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Not really, he was a good dude but he knew the rangers were running the house. I don't know how he put up with the four of us.
17 hours, 26 minutes ago on U.S. Army Rangers Episode 5: Combat Stories (Part 3)
17 hours, 41 minutes ago on U.S. Army Rangers Episode 5: Combat Stories (Part 3)
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17 hours, 42 minutes ago on U.S. Army Rangers Episode 5: Combat Stories (Part 3)
@Garrett McTear Damn straight McTear. I'm glad we got everyone home, what a crazy deployment!
5 days, 4 hours ago on U.S. Army Rangers Episode 5: Combat Stories (Part 2)
@556andbaconstrips A note on accountability, Bradley Manning is sitting in the clink but if you want accountability within the system that led to the situation which allowed him to make those disclosures, well, that is an interesting road to go down. You can blame General McChrystal for that.
5 days, 14 hours ago on The 4th Amendment, Edward Snowden and Critical Thinking
@556andbaconstrips Nothing new about Tier One guys writing books. Beckwith and Marcinko both wrote memoirs so it has been going on since the beginning of JSOC. It may be new to you and other people, but there is actually nothing new about it. Look at what books were being published in the 1980's and 90's. Both SOF veterans and journalists. Whistleblowers and "whistleblowers" are also nothing new. If you really want to put a stop to this you have to suspend or seriously curtail the 1st Amendment.
@SleazyWeazel @JackMurphyRGR @bharrison @LauraWalkerKC Oh yeah, we should also note that whatever the hell Snowden was referencing about his time in the military, it was almost certainly not Special Forces guys he heard talking since it appears he never made it beyond Airborne School.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Never Say Anything
@bharrison @LauraWalkerKC Yes and no. You also have to understand the culture of Special Operations. Snowden may have heard guys joking or heard guys talking who were excited about going to war and took it the wrong way. We joke A LOT about a lot of taboo subjects like race and religion amongst each other. SOF actually has a much healthier attitude about these things than the general public. We don't take ourselves too seriously and screw with each other all the time. Remember, our units are multi-cultural in nature. Half my platoon in Ranger Battalion was Latino. My Team Sergeant in SF was half black, half Korean.
That said, I do standby my statement about the xenophobes in the ranks. They exist. I knew guys who hated working around Arabs. I understand their frustration better than most. It is a culture shock and there are some very, very frustrating aspects about dealing with third world cultures. These are also people who have the equivalent of a 1st grade education so keep that in mind as well. I always felt that the xenophobic types were detrimental to our mission and I consider this to be a big part of why America is very good at Direct Action but not so good at Unconventional Warfare. Our soldiers are very brave and not afraid of a firefight, but they do have difficulties in integrating with alien cultures and walking a mile in the enemy's flipflops. I don't expect this to change anytime soon, and this is why we will continue to fail at "nation building". Unwillingness to mirror the locals and weak follow through. Shock and awe is the other military option, its expensive and doesn't really work in today's world.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Never Say Anything
@bharrison @linwood @JackMurphyRGR @Teamcounsel Its still bullshit though. I knew a F14 pilot who wore eyeglasses at night while flying.
6 days, 5 hours ago on The 4th Amendment, Edward Snowden and Critical Thinking
@usapatriotonthemove @TXRanger375 Oh, yeah I remember you guys for sure!
6 days, 11 hours ago on U.S. Army Rangers Episode 5: Combat Stories (Part 2)
@Teamcounsel What teams require near perfect vision? Not any team I ever heard of. I've needed corrective lenses since I was 13 years old. Wearing glasses is not the conspiracy you are looking for.
6 days, 13 hours ago on The 4th Amendment, Edward Snowden and Critical Thinking
@Old PH2 @JackMurphyRGR @BrandonWebb @Virginstateofmind That the female journalists were sexually mutilated wasn't enough to get them off their asses. I bet if the journalists had been homosexual then the American press would have reported on it though.
6 days, 17 hours ago on The 4th Amendment, Edward Snowden and Critical Thinking
@BrandonWebb @Virginstateofmind Because they are careerists. Same mentality that has destroyed the military. Journalism is such a joke that they sit around congratulating themselves every year on the anniversary of Watergate like that is something that is still relevant. I've spoken to journalists who supposedly specialize in defense matters who don't know the difference between the CIA and JSOC and who confuse Algeria with Angola. It isn't that our OPSEC is working, it is that Americans are just too lazy to even read a wikipedia page. They don't care about real stories. These people couldn't find pussy in a Mexican whorehouse. Its a joke.
Remember when I did that story about human rights violations against journalists in the Philippines? I had raw unaired video of the massacre and shopped it around to different journalists and couldn't get a shred of interest. Journalists don't really even care about journalists getting wasted it seems so SOFREP got that story too. Maybe this sounds like a rant and it is because the fourth estate has absolutely failed you.
@dm8471 @JackMurphyRGR @LauraWalkerKC I highly doubt he had it or used it personally. I think he participated in the cover ups surrounding it and its theft for sure.
1 week ago on Never Say Anything
@Virginstateofmind @LauraWalkerKC You need an extremely well hydrated German and midget thrown in the mix?
@majrod @JackMurphyRGR @LauraWalkerKC @Romadave A minor issue and hardly the "gotcha" Stand Down that many were hoping for. A lot of people on the right were banking on the guys at the Annex being told to stand down by higher. Never happened. Seven guys from Tripoli were permitted to go and help and as we know, there were no F16's or AC-130 overhead at all so they were also not told to stand down. In the end, it sounds like some routine BS from Africom. They should have let those four guys go anyway though.
@LauraWalkerKC @JackMurphyRGR I want a porn where they both lez it out with Anna Chapman.
The best part of this story is the pole dancing girlfriend. Best thing to happen to journalism since Paula Broadwell if you ask me.
@Romadave I agree, I have major concerns with civil liberties being trampled on in this country. That's why I support a lot of Greenwald's work.
@LauraWalkerKC @majrod @Romadave Modern counter-terrorism is heavily reliant on exploiting various legal loopholes and intentional gray areas like covert operations vs. operational preparation of the environment or covert vs. low-vis. Just understand what you are wading into when you start talking about cut outs and proxies. Take that away, and a whole hell of a lot more collapses than just this PRISM program.
And I still refute the "stand down" order. Four guys got told not to go to Benghazi. Seven were permitted to go. That is a really shaky definition of a stand down. Some QRF's and some soldiers respond, others are kept back for various reasons. Happens all the time.