Meet Directive 3025.18 Granting Obama Authority To Use Military Force Against Civilians

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While the “use of armed [unmanned aircraft systems] is not authorized,The Washington Times uncovering of a 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans. As one defense official proclaimed, “this appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within the United States against its citizens.” Meet Directive 3025.18 and all its “quelling civil disturbances” totalitarianism…

As The Washington Times reports,

Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided emergency authority under this directive.”


“Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the president in accordance with applicable law or permitted under emergency authority,” the directive states.


“In these circumstances, those federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the president is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances” under two conditions.


The conditions include military support needed “to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and public order.” A second use is when federal, state and local authorities “are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for federal property or federal governmental functions.”

A U.S. official said the Obama administration considered but rejected deploying military force under the directive during the recent standoff with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his armed supporters.

“Federal action, including the use of federal military forces, is authorized when necessary to protect the federal property or functions,” the directive states.


Military assistance can include loans of arms, ammunition, vessels and aircraft. The directive states clearly that it is for engaging civilians during times of unrest.

There is one silver lining (for now)…

“Use of armed [unmanned aircraft systems] is not authorized,” the directive says.

And the full Directive is below…


21 thoughts on “Meet Directive 3025.18 Granting Obama Authority To Use Military Force Against Civilians”

  1. I’d say that’s pretty un-fucking-constitutional but really who is surprised at this point. it’s just a gawd-damn piece of paper anyway, right?




  2. “PERHAPS I was too hasty in concluding that American soldiers will fire on American citizens.”
    ——— me, in the “West Point” thread

    I retract the above statement.

  3. stuck,
    i think it will come down to what being “American” means and how it is re-defined by our overlords. It will be easier to justify that those deemed “domestic-terrorists” are no longer “American” and can be put down like dogs. It is the same de-humanizing exercise nearly every military does when engaging an enemy. It’s not murder/killing if they aren’t “human.”
    Soldiers won’t be sent anywhere near their hometowns to avoid hesitation. Far from all would paricipate, I actually know a few who I am all but 100% sure would walk out/fight their way out if ordered to do so but I I think it is getting pretty obvious that the odds are much closer to 50-50 that 15-20% will follow an outrageous order. the ones that won’t or look like the won’t will be purged from the ranks.

  4. It’s over, boys and girls. No more Land of the Free. Not that the piece of paper or absence thereof ever made much difference in the past.

    This is just a more blatant attempt to subvert the Constitution.

  5. “.. it will come down to what being “American” means and how it is re-defined by our overlords.”
    ———– harry p.

    Most excellent point. Oreo is already in Stage 6.


    The 8 Stages of Genocide

    1. CLASSIFICATION: ———— All cultures have categories to distinguish people into “us and them” by ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality: German and Jew, Hutu and Tutsi. Bipolar societies that lack mixed categories, such as Rwanda and Burundi, are the most likely to have genocide. The main preventive measure at this early stage is to develop universalistic institutions that transcend ethnic or racial divisions, that actively promote tolerance and understanding, and that promote classifications that transcend the divisions. The Catholic church could have played this role in Rwanda, had it not been riven by the same ethnic cleavages as Rwandan society. Promotion of a common language in countries like Tanzania has also promoted transcendent national identity. This search for common ground is vital to early prevention of genocide.

    2. SYMBOLIZATION: ———— We give names or other symbols to the classifications. We name people “Jews” or “Gypsies”, or distinguish them by colors or dress; and apply the symbols to members of groups. Classification and symbolization are universally human and do not necessarily result in genocide unless they lead to the next stage, dehumanization. When combined with hatred, symbols may be forced upon unwilling members of pariah groups: the yellow star for Jews under Nazi rule, the blue scarf for people from the Eastern Zone in Khmer Rouge Cambodia. To combat symbolization, hate symbols can be legally forbidden (swastikas) as can hate speech. Group marking like gang clothing or tribal scarring can be outlawed, as well. The problem is that legal limitations will fail if unsupported by popular cultural enforcement. Though Hutu and Tutsi were forbidden words in Burundi until the 1980’s, code-words replaced them. If widely supported, however, denial of symbolization can be powerful, as it was in Bulgaria, where the government refused to supply enough yellow badges and at least eighty percent of Jews did not wear them, depriving the yellow star of its significance as a Nazi symbol for Jews.

    3. DEHUMANIZATION: ———— One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases. Dehumanization overcomes the normal human revulsion against murder. At this stage, hate propaganda in print and on hate radios is used to vilify the victim group. In combating this dehumanization, incitement to genocide should not be confused with protected speech. Genocidal societies lack constitutional protection for countervailing speech, and should be treated differently than democracies. Local and international leaders should condemn the use of hate speech and make it culturally unacceptable. Leaders who incite genocide should be banned from international travel and have their foreign finances frozen. Hate radio stations should be shut down, and hate propaganda banned. Hate crimes and atrocities should be promptly punished.

