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When The Elites Wage War On America, This Is How They Will Do It

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This article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at

The consequences and patterns of war, whether by one nation against another or by a government against the citizenry, rarely change. However, the methods of war have evolved vastly in modern times. Wars by elites against populations are often so subtle that many people might not even recognize that they are under attack until it is too late. Whenever I examine the conceptions of “potential war” between individuals and oligarchy, invariably some hard-headed person cries out: “What do you mean ‘when?’ We are at war right now!” In this case, I am not talking about the subtle brand of war. I am not talking about the information war, the propaganda war, the economic war, the psychological war or the biological war. I am talking about outright warfare, and anyone who thinks we have already reached that point has no clue what real war looks like.

The recent exposure of the nationwide Jade Helm 15 exercise has made many people suspicious, and with good reason. Federal crisis exercises have a strange historical tendency to suddenly coincide with very real crisis events. We may know very little about Jade Helm beyond government admissions, claims and misdirections. But at the very least, we know what “JADE” is an acronym for: Joint Assistance for Deployment and Execution, a program designed to create action and deployment plans using computer models meant to speed up reaction times for military planners during a “crisis scenario.” It is linked with another program called ACOA (Adaptive Course of Action), the basis of which is essentially the use of past mission successes and computer models to plan future missions. Both are products of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

As far as I know, no one has presented any hard evidence as to what “HELM” really stands for, but the JADE portion of the exercise explicitly focuses on rapid force deployment planning in crisis situations, according to the government white paper linked above. This fact alone brings into question statements by the Department of Defense that Jade Helm is nothing more than a training program to prepare military units for “foreign deployment.” This is clearly a lie if Jade Helm revolves around crisis events (which denotes domestic threats), rather than foreign operations.

Of course, if you also consider the reality that special operations forces ALWAYS train like they fight and train in environments similar to where they will fight, the entire notion of Jade Helm as a preparation for foreign theaters sounds absurd. If special operations forces are going to fight in Iraq, Iran or Syria, they go to training grounds in places like Kuwait. If they are training in places like Fort Lauderdale, Florida (including “infiltration training”), then there is no way around the fact that they are practicing to fight somewhere exactly like Fort Lauderdale with a similar culture and population.

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I would further note that Jade Helm exercises are also joint exercises with domestic agencies like the FBI and the DEA.  Again, why include domestic law enforcement agencies in a military exercise merely meant to prepare troops for foreign operations?  I often hear the argument that the military would never go along with such a program, but people who take this rather presumptive position do not understand crisis psychology.  In the event of a national catastrophe many military personnel and government employees may determine that they will do what is “best for them and their families”.  And if following orders guarantees the security of their families (food security, shelter, etc), then they may very well follow any order, no matter how dubious.  Also, a large scale crisis could be used as a rationale for martial law; otherwise well meaning military men and women could be convinced that the loss of constitutional freedoms might be for the “greater good of the greater number”.  I believe some military will indeed resist such efforts, but of course, Jade Helm may also be a method for vetting such uncooperative people before any live operation occurs.

So if Jade is actually a crisis-planning system for the military and the military is training for domestic operations, what is the crisis it is training to react to? It’s hard to say. I believe it will come down to an economic disaster, but our economic and social structures are so weak that almost any major event could trigger collapse. Terror attacks, cyberattacks, pandemic, a stiff wind, you name it. The point is the government expects a crisis to occur. And with the advent of this crisis, the ultimate war on the American people will begin.

Why wait for a crisis situation? With the cover of a crisis event, opposition to power is more easily targeted. For my starting point on the elite war strategy, I would like to use the following presentation on guerrilla warfare by Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow and military adviser, at the elitist World Affairs Council.

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I would first point out that Boot claims his work is merely a historical character study of interesting figures from the realm of insurgency and counterinsurgency and is not “polemical.” I’m afraid that I will have call horse hockey on that. Boot is direct adviser to the Department of Defense. His work and this presentation were obviously a study of guerrilla tactics from the perspective of counterinsurgency and an attempt to explore strategic methods for controlling and eradicating guerrillas and “terrorists.”

