Who are those people always shouting USA! USA! USA?Submitted by LibertyIsPriceless on Sat, 06/29/2013 - 20:13
The information I am presenting here is taken from a heavily redacted 2002 version of the Secret Service's Presidential Advance Manual acquired through a FOIA request.
The presidential advance manual describes the steps that are required to be taken by the presidential advance team in conjunction with the secret service to prepare a site prior to a presidential visit.
This manual is constantly updated and new procedures are introduced all the time, but a section of the 2002 draft describes the tactic of employing rally squads to marginalize any demonstrators, especially in the eyes of the media.
The following is an excerpt from the manual:
Preparing For Demonstrators
There are several ways the advance person can minimize demonstrators. First, as always, work with the Secret Service and have them ask the local police department to designate a protest area where demonstrators can be placed, preferably not in view of the event site or motorcade route.
The formation of "rally squads" is a common way to prepare for demonstrators by countering their message. This tactic involves utilizing small groups of volunteers to spread favorable messages using large hand-held signs, placards, or perhaps a long sheer banner, and placing them in strategic areas around the site.
These squads should be instructed to always look for demonstrators. The rally squad's task is to use their signs and banners as shields between the demonstrators and the main press platform. If the demonstrators are yelling, rally squads can begin and lead supportive chants to drown out the protestors (USA! USA! USA!). As a last resort, security should remove the demonstrators from the event site. The rally squads can include, but are not limited to, college Young Republican and Democratic organizations, local athletic teams, and fraternities and sororities.
For larger rallies, the squads should be broken up into groups of approximately 15-25 people. A squad should be placed immediately in front of the stage, immediately in front of the main camera platform, close to the cut platform, immediately behind the stage area (if people are being used as a backdrop), and at least one squad should be "roaming" throughout the perimeter, looking for potential problems.