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John’s Final Epistle to The Anthropologists, Part I: The Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at the Climax of the Neolithic

March 30, 2013 by


Peeping through a Keyhole, Down upon My Knees We are virtually here to discuss with you something that I would call InTRADOCtrination: Intelligent Design for Retraining the Masses The Mission?: We suggest that it is The Locking-In: The Prison-Industrial Complex, well-documented and contextualized by Angela Davis. In fact, she traces my essay’s central themes. You Say You Want […]

The End of Debates About the Human Terrain System?

February 17, 2013 by


The End of Debates? Having been asked (and declined) to write commentaries, or respond to one or another essay on the Human Terrain System (HTS) over the past 18 months, I realized that I had enough, and had said enough that it did not warrant repetition. However, unlike others who said their piece, I might […]

The Ant Problem and Zoosemiotics

February 16, 2013 by


I’ve got ants in my kitchen. Now, one cannot allow ants in one’s kitchen. It’s similar to the idea of “national security”: one has to control and keep safe all that is within one’s purview. The kitchen belongs to me; I need it for my “lifestyle”. The ants do too; just like Libyans need Libya, […]

The Fire This Time: COIN Operations, Carquinez Strait, Niger Delta

August 16, 2012 by


Imperial violet, the flames licked skyward out of the boiling black smoke engulfing workers and nearby residences, cringing in fear, hearing loud explosions. The giant crude oil refinery and storage tank fire that began on August 6, 2012 was a culmination of a century of social and environmental injustices committed by Chevron against the people […]

The Human Terrain System: Global Counterinsurgency, Global Espionage, Global Occupation

November 30, 2010 by


Max Forte: The article that follows was written by John Allison, a former member of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System. It was posted earlier as a comment on a report (Revealing the Human Terrain System in Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary) that the media actively chose to ignore (specifically, Joanne Kimberlin of The Virginian Pilot). […]

Cyber Warlords Push Counterinsurgency, Social Science: Human Terrain System as a Cautionary Tale

November 9, 2010 by


Anyone familiar with the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System knew that it wouldn’t be long until the same principles upon which the HTS program were built would be used by the U.S. national security machinery to justify a cyber-surge of the Internet. A similar attempt was made beginning in the mid/late-1990’s by President Bill Clinton […]


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