As we approach Mid-May, the weather is getting warmer. On Monday, I decided to do a seasonal changeover on all of my bags. As I was finishing, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all my thinking and methodology.
By now, you should all have ordered a copy of the Base Line Training Manual, where I describe each of the bags, but in case you haven’t here’s a review. You should have a Vehicle Bag (always kept in the car), a Get Home Bag, an EDC/Patrol Bag, and a Full Ruck. You can order the book here, where I fully describe each bag’s contents:
For the Vehicle Bag, I removed a heavy fleece liner for my field jacket and replaced it with a lighter weight jacket, as the temperature won’t be as cold at night as it has been. I left the GoreTex outer layer in the bag. The GoreTex in this bag is plain black, so that it’s more Gray Man. I double checked the contents of the survival kits, to be sure that they were still fully stocked. I also checked all the expiration dates on food in the bag, and double checked the batteries in the lights.
I keep two full US 2 quart canteens in the back of my SUV in case of emergency and the seasonal change over is a great time to replace the water in them.
In the Get Home Bag, I swapped out a hoodie for a long sleeve t-shirt. This lets me retain the ability to change appearance quickly, yet not be too warm for movement. I also replaced a knit cap with a baseball cap for quick profile changes. I double-checked and re-stocked the first aid kit. I also checked all batteries in this bag.
I made similar changes in the EDC/Patrol bag. In this one, however, I left a watch-cap in it for night-time warmth. I took out heavy winter gloves and left lightweight liner gloves in their place. I double-checked the dates on the MRE’s and verified that the first aid kit was complete. I keep an extra Swedish M84 canteen on the side of this bag, so I rotated the water in the canteen.
The Full Ruck had some more serious changes. I took out the full sleeping bag, since it’s now warm enough to just use a Ranger-Roll. I took out the heavy-weight snivel gear (long underwear for you non-Marines) and replaced it with silk-weight Under-Armor gear. I replaced the two sets of camouflage uniforms in the Ruck as well. Since I live in Michigan, the browns and tans of USMC Desert MARPAT and British Desert DPM worked perfectly for fall and winter. Now that the foliage has grown back, I put in two sets of USMC MARPAT Woodland and one set of All-Terrain Tiger (I had room after removing the sleeping bag for an extra set). I left the UMSC “Wooly-Pully” sweater in the Ruck just in case.
I doubled checked the dates on the MRE’s in the Full Ruck, and also inventoried the camp gear in it. I added a 10mm black yoga mat to the outside of my Ruck on the opposite side as my backpacking tent for use as a sleeping pad.
The final check of the Full Ruck was to attach the Patrol Bag and wear both to test the weight and make sure it was still balanced, not too heavy, and that it was still quiet.
You should conduct a changeover like this at least every six months, and preferably every season. An emergency is not the time to find out if you gear is still all set or seasonally appropriate. Preparing your bags is an ongoing exercise, not a one-time event.
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As massive formations from four additional Russian Army Groups are heading to Ukraine, President Biden gives a speech calling anyone who opposes his radical agenda a domestic enemy, a mysterious wall goes up around the White House, and the FBI arrests 10 members of the Oath Keepers, I thought it was good time to catch up. Let’s talk about indicators.
Before we get to that, let me remind you of one of our guiding pieces of Tactical Wisdom:
if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.
Now, I know, I predicted a Russian invasion of the Ukraine for Christmas Eve, but I also said no later than the Olympics. I have never been happier to have been wrong, but it’s worth noting that Russia DID invade a country on the Eastern Orthodox Christmas, it just wasn’t Ukraine.
The truth is that the force surrounding the Ukraine has GROWN, not gotten smaller. The forces sent to Kazakhstan are already on their way back, and as we know, that includes the ready battalions from Russia’s spearhead 76th Guards Airborne. Additionally, troops and armor from four different Army Groups from the Far East Military District are on trains and heading west, causing massive traffic tie ups. They’re not headed for weekend liberty in Sochi.
Ukraine remains a global war threat for us, and we need to not pretend that it isn’t.
In the meantime, an odd event happened on Tuesday that the Mainstream Media glossed over. They reported it simply as a North Korean Missile launch. The truth is far scarier. North Korea did hold an announced missile test, but the missile, once in the air, performed a radical turn towards the US and accelerated to Mach 10, becoming a hypersonic missile.
This set off alarm bells, because official Washington had mocked a prior test on Friday, calling the DPRK’s hypersonic missile program a failure, and now, it looked as if the DPRK was striking the West Coast of the US with a hypersonic missile. Both NORAD and STRATFOR confirmed this. An unprecedented ground stop order and immediate land and hold order was issued for all air traffic in the western US.
Several other things happened behind the scenes that only some of us paid attention to. Two nuclear-capable stealth bombers and four tankers immediately took off and headed towards North Korea. One of our NEACP (National Emergency Airborne Command Post) aircraft got into the air, and one plane of the same class as Air Force 2, meant to hold either the VP or a successor to the Presidency, took off and got airborne, all within a few minutes.
Yes, the DPRK test launch almost triggered a nuclear war that you were never told about. The United States was caught completely by surprise with a weapon that could strike us in minutes.
Next, the President of the United States gave a speech in which he said that anyone opposed to the Voting Rights Act, which violates Constitutional guarantees of State’s rights and federalizes elections, was a domestic enemy. That’s pretty harsh rhetoric, in a nation in which we are allowed to express publicly our dissent.
Immediately after that speech, observers on the internet began to report heavy equipment installing a large wall between the White House and the Pedestrian Fence. Some government sources pointed to a recent Taliban threat as the reason, and others to a repair of the fountain. Neither story makes sense. Rather than address the controversy, the White House has cut the camera feed that shows the wall on the internet.
The final piece to our threat matrix was the announcement of a new “Domestic Terror Unit” at the Department of Justice, followed immediately by the very public arrest of Stewart Rhodes and 9 other Oath Keepers for Seditious Conspiracy, which is a ridiculous charge, given the evidence.
Make no mistake, these arrests and the DOJ announcement are timed to SUPPLEMENT the President’s speech and put you on notice that if you loudly disagree with the government, they are going to come and arrest you. A wild claim, you say? Take a look at this “evidence” against Rhodes:
First, I’ll point out that all of this happened AFTER the alleged Sedition on 1/6/2021. Second, every single item listed here as evidence of wrongdoing is PERFECTLY LAWFUL BEHAVIOR. On a related note, Rhodes needs to find better places to buy his gear, he’s overpaying.
Sure, they list some comments he made on Signal, but again, none of them discussed overthrowing the government or violently preventing the enforcement of federal law. It was protected free speech.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to defend Rhodes; I’ve long maintained that Rhodes was a federal informant and I still think he is. Even in the Michigan case, all the informants got picked up with everyone else.
But what does all of this mean for us in preparedness?
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
First, realize that your purchases of backpacks, gear bags, optics, ammunition, and firearms, as shown above, can be considered as evidence of Seditious Conspiracy under the current DOJ and FBI Leadership. DHS says that “being concerned with preparedness” and a “belief that the US Government must adhere to the Constitution”, as well as “being concerned about exercising their Constitutional rights” are all signs of potential domestic violent extremism. Be very careful in advertising your preparedness.
Understand that we are not out of the woods yet as far as the potential for a major European Land War, either. Sweden is increasing patrols on islands they possess in the middle of the Barents Sea, because they’ve committed troops to defend the Ukraine and they fear a general war from the Black Sea to the Barents Sea.
The domestic rhetoric on both sides is heating up and both the left and the right are openly calling for a “peaceful divorce”, while the government is openly calling the right “enemy”. It’s not a healthy environment.
There is nothing at all you or I can do to get others on both sides to tone down the rhetoric, and to be honest, we are well beyond the point of no return. Understand that there are two options left. The first option is that one of the two sides must completely surrender their agenda to the other, which is never going to happen. The other is conflict.
As always, I don’t publicly advocate for anything other preparing to be able to defend and preserve your family, first and foremost. Beyond that, I swore an oath to defend the Constitution, not the leaders. Any leader, on either side, who upholds the rule of law and the Constitution, has my support.
Please heed the warnings, get out my books, and start preparing in earnest.
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Before you get ready to argue with me, this isn’t about politics and what caused the issue. Sorry, but as I always say, THAT DOESN’T MATTER. As people into preparedness, we have to decide what it can teach, what it shows us, and how we can prepare. Just like the events in KwaZulu Natal last year.
While what happened that started the protests isn’t important, let’s dispel some myths being presented in the media, because they are relevant. As hard as it may be to believe, the media sometimes lies. First, they are making odd and easily disproven statements that Kazakhs are upset over “equity”. That’s just a silly comment because Kazakhs make up almost 70% of the population and are therefore the majority. They also claim that Kazakhs are protesting that they are “being ravaged by COVID”….that’s not true, they are protesting AGAINST restrictions. Finally, they make this ridiculous claim that Kazakhstan is a poor, backwards country. That photo above shows Almaty, a modern city no different than any in America, Russia, or Europe. In fact, Kazakhstan is the richest country in Central Asia.
Don’t believe the hype. They are saying these things to try and tie them to the American left wing to garner support for the rebels, while also trying to embolden the American left. Boy, is that part working! Look at the comments below any video out of Kazakhstan, and you’ll see them cheering on the destruction.
The first lesson to learn is that this situation completely bears out my 72-hour theory. On the morning of the 3rd, Kazakhstan was a peaceful modern nation, with full utilities, internet, cell phone providers, the whole deal. By the end of the 6th, 72 hours later, the government had resigned, the internet was shut down, utilities were intermittent, law and order was non-existent, large parts of every major city were burning, there was open warfare, and soldiers were pouring into the country from Russia, Armenia, and Belarus.
By the 7th, pitched urban warfare was on-going in Almaty, her largest city, there were videos of morgues full of bodies, her President may have fled, and foreign troops were given authority basically to shoot anyone on the streets. Videos are still emerging of massive numbers of foreign troops pouring into the nation.
Let’s dispel another myth, before we move on. People are saying, yeah, but it’s a small country. Kazakhstan is 60% larger than Alaska and roughly one-third the size of the US, so it’s a BIG country.
Another lesson is that for you, a prepared citizen, if there is fighting between the government and protestors, you aren’t out of the woods. While it’s barely getting any coverage, there is WIDESPREAD looting. In one video, a group of rioters armed with long guns attempted to force their way into a high-rise building, ostensibly to rob the occupants. High-security doors and alert residents defeated them. You need to have a security plan, since the police were too busy fighting for their lives or surrendering to assist. The Civil Defense Manual by Jack Lawson discusses setting up a “Neighborhood Protection Plan”, including instructions for defending a High Rise, as does Clay Martin’s Concrete Jungle (links to both below)
You need to consider how you will defend your location now, because if a nationwide insurrection (yes, this one is ACTUALLY an insurrection) kicks off, you won’t have time. When the riots started, law and order broke down completely in 48 hours, complete with police and soldiers surrendering to the insurgents. The next 24 hours saw the first government counterstrike (after the troops were re-assured by promises of support from Russia and the CSTO) that completed the breakdown. Start planning NOW.
The next lesson is another one I harp on, but it is communications. The government immediately shut down all access to the internet. You might be thinking, yeah, but this is the United States. Remember, first and foremost, just like our highway system, the internet was created to facilitate MILITARY communications. Yes, the US Government can take it offline if they deem it “a national security issue”. We already see them throttling or overloading systems near protests now, to limit communications.
Develop a plan with your loved ones and like-minded preparedness group to be able to communicate somehow. Radio is a good medium for this, and they can’t just shut down radio propagation. I won’t go into detail, lest I summon a sad Ham.
Have a plan to receive information from the outside world. Having a link outside your borders will help you know what is going on. I imagine that the first notice most Kazakhs got that outside forces were present was when a Belarusian BMP blocked off their street. Think about the risk there….you don’t know what’s happening because the TV stations and radio stations are shut down, there is no internet, and suddenly, foreign troops are going door to door looking for “terrorists”. Buy some type of SSB-capable shortwave or amateur receiver that will allow you to monitor news broadcasts from far away.
Some of the very first video I saw was a guy driving the streets of Almaty at night. There were both police and rioter checkpoints. You want nothing to do with either. There is another video of a vehicle stopped by police at a checkpoint, but the vehicle is all shot up and one of the occupants is dead in the street with an apparent head wound. As much as you want to get out and see what is happening, vehicles are not the way to do that. Vehicles must stay on the road, and there will be checkpoints from both sides. As we saw in the CHAZ last year, even anti-police brutality activists will use police brutality on you if you try to run the checkpoint, with deadly results.
Avoid checkpoints of any type if at all possible. The best way to avoid them is to not be out on the streets. As I point out in my writings, your first responsibility is survival and defending your supplies. Let the two warring sides fight it out while you bunker in, unless forced to move. Curiosity can indeed kill the cat.
I saw several videos shot from people’s windows of the rioters attacking, and appearing to kill police, and many videos of police shooting or attacking civilians. While it’s great for social media credit, you are putting yourself at risk. If someone sees you filming, and now knows that you have evidence of either murder of a police officer or a war crime (if the military or police do the killing), what do you think is going to happen next?
There are multiple reports of food and fuel being unavailable. Now, not to beat a dead horse, but you need to have at least a 14-day supply of food, and all your vehicles need to be full. Those are common issues that anyone in preparedness needs to be on top of.
Also consider the time of year. We are currently entering the coldest 8 weeks of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. You need to have a plan for warmth. You also need to understand that your body needs more calories when it is colder out.
Now the situation in Kazakhstan is entering a dangerous phase, the restoration of authority phase, and there are warnings that apply that we should consider here. First, troops and police have been given extremely liberal ROE’s and therefore are FAR MORE LIKELY to shoot you. All the cool-guy gray man tactics in the world aren’t going to help.
Next, understand that anytime a military force “restores order” from this level, it will involve door-to-door searches and weapon seizures. Don’t come at me with “muh 2nd and 4th amendments, bruh” or “this is America”. Under the orders of known racist Gen Honore, the United States Army and the Louisiana National Guard, assisted by the NOPD and Louisiana State Police went door-to-door searching houses and seizing guns under an emergency declaration after Hurricane Katrina, and he stated, “As long as I am in charge, only my troops and the police will be armed.”
You will have a hard choice. You could comply, and be left defenseless when the mobs return, because the military is there to defend GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY, not your house. You could resist, and run the risks associated with that, or you can move.
In a crisis, movement is life. I know, many of you plan to bug in, but I would like to point out that you can only bug in until you have to bug out. If you’ve got a 10-year supply of food, but let the government take your guns, “for everyone’s safety”, how long do you think you’ll keep that food?
You could build secret compartments and try to hide your guns before you get searched, but then they aren’t available for defensive use. You also have to consider what it will look like to searchers if they find a gun and ammunition hidden between the walls.
Having some type of pre-planned egress from the city is a better way. Kazakhstan (and the United States) is a big place. The military could realistically only control the cities, just like here in America, and maybe run a few highway checkpoints. The key is having a plan to exfiltrate areas under government or rebel control, to an area where you can remain self-determining.
This is important, because any rebel faction that overthrows the government is going to switch gears so fast it will make your head spin. Those “freedom and equality” people who are so against state power, once they seize control, will begin wielding state power to disarm anyone who isn’t them immediately. Think about it, they just learned that armed people can overthrow the government if they really try and they are now the government.
It’s best to time any exfiltration between 3 am and 6 am, when human senses and activity are at their lowest ebb. Do a map study and find at least 4 routes (PACE planning) out of the area. Consider unconventional means like rivers, streams, and sewer lines or power rights-of-way to avoid detection. Again, do this study now.
Now that we’ve covered the lessons, let’s talk a LITTLE about what sparked it and what the potential is here. The Kazakh government announced that they were removing price controls on liquified petroleum gas (LPG). Price controls are a socialist thing, that artificially lowers prices to levels where businesses lose money. The price immediately shot up locally, causing street protests that quickly turned violent. It’s fair to say that inflation in fuel prices caused this crisis. What’s your average fuel cost looking like lately? We are on a trajectory for inflation-caused fuel and food riots this spring.
It is worth noting that the National Endowment for Democracy (likely a CIA front) and the Open Societies Foundation (George Soros) have been pouring money into Kazakhstan to foster anti-government sentiment and protests. While the protests grew out of soaring prices, the demands from the magically appearing out of nowhere opposition leadership include cutting all ties with Russia, fueling beliefs that NATO or the US played a role in this.
But what does this mean for us? It means that Vladimir Putin is highly likely to see this as yet another attempt by NATO to overthrow a government that both borders Russia and is friendly to Russia and as a NATO expansion right up to his border. Russia, and the greater CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization), will view this as an existential threat, just as they do with Ukraine and Georgia.
While some feel that this crisis reduces the tensions by drawing troops away from Ukraine, the fact is that very few of the 3,000 troops that Russia deployed to Kazakhstan came from the Ukraine forces. Even if they all did, it still leaves over 175,000 troops on Ukraine’s border. The risk of a wider war is actually GREATER than it was a week ago.
Recent imagery shows troops from Russia’s Far East being diverted to Kazakhstan, and even more logistics troops moving into advanced positions near the Ukrainian border.
Make some plans, stay in touch with your allies and family, and don’t get caught by surprise. Our first indication of Russian action in Ukraine may very be a hack targeting our electrical grid or fomenting large civil disturbances.
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Hundreds of people have been stranded on I-95 for over 16 hours now, due to snow. The good news is that Tim Kane is among them, and that confirms that there is a God in Heaven and that He has a sense of humor.
What is absolutely amazing to me, though, is the complaints those people are hurtling along social media. They are complaining about the inaction of Governor Youngkin, who is not, in fact, the Governor. Regardless of who the Governor is, I’m not sure that stopping the snow from falling is within their ability. Why do people blame the governor for WEATHER?
There are tons of complaints about how the government should be bringing them food and water and doing SOMETHING, although none of them seem quite able to explain what could actually be done. We’ve drifted so far that people believe that it is the government’s responsibility to take care of them. That’s a dangerous spot to put yourself in.
If only someone had warned them. Oh, never mind, the government and media DID warn them for 3 days that bad weather was coming. They still did nothing and expected someone to rescue them.
I have two favorite pieces of wisdom from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook that apply here, and while I share them regularly, clearly, they need to be shared again:
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
…then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.
Both point to the same point: YOU are responsible for your own safety, and YOU need to heed the warnings. First, if you live in an area prone to snow, you should have basic items ready (we will discuss below) December through March (Yes, in Michigan we get significant snow well into April). Second, in our information-saturated society, there is literally no one to blame but yourself if you got on the road unprepared, knowing that a winter storm was coming. Stop counting your likes and narrating your life on Facebook and check the weather once in a while.
Basic Vehicle Preparedness Kit
Year round, you should keep some basic items in your car in case of an emergency. These are year-round items that will serve you well in any emergency.
Small air compressor – To inflate low tires.
Water – You should always have water available. Rotate every 6 months.
Food – Some granola bars, in addition to backpacking food or canned food.
Tarp – A tarp can be used as an emergency shelter or a ground cloth while changing a tire.
Wet Wipes – Myriad of uses.
Wet Weather Gear: I keep a set of Gore-Tex (pants and jacket) in the car.
Fire Extinguisher – Alway helpful if needed.
Gloves – A pair of sturdy work-type gloves.
Light Source – Flashlight or re-chargeable lantern.
Power Inverter – Can be used to recharge your laptop or power other devices.
Battery Power Bank – Always keep a charged power bank in the car.
Change of Clothes – Especially if your work clothes are not conducive to life in the elements. I keep a set of sturdy, outdoors-style clothes in earth tones in the car.
Boots/Better Shoes – Ladies, Franco Sarto’s are not for hiking. Keep a pair of sturdy boots or good walking shoes in the trunk.
First Aid Kit – Always needed.
Paper maps – Paper maps of your state or area are a must. Your phone battery will die, and you might be somewhere with no signal.
Signaling – Flares or chem-lights to let you be found in the dark.
While this makes a great starter kit, in the winter, we want to add a few items into the kit.
Winter Vehicle Kit
Blanket – Either a wool blanket or a poncho-liner, but why not both?
Additional Warmth Layers – Extra items like long underwear or sweaters in the vehicle can literally be a life saver. The US Military Extended Cold Weather Clothing System is a favorite of mine and we taxpayers paid millions in research money to develop it, so you might as well take advantage of that.
Thermal Tarp – They make tarps with a reflective surface on one side to keep you warmer. You can find them with either bright colors for rescue, or camouflage for concealment on the other side.
Signal Panel – This is one of those fancy insider words us veterans use to sound all cool & high-speed, but it’s really just a large orange flag that you can put out to draw attention to your location. You can find orange safety flags for under $5 at Home Depot and Lowes.
Warm Socks – Keep a pair of thick socks in the car. Cold, wet feet lead to hypothermia.
Extra Food – In the winter, you need extra calories to stay warm.
Cooler – Keeping your food and water in a cooler in the wintertime will prevent it from freezing.
Fire Kit – Keep a kit of fire-making supplies in the car. Never make a fire in the car (I know, but someone will try, and I had to say it).
Shovel – Some type of small, foldable shovel can help if you’re stuck, if you need to build a shelter, or if you have…biological needs.
Book – Having something to occupy your mind while awaiting rescue can calm you and prevent a lot of stress.
Extra Gloves/Hat – Keep spares in the car.
In addition to supplies, have a communications plan. Ensure that someone else knows your plans any time you are on the road during winter weather. That way, if you don’t arrive or check in, they have a rough idea of where to send help.
For those more advanced in preparedness, an FCC Amateur Radio or GMRS license can give you another method of calling for help. CB radio, which is still in use, doesn’t require a license and you can almost always reach truckers on Channel 19 if you need help. If using a handheld CB radio, make sure to get outside of the vehicle. If needed, walk to the highest point you can see for better range.
Aside from vehicle preparedness, have general preparedness supplies for winter. As an example, do you have a white or snow camo poncho to wear? Do you have some type of winter camouflage pack cover? Food for thought…
Pay attention to the weather and stock your car appropriately, and you’ll be self-reliant, rather than at the mercy of the State. It’s freedom, and they hate that.
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A while back, I reviewed Volume 1 of Jack Lawson’s Civil Defense Manual. I finally had time over the Christmas Holiday to finish reading Volume 2 and take some serious notes.
Bottom Line: You need both Volumes 1 and 2 of the Civil Defense Manual in your library. The good news is that they come as a set when you order them at http://www.civildefensemanual.com.
But first, here’s the Tactical Wisdom that I want you to consider related to buying this book, and I’ll explain why at the very end:
then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.
Volume 1 dealt with the generalities of forming what Lawson calls a “Neighborhood Protection Plan”, organizing the group, gathering group gear & supplies, and starting a training program. It covered how to sell the group to your neighbors as well. This makes it an excellent companion to the Tactical Wisdom Series.
Volume 2 begins to cover topics that most in preparedness planning gloss over or totally neglect.
First, it covers field hygiene and sanitation. If you’ve read anything of mine, you’ll know I talk about this a lot. A WROL situation or societal collapse will lead to a large number of dead, rampant disease, and a lack of formal medical care. There’s also information on dental issues in a collapse, which can quickly become a life-or-death issue.
Another life and death issue covered in the book is hypothermia and the need for WARM shelter. Winter was a killer throughout history, and this modern era of climate-control gives us a false sense of security related to winter. As I am writing this, Russia has severely limited the amount of gas available to northern Europe for heating. Without a way to heat homes, most of northern Europe is uninhabitable during winter.
Lawson also devotes a chapter to the need for fire, and therefore a need for fire-fighting ability. I’ve mentioned this a few times as well, and with no fire department responding in minutes, it’s something you need to worry about. Do you have fire extinguishers and fire blankets? What about in your car?
There are several chapters on the tactical defense of your neighborhood, written by Jack Lawson and Matt Bracken, both acknowledged experts in their fields. Jack’s experience in Africa is invaluable because the Rhodesian Bush War and conditions in South Africa are very similar to what WROL/Collapse life will be like. On an insiders note, you can tell that Jack’s experience is real, because he discusses the Y and Half-Y foot formations, which I learned from a South African. That’s the only place you learn it and it comes from hard-won experience tracking humans in the wild.
There is a chapter from my friend Mike Shelby at http://www.forwardobserver.com on gathering defensive intelligence. As always, Mike puts solid information out there for you to better prepare. On a side note, I will be reviewing Mike’s new book, Low Intensity Conflict, as soon as it comes out.
Following the chapters on the hard-skills of defensive combat and intelligence gathering, come several “disaster-specific” chapters, written by experts on their topics. There are chapters on massive volcanoes, EMP, nuclear attacks, underground shelters, biological attacks (like COVID 19). There is so much information in there that you need the books as a reference set, at the very least. I can say that I thought I was fairly knowledgeable, but I learned a LOT in those disaster-specific chapters.
I won’t give away any secrets here, but I think you need this book set in your preparedness library. I’ll even address the elephant in the room: The set is not cheap. It was just under $100. But what is your life worth? It’s less than $50 per book, and I have some classic martial arts books in my library that were over that price and not nearly as full of life-saving information. Consider it an investment.
Note: I do not receive compensation EVER for reviewing books or gear. Most often, the company or author has no idea that I’m even doing a review.
Now, Jack and I have communicated via email because we know a lot of the same folks, and we just happen to think so much alike that we are natural friends, but he didn’t ask me to do a review of the second book, I felt compelled to, because I know a lot of people are apprehensive about the cost. I want to assure you: It is INDEED WORTH EVERY PENNY you will spend on it.
I’ve pointed this out before: Some of you will drop $1700 on a rifle without even thinking, but balk at spending $100 on a radio, optics, or a good training book. Switch the priorities, skills will keep you alive long enough to “acquire” a rifle from someone who no longer needs his, because he had no skills.
Get the set and get off the couch. Start training.
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A few days ago, several of us were talking about comms and sharing ideas. When we got past the angry HAMs telling us about how we were all threatening democracy and were going to go to prison for using the wrong brand of radio, we got some great sharing going. Please don’t take that the wrong way, some of the best and most helpful people I’ve met in preparedness are HAMs, but y’all got more than your fair share of Karen’s, who claim to be preparing to resist a tyrannical government whilst also demanding that people follow every dictate of said tyrannical government.
But I digress.
One of commenters, a HAM himself, offered to put some ideas into a thread, and quickly realized that this would be too long for Twitter, so I offered up a guest post. Below this introduction is all his information. All I’ve done is drop a couple of Amazon affiliate links into it (we may make a few pennies if you click one, got to pay the light bill) and format it for this page. Reminder – I only put in links to items that I personally use.
By Pete Kidder AKA Buster88072979
A few days ago on twitter, I responded to a tweet on @DolioJ as @Buster88072979 about comms and said I would put together a short thread about them. I started and it soon became evident that I didn’t have that kind of patience to do it that way so I’ll go about it like this.
My experience is all I can relay and my opinion is not considered expert so I can only hope what I say is helpful. I’ll talk a little bit about different types of comms since I believe the question was where to begin when first starting to build a comms prep. I’ll also give a real word example of why I believe each type is worth having.
I should preface this one thing that holds true across all the different transceivers and that is you are better off with a less expensive radio and a better antenna than the other way around. (Editors Note: Read that again – Circe it – highlight it. JD)
Let’s dig in.
CB RADIO I like the old reliable CB radio for a starter type comm for its relatively low cost and high benefit. I wouldn’t be without one on a cross country trip and carry a handheld in my bag for work as I travel all over the Northeast. The real time information available for traffic and road conditions, police locations and the ability to ask questions is invaluable. I once came across a traffic backup and was able to make contact with a trucker, exit the highway and follow him around the snarl. Turns out, there was a major accident that was going to take quite a while to clear and $150 investment in that CB paid off. Limitations of CB radios can be very noisy at times and limited range. Most likely, the person you are talking to will be within a mile or two, especially urban environments, maybe even less.
Another piece of equipment I have is a scanner. While it isn’t two way, the information is again, real time. Speed traps, road blockages due to accidents, fires or, I have even avoided driving into a manhunt for a bank robber due to my scanner. My police and fire use APCO 25 systems so the scanner is a little pricey starting around $400, but when the SHTF, you won’t kick on that price to be able to hear that type of communication. I was driving up I-93 in southern NH in bumper-to-bumper traffic, when State Police dispatch reports a wrong way driver headed southbound in the northbound lane about 3 miles above me. This information allowed me to leave additional space between the vehicles in front of me and move to the center lane where my view was unobstructed by trucks. The wrong way driver never materialized, I passed a State Trooper in the median and was on my way. Had they appeared, I’d like to think I had an advantage in being ready to evade them because I was able to look for them. Limitations can be a limited range, hard to understand what’s happening if you don’t know 10 codes and lack of ability to talk. An external antenna in place of the rubber ducky one that comes with it can increase range enormously.
Again, very valuable information.
GMRS/FRS and MURS General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) Family Radio Service (FRS) Multi Use Radio Service (MURS)
When it comes to ease of use, I think the GMRS/FRS or MURS radios are a pretty good value.
GMRS requires a license to use so by no means am I endorsing unauthorized use. I believe it’s simply filling out a form and maybe a small fee to get it.