    4. ORGANIZATION: ———— Genocide is always organized, usually by the state, often using militias to provide deniability of state responsibility (the Janjaweed in Darfur.) Sometimes organization is informal (Hindu mobs led by local RSS militants) or decentralized (terrorist groups.) Special army units or militias are often trained and armed. Plans are made for genocidal killings. To combat this stage, membership in these militias should be outlawed. Their leaders should be denied visas for foreign travel. The U.N. should impose arms embargoes on governments and citizens of countries involved in genocidal massacres, and create commissions to investigate violations, as was done in post-genocide Rwanda.

    5. POLARIZATION: ———— Extremists drive the groups apart. Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda. Laws may forbid intermarriage or social interaction. Extremist terrorism targets moderates, intimidating and silencing the center. Moderates from the perpetrators’ own group are most able to stop genocide, so are the first to be arrested and killed. Prevention may mean security protection for moderate leaders or assistance to human rights groups. Assets of extremists may be seized, and visas for international travel denied to them. Coups d’état by extremists should be opposed by international sanctions.

    6. PREPARATION: ———— Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity. Death lists are drawn up. Members of victim groups are forced to wear identifying symbols. Their property is expropriated. They are often segregated into ghettoes, deported into concentration camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved. At this stage, a Genocide Emergency must be declared. If the political will of the great powers, regional alliances, or the U.N. Security Council can be mobilized, armed international intervention should be prepared, or heavy assistance provided to the victim group to prepare for its self-defense. Otherwise, at least humanitarian assistance should be organized by the U.N. and private relief groups for the inevitable tide of refugees to come.

    7. EXTERMINATION ———— begins, and quickly becomes the mass killing legally called “genocide.” It is “extermination” to the killers because they do not believe their victims to be fully human. When it is sponsored by the state, the armed forces often work with militias to do the killing. Sometimes the genocide results in revenge killings by groups against each other, creating the downward whirlpool-like cycle of bilateral genocide (as in Burundi). At this stage, only rapid and overwhelming armed intervention can stop genocide. Real safe areas or refugee escape corridors should be established with heavily armed international protection. (An unsafe “safe” area is worse than none at all.) The U.N. Standing High Readiness Brigade, EU Rapid Response Force, or regional forces — should be authorized to act by the U.N. Security Council if the genocide is small. For larger interventions, a multilateral force authorized by the U.N. should intervene. If the U.N. is paralyzed, regional alliances must act. It is time to recognize that the international responsibility to protect transcends the narrow interests of individual nation states. If strong nations will not provide troops to intervene directly, they should provide the airlift, equipment, and financial means necessary for regional states to intervene.

    8. DENIAL ———— is the eighth stage that always follows a genocide. It is among the surest indicators of further genocidal massacres. The perpetrators of genocide dig up the mass graves, burn the bodies, try to cover up the evidence and intimidate the witnesses. They deny that they committed any crimes, and often blame what happened on the victims. They block investigations of the crimes, and continue to govern until driven from power by force, when they flee into exile. There they remain with impunity, like Pol Pot or Idi Amin, unless they are captured and a tribunal is established to try them. The response to denial is punishment by an international tribunal or national courts. There the evidence can be heard, and the perpetrators punished. Tribunals like the Yugoslav or Rwanda Tribunals, or an international tribunal to try the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, or an International Criminal Court may not deter the worst genocidal killers. But with the political will to arrest and prosecute them, some may be brought to justice


  6. ummmm …. let me emphatically state that I do NOT agree with all the DETAILS given by the above author ….. some of it is pure bullshit.

    However, overall, the 8 stages are spot on.

  7. Does anyone think the White House press corps will have the balls to question our Dear Overlord about this latest revelation? Or that he’d actually address his blatant power-grab without lying through his teeth?

    Is anyone still in doubt about why billions of rounds of hollow point ammo is being ordered? Does sending armored personnel carriers to domestic law enforcement agencies make more sense?

    Are those stories about FEMA camps still sounding so preposterous? How about weaponized drones?

    Suddenly that condo I bought in a foreign country is beginning to look like a very appealing option…

  8. Well, here’s the thing about this Directive.

    We, in the productive and Real World, remain aghast and flummoxed by Obama’s incompetence in fulfilling his oath to the Constitution and the duties of the Office. After all, if we were President, we would strive to do the very best for the country – like we do for our jobs, our families, our selves.

    We spend hours frothing at the mouth about what a moron he is, how corrupt he is, how much damage he is doing to our economy, our energy sector, our foreign policy, our civil society blah, blah, blah, ad infintum.

