[Marxism] How to Train Death Squads and Quash Revolutions

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Wed Jun 18 22:24:47 MDT 2008

Leaked U.S.  Military Manual
How to Train Death Squads and Quash Revolutions from  San Salvador to Iraq
>From Wikileaks

How to covertly train paramilitaries,  censor the press, ban unions, employ 
terrorists, conduct warrantless  searches, suspend habeas corpus, conceal 
breaches of the Geneva Convention  and make the population love it  
JULIAN ASSANGE (investigative  editor)
Monday June 15, 2008  
Wikileaks has released a sensitive  _219 page US military counterinsurgency  
manual._ (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20126.htm)  The 
manual, Foreign  Internal Defense Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Special 
Forces  (1994, 2004), may be critically described as "what we learned about  
running death squads and propping up corrupt government in Latin America  and how 
to apply it to other places". Its contents are both history  defining for 
Latin America and, given the continued role of US Special  Forces in the 
suppression of insurgencies, including in Iraq and  Afghanistan, history making.  
The leaked manual, which has been verified  with military sources, is the 
official US Special Forces doctrine for  Foreign Internal Defense or FID.  
FID operations are designed to prop up a  "friendly" government facing a 
popular revolution or guerilla insurgency.  FID interventions are often covert or 
quasi-covert due to the unpopular  nature of the governments being supported 
("In formulating a realistic  policy for the use of advisors, the commander 
must carefully gauge the  psychological climate of the HN [Host Nation] and the 
United States.")   
The manual directly advocates training  paramilitaries, pervasive 
surveillance, censorship, press control and  restrictions on labor unions & political 
parties. It directly  advocates warrantless searches, detainment without charge 
and (under  varying circumstances) the suspension of habeas corpus. It directly 
 advocates employing terrorists or prosecuting individuals for terrorism  who 
are not terrorists, running false flag operations and concealing human  
rights abuses from journalists. And it repeatedly advocates the use of  subterfuge 
and "psychological operations" (propaganda) to make  these and other 
"population & resource control" measures more  palatable.  
The content has been particularly informed  by the long United States 
involvement in El Salvador.  
In 2005 a number of credible media reports  suggested the Pentagon was 
intensely debating "the Salvador option" for  Iraq._[1]_ 
0) .  According to the New York Times Magazine:  
The template for Iraq today  is not Vietnam, with which it has often been 
compared, but El Salvador,  where a right-wing government backed by the United 
States fought a  leftist insurgency in a 12-year war beginning in 1980. The cost 
was high  — more than 70,000 people were killed, most of them civilians, in a 
 country with a population of just six million. Most of the killing and  
torturing was done by the army and the right-wing death squads  affiliated with 
it. According to an Amnesty International report in  2001, violations committed 
by the army and associated groups included  ‘‘extrajudicial executions, other 
unlawful killings, ‘disappearances’  and torture. . . . Whole villages were 
targeted by the armed forces and  their inhabitants massacred.’’ As part of 
President Reagan’s policy of  supporting anti-Communist forces, hundreds of 
millions of dollars in  United States aid was funneled to the Salvadoran Army, 
and a team of 55  Special Forces advisers, led for several years by Jim Steele, 
trained  front-line battalions that were accused of significant human rights  
The same article states James Steele and  many other former Central American 
Special Forces "military advisors" have  now been appointed at a high level to 

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