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    5GW Operation Notes: Who What Where When Why How

    Here some notes to help me clarify my own thinking. The notes may be useful to others as well.

    As always, I appreciate any comments, questions, corrections, additions…feedback of any sort.


    5GW is the secret deliberative manipulation of actors, networks, institutions, states or any 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW forces to achieve a goal or set of goals across a combination of socio, economic, and political domains while attempting to avoid or minimize the retaliatory offensive or defensive actions/reactions of 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW powered actors, networks, institutions, and/or states.

    I also like these succint definitions:

    5GW as “War of hidden movements” [TDAXP]

    5GW as “a school of strategic thought focused on the indirect and surreptitious application of influence” [Joseph Fouche]

    5GW is merely the preemption of war and politics by whatever means [CGW]

    Fifth gradient doctrines are based upon the principle of manipulation of the context of the observations of an opponent in order to achieve a specific effect. [Arherring]






    • To achieve or increase the probability of achieving a goal against (or for) an otherwise unwilling target [Example Link]
    • To wage war with inferior power or resources compared to the target
    • To avoid counter-activity by the target (aka increased 5GWer survivability)
    • “…an outcome which is lasting, i.e. a strong and resilient system, and this would also require that those living within any newly created or newly modified system consciously or unconsciously continue to maintain that system — rather than consciously or unconsciously form groups to bring it down.” [Source: CGW]
    • Love?


    4GW and 5GW move beyond traditional weapons. It is about the importance of the non-kinetic (aka dispersed kinetics)

    5GW is dispersed kinetics to a greater degree and manipulation of things (e.g. SBNs, KBNs, SEIs, PDNs, MBNs) to achieve result desired by the 5GW actors. The weaponization of things not thought to be weapons leaves the opponent who is fixed on attacking/defending what are obvious weapons distracted/confused/unprepared and even unaware about the action taking place against them. [Source]


    • SecretWar
    • HiddenWar
    • StealthWar
    • OtherWar


    • It comes out of the cold slowly (The future Team Soros Model?)
    • It morphs into a larger open (possible 4GW) movement or movements (The Muslim Brotherhood Model)
    • It Quietly ends with Mission Accomplished (Heh…is this the Red EU Model?)
    • It is exposed and is broken up or destroyed (the Cambridge Five Model and aspects of the Comintern)


    • TBD


    • TBD


    • TBD

    Note: The unofficial 5GW Theory Song

    Update: Corrected some typos. Added an idea from here by CGW.

    Additional minor updates on and after 8/1/2010

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    The Kindle version of the Dr. TDAXP edited Handbook of 5GW has been released!

    The Dreaming 5GW website might be defunct, but the 5GW Theory Timeline (extracted from the group the blog) is available here. Dreaming 5GW is alive again.

    Banner for http://dreaming5gw.comRIP It Lives?

    5GW Wordle

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    I like this 5GW Definition Tweet

    5GW is like boiling a frog slowly in a crowd. The frog doesn’t notice until it is too late & nobody in the crowd sees the subtle chef. [Source – Purpleslog on Twitter]

    5GW Thinking Snippet from Nikita Khrushchev

    From the The Wednesday Report:

    Nikita Khrushchev once said, “We cannot expect the American people to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism until they awaken one day to find they have Communism”.

    That sounds familiar.

    “What will be a great surprise to the American people is that the GRU and KGB had a larger budget for antiwar propaganda in the United States that it did for economic and military support of the Vietnamese”

    A great example in Influence Warfare (and it is 5GW-ish too) from USNAVYVET2002:

    The GRU and the KGB helped to fund just about every antiwar movement and organization in America and abroad. Funding was provided via undercover operatives or front organizations. These would fund another group that in turn would fund student organizations. The GRU also helped Vietnam fund its propaganda campaign as a whole.
    What will be a great surprise to the American people is that the GRU and KGB had a larger budget for antiwar propaganda in the United States that it did for economic and military support of the Vietnamese. The antiwar propaganda cost the GRU more than $1 billion, but as history shows, it was a hugely successful campaign and well worth the cost. The antiwar sentiment created an incredible momentum that greatly weakened the U.S. military.”  [On page 78 of Stanislav Lunev’s and Ira Winkler’s book titled “Through the Eyes of the Enemy”]

    US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairwoman Feinstein has a big mouth


    At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise over Pakistani opposition to the campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Islamic extremist targets along Pakistan’s northwestern border.

    “As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base,” she said.

    The basing of the pilotless aircraft in Pakistan suggests a much deeper relationship with the United States on counter-terrorism matters than has been publicly acknowledged. Such an arrangement would be at odds with protests lodged by officials in Islamabad, the capital, and could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country.

    I assume her Security clearance will be revoked, right?

    This was an accident right? The action of an unthinking Senator, correct?

    This is not a purposeful attempt to wedge USAGOV and Pakistan, right?



    “Weaponize Western Culture”

    I liked the turn of phrase “Weaponize western culture” that I heard earlier this morning on the 1/26/2008 Covert Radio Podcast. The context (from the accompanying blog entry) was Influence Warfare:

    Best stories of the day–Taliban talk radio–used to intimidate and mark for death their enemies…can we not jam it? Can we not counter program  it?? Hello?? Does anyone in the CIA or the DIA or whomever have a clue? Its time to jam the Taliban airwaves with ads for porn and liquor…let’s win the war, the old fashioned way…dirty!

    The “Weaponize Western Culture” idea is 4GWish and very 5GWish.

    The USA needs a pretty darn good Influence Warfare capability.

    “We Are 5GW”

    This comment from Shloky (and Lexington Green’s reply) had me laughing in a good way.

    Funny turn of phrase aside, there is a nugget of wisdom regarding what may have been the true value of the GMW.

    Recent Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) Stuff on the Internet

    TDAXP is taking the lead with a souvenir edition of the Dreaming 5GW PoV on 5GW theory by calling for chapter ideas and submissions for a 5GW Book. This is a great idea (and overdue). I hope CGW can be coaxed into participating. MY suggestions are here.

    Glenn Anderson has a posting on Making Meme Stick which is apropos to Memetic Engineering. He lays out a simple framework to follow.

    FeralJundi.com has a posting “Building Snowmobiles: Fifth Generation Warfare Blogs“. Welcome to the fun house FJ.

