Excellent work here! Sharing right now with people debating metadata. Oh and here:
2 days, 15 hours ago on How Technology is Changing the Future of Espionage
@Recon6 His books are some of few that convinced me "truth is stranger than fiction" with men and and an institution behind them that rivals all mythical heroes in all of literature, definitely worth your thought, time and money.
2 days, 15 hours ago on SFC Ricardo Gonzalez Davis: A MACV-SOG Warrior Remembered
"It’s exhausting to hear the same promises airpower enthusiasts have been making since Douhet. It reminds me of the Spanish Conquistadors search for the fountain of youth."
Best way I've heard it put! It's almost laughable how over the centuries people have over-estimated new technology, particularly in warfare. Even 500lb bombs don't always do the job, I think I'm quoting from "One Bullet Away" when I say there "is no substitute for boots on the ground."
5 days, 12 hours ago on Classic Example of Drone Overconfidence
@YankeePapa "You ever seen a man whose kids ain't ate for seventeen days and countin'." - Corb Lund song, "Getting Down on the Mountain"
5 days, 13 hours ago on Iran: Negotiations, Nukes & EMP
@LawyerHandle By diverting attention to Palestinian-Israeli relations. My guess. I understand having rocky relations with allied leaders, but the public stink with friendly nations is shocking when our leadership appears passive in regard to states like Iran.
While on the subject, I thought this was worth a mention: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/petraeus-the-islamic-state-isn-t-our-biggest-problem-in-iraq-1.335688
Good to see some people still aren't afraid to state the truth.
@JohnChristopher1 At Waterloo, British cavalry (Scots Greys) got to Napoleons gun batteries, but weren't equipped to disable them. Later French Cuirassiers charged the British, overtook their gun batteries while the crews were in Wellingtons infantry squares. Apparently the French weren't equipped to spike the guns either.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or, "for want of a horseshoe nail, the battle was lost."
1 week, 2 days ago on Facing the “Lone Survivor” Dilemma
@ColonelProp Good reminder, just ordered!
1 week, 3 days ago on SOFREP is Proud to Present Jaeger: At War with Denmark’s Elite Special Forces
@YankeePapa As always, appreciate your input.
1 week, 6 days ago on White Mercenaries fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria
@YankeePapa UN has better PR, deserved or not, darn shame men who actually do a job that makes a difference get shafted by most media and governments for stopping bad guys dead in their tracks. "Mercenary" is too much of a good scapegoat term to waste.
@majrod @KineticFury I think the article arguing for a bigger Navy mentioned how we have too many commitments for the current size. I imagine that would increase with the "pacific shift" or whatever they call it (also with the support we'll give to countries worried about Chinese encroachment). That being said it's not just the "what" its the "how" we maintain and increase size, don't need billions wasted on overly complex concept super-niche ships.
And thanks, I also like seeing both "sides" of the debate.
1 week, 6 days ago on US Navy, Too Big or Big Enough?
@JohnChristopher1 And not to mention "thrill-seekers" and anyone recruited because of an impoverished background. Little glimmer of light.
2 weeks ago on No Time-Outs: How Do We Handle Teenage ISIS Wannabes?
Like many I'm no expert, but I think a blanket argument saying the United States Navy is too big fails to realize that it's not just our Navy, it's basically the entire worlds navy. Kind of like the US/NATO relationship. All I can and have to say.
2 weeks ago on US Navy, Too Big or Big Enough?
@Pollychronopolous Pretty sure Google searches for "denouement" just spiked. I know I contributed, thought it was a typo of the word denouncement! One fancy word smarter! Anyway Frumentarius did a great job showing what we should and shouldn't do in response to this issue.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Petraeus Affair: A Sad and Ignominious End
@majrod @KineticFury I almost did...Figured it was probably safe here. Nothing more irking than fake quotes!
1 month ago on State Dept spokesman promotes jobs to defeat ISIS
But seriously go check out the hashtag "#JobsForISIS" on Twitter. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-JXr-wCcAAQdYF.jpg:large
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This picture wins the Internet today. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JobsForISIS?src=hash">#JobsForISIS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JobsforJihadis?src=hash">#JobsforJihadis</a> <a href="http://t.co/Nor4Wg6vZL">pic.twitter.com/Nor4Wg6vZL</a></p>— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) <a href="https://twitter.com/dbongino/status/568096821878362114">February 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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@jpowell I do like outdated and somewhat irrelevant information...nice to be able to use it sometime haha! There is a photo of Lincoln, Pinkerton, and a Union general on the battlefield of Antietam. Keep up the good work!
