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Can ‘Operation American Spring’ Avoid Being Co-opted?

Shawn Helton
21st Century Wire

For those who aren’t yet aware, ‘Operation American Spring‘ is shaping up as a promising non-violent peaceful protest, looking to sweep across the country this coming May 16th, including a coordinated effort to converge on the nation’s capital. 

Through local grassroots organizing, the movement is looking to ‘reassert and restore’ the United States Constitution, while rejecting the current culture of corruption regarding the political leadership in Washington, DC.

It is stated to be leaderless and decentralized, and not affiliated with the power structure that has dominated political life in the United States for the last half a century. Organizers hope to capture the attention of patriots nationwide with their message of liberty at a time when the political landscape has never been more divided in America.


(Ret) Colonel Harry Riley is highly decorated former member of the US military, and is also the founder of ‘Operation American Spring’ (OAS), which is said to be the culmination of five years of work towards the restoration of constitutional resurgence in America. In Riley’s own words, he describes how the movement came about and its overall objective:

The idea of a massive, gigantic swell of “we the people” in a non-violent, unarmed, peaceful descending on Washington, D.C. We’re  modeling the principle of people massing, not modeling Egyptian government nor military.   Not to bring down the government, our government structure works fine, it’s the criminal, betraying, deceiving occupants of federal government that must be removed to save our nation.”

Recently, Colonel Riley was also a featured guest on The Pete Santilli ShowListen as he outlines the objectives of ‘Operation American Spring’ in this video:


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A movement as significant as this can expect heavy opposition, and should be cautious of any potential hijackers.

Risks to the Movement

Traditionally, a primary goal of the Establishment, whether in the US, or Europe – is to identify certain emerging political sentiments or Zeitgeist within the general populace, and then somehow leverage these in order to further fracture and divide society – leaving it weaker and unable to form a credible opposition against central government.

In recent years, America’s largest quasi-political movement was Occupy Wall Street aka the Occupy Movement. Largely a left-wing formation, it may still come as a surprise to some that Occupy was not only infiltrated and co-opted by the White House and its third sector community organizers, but was funded and steered by multimillion dollar think tanks and foundations from the beginning.


OCCUPY: It quickly became a Pro-Obama hangout, with all the celebrity trimmings.

Likewise, on the right, the Tea Party was initially a grassroots political movement spurred on by the Presidential campaign of Ron Paul in 2008, but was soon besieged by a multitude of mainstream establishment members of the conservative right, including politicians like Sarah Palin and financiers like the Koch Brothers – all of which radically altered its original intent and nature.

While OAS appears to be a legitimate and sincere effort to derail the corrupt leaders in DC, it will most likely be met with a massive disinformation campaign led by operatives in government, the mainstream media and even some psuedo-conservative pundits camouflaged in the high brush of ‘alternative’ media.

The preferred method that establishment hacks and spooks like to deploy are often variations of tried-and-tested psychological operations, or ‘psy-ops’. Originally developed by Pentagon and the CIA for use in foreign military theaters, once results are garnered, the psy-ops can also be unleashed at home against the American people, usually to infiltrate and derail political organizations, labor unions, and protest movements.

Propaganda wars come home

In the propaganda war, the government has certain objectives — including movement and maneuver, utilizing intelligence and firing against an enemy — which is the new Inform and Influence Activities (IIA). As their manual states, IIA “is critical to understanding, visualizing, describing, directing, assessing, and leading operations toward attaining the desired end state.”

It is important to note that psyops are designed to proffer widespread disappointment and fatigue by design, to deliberately cause apathy. They can also be used in other more nefarious ways.

Black programs such as ArtichokeMK-ULTRA and Monarch have left a trail of abuses throughout the United States. The trend has continued into the 21st century, with recent weaponized technology using microwave energy to potentially target certain individuals. In addition, government military labs like DARPA have also crafted spyware like digital tattoos and wireless body sensor networks called CORMORAN, used to perpetually keep you connected to the Internet.

Birds of prey flock together

During the latter half of the Vietnam War, there was one such operation named, The Phoenix Program, directed by William Colby, then Director of the CIA.

The Phoenix Program focused on the development of controversial counter-terrorism techniques and through its application became the quintessential false flag, employing terror tactics to destabilize the North Vietnamese leadership claiming to eradicate the Vietcong through the use of psy-ops, extortion, the release of criminals and random targeting of civilians to achieve its aims. Many people believe that this template for destabilization has been used in Afganistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and more recently South Sudan.

As the West continues to push its morally bankrupt designer democracy in Syria, an Ides of March campaign that was plotted nearly 3-years ago to overthrow Assad, a concerned public has been left to their own devices, piecing together a deceptive puzzle that has culled many dark players.

Retired United States Major General Paul Vallely seems to be no exception to this, as evidence has come to light revealing that the so-called patriot may not be who he claims to be.


IMAGE: Retired General Paul Vallely seen here at a Westminster Institute think-tank speaking engagement.

