Deep Dives 12 | Coups, Regime Change and Interventionism

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Deep Dives 12 Research Challenge

Coups, Regime Change and Interventionism

Welcome to a special edition of the Deep Dives Research Challenge. Today, we're happy to announce our latest research challenge - Coups, Regime Change and Interventionism. In part, this Deep Dive was inspired by the work of the #deepdives community contributors. Most recently, @krnel made two entries dealing with Coups and Regime Change Through Unconventional Warfare and Overthrowing an Oil Rich Nation - Coups and Regime Change in Foreign Nations that have inspired this round. Big thanks to @krnel for some great coverage, research and analysis already in this area. We hope this topic resonates with the community and we believe there's a lot more to explore on this subject.

Included in @krnel's research is perhaps one of the most important documents found in the Wikileaks archive is the 2008 version of the:

Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare

Fellow Deep Dives researcher @v4vapid also covered the Special Operations Field Manual using Syria as a backdrop and focusing on the Psychological Operations involved in Unconventional Warfare.

An earlier 2007 edition of the Field Manual was also previously published by Wikileaks in 2009 which itself superseded a 1994 version.,_FM_3-05.202,_Feb_2007

Wikileaks described the manual as follows:

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.

On January 28th, 2019, the official Wikileaks Twitter Account explicitly pointed to the document with this tweet.

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Describing the document as a "coup manual" that uses a wide range of "instruments of US national power" to achieve it's objectives including "financial weapons" within the framework of Unconventional Warfare.

Normally, @deepdives research focuses on a specific archive such as Wikileaks or the CIA Library. For this challenge, we'd like to see some research relating to the three themes from the title of the post. We leave it up to the contributors to decide where to dig and only ask that you include one or more citation(s) in your research from the archives previously explored in this series.

In addition to these substantial databases, we're including a lesser known FOIA archive from the National Security Agency (NSA) and a privately run archive known as The Black Vault.

From the Black Vault website:

You’ve stumbled upon the largest privately run online repository of declassified government documents anywhere in the world. With more than 2 MILLION pages of documents to read, on nearly every government secret imaginable, The Black Vault is known worldwide for getting down to the truth… and nothing but.

Every document in this archive was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Begun in 1996, at the age of 15, John Greenewald, Jr., began hammering the U.S. Government with FOIA requests to obtain information. The Black Vault is the result of that more than two decade effort.

Researchers are encouraged to explore any time period they wish and if they'd like to explore historical events from a classic or unique perspective they're completely welcome to do so. Likewise, if you'd like to make a case in support of "humanitarian intervention" we'd be interested in hearing from you on the subject.

Alternatively, if you'd like to do a deep dive on the the ASOFUW manual highlighted above we highly encourage that as well as there's enough in the 248 page document for it's own separate investigation.

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All Archives - The Coups, Regime Change and Interventionism Challenge

  • Select an area of focus (Coup d'Etat, historical research, the Monroe Doctrine, failed coups, PSYOPS, soft-power, etc) or focus on a region/country where regime change is occurring.
  • Search archives for documentation relating to Coups, Overthrows, Regime Change, Interventionism
  • Build a post around your findings
  • Provide additional sources to make your case and strengthen your position
  • Explain the significance of the leak and why it’s an important piece of news that should be communicated to the public.

    You never know what will turn up!

  • Rules

    • Help spread the word, resteem this post
    • Limited to 2 contest entry per account
    • Submissions must be made in a separate post (not in the comments)
    • Submissions must be posted before the deadline (UTC - Sunday, March 31st, 2019, 11:59 PM)
    • This research challenge is open for three weeks!
    • Use the lead tag “deepdives”
    • Your entry must include references to a document/documents found in the archives from previous editions of Deep Dives (Wikileaks/Cryptome/FBIVault/CIA)
    • Provide a link to the specific document or page
    • Make an attempt to keep your post concise and to the point
    • You may leave a link to your entry in the comments below

    • Please, do not plagiarize the work of others

      Note: Longer entries with multiple links and references does not equate to higher quality. Clear and concise work with a handful of supporting sources is preferable.


    The Winning Post Should

    • Meet the rules criteria
    • Winners will be announced 48hrs after the submission deadline
    • Well researched
    • Fully sourced
    • Clearly presented
    • Original Content (not widely reported on in the media)
    • Significance should be clearly articulated
    • 3 Outstanding contributions will be acknowledged


    • Liquid SBD (or STEEM) earned by the original contest post will make up the total rewards
    • Example: 100 STEEM – 1st place = 50% // 2nd = 30% // 3rd = 20%
    • Bonus @v4vapid & @ausbitbank upvotes and resteems for exceptional and/or original contributions
    • SP earned from challenge announcements and the winner’s announcements will remain in the community account @deepdives.