1 month ago on Historical View of Intelligence Gathering (Pt. 4): Europe, Civil War, and Gray Ghosts
Recently when learning more about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, I realized the "all-seeing eye" of the Pinkerton agency/intelligence world/government/Sauron (take your pick)etc. was never limited to our 21st century world.
Outlaws Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (and others) operated in hard to enforce areas, where they had local sympathizers and a remote base. But they couldn't hide forever, particularly when the game got harder to play. Once they got on the Pinkerton's watch list, the credits to their movie started to show.
With a couple thousand full-time agents and 10's of thousands of informants...Game over. Cassidy wanted to make peace with the new and expanding government and trade leaders in the area, but never happened. So he had to run. Wanted signs, telegraph communications, ever-growing railroads were shrinking his world.
Not to mention "even back then" they could track stolen bank notes and intercept your letters (OMG NSA!). The Pinkerton logo/ was literally an all-seeing eye with the motto "we never sleep."
What make this even better is that Cassidy and his old gang posed for a photograph in Fort Worth....was such a nice pic that the photographer put it in the window to his shop for advertising his work. Lo and behold someone noticed the "Fort Worth 5" photo and contacted the Pinkerton Agency...they now had a photograph of each of his buddies.
Sounds similar to social media to me. 1900A.D. edition.
Butch, the Sundance Kid and his "gf" hid in NYC for a while before sailing to Argentina and settling in Patagonia. Sometime later the Pinkerton's intercept a letter from Sundance to his family...they're compromised, but tipped off. They run, rob, and kill for a brief stint before either being killed in a shootout (or a murder suicide by Butch in the year 1908.) I'm recalling this from memory so a few details might be off.
Granted tracking and surveillance has increased since then, but it was still possible. I can hear Johnny Cash saying "you can run on for a long time, sooner or later God'll cut you down." A good series as always SOFREP!
1 month, 1 week ago on Historical View of Intelligence Gathering (Pt. 4): Europe, Civil War, and Gray Ghosts
@ColonelProp Also this: "But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties...."
1 month, 1 week ago on The Power Elite’s Blackmail Network
@ColonelProp All i could think of was "you're next on my target deck."
@YankeePapa "And now as I lie here, my body all holes I think of those traitors who bargained in souls And I wish that my rifle had given the same To those Quislings who sold out the patriot game"
Very interesting re: Ephialtes, I never knew that. On a side note to your side note, I thought I read somewhere that people in the region of Palestine/modern Israel had a similar name for Richard the Lionheart that meant something like "terror or nightmare" that lasted years after the Crusades. Also it was used as something that parents would use to frighten their kids into bed (as opposed to a monster in your closet." But I can't find anything via Google.
Good article, the Devil is in the details!
1 month, 1 week ago on Patriot Games: The Making and Unmaking of an Old-school Intelligence Handler
@YankeePapa I've met a student who spent time in China teaching English...had a story about how schoolchildren were taught "nothing happened in China" during the entire first half of the 20th century (with the exception of Japanese in WWII...also nothing critical of Mao... "things have always been this way."
1 month, 2 weeks ago on China’s 100 year plan to surpass US
Napoleon Bonaparte in regard to China. "Ici repose un géant endormi, laissez le dormir, car quand il s'éveillera, il étonnera le monde." or "here lies a sleeping giant, let him sleep, for when he wakes up, he will shock the world."
"We awarded it on 9/11 to the people attacked at the Pentagon," Carter said. "That, in my opinion, set the precedent that it don't have to be on the battlefield with the commanding general dressed in war gear." Rep. Carter (TX) http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2015/02/6/2009-fort-hood-shooting-victims-to-receive-purple-hearts.html
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Fort Hood Soldiers to get Purple Hearts
Sep 12, 2013 113th Congress, 2013–2015
This bill was introduced on September 12, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
Has anyone found out if the people in the car/taxi that was hit by the wingtip were survived?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on TransAsia Airways Crash Caught On Tape
@bandanana Haha. I see what you mean, but I was merely referring to travel warnings like this: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Opinion: The U.S. Needs a New Hostage Rescue Policy
My sentiments are a combination of @majrod & @HonestBroker247 s. "I agree and a I disagree but I don't have any better ideas."
Big boy games, big boy rules. I would think common sense and the State Dpt. leave "freelancers" fully aware as to the risks they are taking, and I don't think they should receive any guarantee because "they're American." And I've met missionaries who have no expectation of Uncle Sam or GI Joe coming to their rescue, but the court of public opinion won't go easy on Uncle Sam when it appears that they're doing nothing.
