As we’ve been describing our local civil affairs (1) operation here against the entrenched criminal organization and its enablers within various local governments, we’ve noticed some hand-wringing on various sites about whether these methods are an effective approach. Some of this feedback is from people who have tried similar approaches in their own areas, with less success. Other feedback, however, is from what can only be described as deliberate counterforce psyops, including such forward-thinking ideas as “maintain a lower profile” or “don’t try because you will fail”. A key nugget of information is whether any of these counter-advocates are also known for advocating the “git ur gunz” approach; this appears to be generally the case. We’ll dissect some of these counterforce psyops in more detail in future articles, but this combination is a strong clue that you are probably watching a deep state troll in action.
Our approaches specifically threaten the deep state, which is, after all, only a larger, nation-wide or even global version of the little league Pixie Mafia we are deconstructing here. At any level, deep state systems all have the same agenda, which is perversion of government force and authority for private benefit. “Git ur gunz” is something that both national and local deep-state systems are tuned to efficiently handle. On the other hand, what we are describing on these pages sweeps their pawns from the board with very little flank exposure (2).
The deep state is further threatened by our approaches because, if successfully implemented in a large number of corrupt localities, the personnel pipelines which feed a steady stream of corrupt wannabees to state and national positions will be disrupted. This disruption will eventually lead to a breakdown in the deep state’s ability to maintain the illusion of legitimacy in many areas, further accelerating the alt-Right revolution currently underway.
One key feature of our approach that makes it more effective is the use of a combination of methods similar to a combined arms approach used by the military (3). A combined arms approach to warfare uses infantry, armor, artillery, air, logistics and many other specialties to create a whole that is more capable than the sum of its components. A combined arms force is more effective because each component covers for disadvantages in other components. As one example, infantry can keep opposing infantry from easily destroying armor, while armor allows infantry to more easily advance and can provide some logistical support.
Similarly, our approach combines a wide array of resources to be mutually supporting, and which helps overcome limitations of each individual resource. Just as no one would rationally expect that relying upon logistics alone, such as stockpiling munitions in the path of an advancing enemy would lead to victory by causing them to trip on the cartons, it is also unrealistic to expect that any single tool in a civil affairs operation will magically lead to victory or have an overwhelming effect on corrupt officials. However, their combination is devastating.
For example, attending meetings, making records requests, launching a website, use of other technology, or even filing lawsuits or criminal complaints are of limited utility on their own. Most corrupt officials often have a support network of other officials who will watch their back and confound your efforts, or other criminals who may attempt to intimidate you. Each of these opposing processes evolved to be most effective against lone actors using a limited set of tools or methods.
However, a combination of these approaches magnifies your efforts, and defeats the processes evolved by corrupt officials over the decades. An official gets in your way to protect your target? Begin targeting that official with requests or (factually) ridicule them on your website and watch how their desire to protect your original target begins to fade. Targeted for false arrest for getting involved? Ridicule the perpetrators, target them for records requests to discover other victims, and prepare a civil rights action. Thwarted by low-level functionaries with attitude? Educate them on the self-serving methods of federal qui tam actions and watch the cash register ringing in their heads as they imagine turning in their boss over the federal grant money he pocketed years ago.
If you have a combined arms approach to civil affairs, you will have greater success than you would by trying the same one thing over and over. Is cost, time and effort involved? Absolutely, but no more than many resources or events might require. As an example, we’ve spent less on attorneys, postage and other fees (4) than some will spend on their tenth pimped-out rifle. But our efforts are having measurable local effect compared to that tenth rifle in the bunker, and your efforts can also.
In our recent article, we described the powerful Georgia Open Records Act, but the entire set of corruption-busting resources available to each of you is much more capable than that one tool. We’ll be drilling into these other tools in greater detail in the weeks and months ahead, including live-fire examples of how to use each resource, and their effects on misbehaving officials. We’ll also show you the mistakes we’ve made, and how to avoid them, once such disclosure will not have a detrimental effect upon our current operations.
Don’t be discouraged by others who tell you to stand down, or if your own initial efforts are less effective than you had hoped they would be. We’ll all be working together to define a general doctrine that can be applied to great effect in most areas (5). In the meantime, start planning which records you want to request about hot-button corruption in your area; we will show how we turn similar intelligence requirements into powerful records requests in an article we’re drafting right now.