Any defense the American people might muster against elitist dismantling of constitutional liberties would inevitably turn to “insurgency”. So using CFR member Boot’s views on counterinsurgency as a guideline, here is how the elites will most likely wage open war on those within the American population who have the will to fight back.

Control Public Opinion

Boot stresses the absolute necessity for the control of public opinion in defeating an insurgency. Most of his analysis is actually quite accurate in my view in terms of successes versus failures of guerrilla movements. However, his obsession with public opinion is, in part, ill-conceived. Boot uses the American Revolution as a supposed prime example of public opinion working against the ruling powers, claiming that it was British public opinion that forced parliament and King George III to pull back from further operations in the colonies.

Now, it is important to recognize that elitists have a recurring tendency to marginalize the success of the American Revolution in particular as being a “fluke” in the historical record. Boot, of course, completely overlooks the fact that the war had progressed far longer than anyone had predicted and that the British leadership suffered under the weight of considerable debts. He also overlooks the fact that pro-independence colonials were far outnumbered by Tories loyal to the crown up to the very end of the war. The revolution was NEVER in a majority position, and public opinion was not on the revolutionaries’ side.

The very idea of the American Revolution is a bit of a bruise on the collective ego of the elites, and their bias leads them to make inaccurate studies of the event. The reality is that most revolutions, even successful ones, remain in a minority for most, if not all, of their life spans.  The majority of people do not participate in history.  Rather, they have a tendency to float helplessly in the tides, waiting to latch onto whatever minority movement seems to be winning at the time.

Boot suggests that had the Founding Fathers faced the Roman Empire rather than the British Empire, they would have been crucified and the rebellion would have immediately floundered because the Romans had no concern for public opinion. This is where we get into the real mind of the elitist.

For now, the establishment chooses to sway public opinion with carefully crafted disinformation. But what is the best way to deal with public opinion when fighting a modern revolution? Remove public opinion as a factor entirely so that the power elite are free to act as viciously as they wish. Engineered crisis, and economic crisis in particular, create a wash of other potential threats, including high crime, looting, riots, starvation, international conflict, etc. In such an environment, public opinion counts for very little, if people even pay attention at all to anything beyond their own desperation. Once this is achieved, the oligarchy has free reign to take morally questionable actions without fear of future blowback.

Control The Public

Another main tenet Boot describes as essential in defeating insurgency is the control of the general population in order to prevent a revolution from recruiting new members and to prevent them from using the crowd as cover. He makes it clear that control of the public does not mean winning the “hearts and minds” in a diplomatic sense, but dominating through tactical and psychological means.

He first presents the example of the French counterinsurgency in Algeria, stating that the French strategy of widespread torture, while “morally reprehensible,” was indeed successful in seeking out and destroying the insurgent leadership. Where the French went wrong, however, was their inability to keep the torture campaign quiet. Boot once again uses the public opinion argument as the reason for the eventual loss of Algeria by the French.

What Boot seems to be suggesting is that systematic torture is viable, at least as a hypothetical strategy, as long as it remains undetected by the overall public. He also reiterates this indirectly in his final list of articles for insurgency and counterinsurgency when he states that “few counterinsurgencies (governments) have succeeded by inflicting mass terror, at least in foreign lands,” suggesting that mass terror may be an option against a domestic rebellion.

Boot then goes on to describe a more effective scenario, the British success against insurgents in Malaya. He attributes the British win against the rebellion to three factors:

1)  The British separated large portions of the population, entire villages, into concentration camps, surrounded by fences and armed guards. This kept the insurgents from recruiting from the more downtrodden or dissatisfied classes. And it isolated them into areas where they could be more easily engaged.

2)  The British used special operations forces to target specific rebel groups and leadership rather than attempting to maneuver through vast areas in a pointless Vietnam-style surge.