    Those that do not ‘win’ should not view their work and efforts as being wasted. All submissions are valuable and will be contributing to building a body of research on the blockchain. We hope that contributors support each other’s efforts wherever possible whether by sharing tips, links or through constructive feedback to their fellow researchers.

    Good luck and happy digging!

    Deep Dives Community

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    • Promote original content
    • Promote investigative journalism
    • Promote focused and quality research
    • Encourage community engagement
    • Encourage collaboration and teamwork
    • Recognize and reward high quality original content

      Over time, Deep Dives aims to build a repository of high quality research and original content preserved on the blockchain.

      We hope you join us in building this unique resource.
      It truly is a community effort and your exceptional contributions are what fuels this project.



I have finally broken down, given up my resistance to your allure, and post an entryfor your edification.

I hope it meets the goals of your challenges, regardless of any encomium or emolument forthcoming. I deeply and natively resonate with your efforts. I honestly thank God for you, and folks like you.


Whoa! This is awesome, we're always looking for new contributors and to have a longtime Steemian and prolific writer like yourself enter the fray, we feel very fortunate. Looking forward to reading your entry and if you have any suggestions to make #deepdives more appealing please give us your feedback.

You can for sure, count me in on this one. :-)

Noice, happy to hear that friend!!!

I love designing scenarios and games like this ..
full of research.. even sometimes searching in the deepweb.. so mysterious...
I'll show everyone how it's done..yayy..

Welcome to #deepdives!
Be sure to check out some of the previous DD research challenges to get a better idea of what it's all about.

When you make a post, you can drop the link in the comments here so we can find it easily ;)
Thanks and good luck to you!

Thank you.. I'll be tuned for all research challenges from now on..

Good topic, but darn, I made two posts on the topic last time :P Will have to dig around more this time around lol.

Yeah, sorry to make you go back into that rabbit hole one more time, lol. But who knows, you may find something even better! Aspects of the UW manual are absolutely fascinating, maybe delving deeper into the tactics, methods and strategies employed might turn up some very interesting findings. Knowing your track record, I think you'll do just fine ;)

Coups, Regime Change and Interventionism.

An interesting and enticing topic for a research challenge...Re-steemed to help promote the @deepdives initiative.

Thanks for the resteem, we appreciate it:)

Resteemed, hope it helps

Thank you arthur.grafo much appreciated.

Hmm, noticed an error in the deadline:

Submissions must be posted before the deadline (UTC - Sunday, April 31st, 2019, 11:59 PM)

So we have a whole month more to get entries in? But April only has 30 days :P ;)

Ah damn it!
Thanks for spotting the error. I think it was suppose to be April 1st 2019 at 12am, originally. Will make the change, I'm sure most people know we meant March 31st.

Thanks again!

It's such a shame that I can't join in on this edition and contribute on such an important topic. I do however really look forward to reading the contributions of others😉!

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Health is Wealth! Get well soon and hope to see you back for DD13!

Thank you. Appreciate it!

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Nice one! Great work!

Glad you enjoy it and welcome to #deepdives!
There will be more great articles turned out from our small yet awesome community, we're certain of that :)

Awesome stuff! Ill need to explore your content more! Im here on Steemit because of @theouterlight and now on your steemit page thanks to Ed! Thank you for your work and support on Steemit!

Right on, glad you found your way to our project through Ed! The challenges are open to the whole community so if you're interested have a go at it. We love having new contributors ;)

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An apt and timely choice of dives for this edition .. While looking into the blackout in Venezuela I was reminded about the George W Bush era regime change programme named codename “Nitro Zeus” i.e the targetting of Iran's power infrastructure. ;) Great work putting this together guys .. really looking forward to seeing what people come up with. :)

I'll resteem it too..I like it

Good subject, the last image hurt me because I'm Venezuelan and my whole family is

There are no winners in war, that's just the truth.
Sadly, I think we can add Iran, Yemen and several other countries to the image too.

Quick question...How do you guys feel about "self plagiarization?" TIA....

What do you mean specifically by "self-plagiarism"?
Do you mean you'd like to repost an older article as an entry for a #deepdives challenge?

Yes...not necessarily one that has appeared on Steemit before, though.