The combination of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and the militarization of U.S. law enforcement have raised a lot of concern among many citizens. Chief among these concerns is that one day the U.S. military will be used against peaceful citizens of the United States. Well there may be some truth to this fear according to the website Infowars. Apparently in April of 2014 the U.S. Army released U.S. Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33: Civil Disturbances which details using lethal force against peaceful protesters.
The 132 page document reveals sniper protocol and use of small arms fire against peaceful protesters. Instructions given to snipers include “Ensure that target leaders or troublemakers are targeted,” and “Exploit the psychological effect of an attack.” In regards to using small arms fire against crowds, the manual calls for first using small caliber bullets and escalating to larger caliber bullets. The manual also includes charts on where to hit protesters for increased trauma with riot batons.
Most interesting and perhaps most chilling are the references to civil disturbances caused by “Ethnic Hatred” and “Community unrest (that) results in urban conflicts that arise from highly emotional social and economic issues.”
According to the publication, the training manual is designed to be used on both foreign soil and inside the United States.