Remember the last time you woke up in the morning and thought to yourself, "Gee, I really feel like overthrowing a poor, relatively defenseless country's government today..."? Happens all the time right?
While these kinds of thoughts may be fairly common, of course you don't follow through and actually do these kinds of things. And why not? Well, for starters, you probably don't own an aircraft carrier, or even a few helicopters. And more importantly, everybody knows that taking over somebody else's country is more complicated than just rolling into their capital with a few tanks. The bigger problem is always 'The Population'. How will you keep them under your thumb? Because post-coup d'etat, typically the people of your target country are going to be very edgy-cranky. Nobody enjoys having their sovereignty pissed on.
Thankfully, the U.S. government has written a very useful guide to help you deal with exactly these kinds of inconveniences. WikiLeaks has released a U.S. military counterinsurgency manual to the public: US Army Field Manual FM 31-20-3, Foreign Internal Defense Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Special Forces (2004 edition). Here is the summary from the WikiLeaks website:
This sensitive US military counterinsurgency manual could be critically described as "What we learned about running death squads and propping up corrupt governments in Latin America and how to apply it to other places"...
The document, which is official US Special Forces policy, directly advocates training paramilitaries, pervasive surveillance, censorship, press control, restrictions on labor unions & political parties, suspending habeas corpus, warrantless searches, detainment without charge, bribery, employing terrorists, false flag operations, concealing human rights abuses from journalists, and extensive use of "psychological operations" (propaganda) to make these and other "population & resource control" measures palatable.
[ Download the whole manual here ] (PDF file, 219 pages, 1.2 MB)
That's what I call some Useful Information!
Now drop that ridiculous scrapbook shit (scrapbooking is NOT a real hobby!) and go take over a country or something.