3)  The British made promises that appealed to the general public, including the promise of independence. This made the public more pliable and more willing to cooperate.

Now, I have no expectation whatsoever that the elites would offer the American public “independence” for their cooperation in battling a patriot insurgency, but I do think they would offer something perhaps more enticing: safety.

I believe the British/Malayan example given by Boot would be the main methodology for the elites and the federal government in the event that a rebellion arises in the U.S. against planned shifts away from constitutional republic or martial law instituted in the wake of a national emergency.

Isolate Population Centers

There is a reason why certain American cities are being buried in technologically sophisticated biometric surveillance networks, and I think the Malayan example holds the key. Certain cities (not all) could be turned into massive isolated camps, or “green zones.” They would be tightly controlled, and travel would be highly restricted. Food, shelter and safety would likely be offered, after a period of disaster has already been experienced. A couple months of famine and lack of medication to the medically dependent would no doubt kill millions of people. Unprepared survivors would flock to these areas in the hopes of receiving aid. Government forces would confiscate vital supplies in rural areas whenever possible in order to force even more people to concentrate into controlled regions.

I have seen the isolation strategy in action in part, during the G20 summit in Pittsburgh. More than 4,000 police and National Guard troops locked down the city center, leaving only one route for travel. The first day, there were almost no protesters; most activists were so frightened by the shock-and-awe show of force that they would not leave their homes. This is the closest example I have personally experienced to a martial law cityscape.

Decapitate Leadership

The liberty movement has always been a leaderless movement, which makes the “night of long knives” approach slightly less effective. I do not see any immediate advantage to the elites in kidnapping or killing prominent members of the movement, though that does not mean they will not try it anyway. Most well-known liberty proponents are teachers, not generals or political firebrands. Teachers leave all their teachings behind, and no one needs generals or politicians. The movement would not necessarily be lost without us.

That said, there is a fear factor involved in such an event. The black-bagging of popular liberty voices could terrorize others into submission or inaction. This is why I constantly argue the need for individual leadership; every person must be able and willing to take individual action without direction in defense of his own freedoms, if the need arises. Groups should remain locally led, and national centralization of leadership should be avoided at all costs.

According to the very promoters of Jade Helm exercises, training will center on quick-reaction teams striking an area with helicopter support, then exfiltrating within 30 minutes or less. Almost every combat veteran I have spoken with concerning this style of training has said that it is used for “snatch and grab” — the capture or killing of high value targets, then exfiltration before the enemy can mount a response.

Fourth-Generation Warfare

The final method for war against the American people is one Boot does not discuss: the use of fourth-generation warfare. Some call this psychological warfare, but it is far more than that. Fourth-generation warfare is a strategy by which one section of a population you wish to control is turned against another section of the population you wish to control. It is warfare without the immediate use of armies. Rather, the elites turn the enemy population against itself and allow internal war to do most of their work for them. We can see this strategy developing already in the U.S. in the manipulation of race issues and the militarization of police.

The use of provocateurs during unrest in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore suggests that a race war is part of the greater plan. I believe law enforcement officials have also been given a false sense of invincibility. With military toys and federal funding, but poor tactical philosophies and substandard training, LEOs are being set up as cannon fodder when the SHTF. Their inevitable failure will be used as a rationalization for more domestic military involvement; but in the meantime, Americans will be enticed to fight and kill each other while the elites sit back and watch the show.

4th Gen warfare also relies on fooling the target population into supporting measures that are secretly destructive to the people.  For example, liberty movement support for controlled opposition such as Russia or China, or liberty support for a military coup in which the top brass are elite puppets just like the Obama Administration. Think this sounds far fetched?  It has already happened in our recent history!  Marine Corp Major General Smedley Butler was hired by corporate moguls to lead a paid army in a coup against Franklin D. Roosevelt (also an elitist puppet) in 1933.  Butler luckily exposed the conspiracy before it ever got off the ground.  Both sides were controlled, but the coup if successful could have resulted in popular support for the expedient erosion of the Constitution, rather than a slow erosion which is what took place.  This is the epitome of 4th Gen tactics – make the people think they are winning, when they are actually helping you to defeat them.

