Jack Daniels kicked my ass again last night...
@Frumentarius @ConsummateCanuck Now imagine being put through that element of hell week against your will, under threat of death (for yourself and/or your family), in a cold dark cell with your least favourite music blasting and strobe lights disorienting you, all with the knowledge that you will literally never leave that place...torture is objective and can be subjective (in my opinion)
I am in no way an islamic terrorist apologist, but I feel that the west continuously loses its moral high ground and in the grand scheme of things that will prove to cause further problems for us all.
I hope I didn't come across as rude, I truly appreciate everything you guys do at SOFREP. Thanks for continuing to share your perspective and insight for the readers.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on CIA “Torture” Report: An Honest Debate?
@Frumentarius Thanks for pointing that out for the readers. My point of bringing it up was to encourage everyone to actually read the report. People rely far too much on others when making their own opinion, and it is up to each and every one of us to determine what we consider is torture etc.
Do you really consider long-term sleep deprivation to not be torture? (considering it causes hallucinations and other physical/mental harm). Or making prisoners stand on broken legs/feet not causing harm or not torture?
It is definitely a tactic meant to divide. I will also add that the main motivation is profit. I've worked with several "news media" websites in the past and I have witnessed them discussing what the rest of the "news media" and blogosphere was talking about and how they desired to get in on it and put out "articles" that would entice readers. Clickbait advertising 101
Thanks for sharing your personal perspective, we really are all one people and need to work together.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Race Issues In America: A Ranger’s Perspective
I see many people commenting on the article and the authors statement that "Not one of the detainees in U.S. custody suffered any permanent injury or death as a result of American questioning. They were not even made to bleed or experience pain in any real way." This is literally NOT true and I encourage every single one of you to actually read the report....there were permanent injuries inflicted and REAL torture was part of these "enhanced interrogation" tactics.
I would point out specifics but then I do not like or condone spoon-feeding.
@Coriolanus Agreed - I wasn't really directing my general statements toward you personally, just stating some things for anyone that happens upon the comment section.
There is a lot of blame to go around for a lot of different things that have transpired since 2001. It's a shame that individuals with common sensical / correct opinions are not given more time in the limelight (such as yourself). I thank you for your work on SOFREP and hope that you continue bringing us your unique and beneficial perspective.
Most people truly have no idea how complex all of these issues are. Snowden has some valuable points and has done things incorrectly/haphazardly. Similarly, the intelligence apparatus has been doing good work, but they also have overstepped their authority in some cases (though these usually are a result of individual people and not the apparatus itself)
Anyways, I appreciate you giving me the means to reach out and will do so soon. I just have a few questions that I believe you might empathize with.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on How Glen Greenwald Recontextualizes & Profits Off Snowden’s Leaked Documents
@Coriolanus @ConsummateCanuck Thank you good sir!
Definitely some interesting points regarding how widespread encryption would impact current collection activities.
One thing I will add is that the FBI et al have recently touted that Google and Apple are enabling criminals by making encryption standard on their phones (referring to America as on the verge of becoming a lawless state)
This is such a misrepresentation of the facts and clearly has motivations to dissuade people from further utilizing encryption (outside of just their phones storage). This itself clearly shows they have an interest in keeping encryption far from the masses. This might lead one to believe that blanket-surveillance would be hindered by the use of widespread encryption. As you've put it, I understand this does have negative consequences for the American (and world) population / the Intelligence apparatus, but I guess the point I'm trying to make is that we need to have these debates in the public sphere so that the negatives and positives can be weighed. Relying on fear mongering / misrepresentation of facts and the eventual ignorance of the people is always going to do our nations a giant disservice.
The fact of the matter is that Android and iOS give users the ability to encrypt their phone already. Not many people actually take advantage of this fact, and any "intelligent criminal" would very likely already be using these capabilities and perhaps others like PGP etc. The one thing that irks me from North of the border is when fear language is so obviously used, yet the vast majority either is unaware of its intent, or too busy to conduct the minimal amount of research it would take to suss out the facts.
