Warning on Iraq War Protesters

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Pretty disgusting...


    The following unclassified memo was circulated to DoD personnel, military troops, and government workers today, warning military personnel and civilian employees across the country to be on alert against possible threats and violence by anti-war and anti-recruiter protesters gearing up for demonstrations on the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq.

    SUBJECT: HQ USNORTHCOM FORCE PROTECTION ADVISORY 00002 (UNCLASSIFIED)

    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Caveats: NONE

    FYI

    For your information. As the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war approaches, protest groups are increasing activity, some to include a direct threat to Recruiters, other Soldiers, others with DoD decals and their families. Areas of concern include Seattle and Tacoma, Washington; Pittsburgh; Washington, DC.; Chicago; Chapel Hill, NC; New York; Orlando and many locations in California.

    Mitigation recommendations include standard AT/FP precautions to include:

    - Avoid known risks
    - Remain vigilant
    - Use the Buddy system
    - Inspect vehicles
    - Do not engage belligerents

    Subject: SUBJECT: HQ USNORTHCOM FORCE PROTECTION ADVISORY 00002

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    [redacted]

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    MSGID/GENADMIN/CDR//
    POC/ERIK FEY/CIV/USARNORTH PMO/DSN 471.1452// GENTEXT/REMARKS// 1. (U) THIS MESSAGE PROVIDES SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND RECOMMENDED MITIGATION ON UNITED STATES ARMY INSTALLATIONS AND ARMY LEASED FACILITIES IN THE USNORTHCOM AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY.

    2. (U) SITUATION: AS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQI WAR APPROACHES, NUMEROUS PROTEST GROUPS HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR RHETORIC ON PROTESTING AT MILITARY FACILITIES SUCH AS RECRUITING STATIONS. WHILE MOST ARE PEACEFUL SEVERAL GROUPS HAVE TAKEN ON A MORE MILITANT TONE AND HAVE ISSUED STATEMENTS THAT FORM A DIRECT THREAT TOWARDS CERTAIN RECRUITING STATIONS. RECRUITERS AND ALL OTHER DOD EMPLOYEES ARE REMINDED TO BE VIGILANT AND AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS.

    3. (U//FOUO) KNOWN LOCATIONS AND EVENTS:

    3.1 (U) TACOMA, WA: 1230, 15 MARCH 2008, LOCAL PROTEST GROUPS HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR INTENTION TO SHUTDOWN THE TACOMA MALL AND THE RECRUITING STATION LOCATED AT THE MALL TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE UPCOMING ANNIVERSARY OF THE START OF THE IRAQ WAR. THEY WANT TO “MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL TO CONTINUE AS THE IRAQ WAR APPROACHES ITS 5TH YEAR.” ANTICIPATED ACTIVITIES INCLUDE DISTRIBUTING ANTI WAR AND ANTI MILITARY LITERATURE, CONFRONT LOCAL RECRUITERS OR PERSONS TRYING TO ENTER THEIR FACILITIES, AND ATTEMPTS TO INTERACT WITH SOLDIERS, FAMILY MEMBERS AND/OR CIVILIANS WHO APPEAR TO BE MILITARY OR HAVE DOD DECALS ON THEIR VEHICLES. RECENT PROTESTS AGAINST THE WAR AT THE PORT OF OLYMPIA HAVE BEEN MARKED BY INCREASED LEVELS OF VIOLENCE. DOD PERSONNEL, FAMILY MEMBERS AND CIVILIANS SHOULD AVOID CONTACT, TO INCLUDE CONVERSATIONS OR DIALOGUE WITH PROTESTERS. PROTESTERS MAY BE FILMING ACTIVITIES FOR REPORTING IN INDEPENDENT MEDIA OR USE IN LEGAL ACTIONS. COMMANDERS AND SUPERVISO RS SHOULD STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THEIR SOLDIERS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND CIVILIANS TO AVOID THE TACOMA MALL AREA DURING HIS TIME AND TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE TO LOCAL POLICE. SOURCE: FT LEWIS FORCE PROTECTION DAILY 4 MARCH 2008.