All of these types are the Motorola and Uniden type radios you see everywhere from Walmart to Cabela’s marketed for hunting, camping and other outdoorsy type stuff. They can be as simple as few straight channels or as fancy as several encodes for each channel for added privacy. I have found these to be very useful while I was a tree climber to be able to talk to my guys in the hills of Vt. while scouting entry into the powerline rights of way. Most recently I have used them for direct contact with my group while on road trips in the Northeast. Very effective for about a mile while inside a car in traffic without any external antenna. I find these types of radios to be very useful in group settings, not so much to chat with the public like you can with the CB radio. Also, while I believe some may have the ability to use an external antenna, I have never needed or used one so I can’t speak to the effectiveness. Only that I believe it would help extend the range if used.
The above types of radios or scanners are your basic, no training or testing required, if the SHTF will be very useful for local communication.
Amateur radio (HAM)
Another type is amateur radio or Ham radio. Ham radio offers a better range, most places have a repeater or two on the uhf/vhf bands and the ability to talk and listen halfway around the world on the HF bands, all the way if you can figure out bouncing signals off the moon and stuff. I haven’t. Ham radio requires a federal license through the FCC and a test of 35 questions to obtain the license. I believe the fee for the license is $35 to $40 and testing locations can be found at arrl.com. I have $1000’s of dollars in radios and antennas but that isn’t needed. A $500 HF radio and a $300 to $400 antenna had me talking into Europe, Russia, Africa, all over South America as far off as Uruguay and into Alaska and Hawaii. UHF/VHF single band transceivers are fairly cheap with dual band ones being only somewhat more. My experience with Ham as a hobby has been more fun making contacts on HF worldwide than trying to talk with the old guard, snooty club members on local repeaters. My personal opinion of Ham as SHTF is similar to CB in that you’ll be able to get real time info worldwide and if the situation warrants it, you can ask questions. Also, it’s similar to the GMRS/FRS in that if you want somebody to talk to locally, you’ll need to supply that most likely.
Walkie Talkie Cell Phone Apps
Not every type of comm needs to be SHTF, at least not while the grid and cell phone towers hold up. Messaging apps are great, but walkie talkie type apps like Zello are fantastic. I use that in place of radios all the time, especially if I’m leading someone out of a city environment where it’s easy to get separated. Easy to use, easy to set up groups and chat with 3-4 people at once and switch out so you can speak to one alone if needed.
Drawbacks are if the cell network drops, your comms drop and there are plenty of dead spots in the hills of Vt and NH so keep that in mind.
So that’s my experience with certain types of comms, why I think they are useful and some real-world situations where they were key to getting me out of a jam, real or potential. Anyhow, I hope that helps a little and has some value in your assessment of comm needs.
We can learn a lot by taking a look at a couple of the emergency training changes that the US Military in general are making, and one that the US Marine Corps specifically has made in preparation for the next conflict, which seems to be rushing closer every single day. The next conflict appears to be either a general world conflict with Russia-China-Iran, or a Pacific clash between China and the “Quad”, which is the US, India, Japan, and Australia.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.
First, the US Army, Air Force, and Navy have begun a crash training course to learn to operate without GPS (the Marines already operate this way, for the most part). The US Armed Forces are so technologically tied that it’s difficult for them to maintain their advantage without GPS, which is exactly why any conflict with either China or Russia would involve a strike against our GPS system.
As I pointed out in an earlier post, if the US government is planning on having to operate without GPS, you should too. Learn to use a map and compass. Obtain high-quality topographical maps of your planned Area of Operations and the surrounding area. Get quality road maps.
A good middle of the road option is a “State Atlas” or “Gazetteer” publication. It’s a combination topographical and road map, generally in a 1:100,000 scale for your entire state. I have them for my state and surrounding states.
However, if you’ve got a quality GPS, it’s not useless even in a GPS denied environment. Mine still has topographical maps of 1/4 of the United States loaded on it, and it can still be used to plan routes and as a map. You can also use any stored off-line mapping on your tablet or phone that you may have set up.
The prudent see danger and take refuge, the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Heed the warning and prepare to operate in a GPS-denied environment.
More interesting, however, is the USMC’s newest training plan. According to the Commandant, officers have been trained and now enlisted will be trained in this method ASAP.
The plan is to train Marine units to operate at platoon-level as small units with absolutely no logistical support, except airdrops of ammunition and medical supplies. Marines will be learning to forage and feed themselves, living off the land.
Historically, this dates back to the institutional memory of the Battle of Guadalcanal, as I have mentioned before. Marines were still off-loading from Naval shipping when the Imperial Japanese Navy arrived and attacked the invasion fleet. The US Navy was driven off, leaving the First and Second Marine Divisions on the island with only the supplies they had on their backs. Marines had to forage for food or eat captured Japanese rations. Marines quickly learned to ally with the Solomon Islanders to find food and locate the enemy forces. This memory has been burned into the USMC and it’s why Marines have better field gear and carry more water and food on them personally than the Army does.
This new program focuses on partnering with locals and establishing hidden patrol bases to conduct small unit operations in a denied and austere environment against a numerically superior opponent. Some might say, it’s returning to their roots, and making every Marine a Raider, similar to the Army’s one-time campaign to try and get every infantry unit led by Ranger-tabbed personnel.
But it also points to a bigger issue that affects us in preparedness. It points to the fact the US Naval Establishment is openly admitting that we will be fighting guerilla actions in China’s rear area. That means they are admitting that we likely will NOT be pushing China back to her territorial waters and acknowledges that we’ve let them already take control of the Western Pacific.
What does that mean for us? It means then, that we will be restricted to defending the coasts, as Hawaii and a few South American island chains are the only things in the Near Pacific. It increases the risk of Chinese action actually on or just off our Pacific Coast if we are planning on not being able to support Marine units deep in the western and southern Pacific.
We, in the homeland, will face the risk of cruise missile strikes and bombing raids, despite how impenetrable you think our air defenses are. Hint: They really aren’t.
Any conflict in the Pacific, against either China or Russia, and especially both, will involve at least conventional missile strikes against coastal bases and infrastructure. Some of these strikes will impact civilians more than military units, and many will miss their intended targets. You have to at least consider this possibility.
You also have to consider how dire they think our situation will be that the Marines are planning to operate WITHOUT food and water being delivered to them. Now, the Commandant says that not tying up logistics assets with sustainment items will allow them to be able to focus on lethality, but that’s really just him saying that he plans on not being able to get that many flights through.
Again, if the US Marines are planning on us fighting a guerilla war mostly on the losing end, shouldn’t you? Forces that are WINNING a war don’t have to rely on guerilla warfare, the side on the defense does.
This philosophy has major implications for the supply chain, since most of the world’s shipping headed to the US transits what will be the war zone. You have to prepare for almost no supplies reaching the mainland US. The second and third effects of that are food and critical supply shortages and rioting that we won’t be able to control. Prepare to deal with that.
The other possibility, and I say this with no evidence whatsoever, other than my faith in my beloved Corps, is that the Corps is training to operate independently of the rest of the military in any coming potential internal conflict, but I don’t want to draw Feds to the site by discussing that possibility.
As we get closer to some critical dates and Russia-Ukraine heats up, please keep your head on a swivel and pay attention to world events. I’d also like to remind you all that last Christmas, whether the media wants to admit it or not, we had a rather significant terror attack in Nashville, which disrupted communications for days; have a comms plan.
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When I first joined Twitter, some guy named Mark Sibley was promoting his novel, Mongol Moon. I had no idea who he was, but the book summary seemed interesting, so I bought it. I was so moved by the scenario the book presents that I began engaging with Mark, and now I consider him a friend and mentor (even if he hasn’t finished the sequel).
The book presents such a realistic and plausible scenario that I thought we should discuss it, since we are about a week away from Christmas Eve, which is significant in the context of the book. I’ll try to avoid major spoilers, but some minor ones are necessary to illustrate my point and tell you what should make you pay attention.
First, the book involves a conspiracy and joint attack against the US by China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Man, does that ring true or what? We see Russia and China holding joint defense drills in the Pacific, we know the DPRK is a client state of China, and Iran has long been a client state of both.
The book describes the method of infiltration that China uses to get its invasion forces into the US, and it’s not very dramatic; in fact, it’s genius and PLAUSIBLE. Sibley explains that massive numbers of fighting-age Chinese are ALREADY here. He points out that 1.7 million Chinese visit the US every year. How hard would it be to insert Special Operations teams posing as vacationers?
It’s an interesting point, because Mark Greaney, the author of the Gray Man series, used the same scenario in a book titled “Red Metal”. In Red Metal, a Russian Spetznaz team inserts into Djibouti as a hiking group, and others cross into Europe as skiers.
In addition to the 1.7 million visitors, millions more illegal immigrant Chinese live along the Pacific Coast. What are the odds that some of these are military or intelligence types?
The pre-inserted Chinese begin meeting with long-time resident Chinese who are loyal to CCP. They rent out storage units and stock them with ammunition and food, to provide re-supply points for the Special Operations teams.
The forces begin their attack on Christmas Eve, when Western military watch centers are staffed at their lowest alert level. This concept is also rooted in historical fact. Russia, in her 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, also struck on Christmas Eve. This wasn’t because of Afghanistan’s alert levels, they were still a Muslim country. It was because it would take Western nations a lot longer to respond, since watch centers were under-manned and sneior staff were home or on vacation.
Russia took advantage of the Olympic Opening Ceremony to strike Georgia in 2008 and the Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2014 to take the Crimea.
Not only are we closing in on Christmas Eve, but we also are nearing beginning of the 2022 Winter Olympics, but I doubt Russia will wait until late February. Russia’s biggest advantage is her historical ability to fight in winter, better than anyone else (except apparently the Finnish). I don’t see Vladimir Putin, with his keen sense of history, waiting out hit best fighting month (January), but I digress. On a side note, Sibley gives a hat tip to the Finnish ability to fight Russians, but you’ll have to get the book to find out.
In the book, China and her allies know that they can’t handle America in a conventional fight, so the attack begins with an EMP strike from satellite-based weapons. They followed up with selected nuclear strikes and small-unit ground operations.
The book describes concrete actions taken by divergent groups of characters but spells out the absolute chaos an EMP over the US and another over Europe would cause. Reading the book will help plot out a course action or at the very least, help you understand why you should take action.
The book illustrates how quickly law and order would break down if the power suddenly went out across the entirety of Western Civilization at the same time. I frequently point out that in the cities, the average house has about 48 hours’ worth of food supplies, because it’s just too convenient to go shopping every couple of days. What would happen if that was suddenly no longer an option? Rioting and unrest would happen within hours.
Another thing the book points out is the vulnerability of our ports. Not only are hidden cargoes in containers discussed, but a Chinese honeypot spy operation is employed against a Customs Inspector (unlike the real-life honeypot employed against US Rep Swalwell) to facilitate bringing in containers with weapons. If Mark Sibley can see the potential risk, the MSS can too. I’ll point out that a rush to clear backlogged ports will lead to hasty and less-thorough inspections of containers.
We would also do well to remember that last Christmas Day, we had a terror attack in the center of our Nation (literally) in downtown Nashville, and no one batted an eye. Everyone just seemed to accept the official story that some random dude built an EFP to take out the ATT trunk lines for no reason. I maintain that it was a successful “proof of concept” attack.
There’s a piece of Tactical Wisdom that applies here:
The prudent seedanger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Heed the danger, and raise your awareness, we are in a very dangerous time. We’ve never been this close a major European land war in our lifetime. At the same time, we are very close to a ground war in the Pacific.
Here at home, should the lights go out, the Cold Civil War will almost immediately turn hot. Simmering racial and political disputes will suddenly become causes for violent action.
In summary, buy the book, if you haven’t already, to learn about the potential of the attack happening, and a glimpse at life in the immediate aftermath. It will be far worse than you can imagine.
After reading this, do us all a favor and drop Mark a note (@mnsibley on Twitter), telling him to finish the sequel.
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In his ground-breaking novel “One Second After”, the first place William Forstchen talks about the disaster impacting is an assisted living/long term care facility. It’s important, because most people don’t realize what life-ending implications a power outage will have on such facilities, starting within MINUTES. Here, we are going to discuss some of those risks, and discuss how you can plan for family members in these facilities.
First, before someone says, “But, bro, an EMP is unlikely”, let’s address the scenario in the book. In the book, an unknown party detonates multiple EMP devices at altitude across the country, causing an immediate loss of electrical power and stopping most vehicles. We know that’s a worst-case scenario, but a grid hacking attack is quite likely, especially in the event of hostilities with China or Russia, which is likely within the next 30 days.
In fact, Australian authorities this morning reported that in late November, an energy company in Australia detected a hacking attack on their grid network that was stopped. The origin of the attack was traced to China. Attacking the grid in a modern Western nation like Australia is likely to be purely a “proof of concept” attack, training for how to penetrate the US grid, as all Western nations use similar protection.
Whatever the cause, from the standpoint of an assisted living or long-term care facility, the effects are what matter. Now, a grid attack would leave their generator up and running, so they would forestall the immediate danger, but only by a few days. Generators only hold a certain amount of fuel. If the power is out, getting fuel out of the ground and into the generator is going to be an issue.
So, what are the risks? Well, a good number of the people in these facilities rely on electronic devices for survival. For some, it’s oxygen delivery devices, for others, more intricate life support. These devices will immediately stop working once the flow of electricity stops.
Again, many will say, “But the generators”. Generators, especially in commercial buildings, are not meant to power the ENTIRE facility for long-term operations. In fact, in a lot of areas, the generator runs a building at half power. This means that half of the lights are on and only half of the circuits are charged. This will start the countdown for a lot of residents.
Climate control is another grave issue. I’ve mentioned before how our controlled climates are making us weaker as a species, and it’s even more serious for the elderly. A facility dropping below 65 degrees or rising above 85 will rapidly cause deaths in residents. Facilities are required to have emergency plans for this, but those plans are for when help IS coming. What if help wasn’t?
Fear of freezing will lead to an increased fire risk, and we already know how dangerous that is. Lack of proper air handling and improvised heating will also lead to increased risk of carbon monoxide poising.
Sanitation will be a problem. Staff members won’t be coming into work and that means bed linens and bed pans won’t be changed, and some people who need assistance to get to the restroom won’t get help. It will get ugly very quickly. This will lead to infections and disease.
An outside risk factor is looting. I know a lot of you are thinking, “What??”. Think about what is stored at an assisted living facility. Drugs – specifically Fentanyl and opioids. What type of resistance do you think assisted living home residents & staff will offer? You haven’t considered it? I guarantee you the looters WILL.
So, with all these risks, what can we do?
First, get out your trusty Battle Board (seriously, why don’t you have one?) and visit the facility. The facility must make their emergency plans available, so ask for a copy. Use the Battle Board to sketch the facility and apartment/room for future use, you might need it. Take a photo with your cell phone of every wall-mounted evacuation map you can see. Walk the grounds, looking for access to trail systems, in case you need to remove someone at night. Information gathering and knowing the terrain is an important first step.
Ask specifically where the “safe havens” are that they would put residents awaiting an evacuation and ask what facilities they have agreements with to transfer people to in an emergency. If you arrive to liberate Granny from the facility and she’s gone, you need to know where to find her. Learn what the facilities’ vehicles look like in case you need to travel a route between two places, looking for a stranded vehicle.
Have an excess supply of any medications or medical tools (wheelchairs/walkers) that your relative needs in case you must take them out of the facility in a hurry.
The best practice in a known short-term emergency, like a localized power outage from a storm or weather, is to just leave them in place, but communicate with the facility daily. In this way, you will know what is happening, what their plans are, and where Granny is should they evacuate.
Should it develop into a longer-term emergency, or you know immediately that it’s “The Big One”, you may want to consider getting them out. Know the facility rules on checking people in or out, but remember that in a WROL situation, YOU decide what happens to your family and no sheet of paper overrides that.
Here’s the Tactical Wisdom on that:
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
Leaving behind family members who can’t care for themselves is not an option.
The best option is to attempt to sign them out, even if it is against medical advice, as early in a crisis as possible. You can always bring them back if the situation wasn’t as dire as you originally thought.
If you’ve gathered the floor plan information and made the sketches as part of your “Area Study” on the building, you are in a better position to affect a rescue “in extremis” should it be required. If the power is out and looters are on the streets, and no help is coming, an extraction may be needed.
The point is to have plans that begin with signing them out normally, through arguing with staff if needed, to forcible extraction as a last resort. Your family cannot be obligated by the facility to remain there in a life-threatening crisis, and YOU get to make that decision, not them.
You need to consider your family member’s mobility when planning for an extraction. Do you need a wheelchair, or a stretcher? If so, you need additional people to provide security while someone pushes the chair or while two people carry the stretcher. Again, security must become an obsession.
Understand that you likely will not be able to stay on site to gather all their belongings, so consider making a visit now and preparing them a “Go Bag” with a few essentials. Another consideration is medications as the staff will not likely surrender them to you from their locked storage facility, so plan ahead.
You may have to plan for alternate entry, as most access control systems now default to locking with 10,000-pound magnetic locks if the power goes out. Know the full building layout in case you have to enter at an unconventional location.
This may seem extreme, but absolutely nothing would keep me from getting my family members out.
I was asked earlier today “How could you take care of them outside of that facility and isn’t it then better to leave them there?” That’s not the point. Why would you leave your family member to die trapped in a facility filled with other people, lacking running water and electricity, waiting to die? I would rather take them from a virtual prison, and bring them home, to let them die in dignity, rather than in a building where they will die with others in filth and terror. I simply could not leave them there, even if I knew they would die either way.
Another life lesson I learned at 18 years old: Warriors don’t leave another member of their tribe behind, even if that person wants them to. It is better to die free.
For those who say, “But the old and unwell are a burden on our bug-out compound”, I say two things. First, shame on you; everyone has value. Second, as I point out in TW-03 Defensive Operations, the elderly and less fit can man your command post, work a radio, or perform some other tasks, freeing up a more fit person.
Get out and do an area study on their facility and develop the plans to get them out of there in an emergency. Learn what the process is to sign someone out, as that is the preferred plan, but also have a plan to extract them in an emergency.
We saw with COVID 19 that the government very publicly said that they were willing to let the elderly die, if they had to choose between the elderly and literally any other age group. If you already can’t rely on them, why would you in a crisis?
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As the media and international leaders point their fingers at Vladimir Putin for the current situation in the Ukraine, I thought I would take us on a trip down Memory Lane. I’m no fan of Putin or Russia, but the truth needs to be told.
First, let’s remember that Barack Obama famously said he’d like a third term where he hid in the shadows and controlled the actual President. First, that should have sent a shudder down our collective spines as the very thought of a Shadow President is anathema to the “Democracy” that they keep saying is “under attack”. It sure is.
Look at the current Administration and see how many Obama staffers are in it, from Jen Psaki to Joe Biden. Most important, though, is VICTORIA NULAND. She is currently the Under-Secretary of State for Political Affair, and under Obama she was the Assistant Secretary of State for Eurasian Affairs.
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
I studied the Ukrainian Revolution in detail for my books, because it was the basis of my “72 Hour Theory”, where life can go from normal to a full collapse in 72 hours, as it did in the Ukraine in February of 2014.
Leading much of this was a group called Right Sektor, which I maintain was ANTIFA, yet when evidence of atrocities committed during the revolution came out, magically the media re-branded them as, you guessed it, right-wing nationalists and fascists. It’s important to note that they were ALLIED with the left-wing socialist movements that won the revolution and were the street fighters battling with police. You are free to disagree with me on the ANTIFA claim, but here is their flag:
Now, who fomented the crisis that led to the revolution? Many years ago, NATO, the EU, and Russia all signed a treaty that guaranteed that all parties would not influence the Ukraine, and that the Ukraine would remain politically independent. The MSM and UN would have you believe that the annexation of Crimea was Russia violating that agreement.
BUT: The Ukraine had already been given a Membership Action Plan to join NATO, along with Georgia, which violated that prior agreement. Russia no longer felt bound. Russia invaded Georgia over their NATO ascension plans in 2008.
Leaked audio has revealed that none other than Victoria Nuland was involved in the revolution that toppled democratically elected President Yanukovych. She is heard discussing replacing him with Yatsenyuk, whom she refers to as “YATS”, implying a close relationship. Who was President in 2014? Who is likely the ACTUAL President today?
We already knew that the Ukrainian Revolution was a Barack Obama-led “color revolution” that they bragged about, but the question is, “Why did Yanukovych have to go?”. Despite the media singing the nebulous term “corruption” and “ties to Russia”, the TRUTH is that he refused to sign an EU membership treaty, but he had a legal basis. The Ukrainian Parliament, in compliance with previous treaty about Ukraine remaining politically independent, needed to pass new legislation authorizing the President to sign such a treaty. When they didn’t, he refused to sign it and the revolution began.
Make no mistake, it was a violent coup, planned, funded, and directed by the United States. No big deal, we do it all the time. The side we wanted won, right? Yanukovych was out, right? WRONG.
When Russian forces extracted Yanukovych for his safety as Right Sektor was taking over the Capitol, The Parliament held a vote on removing Yanukovych from office, since he could no longer fulfill his duties. They needed a 75% vote but DID NOT get it. The US & UN still recognized Yatsenyuk as the new Interim President, despite the fact that Yanukovych had not been properly removed from office.
We call that a coup when other countries do it. When we do it, we call it the “will of the people”.
But surely, Russia did indeed steal the Crimea, right? Wrong again.
On Feb 4th, 2014, weeks before the revolution even happened, the Crimean Parliament voted to hold a referendum on Crimean independence. I know, you’re thinking, “But the media said Putin arranged it”. He did NOT. He actually said that he would provide security, as REQUESTED by the Crimean Parliament and the STILL SITTING President, Yanukovych, and that he would let the people decide.
Yes, Russia moved forces into Crimea. However, there was a standing agreement that Russia could have forces inside Crimea because the Russian Black Sea fleet and her two Naval Infantry (Marine) Brigades were based there. As the security situation deteriorated, they moved in more troops, but with the LEGAL President’s authority.
Now, I’m not advocating for either side, because I don’t have a dog in this fight, but these are all facts, and they are undisputed. Feel free to do your own research, and you will find these facts. The issue is media malfeasance.
But what does this mean for preparedness? Well, it means that you need to be ready within the next 30 days (75 days max) for a European land war. Russia has demanded that the EU and NATO rescind their membership offers to Ukraine, in compliance with their prior treaty, and Joe Biden has demanded that Russia withdraw from Crimea.
Neither of those things is going to happen. Russia has amassed a massive force on the border. Just days ago, field hospital units and air-medical transports arrived in the area. Those would not be needed for training. The OSCE is reporting GPS and radio jamming, and Russian tanks appear to have been modified for combat operations.
So far, Sweden (of all places) and the UK have already committed actual troops to defend the Ukraine. It is likely that Poland and the Baltic States would also. This would expand the front, because Belarus, as a Russian client-state, would likely interdict Baltic troop deployments, and you would soon have fighting from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea.
For us, first, this would mean potential cyber-attacks on our grid and communication systems to prevent the US from supporting the Ukrainian side. While Russia would not likely directly attack our forces, hacking would be widespread.
You need to have alternate communications plans in place now. Understand that grid or communications disruptions also mean that you likely can’t get gas out of underground tanks and if you can, you likely can’t use your debit card to pay, so keep your cars full and carry a little extra cash.
Have a get home bag fully stocked and ready. Now is a good time to double check and re-stock it, along with your first aid kits. If you don’t know how to build a Get-Home Bag, my Baseline Training Manual has a step-by-step guide. Amazon can get it to you in a day or two, or you can order signed copies on this site.
As it is wintertime, keep a blanket or extra clothing layers in your car in case you get stranded if any disruptions occur. A sleeping bag or the good old “woobie” poncho liner is a great option. I also keep a single person, low profile backapcking tent in my trunk.
Make sure that you have some type of battery-operated radio that can receive broadcast AM/FM and shortwave/amateur radio (see below). Even if the internet is down, commercial radio may still be up, and amateur radio stations will be broadcasting what information they have.
Keep in mind also that if the rest of the Western world is suddenly occupied with a shooting war in northern Europe, Comrade Xi and his merry men will see that as the most perfect time to seize Taiwan, and they also would begin that operation with communications and grid attacks on us, to prevent us coming to Taiwan’s aid.
Cyber War is a reality we must contend with. A hack on the grid is just as deadly as an EMP, and far more likely. As I said before, don’t prepare for events, prepare for the effects of the event. It doesn’t matter why the lights went out, just that you were prepared to deal with it.
Later this week, we will discuss how to prepare to deal with loved ones who may be in an assisted living or long-term care facility. If the power goes out, you may need to rescue them.
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Tactical Wisdom Volume 3 – Defensive Operations is live and available on Amazon. I don’t have author copies on hand to sell as signed here yet, but I will update when I do. If you want to get the book before Christmas, Amazon (as much as I hate to say it) is your best bet.
The entire basis of the book is Luke 11:21, from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.
Defensive Operations discusses ways in which to secure your property, neighborhood, campsite, or compound in a “Without Rule of Law” situation. This Volume of the Tactical Wisdom Series covers the skills and knowledge to conduct local security operations either for an individual location or for a community. The book focuses on protecting your people, supplies, and properties in an environment where help may not be coming.
This Volume builds on the gear and organization developed in Volume 1, Baseline Training Manual, and the individual & team skills learned in Volume 2, Fieldcraft, to begin true defensive operations to maintain our self-sufficiency.
Work will begin immediately on Volume 4, Scouting and Patrolling. This was the title of a book written by Colonel Rex Applegate during WW2, which became a US Army manual on the skills of conducting patrols in a hostile environment, to improve fieldcraft skills, and to improve small-unit operations. These are directly applicable to our goals.
The USMC puts out their own version, updated every few years, and the Army puts out the Ranger Handbook and Long-Range Surveillance Unit manuals, but I’ve decided to take these, plus some materials from our Commonwealth partners (I may have to toss the Australian SAS aside now), and a few private military company materials and distill it all down into an Advanced Fieldcraft book that applies to our goals, rather than strict military operations.
As preparedness people, we don’t need the complex organization and reporting structures that militaries do, and we also can’t use the same battle drills. You and I, with our 9-man team, can’t hold in place and wait for air or artillery support, nor can we wait for a company-sized QRF, we are it. We have to be able to either resolve the contact or break contact. There will not be a cavalry coming to the rescue just in time.
The purpose of the whole series is to return us to the Minuteman Concept of a Free People, able to respond to violence at a moment’s notice with actual combat and preparedness skills, including when & how to break or avoid contact entirely.
You are not Free unless you possess the capability to remain Free of your own choosing, and to resist the restriction of your freedoms. Take from that what you will, Feds.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Recently, I spent some time in the field with some new gear. Northern Michigan can get cold in November, but not cold enough for my full USMC issue Gore-Tex Parka and liner. The parka is restrictive anyway and too warm for use while moving.
I found and bought a Tru-Spec 1/4 Zip Winter Combat Shirt, and it was available in USMC Woodland digital camouflage, so it was a perfect fit to my other gear. It’s grid fleece, and insulated, but not too thick for movement.
It was 26-32 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and I wore this, along with just silk-weight long underwear. I was not cold when just sitting in the woods stationary, even for a few hours. While moving, I was sweating. The insulation on this shirt is solid.
The shirt is also sturdy and built to military standards, so it can take rough treatment. I was incredibly happy with it.
The other new piece of gear is a new handheld CB Radio made by QYT, the QYT CB-58. Before the Hams and the purists jump in the comments, yes, it’s Chinese and yes, it’s a CB. Cool?
I know that CB has fallen out of favor with a lot of groups, but remember what we are talking about, a Without Rule of Law situation. In all honesty, here in Detroit, there is activity on maybe 5 of the 40 CB channels and that’s all on AM only. The FCC has just opened CB to FM, which will cut down on a lot of background noise issues. If I decide to even block off 10 channels as not usable locally, that still leaves 30 license free usable channels. In a WROL situation, those businesses and truckers won’t be using the other 10, either.
No, CB isn’t great in an urban area, but neither is anything else, especially in a grid-down WROL situation. As I discussed in all 3 of my books, CB, because of its properties and widespread availability, makes for a great medium for vehicle communications in open terrain, such as convoying out of the city to your bug out location. In the books, I recommended finding a good handheld unit as well, because occasionally, you will want to send a dismounted team to check out a danger area, and a handheld lets them communicate with the vehicles.
The QYT CB-58 is well-suited for this role. The radio is more solidly built than most of the currently available hand-held CBs from Midland and Uniden. It has a more substantial antenna and has features that the other units don’t.
First, it has a particularly good scan function that allows you, from the unit, to add or delete channels from the scan list. By itself, that feature is worth buying the radio. Second, you can program up to eight memory channels using their easy-to-use software and the included programming cable. You can then switch from normal operation to operating only on your memory channels. You can also, using the software, change the two channels that are on the Emergency button. The radio comes with them programmed as Channel 9 and Channel 19, but I switched mine to Channel 3 (Amrron Ch-3 Project) and 4 (Alternate).
The CB-58 has a rechargeable battery pack, instead of the usual 39 AA batteries that die in 4 hours in most handheld CB units. I’ve bought an extra, but the battery lasts several days with the radio on. The radio and battery pack are also smaller than most handheld CB units.
Overall, it’s a solid radio with the feel of a serious professional radio, rather than the cheap plastic-housing feel of most handheld CB units and it has great transmit and receive. While I didn’t specifically do measured tests, inside the house it’s pulling in truck-yard operations from 3-4 miles away clearly.