@MattHolmes1 @ConsummateCanuck Awesome! Thanks for the response. I encountered your article at the right time. I've recently begun training to join the CF and hopefully eventually our SOF. Really interested in your prescription for recovery activities, hit a roadblock the last week with a tweaked back and definitely would benefit from a more advanced recovery routine.
Thanks for the great work!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on SOF Selection Prep (Part 1)
Great article! People really need to realize the vast set of interests that are at play in the media.
I have a question regarding encryption. Snowden had previously said to use PGP in the manner that you had stated, and I believe still discusses its use and reasoning. He had stated one of the reasons was that mass-encryption is necessary because it would raise the cost of surveillance on an individual basis, which would in turn force the governments of the world to be more precise with their targeting and collection efforts (to utilize their budgets more effectively/efficiently if collecting all this data was more costly). Would you agree with that sentiment from Snowden?
Also - I do actually have some questions specifically for you, is there a way to privately message you?
Thanks for your great work!
Great article! I haven't been able to find the next article on the loadoutroom....are you still planning on releasing the series?
A great way to raise awareness and funds is through music - two solid approaches are creating a benefit concert or even creating songs and finding a popular artist to perform it and sell it on itunes (with proceeds going to that charity)
1 year, 3 months ago on UPDATED: SOUND OFF: What Should Military Charities Be Doing?
@JimEaton Sounds like you're writing this as someone lit your hair on fire!!
So what????? Does someone require a reason to provide additional information that is more than likely to be unknown to most people??????????? Should I ask you for permission first??...
And guess what?? There are very very few things that have markups over 100%..... !!! But since you're seewwww knowledgeable with the world of business...citing costs and factors (how enlightening)... I'm sure you know all this....
But seriously... To shed some light on how crooked lux is....this would be like if ONE pharmaceutical giant was the only company that was producing medicine....they were producing both name brand meds and generics for the same price but charging insanely higher prices for the name brand ones.... AND they owned all of the pharmacy's and would rather take a product off the shelf then give in to lower price demands.....AND they owned the insurance plans that dictated what the people had to pay for their meds....AND they made sure that people had to buy the name brand meds....
sure my example is a little extreme.....but what my original post was designed to do was shed light over the virtual monopoly that lux has created without being an actual monopoly....
so sorry for attempting to share information ....it's not like that's the whole point of these responses....
1 year, 9 months ago on Behind The Brand: Oakley
Recent 60 Minutes episode shed a little light about Oakley and their owner Luxottica....basically lux manufactures and designs all major "eyewear" brands...they even own sunglass hut, pearl vision lenscrafters etc....all sunglasses cost between 5-30 dollars to produce and the markup is outrageous....at one point before being bought, oakley asked that their sunglasses be priced lower at the retail level....lux promptly took them out of all retail outlets....oakley tried to compete and stay alive....their stock tanked and lux bought them out....thus ending the pricing "debate" and things went back to normal
They essentially control the entire eyewear market and are the sole reason we consumers get gouged.....just thought id spread the awareness a bit so all you readers can have a little bit more of an informed decision when buying shades or specs
The current method of grasping to straws in favour of one side vs the other has led the country directly to where it's currently at
1 year, 10 months ago on Hoodlums Howling Allahu Akbar Hack British Soldier to Death on Busy Street in London
Thinking and true conservatism go hand in hand....oh wait so does liberalism....thinking is for the smart while following blindly is for the ones who label themselves.
Left and right both have good ideas for certain things....
America needs to get beyond the labels and party lines and begin to actually figure out solutions on a case by case basis
Probably earns the title of "The most interesting man in the world" - What a gem! Thanks for sharing Mike
1 year, 10 months ago on Larry Thorne: Three Wars Under Three Flags
Extremely interesting! Thanks for sharing this with us Mike!
1 year, 10 months ago on Black Death – The Little Known Heroes of The East
It's awesome you guys have achieved such great success! I found SOFREP while under the haze of the post-surgery blues haha Haven''t stopped reading since then and doubt I ever will.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to contribute and only wish you guys the best!
