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In February 2010, the U.S. Army issued FM 3-39.40. This field manual (FM), titled Internment and Resettlement Operations, outlines what the army would do during societal turmoil or even collapse.

Labeled as I/R Operations, the military states that such operations are necessary because, “I/R operations facilitate the ability to conduct rapid and decisive combat operations; deter, mitigate, and defeat threats to populations that may result in conflict; reverse conditions of human suffering; and build the capacity of a foreign government to effectively care for and govern its population.” (1)

Though written in the typical bureaucratic speak, the document is an interesting read because it states the Army’s policy in interacting with various types of detainees and internees. The document is available in its entirety at, but below is a brief summary of the 326 page document.

Policies for Civilian Internees

The document details various policies for particular individuals such as Civilian Internees (CIs), Dislocated Civilians (DCs), and Detainees. The difference between these labels being that CIs and DCs are individuals who have not necessarily committed any sort of crime, but must be interned to protect themselves or the government.

Though no crimes may have been committed these individuals could be considered a threat for various reasons. Basically, the document states that these individuals can be interned at the whim of the government, but are “protected” under the Geneva Conventions.

Detainees are usually individuals that have committed a crime or unlawful act against the government. According to the document, these individuals are handled differently than CIs and DCs.

“Upon capture, Soldiers must process detainees using the “search, silence, segregate, speed, safeguard, and tag (5 S and T)” technique.” The 5ST technique is a checklist to guide soldiers on how to implement detainee operations until detainees are sent to another law enforcement agency or location. The technique is as follows:

–> Search – Confiscate any weapon, intelligence, and personal items from the individual.
–> Silence – Cut off all communication between detainees going as far to “Silence uncooperative detainees by muffling them with a soft, clean cloth tied around their mouths and fastened at the backs of their heads.”
–> Segregate – Keep the individuals separated as much as manpower will allow.
–> Speed – Remove the individuals from any sympathizers as quickly as possible.
–> Safeguard – Protect the individuals and their confiscated property from combatants, other detainees, and any other risk.
–> Tag – Assign each individual with a number that can be linked to their confiscated personal effects.

The document also outlines the roles of specific military personnel; however, the section on PSYOP team’s roles is the most interesting. The PSYOP (Psychological Operations) team has a whole host of roles, but the two that seem to stand-out, along with gaining the attention of conspiracy theorists, is the identification of political activists and the implementation of programs that “produces an understanding and appreciation of U.S. policies and actions.”

Moreover, there is an interesting note on page 56 that states, “PSYOP personnel use comprehensive information, reorientation, and educational and vocational programs to prepare detainees and DCs for repatriation.”

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Protecting Citizens or Sinister Motive?

So, what does it all mean? That answer depends whole-heartedly on who you ask. If you ask the military and government officials, it’s all about protecting American citizens in case a catastrophe would hit. However, there are many others who believe the plan has a much more sinister motive.

The ideas run rampant from preparing the country to be run as a police state to the systematic destruction of America and the American people. When the document was first released many conspiracy theory websites took the document and ran with it; describing it as proof of the dark agenda of the proverbial “men behind the curtain.”

Personally, I will not say one way or another about how I feel about the document, but I will urge everyone to read it and tell us your thoughts about FM 3-39.40: Internment and Resettlement Operations in the comments section below.

References & Image Credits:
(1) Public Intelligence
(2) ThinkQuest
(3) Police State

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  • cowfy

    like all other things this law is a tool.does a government of a free state have the right to use such a tool? does it contredict the constitution? can this be used to insure the protection of a free state. we slap a child on the behind to teach him/her not to walk into traffic. no one would deny the application of the means justifying the end in such a case.but to go from the sublime to the rediculous the comunist agenda claims that all men will be equal and live in a happy utopia if the tenets of marx and engle are applied( tho it’s never worked due to human nature ) but in the mean time they must be enslaved to achieve that goal.the end justifying the means in that case is probably thought to be an immoral one by most intelligent people.

  • Scotty

    Its not about guns. Its about CONTROL through totalitarianism, using fascism, socialism and communism. You can throw in some Islamo-fascism and Sharia law. We are a Police Sate or hasn’t anyone noticed? 2.2 million ppl locked up in this country. After all, prisons have to make money, don’t they? Internment camps, in North America, numbering 800+…controlled by FEMA. George Soros once stated, that destroying America will be his ultimate or lifetime achievement, or some such rubbish.

  • Livid Insider

    It shocks me. If the NSA is bugging all phones, then it necessarily follows that ANY act of violence (a la the Boston Bombing) that does occur, is KNOWN TO THE NSA and ALLOWED BY THE NSA TO HAPPEN ANYWAY. Big Brother works to bug everyone, then claims ignorance when events occur. Funny how the event is often found to be surrounded by Government Agents and/or mercenaries, isn’t it?

    FEMA – Has a budget that is 80% BLACK. Why? Because when Martial Law is declared, it is actually FEMA that is in charge for a term of NOT LESS THAN 6 MONTHS based on FEMA’s own literature. FEMA is not about “”safety of free people.”

    Logically, it can not possibly be true that for a government to “maintain freedom & liberty” or “assure the safety” of a nation that the best or only way to do so “for” the “free” citizenry is to INCARCERATE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE FOR THE ACTUAL REASON OF THE CITIZEN’S WILLINGNESS (actually constitutional responsibility) TO VIOLENTLY STOP A GOVERNMENT GONE ROGUE against its own people.

    Grow up. These traitors think the USA is up for grabs to any group who can usurp enough authority to do so. We need to make the government deeply fear the people again immediately.

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