Another great point to this radio is that, unlike every other handheld CB unit on the market, uses a standard Kenwood K-1 connection for accessories. In other words, every Baofeng accessory works with this radio. I tested several shoulder speaker-mic combos and my Surveillance Kit and they work flawlessly. Standardization is a win.
I like the fact that I can switch between AM and FM with a button, along with the other functions like editing the scan list, editing memories, etc. It’s a worthwhile investment.
Next week, we’ll test and review a new trench periscope for urban scouting and survivability.
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I get a lot of questions from people looking to get into preparedness, but they don’t know where to start. Their concerns are usually around the cost, and the current economic situation has only made that even more important. The biggest fear new people have getting into preparedness is the cost.
They’ve watched shows and listened to self-proclaimed internet “experts” who list out all of the highest-end, most expensive options that you “MUST HAVE”, and it discourages people from getting into prepping. The single biggest concern among new preppers is cost.
First, let’s give some quick Tactical Wisdom that applies to today’s RANT:
Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:18
So, how do they learn? They ask questions. When they ask me, I try to give them the best advice to get them to a low-cost STARTING POINT. The reason I do that is that having SOMETHING is better than having NOTHING.
What inevitably happens, whether it’s about backpacks, guns, or radios, someone else chimes in that the low-cost option is garbage and that the brand-new prepper MUST spend hundreds or thousands on their preferred item. The new person then gives up because they can’t afford it.
The goal should be to get as many new people at least to a modicum of preparedness as quickly as we can, and then those people can swap out to better gear later, if they have the money. Our default position should be to at least get people into a state where they CAN survive, even if it’s not ideal, which is better than where they are NOW.
For example, if a guy can only afford a DTI-15 at $700 and not an UberGucci-15 at $4,875, why discourage him by telling him the DTI is junk or a “Poverty Pony”? For the record, I went through Blackwater HRSO school with my trusty DTI and was the top shooter. Saint Kyle, the Defender of Kenosha used a $700 S&W MP-15 and I think we can all agree that he was combat-effective. The fact is that you need a rifle to hold off the hordes and the bad guys aren’t going to ask you what model you shot them with and what accessories you had.
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
Accessories are the same. Every internet expert has a list of the 7 or 8 things you NEED on your rifle. I have 3 requirements. Most of that stuff you will never use in real life. You need an optic, a Magpul “Battery Assist Device”, and a bayonet lug for a basic fighting rifle. Anything else is extra. Maybe a weapon light. Having all that extra garbage just makes the rife heavier. Have a safe queen if you want one, but your fighting rifle just needs to be functional.
Glock folks are like this. Every time Glock changes the number of dots on the grip and calls it a new “Gen”, the Glock guys run out and buy a new one. Meanwhile, I’m outshooting them with my Gen 3 G23 and they barely shoot their Gen 5, because it will lower the resale value for them when the Gen 37 comes out.
The other big place where it happens is radios. Radios are intimidating to new people because of the technology. When people ask me, and state that they don’t have a lot of money, I recommend the old standby, the Baofeng. Mentioning the word “Baofeng” instantly attracts Ham Operators (watch the comments, one will be in there telling me I’m wrong), who then tell the new person that “NO, NO, you absolutely MUST spend $300-$400 on a handheld, and buy a $500 mobile, and another $375 in antennas”. That new person then gives up and BUYS NOTHING.
It’s a weird thing about Hams. I know a lot and they are incredible resources and great people, but it can get like a religion. If you don’t do everything the way they want, some of them lash out. One gave my first book a 1-Star review, because he didn’t like that my SINGLE CHAPTER on communications didn’t go into the detail he wanted it to. He admits he loved the rest of the book. Bro, if you wanted a ham radio book, buy a ham radio book.
Now, I’ll be honest. I put in Amazon Affiliate Links and sell books to make money because this has replaced most of my job, but this project started because I wanted to help get people into preparedness, and maybe get them to open the Bible occasionally. If I was in it for the money and not to help others, I would be tossing in Amazon links to the $218 Yaesu FT-70DR instead of the $70 Baofeng, wouldn’t I? I would rather people get something that works at low cost rather than not getting anything or just getting a Midland bubble-pack radio with a range of a couple hundred feet.
I know, the ham guys like to talk about all the email they’ll be sending via radio and all the cool radio networking stuff you can do, and it’s all true, but reality must intrude. I’ve studied real-world WROL situations, and the truth of the matter is that you will spend most of your time on local security operations with all your people mostly within one mile of each other, so the Baofeng is perfectly functional. I’ve always said that your group needs one dedicated radio professional, who will have the skills and equipment to do all the extra stuff, but each member needs ONE FUNCTIONAL HANDHELD, and the Baofeng does that, with more options and better range than bubble-pack radios.
Fitness and martial arts are the same, too. In my books, I say do LITERALLY ANYTHING, which is better than the nothing a new person is doing. Immediately, others reply that if you aren’t doing their preferred fitness program or studying their preferred martial art (looking at you, BJJ guys), you’re literally going to die. Don’t listen to them, just move your body more than you are now. Learn any martial art.
This phenomenon extends into gear like packs, too. If you read anything of mine, you’ll learn that I recommend military surplus for backpacks, because of the millions of dollars world militaries spend on research to create gear that will hold up to long term and heavy use in the field. That’s a fact. Then, some Gear Queen will say, “No you need to spend $459 (actual price, see below) on Eberlestock Terminator or your gear is absolute garbage”. The Eberlestock Terminator is essentially the civilian version of the USMC ILBE pack, available for one-fourth the cost. Another ultra-expensive outdoor bag is essentially a US ALICE pack from the 70s-90s, rebranded. Get what you can afford, and military surplus gets you good gear at a lower price.
The purpose of this rant is two-fold. First, to the experienced “preppers”, stop discouraging new people by telling them that the only option is to spend a lot of money they don’t have. Encourage them, instead, to at least get to a minimum standard, like my Baseline Training Manual teaches. Second, to the new people just getting into preparedness, don’t let these people discourage you. If all you can afford is basic gear, buy basic gear. You can upgrade later if your finances allow. Waiting until you save up the money for the highest options may mean you never get them because an event occurs before you are ready.
And let’s be BRUTALLY honest here: Most Gear Queens just BUY gear and collect it. When that day comes, they’ll be a loot drop and you can have your pick of their gear. Just kidding…..sort of.
Buy the gear you can afford, and then train with it. Train a lot with your gear. If you do, you’ll be ten times better off than that Gear Queen with all the cool stuff that’s been in storage forever. Imagine this…they bought that $459 pack, packed it, but never trained on moving in it carefully and quietly with a full load while carrying a gun. In less than a mile, they’ll be struggling and banging into things. After 3 hours on the move, they’ll be exhausted and have sores. Get what you can afford and start training with it.
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As a professional in the tactical and preparedness space, I get it- how hard it can be seeing attacks and tragic environmental disasters in the news and wanting to reach out to these people to support them.
I remember when I first started getting into preparedness. I had no idea what to buy, in what quantities, what gear I needed, or, more importantly, which skills I needed to get trained or develop.
That’s why I was so thrilled when my friend, Kelly Nogueira told me she was hosting an interview series all around this topic, which was actually born out of her own research project as an everyday civilian, learning from a multitude of professionals in the field HOW to prepare for the unexpected and become tactically aware for herself, her family, and friends.
It’s called: Today’s Tactical Awareness Series: Empowering Yourself and Preparing for the Unexpected
I have a complimentary ticket for you to attend. You can register using this link
Just so you know, you will be able to watch from your home, office, or on the go.
This is about a young lady who’s been driven to find answers on how to become self-reliant and most prepared for unanticipated events on her solo travels around the United States and what current events to take into consideration. Join her on her journey to become empowered with incredible tactical knowledge that can be implemented immediately.
21+ professionals in the tactical and self-preparedness space are unifying as experts to support Kelly on her search for answers, and to share their wealth of knowledge with the world in this unique series. You’ll be able to hear a variety of professional opinions exploring different avenues of tactical awareness and self-reliance.
This is a great opportunity for anyone in my community who is also looking for additional information on tactical awareness and self-preparedness. This is something I wish I had when I first started my preparedness journey, which is why I am so glad Kelly is hosting this and that I get to share it with you.
You can register for the Today’s Tactical Awareness Series here:
Last week, when it was apparent that a verdict in the Rittenhouse case was imminent, I suggested that Kenosha might be a good place for like-minded people to meet, and maybe prevent a repeat. I got dozens of responses that either I was a Fed, or that I should “Have fun hanging out with the Feds”. Another common one was “Don’t, the Feds will be all over the place”.
I get the same response every time that I suggest going anywhere and doing anything.
Here’s the honest truth: That thinking is EXACTLY why we are where we are today, and why we will lose. The FBI set up the events of January 6th, and the very public arrests to scare you into inaction. When people started to actually use their First Amendment right to petition their government for redress of grievances at school board meetings, what happened? They first threatened to use terrorism laws against the people, then began doing it.
What was the effect? It had an immediate cooling effect on the public protests and people started the “You better not go, the Feds will be there” chatter and we lost momentum.
They are taking these actions because they are AFRAID. They would much prefer that WE be afraid and sit at home waiting for some orange-faced Savior to save the day. No cavalry is arriving, nor is Gandalf going to appear at dawn on the third day with the Rhohirrim to save the day.
Here’s the honest truth: This will not be won on Twitter. We must at some point offer resistance by speaking out and marching against tyranny. Otherwise, they win by default. You cannot win by playing defense. No war, culture war or actual war, was ever won by not engaging.
The other fallacy is the “by reacting and doing literally anything but sitting at home and tweeting, we are playing into their hands, and they’ll be able to enact tighter controls on us.” Guess what? The tighter controls are coming either way, so you MIGHT AS WELL resist them in some way. Doing nothing is not winning.
If there is nothing that you are willing to get off the couch for, then stop sending out your hot takes and complaints via Twitter. If you aren’t willing to get out in the real world and stand up, do the rest of us a favor and stop play-acting. Admit that there is NOTHING you will resist and just accept it. The rest of us need to know who our TRUE allies are.
Now, I don’t mean take drastic action, I mean do literally ANYTHING. Attend a school board meeting and register your opposition. Counter-Protest (and no, I don’t mean attack the left, I mean protest). Attend a march. Go meet like-minded people. Make your voice heard.
Yes, this is a tough love post. You need to hear it. You need to stop screeching “FED!!” every time one of us is willing to stand up to the growing tyranny. Cowering at home in fear of the government is living in tyranny in case you weren’t clear. Staying away from events because you’re afraid of the FEDS isn’t “being smart”, it’s cowardice. No, I won’t be giving out participation trophies here, because YOU AREN’T PARTICIPATING.
If this post offends you because I used the word COWARDICE, that’s on you. Re-evaluate your life. Decide. You can either decide to get off the couch and start organizing and making your voice heard, or you can get angry. Do me and yourself a favor though…If you’re going to get angry, unfollow this blog and unfollow me on Twitter. You aren’t doing either of us any good by continuing to follow me.
“But I thought this was a preparedness blog, what’s this rant about?” It is a preparedness blog. Most of the people involved in preparedness prepare in case of a tyrannical government. That is happening now.
What does the Ultimate Tactical Handbook have to say? I’m glad you asked:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Another, more direct, way this applies to preparedness is that the Department of Homeland Security now considers “preparedness” or “concern for Constitutional rights” to be signs of “domestic violent extremism”. The government is directly calling preppers and others into preparedness potential terrorists, and instead of resisting it, we’re letting them drive us underground and we are being apologetic.
The Founding Fathers believed that Tyranny can only exist when the people fear the government more than government fears the people. That’s where we are today. If you don’t believe me, buy the book listed below and read their writings.
When people say, “But I can’t lose my job”, I get it; it’s a tough call. But now, they are threatening that job if you refuse to bend the knee. It’s a vaccine today, it will be your social credit score tomorrow. At some point, if we don’t resist in a unified way, you’re going to lose that job anyway, if you don’t completely bow down to their agenda.
If you want to see a good illustration of this point, watch “The Patriot”. Benjamin Martin refused to fight, because he had to provide for his family. He was able to postpone the fight, but the fight still came. And the cost to his family was MORE than if he had fought from the first day.
It’s time to make a decision. Either stand and fight (in Minecraft, FEDS), or stop complaining and accept your masters. It’s really that simple.
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I frequently get called an alarmist. When I discuss our current situation, people say, “That will never happen here” or “This is America, they can’t ever do that”.
It frustrates me to no end, because in America before March of 2020, if someone said, “The state governments here in America are going to order all businesses to be severely limited and order citizens to remain in their homes, for a prolonged period, unless they have some valid reason to be outside of their home”, anyone would have said “That will never happen here”, yet it has. We are well beyond the realm of “That can’t happen here”, yet people say it to me day after day.
As an example, Javier Goya (not his real name) and I began talking months ago about how issues with the supply chain and disturbing indicators in the commodities markets were pointing towards a looming food shortage. We were roundly laughed at & told that we were being alarmist. Today, the Twitter feeds are full of pictures of empty shelves, and the press is telling us to get used to it because it’s the new normal. Normally, this time of year, grocery stores are brimming with turkeys. This year, if you are lucky to find one, it’s double the price of last year.
Why do I mention this? To say I told you so? No, it’s to warn you about normalcy bias. Normalcy bias is the tendency to deny that something is happening, despite evidence to the contrary. Normalcy bias is what causes people to say, “I just don’t see that happening”. Did you see complete and total lockdowns happening and did they happen even though you didn’t?
Closely related to normalcy bias is hope. Hope causes people to believe things that just aren’t realistic. There are many who hope that things will just go back to normal in America, so they suggest just “waiting and seeing” what is going to happen. This is the “don’t make waves” group. Many people hope that by “going along to get along”, the extremists on both sides will magically moderate their positions and everything will default to the “normal” setting.
If anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning
and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.
The socialist progressives, every time that the conservatives compromise, rather than moderating, have then made an even more extreme demand. Winston Churchill once warned about the Munich Agreement compromise, which handed an entire nation to the National Socialists without a fight, but Chamberlain did it anyway “to preserve peace, no matter the cost”. Did Chamberlain prevent World War 2? Did his appeasement of the demands of the far left (Yes, Hitler was Far LEFT not right) lead to peace? No, it led to more demands and eventually war.
Here’s where history provides my next example. Despite the glaring example of the Munich agreement, what did the Soviet Union, another far left nation, do? They entered the Non-Aggression Pact with Germany and banded together to divide up Poland (boy, does history repeat or what).
Once Germany got what it wanted (a unified front against Poland), did it then say, “Thanks for the compromise, let’s get back to normal”? No; as soon as they got what they wanted, they attacked their ally in Operation Barbarossa and the only thing that saved the Russians was her size and the weather (winter).
This isn’t exclusive to the left, the far right does the same thing. When granted compromises on illegal immigration, it led to the formation of even more extreme groups and political parties that demanded an end to ALL immigration, which is unrealistic.
On a side note, for the leftists that love to read my articles and comment, I’m not talking about Neo-Nazi groups: those belong to YOU. When you read the platform of any Neo-Nazi group, their platform is ALWAYS socialist. They ALWAYS call for nationalization of banks and businesses, they call for social welfare programs, and other things that only the left demands. Their racist policies towards Jews and other minorities are the same restrictions that the leftist woke mob wants to put on white people. Two sides of the same coin. And if you doubt my opposition to these groups, check out my very public expression of revulsion at one such group on Twitter a few days ago.
So, what does this history lesson have to do with today’s events and preparedness? Well, it tells us that compromise and going along are not guarantees of safety. We must continue to plan and not rely on compromise.
The most important takeaway is to stop thinking “It can’t happen here”. Civil War has already happened here once, and now there is open talk on both sides of secession and “peaceful divorce”. Let me just tell you: A national divorce will NOT be peaceful. Both sides would see it as validation of their worldview, and we live too inter-twined lives to just all separate and go on our merry ways.
A national internal conflict here will play out like the Balkan Conflict, but on a far larger scale. It would be unprecedented.
Pay attention to the indicators around you and understand that it CAN and MAY VERY WELL happen here and get prepared. Stock up on food, no matter what. Mountain House is currently having 15% off, so use my affiliate link below (I make a few pennies to support the site) and get some. Keep the car fueled up.
Be aware that the extreme BLM/ANTIFA crowd are every bit as anti-Joe Biden as the right. Look at their websites and Twitter pages. They believe that a violent Marxist revolution is the only solution.
It’s just been revealed that the FBI is indeed opening counter-terrorism investigations against parents who speak out at school board meetings. The other night, a socialist parent threatened conservative parents with “1000 armed soldiers, ready to go”. If everyone else is preparing for a civil war, shouldn’t you?
Lastly, the one-two punch of the Rittenhouse and Aubrey cases ending at the same time is BOUND to cause mass street violence. By the way, those two closing at the same time is most likely BY DESIGN. We’re already seeing both sides in the streets, ready to fight. Prepare.
Oh, and don’t think the FEDS aren’t stirring the pot. This vehicle has all the markings of a false flag to raise tensions. The vehicle belongs to a paper copany and what Nazis are driving around in Japanese trucks?
I hope this has opened a few eyes and helps a couple of you start seeing the world as it IS, not as we would like it to be.
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As we are all watching the Kenosha Kid fight for his freedom, we need to understand that are bigger issues at stake and consider some things. The evidence that has come to light during the trial tends to indicate that charges never should have been filed, as this was a clear-cut case of self-defense.
If he is found guilty, then there is NO CIRCUMSTANCE in which you would be justified in using self-defense, ever again. It’s that important.
But if you’ve been following this blog for more than 10 minutes, you already knew that. The State and Federal systems have suspended self-defense laws FOR CERTAIN GROUPS, especially when defending against rioters. So, then, what is this trial REALLY about and how can we, as preparedness-minded people, plan for the implications?
This prosecution, and several others like it, are about teaching you that you cannot resist the Marxist takeover of America and the BLM/ANTIFA rioters. That’s the TRUE reason this case is progressing at all. The purpose, just like the unconstitutional jailing of the January 6th defendants, is meant to warn you not to resist.
Even worse, it’s WORKING.
Last week, I put out a tweet and article about men standing around while a woman was assaulted in their presence on a train. The VAST MAJORITY of men who responded (to be honest, out of their own guilty feelings) said that they wouldn’t get involved because they would be afraid to get arrested, lose their jobs, or be labeled a racist.
In other words, these malicious prosecutions are having the desired effect of making people afraid to stand up and resist the violence. Guess what? If no one opposes it, it will only get worse. It won’t skip over you, just because you didn’t resist it.
I always let the Ultimate Tactical Handbook, God’s Word, guide me. Here’s what He has to say when the helpless are attacked in your presence:
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
But you and I can’t do anything to change this situation. Why then am I bringing it up? To get you to consider a piece of Tactical Wisdom and then make some adjustments:
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
It’s so important, that Solomon included it TWICE.
I frequently recommend carrying and having available a body-worn camera. Some of the feedback I get is “But if I have to do that, it means things are terrible”. Yes. That’s true. Things are terrible, whether you want to admit it or not. We must start seeing things as they are, not as we want them to be. News Flash: It will get WAY worse before it gets any better at all.
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Having available a body worn camera can prevent you from being at the mercy of the FBI. Yes, I said it. This case has FULLY exposed the FBI. First, they presented a very grainy, IR version of video. When word came out that they had an 8K HD version, they first denied it, then said they lost it, then magically produced it. Obviously, the HD version supports Kyle’s position, not the State’s. If instead, you had a video that you made from your perspective, that you made multiple copies of, you wouldn’t be at their mercy.
But why not use your cell phone camera? Because wearing a pen camera or similar frees your hands to defend yourself or escape. You might need to make a call, and that would end your video. Just get one and keep it available for when bad things start to happen.
Another push back I get is “but if I do something I shouldn’t, it can be used against me”. Then don’t do things you shouldn’t. Act appropriately.
The next thing is, whenever possible, practice “Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu”, which is the martial art of avoiding places where bad things are happening. In his outstanding book (available below), my friend, South African Author Charles Marais sums it up best: “Don’t go to stupid places at stupid hours with stupid people doing stupid things”. Man, Dale Carnegie never offered such great advice.
Learn some type of martial art. Knowing a martial art develops confidence. It also gives you the skills to defend yourself if absolutely necessary. I won’t get into a discussion about which martial art you should study, because I think you should study as many as you can. Learn what works for YOU. Martial arts are also great for fitness and flexibility. Most, if they are truly martial arts and not just a sport (I’m looking at you, TKD), will teach you how to fall without getting hurt. Think about this…how many times have you been attacked versus how many times have you fallen down? See, it will help. Also, literally any martial art is better than the one most of you are doing now, which is nothing. No, Twitter fighting (which I am the Grand Master at), is NOT a martial art and this won’t be won with snarky tweets.
One of the topics brought up in the trial was whether the young lad attempted to help the first person he shot. I’ve long said that anyone who carries a firearm for defense has an obligation to be able to treat a gunshot wound and to carry a medical kit if you carry a gun. From a trial standpoint, being able to demonstrate that you had medical gear available and attempted to provide aid is going to help. Buy lots of medical kits and keep them everywhere. You can never go wrong with one.
That evening, amid all that chaos, cell networks were overwhelmed, and the members of the security team got separated. Having handheld radios on each team member can help, especially since they had men on a roof, which would have given them much longer radio range. Get radios and require your entire team to operate with the same programming file. Everyone must have spare batteries. You should consider, if mounting a static security operation to defend a location like they did, having a more powerful base station radio and longer antenna with you as well. Having a dedicated radio operator to keep track of everyone could have gotten backup to Rittenhouse and prevented the whole chain of events. This could even be vehicle mounted, although portable and on the roof is better.
While these are all things I mention a lot, they are vital. That’s why I keep mentioning them.
This brings me to the final warning. This case is winding down and it appears that Rittenhouse will be found not guilty, at least of the murder charges. George Floyd’s nephew and other ANTIFA/BLM figures are already threatening violent action if Rittenhouse is not convicted. This morning, Deputies found a man trying to get video of the faces of the jurors, likely for retaliation.
You should be upping your preparedness and operating at a higher alert level for the remainder of the trial and immediately after. Dreadful things are coming in the aftermath, whether they are protests about an acquittal or celebratory events for a conviction.
The prudent see danger and take refuge, or so I’ve heard.
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Generally, when we think of a Without Rule of Law (WROL) situation, the first thing that comes to mind is a complete and total collapse. No police, no fire services, nothing at all. That’s generally what we mean.
However, we currently find ourselves in an odd world where things seem to run normally, but the Rule of Law has been set aside, or altered, depending on what group you belong to. One side can riot and destroy things and have their charges dismissed. The other side is charged with crimes for lawfully resisting these attacks. Our friends over at http://www.ForwardObserver.com call this “Gray zone warfare”.
The dictionary defines “Rule of Law” as:
the restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws.
Conversely then, we could call the arbitrary exercise of power by setting aside well-defined and established laws as “Without Rule of Law”.
The most glaring example of this is the case of Saint Kyle of Rittenhouse, the Hero of Kenosha and Defender of the Realm. OK, that may be a bit much, but you get the point. As more and more evidence comes out, it becomes more apparent that he should never have been charged and was only charged to appease the violent mobs that were burning Kenosha to the ground.
My point is not to defend Kyle (the prosecutor already has that nailed down), it’s to point out that the Rule of Law was set aside in this case. There is a well-established right to self-defense in every state. Every person Kyle shot that night, we have now learned, was ARMED. Every person he shot that night was attacking him. We set aside common law protections to charge him to appease the rioters.
We also learned that the FBI destroyed 8K video that they had of the entire event. That should be ringing alarm bells in your head. The FBI knew that they had video of a homicide, yet the destroyed it. Ask yourself why. The Rule of Law has been set aside.
Exculpatory video that was in possession of the Prosecutor was NOT turned over during discovery, because the Rule of Law has been set aside.
Kyle isn’t the only one. We saw video after video of BLM/ANTIFA assaulting people and when someone defended themselves, they were arrested. Now, many of those charges were never filed and police claim they made those arrests just to defuse the situation, but that’s not how it works. You can’t arrest people for lawful activity, yet they did.
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
This morning, word came that several Project Veritas reporters had their homes and offices searched by the FBI. The FBI was seeking information on who sold a diary to Project Veritas that allegedly belonged to a member of the Biden family. First, it has been ruled repeatedly in federal courts that Journalists generally cannot be compelled to reveal sources. Second, the sale was arranged by attorneys for both parties, so that information is privileged and protected.
It’s worth noting that when Project Veritas could not verify that the diary ever actually belonged to the Biden family member, they THEMSELVES turned it over to law enforcement, rather than just putting it out in the public eye. They also upheld journalistic standards by refusing to report on it, even though it was damaging to their opposition.
The Rule of Law is being set aside, again.
At this point, you’re wondering, “what’s the point?”
Most people in this nation comply with the law on a voluntary basis, because it’s what good people do. However, when the government decides to arbitrarily set aside or pursue charges on any basis other than the facts (such as the politics of the violator or racial/orientation factors), then you need to re-evaluate your entire lifestyle.
For example, many of you carry a personal protection firearm for defense because you know the laws, got trained and wanted to protect yourself and your family. You RELY on the government acting in good faith and enforcing their self-defense laws fairly & equally, with only regard for case facts. That is NOT what is happening now, so you need to assess your personal risk exposure here. I’m not saying to stop, I’m saying understand things as they ARE, rather than how they should be, and be aware of the risk.
The other point is that you need to consider what comes next. We are facing a January 4th V-word deadline. Many in the already-strained supply chain flat-out refuse to get the vaccine. This will cause the availability of food and gas to plummet, right after Christmas. You need to be planning NOW.
The government is also stepping up its “War on Domestic Terror”, which would be fine, except they are now calling you a domestic terrorist if you want input on your children’s school curriculum or if you say, “Let’s Go, Brandon”. One person who just won a Governor’s race said publicly that he will NOT allow parents any input on running the schools.
They also list interest in preparedness as an indicator of potential violent extremism, along with wanting to exercise your Constitutional rights or support for the Constitution.
I know, everyone thinks “It can’t happen here” or “But it’s not going to get that bad”. It can happen here, and I’d like someone to explain to me how it’s going to get better.
What you can do is continue to quietly prepare, build your tribe, re-evaluate your position, and start operating on a WROL footing. That means being hyper-aware, watching for further breakdowns in the supply chain, and keeping your people close. It also means to stop talking so publicly about everything (I know, I know, I can see my Twitter page). People are reporting their neighbors and tracking your activity more than you know.
Volume 3 of Tactical Wisdom, “Defensive Operations” is a week overdue, but we are putting the finishing touches on it.
Earlier today, video emerged of a large man punching a small woman in the face on the subway, and literally no one intervened. To be fair, one man shouted at the guy AFTER the assault, which accomplished nothing. Some pointed out that she had just told the man that he needed to take a chill pill. Fair enough…. but that doesn’t justify an assault.
I put out a post challenging men. I asked why so many men would allow a woman with her children to be assaulted in their presence. I pointed out a piece of Tactical Wisdom from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked
That’s a clear and direct command, straight from God via King David, telling you to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
If you will not stand for your principles, you don’t have any.
I got a lot of responses from men, explaining all the reasons that they could not come to this woman’s defense. “My job”, “my family”, and fear of prosecution all were among the excuses offered.
Now, I wasn’t asking men to take up arms and resist the ever-encroaching federal government or resist a Chinese invasion, I was asking them to step up and protect someone from a criminal attack. A small woman.
I would like to point that if someone had intervened when the man began shouting and acting in a threatening way by speaking up and letting the man know that others would not tolerate his abuse, the ENTIRE ASSAULT PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED AT ALL.
Professionally, I was at a shopping mall a few weeks ago, when a man who stealing was confronted by store staff. He shouted that if she didn’t leave him alone, he was going to assault her, remarkably like what happened today. I stepped up and said “You know I’m not going to let that happen, right? You need to calm down.” Rather than escalating the situation, it instantly diffused it. He returned the items he stole and fled, but no assault happened. If I had chosen to worry about my job and not gotten involved, she would have pushed the issue, and he would have assaulted her. DO SOMETHING.
The whole thing reminded me of the opening scenes of The Patriot, when Benjamin Martin says that he cannot fight, because he must worry about his family. Another member of the Assembly says that family can be a convenient excuse for cowardice. He’s right. I know what you’re thinking, but surely Benjamin was the Hero of the movie, so he must have been right. Well, what Benjamin got for his forbearance, was the State arresting one of his children, killing another, destroying his business, and burning his house to the ground (sound familiar?). Benjamin then MUST fight. All he did was delay the fight, while causing even worse things to happen to his family.
Why do I bring up a fictional movie to make a point? Because the point made is that delaying taking a stand doesn’t mean you get to avoid it forever, and had he STOOD UP EARLIER, maybe the other tragedies could have been avoided.
This piece of Tactical Wisdom is convicting of men who think like this:
If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!
A similar phenomenon occurred a few weeks prior, when a woman was raped on a train in the presence of many witnesses. I also pointed this out after an Islamic terrorist shot up a Denver grocery and no one ran to the aid of the victims. I got the same responses in both of those.
I challenge that these same men, if THEIR wives were attacked on the subway, would be demanding to know why no other men protected their wives. They can deny it all they want, it’s true. Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s not true.
