Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Interview: Sam Culper, III Magazine

Today we have Sam Culper of Guerrillamerica and III Magazine.

TI:  Tell us about Guerrillamerica.
SC:  Guerrillamerica started as a way for me to vent my frustration and share news stories about future hostilities.  Those future hostilities looked to me like they would involve irregular threats and devolve (or progress) into sustained guerrilla struggles.  The more and more I started reading about potential financial collapse, the more and more it began to seem orchestrated, especially given the key players’ socio-political leanings.  I’m a schoolhouse-trained intelligence professional but given all the available evidence, it doesn’t take an expert analyst to come to this conclusion.

After reading John Mosby’s Mountain Guerrilla blog for a while, I decided to change the direction of Guerrillamerica.  I was doing the same thing as a hundred other blogs, just re-hashing the news and providing commentary; maybe linking the occasional buried but significant news story.

I spent three and a half years in Iraq and Afghanistan operating on intelligence missions, and I figured that I had a unique skill that I could share that others might find valuable.  So I started blogging about intelligence-related aspects of collapse and defense.

TI:  Tell us about III Magazine.
SC:  I’m pretty interested in the cultural aspects of the III% movement.  There are all these veins and sub-groups and niches of the III% community, and there’s no one source covering us specifically.  I thought there was enough demand to start a small digital magazine to cover the movement, publicize the positive aspects, and provide human-interest pieces for community consumption.

We just published our third issue and are making plans to create a print issue for early next year.  People seem to enjoy reading it, and I’m really glad to produce it.

TI:  You also host training opportunities in the Southeast (anything above Vicksburg is ‘the Nawth’ to me, but I digress…), correct? 
SC:  I do.  Part of creating a framework for collecting good intelligence and analyzing it is training.  Collection and analysis are critical to community defense.  There was enough demand to start planning a few iterations of the Intelligence Collection and Analysis Course (ICAC).  It’s a fairly basic level of instruction that covers Operations and Communications Security, Intelligence Collection, and Intelligence Analysis.  Our communities and operating environments are likely to be difficult to understand post-SHTF (collapse or regime hard tyranny), but the better equipped with the tools to decipher what’s going on, the better off and likely safer we’ll be.  The ICAC, I hope, provides students the opportunity to learn those tools.

TI:  Any advice for someone just waking up to the realities of the world we face? 
SC:  Well, you’ve got a steep learning curve just like most of us did just starting off.  I think the first step is two-fold (and these steps aren’t necessarily chronological, but should be concurrent): prepare food and water storage, and find or build tribe. 

Seventy-two hours of food and water is great for 72 hours.  Hour 73 might be a different story.  What the government recommends (72 hours) is probably too little (re: Katrina, Sandy, etc.).  The second part of the first step is finding or building tribe.  Tribe are the folks who think like we do; the folks who are preparing.  They could be friends and family, members of your church or other community organization, neighbors, what-have-you.  These should be people that you trust and people that you can incorporate into disaster planning.  Cover all the fields and create some redundancy: medical, weapons, communications, and intelligence.  Remember that not only are you preparing to survive the storm, but also to protect what you have.  If you can’t protect it then you might not keep it for long.

The second step is improving your individual or family preparations, and developing the four aforementioned skills.  Expecting to train yourself in any of these skills is like expecting a surgeon to teach himself how to operate on a patient.  Learning skills independently of experts will have to suffice if it’s all that’s available; otherwise, you should be learning from an expert.  There are plenty of experts now who are willing to provide training so seek out credible experts and learn while you still can.

TI:  Anything you’d like to add before we go?
SC:   A lot of people talk about revolution, which is fine.  Most really have no clue what that entails.  Combat is not Call of Duty.  What’s likely to happen is that a state government goes to bat for its citizens.  We then have a choice: join that state in defense of Liberty, or hand to our children a overtly tyrannical government.  It’s that simple.  Things could get really ugly.  If you live in a state that’s not likely to defend its citizens’ Liberty, then move.  If your state doesn’t care about its fiduciary responsibilities, then you’re on the losing end of a breech of contract, to which I can only say again: move before that happens to you.  Revolution will occur at the state level.  It might be 1861 all over again but, given the political climate and current trends, that’s quickly become our only option.

If you want to see what the future of America looks like, look no further than Rhodesia.  The authority of our nation’s Constitution is being usurped and Patriots will suffer or hang for it.

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