Internment camps possible, or simply military protocol?

This site is claiming a manual is in full use with the protocols for interment and resettlement of American citizens. If you take the manual number FM 3-39.40 and put it into it does take you to the log in for the military’s Reimer Digital Library. I don’t have access to this, if you do please let us know if this manual is found and true. Whether nefarious or not I think there is something to learn here about terms and use. You should read this yourself, but here are some flags:

In the preface it says this manual is used for “processes that military police and other elements will employ when dealing with I/R populations”

What does military police have to do with interment? If you’ve have detained enemies you should use soldiers. Yes, they do have this as a job function of MP’s, but you don’t need to detainee intern or resettle civilians. They go to civilian jails, for civilian court.

Chapter 1 says pretty quickly:

“AR 190-47 stipulates that U.S. military prisoners have additional standards of care given their specific rights as U.S. citizens and will be confined separately from detainees.”
Not that detainees are kept separate from the populace.

This is why citizen and civilian are important to understand as two different terms. You’ll see why below.

Chapter 1-8 is where you should go first though.

Key personnel category terms are defined in the following paragraphs. These terms include detainees and their subcategories, U.S. military prisoners, and DCs and their subcategories. For the purposes of this manual, I/R populations refer to detainees, U.S. military prisoners, and DCs.

Detainee is a term used to refer to any person captured or otherwise detained by an armed force. (JP 3-63) Detainees may also include enemy combatants (EPWs and members of armed groups), RP, and CIs. (See DODD 2310.01E.) Detainees do not include personnel being held for law enforcement purposes, except where the U.S. is the occupying power.

Civilian Internees
A CI is a civilian who is interned during armed conflict, occupation, or other military operation for security reasons, for protection, or because he or she committed an offense against the detaining power. (JP3-63) CIs, unless they have committed acts for which they are considered unlawful combatants, generally qualify for protected status according to the GC, which also establishes procedures that must be observed when depriving such civilians of their liberty. CIs are to be accommodated separately from EPWs and persons deprived of liberty for any other reason.

Protected persons are persons protected by the Geneva Convention who find themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a party to the conflict or occupying power of which they are not nationals. (AR 190-8). Protected persons who are interned for imperative reasonsof security are also known as CIs. Protected persons under the Geneva Conventions include—

z Hors de combat (refers to the prohibition of attacking enemy personnel who are “out of combat”).
z Detainees (combatants and CIs).
z Wounded and sick in the field and at sea.
z Civilians.

That’s just for starters. Oh and for the record a national is defined as “owned, preserved, or maintained by the federal government:” or “by inference, frequently a person who owes loyalty to a country but lacks full membership in it” Since freemen own and maintain themselves there’s no guarantee they mean us as nationals.

a citizen is: “an inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman < Freeman is the key word

A freeman is : one enjoying civil or political liberty
1. a person who is entitled to full political and civil rights.
2. historical; a person who is not a slave or serf.
And since only slaves are given things and entitlement is authorized 1. is a clear false definition as entitled means: (to) give (someone) a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something.

Freemen aren't given, they are.

Liberty is: the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views. (Ask your android to define freedom. It’s a hoot to hear a phone smart than most people.)

A civilian is: a person not in the armed services or the police force.

That’s a problem.


Chad Ginsburg is a champion of self-governance, the rights of the Individual, and a return to minimal government. A Jeffersonian Republican, Ginsburg integrates his knowledge of liberty and understanding of the foundation, reasoning, and documents of the American Republic as a voice of rebellion against centralized authority. He has been published on American Thinker and other news sources, and was a political talk show host on AM740 KVOR. Building on his background in broadcast radio and experience as a Quality Control Analyst, he aims to guide the lost and disenfranchised to the truths of our nation’s founding and to help all revolt against the trappings of collectivism and tyranny. Ginsburg hosts his weekly political radio blog, Ginsburg, at Blog Talk Radio and grinds axes in the Twittersphere on a daily basis.

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  1. This trope gets brought up by a libertarian blog or independent website about once a week. I’m willing to bet that the fact that this is so feared was the intent all along.