Men, you are called and Biblically commanded to TAKE ACTION:
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
The fact that men are able to justify not getting involved over fear of losing their jobs or being arrested for defending a victim is why America is in the predicament that she is in. Men are unwilling to take a stand against anything out of fear of “rocking the boat” or making their lives uncomfortable in any way.
THAT IS CALLED SURRENDER. A few weeks ago, I quoted Patrick Henry’s famous speech. In that speech, he said, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?”. It’s a good point.
Crime is increasing because we are allowing it to flourish. No one is opposing the criminals, so they feel emboldened to attack, rob, and steal with impunity. The police aren’t the answer, they come AFTER the crime. We are the answer. Do you think that doing nothing will make it better? Again, Patrick Henry says it best: “Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?”
The ironic part is that the same men who explained why they couldn’t resist, spend their evenings on Twitter complaining about vaccine mandates, federal over-reach, and the reduction of their freedoms, yet they are unwilling to do anything about it. They will complain, and demand that “someone” do something, just not them.
Some of them even talk about their “red lines”. I tell you this: If you would not step up and defend an innocent attacked in your presence, YOU HAVE NO RED LINES. There is nothing the government could do that you would resist because you need your job. If they show up and demand to inject your kids with experimental vaccines and threaten to take the kids if you don’t consent, YOU MEN will consent. If they demand you get on the train, YOU MEN will do it.
Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
For those who told me they couldn’t resist because “I have a responsibility to my family” I say this: You are putting your family at risk by not taking action. Every criminal act unopposed breeds more crime. That’s just a fact.
Men, the time is rapidly approaching where you will have a choice: Surrender or fight for your family’s freedom.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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We all have a plan. We all know where we’re going to go or what we’re going to do. Your plan might be to take off to that bug-out off-grid property 3 hours from the city. You might plan to fortify your property and house, making it more defensible.
As we live through this slow-moving societal collapse (and make no mistake – it IS collapsing), the issue is when do you trigger your plan? When do you begin fortifying? When do you bug out? In a resistance to tyranny scenario, when do you fight?
I’ve been paying attention to conversations between others on social media (much like the FBI) and it seems that everyone is asking these questions, “WHEN?”. The only answer I see bandied about is “Not yet”.
Well, that may be true, but there is danger in waiting too long. I’ve seen it repeatedly…people wait too long and find themselves trapped.
Even after a crisis develops, people wait too long. On August 9th, 2008, Russian Forces invaded Georgia by air, by sea, and by land. In the City of Gori, civilians took their time leaving, because the Georgian Army was re-grouping there and they felt they would be protected. The civilians woke up on the 11th to find that the Georgian Army had abandoned the city. This caused all the civilians to try to flee, which led to a massive traffic jam, preventing anyone from leaving. There were many civilian casualties on the highway south of Gori.
This also happens during hurricanes here, all the time.
We’ve even seen it during the George Floyd Uprisings of 2020. Business owners and residents decided to “wait and see” and then found themselves trapped, because the events unfolded too fast. Some were killed because of it. Still others were forced to defend themselves and found themselves charged for resisting the Uprising.
The time to implement your own plan is a personal decision, but I want to nudge you all a bit and say you need to err on the side of implementing the plans early, rather than adopting a wait and see attitude. It is better to have started a response plan and not needed to than it is to not implement the plan, when you should have.
For example, if my bug-out plan is to leave the area, but I wait, I may very well find the route jammed with others trying to flee or clogged with protestors. On the other hand, if I leave, drive up north, and it was later found that I didn’t need to, I can just drive back. The same is not true if I should have left but didn’t. I may never get out then.
The biggest risk is just like I always point out, the second and third order effects. If I wait to leave the area before a hurricane, to see how bad it’s going to be, and the hurricane is bad, the power will be out. That’s a second order effect. The third order effect is that I won’t be able to get the gasoline I need to leave, because the gas station will not have power to pump it. Another third order effect will be roads blocked by trees.
Let the environment be your guide. Currently, there is a mass reduction in police and fire personnel on-going due to vaccine mandates. The media isn’t telling you about this but check around social media. Today, thousands of NYPD and FDNY staff protested because as of today, they are mandated to get the vaccine. These thousands are willing to quit rather than take the unapproved vaccine. Officers and Fire/EMS personnel all over the country are leaving.
Consider what that means for rule of law. There will be less police and fire personnel to respond. Hospitals are firing staff. There will be less medical care available. The media is spinning this as “Employers are now getting 99% compliance with the vaccine mandate”. Of course they are, because they fired everyone who refused, taking them from 60% to 99% overnight.
What does the Great Book of Tactical Wisdom say?
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Personally, I’m moving to half implementation. I guess using the Naval roots of the Marine Corps, I’m setting Condition 3, Wartime Steaming. I’m getting everything 50% ready, and increasing the readiness to go to Condition 1, General Quarters/Battle Stations.
Gear is all staged and ready, and the full ruck is no longer in the closet, but staged in the office. The car has extra emergency gear and defensive tools ready. Every radio is charged, and everyone is carrying a radio. All fuel storage has been rotated and refreshed/refilled in case they are needed.
I am paying more attention to all sources of information like radio, media, and police scanner traffic. I am reaching out to the rest of my preparedness team, and we are having daily check-ins, rather than weekly.
A good idea is to schedule a video call with your team in the next few days and set some early triggers that will put emergency plans in place. Some people, who live in more rural areas, might already be in full crisis mode, ready to accept other members as things progress.
As an example, I checked in with some folks that I had already arranged to be used as a way point/stop over point should I have to head north. They let me know that they have set up their gate and perimeter alarms, and gave me a radio frequency to call on, so that they can come down to the gate. They don’t have to worry about their neighbors, so they stepped up to be ready to help the rest of us in our travels.
Your group might need to be at that point to. Consider what could be implemented today without causing the neighbors to report you to the FBI. Could I stage blocking bars near my doors inside the hours, to be ready in minutes? Yes. Could I start parking at the very end of my driveway, creating a makeshift gate, rather than pulling up to the house? I sure could. Small things that will make going from 0 to 60 much easier can be done right now.
Note also the language being used. In the current supply crunch, the media is suddenly talking about people “hoarding”. Not “stockpiling”, not “stocking up”, but “hoarding”. They’re all using it. That’s because “hoarding” during a crisis is a federal crime. If they can say people into preparedness are “hoarding” the food and contributing to the shortage, they can bring the Defense Production Act into play and seize your food, even though you bought it all years ago.
How do you combat that? Simple, spread that food around to a few locations. Find other places where you can store. In my example, I was already planning to head to the cabin, so I took a couple loads of the food there. Others are in other places, spreading it around for security.
Give portion to seven, yes to eight.
For you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
The other change in language is that we have switched from calling January 6th an insurrection to calling it either a WAR or act of terrorism. That should be setting off alarm bells and moving you up your alert status. As I keep telling you, if the government is declaring war on you, shouldn’t you prepare for war?
The push back I get from people is “I wasn’t there on Jan 6th; they aren’t talking about me”. No? Read the DHS advisory on potential domestic violent extremists, who they did publicly declare war on. It lists “people concerned with their rights”, “People who are preparing by stockpiling food and supplies”, and “people who believe in upholding the Constitution” as potential terrorists who need to be monitored. THAT’S YOU.
Meet with your people and decide at what level to up your readiness to and what will trigger the implementation of the plan, with or without a proclamation from the group.
I hope this gave you some ideas.
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The US military is rapidly working to develop new doctrine for “Operating in a GPS Denied Environment”. In other words, just as I have warned, they are worried that the Chinese have the capability to either strike the ONE ground station that controls the entire system, or to negate the satellites.
With America’s over-reliance on high-tech precision-guided munitions and aircraft, denying the use of the GPS system would put us at a significant disadvantage over an old-school artillery-heavy formation like the PLA.
If the US Military is planning to be operating in an environment without GPS, shouldn’t you?
Obtaining a QUALITY compass should be one of your current priorities if you haven’t already gotten one. I’m not talking about a $15-$20 button compass or a novelty one, we mean a serious orienteering and land navigation compass, like the Cammenga H3 US Issue one (that’s the one I have). It may be more expensive, but that’s because it’s meant to last forever and be virtually indestructible. It meets military standards, which are actually quite rigorous.
When shopping for these, understand that the “3H” model has tritium, which will be luminous no matter what. The model 27, which I also have as a backup, is phosphorescent, meaning it requires you to shine a light on it for a few seconds to make it glow. Spend the few extra dollars on the 3H, for light discipline.
I consider the Cammenga to be a “navigation” compass because it’s meant to be used in your hand and aimed at landmarks to help you move across land (or water) by following a bearing. While it can be used with a map, it is NOT an ideal map compass, so you’ll need one of those, too.
Wait…I need more than one compass? Yes, just like your road GPS in the car isn’t ideal for backwoods use, neither is a navigational compass ideal for use for planning your route on a map. A compass with a map baseplate is great for using with a map but can’t easily be used to aim for navigation over ground. Land Navigation is not as simple as “get a compass and you’re good to go”. I’ve been on patrols where we used five different compasses, each pre-set on a specific leg of a route (you’ll have to wait for Tactical Wisdom Volume 4 to learn that skill).
I have shown the Suunto M3 baseplate map compass because it has the features you need in a baseplate compass. Suunto is an outstanding compass company. It has various map scale measuring lines built into the transparent base, so that you can put it on a map and measure distances along a specific bearing for route planning. it also has a magnifying glass built in, so that you can better read detail on the map.
It also can be adjusted for magnetic declination, which is something you need to understand to navigate. The magnetic north pole is not exactly on the very top of the world, and the closer you get to it, the larger the angle between true north and magnetic north. Here in Michigan, the angle is about 7 degrees to the west. This means that if I leave my house and follow my compass heading for what it thinks is north, I will eventually walk into Wisconsin (Lake Michigan, actually), rather than into Lake Superior.
This is an over-simplification, but if I plan my route using a map, yet walk using a compass without adjusting my bearings by adding or subtracting the angle from the heading, I won’t reach my destination. I could be off by a few hundred meters, which in a survival situation can mean life or death. If the angle is negative, you must add it to your bearings, and if it’s positive, you must subtract it.
In TW-02, Fieldcraft, there is an entire chapter on Land Navigation. I’ve been told by many veterans and active-duty military that my breakdown of Basic Land Navigation in it was superb and made it easy to understand.
The other piece of gear you need to work with a map is a map romer (also called, ironically, a compass), which is a military tool, shown below, designed to help plot points and plan routes on a map. There are dozens of brands and type, most of which work the same. What I look for are various scales romers, both degree and mil scales around the outside, and some type of measurement scale.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go…
Just as Lady Wisdom from the Psalms will guide you, knowing how to use a map and a compass can truly save your life and quite literally show you the way to go. If the US Military is planning for the imminent loss of GPS technology, so should you.
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This afternoon, Sir David Amess of the British Parliament was holding a ‘constituent surgery’, which is what we in America would call a Town Hall meeting, inside a Methodist Church in London. During this meeting, a man stabbed Amess several times. Despite the heroic efforts of the Emergency Services, Sir David died at the scene.
Police have reported that the suspect is in custody and that they are not seeking any additional suspects. Sir David was a Conservative Member of Parliament.
I wanted to discuss this because it is the natural next step to harassing lawmakers in public. Our current environment of encouraging people to aggressively confront lawmakers no matter where they are, is going to lead to more of this. It’s the only outcome one can expect.
Last week, we saw protestors trap Kyrstin Sinema in a bathroom stall. There is only a ridiculously small step from that to violence. A few days later, the same woman, who happens to be an illegal immigrant, approached Sinema on an aircraft in flight. She should have been arrested for using a cell phone while in flight and harassing other passengers. These acts are DANGEROUS and only a small step from actual violence.
But what does this mean for us? How does it tie to the larger picture? As they tell you these are isolated incidents and that you need to get a vaccine for everyone else’s “peace & safety”, I’d like you to consider this:
While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:3
Understand that even at secure venues, terrible things can still happen, and as a Warrior, you must always be ready to defend not only yourself, but also those unable to protect themselves.
Another example came a few days ago, out of Norway. In the aftermath of the Anders Breivik shooting, Norway banned firearms in almost all circumstances. That didn’t stop Espen Andersen Brathen, a recent convert to Islam. Brathen killed 5 and wounded many others with a bow & arrow. He made his way through the small town, forcing his way into homes and shooting arrows into people.
In a not-so-surprising turn of events, the Norwegian security services report that they were warned that Brathen was a radical Islamist OVER A YEAR AGO. Maybe if someone had to told them he was a right-wing extremist instead, none of this would have happened because he would have been arrested that very day, but I digress.
The point is that in the environment of “peace & safety”, people allowed themselves to be disarmed so that when the day came that evil kicked in their door, they couldn’t defend themselves at all.
If only there was some Tactical Wisdom that applied here…
Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
God expects you to stand your ground, and he expects you to still be standing when it’s over.
Let’s discuss some practical aspects of how you can be ready. Now, the links below are indeed affiliate links, and we make a few pennies on them, but understand that I will never recommend anything I don’t use myself.
First, be AWARE. Always pay attention to your surroundings and what the people around you are doing. Watch hands. Know where all the emergency exits are. The Marine Corps Combat Hunter program teaches you to be aware for anomalies or sudden changes in the environment. The book “Left of Bang” is written by the author of the Combat Hunter program, and it is helpful in learning situational awareness.
Learn your local laws and be as armed as you lawfully can be. Understand knife laws & gun laws and use them to your advantage. In Michigan, I know that in areas I can’t carry a gun, I can carry a knife of ANY length, as long as it isn’t concealed, but I also know that I can carry a knife with a blade of under three inches concealed. Knowing this, I have a large fixed blade on the side of my backpack, and I found a 3-inch fixed blade knife that I can conceal on my waistband. Fixed blades are better than folders for self-defense, because they don’t require manipulation to bring the blade into play. My newest one is a Warpath Kitchi in green (link below).
Tactical pens are another good option. You can carry them anywhere, as long as you don’t get one that looks overly militant. I have several, but I recently found a low-key one. It’s small, but solid, and doesn’t look like a weapon at all. For more restrictive areas, the Zebra F-701 is an all-stainless-steel pen. While it doesn’t have a strike end, I guarantee you that the point will still do considerable damage.
Carry a high-quality flashlight everywhere you go. Spend some money, and get a Streamlight or Surefire, something that will last and that is meant to be used with firearms. It will last longer and be resistant to drops. They make good impact weapons. I’ve had both of my Streamlights for over 10 years and they still work. I also recently bought the ASP Scribe. While it’s slightly larger, it bridges the gap between a light and a baton. It still fits in a pocket and is solid.
I recommend also continuing to track known far-left (and far-right) agitators on your local social media pages to remain aware of potential issues. Subscribing to Forwardobserver.com is a valuable tool as well.
As always, have a communications plan that might even include planned check-ins. When a law enforcement officer is on a call, if he doesn’t clear the scene in a specific time, the dispatcher makes contact just to make sure he’s OK. Implement daily check ins or if you are going somewhere specific, arrange a check in a reasonable time after with trusted parties.
Stay aware and understand that “Peace and Safety” is a fallacy.
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As the situation degrades more every day, I want to give you some advice and some direction on having a scanner and how best to employ it.
A radio scanner is a receive-only device designed to let you listen to a large number of frequencies with a single unit. You can program either manually or with available software.
People most often use them to listen in on Public Safety agencies like local police and fire departments. This has become more difficult with the advent of digital radios for public safety. This made the process harder, but not impossible.
However, a scanner can be used for a lot more. Signals Intelligence is the process of monitoring local radio transmissions, listening for information that you can use. Sure, a lot of that information will indeed come from scanning Public Safety agencies, but there are a lot of other uses as well.
I recommend getting a handheld digital trunking unit, so that you can take it into the field with you. Since we’re only talking about receiving, you don’t need a more powerful base station. As an example, I use a scanner at rallies and protests, as I describe below, carried in my backpack, listening for ANTIFA/BLM radio usage.
Begin by using a service like http://www.radioreference.com to program in your state and local Public Safety systems. Don’t bother trying to input federal frequencies, they generally use an encoding system that scanners can’t read.
Next, using the same reference, input analog frequencies from local security companies. They may be reporting incidents of local interest that never end up on Public Safety channels. At the very least, it will give you an idea of the security threats that local businesses face. In the same vein, input the security frequencies from area shopping malls as well.
Now we get the part that Mike Shelby of http://www.forwardobserver.com calls “The Bubba Finder”. Input the frequencies from the FRS, GMRS, and MURS bands. These are the bubble pack radios that can be found at stores. In a WROL situation, being able to detect people using these radios near you can help alert you to potential trouble and potential allies.
Programming in local amateur radio repeaters can also let you gather information on local conditions from more sources. In a crisis, amateur radio operators will be a great asset.
When buying a scanner, seek one with a search or sweep function. These functions search your local area for ANY radio traffic, even on frequencies you haven’t specifically programmed. This could be VITAL in a WROL situation. Even now, you’ll be surprised at how much radio traffic there is out there. Begin building a database of frequencies your find in use.
Once you have the scanner up and running, start documenting information gathered via Signals Intelligence. Include any new frequencies found in your area. Keep a running logbook and then begin going back through it for analysis. During a WROL situation, someone should always be tasked with maintaining a radio listening watch.
While no license is needed to listen, research your local laws on using one in a car. In Michigan, for example, the law used to prohibit it. Now, it is allowed, but it’s a crime to use a scanner while committing a criminal act.
Earpieces and external speakers are good accessories to have for a scanner. They are sold as CB speakers.
As always, guidance on this can be found in the Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Information means survival. In a WROL situation, a scanner can warn you of impending danger and bring you valuable information.
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When our tempers flare, we get very tempted to say some not very nice things. When you combine that with edicts that affect our kids, it gets ten times worse.
As I pointed out the other day with my post, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Netflix, we are at a momentous point in American history. Freedoms that have been taken for granted because they are enshrined in the Constitution are under threat and are being taken away. That’s not an opinion; it’s a fact.
Take the Memo from Attorney General Garland, shown above. He’s saying that speaking out at school boards may be considered domestic terrorism if it rises to the level of a threat. He does state, though, that there are Constitutional rights in play. Let’s begin with explaining that exact right:
Congress shall make no law…prohibiting…the right of the people to petition the Government for the redress of grievances.
The specific wording here makes disagreement with mandates and edicts 100% inherently lawful. It makes arguing with government officials over curriculum and school rules inherently lawful. That’s important.
Where we get into trouble is when we let our emotions carry over and say things that could be construed as a threat, allowing the FBI & local police to challenge your statements. Make no mistake, under the Free Speech and Petition clauses, you would probably win in court, but why risk it?
There’s a piece of Tactical Wisdom from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook that applies (shocking, right?):
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
Let’s be wise in how we convey our displeasure. When we shout, “We’re going to get rid of you!” at the school board member, we know in our hearts that we mean by voting them out, but it could be construed as a threat of violence. Especially if they WANT to construe it as a threat.
I implore you all to exercise caution and WRITE OUT your comments before stepping up to the podium and stick to what you wrote. Winging it leads to us speaking in anger, rather than speaking from calm reason.
Here’s why I ask this: hundreds of people are sitting in jail on trespassing charges still. A long-time federal tactic when they have a case that they think they might lose is to delay it and delay it, hoping that you will get sick of waiting and just plead guilty to be rid of the case.
We are seeing this play out in Michigan with the NASA Brain Trust candidates who let the FBI talk them into stupid plots. Two have already pled guilty, but the rest demand their day in court, because they know they didn’t do anything wrong. What did the federal government do? Delayed the court date for SIX MONTHS, and scheduled two conferences, where defendants will be offered plea deals. Because they are trying to wait out the defendants.
Don’t give them ability to do this to you. By writing out your comments ahead of time and then sticking to them, you avoid letting them bait you into a conversation that can be construed as a threat. Stick to the policy and curriculum issues, not personalities of the board members. Never mention a board member’s children.
Also, stick ONLY to matters under the purview of the board/council you are speaking to. Your local city council can’t change a Presidential Election. By mentioning these issues out of place, you allow people to call us “unhinged” and allow them to dismiss us because they can’t address the issue. Force them to deal with things under their control.
During the most secure election in American history, when the board of canvassers for Wayne County met to vote to certify the election, a man with ties to ANTIFA and BLM groups made several comments to one of the Republican canvassers, mentioning specifically the school her children were attending and asking her what she thought life for the children would be like if she don’t vote to certify. She changed her vote to yes.
The same man then mentioned to the male Republican specifics about where his business was located and asked him how hard he thought business would get for him if he didn’t vote to certify. He called them both Nazis. The man also changed his vote from no to yes.
These were clearly threats, veiled as free speech during public comment. Make no mistake, if this man had been a conservative speaking to liberals, he would be facing federal charges. Instead, myself and some associates volunteered to provide security to these families for a few days.
WE CANNOT LET OURSLEVES FALL INTO THIS TRAP. Just because they do it, doesn’t mean we should.
The entire intent of this campaign against “domestic violent extremism” is to end all dissent against the sitting government and COVID measures. Understand that they will make an example of you if you let them.
If you think they aren’t really going to do this, check out a story by the NY Times a few days ago about Alex Jones and the Sandy Hook families. The story called Alex Jones a “Conspiracy Extremist”, rather than a “Conspiracy Theorist”. That subtle change in language is to justify violence and oppression.
Our cause is just, so I want to give you another piece of Tactical Wisdom that is so important that men who go through the Every Man A Warrior bible study program must memorize it:
The anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.
In other words, speaking out in anger seldom accomplishes our goals. If we instead speak from calm reason (while we may be angry), we are less tempted to say things that could land us trouble.
Remember: We have entered a “Different Rule of Law” situation in the US, and you can’t rely on Constitutional protection, just like you can no longer rely on self-defense laws. Use your head and be reasonable in speaking to these boards. Don’t let them win by making it easy to call you an extremist.
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It’s a shame, really. When the Continental Pipeline attack happened, many of us warned people to up their preparedness for a serious cyber-attack. Sure, the people directly affected by the gas shortages took heed, but the average American did not.
But, LORD, let Facebook and InstaGram go down for a day and watch chaos ensue throughout a society. Seriously, the way some people reacted; you’d have thought that the entire internet went down. I am afraid of what a long-term outage would do to our youth.
That brings us to today’s topic: What are you doing to prepare for a total loss of communications? Understand that a loss of the internet will take down our entire economic system in short order.
With the ease of the internet, we took what was meant to be a convenient source of information and made our entire system of living 100% reliant on the free flow of electrons. Consider what will happen if the internet is down for a significant period of time:
You will not be able to access your money stored in banks, even at a branch, because their entire record keeping system is online.
You will not be able to pay your bills since most financial businesses only take payments online. ACH clearing is done via the internet, so you couldn’t even pay by check.
Stores will not be able to order goods and the goods won’t get to the store.
You won’t have the records at hand to rebuild your accounts, because it’s more convenient to store them “in the cloud”.
And so on….
Before I give you some specific advice, let me remind you of a piece of Tactical Wisdom that is relevant:
First, and do this NOW, is establish alternate means of communication with your key partners/family/friends. Throughout the day, I heard an increase in amateur radio traffic as people shared news of the outage. Various parts of the world, based on my own contacts, had varying degrees of communications failures, including cell phones. For part of the day, I had difficulty in sending texts. You need another method.
Set up other ways that are less reliant on high technology. For example, one security professional out of Germany reported today that analog land lines were the only consistently effective method of communications today.
Radios are another good option, even if it’s just license-free FRS or MURS or CB radio. Whatever it is, have a plan that everyone knows, and everyone should keep that option available. In our current volatile environment, communications could go down at any time. Radio will always work if it’s charged.
Next, back up all your data that is stored in the cloud to some type of thumb drive. You can buy EMP-Hardened drives, or you can store them in a Faraday cage. I keep mine in an old cake tin (tequila cake, delicious) lined with cardboard to protect against EMP. In this way, if the internet goes down, you will still have your documents.
We all have hundreds of photos on old computers and phones that we’d hate to lose. Copy those to USB’s and store them securely like we mentioned above.
Lastly, understand that without the internet, as we learned with the Continental hack, gasoline will not be coming out of the pumps. Yes, you might be able to pay cash once, but gas stations will quickly run out. In the UK right now, a rumor of a gas shortage caused a run on gas stations, which then led to a REAL gas shortage. Plan for how you will deal with this. I keep ten extra gallons stored at all times (treated and rotated). Make sure you fill your car as often as possible and encourage your tribe/loved ones to do the same. Filling daily costs the same as filling once a week.
Most importantly, understand that a major cyber-attack against the entire network is not an “if” proposition, it’s a “when” question. By taking a few extra steps to be prepared, you can avert a lot of the impact on you.
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As the situation here continues to deteriorate, one important thing to consider is how you will recognize members of your group or family during a chaotic event. It’s important in the initial chaos, but later, in a full collapse of society, it will become vital.
For example, imagine that you are on post at your community observation post. You know you have a patrol out there, but you also know that there are potential hostiles in the area. You’ve been on post for hours and through the spotting scope, you see four people moving slowly and carefully towards your perimeter. They’re wearing Multi-Cam uniforms, just like everyone in your group. Sadly, so is everyone else these days, including the bad guys.
You try to go by equipment, and through the scope you see everyone has either an AR or AK platform, and everyone is using a Baofeng radio…. again, just like everyone else still alive at this point. You try to see faces or hair color, but everyone is wearing a hat and either a face mask or camo paint, as they should be. Do you raise the alarm, or do you call out to them, giving away your position? How do you decide at a distance?
In the Ultimate Tactical Handbook, David warns about being surrounded by enemies:
All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
This problem isn’t new. In the Middle Ages, each “order” of knights adopted a crest, just like the Jerusalem Cross above that I use as a logo. On a side note, the Knight Orders were really nothing more than Private Military Contractors. Each force would carry their flag, and everyone wore a garment with the large crest on it or on their shield, so that they fought the right people in the heat of battle.
Prior to that, Viking bands did the same thing, painting their shields with different patterns to identify which boat crew they were with.
In the 1600s-late 1800s, armies in the field wore brightly colored jackets for much the same reason. “Shoot the guys in the red coats, but don’t shoot the guys in the blue coats”. A common method of defection in those days was to turn your coat inside out, displaying the white lining and thus no allegiance. It’s what gave rise to the term “turncoat”.
Modern military forces spend a lot of training time learning how to identify hostile camouflage patterns and vehicles to be able to ID the opposition at range. It’s also the reason the US Marine Corps wears a distinct pattern from any other US Force, easy recognition. As I watched videos of captured US military vehicles and uniforms flow out of Afghanistan and into Iran, I began to worry about this topic.
How can we, as people interested mostly in just defending our homes or safe havens from attack, quickly and confidently identify our own people, especially when under pressure and possibly even in the heat of combat? It certainly should not be like those geniuses in the opening photo, with the fluorescent green tape. That defeats the entire purpose of camouflage uniforms.
This first step, obviously, is uniforms. The problem is that the vast majority of people watch a few YouTube videos and settle on Multi-Cam, because all the ultra-tacti-cool guys on YouTube and Twitter wear it. If you haven’t considered it from an effectiveness standpoint, it may actually make matters worse. For the record, I consider myself an ultra-tacti-cool guy and I don’t own a single set of Mutli-Cam. I do own a couple sets of British MTP (multi-terrain pattern), which vary slightly from the Multi-Cam everyone else is wearing and is more effective.
Your entire group should standardize uniform patterns, whichever you choose. Brent0331 on YouTube has a great series of videos on the camouflage effectiveness of various patterns. The ultimate is for your group to decide on a few patterns and establish a “uniform of the day” for security. One day you could wear MTP, and the next British DPM. Weather could render your choice of camouflage ineffective, BTW.
Once you’ve decided on a common uniform, you need to establish one more method for long range identification. A lot of groups talk about passwords and running passwords, but I’m talking about long range and silent. If I don’t recognize someone, I’m not going to expose my position by challenging them for a password.
That method is by some type of patch. Have your group all buy the same 4-5 Velcro patches, each completely different. With these, you can establish a “patch of the day” long range recognition flash that is a bit more subdued than bright green tape. Don’t buy brightly colored ones, but ones in greens, browns, and blacks (subdued).
The exact same combination of unique camo pattern and patch of the day would be virtually impossible for someone to stumble onto by accident and would be a very secure way to identify friendlies from a distance. These are supplements to passwords and radio authentication, not replacements. You could be fairly certain that someone is a friendly before initiating communications with this method.
In a larger context, several separate groups in your same area could all have one of the same patches for joint operations.
A caution though, about selecting your patches and uniforms. While we are training for WROL operations, we cannot completely disregard law, especially in the current gray-zone conflict phase. Check your local laws FIRST.
Here in Michigan, Attorney General Nessel has vowed to charge any militia group with a felony for wearing “any part of a US Army or US Naval uniform” under an old and never-used law. Patches that identify specific US Military Units or say “US Army/US Navy” should be avoided. Check for these laws in your area.
As a side note, in a classic case of “Do as I say, not as I do”, I will INDEED wear the US Marine Corps “Eagle, Globe, & Anchor” that I earned, as it does NOT just identify the US Marines, but a brotherhood of people who were tested in the same Crucible and she can try and do whatever she wants.
I hope this article helps in making some decisions for your group, family, or tribe. Make them and put them in place NOW, so that you aren’t scrambling when the balloon goes up.
