"Ace In The Hole": Do 'We The People' have a hedge against martial law in America?Submitted by Walter Kavenaugh on Sun, 10/13/2013 - 20:43
In December of 1976, I was a young Airman First Class assigned as an Assistant Crew Chief on a C-130 cargo plane. Several aircraft and crews were sent to Aviano Airbase, Italy in the foothills of the Alps to support the night-time airdrop of equipment and Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne. While the Loadmasters and Jumpmasters prepared the planes, USAF mechanics and Army Paratroopers huddled together around portable spotlights seeking warmth and relief from the frigid winds rolling down from the Italian Alps.
We stood around smoking cigarettes and telling jokes for a while and then the conversation turned to the history of our respective services. A toughened 'old' Army Staff Sergeant (he was probably 35, the rest of us were barely out of our teens) told us a strange story of an unofficial meeting that JFK had with the NCO's of the Green Berets: a meeting of which the officers were not invited. Many officers of the Green Berets were graduates of West Point might hold themselves loyal to their commanders rather than do the "right thing" as per the Constitution. JFK was known to not have much trust in many of his high ranking officers (Generals LeMay, Norstad, Power) but was quite endeared to the enlisted (common) men.
The President allegedly told them that in the event that the U.S. Government goes rogue, their orders are to go AWOL(!) and spread out across America, training Militias to fight against the corrupted government. Myth has it that this 'unwritten' directive has been handed down from team leader to team leader ever since. This was definitely news to me and surprisingly it was news to many of the young Paratroopers as well. I wasn't prepared to call this SSgt a liar, so I took it with a grain of salt, hoping that it was true, keeping it in the back of my mind for decades and then today I ran across this...
Pay attention starting around 4:10
In his speech to the graduating West Point class of 1962, Kennedy said,
"Korea has not been the only battleground since the end of the Second World War. Men have fought and died in Malaya, in Greece, in the Philippines, in Algeria and Cuba and Cyprus, and almost continuously on the Indo-Chinese Peninsula. No nuclear weapons have been fired. No massive nuclear retaliation has been considered appropriate. This is another type of war, new in its intensity, ancient in its origin - war by guerrillas, subversives, insurgents, assassins, war by ambush instead of by combat; by infiltration, instead of aggression, seeking victory by eroding and exhausting the enemy instead of engaging him. It is a form of warfare uniquely adapted to what has been strangely called "wars of liberation," to undermine the efforts of new and poor countries to maintain the freedom that they have finally achieved. It preys on economic unrest and ethnic conflicts. It requires in those situations where we must counter it, and these are the kinds of challenges that will be before us in the next decade if freedom is to be saved, a whole new kind of strategy, a wholly different kind of force, and therefore a new and wholly different kind of military training."
Special Forces embraced the concept of Unconventional Warfare (UW) with the primary mission of training counter-insurgents to fight tyranny in the troubled countries of the 1960's using guerrilla tactics and psy-ops. As we know, rebels in many countries have been trained by the U.S and these are the men that do it.
I believe JFK was on board with the warning of his predecessor concerning the Military Industrial Complex.
I have no proof that any of this is true, but one can only hope and pray that it is.