(1) Civil affairs is the term used by the military to describe the coordination with local governments in an area of operations in order to accomplish the military objectives, using a wide variety of hard and soft methods. Although not a military project, or even militaristic, our local operation can also be correctly considered to be a civil affairs operation, adapted to the soft end of the spectrum. Civil affairs is often confused with the related term public affairs, which are those operations directed at informing and influencing the public itself rather than governments. Civil affairs operations will often incorporate a public affairs element, as ours does here. The UN turns these definitions upside down and uses civil affairs to describe what we would normally think of as public affairs, often relegating coordination with local governments as a sideshow to the typically self-aggrandizing main spectacle.
(2) What remains in play after removing the pawns are either major pieces who have to dig in to defend indefensible exposed positions, or compliant neutrals who stay out of your way for self-preservation. Once your operation hits this stage, target identification becomes much simpler, allowing you to focus your information gathering, media exposure and legal actions for greater impact.
(3) In fact, some of our key advisors have military experience with civil affairs, including unconventional warfare (UW) specialists whose primary weapon was often the employment of civil affairs operations. Your author also brings to the mix USMC command and control experience involving the coordination and direction of combined arms in a (highly successful) shooting war.
(4) And many of those costs are eventually recoverable for the major actions. In some instances, these costs are recoverable from the perpetrators themselves, or their property as liens, rather than from the taxpayer.
(5) If your efforts are producing less-than-desirable effects, a key element is to expand your scope to external officials who are providing extra-legal support and cover for your original set of misbehaving officials. This is another adapted military approach: deny reinforcements access to the battlefield. The good news is that if your area contains corruption of sufficient scope to be a seemingly intractable problem, then all of that wide-spread corruption will have created an enormous amount of discontent that you can wield as your own weapon. In this case, you will have a much easier time recruiting other dissidents to assist your efforts once you can demonstrate even limited progress.
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Quite good. You missed your military vocation./ S//
I am interested to see some more”field tested”tools to keep (to best of ability)local pols honest,enuff used these tools could see in future perhaps to best of ability honest folks taking positions of public trust.
I also see local/state govt. doing anything it can to make it harder to get public info. and harder to keep folks in positions of trust honest,a game of whack a mole as it were but a game worth playing and getting good at,thanks for your woek,and,as always,be careful.
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I’ve been through exactly the kind of thing you are fighting right now in, of all places, an amateur astronomy hobby club. The root cause of the problems was the straying away from the clubs own bylaws. I can’t say whether the straying was intentional or steered because the Board of Directors was way off the reservation by the time I got sucked in but the solution was to get back to following Roberts Rules of Order and the legally established bylaws. It took several years and tons of vigilance but it was worth it.
The petty tyrants that were unable or unwilling to follow the rules were forced out if they did not leave willingly. Some agreed to follow the rules and new board members were elected and order was restored. Membership lagged for a bit but the club was restored to being the fun and educational entity it was established to be in 1932.
You’re doing exactly the right thing. Enforce the rules, laws and regulations across the board and in time the little tyrants fall by the wayside.
In order to have a successful groundswell that naturally pivots into securing the existence of American principles and way of life in your locality, you must first have in place local candidates, at the ENTIRE civic stack (from comptroller to mayor etc.) that can in turn take any new found corruption scandal, and pivot directly into candidacy.
Corruption busting is only sustainable long term when you can fill the recent void with someone or something you can control. Leaving it up to chance is not enough. That’s why when it comes to civic offices, I would suggest having candidates that already have a significant amount of clout lined up and ready to go, that seem like the natural choice given the current circumstances. These speak to the OVERT/COVERT paradigm. While the OVERT op is exposing the corruption, or degenerative effective a negative, for profit of a small group, policy is having on an entire community, the COVERT op is having a candidate rise to the occasion addressing completely different domains, that are separate from the corruption being exposed, to frame his status as being an overall good guy who can now get the job done!
IE: Candidate (X), the good guy, comes to the table addressing the massive heroin/opioid epidemic in your town, hamlet, county etc. Proves to be a leader by implementing successful work programs, treatments, accountability matrices for addicts etc. that have a measured result in keeping addicts out of jail, lower overdose rate and higher sobriety time.
Candidate (Y), whose family biz has been securing public contracts for the last three decades(START WITH THE PUBLIC CONTRACTS, THERE IS ALWAYS CORRUPTION THERE, think waste services, town plumbing, sewage DISPOSAL, etc.). It’s found out that him and his brother have been bid-rigging several town services, via a network of shell companies, and hiring illegals to do the work in turn for no show jobs for connected family.
This is when candidate (x), the good guy, comes in to tackle the situation, offer a solution, and naturally hold office, all the while having been completely separate from the groups exposing the corruption, AND amplifying the awareness thereabouts. Again, I can’t stress enough how important it is to have backup. Just having a leader in one office, no matter how significant, is not enough, he must be enabled by the rest of the civic stack.
(ed. very nice, thank you.)
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