I don't think simply ignoring the problem is the answer, especially when it means giving criminal or terrorist organizations or even backwards "sovereign nations" a blind eye...but much of that responsibility would and should fall on the State Dpt, not US SOF.
I agree here: "frankly, “somebody held captive against his will” should not be that definition."
Ultimately, I do agree that "somebody held captive against his will" should not expect his own personal, and timely, hostage rescue mission.
@HonestBroker247 "The court of public opinion."
Anyone can be an isolationist, but not for long. Figure I'll "pull a @YankeePapa " and mention that the US Government quickly learned that un-involvement doesn't work well, starting, perhaps, with the Barbary Pirates, see "To the Shores of Tripoli" by A.B.C. Whipple. They really "burst our bubble" and if that didn't the war between France and England and the economics/sea trade really hammered the point in.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on When Blood Has Been Spilled, There Is No Going Back
Really like reading on this subject here. Good work! Hearing about the "it's complicated" relationship status of any foreign parliament is a good reminder that we have the same varied groups of people in our Congress with shady backgrounds...only under the guise of two parties.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Greek Election Results In: Pro-Russia, Euro-socialist Party Assumes Control
I read this two days ago but I'm back to say this is the best written explanation of his issue that I've come across. Well done.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Senate Staffers Mishandle Classified CIA Interrogation Reports
"Several American-made military vehicles, including an M1 Abrams tank, M113 armored personnel carriers, Humvees, and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP), as well as Iranian-made Safir 4x4s and technicals (armed pickup trucks) are in the convoy."Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/01/hezbollah_brigades_c.php#ixzz3QBLesbgy
1 month, 3 weeks ago on US resupplying Iraq with Tanks, MRAPs, HMMWVs & more
@YankeePapa Funny I casually mentioned Timbuktu when talking about this subject and realized that a lot of people have never heard about it...Ah well. As to the "orcs" here's a Tolkien reference relevant for ya. "they come with fire, they come with axes, knawing biting breaking hacking burning, destroyers and usurpers curse them."
2 months ago on They’re Still At War (Pt. 1): Mali
@Klynn23 @PeteN @Scott36153 @JHR130 It's not so much as merely taking drugs out of the picture (via "legalization" or more secure borders), but a prime example of how letting something snowball out of hand. It's like a cancer, it continues to grow and spread. When rogue groups get left alone, they implode or grow....which is why groups like ISIS, Boko Haram, Sinaloa, "Knights Templar," or Justin Bieber fans(I have confidence they will implode in a generation) should be taken seriously and addressed.
Once they have control over something, they will not willingly relinquish it and will look for new opportunities to grow money and power.
Give an enemy a foothold or a beachhead and you're in for a bad time.
2 months, 1 week ago on Growing Atomization of Mexican Cartels
I've commented about my SOG multiple times, my SOG Trident w/ tanto blade can always be found near me for the same reasons mentioned in the article. I've bought one at half the list price mentioned and has proven itself as a workhorse that can get dirty and still perform. You'd be able to keep a sharper edge on the emerson....if you don't lose it.
My assist function is shot...which I'm completely fine with...one too many hard falls did that, which allowed me to not have to take it apart to do it manually.
The low pocket carry is great, it also keeps it more secure, if it slows down the "deployment" time. However recently I've been retightening it because it's coming loose and there's a bit of play in it, due to years of use and abuse by myself.
One thing that may strike you when you pick the trident up is the weight. It's quite light for it's size...which is a trade-off that can be good or bad. It's great for thin/lightweight clothing but bottom line emerson is more heavy duty.
If anyone from SOG is reading...a knife with similar specs w/out spring assist but a bit heavier duty blade w/ better liner/lock would make a great product that I'd pay for...
2 months, 1 week ago on Folding Knife Head-to-head: Emerson Commander vs. SOG Trident
Cripes. I'd rather give them to a few tiny and somewhat nervous European countries.
There are reasons you don't give your wallet and keys to a toddler...
2 months, 1 week ago on US resupplying Iraq with Tanks, MRAPs, HMMWVs & more
@HonestBroker247 @KineticFury Late reply, sorry. Once again, I see and somewhat agree. But just as "you don't judge a system by those who abuse it," doesn't mean I disagree with calling her and the Guardian out.
"stone is heavy and and sand a burden but provocation by a fool is heavier than both." I agree there was and yet is a better way to go about responding to West's article, but ultimately I still agree in calling her and the Guardian out.