1 year, 11 months ago on 1,000 Posts Into the SOFREP Story
@Contagio I know right! SO many Canadians tend to forget he kept Canada relatively afloat despite looming debt crisis etc etc. (They dislike him because he comes across as supercilious) Canadians are very petty...
This world we live in is quite the interesting place....in a few hundred years I can only imagine what they will say about this period of time.
1 year, 11 months ago on Sympathy for the Devil: From Boston to Beslan
@Contagio - Yah couldn't agree more - it's such a difficult thing finding the right mix on these issues - a dictator on the other hand...haha
"The Benevolent Dictator"
....in a perfect world (sigh)
@Schmitti always appreciate a movie recommendation! Did anyone realize Tom Hardy was in BHD as "Twombly"?
1 year, 11 months ago on Battlefield America: Literary Reflux in 500 Words or Less, #1
@Schmitti @Tango9 hahah I hate to admit when things like these cause some form of wetness...
I mean in the eyes of course
@Jaycel Adkins - EVERYONE should read this!
i think a few of these have been done over the years (not sure by which polling orgs)...
This one is enlightening to say the least...only got through the exec summary but definitely something all people need to check out...in a world that has everyone is so connected and where minor things can cause big change and reverberate across the globe, it's information like this that is essential for citizens to be aware of in order to even begin trying to understand the complexities and nuances that we face each and everyday
@Contagio @Julesy i guess my options only work in an imperfectly perfect world....
Case and point: the current "situation" in Gitmo.....how in the heck did we allow the info out of their in the first place??....if some degenerates want to starve themselves, it shouldn't be public knowledge, just hook em up to an IV and see how they like surviving on literally the bare minimum of sustenance...
Hmm I was under the impression that supermax prisons they are essentially in a tiny cell and have no such luxuries? If thats not the case then well in respomse to Julesy and you my only opinion would be to create workcamps like so many places have and have had in the past....two birds with one stone haha
In no way am i trying to incite anyone, i just hsve always felt there are fates much worse than death...
A relative of mine spent 30 years in a Russian gulag and he described it as hell on earth
Wouldnt solitary confinement for 60+ years AND then hell be more of a punishment....Just my opinion in that these cowards prefer death as they think about paradise and promised virgins....the worst punishment is purely a subjective thing to each person....if a terrorizer wants to die then it's worse if we keep him alive in a tiny dark room till the end of his days (just like if someone with a phobia of spiders had the option of death or spending a lifetime in a cell full of spiders they would prefer death)
And besides that'...the death penalty for terrorism just excites any potential terrorist that no matter what they will get to die and go to their paradise....making them know that they will suffer in dismal conditions is more of a deterrant (and yes i know nothing works to deter these sickos)...but, anything is better than nothing
Just a lowly canadians opinion....and by no means is this opinion based on the death penalty being wrong- i think its plenty right in different circumstances aka child molesters etc etc because then it acts as a deterrent
It was extremely riveting I agree! The main SF guy is such a badass I think he was Solomon Vandy in Blood Diamond and Maximus' buddy in Gladiator
Hmm very interesting....the message we perceive from the american media is that there aren't any background checks at all....then we see the senate vote against it even though apparently 90% of americans want more background checks...thanks for the clarification. It definitely seems like an extremely tricky issue.....hopefully something happens that makes sense for all "stakeholders" ...
we have pretty strict enforcement up here we even need a seperate license specifically making us say where and when we will be transporting a gun.
I do feel that having a background check and then some sort of waiting period before approval to be a good thing.....i would much rather suffer a little bit and have to wait a week then give more opportunity for disturbed individuals or criminals to get their hands on one - though of course criminals dont need to utilize legitimate means of purchase since they're criminals haha
1 year, 11 months ago on The New-Guy Guide to Gun Shows
Some do you're right....some see him as a prophet who was crazily misguided but still a legit dude. Some see him as merely fulfilling a prophecy and therefore part of Gods plan
Most dont give it any thought
Loved that flick....Diane Kruger is a foxy Fraulein!