    The Committee of Public Safety had a post entitled “The Tactical Loop“, which while not about 5GW directly, may be of interest those people looking into 5GW.

    Zen was the first place I saw it (and it has a good discussion) –  LTC Coer has a 5GW article. Ubiware posts related to the Quantum Theory of War. Blosint comments on it here. TDAXP has also commented with “Redefining 5GW, again” in response to that Marine Corp Gazette article and Danger Room which has a good discussion. Especially noteworthy is Greg McDowall bringing up “fractal war” with “possibility of using elements of each generation, sort of like a grand strategic version of combined arms” which has me thinking, and Seerov (who should consider getting his own blog) with this great comment on why XGW and not Lind’s GMW:

    Perhaps the political goals shouldn’t matter in the classification? The tactics and strategy will determine what generation/gradient it is, regardless of political goals. I see no reason why a group can’t use 4GW and try to seize a State?

    At the same time, its very unlikely that a non-State actor would use 1,2,or 3 GW, as most non-state actors don’t have the resources for this kind of war. So in determining whether a force is conducting 4GW or not, we should NOT focus on the end state, only on the methods.

    Some of you may have read “Unrestricted Warfare.” Its a book dealing with China’s plan to use 4GW/5GW to “destroy the US.” The book lays out how a State can use 4GW/5GW (although they don’t call it 5WG, in fact I think this was before anyone coined the term GW?) to to win wars for the State.

    So bottom line: Anyone can use any form/generation/gradient of war they believe will achieve them their goals. It doesn’t matter if they’re a State, or non-State. It doesn’t matter what their goals are. It only matters how they fight. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care what their gaols are, only that it doesn’t matter in determining what “generation/gradient their using.

    So this is how we should think about a war:

    1) Realize you’re in war (this is most difficult in 5GW). This may happen after an attack?

    2) After determining that you’re in a war, take security measures so as to not take anymore damage.

    3) Determine who and what your enemy is trying to accomplish.

    4) Determine how they’re trying to accomplish their objectives. It is at this point when you determine what GW they’re using on you. They may be using a combination.

    The US is good at beating actors who use 1,2,3 GW. We’re learning how to beat 4GW in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its important that we think about what people are calling “5GW” so that we recognize it, and understand how to beat it/defend against it.

    And that’s where we’re at now.

    Adam Elkus at Rethinking Security has two post of interest on 4GW/GMW and a little 5GW. In first The Crisis of 4GW he writes that future success 4GW and 5GW may be overstated:

    A common definition of 5GW–as well as real world case studies–remains out of reach. And the price for moving towards a non-state paradigm of war has been the overestimation of the insurgent’s power and an automatic assumption of the network’s vitality against the hierarchy.
    5GW is so vague that it may be impossible to salvage. That being said, there are elements from it that were certainly of theoretical value to conceptions of propaganda, politics, and future conflict that should not be thrown out with the bathwater.

    Though Adam seems to have come out against 5GW Theory in the comments:

    SE, this isn’t a postmortem, just a recognition of a problem. It is, however, a postmortem of 5GW


    His second post is More thoughts on 4GW.

    Phil at Amicable Collisions has a rich roundup called “A Generational Warfare Miscellany“.

    Sam at Seli briefly discusses 5GW as port of his post “Generation warfare a cohesive explanatory model“:

    Fifth generation warfare is about the melding of different aspects of DIME (within this discussion) within the society. When an adversary engages from fifth generation the military through civilian population can be very much the same. The DIME model overlaps more and more until it is nearly one overlapping set. That is an oversimplified explanation but is also why I chose to narrow the aspect of the differing generations. It depicts how that fifth generation of warfare begins to emerge into the spectrum regardless of whether it is high intensity conflict or low intensity conflict. That increasing overlap also means, if we accept the earlier point, information operations takes on enhanced roles within conflict fifth generation warfare. I am sure there are aspects that I am missing.

    Arherring’s comment on the Seli Post is noted as:

    There are a few basic premises that I think have to be included in any framework that attempts to differentiate between methods/doctrines/types/generations/gradients of warfare.

    1) There must be an internally consistent progression of effectiveness displayed in the framework. For every type of warfare there is at least one corresponding type of warfare that exists to offset it. It may not yet exist or yet have a theoretical definition, but it must be able to exist and be able to be expressed as a continuum in the framework.

    2) The types of warfare must be able to be expressed on any type of battlefield.

    (This is where I think your cyberwarfare should fit. Be it manuever or attrition of information the doctrines should apply even to electronic battlefields)

    3) The framework must express an ability to both categorize types of warfare in order to determine the position of a type of warfare on a continuum, and suggest the appropriate response to a type of warfare by showing the counter to the type of warfare an opponent is employing.

    4) Each type of warfare in the framework must be able to be clearly defined at each level of employment be it tactical, operational, strategic or grand strategic yet be consistent in the method in which it is employed. Also, different types of warfare must be able to co-exist at each of these levels.

    The Generations of Modern Warfare (GMW) developed by Bill Lind does not meet any of these criteria. However, X Gradient Warfare (XGW) does and your excellent diagram could be a very convincing way of displaying an XGW-like framework.

    I like your definition of Fifth Generation warfare and I agree that information operations will have a prominent role, indeed the key role in its application. It is the ability to present ideas in context to that is the heart of 5GW as I imagine it.

    David Axe has an article on 5GW that is covered at Soob. I think this is the David Axe article. He seems to be implicitly defining 5GW as sort of Robb’s Global Guerrillas concept. A good discussion follows at ZenPundit on why this isn’t 5GW and on the whole meta-debate in general.

    Coming Anarchy’s Younghusband has a post on visualization of XGW as a step to eventually improve XGW. I like his idea of going back to Boyd’s trio of Attrition Warfare, Maneuver Conflict, and Moral Conflict. The question is, can a visualization that includes room for 0GW and and 5GW (and perhaps other things not thought of yet) in that type of visualization?

    The Committee of Public Safety also has some neat visualizations going.I really like the axis the information power vs Kinetic power axis as opposed to a  Kinetics vs non-kinetic or kinetic vs. dispersed kinetics idea.

    Crossed Crocodiles uses the term 5GW in the context of Somalia and the “vortex of violence”. He seems to be equating 5GW with Nation-building or perhaps just as non-kinetic war.

    I briefly blogged on Sharia Finance as a 5GW tactic. There have been a lot of posting on this.