Know Thy Enemy

I have outlined the above tactics not because I necessarily think they will prevail, but because it is important that we know exactly what we are dealing with in order to better defend ourselves. Such methods can be countered with community preparedness, the avoidance of central leadership, the application of random actions rather than predictable actions, etc. Most of all, liberty champions will have to provide a certain level of safety and security for the people around them if they want to disrupt establishment efforts to lure or force the population into controlled regions. Crisis is the best weapon the elites have at their disposal, and exercises like Jade Helm show that they may use that weapon in the near term. The defense that defeats crisis is preparation — preparation not just for yourself, but for others around you. War is coming, and while we can’t know the exact timing, we can assume the worst and do our best to be ready for it as quickly as possible.


Brandon Smith



  1. Great article and summary.

    Question, why not preempt – in a way?

    We know that the “elites” have “bolt holes” where they will be “safe” from the things they plan too unleash on the populace. Why not “superglue” those boltholes so that they also must face what they unleash, or make the decision to not take the chance of unleashing? Why not make them face what they do to everyone else (physically) as much as we can, besides watching the suffering on all the cameras set up everywhere and laughing at the masses suffering, dying, etc?

    Let’s level the playing field some by making sure that they face the same consequences if they go beyond a more “normal” field, if it is at all possible.

    If they know in advance that they also might suffer and die from what they plan to unleash – be it nuclear, diseases, etc, they might scale back a bit if too impatient to wait and re set-up the world again in the future.

    Also, are the troops being used here (Jade Helm, etc) truly American? Because we have had foreign troops on US soil for a few years now. Not that I don’t know that there are always those that will “just follow orders” and/or “just do their jobs” – we already see it everywhere across the USA with the LE’s, some military (Boston, Hurricanes Katrina & Sandy).

    What about the showing (INVASION) of UN troops here on US soil during the Elections to “monitor” our elections to see that everything went as planned?

    1. Great comment.

      The “field” already is level.

      The elites will be forced into their bunkers. There are those serving presently, active and reserve, that are still loyal to the American People, the Constitution, the Oath that they swore, and, to America.

      The elites and powers that be are naive if they think and believe that everyone serving are all on the same page. NOT everyone is on the same page.

      I’m sure we have people still loyal, that are pretending and acting to march to the drum beat of the new world order, but are actually still loyal to “WE THE PEOPLE.” They’re just waiting to take these traitors and globalists out until the final unConstitutional order is given, then, I pray and I hope that at least half that are serving, will resist and fight this tyrannical monster.

      For example, one driving down the road to do a raid on a house / apartment / trailer, on someone that is a Constitutionalist. NOT guilty of any crime. As they approach, driving up to the house… the word to move out is given, and, the driver turns his firearm unpredictably on those that he knows would harm an innocent civilian American.

      This will happen.

      And, the fact that many people know where the elitists in our Country live… The majority will NOT make it to their bunkers.

      They’re going to have a very, very difficult time, especially if they really are naive enough to think and believe that everyone serving is on the same page.

      Also, we have the locations of the camps… certainly not all of the camps, but, many.

      And, as history shows and proves, Patriotism ALWAYS spreads like wild fire.

      The traitors, globalists, and new world order vermin are going to have a very, very difficult time.

      “Snatch and grab,” as they may, the moment it reaches the ears of Patriots, it will be on. If one legally and lawfully owned firearm is confiscated, if one American Citizen is rounded up, it will be on.

      They’re NOT going to be able to keep this quiet.

      Shots will be heard, people running around outside will be seen, we’re in for interesting times.

      LORD, have mercy.

      Lastly, the most positive thing about all of this, is, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY is ALWAYS on the side of Freedom, Liberty, and Justice for ALL.

