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@Kiyabear @JohnChristopher1 That's news to me. The people behind the neo-con movement were not Jews.
1 week ago on Action, Inaction, and Consequences For the Future of American Foreign Policy
@HugeFan Nadeesha's story isn't over yet...
1 week, 5 days ago on Direct Action: Epilogue
@joesig @Recon6 @JHR @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Barnes I'm willing to entertain a conversation about professional ethics, but your statements are also filled with speculation about what I did or did not do, how you think things should or should not have happened, and you are conflating OPSEC, Classification, and NDAs, which are not terms that can be used interchangeably in many cases.
If I seem like I don't take this seriously enough, it isn't because I think I'm beyond reproach or lack humility, but rather that I am somewhat jaded at this point. If you go back and read my past articles you will see that half of them had people angry at me for writing about that topic. Often they make charges of OPSEC/PERSEC violations without even knowing what those terms mean. I've published articles on sensitive projects and cite my sources, books published 30 years ago, and still get chewed out over it.
I understand and respect the need to protect sources and methods as well as operational techniques. This one was a while back and as you point out, isn't that secret to begin with. Yes, I know about the "other stuff" and will not be talking about that here although it is very interesting what we can do with TTL these days.
From your perspective, much of my work on this site and elsewhere becomes a criminal action. I've repeatedly cited Wikileaks documents, such as diplomatic cables when I wrote about Chris Stevens and Benghazi. I've talked to confidential sources placed in many different places in the US government and used that information to write books and articles. This has pissed a lot of people off and has sparked investigations in the FBI, US Army, US Navy, and USASFC. Those are the ones I'm aware of anyway. Yes, I acknowledge your point of view and I also believe in the importance of OPSEC and this article does push the limits. However, I am no longer under many of the constraints that I was when I was Active Duty.
2 weeks ago on Dear CIA: Thank You for Not Killing Me
I don't have a SSO and I never ask for the government's permission prior to publishing.
@joesig @Barnes I invite official scrutiny.
Rachael Marsden uses tons of fake accounts and emails to fuck with SOF and Intel people. She is a dyed in the wool certifiable lunatic. You have been warned.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Navy SEAL or Internet Catfish? Operators Beware
@JamesFranklinMorris @YankeePapa @JackMurphyRGR @alexanderscrawford It depends who is making the denial. It some cases it is lies.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Winning Hearts and Minds In Iraq
@JamesFranklinMorris @Blake Miles You should read Jim's memoir if you haven't already Blake. Your jaw will hit the ground at how little the SF mission has changed.
@YankeePapa @alexanderscrawford @JackMurphyRGR Ah, damn…makes me so depressed.
@alexanderscrawford @JackMurphyRGR Good point about NGO's being just as corrupt and broken as any of the others actors we have to deal with. Sending a toxic NGO to fix a toxic government probably isn't going to work. This is one of the biggest problems I think we face right now, the lack of harmony between our various military units, agencies, and policy makers. I've written about this in our book about Benghazi and in several articles but those words are usually met with violent denials.
@alexanderscrawford @JackMurphyRGR Seemed like a good dude, I worked with him in Tal Afar. If you look at the COIN manual NGO's are incorporated right into the strategy so what he is working on makes sense.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Winning Hearts and Minds In Iraq
@alexanderscrawford Is Major Penner a Civil Affairs officer? I so, I know him from Iraq.
Change the names and places and I had the same experience. It kills me that I left those guys behind but I'm extremely proud that they didn't need me to kick ISIS out of their city.
Guys this is embarrassing. I did not write this article. My friend John Fitz did.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Women in Combat: Equal Rights for Few or Financially Sound for All?
@Africanadian @Recon6 Actually that bit about the US supporting SADF incursions into Angola and than "abandoning" them is a bit of revisionist history after the war was already over and the South Africans lost. This narrative was, and is, an attempt to regain some national pride. No military wants to take the blame for a defeat. Virtually every SADF vet I've met believes this story although the actual supporting evidence for the "sell out" is flimsy to say the least.
1 month ago on An Army Green Beret’s Open Letter to Glenn Beck On Iraq
The thing about Beck is that he changes his tune so often that he pretty much just goes in whatever direction the wind is blowing that day. He spouts off different stuff everyday just to see what will stick.
@islanddude58 I haven't smiled since 1998.
1 month ago on Episode 98 – Oliver North On Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
@chunkielover63 Yes, I would disagree with him on that point as well. Also, on exporting the Iranian revolution which was a failure abroad. I think Marty and Leo are on their way back home now...
Back too the future it sounds like. Although it is a crass comparison, Nuristan kind of sounds like the central highlands...
1 month ago on Nuristan: Of Kipling and American Valor
@RVN SF VET @SEAL76 @1SG_LEO_200 I'm sorry that I'm just seeing this. You are quite correct, the Chinese conduct open source intelligence gathering on a industrial scale.
