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Army Preps for Tea Party 'Terrorists'

Army security scenario includes Tea Party activists

By Mark Alexander · Apr. 29, 2010

Publisher’s Note: Senior Command staff at Ft. Knox contacted me shortly after publication of this report, and thousands of phone calls as a result. They confirmed that there was a security exercise at Ft. Knox this week. An officer in the security loop altered the scenario to include “Tea Party” among the terrorist groups that might assault Ft. Knox, “in order to make it more realistic.” The alterations were not approved at the Command level and were not used by the Installation Command Post. The officer who circulated the scenario through official channels has been identified and will “receive appropriate counsel.” Further, Command staff noted, “An official investigation has been initiated to determine the manner in which this information was included in the exercise scenario. Fort Knox leadership is committed to continued positive associations with our community groups and organizations and will continue to work to enhance and improve those relationships.” Commanders provided assurance that this type of scenario would not find its way into official circulation again.

The fact that any officer would associate Tea Party folks with “white supremacists” armed with “military grade weapons” and “bomb making components,” and believe that association would make this scenario “more realistic,” is troubling, at best. We owe our gratitude to a handful of Patriots, who, at risk to their careers, came forth with this information and expected us to handle it honorably and accurately – and we did just that.

In regard to the verbatim scenario documentation we posted, even though those documents were not classified, Command staff asked that we remove them for specified security reasons. As our mission is not only to uphold our Constitution by holding those in positions of authority accountable to their oaths, but also to support our uniformed Patriots, we agreed to remove the documents from our Web site.

“The duty imposed upon [the president] to take care, that the laws be faithfully executed, follows out the strong injunctions of his oath of office, that he will ‘preserve, protect, and defend the constitution.’ The great object of the executive department is to accomplish this purpose; and without it, be the form of government whatever it may, it will be utterly worthless for offence, or defence; for the redress of grievances, or the protection of rights; for the happiness, or good order, or safety of the people.” –Justice Joseph Story

A few months back, the commander in chief of our Armed Forces, that erstwhile community organizer Barack Hussein Obama, denigrated a large cross section of Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement – those who advocate for Essential Liberty and Rule of Law.

Obama identified them as malcontents, “waving their little tea bags.”

Since then, the Obama administration and their Leftmedia sycophants have endeavored to characterize Tea Party attendees as rude, radical, racist, redneck, enemies of the state. They have attempted to tie high-profile acts of violence against the government to the Tea Party, including the pilot who crashed his plane into a Texas IRS headquarters. (Turns out, he was a Leftwing nut.)

In fact, Americans who attend Tea Party rallies are from all walks of life, as noted in the Patriot Declaration, Patriots who are peacefully and constitutionally petitioning their government for redress.

As I noted in my tax-day essay, Tea Parties are “not a call for revolution but for restoration – a call to undertake whatever measures are dictated by prudence and necessity to restore constitutional Rule of Law.”

However, Obama’s words do have consequences.

This week, I was contacted by a number of civilian and military personnel (enlisted and officer ranks) who expressed concern about a military exercise scenario proposed for Ft. Knox, the U.S. Bullion Depository. (For the record, I called Ft. Knox security for an official comment and received the standard reply: “We are not authorized to discuss this exercise.”)

As with most such exercises, the Ft. Knox scenario outline occurred in stages, as if real time intelligence was being provided at various intervals. The first intel advisory I received was issued on Friday, 23 April 2010, and identifies the terrorist threat adversaries as “Local Militia Groups / Anti-Government Protesters / TEA Party.”

You read that right: “TEA Party”!

The advisory states that plans for a demonstration may have been interrupted by “Federal and local law enforcement” raids on a “White Supremacists Organization,” but “TEA Party organizers have stated that they will protest at the Gold Vault at a future date.”

Further, the intel advisory states, “Anti-Government - Health Care Protesters have stated that they would join the TEA Party as a sign of solidarity.”

In accordance with the exercise proposal, Ft. Knox post security is placed on high alert because, “these groups are armed, have combative training and some are former Military Snipers. Some may have explosives training / experience,” and “a rally at their compound / training area is scheduled.”

Another intel update was issued on Monday, 26 April 2010, noting that the “rally at the Militia compound occurred,” and “Viable threats … have been made.” The intel on the rally notes, “Many members were extremely agitated at what they referred to as Government intervention and over taxation in their lives. Alcohol use ‘fanned the flames.’ Many military grade firearms were openly carried. An ad hoc ‘shoot the government agent’ event was held with prizes (alcohol) given for the best shot placement.”

The report states further, “Components of bomb making are reported to have been on the site. Some members have criminal records relating to explosive and weapons violations.”

