by Russell D. Longcore
Patriot Games has a new meaning. I’ve been watching the goings-on in Nevada regarding the Bundy/BLM clash. I have a few observations about how those in the Patriot movement should comport themselves regarding interaction with the .gov and .mil personnel. These observations do not come from a hitch in any military. They come from my own common sense. I freely and openly welcome any correction from my friends in the Patriot Movement.
1. Be much more discreet.
Camo uniforms are fine…if you are in the woods or desert. But camo worn around populations draws attention to you. If you own camo because you are a hunter, fine. Everything in its place at the proper time. But showing up for a pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in your camo BDUs is showing off, and maybe it’s your ego talking when it should be shutting up. Are you trying to show someone that you’re Barney Badass? Better to be not noticed at all. When you’re around other people, don’t you think it would be better to be in street clothing? Is it easier to conceal yourself in a crowd when you look like a member of the crowd, or when you’re in camo? Also, get used to wearing a big hat and sunglasses most of the time. Facial recognition software is pretty good these days. Some of the stuff you see in movies really happens.
Most of the photos I saw of the militia members in Nevada showed men in cowboy attire on horseback. They looked like normal people for their area, not storm troopers. The Afghans who kicked America’s ass for 15 years wore the same things in battle that they wore every other day. They also wore the same stuff when they kicked the Soviet Union’s ass. Fourth Generation Warfare will be best accomplished by warriors in street clothes. The bad people send out bunches of uniformed storm troopers as a PsyOp, with the intent of intimidation and generating fear. Don’t buy it. When the Patriots are dressed in street clothes and the government types are in uniform, it sure make it easier to identify who your enemy is, doesn’t it?
2. Owning Weapons.
Consider your firearms inventory. Did you make your purchases at your friendly local gun shop or sporting goods store? If you bought your firearms from a dealer, then the bad people know what weapons you own, don’t they? Makes confiscation much easier. If I were you, I would sell ALL of the guns that I had purchased through FFL dealers. Then I would replace those firearms with those I bought from private individual owners. I would pay cash. I would not ask for nor accept a receipt. If it were possible, I would not even divulge my identity to the seller. I would let my cash do the talking. Last time I checked, it was still legal to make a private purchase of a firearm in most states without a FFL dealer being involved. Check with your own state to be sure.
By the way, there are LOTS of resources on the Internet about how to build AR-15s and AK-47s without buying FFL lowers. You could build your own completely anonymous rifles with readily-available parts and a good machine shop. Once again, check your state statutes to see if it’s legal to own unregistered firearms in your state. But I’m thinking that the kind of person who builds their own battle rifles may not be all that concerned about state statutes.
I love cool guns as much as the next firearms enthusiast. I have owned exotic weapons. But not any more. Exotic weapons that break in the field become very expensive clubs.
Think about the battlefield. What is the most popular rifle in the USA? The AR-15, chambered in .223/5.56 NATO. Another very popular rifle is the AK-47, chambered in 7.62×39. For long distance shooting, the .308 caliber bolt-action rifle is very popular. Seems to me that if both sides are carrying the same weapons, then interchangeability of parts and ammo would be desirable. I don’t like the AR-15, but my personal opinion of the AR-15 platform has nothing to do with this bit of common sense. It is most practical for you to own what most everybody else is carrying. And the simpler the platform, the better off you are. That is why I like bolt-action rifles. Less tiny parts to break, rugged and dependable. Simple firearms are not as sexy as exotic firearms, but keep in mind your reason for owning firearms in the first place. Rifles are not supposed to be penis extensions…they are machine tools. Reliability is more important that anything else. Widely-available ammo and parts are king.
Every electronic form of communication today is subject to surveillance. So you HAVE TO KNOW that the .gov and .mil people are likely monitoring your communications. They even have the ability to point a parabolic microphone at you inside a building and listen to your conversations. They will be even more aggressive about this since the Bundy/BLM incident. The Washington politicians and the DC bureaucrats are already starting to call Patriots “domestic terrorists.” Doesn’t take a Mensa member to figure out that the DC crowd is getting more froggy. Remember that the Washington bunch bought a BILLION rounds of ammo back a couple years ago. They didn’t do that just for laughs.
Forget privacy on phone calls. The bad guys can literally snatch your cell phone signal out of the air and listen in. And recent news stories told us that ALL the mobile phone service providers are letting the governments snoopers have access to your phone calls. And remember that your mobile phone service provider has the ability to turn your phone on and use it as a listening device without your knowledge. Thwarting strategy? Leave your cell phone in the car when you are having a conversation with another person. Or pull the battery out of it…if you can. Sorry, iPhone users. You’re just fucked.
I have seen Patriot writers say that you should switch to Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), an encrypted email service, to protect yourself from prying eyes. But Symantec, the company that produced the Norton Antivirus program, bought PGP in 2010. Nothing could convince me that Symantec doesn’t have back doors for the NSA into PGP for “national security” purposes. Therefore, I conclude that nothing but your lips near my ear is truly secure communications.
You might consider using the TOR browser, which is supposed to be super-encrypted. But you still are trusting somebody else with your security. Could be a bad idea. Ask the owner of the Silk Road website. Oh, wait. He’s in jail.
4. Patriot…Shut the fuck up.
Control your tongue. Don’t tell people what you’re thinking. Don’t disclose your plans. Don’t tell people about your firearms inventory. The less you say, the better.
5. Be EXTREMELY WARY of strangers and people new to you. Certainly, many of your neighbors will be glad to rat you out in the Coming Unpleasantness. But expect infiltration of your Patriot groups by government people.
6. The inevitable collapse of the US Dollar.
I started writing about this five years ago. Today, it is coming to pass. The Central Banks of over 40 nations have made deals with China to settle debts in the Yuan. The most prominent Central Bank in Europe, the German Bundesbank, just inked this deal also. The European Union’s very life relies upon the German economy. What Germany does will determine what the EU does. But the most important thing to understand is that the Chinese Yuan will be backed by gold. For the first time in over 40 years, a nation’s currency will be backed by REAL MONEY…GOLD. The Chinese are willing to do what Washington was not willing to do, which is to protect the value of their money. At some point soon, the nations of the world will stop buying US debt and will pivot toward China. When the world does not need the Dollar anymore, its value will evaporate literally overnight. Those nations will accept the catastrophic losses as the US bonds dissolve in value. But the new banking system with gold-backed Chinese money will prevail, the mega-banks of the West will go “bankrupt”, and the Yuan will be the new World Reserve Currency. The 21st Century is the China Century…if they don’t screw with the gold-backed Yuan.
Get out of ALL paper investments RIGHT NOW. Take the penalties for early withdrawal. Take the hit on interest. Pay the income taxes. Cash out. Your ONLY focus right now should be LIQUIDITY. Look around your house for stuff you can turn into cash. Get your dollar-denominated wealth into gold and silver…PHYSICAL gold and silver that you keep in a big safe at your home. Take advantage of the dumbass Western bankers who are keeping gold and silver prices suppressed. Be at least as smart as China and India…they are buying up all the gold and silver they can find at these articifially-low prices. Keep 1-2 month’s worth of US Dollars in cash, but only in denominations of $20 or less. Mark my words. You will see a day in which American merchants will refuse to accept US Dollars in payment for goods and services.
Conclusion: USE YOUR HEAD. Remain calm. Don’t react…respond. Blend in…nails that pop up get hammered back down. Keep quiet. Trust almost no one. Be wary. This is going to get much more interesting before it settles down. And before it settles down, more than one American state will secede from the USA. I’m looking forward to it.