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The Minuteman is someone we all learned about back in school, but how much do you really know about them and what can we apply to today? Here, we will look at the Minuteman concept and discuss how we can apply those lessons today.
The basis for the Minuteman was devised in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1645. The Colony required all men aged 16-60 to serve in the militia. This militia got together 2-3 times a year for training. However, the most fit and well-trained trained 3-4 times a week, to “be ready at a moment’s notice”, hence the nickname, “Minutemen”.
These men would be sent ahead to an impending battle to scout and begin sniping and ambushes to slow down an advancing enemy force. In those times, this was a completely unheard-of form of combat, and is the basis for Roger’s Rangers, later to become the 75th Ranger Regiment. It was also a highly effective way for a smaller force to demoralize and defeat a much larger and more technologically advanced opponent.
Therein lies our first pair of lessons to be learned here.
You should train as often as possible, 2-3 times a week if you can. Training doesn’t always mean shooting. Training in patrolling, scouting, first aid, and observations skills are needed more than shooting and room-clearing.
Train to use the tactics of attritional warfare. If a large group of looters, for example, is heading towards your area, begin sporadic ambushes and sniping attacks as early as possible, to make them reconsider the route they are taking and to demoralize them. Additionally, maintain contact with at least a scout element until they leave the area.
In 1643, the “New England Confederation” was formed. This was an agreement by four different colonies to lend mutual aid to each other and field one large force of militia when needed. This was an important first step.
At short time later, they modified this agreement (August of 1645) to establish that 30% of the joint militia forces in each area were to be designated as “short-notice” units, AKA “Minutemen”.
Once you’ve established your own Mutual Aid Group (we don’t use that other M word that draws feds), reach out to surrounding groups and establish parameters for joint operations and mutual defense. If you defend separately, a larger force will pick you each off one at a time. A larger, joint group could defend a larger area more effectively.
Each MAG should have its own “minuteman” type group. In the Civil Defense Manual, Jack Lawson calls these the neighborhood “Rapid Response Guardians”. Whatever you call them, your most-trained, best-equipped group should be your “problem-solving” group. They should be kept from manning fixed posts and remain free to respond to problems on your perimeter during an attack. They could also be sent out for patrols or to lend aid to a neighboring group quickly.
So far, we’ve only talked about how to apply this to your group, but the concept can also be applied to your own personal preparations.
If you’ve read my books or read this blog for very long, you’ll know that I advocate having several levels of readiness. As an example, I have my Patrol/EDC bag always stocked, always ready as my “Walk Out the Door NOW” bag, and that’s essentially my “minuteman” gear, but we can apply this to the Belt Kit as well.
In the Base Line Training Manual, I described my full-on war belt. That belt holds a sidearm and spare magazines for it, a spare rifle magazine, a radio, two canteens and cups, a bayonet/fighting knife, and a butt pack with food and shelter items/first aid kit (www.kilo5.com). It’s a big belt and there are suspenders for it. This belt would be used for patrolling, a specific mission, or defending the perimeter.
However, I also have my “Minuteman” style belt that would be my EDC belt around the bug out location, when I wasn’t outside the perimeter or on a specific mission/tasking that required the larger belt. This belt is an Exumbris Desings (www.exumbrisdesigns.com) belt and inner Velcro belt. On this outstanding and well-designed belt, I have a holster for a sidearm (www.redballoonind.com), spare sidearm magazines, a radio, handcuff/flashlight pouch, a Solatac BOK (www.solatac.com) first aid kit, and an expandable baton pouch. If I were carrying a rifle, I would add on a rifle magazine emergency reload pouch.
This smaller belt would be worn inside the perimeter in a WROL situation and for vehicle operations. The holster can be quickly switched between belts, as can the ammunition. Why is this important? Because a full war-belt is uncomfortable for vehicle ops, and this belt could be worn while riding to an objective area, then a quick belt change can happen for dismounted operations. The same can happen if wearing the ExUmbris belt inside the perimeter and an alert happens. I could grab the war-belt, run to my position, and quickly swap belts.
For current world operations, the ExUmbris belt is the one I keep fully ready and accessible in case a crisis develops quickly, or a “Minuteman” belt. It would be easier to move around in while preparing the vehicles of our group to leave the city and head to the bug out location. In the event of say a large protest, I could throw it on while the threat exists and still function.
Take the Minuteman lesson and ensure that you have at the very least, a Patrol/EDC emergency bag and some type of fast-to-throw-on belt ready at all times, in this current environment. Have your entire group keep their radios charged and set on an agreed-on frequency.
Another Minuteman lesson comes to us from the Standing Orders of Roger’s Rangers from the French & Indian War. The order states that each night Rangers will be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force. We can apply that by having an automatic “lost communications” drill already established with our groups or families. This means that if the phones and internet go down for a specified period, the group all either monitors the same radio frequency or all meet at pre-determined location at a certain time. One person on Twitter said that his group has a plan to meet at the local library, which is a great idea.
As always, let’s check this advice against the Ultimate Tactical Handbook to make sure we’re on track. Nehemiah has the answer for us:
Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes;
each had his weapon, even when he went for water.
Seems like solid advice: Always have your gear ready at a moment’s notice.
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On March 23rd, 1775, Patrick Henry gave a speech at St John’s Church in Richmond Virginia. He concluded that speech with a phrase that has echoed throughout history as a battle cry and a guiding principle, “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!”.
He wasn’t just saying empty words, either. He would go on to lead a militia force in the Gunpowder Incident the next month. The British Royal Marines seized a large cache of gunpowder and attempted to move it to a ship. Henry quickly took command of a local Militia and marched on the British Headquarters in Williamsburg. While a negotiated settlement was reached, it was acknowledged that Henry could have taken Williamsburg if he had wanted to.
I bring this up, because I want to discuss a few more parts of that speech that are lesser known, but equally applicable to the situation we find ourselves in today.
I ask you consider this in the context of the two pieces of Tactical Wisdom from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook that I’m going to share today. The first is among my favorites:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Before I move back into Patrick Henry, let’s be clear: Forced medical procedures are SLAVERY. Forced home detention for not accepting said forced medical procedures is SLAVERY. Not protesting because the authorities have frightened you out of it is SLAVERY. Clear? Clear.
Back to Patrick Henry:
…It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against the painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
This concept is repeated in the Declaration of Independence. We are apt to pretend that somehow things will just get better if we don’t make waves. That if we just “go along to get along” somehow they won’t really force us to do what we don’t want to do.
In our present situation, too many are guilty of this wishful thinking. This also encompasses those who think that some magic “they” is going to ride in on a golden stallion and save the day so that they won’t have to.
…we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated….
Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.
Man, does any of this sound familiar? President Biden’s speech about national mandates, where he said his patience was wearing thin, was us all being spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.
Our petitions & remonstrances, namely attempting to exercise our right to petition the government for the redress of grievances by gathering to protest, has indeed produced additional violence and insult in that over 600 people have now been arrested and transported, in some cases, thousands of miles to face trial. For the record, that same behavior is listed in the Declaration.
It’s gotten to the point where the right cannot even attend a protest without hundreds of federal agents descending on the event, intimidating people back onto the couch to watch Netflix.
They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary.
Stop me if you’ve hear this one….the left says it all day every day.
But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?
And here comes the part I really wanted to share:
Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by laying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Here it is….our own shame. Our lives have grown so soft and so comfortable, that the truth is that all the keyboard warriors who say “Well, when they come to my street, I’ll resist”, are really never going to. They’re going to choose Netflix over Liberty.
It’s what gives rise to the Hopium that Donald Trump, or Gen Flynn, or some audit, or the Tooth Fairy is going to magically push the auto-win button and fix everything, so that we don’t have stop binge-watching the next dystopian series on Netflix and take action ourselves.
Patrick Henry told us all those years ago where choosing to remain comfortable leads…to being bound hand and foot and not being able to resist once you finally decide to. In the Warsaw Ghetto, the Jews finally rose up when they realized that they were going to die anyway. While they put up a valiant fight, they lost in the end because they waited until they were totally disarmed and completely surrounded to fight. We need to stop teaching this as a good story of resistance and start teaching it as a cautionary tale about waiting too long.
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
As winter approaches, most will tempted to not resist or protest at all, because it’s too cold. I even had one guy tell me “fighting season is over”, as if we are foot-mobile only Afghan goat herders with no way through the mountain passes. No, we’re just too comfy and lazy. I’d like that guy to learn about the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Stalingrad.
Why are we so comfortable? Because Netflix (Barack Obama sits on their board, BTW) has turned every show into soft porn to keep you on the couch. We’d rather sit in our living rooms and indulge in a little guilty pleasure than get out and do what is right. That leads us to our second piece of Tactical Wisdom:
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh…
Bad things are on the horizon. Pretending they aren’t or hoping they’ll just go away are not viable strategies.
Very soon, you will have to decide: Give me Liberty, or Give me Netflix.
I’ll take my lead from Patrick Henry:
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
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Whatever your reason is for preparing, a second or third order effect is going to lead to the unavailability of gasoline. If you’re preparing for an EMP, then vehicles are already off the table. I know, everyone likes to say “But I’ve got a 1984 Chevy”. Cool story. How will you get gasoline without electricity?
I know, I’ve mentioned gas siphon pumps and the like, but the cold hard truth is that in any prolonged crisis or collapse, even the SOUND of a motor vehicle will draw unwanted attention, making the use of the 1984 truck and siphon pump risky at best. For the record, that goes for all of you “I’ll just bug in and use my generator to run my freezer” types. In the quiet world, a running generator will draw hungry people like roaches, but I digress.
The biggest skill and ability area we all need for post-WROL living is the one most of us neglect…the ability to move a great distance on foot, carrying a load, and potentially under hostile observation. The skills in TW-02, Fieldcraft will help in this area, but I want to talk about something you can do today.
Urban Scouting is something I do a couple of times a week, to develop my awareness, build on my Area Study, and improve my ability to walk distances, while also gathering important data. Yes, it’s rucking, but it’s rucking with a secondary purpose. It’s just like doing burpees (or as Marines used to call them bend and thrusts)…burpees improve cardio and body strength, while also improving your ability to get down and to get up from the ground quickly.
Before we get into how, let’s discuss the why. The Ultimate Tactical Handbook tells us why we need to scout out the city before disaster strikes:
Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.
With this advice, it’s solid Tactical Wisdom to scout out these areas as soon as possible. This also ties in well with my tactical guidance in Fieldcraft and down below here, telling you to stay off the street whenever possible.
The first step is always proper preparation. Get a quality backpack, preferably the one you use as your Get Home Bag. The best urban color is black, because it’s very common and it blends into the urban environment. The bag should be stocked as shown in the Base Line Training Manual, but for this exercise we definitely want it to have some type of rain gear, water, some type of food, and some type of note-taking equipment. Personally, I use my BattleBoard Scout and Rite-In-The-Rain notebook.
Go to a location that you frequent. Lately, I’ve been going to retail shopping areas that I frequent, as I’ve done places along the route home from various client locations already. When I get there, I gear up and then begin walking a few miles, wearing the backpack, but it’s not just walking.
I take the back alley behind the businesses. I do this to scout out what could be useful. There are many things to learn in the back alleys, from a preparedness standpoint.
You’ll find hidden trails from residential areas into the commercial shopping area. Funny thing about trails is that they work both ways. Once I’ve found a trial, learned where it goes, and recorded it into my area study, I now have another escape route. In the future, if I find myself shopping at that location & a disorder happens, and I can’t get to my car, I now know that there is a foot path out of the area around the back and I’m on my way to safety.
On my last trip a few days ago, I found not only trails to three different neighborhoods, but I found wild grapes, blackberries, and black raspberries. I also found an abundance of rabbits that most people won’t know about about. Finding hidden sources of food is a matter of life and death.
Other knowledge you can chart for later emergency use is which businesses store old pallets outside (source of firewood), who has a generator behind the building (source of fuel), and where there is roof access from the rear alley (potential use as an Observation Post). Also, note the location of sillcock faucets you find, for later water access.
Look at trails also from an approach perspective. Learn where you could hide along those trails to observe the alley, before stepping into it, or to where you could observe looting, from a community safety perspective. It would be good to know when looters are leaving a commercial area and if they are then heading towards your neighborhood.
The important secondary skill we are developing here is the habit and ability to navigate in an urban area without walking along the streets.
Above, I used a screen grab from The Book of Eli, and there’s a reason. The mistake Eli made when he went to leave the village that fateful day was that he walked right down the street after leaving the shop where he got his battery charged. I know, it’s a movie, but he could have avoided the entire gun battle (and saved his scarce ammo), by going out the back door of the shop and navigating out via the alley behind the business. But then, the movie would have been boring.
I know, I’m saying that tongue-in-cheek, but it’s a serious point that I made in Fieldcraft; in a WROL situation, walking down the street is how you become a loot drop for someone else. Forget these fantasies about an honorable showdown between you and the evil leader of the biker gang; reality is that you will never even hear the sniper’s shot before you fall, and they rush out to divide up your stuff.
A word about weather: If it starts raining or snowing, or is too hot or too cold, DO IT ANYWAY. We are training for the real world and when the time comes, you won’t get to pick the weather.
I hope this helps you in your readiness and training.
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that they are endowed by their Creator with certain, unalienable rights….
I view these words with almost religious faith. I fervently believe in them with every fiber of my soul. The men who wrote them did as well. In fact, they finished it with what I consider the most moving Oath ever written by men:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Despite what revisionists will tell you, there is no asterisk in the “all men are created equal” statement. It didn’t say *except certain people or *expect people who don’t think like I do.
Before I get a rabid person in comments saying “but slavery existed”; it sure did and it was an abomination. At that time, slavery existed and HAD EXISTED everywhere on Earth for thousands of years. European, Native American, Asian, and African cultures all practiced slavery going back into all of recorded history and beyond. The United States has the distinction of eliminating slavery faster than any other culture.
But let’s get to the point. I’m writing this while I’m attending the BasedCon Science Fiction & Fantasy Con. What’s significant about that? Let me tell you why…
The BasedCon came about because tradition ComicCon & other science fiction/fantasy conferences became intolerant of any views that are to the right of Mao Tse Tung. They began banning authors and topics that didn’t put forth the “progressive” platform. Big publishing houses did as well.
If you are truly about equality, why not allow dissenting views?
They became so intolerant that when the BasedCon was conceived, the left went to work finding out where it was going to be held. Last night, around a campfire, I met the owner of the facility where we are holding it. He told me that he received what he thought was an inquiry about the event. The woman who was emailing him then proceeded to tell him how the BasedCon was going to a Nazi gathering that put marginalized communities at risk, and demanded that he cancel the reservation. Yes, really.
Fortunately, the man laughed her off and BasedCon is in full swing. Now, I’ve attended every session, and I’ve yet to encounter a Nazi, and, in fact, this gathering is far more diverse that any ANTIFA event I’ve ever been at. What it is is a cross section of American society, far more committed to equal rights than the supposed “progressives” are, and that’s sad.
The worse part of all of this is that the event had to be planned in secrecy and held in a remote location, lest the forces of intolerance show up and attack the venue, in the name of equality. That’s a real threat, and it’s why I volunteered to assist.
Equal means equal, not MORE EQUAL.
Why have we relegated ourselves as a society to the point where one side of the political aisle has to organize in secret and cannot openly meet in public, without threat of violence or arrest? What have we done with the Last, Best Hope on Earth?
America was once the Shining City on the Hill, an example where people of every race, religion, or ideology could come and thrive without fear or threat. One side has changed and made that not true, and it isn’t the side of alleged equality. The most horrific atrocities are usually committed in the name of egalitarian causes.
We have made freedom of speech, freedom of association, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances impossible for anyone who doesn’t embrace Marxist beliefs. Don’t tell me that’s an exaggeration: Today is 9/18 and there is a fence around the Capitol and a massive military and police response to a planned conservative event, which would never be considered for a progressive event of similar magnitude. In fact, if you had the same response to a BLM protest as they have set up for the J6 protest, the government would be called fascist (despite a history of violence).
Worse than that, the conservatives, by being more “tolerant” and concerned about others’ feelings, have allowed themselves to relegated to this status to “get along”.
So, as we continue to plan events in secret in remote locations, does it feel like freedom?
Let me leave you with my foundational quote from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook to close out this topic:
It is freedom’s sake that you have been set free;
Never again allow yourselves to be burdened with the yoke of Slavery.
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I can’t imagine my life without my dogs, one of which is Miss Lucy above. In that photo, I think she was waiting not-very-patiently for me to put the laptop down.
Also, I have a cat, and he’s the ultimate “Chad Cat” of all Chad-Cats. He stages items along the very edge of the kitchen island, so that he can ambush the dogs from above with his dead-fall traps. He’s definitely a tactical war-kitty, for sure. He dominates the high ground (maintaining an OP from the cupboard above the fridge) and spends his days patrolling the house stealthily, setting ambushes for everyone, human or dog, he doesn’t care and he gives no quarter.
So, naturally, when it comes to preparedness, they are 100 percent included in my preparedness plans. Pets are family. I’m angered and saddened when I hear stories of people who evacuated without their pets and are now looking for them. This was preventable.
Before we begin, as we alway do, let’s check the Ultimate Tactical Handbook for guidance on preparedness for pets. What? You don’t think it’s in there? Oh, ye of little faith…Have I not taught you? Everything you need to know is.
The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
There it is. You care for animals, and the “kindest act of the wicked” of letting the pet fend for itself is cruel.
This very point is our first preparedness tip for pets. You do NOT just let them out of the house and hope for the best. Would you do that for your toddler? Teenager? They will be stressed out and don’t understand the danger or why you left. You accepted responsibility for them, act like it.
You hear all the time about “just let the cats out; they’ll fend for themselves”. That’s FALSE. It’s based on the belief that cats don’t really need people. Whoever said that has never met Lynx, my cat. If he can’t see his people (and his dogs, even though he denies it), he is stressed out and can’t deal. While cats CAN fend for themselves, they’ll be stressed and don’t exactly watch the news to be aware of danger.
Another negative side effect of letting pets out is that dogs will then form packs and become feral, which is dangerous to everyone’s long-term survival. Dogs that become feral do not then go back to being tame.
Dogs and cats have been man’s companions for millenia, and they didn’t have modern conveniences like prepared dog and cat food, until relatively recently. You can do this in an austere environment, without modern conveniences.
Whenever you make evacuation plans, include the animals. For cats, a carrier is needed. For dogs, some type of harness and leash with a long lead is needed. All animals, in an emergency, need some type of tag with your name and contact information on it. I know, in a full WROL (Without Rule of Law) situation, they won’t be able to reach you, but it will establish ownership.
Another item you need in your important papers is a photo of you with each pet you have. This will help establish ownership, in case you get separated and there is ever any dispute as to ownership. A PRINTED photo, not on your phone. Also include any pet immunization records and registration documents, if you bent the knee to the state and registered them.
While animals will drink from ground water, get a collapsible bowl and you can share the water that you gather and purify with them. The collapsible bowls above have a carabiner so that you can attach it to your pack, or the dogs harness, to dry.
Pack and store about a weeks worth of pet food, plus a few cans if they eat wet food, in a waterproof and airtight package, and remember to rotate it. My program is to put enough food for one day in a ziplock bag, and those bags got into a larger bag, just for the pets, along with the collapsible water bowls. Side Note: Dogs and cats don’t care if the food is on the ground, on the floor, or in a bowl. Use the bowls only for water to keep them clean. Also, in a true emergency, cans or pouches of tuna/salmon make good substitutes for pet food.
Another vital item you need is a pet first aid kit, built for and dedicated to pets. They are widely available and relatively low cost. They contain supplies for treating pet-specific injuries. Consider taking a pet-specific first aid and CPR class. Yes, pet CPR classes exist, I’ve taken one. The Red Cross and several other agencies offer them, including online courses.
For weather and other short-term emergencies, you should scout now for hotels outside your area that would allow you to bring your pets. Some sites recommend boarding your pets while you evacuate, but if conditions require an evacuation, your pets should evacuate with you. If you just can’t find any hotels or friends that will take in you and your pets, camping is always an option.
In a full-WROL situation, dogs are a SOLID security asset. Humans and dogs paired together thousands of years ago in a mutually beneficial agreement: the dogs will help hunt, herd, and provide security in exchange for humans sharing their food. Keep dogs for security. It’s important though, while tempted not to, keep the dogs on a leash. You don’t want them running off when startled.
Cats should be kept in a carrier until you get to either a temporary or permanent location. They don’t work well with leashes and run when startled.
You also have to consider pet sanitation as well. Just as I always talk about not allowing any humans to eliminate bodily waste inside or near your campsite, don’t let pets do it either. Walk them away from the campsite. While it’s equally important for health reasons, with dogs, it’s even more important from a security standpoint, because the smell of dog urine is very strong TO DOGS and it ALWAYS attracts MORE DOGS. You don’t need that. For cats, some type of portable litter arrangement is needed.
A good way to do this is that after you’ve set up the camp, take a quick patrol about 50 meters out from your campsite with the dog or dogs, and make a quick circle at that distance.
I hope these few ideas help. I know, I didn’t discuss parakeets, or lizards, or whatever, because I really don’t know how you’d pull that off. If that’s what you have, most of these guidelines will still work, to some extent.
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We’ve all got a tent, and a sleeping bag, and the supplies we think we need to live in the field, should we need to. Some people plan on living a permanent mobile existence in a WROL situation, which isn’t actually realistic, and some are planning on bugging in.
No matter what you envision, are you really prepared for WROL living? This what the Ultimate Tactical Handbook says will happen:
Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.
Sure, from a theoretical standpoint, we’ll all say we are. But, are you really? When was the last time you lived in the field for 3 weeks straight? When was the last time, even for deployed veterans who did live in the field, that you went 3 weeks without any electricity at all? How about running water?
Even when military forces are in the field, eventually a field shower truck and a field laundry unit arrives. What if they aren’t coming? Are you prepared for that? When was the last time you TRAINED that way. Be honest, the last time you trained, you checked your phone several times in the middle of it, didn’t you?
These ideas and skills are all found in the Tactical Wisdom Series Volume 2 – Fieldcraft.
First, how will you handle personal hygiene? In a WROL situation, hygiene will be a killer. Being clean also keeps you safe, because let’s be honest, dirty bodies STINK. To help with this, baby wipes or wet wipes of some variety are your friend in the short term. Using bio-degradable products, like flushable wipes, to clean the parts of the body that sweat gathers (I’ll let you figure that out) can stave off illness and odor. Hand sanitizer and wipes before meals are vital.
For a longer-term solution, a camp shower is a good idea, as long as you can find a source of water. Essentially, you fill it with water and hang it in the sun while you do other tasks. This heats the water. When you turn it on, warm water comes out and you can take a quick shower.
For a more permanent solution, you can build a “gravity shower”, as long as you have a way to get water into the system (buckets). Basically, the water is carried up and poured into a black container of some type (plastic or metal). Once the water warms up from the sun, turn on the shower head and take a shower. You could build an outdoor enclosure around it.
All field soldiers know about freshening clothes in the field. Crush them up, then shake them out a few times, and let them sit in the sun for a couple of hours. This could be done by attaching them to your pack while moving, or hanging them up in camp.
That gets you through a short field operation, but eventually you’ll need to actually wash your clothes. Having a washing board is a good idea, and has worked for hundreds of years. Another option is Fels-Naptha. This is a solid bar of laundry soap. You can treat stains by wetting the cloth and rubbing the bar on it. You could also put your dirty clothes in a mesh laundry bag with shaved off pieces of Fels-Naptha inside and vigorously agitate the bag in water (that’s the same way your washing machine works). As a side note, Fels-Naptha can also treat poison ivy/poison oak.
The next issue to consider is water. Forget the idea of storing enough water. You need to develop the ability to procure & purify water. The good news is that humans have been doing that for all of history. If you are at some type of permanent site, having an outdoor fire pit with a grate/grill and a large pot will enable you to be boiling water almost continuously. Despite our advanced technologies, boiling water at rolling boil for at least one minute remains the very best way to treat water and make it safe to drink in a primitive setting.
Filters and chemical treatment options should be considered as tools for temporary use or for use while on the move. There are plenty of options here, so pick what works best for you. My personal option is a Sawyer Mini, because it can placed directly on my Camelback tube, so that if I am in a hurry, I can filter as I drink, rather than stopping and taking a long time to filter as I fill the Camelback. I also carry chemical tabs, which can be tossed into either canteens or a Camelback (the exact dosage is in Fieldcraft). You need the ability to be able to fill up all of you water containers and be treating or filtering on the move, because movement is life and staying near a water source means other people will eventually show up.
Honestly evaluate your comfort level with life in the field. When was the last time you camped for more than 2 nights? Start getting comfortable with this now by training for it.
These problems aren’t only for people bugging out. If you are bugging in, when was the last time you went a week without using the water, electricity, or gas? How acclimated are you to the heat and cold? We live most of our lives in an artificially maintained climate. Can you tolerate the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter? Do you have a plan to heat your house that doesn’t rely on the outside world?
If you are planning on bugging in, try to train by spending a week without using any of the outside services. Doing this will give you some ideas on what you need to work on to improve your preparations and your post-event quality of life.
Remember that in all of your training, you need make security a priority. In a true WROL, your security is going to be AT RISK. As I’m writing this, video is emerging of “Rooftop Arabs” defending their stores from looters in New Orleans. You’ll need that level of security. Here’s a tip from the Son of Man himself:
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.
As you prepare, don’t just be a collector. Get out and train and see what your life will actually be like. Just collecting gear is NOT preparedness.
I hope this helps spur your thinking leads to you taking some training action.
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Whether it’s Max Rockatansky, former police officer of the Main Force Patrol, or Eli, former K-Mart staffer, the movies always feature a man traveling the wasteland alone, righting wrongs and accomplishing amazing feats all by himself in a world gone mad.
That’s called FICTION for a reason. The truth of the matter is that alone, you can’t even sleep safely, let alone travel the wasteland, searching for damsels in distress to be rescued. If I was the bad guy in these scenarios, I’d just follow the hero until he laid down to sleep and then dispatch him with my trusty bayonet. Instant loot drop.
The other fallacy the movies present are these “honorable” situations in which the bad guy prefers a one-on-one epic battle or just takes our hero prisoner. The fact is that in a WROL situation, you’re far more likely to just be dropped from 700 meters by a sniper or, in the case of the famous Eli capture, if the bad guy really wanted to see what was in his backpack, he would have just killed Eli as soon as he surrendered.
Why do I bring this up? Because you need a tribe. Call it whatever you want (except the evil M word), you need a group of people who agree to assist each other and cooperate in the areas of security, defense, food production, and water/supply procurement.
As the Ultimate Tactical Handbook says:
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
With at least one other person, one can sleep while the other keeps watch. With three, everyone can get more sleep. Sleep is just an example. This applies to any task.
As I keep pointing out, too many in preparedness think they will live some type of idyllic Little House on the Prairie existence, farming quietly and communing with nature. At some point, bad folks (or just plain desperate & hungry ones), will arrive and attempt to take what you have. Even a single family alone will not be able to defend against a horde.
You need to find groups of like minded people to band together and TRAIN with. But, before you rush of and create a new Facebook group, you need to take a look at this warning that is showing in CANNING groups….
Imagine…”becoming too prepared..” Is that even a thing? You can either be prepared or not. You cannot be “TOO PREPARED”.
The point is that the DHS has officially linked preparedness to violent domestic extremism. It’s wrong, it’s untrue, and is unfair, but we have to deal with the world as it is, not how we want it to be.
If you haven’t already found a group, it may indeed be too late. Our freedom to assemble and associate with other now comes with an asterisk, “As long as it is for approved purposes.” I don’t say this to be defeatist, I say it to urge you to action.
Generally, we already associate with like minded people. Start having conversations and building a preparedness community, just don’t use Facebook for any part of it. Remember that Facebook began as a Defense Department project and no amount of them saying “but we dropped it” can change that basic fact.
As you begin building a group, vet potential new members carefully. Review their online persona carefully. See what they are posting and how long the account has been there. Anyone who starts advocating immediately for drastic actions or suggests modifying weapons/building explosives should be immediately & permanently removed. They are either insane or a federal agent (but then I repeat myself) and the response is the same. Never have any contact with them again.
As a side note, if you attend an event with any preparedness group, be immediately suspicious of any acquittances “randomly” reaching out to you right after. I recently attended an even with someone else’s group, and suddenly 3 people who I’ve recently met, none of which were present, reached out to “chat”. Those are likely informants assigned to do research. Be careful.
Look for the skills to complement what your group needs. Begin with a rough outline of what you think is needed. An example is a medical person, an engineer of some variety, a gardening person, people who hunt, and a communications person. With these, you can build a solid preparedness group.
I know, some of you (probably the feds) are going to point out that I didn’t mention security or “shooters”. That’s because security is EVERYONE’S job, and if you are purposefully seeking only shooters, I would ask WHY? Because you’re not really interested in preparedness, you’re interested in LARPing about Red Dawn or The Patriot.
Don’t get me wrong, shooters will be needed and are welcome, but they MUST bring other skill sets to the table. Just being a shooter is an extra mouth to feed that brings no production capability. Are your shooters hunters or vice-versa? Good.
Remember our ultimate goal: SURVIVAL. Build your group around THAT, and it will be capable of anything else (like fighting the Chinese or resisting a tyrant). Never begin with a goal of building a resistance team with a secondary goal of survival, that always ends badly, because it attracts the LARPers. Begin with the goal of long term survival, and the other things will naturally follow.