      We’re to make sure we’re on HIS side, defending and fighting for, and protecting the weak, innocent, and fearful. We’re to keep the FAITH. We’re to resist any anti-Christian, anti-American, unConstitutional, anti-BIBLICAL action, word, order, law…

      MOLON LABE, traitors and globalists!!!

  2. The last thing we need is everyone getting all paranoid about things they can’t control. Great article.

    1. Alex;

      I am sorry in advance as I fail to understand your Post.

      I see it as “Never worry about being attacked by a Bear’ that would be Paranoid of you. If it happens just role over and be eaten as you never gave it a credible thought on what you would do and how you should or would react, that would have been Paranoid…

      If I read this wrong, sorry, again.

    2. So you postulate to refuse to think about an unpleasant situation, hoping that it will improve so that you will not have to deal with it. Lucky you there are sheep dogs for you the sheeple types. Gathering intelligence, being informed, having plans, staying ahead, being vigilant, maintaining some awareness, controlling your own destiny, etc…. has nothing to do with being paranoid. It’s being proactive.

  3. Reconnaissance of the opposing force has been a strategy of military forces for ages. What if the Cliven Bundy Ranch standoff and Oregon gold mine standoff are ways for the government, through the BLM, to ascertain the will of the people to oppose the government. Once confronted by patriot Americans in Nevada, the government continues to probe the degree of confrontation to authority by these citizens.

    1. Interesting observation. I would submit that the .GOV people learned a lot from the Bundy Ranch standoff and are using it to their advantage at the Oregon ( Galice Mine ) ” security operation “. We are being worn down by a threat that hasn’t come with no idea on when it will !!!!!

      In a short duration event the BLM / . GOV can be thwarted by active resistance..
      In a long duration event the BLM / .GOV cannot be outwaited !!! The BLM objective is to wear the resistance down. They have unlimited time and resources. Pose a threat and make the resisters stand to…….INDEFINITELY. They cannot lose at this game. It is impossible to play defense 100 % of the time.
      We must regain the initiative and make the BLM react to us. Call for protests at .GOV facilities ( for example, such as recently carried out in Washington State, .GOV had to gear up to overpower any potential protest ).
      Al Sharpton and the ” RENT A RIOT ” crowd are way ahead of us in this area.
      • The best defense is a good offense.

      1. Exactly! .GOV has seemingly endless resources; however the patriot has the virtues, disciplined principles that are forever.

  4. Fortunately public opinion is not on the side of government, and with every action it slips farther away. Even those trapped in the left/right paradigm are very unhappy. The midterm elections were a testament to this. 70% of America’s didn’t vote, I’m eager to see what will happen during the 2016 presidential election.

    1. Deborah, Obama does not have the lawful authority to give any land within America away, not even military bases.

      Would he stop at doing that, no. But is it not time for us to start bringing charges for treason? Giving authority to the UN over OUR US Military (Obama, Panetta, Dempsey in front of the senate admitted it, and that their allegiance is to the UN, not the US Constitution – but then so did Bush), signing a document to the UN giving authority over laws here in the USA is also treason.

      So when do we start charging for treason against the American people – it is easy to prove.

      1. Cal;
        Right on the money, except, just how would you go about this and how many concurrent American Patriots will be required to carry this out when the fun wrath of DHS and everyone under them, Military, UN and Mercenaries descend upon you at one time? It appears to me it would require a massive shock and awe, or No Cigar.
        What Prosecutor stands in the wings ready to intervene, what HUGE Protective Force is ready to assist? Sorry I can not handle this one. If it was even remotely possible we might all have hope, but really, think it through farther than what is right. What is really possible? IMO it will be a slow awakening and maybe a very small mass to begin with, thereby insuring part of their goal of elimination.

