According to an investigation by the office of the Public Prosecutor and confessions made by captured or demobilized FARC, in a meeting of FARC leaders, held between May 10 and 17, 1989, the FARC defined a plan for taking ultimate control of Colombia in eight years. The investigation was uncovered by verdadabierta.com.
During phase one, which was to take place between 1990 and 1992, the FARC aimed to create 60 squadrons with more than 18,000 men. It would operate with $56 million dollars and would have arms, communications equipment, and airplanes.
During phase two, which was to take place between 1992 and 1994, the FARC aimed for 80 squadrons with 32,000 men and $200 million dollars.
In phase three, which was to take place between 1994 and 1996, there was to be a central command, Centro de Despliegue Estratégico (CDE), with 16,000 chosen from the 32,000 men. The chosen were future commanders, and they were to go through courses — in combat intelligence, cartography, explosives, economy, philosophy, mineralogy, ballistics, and command of troops — at various specialty schools.
It was considered important to teach the making and use of artisan gas cylinder bombs, made with ammonium nitrate which is easily available, and land mines. They were considered cheap and were to be used to attack with less men while causing a large number of casualties.
The FARC also aimed to set up its fronts according to military bases and headquarters. The fronts were ordered to attack and “displace, wear down, demoralize”.. “the enemy.”
Citizens and specially rural populations were to be “assaulted, sieged, occupied.” But before attacks, there was to be much intelligence-gathering by militias. These reports were to include a close analysis of the location of police bases and the distribution of the local population, as well as the terrain, the climate, the time of the day, and the time of the year. The intelligence was also to include maps of the homes of bank employees, and those the FARC planned to execute. Of police and military members there were to be complete reports of the individual’s likes, habits, political affiliation, routines, girlfriends, social life, level of training, arms, and cars used. Further, the report was to include guests or strangers to town and an evaluation if there was anyone worth kidnapping for extortion or politically worthy to swap for FARC members in prison.
The FARC also aimed to paralyze the Colombian economy.
The plan, as it was carried out, resulted in recruitment of minors, homicides, mass displacement, and kidnappings.
If that eight-year plan was to fail, plan B included spreading out and creating “social bases,” and so cause social disarray.