A US Army Reserve member (who appears to be either a senior NCO or a junior officer, judging by the way he writes of the soldiers under his command) has provided an eyewitness account of the riots in Seattle, and the extensive organization behind them. His original Facebook post has been taken down (presumably at the orders of his superior officers), but not before it was circulated and re-posted elsewhere.
You really should read the entire post: but I'll excerpt some of the critical points here, because they're very important.
I took up position on our right flank, recognizing a weakness in our line. A female quickly made eye contact with me, while recording me with her cell phone, and started yelling… “HEY! ARMY! Where are you from?!” I told her I was a Soldier with the Washington Army National Guard. She asked if I lived in Washington State. I told her, “Yes, I’m a citizen of Washington State, just like you.” She then abruptly said, “Why do you guys keep killing us?” I told her, “Excuse me?! I haven’t killed anyone…” She looked at me, befuddled, and said… “You guys keep killing us! You know, your training… don’t you have some sort of limitation where you can’t kill people?! You know, where you can only shoot us if we shoot at you?” At this point, I obviously knew she was referring to our Rules of Engagement (RoE) but it was obvious she was trying to provoke me. I tried to explain to her that what she was saying wasn’t true, but she kept interrupting me. Every time I’d try to speak, she’d raise her voice and interrupt me. As she continued to escalate, I recognized she was trying to provoke an exaggerated reaction out of me. I looked at her, shrugged, and proceeded to ignore her as I scanned the crowd. She grumbled and said, “You don’t even know your own regulations?!” I looked at her, shrugged again, and continued to ignore her… As I was scanning, I saw a male protester point out and move towards an African-American Police Officer.
The protester proceeded to yell, asking why the Officer was on the “white-man’s side.” He called the Officer an “Uncle Tom,” a “pretender,” a “race traitor,” and a N-word I’d prefer not to use. Every fiber of my being wanted to lash out. How can you use racist terms and protest racism while using it in a derogatory manner towards someone else? How can you even find fault in someone that is remaining peaceful, that is protecting your rights, and is obviously concerned for the community?! I was furious as the protester continued berating the Officer… We then got replaced by another squad for relief.
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I should start gambling because it didn’t take long for the African-American Soldiers to get singled out. I’m not going to repeat the hate, racism, and discontent directed at my Soldiers. If they feel the need to share what was directed at them by the hypocritical “protesters,” they’ll do so. Either way, every single Soldier in my unit was phenomenal. Not a single Soldier lost their military bearing or professionalism. Not a single protester got anyone in my squad to break their military bearing… Not a single Soldier lashed out at the complete and utter stupidity of the racism coming from the hypocrites… After each one of my Soldiers was focused upon, I pulled them aside and later commended them on their military bearing and discipline. I reiterated to each one of them that the rioters were trying to provoke them to react.
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“All of you Soldiers should have died in Iraq!”
“You’re nothing but a bunch of Vietnam baby killers!”
“The only thing you know what to do is murder people!”
“All people should be afraid of you, you’re nothing but killers!”
“You guys must be ready to kill people with your kung-fu gloves.”
“I’m legitimately afraid of you guys because all you know what to do is kill.”
“Who exactly are you here to protect?”
“You’d rather protect property than people!”
“You should be pointing weapons at the police!”
“You’re on the wrong side, racists!”
“Stop following orders and join us!”
“You’re too dumb to form your own opinion.”
“What Matters? Black Lives Matter… Are you too stupid to get that?”
“You guys need to stop shooting people.”
“You guys need to stop gassing us.”
(We NEVER had firearms, Oleoresin Capsicum [OC], CS “tear” gas, or any other “weapons”)
-Some of these comments were made towards us while we were just standing in an area, away from any “protest line” without a riot shield…
On that first day, they continued to try to provoke a response from the Officers and the Guardsman. NO ONE PROVIDED A RESPONSE. I was on the line, near the center right. I remember a plastic water bottle being thrown across the line by the “protesters” on my right side towards a Police Officer. Soon after, a bottle landed on the left side, right behind our line. I yelled out “SHIELDS UP!” Without hesitation, our ENTIRE LINE of Guardsman moved forward, and placed ourselves between the rioters and the Police Officers.
The “protesters” began throwing rocks, glass bottles, and chunks of concrete. I was out there ALL day. There wasn’t any construction going on. There wasn’t a pile of concrete or bricks anywhere to be seen. All I saw were younger people with heavy backpacks. THEY WERE GRABBING CHUNKS OF CONCRETE FROM THEIR BACKPACKS TO THROW AT US. Why is that important? Why would you carry chunks of concrete to a protest? Because you PLAN on using/throwing the concrete… When the concrete began to rain down on us, it came from ALL directions. What does that mean? It was COORDINATED. THEY PLANNED TO ASSAULT US WITH CONCRETE. I didn’t realize until later, but I have to tell you… it really pissed me off when I thought about the situation I had just experienced. As they were throwing these items, the Officers tried to protect us by using less-lethal means (OC/CS/etc). NO LETHAL FORCE WAS USED. Could the Seattle Police Department use lethal force in that situation? Absolutely… a chunk of concrete to the head can KILL someone…
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The week continued and we were sent where SPD needed us. We were told we had begun to get a reputation with SPD. Our actions, while at East Precinct, showed we could be depended upon and we were there to help. The Guard had arrived, and we’d be there, standing shoulder to shoulder with SPD, against these anarchist/communist rioters in Seattle. We saw through the protester’s “cause.” They were using the horrible situation that occurred in Minnesota as an opportunity to cause chaos, to loot and steal, and to destroy everything in their way to gain momentum for their “revolution.” The group was quickly identified as Antifa, a communist action group that was in the process of being labeled as a terrorist organization by the Commander-in-Chief.