    In this draft post I try to re-tell post-cold war history as the history of three overlapping 5GW efforts and is partially responsible for how I consider the that the default American PoV has become a leftists PoV. I am still working on (I misplaced my handwritten notes).

    Bob Morris of blog “Politics in the Zeroes” sticks his  toe into the 5GW water with two posts.

    Cross-posted to Dreaming 5GW.

    Draft – Shadows of 5GW: The Default American PoV has become a Leftist POV

    I started writing this back some time. I wrote out the rest of on a legal pad in long hand which I can not f*cking find at the moment! Since Seerov, is heading into this area, I want to publish what I have so far. I will re-write the rest shortly.

    So here it is so far…


    I started writing this post a month ago, but just didn’t get back to it. A new post in the ever interesting Amicable Collisions, has prodded me to finish it. My post if more reference historical reference. His is future oriented. More on that in a later post.

    Anyways, It has been occurring to me that the default American PoV has become Leftists

    Half Sigma is noticing it too:

    It seemed like Reagan turned things around and won a huge victory against the Left. During his eight years in office, the tax code was reformed, we won the Cold War, everyone preached the virtues of free market economics. So what happened?

    During this time of apparent victory against the Left, the Left was taking over behind the scenes. With its power over Hollywood, the universities, and even the primary and secondary schools, they were able to wage a successful war against non-leftist values. Homosexuality became glorified, the magic word of “racism” became even a more powerful weapon of the left, the idea of Global Warming (which is fake) was promoted until it became the predominant thought and anyone who speaks the truth to it is shouted down as someone who denies science.

    He says other stuff too (much of it way less polite), but you get the point.

    Look at this part again:

    ….we won the Cold War…So what happened?

    It might be useful to think of the Cold War as having three concurrent and overlapping Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) efforts. The 5GWers were only vaguely aware of the efforts of the other 5GWs. Even then , they did not have the concept of 5GW to fully understand what was going on.

    First recall that 5GW can be defined as

    5GW is the secret deliberative manipulation of actors, networks, institutions, states or any 0GW/1GW
    /2GW/3GW/4GW forces to achieve a goal or set of goals across a combination of socio, economic, and political domains while attempting to avoid or minimize the retaliatory offensive or defensive actions/reactions of 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW powered actors, networks, institutions, and/or states.

    The American 5GW effort was created at the dawn of the cold war by a bunch of officials inside and outside of USGOV that put the US response to the Cold War on auto-pilot. The policy was containment. The framework was the layers of institutions and interlocking treaties.  The Military-Industrial was profit seeking agent to keep it going. TDAXP first pointed out this 5GW and tried to articulate on the radio interview. This  5GW took the path of Frog Boiling, and used somewhat partially the Puppet Master style and partially the Socio-Political Entrepreneur style. TDAXP would call this the State-without kind of 5GW.

    The Soviet Union 5GW effort (the Active Measures 5GW) is best noted in this post by Adam Elkus enitled “5GW Deception Operations And The Soviet Precedent”:

    For the Soviets, deception was a way of life. The Soviet Union—a secretive and paranoid totalitarian state—-sealed itself from outside influence and extensively utilized deception to mislead Western policymakers, journalists, and intelligence analysts. The cultlike nature of Soviet life has ample parallels to 5GW.
    The Soviet Union’s main covert strategy involved in use of “Active Measures”—extensive attempts to undermine the West’s unity and influence its decision-making. The battlespace was truly worldwide, ranging from the Third World to the homeland. The Soviets relied on a worldwide cabal of agents and contacts to agitate against America and her allies through a series of front organizations. The methods of agitation ranged from black propaganda to sophisticated media campaigns. Agitation meshed with strategic influence operations utilizing agents and sympathizers highly placed within government, academia, and the press to mold both policy and public perception to Moscow’s benefit. Not all of the KGB’s proxies were committed believers—KGB officers also developed unwitting agents of influence for the purpose of spreading messages favorable to the USSR.

    This was a Memetic-Engineering style of 5GW (really part 4GW, part 5GW) that also took the path of Frog Boiling, and had aspect of both being a state-without kind of 5GW and an insurgent 5GW kind of 5GW. The active measures 5GW created many prawns to carry its messages and weaken the morale and resolve of the West and to continually nudge the undecided in the Siovuiet direction. The Active Measures 5GW was working. Its practitioners thought they were winning and large numbers of the populations in West were becoming neutral or moving to the other side.

    And then it was over.

    FLICKR image from Kiel Bryant

    FLICKR image from jimforest

    The Soviet Union fell from the accumulated effects of decades of containment, along with: the inefficiency of socialism, extra pressures from a new US President and big negative effects from an ill-fated military adventure in Afghanistan.

    This should be the age of the triumph and warmheartedness toward the ideas and institutions of Democratic Capitalism and conversely an age of ridicule and scorn toward the ideas and followers of the Left (e.g. Marxism, Socialism, Communism, Mao-ism, Trotskyism, Castro-ism, and The Cult Che).

    Things haven’t worked out that way.

    There was third cold war 5GW (that continues still today). It can be called the 5GW Institutional Long March.

    At its foundation was an American fifth column of sorts, Leftists of many colors (e.g. Maoist, Trotskyist, Che Cultist), so-called Democratic Socialist, fellow travelers and useful idiots who where effected (ranging from nudging to more direct manipulation) in part by the Soviet Active measures 5GW. The failure of this non-kinetic 4GW by the SDS and other affiliated groups led to a more radical efforts by groups such as the Weathermen which also failed.

    A new strategy was needed if “success” was to be achieved.

    A lazy ass efficiency minded person like myself doesn’t like to do something twice. So, I have to find the rest of my notes this week, or just re-write the missing part.

    My Suggestion for chapters for Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) book

    TDAXP is calling for chapter ideas and submissions for a 5GW Book (a souvenir edition) of the Dreaming 5GW PoV on Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) theory .

    Here are my suggestions for an overview:

    • Forward by TBD
    • What is Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW): Our Point of View (PoV)
    • The Genesis of this PoV
    • XGW, not Lind’s GMW
    • Properties of 5GW
    • Visualizing XGW
    • Actors and 5GW
    • Styles, Kinds, Types, and Organizations
    • Historical (Possible) Examples
    • 5GW in Fiction (books, movies and TV)
    • Possible Current 5GW
    • Preparing for 5GW
    • Defend against 5GW
    • Doing 5GW
    • Clausewitz, Sun-Tsu, Boyd, and 5GW
    • Survey of Opposing Views to this PoV
    • The Other 5GWs: Survey of other uses of the Term
    • Future Directions, Questions, and the Way Forward

    I would be willing to write, co-write of contribute to any of these (except the Forward).

