updaters, more of its context, as well as key parts of the military/civil control framework like the ten FEMA/NORTHCOM DCO teams sure to play a role in anything.
With a strong chance the 2012 Democratic National Convention will be deployed to Minneapolis based upon a CONPLAN 3501 / CONPLAN 3502 military footprint for Civil Disturbance Operations, many troubling questions could surface. The post-Civil War Minnesota Constitution specifically declares that the military shall "subordinate" to the civil power, but with mysterious players like the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency involved in NSSE security, who can answer if secret military protocols (and even satellites!) are "subordinate" to civil authority? How is a classified Secret plan for crowd control and detention not "superior"? Aren't they trying to "set an example" at each event and security circumstance, by expanding and extending tactics, most recently at the G20 the LRAD noise cannon and even in Los Angeles, a prison-scale directed microwave pain cannon?
By and large, public officials, let alone the general public, proceed oblivious to the actual content of plans like these. Unforgettable and frightening – widely recognized, that's the experience of those who've seen these types of plans in action. The trauma of seeing a dark, different system in full action on American streets, a true antithesis of the original national dream. The brutal roar of the war machine makes one feel like an insect on their windshield.
Military on our streets, not just filling flood sandbags anymore. It shifts perspectives, it hardens people, it erases doubts and soft shadings about the nature of power in America. CONPLAN 3502, as a secret code, is as good a Secret bootup kernel for martial law as you'll ever find. But that is its weakness: if it was so powerful, so potent, so worth keeping preciously tucked away, under (S)ecret wraps, then a clear, open evaluation of its Constitutional soundness, in public, wouldn't be shirked, wouldn't really shake national security. If it were safe (or merely sound), it would be public, not Secret. There is no justification for secret CONPLANs in a free society. Period.
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A few more bonus pics & photo illustrations:
From NLE2011 presentations:
G20 Photo Art - didn't have space in the article: h.t. Chicago IMC for determining what happened with their officers.
Massive FEMA exercise schedule includes NSSEs and NLEs as the big events of the year.
Interesting excerpts from the 1991/1996 last version of Garden Plot:
"Critical infrastructure" defined as a goal for military control in 1996 Garden Plot revision.
Templates for martial law orders:
US Army in Watts riots - Corbis.com
The Army Intelligence Field Manual - March 2010 - FM 2-0 - prominently features military operations for NSSEs etc.
USARNORTH was quite talkative about G20-Toronto plans to crush protesters in April on Twitter.
1985 Army Field Manual Art FTW!
Updated 2005 Army Field Manual:
Remember those sponge rounds whizzing by during 2008RNC?
Escalation of Trauma chart indicates this is all about a doctrine of trauma.
Platoon design for "nonlethal" Army setup.
National Guard in 1992 - Los Angeles (mil photo)