Require standardization in your group. Everyone should the same type of radio, programmed the same. Everyone should carry the same first aid kit in the same place. Everyone should have a tourniquet in the same spot on their gear. An overlooked point is ammunition standardization. If everyone else has a 5.56mm, and have 300 BLK, they can’t toss you a mag. Standardization also makes resupply and scavenging easier.
Once you have your team set up, meet and train together regularly. Use the training exercising in my Baseline Training Manual and Fieldcraft to build your skills and to develop the ability to work together.
The time to do this is NOW, not post-event. Tensions in this country are at an all time high and it only takes one event to spark very bad things.
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Imagine this: Someone approaches your gate. You must respond to the gate to deal with them. If you are alone, you have no security over-watching you, but more importantly, you won’t have anyone watching the rest of your perimeter. Someone approaching the gate may be a distraction. You need a team.
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My preparedness philosophy revolves around the idea that at any given point in time, you are no more than 72 hours from a complete and total collapse. This may seem extreme, but let me give a historical context.
The most recent example is Afghanistan. We spent years training their new military and they fell within 72 hours. I know what you’re thinking, “But they were at war”. Yes, the tribal areas were, but in Kabul, life was pretty much normal. 72 hours later, it was overrun and widespread violence is on-going.
For a better example, let’s examine life in Gori, Georgia on August 8th, 2008. Life was normal, the power was on, water was flowing, and everyone was working. Sure, there was an autonomous zone to their north, but those issues never interrupted the daily routine in Gori, a modern western city with a lively nightlife. 72 hours later, there was no power or water, the police were retreating from Russian armor and infantry, and ethnic Russian militias were operating in the city. The city was receiving constant shelling and severe air attacks, despite the city not being defended by the Georgian Army. 72 hours.
In the Ukraine in 2014, protestors gathered daily in the capitol to protest the President and his alleged ties to Russia (boy, doesn’t that sound familiar?). For the rest of the country, though, it was business as usual. In fact, in Kyiv, outside of a 12 block area, life went on as normal. On the 19th, more protestors arrived including the Right Sektor, whose flag bears a striking resemblance to ANTIFA’s (because they have the same funding).
Between the 19th and 22nd, 130 people were killed, including 18 police officers. Again, this 72 hour period affected only a few blocks of the capitol city, but in the end, the government had been overthrown. 72 hours.
Now, the first 72 hour period was bad enough, and life in the capitol had seen a complete collapse from a modern western city to a complete war zone in just 72 hours, but it wasn’t over. In the countryside, people woke up on the 22nd realizing that the government had been overthrown by force. These groups quickly formed their own militias and declared their independence. Immediately, fighting broke out and Russian forces invaded.
In another 72 hours, the rest of the Ukraine devolved from a modern western society into a war zone without consistent power or water, and it’s residents having to flee from fighting and dodge enemy checkpoints. It remains in conflict to this day. An entire province was annexed directly into Russia proper.
These are extreme examples, but we see the same thing here during social unrest or natural disasters. Within 72 hours of the George Floyd incident, Minneapolis and several other cities were in complete “Without Rule of Law” situations. After Hurricane Katrina, in less than 72 hours, New Orleans became a total WROL zone complete with gang Warlords and federal gun confiscations, as well as forced relocations.
The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack was another great example. Residents of the affected area found that within 72 hours, there was no gasoline to get to work or the grocery store, or anywhere. This led to food shortages and unrest. Had it gone on any longer, full on civil disorder would have resulted.
As people interested in preparedness, we need to understand this dynamic and be prepared to go from normal operations to full WROL operations in less than 72 hours at any given moment. There may not be time to prepare later. We tend to put things off, but we need to be ready.
The first two things to go in a crisis will be communications and fuel, and if the power is out, they’ll both go at the same time. Have a radio communications plan (license free is great for local comms) and a plan to get gas or refuel from stored supplies. Two important items are a good handheld radio and a siphon pump.
Ensure that all your bags are packed and ready, with seasonably appropriate items. Keep a 14 day supply of PORTABLE food, as you may need to leave. Always keep a method to procure and purify water with you, as water is too bulky to store and too heavy to carry.
Remember always that the most important rule learned from 20th century conflict is that “movement is life”. If you tie yourself to one location, it may become your grave. While bugging in is a good plan for some, never be so tied to that idea that you sacrifice yourself. Bug in until you have to bug out, then bug out.
In fact, it’s so important that the Ultimate Tactical Handbook advises it:
Gather up your belongings to leave the land, you who live under siege.
The number one fitness thing anyone in preparedness can do is WALK. Start walking, TODAY. After getting used to walking, start carrying a load. I don’t mean put weights in a backpack, I mean start rucking carrying the gear you will need. This, more than any other fitness activity, will get your body prepared.
I hope this discussion has opened your eyes to the 72 Hour principle and the need to always be ready for a crisis with no warning. It can happen fast, and we tend to deny that it is happening. Be ready.
Give portions to seven or even to eight,
for you don’t know what disaster may happen on earth.
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By Jack Lawson, Author of the Civil Defense Manual
Rare does a book catch my attention like Tactical Wisdom. It could have been authored by my alter ego. But the Author, Joe Dolio, has created what I consider a companion and must-read book to my book the Civil Defense Manual. His book “Tactical Wisdom TW-01 Baseline Training Manual” has almost every procedure in it that my book has… presented in a concise and superb manner. He also has a great writing style.
The man clearly must be a genius, if by his definition of the word, we think alike. For those unaware of what I’m talking about, you’d have to read Joe’s opening line in his review of my book. But Joe and I, regardless of our level of intelligence and I’m definitely not a genius, agree on the way to Preparedness, Survival and organizing with others for Strength Through Numbers for protection.
This review is not a ‘trade off’ knee jerk evaluation of the Tactical Wisdom Series from me because Joe wrote a generous review for me… because anyone who knows me well, knows that I won’t praise a poor presentation, incompetence and or misinformation for any reason. The fact is that this Marine Corps Veteran has written a classic in writing the “Tactical Wisdom Base Line Training Manual.”
I know that Joe is more intelligent than me by one item… as he quotes The Ultimate Base Line Book… the Bible… in his book. That incredible Guide Book that I’ve seemed to wandered away from… despite being brought up by it. Some people that know me would say… “Lawson, you reading the Bible!?”
Well, I am drifting back to the Bible and Christianity… probably from the insanity of what illogic is bringing our society. I am not reading it because “I’m looking for a loophole” for my transgressions, like W.C. Fields said when one of his friends questioned him astounded that he was reading the Bible on his death bed. I have a pretty good idea where I’m going… and it won’t be pretty… but I still hold out hope for Valhalla.
That being said, I believe our exclusion of God, his Son and the Holy Spirit by many ‘enlightened’ and ‘elite’ people is the basis of the on-going destruction of the fabric of society, decency, the family, Free Enterprise (instead of Fascist Corporations), Individual Rights and Constitutional America.
When the huge egos and twisted values of those who become legends in their own minds represents the aggregate essence of a world of peoples… in lieu of the righteousness and principles of an Immortal and Benevolent Higher Power… mankind is well on the way to catastrophe… if not extinction.
I have read just about every survival book out there. Good ones… and bad ones. Fiction and non-fiction… handbooks, manuals and riveting fiction plots… some with excellent common-sense survival information and storylines… and then there are those with the ‘expert’s fantasy’ on how to survive.
What started me off was the late British Author John Christopher’s 1957 science fiction novel “No Blade of Grass,” first published as “The Death of Grass,” and made into a movie in 1970. A post-apocalypse story where food crops fail, and the world descends into chaos.
But novels cannot convey to you all the necessary methods and explain all the critical information on Preparedness and Survival no matter how good a story they are. However, novels will get you thinking in the right direction and sometimes point out stark issues that imaginations cannot conceive of in normal civility.
A case in point… William Forstchen’s “One Second After.” I said bull shytte when his story had 90% of Americans dying within one year after a High-altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse event (HEMP or EMP) happened. I retracted my words after reading the story and understanding why he would be correct in his assessment.
All the books you will read on apocalyptic events, Preparedness and Survival will give you basic, and in some cases extensive, information necessary to survive disaster and Catastrophic Events… however some will also give you and yours an early meeting with your Maker for inaccurate and erroneous information. Deadly.
But both fiction and non-fiction books on Preparedness and Survival create in you something critical… a valuable thought process that gives you a different perspective and understanding of the frailty of we humans on this planet.
And regardless… almost every book you read leaves you knowing something you didn’t know before you picked it up, if you check the accuracy of the information. Life is a process of learning… up to the second you pass from this world into the next.
What you’ll get in Tactical Wisdom Series is the solid information and procedures on what you must do to prepare for calamity and how to survive it. We both tell people what and how to do it, but Joe brilliantly puts a synopsis and summary at the end of each of his chapters called Base Line Standards.
I look at his Base Line Standards summary at the end of each chapter as the “get up and go… do it if you’re for real…” or don’t… if you’re an arm chair commando and couch potato. When I write a new edition of the Civil Defense Manual… I’ll do the same… put a summary of what people must do in ‘one-line sentences’ at the end of each chapter. A true motivator. A “Shytte… or get off the pot!” motivator.
I was astounded page by page in the similarity of Tactical Wisdom Base Line Standard ‘TW-01’ to the Civil Defense Manual. I haven’t finished Tactical Wisdom Fieldcraft TW-02 yet, but I will and will review that also.
This Marine Corps Veteran has also seen the boogeyman. That ‘qualification’ of combat experience alone does not convey a super mythical power that enables an author to write Preparedness and Survival books… but it does make you hypervigilant towards obvious and hidden threats… and creates a “what if mindset” from all the butt puckering of war like going through a hamburger grinder. Some people get this mental state without combat… but most people never do.
Like Robert Preston said in “The Music Man…” “There’s trouble in River City!” Only this trouble coming is real and is not a con job. You will live in exciting times in the next decades… make sure you have water to drink, food to eat and neighbors and friends to help protect you and your family… as well as you, them. Your “Tribe.”
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Joe’s definitely a ‘get up and go’ type of guy with a visionary approach to Preparedness and Survival…
…so, my Base Line Standard advice to you is to ‘get up and go…’
First… get Joe’s books… read his “Tactical Wisdom Base Line Training Manual TW-01” …and start putting together your plan… but with his books’ guidance.
I have long said that the government views people into preparedness (“preppers”) as a threat. Many people point at the FEMA website http://www.ready.gov and say “See, you’re wrong. They want you prepared.” Have you really looked at their guidance?
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of great information on that site. However, that site is geared at preparing you to wait for government assistance. They make no mention of long term storage, survival, or growing foods. They give a good 7-14 day supply list, intended for you to wait until they come to the rescue, and register you for their handouts. That’s not self-sufficiency.
They frequently say on their site “evacuation plan”….by that they mean evacuation to a FEMA shelter. They mention “listen to local authorities”, meaning “do what you’re told”.
This is the same FEMA who forcibly moved people into the stadium in New Orleans where there were rapes, robberies, and murders. Where dead bodies piled up until they were a health risk. The same FEMA who sent troops door to door to seize lawfully owned guns, while gangsters shot up neighborhoods. People had to fight to get their guns back.
No, I don’t think I’ll rely on FEMA.
People call me paranoid, but I frequently point out that federal agencies look at preparedness as a sign of potential extremism. It’s not extreme at all, but they view it that way. They do NOT want people who are interested in taking care of themselves.
This evening, as Kabul falls completely, myself and every other veteran in America received an email from the Veteran’s Administration, expressing concern about our mental state after the fall of Kabul. I want to share with you an excerpt that CONFIRMS that the government thinks preparedness is sign of extremism. Among the harmful coping behaviors it mentioned was this gem:
Mind you, they are straight up saying that feeling a need to be prepared for what may happen in the future is a BAD THING. They would rather that you not be prepared. Being unprepared leads to dependency.
Later on in the email, it says that if you feel this way, you should call the VA Hotline and report yourself. Yes, really.
Brothers and sisters, I don’t care which side of the political spectrum you line up on, but I BEG YOU, tighten up your Operational Security around your preparedness plans. People are taking note of your posts and comments. Remember my warnings about the Defense Production Act.
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep,
but let us be awake and sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:6
This piece of Tactical Wisdom just that, don’t let yourselves be lulled into reliance on anyone but yourself. Let us also be awake & sober in knowing that some people don’t like the idea of us being self-reliant.
Some practical tips:
Stop sharing your preparedness plans on Facebook, even in private groups. FB hates you, and keeps track of these.
Understand that anything you put on the internet you no longer have a privacy interest in. Your posts and messages belong to the website, service, or provider.
Don’t trust too heavily on “secure messaging services”…the FBI currently has hundreds of cases using allegedly secure messages as evidence. I know…we’re not doing anything wrong, but they don’t care.
Have a communications plan that doesn’t rely on the internet or any service provided by someone else (not cell phones). Radio is really a lifesaver and if you get licensed, you can literally talk across the world, without any middleman.
Never allow anyone, not even Nest or Ring, access or permission to access your home camera system.
Be mindful on Zoom/Web Conferencing of what is visible around you. Again, you may be talking to your friends, but the PROVIDER can record you.
Be especially mindful of where your children have online classes. Many activist teachers are reporting all kinds of silly things, because you let them see it. I recommend a corner with a blank wall.
Talk to your children about what their teachers are asking them about their home lives. It’s a REAL problem.
Never talk about preparedness at work or with people you just met. Especially with people a friend introduces you too.
Realize that neighbors who are your friends today, may be tempted to turn in your stash of food after they haven’t eaten for a few days and they are offered extra food rations to report who has extra food. This has happened in other countries. European ones, not third world.
Be aware that there are people who are distrustful of the preparedness community and will play Nancy Drew, feigning interest, just to find out what you have and report it.
Lastly, understand that denying that a problem exists, doesn’t mean that the problem doesn’t exist. I showed you real-time evidence above. They really think that people into preparedness should be monitored.
In closing, please be careful in disclosing your preparedness, we live in dangerous times.
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As we drift further down this path, I felt that we could use a couple of tips on some legal items. Not because we think we’re going to win any great legal battles, but because we need to be able to establish an “affirmative defense”.
The man in the photo above, first asked the police to clear traffic, and when the officer refused, he confronted the BLM protestors. One of them shoved him, and an another brandished a pepper spray pistol. When the man pushed back, he was arrested and faced assault charges. Now, we know that in the end, he will most likely win because of the sheer amount of video available, but he as still arrested and charged.
First recommendation – the same one I’ve always made. Always keep a body camera with you. Something you can clip on when needed and document your actions and the actions of others.
We all already know that we should be aware of our state’s self defense laws, so rather than recap those ideas, I want you to focus on learning a couple of other areas of law that can help protect you as the situation worsens. I know, none of these things stop a DA or Prosecutor from charging you, but they can help you present your case to the court or jury.
These areas also will apply during a Without Rule of Law situation, because at some point, order will be restored, and someone may need you to clarify your actions during certain encounters. Even if society collapses, WE won’t lose our morality, and there may even be sheriff’s trying to maintain at least some semblance of order.
These points will help you have a legal foundation to explain your position. Just because the Federal and most state governments have stopped following the Constitution and law, doesn’t mean we have to. Being able also to legally justify the actions that you took helps with public impressions, when for example, the government charges you with trespassing and sedition for walking into a building open to the public.
We all know the Second Amendment, but do you know your state’s Constitution and it’s stance on firearms? It’s a vital legal protection for you, because it limits what State Government can do. Here is Michigan’s stance:
Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the State.
Michigan Constitution, Article 1, Section 6
This means that not only can you possess “arms”, you may also “bear” them. Bearing arms means carrying them. Arms can mean much more than guns, by the way. It also establishes firmly that you may possess arms for self-defense, not hunting. It also says “for the defense of the State”. That is de-facto authorization to resist things that threaten the state, like anarchy, widespread rioting, and a foreign invasion.
As an interesting side point to “the defense of the state”, is a an event that is little known outside of the LDS Church. That event is known as the Utah War and it occurred just before the Civil War. Governor Brigham Young of Utah Territory mobilized the state militia to resist an incursion by the federal government. They even fought briefly, leading to a negotiated settlement. Every person who fought on the side resisting the federal government was given amnesty for sedition and treason charges. Some times, a stand must be made.
Clauses like this are vital, because if the federal government passes an assault weapon ban, they can only impact guns sold “in interstate commerce”. Your rights default to the State’s definition for guns you already own. You wouldn’t be able to get a new one, but your state’s assertion that you can “keep and bear arms” protects what you already have.
Clauses like this also expose the illegal nature of bans on private guns sales. If I am guaranteed the right to keep and bear them, why do I not retain normal property rights in them? Including the right to sell to whomever I chose.
The next area of law will seem controversial, but bear with me as I explain.
You need to know and fully understand your state’s citizen arrest laws. Not because I think we should be arresting anyone at all, but because you can use them to defend your actions. Let me explain.
In most states, any citizen can make an arrest when someone commits a felony in your presence, or when you have knowledge that a person has committed a felony.
One fine fall day, I was in Lansing, Michigan. ANTIFA showed up at a rally and pepper sprayed the crowd, without provocation. That action was a felony. Not only does that fact allow you to use lawful self defense, you could also detain the attacker. I’m not advocating doing that at all, but let’s say you were standing next him, and you tackled him to stop his attack, and held him on the ground briefly to get the pepper spray from him, then let him up.
He could run over to the police and report that you falsely imprisoned him. The fact that you COULD HAVE legally made a citizens arrest if you had chosen to is an affirmative defense for your actions. You were legally able to act as you did, covered by both self defense and citizens arrest statutes.
These statutes will become more important in a WROL situation, not less. Knowing what you can do legally will help keep good people from sliding into anarchy with the rest. And, at some point, as I mentioned before, order will be restored, and you may have to answer for things.
Read all sections of the self-defense and citizens arrest laws, because they are rooted in common law, and that’s the entire basis for your mutual aid group’s existence, self defense and community preparedness.
As an example, Michigan Law allows a private person the right to forcibly enter a building if you know that someone who has committed a felony is inside. It also authorizes you to use force and to break out of said building if you encounter resistance (they used the words “are detained in the process”).
Let me say this again: I’m not advocating arresting anybody, but understanding when you CAN, will help you in defense of your use of self-defense. As an executive protection agent, I have no more arrest authority or authority to use force than any other citizen. However, by knowing the arrest and self defense laws, I can defend a client, and if urgently needed, arrest or pursue the attacker into a building. The same applies to any citizen.
When would I ever use this? If I knew that an attacker had the ability to harm others and was still on the loose, such as an active shooter I would. In the extreme case, picture a WROL situation and someone is just sniping people and there are no police to come. Using the laws mentioned above, you would be able to defend your actions if you and your team took action against that sniper, to include deadly force after a forced entry.
Another area of law for you to know is your state’s emergency powers laws. These laws are the ones that will be used to try and enforce unusual measures. Knowing what they can and can’t do SHOULD help, while it might not, as certain states (cough-Michigan-cough) found out. Knowing what they can legally do will at least allow you to prepare for those effects. I’ll leave it at that, sorry Feds.
Knowing your rights under the 4th, 5th, and 6th amendments (and related state provisions) is crucial, and I assume everyone knows them already, but I wanted to give a few tips here. The first is that no good ever comes from agreeing to speak to federal agents without a lawyer present. If they knock on your door, you are under no obligation to ever answer the door, or to answer their questions. That goes for every level of law enforcement.
This applies EVEN MORE in a WROL situation. Remember a couple weeks ago when I mentioned the Defense Production Act? Imagine week 3 of no power and no food in stores. The DHS hears about your preparedness and decides to do a “knock and talk”. You let them in, and they see your 5 year supply of food. BOOM, you are arrested for 50 USC 4512, Hoarding of Designated Scarce Materials. Your food is seized.
The 4th is a bit trickier in our modern society. The number one way in which searches are conducted in America currently is consent. An officer rolls up and says “I’m just going to check your pockets for my safety, is that Ok?”. No, it is NOT OK. “Would you mind if I took a look in your trunk?” Yes, I mind. Your best response when an officer asks you to consent to a search is an unequivocal “No, I do not give consent to any search whatsoever”. We’re not being uncooperative; if we’ve done nothing wrong, we shouldn’t have to PROVE IT by letting our rights be trampled.
But, the bigger problem now is technology. Police departments ask neighborhood watch groups to authorize them to view the video from their Nest or Google Home cameras, “to help protect the neighborhood”, and they have you sign an “agreement”, which is really an unrestricted consent to search your video cameras. ALL OF THEM, not just the outside ones.
Also, if you have an Alexa or Google Home device, it is always listening. The terms and conditions require you to agree to that. Now, they say that they don’t keep recordings, but log on to the website and check your “security options”. One says something like “Delete Daily Recordings”. You wouldn’t be able to delete them if they weren’t making them. When your friends say you are just being paranoid when you bring this up, ask them how the device knows when they are talking to it. When they answer, say “The device wouldn’t know you said ‘Alexa’ at any given time unless it was ALWAYS LISTENING”.
As you can see, there is a lot more to preparedness than just food, water, and ammo. Knowing some of these legal concepts can prepare you for the semi-WROL situation we find ourselves in today. In these times, remember that self-defense is within GOD’S LAW, and this piece of Tactical Wisdom should guide you:
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.“
Do not let the State scare you into submission to evil.
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Last weekend, there was a shooting that took the life of Chicago Police Officer Ella French. In a heart-breaking and ironic twist of fate, Officer French had recently been in the news for saving the life of a 1 year old baby who had been shot in the head. That’s how the struggle between Good & Evil works sometimes. Here is a photo of Shield Maiden French, Defender of Chicago:
Yesterday, the Chicago PD released the audio of the radio traffic. The poise and control of the dispatcher as he organized the response efforts was nothing short of amazing. I’ve heard dispatchers break down crying during these situations, but this man, whose name hasn’t been released, was the kind of communications person you need on your team.
Here, we’re going to analyze his actions and how they helped preserve life, get the suspects in custody, maintain a clear tactical picture, and kept chaos from over-running the airwaves.
If you’ve only ever trained for emergency communications and never been involved in an actual emergency situation (or combat operation) using radios, you can’t comprehend what happens. Everyone feels a need to say something or ask questions to get a better feel for what is happening. Standard protocols tend to go out the window.
When I say emergency, I’m not talking about your SKYWARN nets or a hurricane. I’m talking about life and death injuries, hostile parties, and the unknown. Weather moves in, then leaves. Gun battles can rage for hours or days. Fires can do the same.
This is the reason why the military compartmentalizes their comms. For example, you have each squad member on a squad tactical net, but only the squad leader on the platoon tactical net. That’s to ensure that the platoon leader is only hearing from 3 or 4 people, instead of 40. At the company level, same thing. Only the platoon leaders, weapons platoon leader, and any artillery forward observers/combat air controllers have access. This cuts down on the confusion. Use this model in your planning.
In Chicago, there was routine traffic going on, but in the background, the dispatcher heard one officer break in and it sounded like he was running, while others were calling out random things. The dispatcher immediately told everyone else to stop talking and asked over the air “Who is running right now?”. Yes, that probably violated procedures, but it got the ball rolling. When one of the officers responded and gave a brief description of who he was chasing, the dispatcher repeated it immediately and got help started.
A few seconds later, the officer comes on the air, but you can’t make out what he’s saying. The dispatcher, through experience, knew what had happened. He immediately called out that he had an officer down and gave the officer’s last known location. Almost immediately after that, we hear the last words from Officer French as she reports that she is also shot. The first officer comes back on, saying that he thinks he wounded the suspect and gave a last known direction.
That, my friends, is tactical fortitude. He knows he’s shot and in serious condition. He got out a workable description and last known direction of the two assailants, and gave the location of his more seriously wounded partner.
I saw this once before, here in Detroit on the night when two officers were killed in a traffic stop. Officers Fettig and Bowens were both shot by the suspect, but when Officer Bowens called out on the radio, he called for assistance, saying “My partner has been shot, get her some help”. When responding units arrived , they found that Bowens had also been shot 9 times, and Fettig twice. It was determined that the suspect had come back, and Bowens died while shielding Fettig’s body in the street from the suspect. Heroism is out there.
As always happens in these situations, in Chicago, officers began calling out on the radio that they were on the way or asking for the description. Rather than tie up the radio answering these, the dispatcher handled this the best way possible. He used his more powerful base station radio output to talk over everyone else. The first thing he said was “STAY OFF THE CHANNEL”. That powerful statement set the stage for a successful operation.
He immediately said “You don’t need to tell me where you’re going, just go. I have wounded officers and this is what I need”. He then proceeded to describe, from his map display, where he wanted a two block perimeter set up and then repeated the description, as well as his warning to stay off the air. He advised that the medics were enroute, and then checked in with the injured officer to reassure him. When the officer gave an updated direction of travel, the dispatcher immediately went to work. He said “Guys, move the perimeter to 3 blocks. I need a 3 block perimeter with a focus on the railroad”, and then described the direction of the railroad tracks.
A short time later, one of the supervisors called out that the suspects were in custody and one was shot. Did the dispatcher then relax? No, he seamlessly moved to the next phase, just like we would in a combat situation, Medevac.
He again repeated his command to stay off his channel and said the nearest hospital was a trauma center and gave it’s address, then ordered that officers shift their perimeter to close all traffic along that route. A supervisor made the decision to toss the wounded officers into police cars for the short ride to hospital.
While they were enroute, one of the officers called on the radio that he was taking his wounded officer to a different hospital. Here’s where again the dispatcher saved the day: He told the officer that he going to the wrong hospital. He pointed out that the ER that they were heading to was not a TRAUMA CENTER and that they needed to turn around and head for the trauma center that he originally sent them to. He also stated that the trauma center was already expecting a shot officer, and the hospital wasn’t.
The lesson here is that in your preparedness group, you need a comms person who isn’t afraid to tell people that they are wrong and that they need to just do as they are told. Don’t get me wrong, initiative is good thing, as is independent thought. However, in the midst of combat, which this was, you don’t have the whole picture. Your communicators and command team does.
The other lesson is that the communications team needs to maintain an awareness of the bigger picture, just like we saw here. He had a map display, which led to a quick perimeter and easy capture of the armed suspects. He also had information that the officers didn’t about which hospital was a trauma center.
In executive protection, when conducting our planning, part of it is where is the nearest Level 1 trauma center. That’s vital because a Level 1 center can PROVIDE trauma care, and Level 2 can INITIATE it. That’s the difference between life and death, my friends. In your emergency and contingency planning, you should know where the nearest Level 1 trauma center is for everywhere you frequent.
Another lesson learned here is that the communications team doesn’t need to know if you are doing job. They need to know what’s wrong, not what’s happening that should be happening automatically. To put that in a WROL context, if there is a reported security breach, you don’t need everyone calling in on the radio “I’m on my way to my post”. Just go and leave the channel clear for those who need to rely what is NOT going right.
There is a piece of Tactical Wisdom that applies here:
He who answers before listening,
That is his folly & his shame.
You don’t need to tie up the radio asking questions. If there is information for everyone to share, the communications team will share it. On the other side of that coin, your comms team needs to be effective at quickly paraphrasing information and getting it back out to the larger group. If the team is kept informed, they won’t keep asking questions, or more importantly, leave their post to go and find out what is happening. In a WROL situation, a disturbance at your main Entry Control Point could be to draw security away from other posts.
As you are developing your team, you need to seek at least one, and preferably 2 solid communications staff who can take charge and still communicate effectively, and your team needs to know that the comms team speaks with the authority of your command team. That’s only way Emergency Tactical Communications can work.
This also brings us to equipment. While every member of your team needs their own VHF/UHF radio for tactical communications, your communications team needs mobile or base station radios that can “overpower” the handhelds. Yes, someone who is still talking into their radio won’t hear them, but everyone else will hear the base station rather than Cletus’ screeching about “where are them bogies in the wire at”.
A base station with a good antenna will also be able to maintain contact with patrols or observation posts at a farther distance. Make sure your team planning covers this need.
I hope this article helps you in planning for future operations. We should always apply lessons learned form real-world events.
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If you follow my writings here and on Twitter, you know how I feel about the show, The Last Kingdom. It’s a great historical drama. One of my favorite scenes features Father Beocca screaming at Lord Uthred, regarding a serious dispute with the King. Beocca screams, “MAKE YOUR CHOICE, BOY” at Uthred and storms out.
This scene came to mind as I watched events unfold over the weekend. Several groups of people have some decisions to make quickly. Before I get to that, we need to cover one piece of Tactical Wisdom that applies directly:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
We are the first group who needs to make a decision. We get involved in preparedness because we believe in self-sufficiency. We believe in self-determination. We believe in making our choices in our lives.
As we continue down this road, there are parties that want to remove our ability to be self-sufficient. They want to end your ability to obtain firearms and ammunition. They want you to rely on government mandates (like unproven medicines) for “safety”. Your safety is YOUR responsibility, and it’s YOUR choice to decide how best to do that, such as whether or not you take such medicines. You need to decide if you want to allow the government to make that decision for you, but that’s SLAVERY, and Paul warned us about it above.
They also want to order you back into house arrest for an illness that you don’t have. There is literally no legal Constitutional basis for this, but they want to do it. And, they want you to accept their payments, so that you rely on them for income. That’s SLAVERY.