    “Shari`ah finance is a new weapon in the arsenal of what might be termed fifth-generation warfare (5GW)”

    So say Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen in Armed Groups: Studies in National Security, Counterterrorism, and Counterinsurgency; Edited by Jeffrey Norwitz; US Naval War College,
    June 2008, chapter 28.

    They write:

    Shari`ah finance is a new weapon in the arsenal of what might be termed fifth-generation
    warfare (5GW).2 The perpetrators include both states and organizations, advancing a global totalitarian ideology disguised as a religion. The end goal is to impose that ideology worldwide, making the Islamic “nation”, or ummah, supreme.3
    Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most
    prominent Sunni scholars in the world today, reiterated the legal justification for “financial
    jihad [Al-Jihad bi-al-Mal]” in a lecture he gave on 4 May 2002 in the United Arab Emirates
    (UAE). According to him, “collecting money for the mujahideen (jihad fighters…) was not a
    donation or a gift but a duty necessitated by the sacrifices they made for the Muslim nation.”7
    October 2007 Islamic Finance Summit in New York,41 which focused on the “innovations in
    shari`ah compliant finance.” According to an eyewitness, when one participant timidly
    inquired, “What is shari`ah law?” a leading Islamic scholar responded from the podium: “It’s good for you.” Lost on the attendees was the inescapable fact that shari`ah calls for the supremacy of Islam, thus negating the US Constitution.42
    Incredibly, the suspects’ attorneys also argued that such charitable giving, to support jihad and mujahideen, is rightfully tax exempt under the US constitutional protection of religious freedom.51 Court records show Care International deposited checks “with handwritten notes such as ‘for jihad only’, ‘Bosnia Jihad fund’, and ‘Chechen Muslim Fighters’”. The US Constitution provides protections for religious freedom, but most certainly was never intended  to protect religiously sanctioned or encouraged war in or against America.

    The authors do not explicitly define 5GW, but reference  Hammes’ excellent The Sling and the Stone…which is about 4GW not 5GW.Hammes defines 5GW else where, but not quite the Dreaming 5GW way.

    I describe 5GW this way:

    5GW is the secret deliberative manipulation of actors, networks, institutions, states or any 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW forces to achieve a goal or set of goals across a combination of socio, economic, and political domains while attempting to avoid or minimize the retaliatory offensive or defensive actions/reactions of 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW powered actors, networks, institutions, and/or states.

    The promotions/installation of (extreme aspects of) Sharia Finance could be looked at as the manipulation of national and international financial institutions in order to get n-order effects in all domains. The n-order effect goals are the creeping acceptance of Sharia Law and Islamofascism (though not called that) and a far below the radar source of financing for world wide Jihad activities. Certain Islamofascist 5GWs (if they exist, e.g. The Muslim Brotherhood Project) could use this as one method.

    You can read more about Sharia Finance all over the web.

    These “industries” are need of entrepreneurs with radical innovations

    Just a few stray thoughts…

    Housing – 30% of income for Housing? Jeez.

    Personal Transportation – Where is my $5k car?

    K12 Education – Too much money, too little results, little customization, wasted human and material capital. There has to be better ways.

    Post-K12 Education – Cost are out of control, benefits are overstated. There has to be better approaches.

    Government – It shouldn’t be as intrusive, nor should it cost as much.

    Recent 5GW related links of (maybe) interest

    Soob’s – “The Ultimate 5GW? Holding a Foreign Economy Under the Knife by Manipulating the Resource Demand of our Own”

    Mountain Runner’s “The Spectrum of War and Peace and the Role of Public Diplomacy”

    Where Are the Shadowy Criminal Masterminds?

    Citizen Warrior’s “The Terrifying Brilliance of the Islamic Memeplex

    PDF: Mind War

    Volconvo’s “Search Term: Fifth Generation Warfare”

    William Ayers’ forgotten communist manifesto: Prairie Fire

    Gathering Storm’s “Taking the Jihad Temperature – A Gathering Storm Special Series – INFILTRATION Part 2 “:

    The Islamists are boiling our frog and though this blog and hundreds like it record almost daily the rise in the Jihad temperature, unless we see how far and fast the temperature has risen, we will not know how far along our boiling has progressed.

    Tech Dirt’s “Books Are The Souvenir Edition For Your Idea” – The article is not about 5GW, but the idea is something we 5GW bloggers should consider doing.

    And from me:

    The Weatherman: “they estimated that they’d have to eliminate 25 million people in these re‑education centers…”

    Some stray 5GW thought

    Found Buried Draft Post from April 2007: “Entrepreneurial Public Diplomacy” as 5GW

    (Cross-posted to Dreaming 5GW)

    “He is a unifying force between Democrats, Greens, Socialists and Communists”

    The press should be doing this, but since they seem to be in the tank for Obama or more concerned with taking down Joe the Plumber, it has fallen on bloggers to research his past.

    Obama claims he has no connection of any substance.

    Things like this are red flags: “Ayers, Obama, and Klonsky, the former head of the American Communist Party, all maintained offices on the same floor of the same building in Chicago for three years

    Iraq Now writes:

    I have become convinced: Obama’s roots and sympathies are with the far, far left. He’s not a uniter. He’s a manchurian candidate for the radicals. There is no other explanation for his long and close association with the vilest jackals in American politics. He’s not a unifying force between Democrats and Republicans, and is intellectually incapable of being one. He is a unifying force between Democrats, Greens, Socialists and Communists.

    I am leaning that way myself:

    Ayres and his ilk haven’t given up on a Communist takeover of the USA. They have just switched from a Guerrilla/4GW approach to an Institutional/Infiltration (5GW) approach.

    For the election 2008, the questions are: Is Obama an active 5GWer, just a 5GW Prawn, or its this all coincidental?

    There are to many connection, to many links. Instead of be forthcoming (something like “I was young and ambitious and I needed to use them in Chicago Politics”). Instead it is deny it. Cover it up (deleting web evidence). Use the leftist tactic of calling those pointing this out Racists.