  5. Get to know your neigbhors. Neighborhood watch has a whole other meaning now. Grabs by SF probably could still happen while people take turns looking over neighborhoods day and night shifts etc, but it be a whole lot tougher with everyone keeping a watch out rather than everyone going to bed at night. Its really a disconnect to think you can sleep at night when Army manuals are putting patriots as priority enemy of military, and proffesionals are able to grab terrorists in the dark of night from foreign lands, yet now train among us these same tactics. I still hope a majority of SF are patriots as well, but I’m old enough to be most of these kids dad, and frankly I’m not sure about the mindset of kids these days who are taught by communist teachers that the founding fathers where evil slave holders. The reality was slavery was from England but the south wouldve fought against the northern colonies alongside England if slavery was abolished under the new America. I know it was still a mistake, they shouldve taken the chance to fight the southern colonies as well as the Brits right there in 1776, that wouldve been the best moral choice! But I digress, I hope that even though SOF nowadays are of the corrupted schooling generation, that they came to the military inspired still by good parents and community that taught them to uphold the Constitution and liberty for all people who choose liberty for themselves and others! I pray these SF are rare in this world not just for their mental strength and aptitude, but also rare in that they still stand up for the Bill Of Rights when increasingly others their age don’t care if liberty is flushed down the can! If they care for the Constitution, maybe, just maybe I pray they are where they need to be, even if its a bit unconstitutional to train off base!

  6. Make no mistake that torture is the pleasure of the elites. While true liberals decry torture and correctly so, the progressive rino-right first, and now the progressiv left are pro torture. Its now all over tv drama. Its also front and center on the news, and its Christians getting the worst torture ever worldwide and soon to be here in the US, yet a Catholic Sister from Iraq is not allowed to come to the US to speak about persicution in front of Congress because of mistrust that shell try to become an illegal alien in the US, nevermind the double standard that illegals are not only encouraged to come to the US all the time but are bused over the border in DHS buses and than given voter registration! Torture is the game plan and Christians and patriots are the target, and it will be happening soon. The elites want to crush you.

  7. The British SAS in Maylaya, I agree that is a strong model for destruction of American liberty once and for all. It may be behind the Jade Helm training as well. I hate to say that even in my own family I don’t feel that I can count on them not to betray me. I’ve taken for granted that they being close to me felt the same as I do. I was always an independant though I admit that I was never as liberty-minded as I’ve been over the last 12 years or so.

  8. HELM = Homeland Eradication of Local Militants


    Homeland Extermination of Local Militias

    I have heard and read also, that, China is connected to Jade Helm 15. Jade, representing or symbolic of China, and, Helm, being, Helm of a ship… China at the Helm?

    Couple things I picked up from my research about this so called / supposed drill / training exercise.

    Anyone see another image of the symbol for Jade Helm 15? There appears to be what looks like a wooden clog shoes.

    Wooden clog shoes were warn by the Jews when they were in the concentration camps.

    I also heard that, while there is connection to martial law, that, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty / Small Arms Treaty, gun confiscation will begin.

    isis supposedly south of the U.S. / Mexico border training.

    Russia’s Putin has threatened to arm insurgents inside the U.S. and Mexico because of our helping Ukraine.

    Electromagnetic pulse fears are high.

    Economic collapse is inevitable.

    It’s true, sadly, that the powers that be NEVER let a good crisis go to waste. They will find and / or make any or every excuse to disarm U.S., further destroying our Constitution.

    They have to, in order for them to get their new world order utopian society.

    They will NEVER get it without a fight.

    MOLON LABE, traitors and globalists!!!

  9. What about 4GW tactics used by the non state actors, the liberty movement Americans.
    Taking the fight to the policy makers and the order givers in such a way that they soon lose their stomach for conquest. Any such conflict will not be a short one, it will be a very long one filled with misery and loss and if it comes down to this then those who undertake it should be mentally ready for all that it entails until victory is realized. Mr. Boot touched on this some when he discussed the Malaysians dispatching the policy maker before the generals arrival.
    4GW tactics can be waged both ways and many times be waged by a rebel faction more successfully than the government entity that it opposes.

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