• Mikey

The Enemy In Your News Feed

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

The Enemy in Your News Feed

The world has been upside down and inside out for well over a year. At the end of 2020, police in Chicago reported more than 750 murders, Los Angeles reported 322 homicides, and New York City reported 437 homicides. All of these numbers are 40% more than the previous year. Only halfway through the year and 2021's homicide rate is significantly outpacing 2020.

These rates do not startle anyone with common sense because we constantly see and hear negative sentiments towards all law enforcement agencies. Why are the police constantly under attack? A few bad apples do not spoil the bunch... right? I don't think so. Outside influences are working daily psychological operations against the citizens of the United States. COVID allowed these influencers to have a captive audience and gave speed to their propaganda machine.

I'll break this down into terms and strategies that come from Special Forces doctrine. So what is Unconventional Warfare? The Department of Defense defines Unconventional Warfare (UW) as activities conducted to enable a resistance movement or insurgency to coerce, disrupt, or overthrow a government or occupying power by operating through or with an underground, auxiliary, and guerrilla force in a denied area.

There are seven phases of Unconventional Warfare (UW).

  1. Phase 1: Preparation. Psychological preparation to unify the population against a government or occupying power and ready them to accept external assistance.

  2. Phase 2: Initial contact. UW teams or sponsoring agencies contact resistance groups or governments-in-exile to develop joint plans and agree on support arrangements.

  3. Phase 3: Infiltration. UW teams infiltrate the area of operations (AO), contact local resistance groups, and establish communication links back to the external sponsor.

  4. Phase 4: Organization. UW teams organize, train, and equip local resistance cadres, focussing on developing resistance infrastructure and building the underground, then auxiliary networks and ultimately a guerrilla force.

  5. Phase 5: Build-up. UW teams help cadres expand into an effective resistance movement, focussing on organizational development of the resistance and conducting limited combat operations only.

  6. Phase 6: Employment. UW teams support the resistance as it conducts combat operations, either until a conventional allied force arrives or hostilities end.

  7. Phase 7: Transition. UW teams assist as the resistance movement, and its guerrilla forces demobilize or are absorbed into a post-war regular government structure and armed forces.

So what does this have to do with the political situation regarding the police? I am so glad you asked because it has everything to do with UW.

If you look at the open-source document, Human Factors Considerations of Undergrounds in Insurgencies (2nd edition), it lays out a framework for delegitimizing a government. You have to get people to stop believing in a system before offering an alternative. Look at the chart below and decide for yourself if these activities are currently happening in your social media feed, TV, radio, and public school system (including secondary education).