Vallely, a West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, has been stated to have been the head of 351st Civil Affairs Command, Psychological Warfare units, as well as Special Forces from 1982-86. In early 1980, Vallely, then the Commander of the 7th Psychological Operations Group, appears to have been credited as having co-authored a psychological warfare military paper along with PSYOP Research & Analysis Team Leader, Michael Aquino, who was a Major at the time and bizarrely an avowed Satanist, as the founder of  the Temple of Set church, a reboot of Anton Levay’s Church of Satan.

The controversial paper that both Aquino and Vallely were stated to have written, was titled “From PSYOP to MindWar: The Psychology of Victory“,  apparently inspired by Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander’s article on “pyschotronics,” the employment of extrasensory perception, also known as ESP, is the transmission and reception of information via the mind. In November 2003, Aquino attempted to downplay the content within the MindWar paper as well as Vallely’s role in co-writing it, hinting that he merely supplied an editorial gloss to the paper, with some critical analysis when needed, even though it was Vallely who had final say on the finished paper. The following is an excerpt from the ‘MindWar’ paper:

Pyschotronic research is in its infancy but the U.S. Army already possesses an operational weapons systems designed to do what LTC Alexander would like ESP to do – except that this weapons system uses existing communications media. It seeks to map the minds of neutral and enemy individuals and then to change them in accordance with U.S. national interests. It does this on a wide scale, embracing military units, regions, nations and blocs. In its present form it is called Psychological Operations.”

If real, the MindWar paper appears to be a stark and chilling window in to the mind-control apparatus, one which calls for the use of low-frequency electromagnetic waves to subvert the public’s perception, subliminally reconditioning a subject and potentially rendering them unable to resist command, whether as a ‘neutral’ target or an enemy one:

There are some purely natural conditions under which minds will become more or less receptive to ideas, and MindWar should take full advantage of such phenomena as atmospheric electromagnetic activity,  air ionization, and extremely low-frequency waves.”

The dark reality surrounding these kinds of programs is alarming to say the least, as both the United States and Russia have engaged in longstanding operations that have altered the mind, some of which continues to be declassified to this day.

All of these ideas seem born from the same bloated military and intelligence experimentation that was promoted in the ‘MindWar’ paper.

Hidden pasts and dark intentions:


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In 1986, at Presidio Army Base, in San Francisco, where Aquino was assigned, there were some allegations linking him to a number of child molestation cases after the indictment of a Baptist minister named Gary Hambright.

According to an article by the San Fransisco Examiner in October of 1987police raided Aquino’s home and seized some 38 video’s and photo negatives that connected him and his wife Lilith, to Hambright’s apparent crimes. Aquino was later transferred to a U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center in St. Louis, with his top security clearances at the Pentagon still intact.

Shockingly, the charges were eventually dropped against Hambright, due to insufficient evidence and an inability to prove physical contact, even though six of the children were said to have contracted venereal diseases at the day care center where he worked.

Aquino was never formally charged but his close connection to Hambright made many question his alibi.

In a report titled “Satanic subversion of the U.S. Military,” investigative researcher, Jeffery Steinberg chronicled the horrific case of Paul Bonacci versus Lawrence King, a Franklin Credit Union savings and loans manager in Omaha, who was charged with ritual abuse, sexual assault and false imprisonment as a part of a nationwide pedophile ring.

In the book entitled The Franklin Cover-up, by former Nebraska state Senator and lawyer for the plaintiff, John De Camp. De Camp, was a former aide to CIA director William Colby, who became disillusioned by his time with the CIA and wrote the preface to De Camp’s courageous book, lending even more credibility to its claims.

The Franklin Cover-up was a scathing expose’ that implicated politicians, judges, those in the military, police, as well as members of  the intelligence community for the subsequent abduction of numerous children over the course of many years. King was eventually convicted on charges of theft from the Franklin Credit Union and ordered to pay damages to Bonacci for the abuse he suffered.

On February 5, 1999, in U.S. District Court in Lincoln, Nebraska, an extraordinary hearing occurred in Paul A. Bonacci v. Lawrence E. King, a civil action in which the plaintiff charged that he had been ritualistically abused by the defendant, as part of a nationwide pedophile ring linked to powerful political figures in Washington and to elements of the U.S. military and intelligence establishment. Three weeks later, on February 27, Judge Warren K. Urbom ordered King, who is currently in Federal prison, to pay $1 million in damages to Bonacci, in what Bonacci’s attorney John DeCamp said was a clear signal that “the evidence presented was credible.”

Under sworn testimony Noreen Gosch specifically named Aquino as having been involved in ritual abuse and the kidnapping of children, as her own child Johnny had disappeared in 1982, allegedly from the same ring:

I know that Michael Aquino has been in Iowa. I know that Michael Aquino has been to Offutt Air Force Base [a Strategic Air Command base, near Omaha, which was linked to King’s activities]. I know that he has had contact with many of these children.”