In response to the “immediate threat,” the exercise stipulates, “local detention centers are being made ready for mass arrests.” Both the “QRF I and QRF II” are placed on two hour recall, and the “5-15 CAV” was ordered to “draw weapons from holder and store in most available arms room,” and “coordinate with MASA for immediate ammunition draw; have equipment readied for immediate use, i.e. vehicles staged and loaded IAW 5-15 CAV SOP; LMR’s charged.”

QRF refers to Quick Reaction Force. QRF I is the 194th Armored Brigade. QRF II is the 194th Armored Brigade.

The 26 April order gives specific instructions for the 5-15 CAV (a 16th Cavalry battalion) to have weapons, ammo, vehicles and communications at ready, and it places the other 2,200 members of the units on two-hour recall. In other words, these orders are to gear up for defending Ft. Knox against Tea Party folks and their co-conspirators who oppose nationalization of our health care sector.

Now, for almost 30 years I have, on occasion, participated in the development and implementation of small and large scale military exercises within the U.S. and around the world.

Such exercises are critical to the readiness of our forces, and the standard for the real time intel reports in these drills requires thinly veiled references to assets of existing or collateral threat vectors, communist regimes such as China and terrorist networks such as al-Qa'ida, etc.

Perhaps the author of the Ft. Knox scenario should focus on a response plan for, say, an Islamic terrorist who attacks unarmed troops on his own post. (See Ft. Hood / Major Nidal Malik Hasan.)

While the Ft. Knox exercise scenario is amateurish in its construct (meaning it appears to be composed by someone with not much experience in such matters), the fact that it made it out into official channels sets an ominous political precedent.

The military officers and enlisted personnel with whom I spoke are all dedicated uniformed Patriots who are loyal, first and foremost, to their oath to “support and defend” our Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Their concerns about this exercise mirrored my own. As one put it, the scenario “misrepresents freedom loving Americans as drunken, violent racists – the opponents of Obama’s policies have been made the enemy of the U.S. Army.”

They were equally concerned that it appears the command staff at Ft. Knox had signed off on this exercise, noting, “it has been issued and owned by field grade officers who lead our battalions and brigades,” which is to say many Lieutenant Colonels saw this order before it was implemented.

It’s not likely that Ft. Knox Commanding General James Milano or Deputy Commander Col. David Teeples, or even the regimental and brigade commanders for the 16th Cav and 194th AB, actually read the exercise scenario, but that doesn’t absolve responsibility for such an egregious example of political agendas infiltrating military exercise scenarios.

One officer insisted, “The American people should require greater accountability of their commissioned officers, that they abide by their oath and never allow politically motivated propaganda like this exercise on any post or base again.”

Another observed, “Whether this is complacency by officers who do not see such orders as a problem, or worse, officers who recognize the problem but do not insist the orders are changed, this is a serious problem. We are discussing the training of American citizen soldiers in the use of potentially deadly force against a specific group of political dissenters. There is never a time in an officer’s career in which he does not have a duty to apply critical thought to the orders he is given and asked to give. It is my opinion that any officer that has allowed these orders to persist, to reach the level of junior officers and soldiers, has demonstrated a lack of judgment or apathy towards what his duty requires of him. Either way, we should demand more of the commissioned officers, who we as a nation empower to lead our sons and daughters into battle.”

Indeed, and at best, the blatant malfeasance on the part of the individuals who composed this exercise reflects poorly on the uniformed services.

The antidote to this patent misrepresentation of peaceable Patriots is to expose it with the Light of Truth. As our motto Veritas vos Liberabit affirms, the Truth shall set you Free!

(Note: To report examples of politically motivated “exercises” in either the civilian or military sectors of our federal government, please contact us – NewsTip@PatriotPost.US)

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Jim said:

I was in the US NAVY 1969-1975..During my tour of duty...We are given a scenario of possible US Military involvement in California should the need assist with Terrorist Threats...Have things really changed that much? Yes we do need to be aware of this when it comes up...It's not any more desireable now than it was in 1970..The Government should always be "watched" with a discerning and watchful eye...I do agree we are today in a much more dangerous time than I've seen in my lifetime..I've never seen people scrambling for guns and ammo with such purpose in my life either..

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Dan Wilcox, Major (RET) USAR said:

The 194th Armor Brigade is a unit for Basic training for tankers and Cav Scouts at Knox. Until a Brigade of 1st Infantry Division is stood up, there will not be any combat units at Ft. Knox.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM

The Editor replied:

We did not identify this unit as a "combat unit." The 5-15 CAV battalion was charged with security in this exercise. The point is, not who, but how such politically motivated language found its way in to orders for a military exercise.

joe berger said:

Should this scenario actually occur; it would be islamsists protesting, not tea party advocates. If the exercise scenario were islamists, they would never hear the end of it. So the only politically correct excuse for such an exercise is to defend the country from true patriots; the tea party folks.You can't blame the military; they can't come up with a real scenario, like defending America against islam.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Mac Caldwell said:

