Modern warfare has evolved into what is now termed Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW).
Even the leftist wonks at Wikipedia have summarized the evolution of warfare fairly well, in re-stating the generations of warfare concepts developed by military analysts and historians including William S. Lind, Terry Terriff, and Robert Steele:
To my way of thinking, Fifth Generation warfare centers around Information and denial of information. That could include: intelligence, counterintelligence, propaganda, civil affairs, psychological warfare, C4CI, lawfare, targeted harassment, and war as an extension of politics, i.e. political dirty tricks or outright political warfare.
Here in the United States, political warfare was field-tested in places like Arkansas in the 1980s. And it first reached a nationwide scale soon after January 20th, 1993.
What we are witnessing in Washington D.C., circa 2023, is nothing less than an ongoing coup d’état on our Constitutional government, by the Bidenistas. They have weaponized Federal law enforcement and the ruling cabals of the national intelligence apparatus, to do their bidding. And, as we witnessed with the absurd “Russian Collusion” charade for 40+ months, they have also brought the liberal mass media and Big Tech on board as willing partners in their concerted plot.
The Federal courts are a mixed bag of political appointees with varying allegiances. I have doubts that we can count on the appeals courts to do the right thing, if judges at the circuit court and Supreme Court levels feel intimidated or feel like they are operating under duress.
THE FINAL ARBITER
Ultimately, the final arbiter in the grand game of checks and balances is the very well-armed American populace. We hold final veto power in our hands. 120 million+ armed Americans vastly outnumber the ranks of federal law enforcement, if it ever came down to that. There are close to 400 million privately-owned guns in the U.S., and the majority of those have no paper trails or at least fractured paper trails.
In the event of any truly blatant ballot tampering, there will then be an impromptu runoff election, and those votes will be coming from the rooftops and the treelines, at around 3,000 feet per second.
As I’ve explained before, attempting to institute martial law or to “round up” guns in America is a fool’s errand. To wit,
With all of that said, I’d like to focus on just one group of tactics in 21st Century 5GW, and that is disconnection. For millennia, governments have imprisoned, exiled, or “disappeared” their opponents. Nearly every large castle of old had a dungeon. But dungeons and their modern-day analogs (jails and prisons) are crude and overt methods of disconnecting dissenters. Far more subtle, refined, and covert methods of disconnection are now available. These days, the best method for governments and technocrats to silence their opposition is a digital gulag.
Presently, here are some of the key disconnection tactics and techniques used by The Powers That Be (TPTB) and by liberal pressure groups:
Belittling and Marginalizing. Leftists label anyone that is more conservative or freedom-loving than they are as “extremist”, “radical”, “reactionary”, “far right”, “nazi”, “racist”, or “ultra-conservative.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has perfected this technique. I’ve personally been the victim of their smear attacks.
Gaslighting. This is the devious practice of making opponents doubt their own mental health.
Social media “strikes” and banning. Platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have long-established policies to ban anyone who is outspoken in a way that runs contrary to the official narrative. Recently, anyone who spoke out against vaccination would be banned almost immediately. Strikes often get automatically handed out by artificial Intelligence (AI) tools searching for keywords, with little or no human intervention. Defending oneself from strikes and banning can be time-consuming and frustrating. A ban from a platform can be temporary or permanent, with very little remedy or recourse available to those who are targeted.
Search engine de-ranking. A more subtle way of disconnecting folks with an Internet presence is using algorithms to push them down in the rankings of search results. By fine-tuning search engine results, they can “steer” millions of users toward the dominant liberal, mainstream media outlets and government websites and away from alternative media sites. I’ve personally been the victim of de-ranking. Back in the “good old days” before around 2012, if someone typed “Survivalist site how to stock a retreat” into Google’s search box, SurvivalBlog would have been found on the first page of results. But now, it is buried several pages down. Do some test searches and you’ll soon see how de-ranking works. For example, try searching “Survivalists”, “Preppers”, “Disaster readiness”, “Preparedness blog”, “Preparedness expert”, and “Prepper Blog”. You won’t find a direct link SurvivalBlog on the first page of any of those results. Unless you literally type: “SurvivalBlog” or “Survival Blog”, my blog no longer ranks well, at all.
Shadow-banning. Another subtle form of attack is shadow-banning. This can be hard to detect. A social media account holder can still see their own content, but they notice that their “likes”, “shares”, or page hits start to decline. At first, the account holder might not have any idea that fewer and fewer people are seeing their posts. All they know is that their “share” numbers are plummeting. They might somehow blame themselves for not being popular, when it is actually an algorithm that has been set at war with them.