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Needless to say, I was very angry. I’m a protector by nature. When someone tries to hurt another person, and they do so when that person can’t defend themselves, I become very upset. People that do that are criminals. They’re the scum of society. They prey on the weak and defenseless for their own personal gain. These are the so-called “peaceful protesters” of Seattle. I agree with everyone’s right to protest, but the moment they try to assault someone, that’s when EVERYONE should have a problem with their actions. Why the media has continued to defend them, it just shows how biased and out of touch the media is and it irritates me.
There's more at the link. I highly recommend that you click over there and read the whole article for yourself. I think it's that important.
I believe the writer above. I've been part of riot control efforts myself, wearing another uniform, and I know such tactics from all-too-personal experience. Anyone with a lick of common sense, a knowledge of history and an understanding of how left-wing insurgencies work has been expecting this sort of thing to hit American cities. It's straight out of the communist playbook, and its US variants such as "Rules for Radicals". One observer comments:
It is a playbook widely used. And I see familiar tell-tales emerging in the videos posted on the current protests in America.
Most notable, are the ubiquitous palettes of bricks that mysteriously appear in the background to many videos of the protests (see here for a typical selection). Who is positioning them? Who is paying? U.S. commentator, Michael Snyder, too has noted the “complex network of bicycle scouts to move ahead of demonstrators in different directions of where police were, and where police were not, for purposes of being able to direct groups from the larger group to … where they thought officers would not be.”
He observes too, the anticipatory raising of bail money; the preparing of medical teams, ready to treat injuries; and of caches of flammable materials (suitable for torching official vehicles), pre-positioned in places where protests would later occur. All this – with simultaneous protests in more than 380 U.S. cities – in my experience, signals much bigger, silent backstage organization. And behind ‘the organisation’, the instigators lie, far back: maybe even thousands of miles back; and somewhere out there will be the financier.
However, in the U.S., commentators say they see no leadership; the protests are amorphous. That is not unusual to see no leadership – a ‘leadership’ appears only if negotiations are sought and planned; otherwise key actors are to be protected from arrest. The most telling sign of a backstage organisation is that on one day, it is ‘full on’, and the next all is quiet – as if a switch has been pulled. It often has.
Again, more at the link. As for who's organizing it: input from some of my law enforcement contacts around the country suggests that several organizations and individuals have already been positively identified. One hopes action will ensue against them - unless they're so "protected" by the "Deep State" that action won't be possible. Sadly, that may prove true of some of them.
To see this so blatantly displayed, and yet not reported on by our news media, is disheartening, to say the least. Too many state and city governments are rolling over spinelessly and kowtowing to the mob, rather than impose law and order, as they should be doing. That's going to backfire spectacularly on them when things get even further out of hand, to the point that they have to do something. By the time they finally "screw their courage to the sticking place" and do so, it may be too late to enforce law and order. Instead, they may face anarchy and localized civil war.
We're also seeing wholesale discouragement among the forces that will have to impose law and order. Police all over the country are seeing how they're being "thrown under the bus" by local and state authorities. They realize that they're being made into scapegoats because of the (admittedly wrong, admittedly criminal) actions of a few of their members: and they aren't prepared to make themselves into targets for retribution. Let's face it: if they do nothing, they meet with hatred, fury and rejection, just because of the uniform they wear. If they use any level of force to do their jobs - let alone lethal force - they'll certainly face intensive scrutiny and public criticism, and possibly dismissal and prosecution - even when they do no more than they've been trained to do for years, even decades.
The ground is shifting under law enforcement officers' feet, so it's no wonder that many of them are said to be seriously reconsidering their career choices and potential futures. I don't blame them. If experienced officers decide that they've had enough of being taken for granted, and leave, those left behind will be more junior, less experienced officers - precisely the ones who need older, wiser, more experienced heads to lead them through this sort of mess. Without such guidance, and without strong leadership instead of official waffling, how effective will they be? We'll soon find out . . . but I don't have high hopes.
Finally, many Americans who are aware of communist tactics and methods over the past century or so (including many who've seen them in operation in other countries, and even fought against communism - yes, that includes me) are more and more determined that we won't allow such tactics to succeed in this country. There does come a time when one has to take a stand for what is right. As Winston Churchill put it:
If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate, you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
I think we're rapidly getting to the point where ordinary Americans - you and I - will have to take our stand in defense of what is right. It's a stand that our leaders should be taking, but are not. It has to be done: therefore, the sooner we do so, the less the chances that it will end in massive bloodshed.
Look at it in predatory terms (the way much of the world still operates). If you stand up to a predator (a lion, or a tiger, or a wolf, or whatever) while it's still prowling around, you can drive it off, and it'll be wary of coming back. If you let it get away with minor victories like killing a chicken or a sheep or a cow, it'll be emboldened to come back looking for more. Next time it won't be so easily driven off, because it's developed a taste for what it considers to be easy blood. At that point, there's only one way to stop it, and that is to kill it.
May God grant that we have not yet reached that point: but I fear many Americans aren't listening to God right now - at least not on that subject. We may not be far from a flashpoint that will consume our nation. The saddest thing of all is that there are some among us who actually look forward to that. Those of us who've seen it before, not so much . . . but no-one's listening to us, either.