    The Weatherman: “they estimated that they’d have to eliminate 25 million people in these re‑education centers…”

    Read about it here at Dr. Sanity.

    Some “fun” parts:

    Most of the people that had no prior experience, let’s say the average Weatherman, if there is such a thing, they were sent to Cuba for training in Cuba.
    Grathwohl: I brought up the subject of what’s going to happen after we take over the government. You know, we become responsible for administrating, you know, 250 million people. And there was no answer. No one had given any thought to economics. How are you going to clothe and feed these people? The only thing that I could get was that they expected that the Cubans, the North Vietnamese, the Chinese and the Russians would all want to occupy different portions of the United States. They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter-revolution. And they felt that this counter-revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing re-education in the Southwest where we would take all of the people who needed to be re‑educated into the new way of thinking and teach them how things were going to be. I asked, “Well, what is going to happen to those people that we can’t re‑educate, that are die-hard capitalists?” And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated and when I pursued this further, they estimated that they’d have to eliminate 25 million people in these re‑education centers. And when I say eliminate, I mean kill 25 million people. I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of whom have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well-known educational centers and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious.

    Ayres and his ilk haven’t given up on a Communist takeover of the USA. They have just switched from a Guerrilla/4GW approach to an Institutional/Infiltration (5GW) approach.

    For the election 2008, the questions are: Is Obama an active 5GWer, just a 5GW Prawn, or its this all coincidental?

    Some stray 5GW thought

    I know I said I wasn’t going to do any 5GW blogging for awhile, but some thoughts came whispering from within, and  I want to write them down.

    5GW will be (can be) War disguised as Politics.

    5GW will be (can be) War disguised as Social Work (Social Development).

    5GW will be (can be) War disguised as Entrepreneurship.

    What might be a major difference between politics and 5GW-War-disguised as politics? The intent and the true goal.

    Opposite thought: Did I just water down 5GW into a tangent of non-usefulness?

    Update: I attempted to define war/conflict here:

    Making War in the 21st century:

    The non-trivial action(s) of a global actor(s) to purposefully attempt to coerce another global actor(s) to take some action(s), cease some action(s), or maintain a state of inactivity that the second actor(s) would not otherwise do or not otherwise consider beneficial to itself.

    Here is a shorter version of Making War:

    War is the attempted non-trivial coercion of one global actor(s) by another global actor(s).

    Why have I not been doing any 5GW blogging?

    I haven’t given up on the theory and ideas of 5GW.

    I have just been doing and blogging about other things. I have also been distracted by the election, my career, and the economy.

    I have a couple near 5GW-ish post I’d like to write up (an d transfer from note pads). Also, I have list of possible 5GWs I’d like to iterate through and test against 5GW ideas.

    I may still do a 5GW podcast, but more likely its will be about all of the associated ideas and common interest of those who also blog about 5GW.

    Also, there has been talk of a 5WG book…so stay tuned!

    Found Buried Draft Post from April 2007: “Entrepreneurial Public Diplomacy” as 5GW

    Phil writes a comment at Mountain Runner on public diplomacy that is very interesting:

    We are all aware of how non-state actors like al-Qaeda and Hezbollah can run more effective PD operations than the most advanced states. There is a lesson in this. The solution to our PD problem will not come from government, rather it will come from citizens who have an interest in public diplomacy who will take the initiative and use the technology we all have access to and just do it. We need to start thinking in terms of an “entrepreneurial public diplomacy”. What is required is a change in our conceptual framework.
    Let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s say we decided to create a non-profit whose purpose was to do public diplomacy, what projects would it undertake? Documentary films, audio speeches distributed on cassette tape, short films distributed on Youtube or emailed from cell phone to cell phone, lectures by pro-liberal democracy muslims, graphic novels in arabic telling stories of arab liberal democrats fighting authoritarianism and fundamentalism, etc. There are a lot of options and obviously some trial and error will be involved in determining what works, but the reality is that we don’t need government to do this, we can do it ourselves.

    There is something 5GW-ish about this idea.

    This could be a method for Strategic Citizens and/or Socio-Political Entrepreneurs to influence/change/alter/effect the world around them with a pretty good potential return based on the costs involved with low-risk.

    I found this while looking for an old post. It was a draft from April 2007 and had never been published. I guess I just forgot about it.

    Mutually Exclusive Paths to Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) Success

    I have been working up a Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) [1] scenario in response to a question by Seerov on Dreaming 5GW.

    As a side effect, I have come to have to see that regardless of which combination of 5GW style [2] and of which 5GW kind [3] is used, that I think there are two main paths to success that a 5GWer [3.5] will take.

    These paths are exclusive and imply a set of different decisions made to the design of the 5GW.

    A 5GWer will either take the path of Frog Boiling [4] or the path of Black Swan Hatching [5].

    Please excuse me for the cutesy names, but it helps me to remember them and to visualize them.

    A Frog Boiling 5GW aims to make many small effects which lead to success. The planning will be iterative [6] and future actions will depend on lessons learned from the results achieved from the prior actions. By going slow, using many small actions, and relying upon N-order effects, the Frog Boiling 5GW hopes to get a successful end result without exposure to adversarial forces or without other perhaps even knowing a 5GW has taken place.

    A Black Swan Hatching 5GW is designed using the waterfall method [7] to effect a Black Swan event [8] (or at least a major Systems Perturbation). This 5GW achieves its goals from either the Black Swan event itself or from reactions to the Black Swan event [9]. Secrecy is achieved by the tight knit, closed, top-down model of planning and control. The hope is that even if the 5GW effort is discovered, it will be after it is too late[10].

    I think that all 5GWs will take one path or the other, but not both.

    There is a way for a Frog Boiling 5GW to make use of a Black Swan event. I am saving that for the next post.

    What do you all think? Comments, questions, corrections, additions, modifications, and disagreements are all welcome.

    [Cross-published to Dreaming 5GW]


    [1] Purpleslog’s 5GW definition:

    5GW is the secret deliberative manipulation of actors, networks, institutions, states or any 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW forces to achieve a goal or set of goals across a combination of socio, economic, and political domains while attempting to avoid or minimize the retaliatory offensive or defensive actions/reactions of 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW powered actors, networks, institutions, and/or states.

