This in via email, from SP:
“I posed a question in the SWAT Threat thread concerning if/how/when/should someone that has just escaped a no-knock raid thus taking to the hills, and whether at some point the person is going to have to put their position forward to the media justifying their actions (MSM or alternative media), and if so how important would it be.
Chuck replied to the question and posed the concept of the Information Operations will be just as important as Kinetic Operations.
Wondered what your thoughts are on the subject and whether it is worth a blog discussion.”
This is a really interesting question. No doubt it has occurred to many of us. It is also relevant not only if you end up taking to the hills, but also posthumously if you don’t make it out. One of the first things that is going to happen is that the media will characterize you as a crazed lone-wolf child molester, or some such BS.
This post isn’t really about giving you all the answers. It is as much of a conundrum to me as to you. I’m going to give you some thoughts, and then open it up to discussion.
So, we spend a lot of time preparing for SHTF, or a full collapse. In the meantime, we live in an increasingly strict police state, a soft tyranny, on a trajectory towards hardening tyranny. It is not so far-fetched to envisage a time where SWAT raids will be entirely politically motivated. Therefore you may no longer be a ‘law-abiding citizen’, simply due to non-adherence to unjust laws, but you are certainly not a criminal in any real sense of the word. It is to that situation that this blog post is addressed, where good citizens are targeted by criminal raids under the color of unjust law, or politically motivated false accusations of terrorism..
Let’s assume something went down at your house. Your family is okay, but you returned fire and took down some bad guys. You grab your weapons and your gear and made it out the back. Now you’re into the E&E game. I talked a little bit about this in my post on the ‘Home Invasion Dilemma‘. There are certainly a couple of issues here: there is the issue that I will concentrate on this post which is the PR battle. There is also the issue of where you go. The question of where to E&E to depends on if you have any kind of network or alternative location which you can make your way to.
Now you are Dorner, whether you like it or not. You are a hunted fugitive. Your reputation is being trampled by the media. First you have to try and survive and escape, secondly you will want to try and salvage your reputation.
(I don’t use Dorner as an example of what to do, or even of the right kind of guy. He was hardly a member of FreeFor, from what I can gather, although I don’t really know anything about him to judge. But what he did and what happened to him is relevant).
Of course as you bug out on foot your primary concern will be evasion and avoiding capture. If you retain any form of electronic or media device on your person, in order to try and communicate and tell your story, that will be used to track you and kill you.
So there are really two problems on the PR front at this point: 1) communicating your message and 2) getting that message effectively spread.
Perhaps you have a drop phone in your bug out bag which has no connection to you, and can be used to make a single phone call explaining your story, then tossed away? Or perhaps you commandeer a communication device while evading capture? However, that will involve interaction with others and is probably not what you want to be doing at that point. So you really need to think about ways of getting your message to someone, explaining the situation, that do not get you captured.
If you do manage to get your message out it would have to be to a trusted source in the alternative media, which has a reasonable ability to spread that message and in some way counter the MSM propaganda. Short of making an appearance in the CNN newsroom and hijacking the broadcast it will be hard to get your message out via MSM.
So, this is really good food for discussion and input. Firstly on ways in which to communicate your message while evading after such an incident. Secondly on ways to effectively spread the message to somehow counteract that being put out by the MSM.
Tip: don’t go to ground in a cabin. This is Dorner’s last stand.
Just for examples sake, running through an E&E scenario while writing this post, I was imagining finding myself in the woods on the run. My primary concern would be the tactical aspects of the escape and evasion itself. However let’s suppose a situation where you come across a group of perhaps campers in the woods. Obviously you have to take care of your personal security considerations and you don’t want to take them hostage. However it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that if you don’t scare them out of their wits, you may be able to make a statement to them, or perhaps even record one on their smart phone. I mean it all depends on the dynamics of the situation, but if you somehow make contact, don’t terrify them, and persuade them not to call the authorities immediately, it may be a way of getting your message out. Alternatively they are terrified sheeple who will not cooperate and will turn you in at the earliest opportunity.
You may want to check this post out, for when you are on the run: When they are hunting you.
Food for thought. DISCUSS!