    3.2 (U//FOUO) MULTIPLE LOCATIONS, 15 & 19 MARCH 2008, BROAD SPECTRUMS OF NATIONAL GROUPS HAVE ORGANIZED FOR A NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION CALLED “UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE” AND “CALL TO ACTION” AGAINST THE WAR IN IRAQ. MARCH 19, 2008 MARKS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. INVASION OF IRAQ. PROTEST GROUPS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES HAVE COMBINED TO BE PART OF THE LARGEST DAY OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE EVER, COVERING FIFTY STATES. ON MARCH 19TH, MASS DEMONSTRATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT THE NATION, SPECIFICALLY IN CITIES SUCH AS CHICAGO, MINNEAPOLIS, NEW YORK, WASHINGTON D.C., ORLANDO, CHAPEL HILL, SC, TAMPA, BATON ROUGE, SAN DIEGO, SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO, OAKLAND, AND SACRAMENTO, TO MENTION A FEW. STUDENT DEMONSTRATION WEBSITES HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR ATTEMPT TO SHUT DOWN THE HOLLYWOOD RECRUITING STATION ON 15 AND 19 MARCH AS THEY PLAN TO DEMONSTRATE HEAVILY ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD. SOURCE: 6TH RECRUITING BDE

    3.3 (U//FOUO) PITTSBURG RECRUITING STATION, PA: 19 MARCH 2008, PITTSBURG ORGANIZING GROUP (POG) WILL BE HOLDING A TORCH-LIT MARCH TO A MODERN DAY CASTLE OF ABOMINATIONS-OUR LOCAL MILITARY RECRUITING STATION. THE GROUP INTENDS TO,”…EVICT IT AND EVERYTHING INSIDE OF IT, OCCUPY THE LOCATION, AND TRANSFORM IT INTO SOMETHING USEFUL FOR THE COMMUNITY. WE’LL ALSO BE BRINGING A MOVABLE CAGE IN WHICH TO CONFINE MILITARY RECRUITERS UNTIL THEY NO LONGER POSE A DANGER TO OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS…..” SOURCE: TRADOC

    3.4 (U//FOUO) 19 MARCH 2008, NATIONALLY: A KNOWN PROTEST GROUP IS ALSO CALLING FOR A “CALL TO ACTION” ON THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. INVASION OF IRAQ, AND THE BEGINNING OF THE 6TH YEAR OF WAR TO HAVE DEMONSTRATORS BE A PART THE LARGEST DAY FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE PROTESTS, COVERING ALL 50 STATES. SOURCE: TRADOC

    3.5 (U//FOUO) SEATTLE 19 MARCH 2008, PROTEST ON 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF IRAQ WAR. DEMONSTRATORS WILL CONVERGE ON WESTLAKE PARK AT 6 PM. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE MARCHED IN SEATTLE IN 2002 AS THE WAR BEGAN IN A SPIRITED EVENING MARCH TO THE FEDERAL BUILDING. ON MARCH 19, 2008, THEY ARE ENCOURAGING THE COMMUNITY TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY WITH DIVERSE AUTONOMOUS ACTIONS THROUGHOUT THE DAY SUCH AS FREEWAY BANNERING, VIGILS, TEACH-INS, WALK-OUTS AND DIRECT ACTION/CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, CULMINATING WITH AN EVENING PROTEST CONVERGENCE AT WESTLAKE PARK AT 6 PM

    3.6 (U//FOUO) FT. LEWIS DEMONSTRATION FOR GI RIGHTS 22 MARCH 2008, A COALITION OF ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING VETERANS AND PEACE ACTIVISTS ARE CALLING FOR A DEMONSTRATION SUPPORTING GI RIGHTS AT THE GATES OF FT. LEWIS. SOURCE: FT LEWIS FORCE PROTECTION DAILY 04 MAR 08.


    4. (U) MITIGATION: BELOW ARE RECOMMENDED MITIGATION MEASURES TO IMPLEMENT, WHEN APPROPRIATE.

    4.1 USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM WHEN OPENING AND CLOSING LEASED FACILITIES.

    4.2 SCREEN ALL MAIL PARCELS AND PACKAGES.

    4.3 AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WORKDAY, ENDING OF THE WORKDAY, AND PRIOR TO
    VEHICLE USE, CONDUCT A VEHICLE INSPECTION.