@Tango9 @ConsummateCanuck Watch out for those sinkholes! lol
not sure how one can interpret that as anything other than it calling for them to be killed...but that's the good thing about our countries....we can think and feel however we want
@BrendanDoran @ConsummateCanuck @MedicSteve2 my point was that both religions have called all believers to attack someone
@KineticFury @ConsummateCanuck @Old PH2 well to sum it up...Old testament = if your bad God will smite you....New = be good to everyone
@MedicSteve2 @ConsummateCanuck Maybe I rushed to that conclusion....will take a look...I was just trying to make a point that neither religion can be blamed for what its people do in its name....
though I recall that a Pope called for the first crusade....regardless of why he called that....he still was the one who gave the call to arms...and by that I mean: sure there were wars that preceded and caused the crusades...but that isn't the same as calling to all people of a religion to go and do Gods work by killing people
@PeteN We had to assimilate pagan ideals and practices into our religion....
What are your opinions on the debate? Do you think that background checks should be put into place? Personally I feel this would definitely be a help in keeping guns out of the hands of people who have no business owning one (crazy's etc)
You're right about that....Islam didn't start the Crusades....or tell its people that the more money they gave, the higher the place in heaven they would have....
its dangerous to a) forget that its PEOPLE, not religion that screw things up for the world...and b) the past.....Christians love to forget the actual past - horrific things for thousands of years in the name of religion including our own
I like that quote at the end Michael....couldn't have put it a better way
“Religion is for people who don’t know how to be good and for those with
truly evil intent, an outlet to validate their actions.”
@Old PH2 exactly...people wonder why religions do bad things....people are inherently people and therefore we leave our mark on any institution regardless of its intention....people thought the boyscouts embodied all that was good about America....look what happened there (and FYI they sent a lot of the perpetrators up to Canada instead of telling the police) - Catholic priests have had their fair share of trouble....
We cant blame one thing or the other when in reality its ourselves....
@JoeL2000 @JohnBernhagen They saw Jesus as a prophet....
@MedicSteve2 Just a heads up...regardless of the past, Allah is their one god....just like we have ours...
Catholic and Christian religious scholars have changed the way they feel about all the religions in general as well....They have preached that all the different religions are like the branches on a tree....they may be different but they are reaching for the same place....
and by scholars I mean priests/preachers etc. who have actually spent a lifetime trying to better understand the relationship between God and man....not the run of the mill anybody who decides one day to be a preacher/priest etc and then preaches his own beliefs to his congregations
and you do realize that the Bible is not some magical book God sent down to us....it was a compilation of stories that people of the time made to explain the unexplainable....We have NO idea what the original Bible even was....there was a guy named Constantine....have ya heard about him....he literally had his pick of all the different stories....he picked some and burned the rest.....
@BoydCrowder @sahaldelta Uhh....you're trying to say that murdering someone because of the way they were born is not evil???
Aggressive is one thing...."And if a man lie
with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed
abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be
How is that anything other than preaching murder....and let me be clear, I do not think that either religion preach hate....its all interpretation that causes such things. However, literally taken from the bible, Leviticus says to kill someone for apparently being the way God made them....
I wish Canada was cooler and let us have guns so easily
Kind of surprising that this is the first time anyone has done this for camo....really cool
1 year, 11 months ago on New Two-Sided Combat Uniform Solution for an Elite Unit of the IDF
@Romadave Glenn Beck is also someone who spews out stuff like this...
"There's not going to be Gap here. There's no Ann Taylor. You want an Ann Taylor, go some place else,"
...in reference to a "city" he wants to build out in complete isolation from the rest of America...He's not doing himself any favors.
1 year, 11 months ago on Attention Whores and Conspiracy Theorists (But I Repeat Myself)
I just think dismissing it entirely is unfair....it is true that we need to stop being lemmings and think for ourselves...
Hmm i think its an opinion that some people need to hear....
Well I for one do not monitor every left or right leaning website, and I'm not sure if that is even possible. I would say its impossible to measure the current levels of outrage vs. previous levels....but that's just an opinion.
That rock you were hiding under must have been a mountain...outrage is everywhere, has been everywhere and supercedes party lines...