Adult Supervision & The Media Plan
Plus this from over the transom:
Quick Thoughts On Malheur For Next Time
Debacle. Wrong hill to die, literally, on. Unless that was the plan. About the only good (?) I see coming out of this is the 100 Heads Policy may now be in effect.
Since you asked, entirely off the cuff, with self imposed 10 minute time limit.
RUMINT has it that food, fuel, etc., and LOTS of possibly incriminating documents were found in the building.
Notes for Next Time (NFNT): Have a site exploitation plan ready to go. At a minimum, everyone should know how to pull hard drives, take pics, and send those pics. You can probably get away with using a cell phone for about half a day, then you’re done. (See attachment.)
fldigi and other ham programs provide that ability. Don’t forget to take your call sign off’n it.
Carry GI laundry bags to put stuff in, have a cross level plan for bags, and a means to extract stuff immediately. Any seizure of a site, no matter how briefly, should have site exploitation underway concurrent with establishing security and comms. Don’t get bogged down looking at shiny things: If it stows, it goes. Frankly, that’s the beginning of a plan: Why occupy? Raid: An attack on a site with a preplanned withdrawal. Pro tip: Spend more time on your exit strategy than any phase except actions on the objective. It’s not hard to get into trouble. Getting out of it is a bit sticky.
Comms: Establish immediately. Prior coordination with sympathetic outlets needed. By that, find out now who is sympathetic and contact them as raid is underway. Have persons designated to watch as raid initiates, then drive to different area and call in. Take a lesson from the Chechens and dominate the news space. Preplan twitter, reporters, outside media support. Sparks does a whole block of instruction on how to use buttsets to exploit existing landline systems. Given the relative youth of most agents [of the state], I doubt they remember landlines.
This was discussed as one use of the III Short Bus but, as you recall, this was insufficiently Jedburgh. One weeps.
In keeping with our earlier discussion of WWI levels of coordination, carrier pigeons, loaded with encrypted thumb drives, would work for delivery and be precise. Timings should be done with synchronized watches to minimize eavesdropping and radio failure.
Encryption: AMRRON recommended OTP. At first I thought this was something new to learn but, the more I look at it, the more I think it suits our current situation. Instead of having to learn all of the alphabet and 10 numerals in Morse, you just have to learn the numerals. Even if it’s computer generated and therefore crackable, it’ll buy some time and tie up some assets. Even at that, I suspect changing OTPs every 24-48 hours will keep them guessing. (More for occupation than raids, although a quick burst of preplanned numerical codes would work. Destroy before reading. :) )
Of the point we’re discussing, one more charge (encrypted transmissions) won’t matter. With my luck, that’s the one that would stick….
Logistics: Lord have mercy, have some. I admit I may have laughed when they received bags of dicks, but that’s just sad. You can put six months worth of Mountain House in a pickup. While we’re at it, you can put 24K gallons worth of Pool Shock in a rucksack. Etc. Hygiene. Socks. Who doesn’t have socks?
Planning: Pretty good indication this event was the dog that caught the car: Now what? Branches and parallels. If you’re going to occupy, plan to stay. If you going to hit and git, have multiple ways and methods out. At the risk of regurgitating manuals, there is nothing wrong with the Ranger Handbook, FM 7-8 and 10 (or whatever the new Army calls them. The older ones are better.), etc.
Legal support: Take a patriot (sic) friendly lawyer with you. He needs to wear a tie.
Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB): See also Sam Culper’s thoughts on this. At a minimum, know your local sheriff.
Spread the fed: Coordinate as far as possible (OPSEC) with groups in other regions. Half dozen of these pulled off simultaneously does several things:
Spreads the feds.
Increases odds of getting our side, both story and personnel, out.
Fear: “They’re everywhere.” Yes. Yes we are.
Speaking of video, here’s a retired SF MSG discussing the organization of the Paris Attacks in a way that even [insert name here] can understand.
One man’s terrorist is another man’s patriot (sic). Absolutely puts the lie to rugged individualism/lone wolfoshitz.
Firefighting equipment: Ask David Koresh and Chris Dorner if some buckets full of dirt wouldn’t have been a good idea. All .mil 40MM CS, IIRC, is pyrotechnic. Burns hotter than the hinges of Hades. You ain’t putting it out with a personal extinguisher. Bring masks. And E-tools. Fill trash cans and bottom file drawers with dirt. This should be easy, since you put the contents of them in laundry bags and sent them out, didn’t you?