    [2] Styles of 5GW (actual 5GWs can overlap styles to some extent)

    Puppet Master 5GW Style
    Socio-Political Entrepreneur 5GW Style
    Strategic Citizen 5GW Style
    Memetic Engineering 5GW Style
    CGW’s Loving Co-Option 5GW Style (and here)

    [3] TDAXP’s Kinds of 5GW:

    – The insurgent 5GW (the classical formulation)
    – The state-within 5GW (where a clique inside the host society attempts to transform the host society)
    – The state-without 5GW (where an operational arm of a government attacks a different society)

    [3.5] https://purpleslog.wordpress.com/2007/08/13/terminology-question-how-should-we-refer-to-those-doing-5gw/

    [4] Purpleslog: Boiling the Frog:

    Effective 5GW against a state or organization will consists of lots of little operations by the small 5GW actor effecting the larger target actor in such small ways they don’t notice until there is nothing they can do to counter the outcome.

    …and … Wikipedia:

    The boiling frog story states that a frog can be boiled alive if the water is heated slowly enough — it is said that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will never jump out.

    The story is generally told in a figurative context, with the upshot being that people should make themselves aware of gradual change lest they suffer a catastrophic loss.

    [5] Arherring’s Nuts and Bolts:

    In short a Black Swan is an event that invalidates a system. By definition it is something that you are unprepared for. Black Swan 5GW is used to invalidate systems and rule-sets. Ideally to my mind, the 5GW organization would be able to replace the invalidated system with a new system that achieves its objective, but there may be other reasons for invalidating a system or rule-set. Perhaps a competing rule-set offers better opportunity for 5GW manipulation or perhaps the situation is such that an existing system or rule-set is an impediment to a desirable though painful improvement. Potentially a 5GW organization may prepare for Gray Swans, events that are possible though unpredictable and/or unlikely, yet present opportunity to establish a new system. An example of this might include some sort of natural disaster.

    [6] Iterative 5GW thoughts: here, here, here, and here.

    [7] Sea of conspiracy:

    A 5GW operation will create conditions and contingencies to avoid detection by hiding among the crazies. I can see where parts of an operation might purposely be exposed and then linked with false information and crazy theories to discourage real investigation. All of this is aimed at the observation part of the OODA loop of the opponent.

    [8] Waterfall model: here and here.

    [9] Black Swan Event


    An event or occurrence that deviates beyond what is normally expected of a situation and that would be extremely difficult to predict. This term was popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a finance professor and former Wall Street trader. Black swan events are typically random and unexpected


    What of the cultural or national shock of the sudden and unexpected? Certainly giving the cultural framework that entails a nation a good solid shake will toss the useless glitterati that is Paris Hilton aside and invite a national conscience to actually focus? What of the unexpected left hook that sends all of our pre-concieved notions flailing to the mat and ready for the ten (or even twenty) count? What of the Black Swan? Or, to simply define, the aforementioned left hook that nobody sees coming that rings our bell, sends our government into political turmoil and penetrates the perversely sheep like blind covenant that entwines the American people and popular culture and actually focuses national attention on a common cause. And then, and here’s some villany for you, builds and manifests itself upon this new collective.

    Ah, the Black Swan, that which shakes nations, because a national conscience typically relies on the past and the present for a comfortable pillow of reference and definition of what can or could or will be and refuses to see that uncertainty is as much a certainty as anything we claim to “predict” or “know.”


    Black Swans strike at the critical vulnerability for which there is no defense because we are not even aware we are vulnerable.
    So, what exactly is a Black Swan event?

    “First, it is a outlier, as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility. Second, it carries extreme impact. Third, in spite of its outlier status, human nature makes us concoct explanations for its occurrence after the fact, making it explainable and predictable.”

    [10] http://www.phaticcommunion.com/archives/2005/07/5gw_effectors.php

    Update: Corrected some typos.

    Caturing My Thoughts: How could Demographic warfare be used with 5GW?

    I wrote this at D5GW:

    Here’s one way:

    The 5GW actor (perhaps a group with-in the state bureaucracy [1]) would create and support policies and institutions that create mechanisms and incentives for the subtle long-term movement of demographically targeted types of people (the Prawns [2] [3]).

    The goal of the 5GWers is not the movement of the people for some immediate benefit to the 5GWers (or their cause or their state).

    The goal is to shape the outcome of a possible/potential/unknown future conflict by creating for those future decision-making leaders tools and options they would not have otherwise. In a conflict, the decision-making-leaders only have options based on whatever stuff (e.g. tools, capabilities, culture, institutions, willpower) are at their disposal right then (or I suppose in the very near future to them).

    This is much different then trying to do 5GW where the 5GWers change the minds of a group of people to take on an identity and pursue goals as the identity groups that also lead to outcomes that the the 5GWers want.


    1) Security: Future Enemy can’t counter the 5GWers, their changes have already been made.

    2)Secrecy: The 5GWers action, if detected even by historian, will resemble politics or perhaps conspiracy-theory nonsense.

    3) Adaptability: The 5GW’s effects could aid the state in ways the 5GWers didn’t think of originally


    1)Will it hit the target? It is hard to aim or focus this type of 5GW.

    2 Will it be ready in time? The long-time lines make precision timing impossible.

    [1] TDAXP calls this the “state-within 5GW”



    Seerov challenged me to come with a fictional scenario, which I have not yet done.

    I developed something else, which I will post after reviewing again.

    Munzenberg Commented Promoted: “What leftists need is an example set for them where Islam attacks one of their precious tenets.”

    Munzeberg wrote as a comment:

    What leftists need is an example set for them where Islam attacks one of their precious tenets. Women’s rights is a classic one. This would have to happen on a long time scale and would be of their own doing i.e. letting Islam becoming a major force in a western country. I’m thinking a country in Western Europe would suffice.

    Once the iron fist came down they’d be running around trying to start a “revolution” against Islam. Note that this is a historical pattern. In fact the recipe is:

    (1) Hardcore cadre of leftists call for revolution against some idea/entity that doesn’t live up to their ideals.

    (2) Quick, or gradualist, revolution occurs (or it doesn’t and they go back to point one).

    (3) Society doesn’t turn out the way it should after the revolution (BUT THE PAMPHLETS SAID THERE WOULD BE A UTOPIAN PARADISE!).

    (4) Hard core cadre return to point one and disclaim new society as not a “true” utopia (”aye, but he’s not a true scotsman!”).