    4.4 SOLDIERS, CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, AND FAMILY MEMBERS NEED TO STAY ALERT, NOTICE SURROUNDINGS, AND REMAIN VIGILANT.

    4.5 COMMANDERS AT ALL LEVELS SHOULD ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL POLICE IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE LOCAL THREATS.

    4.6 KEEP FAMILY MEMBERS INFORMED.

    4.7 TALK TO OTHER SERVICE PERSONNEL TO SHARE INFORMATION.

    4.8 PRACTICE OPSEC. DON’T PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANYONE YOU DON’T
    KNOW.

    4.9 AVOID HIGH RISK AREAS.

    4.10 COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO UPDATE ALERT ROSTERS AND REVIEW EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLANS/RALLY POINTS.

    4.11 ENSURE ALL FACILITIES HAVE EMERGENCY PHONE LISTS POSTED (FBI, FIRE, POLICE, HOSPITALS, EMS ETC).

    4.12 BE AWARE OF AND AVOID LOCAL PROTESTS

    4.13 REPORT ALL POTENTIAL PROTEST ACTIVITIES TO YOUR NEXT HIGHER
    HEADQUARTERS.

    5. (U) PROVIDE COPIES OF ALL SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTS TO [redacted.]
     
  2. Our chain of command sent this out to us. There have been some troubleing developements as of late
     
  3. Right boys - play nice I AM NOT after an arguement here and I am definitely not moralising on the rights and wrongs of the war OK? :D

    Is this a sign of increasing radicalisation amongst the "Antis" even in the USA? Don't get me wrong but I thought the servicemen and women were pretty much untouchable in the affection of the public?

    Or are you starting to suffer from Idiots like Sham at the UCLU? Take a look at CA or the Naafi bar, you will find threads dedicated to him and his idiotic fellow Class Warriors!
     
  4. Yes, there are ''radical'' lefties in the US too. They are mostly middle-class honky's who will reach for any cheap trick to make themselves seem politically relevant. If they try and resort to serious violence (bombing's, shooting's) they will end up just like the old Weather Underground terrorist's of the 1970's... dead or in prison forever.
     
  5. Ironically they use the very free speech that we seek to defend.
     
  6. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Very true! Protesting the war in a peaceful demonstration is one thing.

    When they start doing bodily harm to others as well as property damage and some of the other illegal stuff mentioned in the warning, it's not what we seek to preserve as part of our freedoms.
     
  7. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Update on Demonstration at Tacoma Mall. It would appear that Counter-Demonstrators out-numbered the War Demonstrators :

    Iraq anniversary draws protest at Tacoma Mall

    Posted by Scott Fontaine @ 04:03:08 pm

    Roger Ford was an X-ray technician with the Army during the Vietnam War and dealt firsthand with wounded soldiers. Witnessing the extent of the injuries, he said, was enough to turn him anti-war.

    Sam Bell was a Marine during Vietnam and remembers how the American public treated service members upon returning stateside. Those memories, he said, made him a vocal supporter of the troops.

    Both men – and about 150 others – gathered outside the Tacoma Mall office building Saturday at a protest marking the upcoming fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Ford, from Vashon Island, was part of the group protesting the war. Bell, who lives in Northeast Tacoma, joined the counter-protest.

    Link:

    http://blogs.thenewstribune.com/street/2008/03/15/iraq_anniversary_draws_protest_at_tacoma
     
  8. I think its interesting that the very people who are against the war would seek to behave in a violent manner and fall to the level of terrorist.

    very straight world we live in.
     
  9. What exactly is the fuss about:

    "ANTICIPATED ACTIVITIES INCLUDE DISTRIBUTING ANTI WAR AND ANTI MILITARY LITERATURE"

    This would hardly leave me quaking in my boots...!
     
  10. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    I think both the military and local police were more worried by these parts. There have been some bombings at local recruiting offices, lately one in New York city.

    The Port of Olympia, WA has been an ongoing area of fairly violent demonstrations, with many arrests and injuries to both police and demonstrators.

    This Port is used by nearby Ft. Lewis, WA to ship many of the units mobile and other equipment to Iraq. A couple of the Striker brigades, are stationed at this fort and their striker vehicles, usually are shipped from this port in Olympia.