USSA - Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs director Tiffany Wood has provided the first official response to the shocking U.S. Army document that outlines the implementation of re-education camps, admitting that the manual was "not intended for public release" and claiming that its provisions only apply outside the United States, a contention completely disproved by the language contained in the document itself.
After a reader sent Wood a link to where the manual, entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations (PDF), can be downloaded on the army.mil website (but only by military employees with special credentials), Wood responded by stating that the document should not be in the public domain. "The document was not intended for public release," said Wood, adding, "Any other questions regarding the document, you will need to file a FOIA request." This means that either hackers have obtained access to a secure military website and downloaded the manual or it was leaked by a military employee concerned about the content of the document. As we have exhaustively illustrated, the document is a training manual for U.S. Army personnel that details how to treat detainees incarcerated in prison camps both abroad and inside the United States. The manual outlines how officers will develop programs to "indoctrinate" "political activists" incarcerated in detention camps into developing an "understanding and appreciation of U.S. policies and actions." The document also explains how "reeducating the I/R facility population or setting the stage for acceptance of future operations," is the responsibility of 'PSYOP' personnel within the camp. The document also makes clear that the internment facility is not only a re-education camp but also a forced labor camp. Page 277 of the manual states, "Detainees constitute a significant labor force of skilled and unskilled individuals. These individuals should be employed to the fullest extent possible in work that is needed to construct, manage, perform administrative functions for, and maintain the internment facility."
The manual also directs that political activists be confined to isolation and that prisoners be silenced using by "muffling them with a soft, clean cloth tied around their mouths and fastened at the backs of their heads." In her email response, Wood falsely claims that, "The document is intended for operations outside of the continental United States. Depending on the nature and magnitude of an event will determine the level of U.S. military involvement." As we have proven using only direct quotations and screenshots from the manual, it is clearly designed to be applied both abroad and "within U.S. territory," including against "civilian detainees" incarcerated for "security reasons, for protection, or because he or she committed an offense against the detaining power," as part of "domestic civil support operations" involving FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. The manual also details how prisoners will be identified by their "social security number," another glaring confirmation that the rules apply to U.S. citizens. The document makes it clear on page 193 that the rules apply to processing American detainees on U.S. soil so long as the President passes an executive order to nullify Posse Comitatus, the law that forbids the U.S. military from engaging in domestic law enforcement. It is clear from Wood's response that she has either not read the documents properly or has been directed to downplay their significance by asserting they do not apply within the United States, a claim clearly disproved by the numerous references within the manual to how its instructions can be applied as part of "domestic civil support operations."
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