Deplatforming. Presently, de-platforming has been limited to just social media accounts. But it could easily be expanded to include terrestrial and satellite Internet Service Providers, phone services, teleconferencing services like Zoom and Skype, VPNs, and more.
Lowering financial credit scores with erroneous reports. Take note that you can check your credit score annually, with each of the major credit reporting agencies, at no charge.
Lowering social credit system scores. Today, a social credit system is only used in mainland China. They call it shèhuì xìnyòng tǐxì. It is a national credit rating system and blacklist. It is used in a variety of ways to limit job opportunities, purchases, social contacts, and travel. The Infogalatic Wiki reports:
“As of June 2019, according to the National Development and Reform Commission of China, 26.82 million air tickets as well as 5.96 million high-speed rail tickets had been denied to people who were deemed “untrustworthy” (on a blacklist) and 4.37 million “dishonest” people had chosen to fulfill their duties required by the law. In July 2019, additional 2.56 million flight tickets as well as 90 thousand high-speed train tickets were denied to those on the blacklist.”
SWATting. This is a method of harassment where hoaxers trick police into sending a SWAT team to a victim’s home or business. The typical tactic is to falsely report “a family dispute, with shots fired.” This has potentially lethal consequences. Recent SWATees include Tim Pool, Erick Erickson (founder of the blog RedState.com), former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor, David Hogg, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, and a long list of celebrities including Russell Brand, Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, Magic Johnson, Justin Bieber, Simon Cowell, Charlie Sheen, Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, and Paris Hilton.
Targeted harassment. Traditional Hayduke-style harassment is still alive and well. Be ready to endure it. In cyberspace, DDoS “ping floods” have become the preferred method of harassment, to temporarily make websites unavailable.
De-banking. You receive a notice in the mail that your bank is closing your account. This has happened to me: No reason was given other than a vague reference to “changes in the economy.” I had to scramble to open another account and get numerous automatic payments redirected.
Orchestrated protests before or during public speeches. This is a now common tactic. Recently-protested speakers have included Jordan Peterson, Michael Knowles, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, Gavin McInnes, Charlie Kirk, Matt Walsh, and federal district court judge Kyle Duncan.
Targeted tax audits. Anyone who believes that this practice ended when Lois Lerner left the IRS must be naive.
Paperwork checking intimidation. The recent gun shop paperwork raid in Great Falls, Montana is a prime example. No less than 20 Federal agents from offices in three states were called in to carry out that armed raid. This incident helped to illustrate three important things:
1.) Paying for a Federal Firearms License (FFL) is an invitation to scrutiny, and adds paperwork burdens that could easily trip you up and get you prosecuted.
2.) Federal agencies often work in concert. In the Great Falls raid, the IRS, ATF, and the FBI were clearly all working together. Reportedly, no FBI agents entered the gun shop, but they set up an “observation post” to “monitor the situation.”
3.) Just how thin on the ground Federal agents really are. They project the illusion of great strength and omnipresence, but they aren’t a real army. They are more like a troupe of paid actors, producing drama. The IRS has always depended on intimidation and fear tactics.
STEPPING IT UP A NOTCH
If TPTB fail to silence their opponents with any of the aforementioned tactics, then they can escalate to more overt 5GW disconnection methods. These can include:
SOME EMERGING THREATS
In the near future, we could also be targeted for banning from Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, airlines (“no-fly” lists), train travel, bus travel, et cetera. This is not just conjecture. It has already happened. In 2017, Laura Loomer was banned from both Uber and Lyft. In 2018, some black Trump supporters were banned from using Uber. In 2022, conservative commentator Michelle Malkin and members of her family were banned from booking rooms on Airbnb.
Another emerging threat is posed by computer-generated deep fakes. These fakes could be used to discredit nearly anyone. Well-known public figures will be the most likely targets of deep fake character assassination. Just imagine that a fake press report of a “nervous breakdown” was made, just before the release of a deep fake of someone spouting crazy talk. The results would be devastating and difficult to overcome.
Perhaps the ultimate 5GW threat to silence dissent is total disconnection, via a combination of three or more of the techniques that I’ve listed above. I predict that these tactics could become commonplace in the remainder of the 2020s and in the 2030s.
Finally, to reiterate a few key points that I’ve made in SurvivalBlog over the years, I recommend that you:
May God watch over you, and protect you, in these Dark Days!
by JAMES WESLEY RAWLES- JWR is an American author, former U.S. Army Intelligence officer, and survival retreat consultant. Rawles describes himself as a Constitutionalist Christian libertarian.
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