2 months, 1 week ago on The Guardian and Lindy West Bash American Sniper With Hubris and Self-Admiration
Having a sarcastic moment, bear with me. "ISIS/terrorists who hate free speech are evil! We should do something about it! But not war! Don't commit troops! And don't let volunteers that aren't pretty Kurdish women fight! Something about feminism! We wouldn't want volunteers like a mercenary army, anyone who helps must be a psycho murderer who exploits the system like Lindy West said!"
2 months, 2 weeks ago on British Volunteers in Syria Defamed Over YPG Service
@HonestBroker247 @Kendoist4162 I understand your position and in many cases I'd agree with it. As in, simply ignoring foolish op-ed's, tweets, comments is often the best course of action.
But other times a call for accountability is necessary, in this case regarding the author and publisher. Her article was pathetic in every sense of the word. Sometimes it's good to call out for a higher standard, for the benefit of everyone involved. I am confident you realize that it's not just for "my cause" but for anyone else who may be reading.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Guardian and Lindy West Bash American Sniper With Hubris and Self-Admiration
Saw this from my Senator http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20141210-editorial-honor-and-valor-at-fort-hood.ece
3 months, 1 week ago on Fort Hood Massacre Site Torn Down
@YankeePapa @KineticFury @Frumentarius "Love and a .45, are you need to get through the night..." Chris Knight song
3 months, 2 weeks ago on CIA “Torture” Report: An Honest Debate?
@Recon6 @KineticFury @Frumentarius Every rose has its thorns but not all thorns have a rose....if she has one I don't know about it...
@Recon6 @KineticFury @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) I meant more along the line of reverting to ISIS-type of moral reasoning....
Read a lot of stuff I agree with, a lot I don't agree with, and some I'm not sure about.
Define Your Terms: Of course it must be defined with the word "interrogation" and that is not simply an alternative to torture or CYA legalese. Messing with someone once they are captured and in a cell is different than when the subject is out and about. Otherwise you can make the argument that you "tortured" someone (e.g. Saddam) by roughing him up when he was apprehended. "He hit me- I'm being repressed!" or "I was put until mental strain when they shot bullets past my head in my house" or "I was on the toilet when they broke my door down and now feel humiliated."
The "enhanced interrogation" term is ESSENTIAL if you want any accountability or checks and balances in the system. There must be a way to define and limit what you're doing so you don't stray too far. So keep that in mind.
I agree with @YankeePapa that not all "torture" is defined as permanent physical wounds, but I also agree with @Frumentarius in that not everything done was reckless or baseless "torture."
- The argument that torture doesn't always bring the truth out works both ways. Being nice doesn't always give you the truth.
- Torture can be defined as merely inflicting pain or inflicting pain to get information or confessions
- Timing. what have we here.....Gruber, outgoing officials, small steps of campaign promises coming to fruition (Gitmo), increased negotiations with terrorists (Bergdahl) Hagel, etc. yada yada
- If the elected officials want to call it torture, they must take responsibility for it as well."Yes we approved it." will do even if they are against it now. Otherwise they're essentially paving a future for people in Congress to blackmail people in the intel world from actions Congress authorized the intel world to do.
- I try not to hate people but some like Feinstein don't make it easy
- Maybe some instances where wrong (possibly innocent) guy was punished? Or excessively? I don't know the details of how and when "enhanced" techniques used, but maybe a process to verify needed?
- don't let buzzwords oversimplify things...the truth is usually more complicated.
- saw a quote somewhere today (don't know who) on the subjetc that said "In the intelligence profession, that is called politicization." Which means some people behind the report aren't primarily concerned with the moral aspects of it.
And finally, at least this means it won't have a Manning or Snowden along for the ride.
@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) "The Geneva Accords were written in the attempt to outlaw the very kid of warfare that AQ and other Islamist barbarians are engaging in."
Boom baby! Well said. Not that it implies there should be no moral basis for dealing with others.
@YankeePapa @Ntwa Dumela "designed to generate vastly more heat than light."
Haven't completely agreed with anyone on this thread and subject, but that's a good way to put it.
Great post! Any info that can potentially let the enemy know what to expect can either compromise the mission, cost lives, or "nip it in bud" where the enemy knows how to prepare or increase security so that future missions are deemed to risky or costly.
These "Silence Propaganda posters" would work as well. http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-students/ww2-history/take-a-closer-look/silence-propaganda-posters.html
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Yemen SOF Raid Details Makes US Troops Vulnerable