    Meanwhile, Obama and his minions are laughing hysterically at all this turmoil because…….wait for it……drum roll please…….HE NEVER INTENDED TO FULFiLL HIS OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION OR THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE.

    He NEVER intended to preserve and protect any American institution WHATSOEVER.

    No, he TOLD us he was interested in the” fundamental transformation of the United States”.

    Look where this guy came from, who he surrounds himself with, Jesus, just listen to that speech at West Point. He is a hard Left, Marxist, narcissistic sociopath – and has put these people into the highest seats of power in this country.

    He was identified long ago by the forces that wish to tear down the country (some pretty unsavory characters) then propelled into office by white guilt and a besotted and blind MSM, all applauded by the mush brained clapping seal college students who are so stoopid they don’t even realize they are ushering in their own destruction.

    This kind of Directive is just ONE of many things that have slid under the radar while we have been commenting on the size of Moochelle’s backside.

    These guys are earnestly trying to DESTROY the USA, thinking in their hubris and arrogance that they can then rebuild their Utopia. Despite the fact that all attempts in the history of mankind show that this ends in huge loss of human life and destruction of property.

    Time to start taking names……..and arming oneself heavily of course.

  9. On the plus side, all the TBP regulars should get to enjoy a brief government-sponsored get together in the next year or two.

  10. I sure have confidence that drones won’t be armed and used against Americans. Barely a peep about anything by the media.

  11. Anyone want to talk about the Goddamned Wetback Government which has imprisoned an American soldier who ACCIDENTALLY crossed into shithole Mehico by a few dozen yards? Goddamn worthless burrito eaters beating up this kid in prison …

    Where the fuck is Nigga-Prez?? Didn’t he just yesterday tell West Pointers how much he adored and loved the military. You mean The Most Powerful Niggah in the world can’t use his influence/power to intervene on this soldier’s behalf? Can’t even influence the shithole leader to the South of us, yet he’s gonna boss Russia around. Fuckin’ joke.

  12. The victims of genocide always have one thing in common. They had no way to defend themselves. This is what gun control is really about .Making the population defenceless and there by helpless.

  13. HZK is correct. Obama’s destruction of this country isn’t yet complete. He still has 2 1/2 years to complete his socialist fascist dream, and the nightmare of productive white people. Everyone puts up with him, and he gets away with murder. The reign of the anti-christ won’t end until millions of people lose their lives. People didn’t think Hitler was that bad either, until the end. We haven’t reached the end yet. Enjoy the ride.

  14. I’ve never seen the “stages of genocide” Stuck. You are correct, Obama and the liberal progressives have gotten us to “stage 6”. White people have allowed themselves to be demonized, and most of the people doing the demonizing are liberal whites, and “professional” blacks like Obama. The next phase is extermination. One look at the what happened in Boston, people being dragged out of their houses at gunpoint, and it’s easy to believe it can happen. The trigger will be an economic crisis or collapse, with or without another massive war. People will finally get off their asses and do something, when they can’t buy ding-dongs on their SNAP card anymore. Obama and the fascists will only get away with genocide in the cities, however, they won’t bother with us country folk, and don’t dare come out here anyway.

  15. Stucky says:

    Anyone want to talk about the Goddamned Wetback Government which has imprisoned an American soldier who ACCIDENTALLY crossed into shithole Mehico by a few dozen yards? Goddamn worthless burrito eaters beating up this kid in prison …

    This has happened before and I refer to a personal skepticism. While it is easy for someone unfamiliar with roads to enter Mejico accidentally, the persons caught have been carrying ammunition or weapons which sounds suspicious to me. There are local gangsters residing in Mexican jails who have admitted to small time gun smuggling across the border. The jail itself looks like someone’s house. The person you call a kid is a Marine, they build men not kids. They could cut a deal for his release, that is what Mexico is famous for, wallet justice. In a country where criminals bought off prison authorities with an offer they couldn’t refuse: cash or bullets, today politicians get the same offer. Mexico has the best government money can buy but it is American drug money paying for it via the narcos – drug smugglers.
    Since this incident happened in a high drug trafficking area, I suspect the dude was conducting business.

  16. We have done the same at our border when we encounter MX military soldiers who say the same thing..”We didn’t know we were in U.S.” …sure, you didn’t, amigo!

  17. [email protected] says:

    Hey, this is weird.

    Matt Drudge deleted all his tweets except one.

    Think he knows something we don’t?

  18. Isn’t that about the time the Pentagon started culling the General Officer ranks? To get rid of the Patriots that wouldn’t go along with this unconstitutional BS.

  19. Think V A scandal done very intentionally because gov sees a threat.Notice through B O care there will be forced home inspections aimed at veterans.Willing to bet arms will be confiscated through this “back door” scheme.


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