DoD Documents – Military Authorized to Quell Civil Unrest in the U.S.


What you may find particularly shocking is the conditions under which those forces can be deployed.

First of all, I would assert that it’s never ok to use the military to crush internal unrest. Such measures are the hallmark of dictators and failed states. Some people however, might be inclined to justify the use of military force if the stakes are high enough. Trouble is once you open that door, who is to say where that line gets drawn?

Well, we don’t actually have to ponder that question. The U.S. government has already given us their answer. Unfortunately according to a 2010 Department of Defense document entitled Directive 3025.18, the military is authorized to deploy within the U.S. to quell civil disturbances “when necessary to protect the Federal property or functions.”

That’s very broad, especially considering that the document discusses the conditions under which lethal force may be used. Soldiers are trained to kill. That’s what they are good at.

You can download the document directly from the U.S. military’s own website here. You can also view an embedded version at the bottom of this page. Believe it or not, this document is not classified at all.

Federal military 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 (e.g., chapter 15 of Reference (d)) or permitted under emergency authority, as described below (see DoDD 3025.12 (Reference (j)) and DoDD 5525.5 (Reference (c))). 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 because:
(1) Such activities are necessary to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and public order; or,
(2) When duly constituted Federal, State, or local authorities are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for Federal property or Federal governmental functions. Federal action, including the use of Federal military forces, is authorized when necessary to protect the Federal property or functions.

If you read through to the end of the document you will find that it states that unless this directive is revoked in 2015 it will remain in effect until 2020. Nice.

Seems like somebody’s afraid that the peasants might get restless someday.

5 Responses to DoD Documents – Military Authorized to Quell Civil Unrest in the U.S.

  1. Luis says:

    I believe in our men and women in uniform to do the right thing when and if the time comes, not worried about that. I do believe this is why so many commanders got relieved of duty within the last two years. not going along with the program, could be why they are not in a hurry to bring our boys home, and why they are in a hurry to create another America by giving illegals citizenship to vote for their agenda, Sadly to say the best thing to do is prepare your body and mind including your kin

  2. Alan MacRae says:

    Julie brace yourself we will go a lot lower before the population wake up, and by then it will be way to late. Sadly to say the best thing to do is prepare your body and mind including your kin. Then surround myself with like minded people and be ready: most people do not want to accept this yet, learn survival skills, shoot a bow, make traps, enjoy.
    Stay frosty

  3. Wendy branham says:

    I personally feel that we have to seek Jesus because He is truly the only way. But I’m Sure I will get beat up for saying that too. But I do agree with you that we need to pull together and do something. I am proud of you for standing up for what is right. I’m sorry that you were hurt in the process. I think there are so many people who just don’t care and it breaks my heart. If I could have been standing beside you, I would have defended you whether or not I looked like a kook too.

  4. Becky says:

    Growing up during the 60s and 70s I am fully aware of civil unrest coming from the Vietnam Protesters to MLK assassination. How can people forget so quickly? Kent State will always be in my mind.

  5. Julie Amos says:

    What , no comments ? I’m shocked ! Don’t people understand the gravity of the situation ? I was called a whacko today on our local radio station because I dared to speak up about Geo-Engineering and UN Agenda 21. I will admit , it sounds like crazy conspiracies but even so , if it’s true and everything points to it being true , how can you sit by and say nothing ? I have ruined what credibility I had with some listeners and even the host because I attempted to speak out and it breaks my heart because I WANT so much for people to understand what we are facing. IF we have ANY chance whatsoever to stop this whole agenda , people have got to speak OUT while you are free to still do so. This is the ONLY WAY that we the people can have ANY HOPE.

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