The next group who needs to make a decision are American Law Enforcement officers. Before I say why, let me give you another piece of Tactical Wisdom:
…but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;
In Portland this Saturday, a prayer group held an event at a park and were immediately attacked by ANTIFA. ANTIFA pepper sprayed people without provocation, they stole several speakers and damaged them, and stole speaker stands. This actually constitutes armed robbery. The police did nothing.
The group left the park and were pursued throughout the downtown area by ANTIFA. There is video of one group walking down the street, and ANTIFA runs up & pepper sprays them without provocation, RIGHT NEXT TO A POLICE CAR. The prayer group fought back, then ran over to the police car to report the crime. The police never got out of their car.
When I posted about this, someone said “You don’t know what the city told them”. Correction: I don’t CARE what the city told them. That’s right. Because they swore an Oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. That Constitution guarantees EVERYONE equal protection under the law. It also guarantees the Freedom to Exercise Religion. Inaction is not fulfilling that Oath.
There is a WAR against Christianity in the United States. Start defending your faith. Reminder: Jesus was NOT a pacifist. He specifically told His followers that they would be attacked that and they should possess the means to defend themselves. See my post on The Morality of Self Defense.
Officers: Fulfill your Oath of Office or find another job. Make your choice. Neutrality isn’t a choice in this issue.
American consumers need to make a choice. This week, Apple announced that they will be inspecting EVERY PHOTO on EVERY APPLE DEVICE, claiming that they are looking for “child pornography”. That was a brilliant move, because if you protest the violation of your privacy, they’ll say “You must support child pornography”.
All rights taken away are taken away in the name of noble causes. Those rights never come back.
Answer me this: Do you really think they’re only looking for pornography? What are the odds that if they see a Militia flag, they report you to the FBI? Guns? You in DC the week of the 6th?
Make a decision: Either replace your Apple phone and never buy another, or stop complaining about your right to privacy and your right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. I know, the 4th Amendment only blocks government action, but the government has been using businesses to circumvent the 4th for a long time.
For example, research license plate readers. Courts have ruled that police can’t keep records of your daily travels by license plate without a warrant. However, if a PRIVATE COMPANY maintains the records, police can query those files, getting around it.
Another way they do this is via Ring. Police agencies are attending neighborhood watch meetings, asking you to authorize them to access your Ring doorbell camera to assist them in protecting your neighborhood. Once you sign up, they can access ALL of your recordings, WITHOUT your knowledge. You waived your 4th Amendment rights. They encouraged you too.
In the United States, we are NOT supposed to be placed under surveillance IN CASE you ever commit a crime. We only do it AFTER you’ve been accused of one.
Make the decision to reclaim and never relinquish ANY of your rights in the name of safety or security. Retain your privacy and protections, as well the ability to choose.
What can we do, as people interested in preparedness?
Do not give consent to view your recordings. This also means don’t install listening devices like Alexa or Google Home.
Stop buying products from companies that want to spy on you for the government, as much as possible.
Buy and use a Faraday bag for your phones.
Stop relying on the police for your protection.
Learn the laws in your state about self defense.
Learn the laws in your state about carrying weapons/knives.
Learn the laws in your state about citizens arrest (to allow you to remove people from where you are who are violent).
Learn the laws in your state about trespassing & owner’s rights.
Learn the laws in your state about burglary.
Start wearing/carrying your own body camera (at least have it available).
Have a tribe of people you can call for assistance and protection, outside of the police.
But the most important thing you can do is MAKE YOUR CHOICE, BOY!!.
Thanks for listening to my rant.
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In these days of government over-reach and open militia groups on both the left and the right, it’s time to discuss a sensitive topic. Counter-Surveillance is a key tool in preparedness.
Every time I start talking about stuff like this, people say, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, why worry?”. Don’t fall into that trap; it’s nonsensical and irrelevant. The fact is, I shouldn’t be subjected to law enforcement or private surveillance if I’m not doing anything wrong. See the difference? It’s subtle but vital.
I base my philosophy on this, and nearly every other topic, on the Ultimate Tactical Handbook. While several verses apply, this one applies to directly to the “Why Worry” naysayers:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Allowing yourself willingly to be subjected to surveillance when you aren’t doing anything wrong is slavery. Freedom involves freedom of not just movement, but UNOBSERVED & UNDOCUMENTED movement.
On the other hand, it’s naive to assume that you can live a life in our modern society without being subjected to near constant surveillance. What we seek to do is to strike a balance.
We do that by focusing on what we will term “hostile surveillance”. Hostile surveillance is surveillance by anyone, whether they be corporate agents, government agents, or private citizen groups (militias), that intend on using their surveillance findings against your interests in any way.
A note: Law Enforcement surveillance is NEVER benevolent towards the subject of the surveillance. The same is not true in the executive protection world. Sometimes, we are placed on a protective services mission, and the protected party doesn’t know (someone sends people to watch over someone else on a trip, at a meeting, etc).
But, why should I, as a person interested in preparedness, think about counter-surveillance? For good or bad, the federal government views people who are interested in self-sufficiency, preparedness, and Constitutional rights as a danger. They even list these traits in their training materials on domestic violent extremism. I don’t agree with that view and neither do you, but we must accept reality as it IS, not as we want it to be.
The other reason is that left-wing militias (ANTIFA is a left wing militia) have strong surveillance and intelligence gathering arms. Right wing militias also have intelligence & surveillance teams, but they aren’t anywhere near as active, except when targeting left wing militias. Make no mistake, there is a serious cold war running between right and left wing militias and we need to be aware of it to keep from being caught in the middle.
The first step is looking at your home (and your workplace) from the perspective of hostile surveillance. In other words, walk around and view your home/workplace from the perspective of someone wanting to observe you or who comes & goes. Sketch your house and neighborhood and mark the best locations to watch from.
Begin with those locations as your focal points. Begin maintaining an awareness of what goes on in those locations and be aware of what vehicles are there. For that matter, become familiar with the vehicles that are normally in the area, so that you can spot an out-of-place vehicle.
A great resource for this process is Jonathan Gilliam’s “Sheep No More” book and workbooks. I use the workbook pages professionally for every protection detail and every surveillance detail. There is an Amazon Affiliate link here (I may make a few pennies on this, fair notice):
The next step is remaining aware at the critical times. In Executive Protection, we teach that there are two places every person can be found every day, and that’s where attacks or surveillance can happen. Their workplace and their home. This applies equally to temporary workplaces (work travel) and temporary homes (hotels). Every day, the average person generally goes to both of those places. Increase your awareness when entering and leaving these two areas and most hostile surveillance can be spotted. We call these “Arrivals & Departures” and in EP, they are the most dangerous times.
Incorporate “Surveillance Detection Routes” (SDR) into your day. The time to check for surveillance isn’t when you think you’re being followed, it’s beforehand, because to be honest, if a federal level surveillance team is following you, an SDR is the only way you’ll ever know. An SDR is pattern of movement that seems completely random to an outside observer, but if another person or vehicle followed the exact same route, it could not be written off as chance.
For example, what are the odds that the car behind me also makes 4 right turns to end up right where we started? What are the odds that the car behind me also passed behind the row of shops in a strip mall, and then right through the same apartment complex parking lot, back onto the main road?
If you analyze your routes, you’ll find plenty of opportunities. Is there a park? Pull into a park, park you car and open the door, just to close it and immediately drive back out the same entrance. Anyone following you would either have to be obvious or stop following you. Is there a corner gas station? Pull in & stop at a pump, get out and lift the handle from the pump. Put it right back, get into your car, and drive out. Again, anyone who does the same will be obvious.
Yes, a truly exceptional team will not fall for these tricks, but counter surveillance is an odds game. You aren’t exactly Carlos the Jackal running terror operations on 3 continents, so you won’t be up against the varsity. We are talking about casual surveillance by amateur militia-type teams. If you need to worry about a top-tier FBI counterintelligence surveillance team, I don’t want to help you.
When talking counter-surveillance, it’s important to mention phones. Your phone is a surveillance device that pretends to be a convenience for you. Google and Apple make BILLIONS tracking your every move and selling that information to whoever wants to pay for it. Yes, that’s scary, but as I always say, see things as they are, not as you want them to be.
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Buy a Faraday bag to store your phone in if you don’t want to be tracked. You can also build Faraday cages from old cookie tins by lining them with foam or cardboard and they work great. When using a Faraday bag, you have to remember that a phone will track it’s last known position and the first position when you took it out of the bag. What this means is that you need to secure it a LONG way from where you don’t want to be tracked to. Do this logically as well, because phones don’t just lose signal driving down the road in an urban area for 2 hours at a time. A more believable scenario would be to pull into an office building lot, put the phone in the Faraday bag, then go to your meeting or whatever, returning to the exact same lot before taking the phone out. Now, it looks like you were inside a building that blocked your signal that whole time.
Another point to consider is radio interception. Surveillance teams use radio to communicate, because it’s better for group communication and will work without a cell network. Having a scanner or a Baofeng radio set to scan certain frequencies can help. I recently was working with a reporter at an event and I used a Baofeng to quickly locate ANTIFA running counter-surveillance and intelligence groups via radio. A practical exercise would be to have a radio scan the FRS/GMRS/MURS frequencies around your location. Since radios work on line-of-sight, any radio traffic you can hear can generally see where you are standing. It’s a good indicator of potential hostile surveillance.
I used this principle once working inside a BLM/ANTIFA protest. I heard them describing ME over the radio (no worries, full mask/hat/sunglasses, not my first rodeo). Since I knew I was under surveillance I was able to listen to their teams try to find me as I did a break contact drill (Not in this article – maybe in a book). After I broke contact, rather than going directly to the vehicle, I continued listening while conducting a foot SDR (exactly the same as in a car, but you can use alleys and front & back doors of businesses), before heading to the car.
Other key aspects of counter-surveillance are having different hats and shirts/jackets to swap out, completing a “profile change” when you know you aren’t being observed.
A key point, though, is that once you detect surveillance, do nothing OVERT to break contact. You don’t want a surveillance team knowing that you know. Sometimes, letting them see you do a bunch of boring and routine things ends the surveillance. If you decide to break contact (which is ANTI-surveillance rather than counter-surveillance), do so in a way that leaves doubt in their mind as to whether you broke contact on purpose.
Again, I don’t present this because you or I are doing anything wrong. I present it because criminal groups and both left & right wing militias use surveillance.
You have a right to go about your life without being surveilled, ESPECIALLY if you aren’t doing anything wrong.
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A little while ago, I met with a guy for the first time. Before meeting him, I arrived early and conducted a counter-surveillance sweep, as I often do, to make sure that ANTIFA isn’t setting me up. While I watched the area, I saw another vehicle make the same sweep I did, and I can only assume it was with the folks I was going to meet. After the meeting, I ran a surveillance detection route before heading home.
What was being discussed that both parties took such steps? Well, we talked about our families, my books, the current political environment, our Constitutional rights, and how best to defend our own properties against looters. Then why take such steps, you ask? Because in the current environment, such a conversation labels us as potentially violent extremists, despite not talking about anything illegal.
Contrast that with some other meetings. Some groups are holding open recruitment events where they discuss the violent overthrow of the government, burning down federal buildings, and killing those who disagree with them. Does that get them labeled as potentially violent extremists? No, they are peaceful protestors defending against fascism.
We spend a lot time talking about a Without Rule of Situation and how we will conduct ourselves, but we currently find ourselves in a “Different Rule of Law” situation. That refers to a time when society is mostly functioning, by the enforcement of laws and treatment of groups is vastly disproportional.
For example, in Portland, groups spent nearly 200 days trying to burn down an *OCCUPIED* federal building. Very few arrests were made, and those that were arrested were released immediately with no charges filed. In Washington DC, for contrast, the Capitol Police opened doors and people walked in. Every person who simply walked into that building has been or will be arrested. They are being denied bond and held in solitary confinement. There are allegations of mistreatment by the guards. And just 2 days ago, US Representatives were denied access to view the conditions they are being held under.
Different Rule of Law.
Across the country, we are seeing situations in which protestors and rioters assault and harass people, yet when anyone resists, THEY are arrested. We saw this at the Wi Spa just a couple of weeks ago.
Whenever I point this out, people say “But they didn’t charge the guy, they just arrested him”. Yes, that’s EXACTLY the problem. You are still getting arrested for LAWFUL self-defense. And the other side is not getting arrested for UNLAWFUL assaults. Different Rule of Law.
But what does that mean for us? A lot.
We are learning that doing nothing illegal is no longer a bar to arrest or to be being branded as a violent extremist. The word “Patriot” has officially been labeled as extreme.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
The first thing we can do is to acknowledge the situation as it is, rather than as we want it to be. We want to believe that lawful self-defense will be honored by the courts and prosecutors, but that’s just not true. We want to believe that Justice always wins, but that’s just not true anymore. That’s step one.
Step two is that once we’ve acknowledged that, we have to make a decision as to whether we will still defend ourselves and how. Make that decision today, understanding the new consequences. The law is no longer on your side.
Apply the new rules whenever you are out. Yes, I still protect journalists out among the protestors, but I have changed my entire defensive approach. I made that change the day that an ANTIFA person committed a felony assault on me directly in front of a Michigan State Police Trooper and the Trooper refused to take action. You need to adjust your approach.
It might seem like wisdom to just lay low and stop being vocal. You can’t be labeled an extremist if you stop standing up for your rights, right? That’s what they are counting on you doing. By labeling patriots as extremists, they are hoping you shut up about the things they are trying to do, so that they can carry on with their plans. It’s the oldest play in the book. They want to silence you. Let me give you a piece of Tactical Wisdom about that:
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
In other words, don’t be afraid of the label. Don’t say outlandish things, but speak out in defense of the Constitution and your rights. If you don’t, they’ll take them away.
The last thing we can do ties directly back to the first…Once we accept the situation for what it is, rather than hoping for some magic “back to normal” button, we should PREPARE. If the powers that be continue on this path, it will only get worse and conflict will result.
By the way, by staying under the radar and staying complaint, you aren’t keeping the inevitable violence from happening; you’re actually speeding up the process. Compliant people will get sent to the camps first.
Be smart, be aware, be vocal, but most of all, be READY.
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It’s been said that the measure of a man’s intelligence is often how much he agrees with you. I felt that way as I read Volume 1 of Jack Lawson’s Civil Defense Manual. I’ll put link down below. Since he agrees almost completely with me, the man is clearly a GENIUS.
You’d think as an author writing books about preparedness and community defense, I’d be some sort of all-knowing expert, but the truth is, I realize that I’m not. I frequently seek other sources like Clay Martin’s outstanding books, Max Velocity’s material, and even some fiction with great tips in them, like Mark Sibley’s Mongol Moon (links to all these on the Recommendations page). The reason I do this comes from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook:
Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
The Civil Defense Manual is a hefty 2-volume set, and while it’s written by Jack Lawson, several experts contributed to the work, including some of my friends and advisors. People like Matt Bracken (EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com), Mike Shelby of ForwardObserver.com, and NC Scout for radio knowledge, among several others.
Today, I’ll be talking about Volume 1, and in a week or so, I’ll review Volume 2.
The “TL;DR” on this is: BUY THIS SET. The set is well worth the price.
Volume 1 deals with how to establish you own “Neighborhood Protection Plan”, to involve your neighbors in defending your area from events beginning at a Crisis Event through a Prolonged Crisis Event, and up to a Total Collapse of Society. The book walks you through the process from an initial meeting through operating your security group during a full collapse/WROL situation.
This is not an “overview” and “general concepts” book. This is a nuts-and-bolts complete operations manual. It discusses the roles and duties of every position you’ll need, the gear you’ll need, the people you’ll need, and how to organize your defense, right down to running an Entry Control Point, which I’ve discussed here and will be running in my next book.
We don’t agree 100% on every tactical step, but we do agree on the concepts and need for each of these things. For example, my Entry Control Point plan, based on my Marine Corps experience is slightly different than Jack’s experience in Africa, but the concept and layout is generally the same.
I’ll admit it, the medical gear lists in the Civil Defense Manual are more comprehensive than mine in the Baseline Training Manual, and I made a bunch of changes. The book also discusses learning and using homeopathic treatments. That’s vital, because while modern medicine looks down their nose at them, they are what kept us alive for millennia before modern medicine.
The book lists recommendations for steps to be taken in what the author terms “Crisis” events, like tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes, which are more likely than a complete societal breakdown. It also offers guidance for activating your security plan when the issues caused by the Crisis, like a power outage and food shortage, cause a “Prolonged Crisis”. That sure sounds my operating theory on preparing for second and third order effects, doesn’t it?
There is an entire food section in this manual that agrees entirely with my philosophy on food production, rather than food storage, and it discusses several real-world methods for storing and preserving food, while listing many additional resources. The key teaching, however, is the same as mine; work on developing the ability to PRODUCE food.
Where the manual excels is in discussing the day-to-day security operations that will consume nearly all of your time in a Prolonged Crisis or Total Collapse (sound familiar?). As I pointed out in both of my books, local security is the number one thing you’ll be doing in a WROL situation. Just like I do, Lawson recommends sending out patrols and establishing OP’s.
With the events in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa still fresh in our minds, this book set becomes even more vital. As I said, events in South Africa and the general world climate forced me to switch my next planned book to community defense operations, and this book is right on the same page.
There is a great chapter on weapon standardization, which I wholly endorse. If your group has 6 guys, each with rifles of different and unique calibers, you can’t resupply each other, let alone find additional ammunition in your 243 Nighthawk Super-Magnum. Your team should all use a standard caliber, and it should be something common like 5.56mm, 7.62X39, or 7.62×51. Those rifle calibers will be (pardon my pun) just laying around on the the ground, while that 300 Blackout might not be.
The same goes for pistol calibers. 9mm and 40 caliber will be widely available, but that 50 AE for your Desert Eagle might be a bit rare. I’ll even begrudging admit that Fudd-Special, A/K/A 45 ACP, will also be easy to find, usually still in the 7 round magazines on the broken hips of old guys who fell down while trying to draw their “PIECE”. (I’m looking at you, Mark Sibley).
The communications chapter also touched on something I overlooked regarding buying FRS/GMRS radio and standardizing the brand of those across your team. You need to buy the book to find out why. The book also discusses how to keep comms running without a grid and how to extend your network’s range.
All in all, this is a great book and I highly recommend adding it to your library. I would also recommend getting it ring-bound for ease of use. It’s in a large format and large print, because when you need it, electricity won’t be there for you to read by and large print is easier to see in the dark.
Remember the 70s? Ok, me neither. But, I do remember that my Dad used to have a CB radio. So did all of my uncles and all of their friends. Back then, everyone had to have a license. CB was so wildly popular that movies were made about it and an entire Pop Culture rose up around it, complete with it’s own lexicon and lifestyle.
Then, cellular phones arrived. Radio enthusiasts drifted away from CB and into the Amateur bands as more interesting parts of the radio frequency spectrum were opened to civilian use. The popularity of CB waned and it nearly died. Nearly.
Today, CB is still very popular in the transportation sector, with truck drivers still using the traditional Channel 19 for the majority of their conversations. The intelligence you can gather just from Channel 19 is a good enough reason to have a CB included in your preparedness supplies. The fact that it no longer requires a license is another plus.
Listening to truck drivers, you will hear about road conditions, accidents, police activity, and weather. Maintaining a listening watch on Channel 19 is good start to a Signals Intelligence program and you’ll be surprised at all the information you will gather.
That brings us to today’s Tactical Wisdom, from Matthew:
Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Yes, I know Matthew was talking about listening to God, but it applies. You have ears to hear, and listening to communications is a great way to gather information.
CB is a great medium for preparedness, as long as it is part of a larger communications plan. For example, CB is HF, which means that it is very susceptible to interference and doesn’t penetrate structures very well, so it would not be a good medium in an urban area. However, range will increase when traveling outside an urban area.
As far as range, CB is limited to 4 watts, whether vehicle mounted, base station, or handheld. In open terrain, range is typically 4-5 miles, with about 1 mile being common in urban areas.
SSB or “Single Side Band” is an operating mode that pushes all the energy to either the upper or lower end of the frequency, allowing you to get better range. SSB can typically get up to 3 times the normal range. Any vehicle CB radio you get should have SSB capability. I use the Bearcat 980, linked below.
The features you want in a vehicle or base station CB are SSB operation and a scan function. In a WROL situation, having a CB scanning all frequencies will result in you developing great information, and that’s without even broadcasting.
Consider this: If the internet and cell phones go down, thousands and thousands of people will dust off old CB units stored in garages and start trying to find others and share information. Tap into that.
Another consideration is that the AMRRON Channel 3 Project covers CB. Monitor CB channel 3 at the top of every hour to listen for calls from other preparedness-minded people. You can also reach others for information and assistance that way. Anyone who is aware of the Channel 3 Project is someone who would be willing to render aid or assistance to another preparedness group.
My recommendation is to use CB radio for your group when moving in a vehicle convoy. CB is uniquely positioned for exactly this use. Your team members will each have their own VHF/UHF radio, while each vehicle will have an SSB-capable CB for convoy operations. I recommend always using SSB, for security purposes. No, it’s not secure, but it will prevent anyone who doesn’t have an SSB-capable radio from receiving you. It’s a numbers game.
Each vehicle should also have a CB handheld unit. The reason is that if you approach something like a bridge, or other chokepoint, you can send out a small foot team to recon the chokepoint. They will use their VHF/UHF radios to communicate with each other, but will call back to the convoy on the handheld.
The only issue with this is that handhelds that operate SSB are virtually non-existent, so you would have to make sure to switch to regular AM mode for this. After checking the obstacle, the foot team would adopt a security posture and wait for the vehicles to move up to them.
As far as handhelds, the Midland 75-822 is an excellent option because it allows you to scan and add 5 memory channels for quick access. It also receives the NOAA weather channels, but I doubt those will see much traffic post-WROL. When buying any handheld CB, immediately buy a longer and better antenna (research on the inter-webs).
A lot of concerns I hear from people are that “just anyone can use it”. That’s true, but virtually no one is. I drove around Metro Detroit the other day scanning. I heard highway traffic on 19, as expected, and local truck yard operations on 7, 14, and 30. That’s 4 channels, out of 40. That leaves 36 other channels with NO TRAFFIC. In a WROL situation, those truck yards won’t be running. I imagine outside of a major metro area, there will be even less traffic.
Every once in a while, you’ll find some weirdo who just rambles on, taking up the airwaves. Now, it’s just an annoyance. Post-WROL, though, those types won’t be around very long to be a problem. For now, make a note of their areas and channels, and just plan around them.
To recap, CB radios should absolutely be a part of your communication plan, at the very least as a medium to gather information.
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The Defense Production Act is something that the preparedness community overlooks, and it can come back to bite us in this age of social media surveillance and Big Brother.
Passed in 1950, the original intent of the Defense Production Act was to ensure that in the event of another all-out war (most likely at that time with the USSR), the US Defense Department would be able to function, and get the supplies it needed. Seem innocuous and benevolent enough, right?
Well, fast forward to 2020, when people were panicking in regards to the new Coronovirus Pandemic. Masks and gloves were in short supply and President Donald Trump invoked the DPA.
Now, when the President issues a declaration that they are invoking the DPA, a few things happen that can DIRECTLY impact us, as people into preparedness. The President can declare certain items as “critical to national defense”. In this case it was masks, ventilators, and gloves.
The first thing done under the DPA this time around was the immediate forcing of General Motors to switch their production on a few lines from cars to ventilators. I know, the media said that GM decided to “assist”. They made that decision when the government ORDERED THEM TO. Remember that.
Next, it told 3M that they had to issue a Force Majeure notice to cancel all mask sales that were not to the United States. 3M resisted, maintaining that they had plenty of production to meet all orders. Within 24 hours, on April 3, a ship bound for Germany was boarded and 200,000 masks from 3M were seized and re-directed to the US. 3M immediately denied that the masks were 3M masks, but Attorney General Barr said that they were.
But, what does any of this have to do with preparedness? Well, let’s continue…
The next thing done was that the Attorney General established a “Hoarding Task Force”. Under 50 USC 4512, “Hoarding of Designated Scarce Materials”, you can be arrested and imprisoned for 1 year or fined $10,000 for having any quantity “in excess of reasonable person or home consumption” OR “for sale in excess of market value”. It’s important to note the word “OR”.
While the AG announced “dozens” of hoarding investigations, only one arrest was made public. A man had lawfully purchased 192,00 N95 masks, 130,000 surgical masks, and 598,000 pairs of gloves. The FBI declared him a “hoarder” and arrested him on April 2, seizing the masks. They issued a statement that he was going to sell them “above market value” as a price gouger, but it’s important to note that market value was skyrocketing anyway, because of the market. They never produced any proof of their claim.
This important to us because the President can declare any “commodity” scarce and critical. Food is a commodity. This means that they can seize your food preps if the local FEMA manager decides that you have an amount in excess of reasonable personal or home use.
Imagine, in an emergency, you’ve loaded up your car with a few months of food, and several extra cans of gas. As you are leaving the city with riots behind you, you pull up to a joint State Police/Homeland Security checkpoint (yes, that’s a real thing). The Troopers call over the DHS guys, and they decide that your food and gas stocks are “in excess of personal or home use”. How’s that going to work out?
We have seen over the last few weeks a drama play out about the federal government scouring social media for “vaccine mis-information”. How hard would it be to look for photos or discussions about food storage, food supplies, or food preparation? If you’ve talked about these things, you may have put your supplies at risk. I highly recommend using OPSEC here.
Here’s a piece of Tactical Wisdom that applies:
Divide your portions to seven, or even to eight,
For you do not know what disaster may come upon the Land.
Spread your supplies out among several locations, so that if one is seized or revealed, you aren’t giving up everything. This is reinforced also in 1 Kings 18:4, when Obediah hid 100 priests with food & water, split between 2 caves. While he was forced to reveal one group, the other half survived.
The most important thing is that for them to determine how much you have stored up, they have to either execute a search or ask you. If only 1/8th of your supplies are found on a search, they can’t declare you a hoarder. They would need to get you to incriminate yourself. Refuse to answer their questions, as is your right under the 5th Amendment, even in an emergency. Refuse to cooperate with a search as well, your actions in showing them the “hidden wall of cans” is admissible and you can’t be compelled to do it. No, Feds, I’m not saying I have a wall of cans.
Another important distinction is that they can also declare items listed on the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR) as critical, and also subject to seizure. Those include things like handheld GPS units and radios. How many radios are needed for personal/home use? That’s a very subjective question and the FEMA manager gets to decide. I can tell you that they will say that you need ZERO GPS units for home use, since your house hasn’t moved.
While the DPA specifically prohibits the President from rationing gasoline (widely unpopular during WW2), it does specifically allow the President to “allocate energy use”. In other words, the President can decide that residential areas don’t get electricity or gasoline at all. It’s not rationing if you can’t get it at all.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “This is all far-fetched, no President would order the limiting of gasoline to civilians”. Sure, and the government would never order you to remain in your homes unless you had a specific, approved reason to go out either. There is literally no basis for governments at any level to order businesses to just close, yet they did. These items at least have a solid basis in law.
The important side note is that effective January 3, 2016, and re-authorized on Jan 3, 2017, the President (Obama at the time) delegated the authority to make all decisions after an initial declaration, to FEMA. FEMA once ordered the confiscation of guns door to door, so they would certainly order the restriction of gasoline sales. Get a siphon pump.
I certainly don’t mean this to be alarmist, but it’s an issue that anyone involved in preparedness needs to consider and plan for to reduce their risk. After all, preparedness is nothing more than managing our risk.
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The current situation in South Africa should be a learning tool for anyone interested in preparedness. The state of KwaZulu Natal is in a true Without-Rule-Of-Law situation.
But first, here’s the Tactical Wisdom that applies here:
“then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves.“
Sure, they’ll tell you that as of earlier today 1,470 people were arrested for looting. The truth is that during the early morning hours, while the rioters were sleeping off another night of looting and destruction, the South African Police Service (SAPS) made a sweep and arrested people for “possession of looted items”. That’s not the same thing.
Essentially, based upon multiple reports, there is a period of semi-lawfulness early in the day, before the rioters get up, when the police try and re-establish control. As the days wear on, the rioters push the police back off the streets and more looting occurs.
The truth heard from a few private security companies is even worse. At night, police are showing up at their facilities begging for ammunition. Does your current preparedness plan account for “mutual-aid ammo”? It would be very easy on it’s face to tell the police to pound sand, you need your ammo. But, what will happen when you need the police? They will remember that you refused to help them.
Another lesson for us in preparedness is the involvement of the SAPS in the rioting. Several citizen groups have manned their own checkpoints and have discovered and detained several SAPS officers with cars full of stolen merchandise.
There have been several incidences of men in SAPS uniforms raiding homes or robbing people at check points.
Lesson: In a WROL situation, a badge and a uniform mean NOTHING. Do not rely on outward appearances. If you find yourself in a true WROL situation, understand that police may not be police. Don’t let them in by virtue of the uniform alone.
You should also apply this lesson to checkpoints, as I mentioned in the Baseline Training Manual, and avoid them. At best, the police may confiscate your stuff under the Defense Production Act (we’ll cover that in an article over the weekend). At worse, it’s not really an authorized checkpoint and you’ll be robbed or killed. Avoid them at every opportunity.
Another issue is that now 1,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition that was in the custody of the SAPS has gone missing. I would assume that it was taken by SAPS members to defend their homes, but that’s really just the best-case scenario. The worst case is that looters took it.