This is absolutely egregious. To suggest that freedom loving Americans are terrorists is certainly not the view of men and women serving in our armed forces, most of whom consider themselves Conservatives and sympathize with Tea Party Patriots. I don't recall tale of military exercises combatting militant Wiccans, radical leftists, or Chicago political mobsters. It is extremely upsetting that this exercise was upheld by the officers on base, and I commend the soldiers willing to step up and call it what it is - wrong.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Libertas in People's Republic of Minnesota said:

Aghast, I am. I can only imagine if the tables were turned for say, the 10,000 man march (falsely named million man march). Republicans homes would have been burned to the ground and riots ensued. The double standard becomes ever more clear and would be pathetic if it were not so threatening.I hope your message is spread far and wide. It will only serve to wake more decent people up to what is really going on in the mind of the current resident of the White House and bring more "hope and change" - the good kind this time.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Robert H. said:

They (Dems) are going to be --SO voted out of office..How can they be so rediculous and still claim to be intelligent?

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Jackie said:

It is beyond my comprehension that such an exercise actually took place. My heart shrunk in my chest as I read the verbage used to describe those who are saddened and outraged at what is happening to their country. I have not attended a Tea-Party rally up to this point but I am reconsidering my tendency to watch from the sidelines.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Ron Jones said:

Whatever happened to "Centralia" as the antagonist in training exercises? (in my day Centralia was our perennial enemy)Regardless of the contents of their gun safe at home, TEA party folks bring strollers, babies, and water bottles to their events. Not alcohol and firearms....So, the premise of the training exercise is flawed from the is dangerous, dangerous in the extreme to let this go unanswered.I submit that our national(ist) government is a greater threat to our lives and liberty than any terrorist, more so than any banker...though, to paraphrase Jefferson, the central bank does make the list of threats to national security.Things are moving in a terrifying direction. I worry for the future of my children.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Tom Manning said:

Our country is going stark raving mad. The man who occupies the White House must be brought before this nation to answer to this.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Chime in Houston, Texas said:

Judging by recent comments by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, your cited stupidity relating to alert at Fort Knox could have originated with him.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Barry Jones said:

I have been to a few tea party events, and have never, ever witnessed behavior that even approached being offensive, illegal, or threatening.I fear that we have reached a point in American history where restoration of lawful government can only come about when those officials who take their oath to uphold the Constitution seriously will realize that overt, physical action to remove the illegal and unlawful regime is the only recourse left. Yes, I realize that this posits at best a military coup and and could lead to civil war as the anti-American, anti-rule of law crowd that has occupied positions of power for far too long take to the streets or seek to play military factions against one another, but we are sadly at an end of legal government.The overwhelming power of the government and its agencies precludes anything other than a military coup from restoring constitutional government.That is only my opinion, but I find it being shared by many, in and out of government. Remember, I am not advocating treason or insurrection, only restoration of constitutional government.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Tim Haile said:

This article is intriguing and scary, and sadly, unsurprising. Obama's enemies are not the militant Islamists (Hassan types), socialists and illegals: they are the ordinary, responsible, independent, self-reliant, hard-working people, who are the back-bone of America. Obama is quite clearly intimidated by such people. They are a threat to his socialist agenda, which can be accomplished only by the construction of a dependent class of citizens. I trust our citizen soldiers, but I must admit to being a little concerned about some of their politically oriented commanders. The Obama administration has already demonstrated a willingness to bribe anyone essential to their agenda. I fear this could easily be done with top Pentagon officials and others.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

K. Hunter in Oak Ridge, Tennessee said:

Another example of a serious but common fault with a peace time military - careerism. The lack of protest by field grade officers is indicative to me, like the failure of superior officers to curtail the Fort Hodd assissin, that career pathing is more important to peace time officers than any oath to defend their country/constitution.The reasons are obvious - political control of the military includes political control of promotion and assignment of these same officers.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Ashli T. said:

After reading this, my concern is that someone will lash out in anger in an "I'll show you" temper tantrum. It's almost as if we are being egged on to actually do something stupid. I feel as if I am in a high school history book and this is the story of "The Man Who Would Be King" and how he killed off or banished all who opposed him. I can honestly say I am scared for the life of this country. May God help us all.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Pete Kleff, U.S. Army (Ret) said:

As a retired Army Judge Advocate officer, I am completely dumfounded! First, my observation about "Tea Party" participants is that they are peaceful Americas exercising their First Amendment rights. There is no evidence of violence in their demonstrations to support the so-called "intel". Second, to deliberately involve the military in such blatantly political maneuvering is itself unconstitutional. Every military installation has contingency plans to deal with violence, including terrorist incidents. In some instances, such plans should be revised and updated. But identifying a group whose record is clearly peaceful as a viable threat is in the minimum politically motivated. As an Army officer, I have confidence that the military commanders will see this nonsense from the Obama Administration for what it is, pure politics. And they will avoid it.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:52 AM