It would be an understatement to say that Vallely’s professional history with Michael Aquino (photo, left) wouldn’t also cast a dark cloud over his moral character, given the nature of alleged crimes linked to Aquino and Hambright, not to mention the cold and calculating MindWar paper the pair were said to have penned – one that openly called for the use of electromagnetic energy to secretly target certain groups of individuals at the behest of top military officials. Ironically, Vallely has also been listed as being involved in some capacity with the Phoenix program.

Governments know how to hijack movements

In the past few months former Major General Vallely, has been heavily promoting a his own version of an uprising in America, through his organization Stand Up America, and in a 2010 speaking engagement with Montana Freedom Works he seemed to offer a very bleak construct for change:

You have to realize we are limited in what we call the peaceful transfers of power, resignation, death, elections, impeachments – because once it moves beyond a peaceful transfer of power, then it can get very bloody as we go into a grey area towards anarchy and  revolution. What we are currently facing right now, I think is the beginnings of that grey area – and if you go back in history and look at all the cultures, the French Revolution, any of the revolutions, the people had to go through tremendous pain in order to change.”

Was the retired General advocating a violent uprising here? Given his questionable background with military psy-ops, one might consider this to be the action of an agent provocateur, convincing patriots to align with an intentionally hamstrung effort that could result in discrediting the movement.

Remember in the 1990’s, when Operation PATCON was used by the FBI to deliberately incite violence through the calculated infiltration of  militia groups around the country. The left-wing version of this kind of controlled opposition was the Occupy Movement, it’s already well-established how ‘color revolution’ financiers like George Soros and those high up in the banking elite had been guiding the protest from its early stages.

Here is a speech by Vallely given to a crowd on May 6, 2010 in Virginia City, Montanna, where he makes a call to rise-up against those ‘treasonous persons in government, and warning against an ‘imminent’ Iranian missile attack against the US:


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Vallely has managed to swing a rather popular post-military career, speaking to Tea Party Coalitions around the United States as well as other constitutionally minded groups, appearing on the surface to be a stalwart patriot but upon closer inspection, a carefully crafted persona is revealed, connecting him to a web of political think-tanks and foreign policy makers that do not have the American people’s best interest in mind. Since retiring Vallely has served as the Military Committee Chairman at the Center for Security Policy, a pro-Israel think-tank that mirrors a lot of the same concepts as the neoconservative Project for the New American Century.

Vallely is also a supporter of the Jerusalem Summit organization which aims to relocate Palestinian people against their will.

CSP is said to have organized the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf (CPSG) during the 90’s and later drafted a letter to President Clinton in support of a strike on Iraq, stating:

We urge you to provide the leadership necessary to save ourselves and the world from the scourge of Saddam and the weapons of mass destruction that he refuses to relinquish.”

It was later revealed that there no WMD’s in Iraq and just like the propagandized fabrication in Syria this past year – the allegations were unfounded. Stand up America supports the false WMD claims in Iraq to this day, claiming that they were in fact there. Additionally, Vallely was seen traveling to Syria during the height of the false chemical weapons allegations against Assad, immediately following the apparent attack in August and without any critical analysis of the situation, he called for the U.S. to support the Free Syria Army (FSA) rebel confab, the same rebels intermixed with jihadist terror brigades that have taken thousands of lives since the western-guided war began 2011.

Here is a YouTube video that recently surfaced depicting Vallely with so-called ‘moderate’ FSA rebels – watch as he appears to discuss military strategy in a meeting with FSA leadership while taking a caravan through Aleppo…


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While Vallely purports to be against the Obama administration, at the same time, similar to the questionable actions of US Senator John McCain, he seems to also support the supply of weapons to known terror organizations in Syria and the actions taken by the Obama Administration there.

Vallely also seems quite comfortable in his role as a facilitator for both the United States conquests, as well as those of Israel – indicating a heavy slant towards the neoconservative school of foreign policy.


IMAGE: Retired Army General Vallely seen excited to meet with terror connected Free Syrian Army Colonel Riad El Asaad.

Vallely’s Stand Up America organization and its stated objectives have often been confused with the efforts of OAS, as Vallely  himself has been inappropriately linked to OAS, many outlets seemed to have combined both organizations because of some of Vallely’s recent statements.

Riley asserts that Vallely is not connected to OAS, or its stated objectives:

General Vallely is not a leader of OAS, has his hands full with his own initiatives.”

Riley continues stating, “There is some negative accusation tagged to the General,” adding, “I don’t believe the accusation.”

Perhaps Vallely has reformed his ways or has shed some of his old psy-op ties, but it’s difficult to ignore Vallely’s questionable connections to known terror outfits in Syria, as it relates to his psych warfare background, or the abrasive foreign policy he advocates (an Israeli-led, aggressive military posture towards Iran) – much of which has nothing to with genuine Constitutional principles in America.

Will Operation American Spring avoid being co-opted?

If the movement remains true to its principles of being decentralized and leaderless – and inclusive, then its chances of survival and success increase dramatically, but if it becomes the stuff of one cult of personality or another, it will struggle to remain relevant in today’s dynamic, yet highly fractured political landscape.

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