    The problem is, hard-core leftists are millenarians (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenarianism), insofar as they believe they can enact a revolution to bring forth their glorious egalitarian utopia, so there really isn’t much you can do to change their minds, as they have a religious mindset. It is also no surprise that the original communist league was founded by christians and utopian socialists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_the_Just).

    So what can been done?

    The best you could do is force ideological infighting between the various groups within the left, which there are plenty someone could exploit e.g. class activists versus identity activists, support for Islam versus women’s rights etc. etc.

    I remember seeing a protest photo on some site ages ago where there were two older female Palestinian activists watching in shock as two unclothed male hippies with enlarged penises and body mods walked passed them.

    That’s the type of ideological fault lines someone should be exploiting.

    I’ve written too much, but I’ll bring up a point I’ve always thought … years ago there was that “corporation as a psychopath” metaphor that came from a documentary. If corporations as a group are psychopaths, then the left as a group are schizophrenics: too many ideological faultlines that at a fundamental outline just won’t get along with each other.

    I think there may be a 4GW (more influence war her, I don’t mean guerrilla warfare) approach here, but that perhaps the left is too intertwined into US Institutions for a domestic 4GW to have a high probability of success. Also, would anti-Left domestic 4GWers has the patience to outlast the left? The American left has been going strong for century, they are not ready to give up yet.

    So, that leaves a domestic 5GW approach. I have been building to a post on this for sometime, but it is still a bit into the future before I write it. I don’t want it sound naive, for me to sound like a crank, or for the plan to not be feasible.

    Indeed, they do suck.

    Bill Ayres, Domestic Terrorist, Leftists 5GWer, Obama Mentor, and…

    blogger? The bio seems to be missing some key events. I suspect the Obama campaign will be mostly successful fooling voters into ignoring his connection with a domestic terrorist turned Leftist 5GWer.

    I am not fooled though.

    Update – More on the 5GW aspects:

    The non-kinetic 5GW jihad against the US continues

    My stalker might not want it to be public knowledge, but the non-kinetic 5GW Jihad against the US continues.

    Example 1: the Swift plant in Greeley, Colorado

    The Muslims will not compromise one bit, and will press their case under the “reasonable accommodation” provision, and will probably win, but their victory in part depends on their not speaking about such distasteful elements of Islam as the death sentence mandated for those who insult the religion. Of course, the judge — if this case goes to a judge — will know nothing about all that, and will assume (and CAIR will be right there working to ensure that he assumes) that the Muslims at the Swift plant don’t believe in any of that business. Oh no, they reject terrorism, they reject the oppression of women, they reject it all, they’re just good hard-working pious people who are asking to be allowed to pray.

    And the judge, of course, will also know nothing about CAIR’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and about the Brotherhood’s “grand jihad” of subversion within the United States — its long-term effort to force Americans to accommodate Islamic law, and to accept in principle that whenever American law or custom and Islamic law conflict, the Americans must give way. [Link]

    Example Two: Stealth Islamic Practices for the Masses

    The Berkeley chapter of the Muslim Students Association seems to have hit upon a fresh idea for luring in naive new students: They’ve re-branded Ramadan as an apparently secular event called “Fast-a-thon.”
    There is an Islamic concept called dawah, which means prosletyzing Islam to non-Muslims — similar to “evangelism” and “fellowship” in Christianity. From all appearances, it seems that Fast-a-thon is an attempt at crypto-dawah — getting people involved in Islamic practices unwittingly, and perhaps only after the fact letting them know that they have participated in a Muslim religious ritual.

    Example Three: Influencing A Presidential Political Candidate

    This is a couple of weeks old, but I don’t recall anyone remarking upon it. Barack Obama’s Muslim Outreach Coordinator, Mazen Asbahi, resigned under pressure in August after it was revealed that he was “a frequent speaker before several groups in the U.S. that scholars have associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.”

    The Muslim Brotherhood, of course, is engaged “in America [in] a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” — Mohamed Akram, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” May 22, 1991

    And now it turns out that Asbahi hasn’t really quit at all…

    Example Four: Abu Dee and Abu Dumb for Supreme Court Justice for Michiganstan

    Recently, I told you about Judge Diane Hathaway, the Detroit-area judge who sentenced avowed Hezbollah terrorist Houssein Ali Zorkot to probation. As you’ll recall, Zorkot was caught in a Dearbornistan park practicing maneuvers with his AK-47, and announced on his pro-Hezbollah website that he was beginning his personal jihad in the United States. As I noted, because Hathaway gave him probation, Zorkot–a medical student–can likely still become a licensed doctor in Michigan and elsewhere.

    Well, Saturday, at the Michigan Democratic Party convention, Democrats nominated Hathaway as their candidate in November for the Michigan Supreme Court.
    You see, Hathaway’s opponent, sitting Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Republican Clifford Taylor, took campaign money from open Hezbollah supporter and key American Hezbollah agent Ali Jawad, who pleaded guilty in federal court to a giant insurance fraud scam involving various members of the Islamic community. In April, John McCain dumped Ali Jawad from his Michigan campaign finance committee.

    Small steps, relentlessly over time is a strategy  that may work the enemy.

    I seem to have my very own anti-anti-islamofascist “CAIR” troll…

    …in new commenter “subalternate” who is in the Baltimore/Beltway area in reaction to this post.

    So is he an officer/employee of CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood member, or just a supporter? This seems to be his blog…and surprise….he is also into Cultural Marxism (Marxism and Islamo-fascism fit well together):

    Who cares? He bores me now.

    Remember fellow Americans, CAIR is the enemy within – a 4GW/5GW Fifth Column.

    If you want to learn more about the activities of Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR, checkout these resources (add them to your RSS Reader):

    Mapping Sharia – http://www.mappingsharia.us/

    CAIRwatch – http://www.americansagainsthate.org/cw/

    Anti-CAIR – http://www.anti-cair-net.org/

    Other interesting links:

    CAIR Identified by the FBI as part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee

    Summary of Special Panel on Holy Land’s Ties to Hamas & Muslim Brotherhood

    Government Reminds Court of CAIR/MAS Ties to Terrorists

    Hey now I understand why he refrences Jihad Watch in a comment –> http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/022370.php :

    Toward the end of the interview Sandmonkey asks Habib an uncomfortable question about the Brotherhood’s relationship with the Council on American Islamic Relations, and you can practically see Habib squirm right on the printed page. “Ehh, this is a sensitive subject, and it’s kind of problematic, especially after 9/11,” he says.