The lesson from this is that you need to consider what types of arms and ammunition is available to looters in your local area for your own situational awareness. Plot gun stores, police stations, and guard & reserve armories. Those will be places to avoid in a crisis event and something to be aware of. You might be thinking that an armory is well guarded. It isn’t. There are indeed physical security standards for arms rooms, but as a former Military Policeman I know that those standards include the words “Chicken Wire”, so it’s not exactly impenetrable.
Something else we’re learning from first hand reports is that the amount of ammunition you need is “MORE”. One of the security companies, who donated ammo to the police to keep the station from being overrun, arranged for aerial resupply by bush plane, which is common in South Africa, by having them land a plane full of ammunition on a farm. Once the ammo was landed, the security team mounted a support column and went to the police station to help defend it.
The lesson there is exactly as I spell it out in my two books: Secure your family and supplies FIRST. Then, if you are able and can spare the fighting bodies, a stand should be made to attempt to assist in restoring LAWFUL order.
Yes, I said LAWFUL. Here in the United States, that means the CONSTITUTION, not necessarily the government.
Reading social media posts details farm and suburban life during a WROL situation. Many are reporting that the men and boys are manning 18 hour shifts on checkpoints or static observation posts to defend farms or neighborhoods. They are averaging 5 hours of sleep in the last 3 nights. Loss of life, while the official count is at 91, is massive. That 91 is deaths at the hospital….most aren’t making it that far.
The lesson for us is again exactly what I’ve been teaching. In a WROL situation, most of your time will be spent pulling security and working defense, while also searching for food. To do this, you need arms, ammunition, and optics, to include night vision.
The first commodity to vanish was gasoline, followed almost immediately by food. The lesson here is that at the first hint of unrest, fill all vehicles and gas cans. If you got it and didn’t need it, you’ll use it eventually, but if you waited, you might never get it.
Another big lesson learned is the need for pre-planned communications. Having radios and a defense group all already set up with common frequencies will help.
What we are seeing in South Africa is small, 8-10 man neighborhood security teams. Those teams are banding together into larger units as needed. That’s the perfect model, rather than trying to build a larger organization. People can buy into defending their neighborhood, and then joining the next neighborhood over in setting up a roadblock to turn looters away. Asking people from 20-30 miles away to do it won’t get the same commitment or agreement.
It doesn’t matter what the initial spark was that touched off the violence (the arrest of former President Zuma), what matters are the immediate effects, and the second and third order effects. Simmering racial tensions, political disputes, and class conflicts all flew to the surface and got acted upon the minute that the SAPS lost control. There is huge lesson there for us as this nation is a powder keg awaiting a spark.
I frequently say that you are never more than 72 hours from a total collapse. The last 72 hours in KwaZulu Natal prove that point.
Watch the events in the Republic of South Africa and take notes. Adjust your preparedness to the lessons being paid for in blood in Africa.
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As part of preparedness, information gathering is vital. If you simply gather supplies, but not information on all of the possible actors in our current potential civil conflict, you are not really prepared. Situational Awareness is a key part of that.
So many in preparedness, especially in rural areas, write off groups like BLM, ANTIFA, and others as disorganized amateurs, playing at civil war. Nothing could be farther from the truth, and thinking otherwise is DANGEROUS.
On the other side of coin, these same people elevate Proud Boys to some exalted status, when the Proud Boys are really not much more than a street gang of thugs. No need to leave me a comment disagreeing, I base this on SOLID EVIDENCE and personal observation.
If you truly support rights and individual freedom, you have to hold everyone to the same standard. That’s my position. Both groups have a right to free speech. Neither group has a right to intimidate or threaten the other into silence or deny the other the right to peaceably assemble. That’s where both groups go astray.
I support everyone on both sides being able to peaceably assemble and speak. The issue is the word “peaceably” assemble. If you show up with the intention of assaulting the other side or intimidating them, no matter which side you are on, YOU are the problem.
However, the biggest problem, and where a new civil war will start, is when BOTH SIDES show up only to intimidate or assault each other.
That was the issue at the event I observed this weekend. ANTIFA and their associates showed up to prevent the Proud Boys from holding a flag waving event. You can’t prevent others from exercising the same rights you demand. We’ve also seen Proud Boys do the same to them. Wrong on both sides.
So, since I wasn’t a fan of either group, I decided that the best thing I could do for my own situational awareness was to go to the area, stay back, and gather information on both groups.
Radio listening is a super power. Having a handheld programmed to scan things like GMRS/FRS/MURS and business band frequencies is vital. When I saw what appeared to be a militia group member following ANTIFA folks, and taking pictures of license plates, I quickly scanned radio frequencies, to see if I could pick up anything.
Almost immediately, I got the ANTIFA/BLM main channel. They have fully evolved as far as radio procedures and communications security and I was surprised. When I first began monitoring protest groups, they were using a single channel at every event, and people were using their own names. Now, they had multiple channels assigned for security, intelligence, and medical. They were using call signs rather than names. They had learned.
Note that I mentioned an intelligence team. The intelligence team walks around the area looking for surveillance, police, militia groups, and Proud Boys. The Intel Teams are not dressed like everyone else. They even use drones.
Their intelligence team identified at least seven different people watching them (I wasn’t one of them). Let me show you how they identified them:
The exact same way I did. Militia groups and others, when trying to gather information, try to be “Gray Man”, but this guy (Sorry, Michigan Home Guard) has no idea what he’s doing. I spotted him because if you look at his back, he’s wearing a level IIIA or level IV vest UNDER A T-SHIRT. You can’t do that. It was very obvious that he was conducting surveillance.
Another tell for me, as a professional surveillance operator in the corporate world, is that as soon as the ANTIFA members left their vehicle, he rushed over and grabbed their license plate. If he had waited, conducting an SLLS (Stop/Look/Listen/Smell), which I discuss in Fieldcraft (my second book), he would have detected the OTHER ANTIFA who stayed behind in a car and saw him grab a photo of the car. Had this been a kinetic environment, their security element would have taken him out.
His choice of clothing, while appearing to be fairly neutral, was not exactly Gray Man. As I mention in Fieldcraft, you need to consider what you are doing on a particular day before deciding on your Gray Man apparel. For instance, when to trying to not be detected near ANTIFA, anything camouflage, even cargo shorts (we all know how I feel about them anyway), was a red flag for them. Given the environment, khaki shorts would have been better. Also, as he walked, he tried too hard to look nonchalant, and his movements, when viewed from afar, looked mechanical and unnatural. Just relax.
As far as his vest, he got spotted because he was being melodramatic. Yes, there were armed members of the Michigan Defense League present, but they weren’t about to just start shooting people. If you are conducting surveillance or gathering information, NEVER wear a vest. If you feel like you must, wear concealable soft body armor, not full kit and try to hide it.
I know, he had it “just in case”. If that’s the case, leave it in your trunk, ready to throw on. When I operate inside a crowd, whether left wing or right, I never wear a vest and am never armed. It marks you out and only raises the risk level. If you’re there to gather information, gather information, don’t be ready to fight a battle.
The biggest takeaway is that ANTIFA/BLM and their affiliated groups are developing and training. They have a highly evolved security and intelligence apparatus that needs to be respected, but so many don’t.
Set up at least one radio as a scanner for SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) as I mention in the Base Line Training Manual. This will enable you to gather information. In a WROL situation, that radio should be continuously scanning. Anyone approaching your location using radios should send you into an alert status.
Stop underestimating the opposition, and be very careful of the indicators that you exhibit that will call you out to them. This applies to your parked car as well. I always park a very long distance out and walk in, but if you have a car with a bunch of flags and gun manufacturer stickers, you are asking for them to copy down your license plate. Where your car is registered to is PUBLIC INFORMATION.
I hope this information helps you understand the situation better and that it gives you a few ideas.
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A couple of weeks ago, I posed the question “how ready are you at any given moment”. Since then, things have gotten progressively worse in this country and we’re now seeing armed groups openly preparing for conflict and having armed confrontations with police. They’ve been resolved peacefully so far, but that won’t last.
Regardless of your political leanings, if you don’t think we’re sitting on a powder keg, headed for a violent conflict, you are either not paying attention or relying on hope. Neither is a good strategy.
With all of this going on, what can we do? First, we must assess if we are truly ready, or not.
That reminds me of a piece of Tactical Wisdom:
Therefore be ready, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Just as applicable today.
We all have piles and cases and bags of gear, but what state is it in? What could you actually walk out the door with in 5 minutes? 30 minutes? 3 hours?
It’s one thing to gather supplies, it’s quite another to have them in a ready to move format or to be able to find a particular piece of gear. Many people into preparedness have so much stuff, that they wouldn’t be able to find a particular piece of kit if they needed it RIGHT NOW.
If you’ve read my books, you’ll know that I don’t advocate giant food or gear stashes. I advocate having the skills and gear to PRODUCE food and be MOBILE, if needed. Having giant stashes means that if you are forced to flee, you have to decide what to take. And face it, even if you plan to bug in, you may very well be forced to move by local conditions.
With this in mind, I thought I would share my system, and hopefully it will help some of you.
My first bag is the Patrol/EDC bag. The bag in the photo above is actually my Get Home Bag, but it’s the same size. The is the “Walking out the door right now bag”. This bag contains the essentials to live and survive in the field for 72 hours.
In it, I have a poncho that can be used as a shelter, like a tarp. It also has a ranger roll (a poncho liner wrapped in another poncho) for sleeping. It has a few other survival items, and a radio attached. It also has enough food for 3 days. With this bag I could survive for about 3 days, as long as I also took my Belt Kit.
Yes, we all have a chest rig or belt kit, but how do you keep it stored? Mine has all the pouches full and ready, with full magazines, my bayonet/combat knife sheathed on it, and both canteens full at all times. Each canteen pouch also has purification tablets and there is a Sawyer Mini on the belt kit. I can resupply water indefinitely.
If you don’t have at least these two sets, the Patrol/EDC bag and the Belt/Chest Rig Kit fully stocked and ready to go on a moment’s notice, then you aren’t “ready”. You’re a hoarder, not a prepper. (Lighten up, it’s a joke)
The next bag is the “Full Ruck”. With about 30 minutes notice, I can have this pack ready with about 7 days worth of food, which I could stretch out to 14 if I had to. The remainder of the pack is fully ready to go.
In this one I keep a couple of USMC tarps, that could be made into a fairly large tent, along with stakes and cordage. It also has a couple of sets of camouflage utilities, a hygiene kit, and cooking gear. I keep this bag full and ready, and the only thing I’d need to add is outerwear and food.
The reason I use the ILBE system is because the Assault Pack, which I use for my Patrol/EDC bag, attaches directly to the main ruck, and can be made into one large system. I could sustain myself indefinitely with this system and a firearm.
These concepts are explained in my first book, The Base Line Training Manual, available here under the “Books” tab. How to actually move and set up a secure site is in my second book, Fieldcraft, also available here.
Take the time, be READY, instead of just “PREPARING”.
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The current environment is dangerous, and getting more so every day. We are seeing more signs of division and potential Balkanization, and, by their actions, it would seem that government at all levels is doing everything they can to make that happen.
Before we get too deep into the evidence and what we can do to prepare for it, let’s remind everyone of our favorite piece of Tactical Wisdom:
First, in Philadelphia, a group called Patriot Front marched and clashed with ANTIFA counter-protestors. Patriot Front is a newer group that allegedly espouses White Supremacy, so at first glance, one would say who cares if they got beat up. But, groups like Patriot Front signal growing division and potential actual civil conflict. Vile white supremacist groups are the natural outgrowth of Critical Race Theory. If you constantly vilify one group, it will band together and act out in mutual defense.
On the other side of the coin, 11 members of the Moorish American Arms were arrested for weapons violations in a blatant overreach of state authority in Massachusetts. No one has really explained what illegal activity led to the police contact, but both the police and the Moors acted silly, driving the tension up. The point of telling this tale is that here is another racially-based separatist group, preparing for violent conflict, again upping the risk of a civil conflict.
Notably, in the Philadelphia case, the police were absent, allowing the two groups to fight it out in the streets for hours, increasing the risk of conflict. In the Massachusetts case, the group was being non-violent, and we saw police engage in questionable enforcement tactics, which increased the risk of a violent encounter.
Is there a pattern of government action or non-action, that is leading to increased risk of civil conflict in the US? This is not a conspiracy theory website, and I’ve debunked a few, but the question needs to be asked.
On the west coast, we saw citizens lawfully protest at the Wi Spa, against them allowing a biological male to expose himself to young girls inside their facility. That is inherently lawful activity. ANTIFA militants showed up and conducted multiple felony assaults, unarmed robberies, and at least one arson. The only person seen arrested was a man who, while being assaulted by ANTIFA, struck an ANTIFA attacker with his water bottle to stop the attack.
This response seems to indicate, again, that the lawlessness is tolerated, but resisting the lawlessness is not.
One last tale, before we go. In Mt Laurel, New Jersey, protestors surrounded the house of a man that locals claim used a racial slur against a neighbor. They didn’t allege anything more than words. Over 100 people surrounded his house and demanded he come out, throwing objects and threatening him. When the police arrived, they arrested HIM for harassment. His house was surrounded by a threatening mob, and he was arrested. After the police left, predictably, his house was vandalized by the mob, with the police watching.
I know it’s easier to arrest him, than the mob, but his words, while vile, are PROTECTED. When the police start arresting people to appease the mob, we’ve lost this place.
We’re not going to draw conclusions here, because this is a preparedness site, and we’re into intelligence sharing. These responses are all facts, not opinions.
Before we get into preparedness actions you can take, I want to share a piece of Tactical Wisdom with any law enforcement officers who happen across this article. Heed it well:
If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
Now, the Oath sworn by all military personnel and law enforcement officers contains a pledge to uphold the Constitution. The 14th Amendment guarantees Equal Protection to all, even if you don’t like their ideology, the words they say, the color of their skin, or the group they belong to. Heed it.
As far as preparedness, you need to ensure that you have a solid communications plan with all of your loved ones, that doesn’t rely solely on cell phones or the internet. We recommend radios of whatever type you prefer. Getting an Amateur or GMRS license are good ideas, but if you don’t want to, then FRS, MURS, and CB are available to all without a license. CB has gotten a bad rap, but it’s virtually empty out there for anyone to use. I recommend a good SSB type, like the Bearcat 980 SSB.
One of the most important preparedness actions you can take is to sign up for the ForwardObserver service at http://www.forwardobserver.com. It’s where I get most of my intelligence and they do also offer a free service, however, the paid service is worth EVERY PENNY.
Keep your vehicle prepared. Keep the gas tank full and keep a change of clothes/shoes in the car. Water and non-perishable foods are also good ideas. Don’t put political or firearms related stickers on your car, they invite damage…Be Gray.
In this environment, you should always have a “Get Home Bag” in the car, as discussed in the Base Line Training Manual.
The most important lesson you need to take from these events is that the police cannot be relied on to protect you, and you cannot rely on the law either. In other words, we have been seeing for a year people arrested for lawful self-defense and attackers not being arrested. This is further evidence that government forces exist to protect ITSELF, nothing more. Do not rely on anyone but yourself.
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Overnight, a group calling itself the Moorish American Arms was stopped while refueling vehicles on the freeway in Massachusetts. This led to a standoff in which 11 men were arrested.
Because it was a black supremacist Muslim group, many applauded the MA State Police. I hold a different position, because until this group breaks the law, they have the same rights the rest of us do. For the record, 18 USC 926A makes their actions last night as far as firearms transport LEGAL, despite what Massachusetts law says.
If you truly think that the Constitution is inviolable, then you have to believe it is that way for people you don’t like. You can’t demand your Second Amendment right, while also cheering on police violating that same right for the Moorish American Arms. You can’t demand your right to march with firearms, and at the same time say that Black Lives Matter shouldn’t be able to.
But that’s not the point of this preparedness article. Bear with me. The point is that they were on their way to train for a coming struggle.
A week ago, Othal Wallace shot a Daytona officer in the face. Wallace belongs to the NFAC and espouses the same Moorish/Black Hebrew Israelite ideology that the Moorish American Arms group did. Wallace’s case is significant, because the New Black Panthers and the NFAC hid him in a network of safe houses and transportation assets until he was caught.
As I write this, ANTIFA is outside the Wi Spa, assaulting people with impunity for protesting against a man who exposed himself to children. The police are just standing by watching. When one Asian man resisted an assault and used lawful self-defense, the police swooped in and hauled him away.
Also this week, the US Army soldier who shot Garrett Foster last year is charged with homicide, despite it being a clear-cut case of self defense.
So, what’s the point of all this? The point is that we all need to make a decision. Most people interested in preparedness, are also interested in self-defense. The two go hand-in-hand.
You have to decide right now if you are willing to risk your freedom, your job, and your 401k in defense of yourself or others. We are seeing the unequal application of the law and you need to consider this.
This stems from a discussion I had earlier today on Twitter where a guy said that we’ve already lost and we just have to adjust our lives. Adjust our lives to what? Allowing a lawless mob to assault and rob us? Allowing the police to abdicate their responsibility and let the mob rule? I’m sorry, I just can’t do that. I swore an Oath.
A piece of preparedness that no one considers is this exact thing. Are you prepared to stand by your principles and do what is right, no matter the consequences? If the consequences are too great for you, then you are not into preparedness at all, and you might as well stop pretending and just surrender.
The other decision is that if you are going to support rights, you have to support them for all. Even an extremist group that is opposed to your existence. Until they ACTUALLY break the law, we should be supporting their exercise of the same rights that you demand.
Also, if every other group around you is preparing for war, shouldn’t you?
But, what can we as people into preparedness do?
First, practice Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu. You can’t be drawn into a situation if you aren’t there. Remember our ultimate goal….Survival.
Second, buy and wear a body camera. The same guy said, “If we have to wear a camera everywhere we go, then we’ve already lost”. First, not wearing a camera isn’t going to stop them from attacking, so that response makes no sense. Second, these groups selectively edit video, so you need to have your own unedited video. And lastly, just like a first aid kit, if you intend to carry a firearm, you should carry a camera in case you need to use the firearm. Video is the best evidence you can have.
I guess the biggest takeaway from this rant of mine is that just because you don’t want a civil conflict in the US, that doesn’t mean one isn’t happening anyway. Pretending it’s not coming is not preparedness. We prepare for the worst case. Complete surrender won’t end the random street violence, it will EMBOLDEN it.
You don’t have to pick a side and fight, but you do have to realize that it is indeed happening and can affect your preparedness. It can affect your family, whether you want it to or not. Someone intent on harming you isn’t going to stop just because you don’t fight back.
You got into preparedness for a reason, ACT LIKE IT. Here’s a quote from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook to reinforce this:
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Corninthians 16:13
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There is no doubt that we are in a pre-conflict stage in the US at this point. No one wants a conflict (except apparently the far left extremists and maybe some extreme far-right ones). But, what can we in the center do to prepare ourselves for civil unrest, intentional damage to the power grid, or a complete collapse?
We can plan. We can prepare. We can scout out our local area for ways in which we can either escape, hide, or gather food and water to survive.
Before I get into the details of an urban recon I did the other day, let me share an Ultimate Tactical Handbook story. In 1 Samuel 19, David, a leader in the Military, wasn’t trusted by the King (Man, does that sound familiar, or what), so the king sent agents to put David’s house under surveillance, with the goal of branding David as an extremist and killing him, much like we are seeing right now. But David and his wife had planned. She let him out a window by rope and hid a dummy in his bed.
By the time the agents (think FBI/DHS) raided their house, David was long gone.
There is a lesson in that story. Have an escape plan.
I recently also told the modern story of the Jewish woman from Lod, who got along great with her Muslim neighbors, right up until the night there was a riot, and her “friends” immediately pointed out her house to the rioters as where “the Jews live”, and she barely escaped with her life.
Keep your preparations secret and have a plan.
To that end, I conducted a recon this week to find a way to traverse a suburban business district that I would need to get past to get home. The area is very built up and highly populated, but in a crisis, the main road or near the front of the businesses is not where I would want to be.
I began by walking the alley way and parking lots one block behind the main road. What I found was a series of small lots with a waist high masonry decorative border. While it’s nice to look at now, it’s cover from incoming fire in a crisis, and if needed, I could high crawl or just lay down behind it. As an added bonus, every so often, it had an open spot, which would allow me to observe or fire from below the top of the wall. My second book, Fieldcraft, which is due out in just a few days, talks about exactly this.
Behind another block, I found a foot trail system. That would be a much safer way to traverse the business district than walking straight down the road. I do recommend not walking directly on the path, but just off it.
Beside the trail was a river, and along it there were wild grapes and blackberries growing. Fruits growing also mean rabbits and other game animals. This one trail system could sustain me if needed.
In it, I also found a manhole cover with all of the bolts removed. Also in the new book, I discuss that the miles and miles of storm systems are an effective way of moving without being detected in an urban environment. Just don’t be in the storm sewer in the rain. You just need tools to open things like this outlet:
A good item for traversing trail systems in an urban area is a tactical walking stick. It is sturdy metal and could be used to lift the manhole cover. Mine has attachments for a knife blade, a spear point, a screwdriver, and saw blade. It also has a compass, a whistle, and fire steel. It doubles as a striking weapon nicely.
Many of these trail systems have been long forgotten and are overgrown, but to me thats a feature, not a bug. This particular one had several sets of stairs leading back up to the business district. For me, these would be great places to slip up and observe local activity & conditions, if I felt the need, before dropping back down onto the trail.
The lesson to be learned is get out NOW, while it’s relatively safe and wander a bit, finding alternate foot routes through congested areas, in case you eventually need them. The time to start scouting is not once an incident happens.
For me, this was scouting for a ‘Get Home Route’. It’s a significant distance from where I live, but this is the most congested local area I’d have to traverse if I had to walk home in an emergency. It only made sense to scout out it during a relatively safe period, before I had to do it for real.
I hope this gives you a few ideas.
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Frequently, I harp on two points. The first is to not prepare for a specific event, but to prepare for the second and third order effects of ANY event. The second point I harp on is to have more than method of escape planned.
Friday night, when I went to bed, there was a moderate thunderstorm on-going, but no real threats. When I woke up just a couple of hours later (I went bed at 2:30 AM and got up at 6 AM), the entire metro area was flooded. My subdivision sits on a hill, so my house was secure, but the end of the subdivision entrance was under at least 3 feet of water.
Michigan Avenue, the major west suburban trunkline for those who don’t live here, was under 4 feet of water at the crucial I-275 junction.
The Metro Detroit freeways are actually cut down below the surface of the City, because it seemed easier than building up. That was a mistake. Below is a picture of I-94. The water was so deep, even hours later, that the Michigan State Police sent Dive Teams out go underwater and check fully submerged cars for dead bodies. It was that bad.
This is the very reason I discuss preparing for second and third order effects. The flood was a first order effect. The second order effects were blocked roadways and water everywhere. The third order effects were the inability to resupply food, get to work, and cascading cell phone failures. Those are the things you need prepare for, rather than just saying “I’m preparing for a flood”.
If you prepare for the second and third order effects, it doesn’t matter what the event that occurs; you’ll be ready. The problem in preparing exclusively for, say a Chinese Invasion, is that all your preparations won’t necessarily help in the current event. Having all kinds of night vision, ammo, and tripwires will not help you one bit if you are trapped behind a flood.
However, having food, water, and battery-operated lighting will help you no matter what event you face. That’s the goal we should be striving for. The right was to prep is to prepare for second and third order effects. In this event, I had radio contact with others who could help, even if the phones went fully down.
If your emergency plans only involve bugging out by vehicle, your entire plan is out the window in a flood situation. Keep in mind, also, that flooding can be secondary to other events. An earthquake can cause flooding. A power grid attack that takes down power will result in mass flooding at the first storm due to storm drain pumps not working. The lesson here is to always have alternate escape plans, like foot routes out of the area.
The entire philosophy of preparing for second & third order effects is fully described in Volume 1 of the Tactical Wisdom Series, The Base Line Training Manual.
I decided to use the flood as a readiness test (Since I was clearly not going anywhere), so I began a foot movement towards a local trailhead that leads out of the area. Along the way, I encountered a local man, who was removing a manhole cover, and placing his vehicle over it. He explained that he does this to help with water flow into the sewer and letting the air bubbles flow out, allowing faster drainage. I took a quick note, because he had completely drained the street around him quickly by doing this. He placed his vehicle over it for safety.
I quickly realized that my first route out was impassable due to water, but my second foot route would be high and dry, because it’s the railroad bed, that intersects with a power line, which then intersects with the same trail system. Use the PACE concept: Primary/Alternate/Contingency/Emergency in planning routes. I have 4 vehicle and 4 routes out pre-planned. Testing during an actual flood validated that my plan was viable, despite a setback from the primary route.
I hope this helps you plan and triggers your thinking.
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This is an epic battle story and a classic study of tactics that directly applies to us as people interested in preparedness. It highlights some pieces of Tactical Wisdom that are vital to our plans for a WROL situation, and happens to be a pretty cool story.
If anyone wants to follow along, the full tale can be found in 1 Samuel 27-30.
For a little historical context, before he became King of Israel, David was much like us. He joined his Nation’s army and fought for them, killing one of it’s great enemies. But, much like the purge we are seeing in our military and the targeting of our veteran’s, as soon as the war was over, the King turned on David, labeled him an extremist and hunted him down.
In fact, drawing yet another parallel to today, the King invited him into the palace, then tried to kill him, and sent agents to raid his house, but he escaped out a window.
David was then branded as a rebel, a resistance fighter. He eventually formed his own militia and they spent their avoiding the government agents, while still protecting their country. Does that sound familiar?
Today’s story begins when David has founded a private military company with his 600 men. They are called “mercenaries” in 1 Samuel 27, but their job was securing the borders for the Phillistine King. King Achish named David his “bodyguard for life”.
King Achish decides to go to war against Israel, and David accompanies him. Here, we see some parallels to today that we have to face. David does NOT want to fight against his own country, but he feels he needs to be near the fighting to try and slow down the decline. David loved his Nation, but the leader had turned from the path of the country and was imposing his own will on the people, rather than following tradition. Does that sound familiar?
At this point, David knew that the leadership had to go, but he didn’t want to destroy the Nation. Here are the truths we know and need to consider:
It’s possible to love your Nation, but know that the leadership is leading it to destruction.
When that happens, you have to consider what is worse….the short term pain of action, or the long term consequence of doing nothing.
Readiness is key – David kept his 600 men ready by training and engaging in operations that didn’t directly oppose his nation, but kept his Warriors on the edge they needed.
Avoiding conflict can help, but it won’t solve it – David and his force spent 3-4 years before these events evading and avoiding contact with government forces. Nothing improved.
Back to the tale at hand…
As the Phillistine (Palestinian) forces began to invade Israel (a lot of that going on even today), they brought their entire army out, leaving no one behind. The other generals were freaked out by an Israelite private military company in their midst, and they were so worried that they demanded the King send David home.
So the King went to David and said “Listen, I know you’ve served me well, fighting a counter-insurgency on my borders, but I can’t have a radical like you around.” And he sent David home. David and his Warriors were livid. They had fought in two different wars successfully, and were now being branded as extremists, and a security risk. They turned around and headed home.
Alienating trained and effective warriors who have served you well is DANGEROUS.
If David and his men weren’t radicalized yet, their treatment by the new government certainly did radicalize them. (Hmm….)
As the men neared their compound, they found it burning. Everything they had left behind was stolen, including their wives and children. A few more towns nearby had also been sacked and they received information that it was the people they had been fighting before. David and his men took off in pursuit. Of course, David first asked God for guidance, and God told him to go, essentially saying “What are you waiting for?”
Leaving your rear area unguarded and your base of operations undefended will lead to disaster EVERY SINGLE TIME.
The way of life at the time is how we envision WROL life to be. Our base of operations will be where our food is produced, our livestock will be, and where are our families will be. It must be guarded.
David and his men gave pursuit, but carrying their supplies was wearing them out and slowing them down. David detailed 200 of his men to stay with the supplies, while the other 400 rushed ahead.
Soon, they found a straggler from the enemy force wandering in the desert. They fed him and asked for information. It turned out that he was a slave who had escaped. In exchange for protection and food, the slave led them to the enemy camp.
David and his men assaulted the camp and after a 2 day battle, they had destroyed most of the enemy force, and the rest was fleeing headlong back to Egypt. They had rescued all their family members, and gained not only their own property back, but the raiding force’s extra supplies and plunder from other towns.
On the way back, they met up with the logistical tail, and David’s 400 didn’t want to share to any of the plunder or extra supplies with the 200 that guarded the supply trains. David pointed out that the entire chain of events was a lesson. That lesson was that guarding your supply chain was every bit as vital as winning the battle against the enemy and he ordered that the security troops be given a full share.
Lessons in the end:
You cannot succeed without securing your logistics.
Supplies need to be guarded by a substantial force.
Security is the most important task.
Never leave your base (and food and families) undefended by an effective force.
Attempt to gather intelligence from everyone you meet (the wandering slave).
I hope this history lesson and the few lessons from it help you prepare and put you on the right path. Stories like this are where the entire idea of Tactical Wisdom was born.
The most important lesson here is that Warriors who love their Nation and fought for it should never be neglected or treated as extremists. They can love their Nation and hate it’s leadership. That never leads to a good place.
The other lesson is that we need to focus on securing our families and supplies first, then worry about other objectives, which is a concept I mention in both of the Tactical Wisdom books.
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