1 month, 1 week ago on SEAL Team Six Throws OPSEC to the Wind, Next Time Use Delta Force or Rangers…
@Grigori Thank you for pointing me in the right direction! I would like to write more on India. I think a series on Indian SOF is in order next time.
1 month, 1 week ago on India’s Secret Wars Part 5: Reforming the System
@YankeePapa There is a spot of good news though, there have been historians that have interviewed our SOF troops during deployments which were recorded. I was interviewed along with many, many others. Combine that with documents and drone footage, there will be a more complete account of this war than any other in the past.
Lost faith in the Mail after my Benghazi media blitzkrieg when they couldn't even get my age right... Anyway: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2660904/How-elite-Delta-Force-took-Benghazi-suspect-without-firing-shot-tricked-way-compound-BIN-LADEN-STYLE-RAID.html
1 month, 1 week ago on Delta Snatch and Grab Operation in Libya
@Loren Schofield You mean a half chub?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Special Forces in Zombieland, Afghanistan
@lowvis13 Yes, it has at least three.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on India’s Secret Wars Part 3: Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)
@YankeePapa Hilarious! I didn't understand the full subcontext as Dhar used the word.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on India’s Secret Wars Part 2: Intelligence Bureau (IB)
@Grigori @ArcticWarrior Awesome background! I think you are probably on target, much more so than the Indian government would ever acknowledge.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on India’s Secret Wars Part 1: Pakistan, Sikhs and Corruption
@ArcticWarrior Mixed track record fighting the Maoists, but yes, India most definitely wages proxy wars against Pakistan. Part of that will be detailed in this series.
@DannyGreene @JackMurphyRGR That picture is so low res that you can't PID anyone in it and it does not display any operational methods, so there is no OPSEC or PERSEC issue involved. If there was I never would have published it here to begin with. The only reason to take it down is because this article hits a little close to home. Granted, I could have posted some Marine Scout-Snipers with their SS flag and if I had some pictures of Rangers with Templar flags I would post those just to even this out because the article is intended as a critique of SOF in general, more on the Army side if anything.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Cults of Special Operations
@JohnChristopher1 The pissing contests between the units I mention are well known. If you don't know about them or didn't experience any of that it is probably because you were extremely lucky or you simply were not there.
@DannyGreene I too did joint operations with other units, including NSW, and had a very productive experience. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Regarding both inter-unit rivalry and the Knights Templar folks, it sounds like you either don't know what you're talking about or are in denial. Not sure what you are getting at regarding the pictures, but as you say: nice try.
@ArcticWarrior @YankeePapa @RobertNeville Go watch Boykin's sermons on youtube...
@RobertNeville I think it is disingenuous to conflate the group of people I'm talking about with mainstream Christians.
@Loren Schofield Sometime I'll have to tell you the story about how our unit Chaplain told us that we were fighting a religious war. This was on the anniversary of 9/11 in 2005 in Iraq.
John, the Muslim world sees our troops all over the world and feels otherwise. Imagine if there was a caliphate and that it had troops stationed in America...would not go over well with people like you and me.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Cults of Special Operations
Again, you have your history and they have theirs. Both sides use that history to justify their present. The history of the world is one of conflict...the Spaniards were once the world's agents of conquest.
@Loren Schofield Also have to mention that the Islamic world makes very similar appeals to history regarding how they have been "wronged" by the Christian world.
@Loren Schofield You have to take a critical look at "liberal democracy" as well. We have quite a track record of intervention which raises some interesting questions about imperialism, international norms, international laws, and who gets to make them.
@JohnChristopher1 Elite deviancy is a term I've heard which also fits.
@jglow69 They are getting antsy about tattoos in general, I doubt it had anything to do with the religious significance.
@something45 I'm talking about high ranking individuals who liken themselves to the Templars and believe they are fighting a modern day crusade.
@ColonelProp Well, I find it interesting that there are two sets of belief systems. One is for the public and then there is a second for the elites. This is also true in SOF where a group of higher ups have their own unique belief system that exists independently of the rest of us.
@SEAL76 I could not agree more.
I agree, the smack talk between Rangers and SEALs is also mostly based on fiction. RUMINT gets passed around the team rooms as fact and eventually it just enters into the background mythology of SOF.
Think of it as an affinity network. If you don't espouse the correct beliefs than you will never be brought into the inner circle.
Look at where JSOC senior officers and NCOs go. You are correct that they continue wearing their Templar crosses after retirement.
If people want to split hairs there are a number of other acronyms out there. It is like people who go around shouting that there is no SEAL team six. Well, okay but Dev Group is also an obsolete term as that unit is now known as TACDEVRON. This is all insider baseball that I don't think is important even to the operators in these units though.
@ArcticWarrior It is bigger on the Army side than in NSW but there are SEALs who get sucked in as well. Erik Prince for instance is quite revered by this group.
@Txazz Based on my information, I believe that quote is correct.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Exclusive: The Capture and Rescue of Bowe Bergdahl
@LawyerHandle Good to see Joshua on there. I don't blame him for being pissed.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Exclusive: The Capture and Rescue of Bowe Bergdahl