    Why is it a “sensitive subject”? Why is it “kind of problematic”? Partly because the Muslim Brotherhood is on record as wanting to do more, much more, in the United States than simply “spread a positive image of Islam along with its values, culture, history and teachings.” The Brotherhood is engaged, in its own words, in “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

    Is CAIR engaged in this effort? Is it trying to sabotage and destroy Western civilization so that “Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions” here in the U.S.? Is it working in tandem with other Brotherhood entities to accomplish this?

    And above all: why isn’t there a single reporter in the entire United States who will ask Ibrahim Hooper or Ahmed Rehab or Corey Saylor or anyone at CAIR these questions?

    CAIR Terrorist Cookie Cutter

    “CAIR called ‘turnstile’ for terrorist suspects ‘Proven record of senior officials being indicted, imprisoned, deported from U.S.'”


    CAIR further claims that U.S. foreign policy is dictated largely by Zionist extremists. As Evan McCormick of the Center for Security Policy puts it: “By convincing moderate Muslims that they are being targeted unfairly by the Bush administration’s [anti-terror] policies, CAIR incites fear in members of that demographic. If innocent Muslims are then convinced that they will be the target of government action, then they have no incentive to reject an extremist ideology that resists the government’s anti-terror policies. … This is the essence of CAIR’s strategy: shock moderate Muslims about the motivations of the U.S. Government, turn them into post-[9/11] victims, and then recruit them as supporters for your political agenda when they are ripe for the taking.”

    Along the same lines, a civil suit filed by the estate of 9/11 victim and former high-ranking FBI counter-terrorism agent John O’Neill, Sr. asserted that CAIR’s goal “is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police departments and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities.”

    CAIR endorsed an October 22, 2002 “National Day of Protest” whose premise was: “Since September 11th thousands of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians have been rounded up, detained and disappeared. … Hard-won civil liberties and protections have been stripped away as part of the government’s ‘war on terrorism.’ The USA-PATRIOT Act brings in a new set of repressive laws and restrictions on people and grants even greater power to law enforcement agents of all kinds.” Moreover, this document explicitly defended the convicted murderers Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier, as well as Lynne Stewart and Jose Padilla, who were convicted on terrorism-related charges — depicting all four as persecuted political prisoners of a repressive American government.

    CAIR was a signatory to a February 20, 2002 document, composed by C. Clark Kissinger’s radical group Refuse & Resist, condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations. The document lamented that “the denial of any due process for Arab[s], Muslim[s], South Asians and others” bore “chilling similarities to a police state.”

    In February 2003, CAIR joined the American Muslim Council, the American Muslim Alliance, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council in forming a coalition to repeal and amend the Patriot Act — alleging that it violated the civil liberties of Americans, particularly Muslims. CAIR also endorsed the Civil Liberties Restoration Act of 2004, which was designed to roll back, in the name of protecting civil liberties, vital national-security policies that had been adopted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    CAIR promotes a radical Islamic vision, as evidenced by the fact that its co-founder Omar Ahmad told a Fremont, California audience in July 1998: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” In a similar spirit, co-founder Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter in 1993: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.” In 2003 Hooper stated that if Muslims ever become a majority in the United States, they will likely seek to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law, which they deem superior to man-made law. In the late 1980s, Ihsan Bagby, who would later become a CAIR Board member, stated that Muslims “can never be full citizens of this country,” referring to the United States, “because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country.”

    CAIR: The Unindicted Co-conspirator

    CAIR’s Amicus Brief and Due Dilligence :

    But the amicus brief fails to address one of the underlying premises of the case, in my non-lawyerly opinion: that while those individuals on trial are directly charged with aiding the financing of terrorism, they are part of a much larger, Muslim Brotherhood-dominated structure of organizations with overlapping memberships, acknowledged front groups and specific tasks. A fundamental task of this structure, according to the exhibits filed by the prosecution, is to help Hamas, an acknowledged, organic part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
    Perhaps it is because if they defined their mission publicly as one of their leaders does privately in an assessment of the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, the doors to the Pentagon, White House, State Department, Justice Department etc. would not swing open in quite the same way. Here is the Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal of the Group in North America it is again, in case you missed it:

    “The Ikhwan (Muslim Brothers) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

    A little tough to spin in the PR machine, that one

    “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America by Mohamed Akram” :

    *Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic state, wherever it is.

    * In order for Islam and its Movement to become “a part of the homeland” in which it lives, “stable” in its land, “rooted” in the spirits and minds of its people, “enabled” in the live [sic] of its society and has firmly-established “organizations” on which the Islamic structure is built and with which the testimony of civilization is achieved, the Movement must plan and struggle to obtain “the keys” and the tools of this process in carry [sic] out this grand mission as a “Civilization Jihadist” responsibility which lies on the shoulders of Muslims and – on top of them – the Muslim Brotherhood in this country.

    * The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Proecess” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.

    I think that is enough.

    Update: I switched graphics at the bottom of the post.

    CAIR is the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front

    From Pajamasmedia:

    SM: Is there a Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.?

    Mohamed Habib: I would say yes. There are Muslim Brotherhood members there.

    SM: Then what are they doing there?

    Mohamed Habib: No, there are already existing institutions; there
    are laws and a constitution that they operate under in order to have a
    role in serving the American society. They are part of the American
    society and they want to an active positive role in it, and a part of
    that is to spread a positive image of Islam along with its values,
    culture, history and teachings.

    SM: This is naturally very important. Who represents you in the US?

    Mohamed Habib: Well, there are there those who do represent us, who do that role.

    SM: But it’s not CAIR, right? The Council for American Islamic
    Relations? Many people say that they are your front. Other people say
    that its ISNA. But back to CAIR, some people from the Muslim
    Brotherhood have denied having a connection with CAIR. Do they really
    represent you?

    Mohamed Habib: Ehh, this is a sensitive subject, and it’s kind of problematic, especially after 9/11 …

    SM: For them to say that there is a relationship between you two?

    Mohamed Habib: Yes. You can say that.

    That’s not a denial.

    Mohammed Habib is the current #2 (and a possible future Supreme Leader) of the 4GW/5GW Muslem Brotherhood.