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Don't always need a Snowden to learn something and think….WTF @$$holes!

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/undocumented-ios-functions-allow-monitoring-of-personal-data-expert-says/

Apple has endowed iPhones with undocumented functions that allow unauthorized people in privileged positions to wirelessly connect and harvest pictures, text messages, and other sensitive data without entering a password or PIN, a forensic scientist warned over the weekend.

9 hours, 43 minutes ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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@LawyerHandle Pierre Omidyar paid 250 million dollars to have access to the whole cache, by bankrolling Greenwald's venture. 

Pierre owns 10% of Ebay, so if anyone knows how or knows people who know how to lockbox that cache, I'm thinking it's him (or do something more interesting with it, frankly). 

A venture that I believe Jeremy Scahill joined. The list get's longer. 

If the above article is relaying authentic information. 

http://www.omidyargroup.com/firstlookmedia/veteran-journalists-joins-the-team/#.U9EHJaVeTwI

It's interesting that people are focused on nation states, etc. But the NSA cache has to deal with various uses of technology. A cache that one of the most wealthy and most immoral (if you believe some) internet billionaires now has possession of, is being virtually ignored. 


I'm around, practicing Capitalism mostly. ;)

22 hours, 1 minute ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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My understanding is that Snowden is no longer in possession of the cache of materials taken from the NSA. They are in the possession of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Pierre Omidyar. 

Is that understanding incorrect? 

Are they going to be on this hit list, too?

http://pando.com/2013/11/27/keeping-secrets/

1 day ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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So will this affect his second book coming out in November? Any word on whether that one went through any vetting? 

5 days, 10 hours ago on NCIS Investigation Of “No Easy Day” Author Creates Further Rift Among SEAL Community

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Great heads up. I hope you post updates via comments or in the blog post itself. 

1 week ago on Malaysia Airlines Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine

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Great and touching post. 

1 week, 6 days ago on A Green Beret’s Story Of “Daddy Dragon”

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Best one you have written Blake and one of the best I've read on SOFREP. 

2 weeks ago on Winning Hearts and Minds In Iraq

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high-level VAC official told him, “it’s easier for US when soldiers come back in boxes.”

There is your answer. 

Thank you for the heads up about this sh*t show. 

+1 for having an interest in philosophy as well! 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Canadian Government Has No Obligation To Its Veterans

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Another great article, Peter. Keep writing, I'll keep reading. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on A New Caliphate?

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@JohnChristopher1 Calling for the Rapoport Rules on a comment thread? ;)

3 weeks, 4 days ago on An Army Green Beret’s Open Letter to Glenn Beck On Iraq

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Thank you for putting out your views. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on An Army Green Beret’s Open Letter to Glenn Beck On Iraq

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Thank you for these updates and insights. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Strong Horse: Al Nusra and ISIS Reconciled? Not Exactly

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Does anyone have any informed opinion on the effectiveness of Unit 3800 of Hezbollah in contrast to the effectiveness of Coalition SOF forces in Iraq, before the departure of US forces, and going forward with the introduction of Special Forces back into Iraq currently?


http://www.businessinsider.com/iran-will-use-hezbollah-to-fight-iraqi-sunnis-2014-6

4 weeks ago on ISIS Strategy In Iraq: The Dark Side of Unconventional Warfare

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The moral of the story is don’t lie, don’t claim things you never did, and most importantly Hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned.

There it is. 

1 month ago on Special Forces Stolen Valor Exposed: Tom Heben

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Beautiful dog, congrats! Putting money in the Piggy Bank for one of my own in a couple of years. 

Can't wait for Mike to post new videos. 

Cheers and Respect!

1 month ago on The Belgian Malinois SEAL Dog

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@ArcticWarrior @LawyerHandle Enjoyed reading these exchanges, learnt sumtin. :)

1 month ago on Delta Snatch and Grab Operation in Libya

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@ArcticWarrior @Jaycel Adkins Understood. The two sides you point out make sense to me. 

It's sobering to think the Muslim world could just now be entering what the Christian West entered nearly 15 centuries after it's founding. The Muslims are just a century early. 

At that time, from 1560 to 1715, Europe experienced only 30 years of peace. 

Catholics vs. Protestants. Sunnis vs. Shiites. 

Perhaps it's a bad analogy, but where my head is at, looking at this sh*t show. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Putting Emotions In Check Over The Current Fiasco In Iraq

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Great post, thank you. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Other Dimensions of the ISIS Offensive

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@ArcticWarrior @Jaycel Adkins It looks like sectarianism is the guiding principle for each group in Iraq, rather than the idea of a cohesive and united Iraqi state. 

If a critical mass in each group feels that way, I don't see the path that United States takes via military action that changes that fundamental equation. 

Military action at best hits the pause button, in hopes for a breakthrough...at a later date?

Is the 'minimal effort' just akin to mowing the lawn, while waiting for the seasons to change? 

If we destroy ISIS, does that change the underlying dynamic? Or will someone else just rise up in their place? 

Thank you for the reply. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Putting Emotions In Check Over The Current Fiasco In Iraq

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Looking forward to rest of series. 

1 month, 1 week ago on India’s Secret Wars Part 1: Pakistan, Sikhs and Corruption

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@ArcticWarrior @Jaycel Adkins @majrod I just wonder, if we cannot make a decisive difference in the outcome, what is the justification for action in the first place? 


After thousands of American deaths, tens of thousands of American wounded, millions of man-hours of training, and billions (if not trillions) of dollars spent....we got this. 


I don't see the path where a more modest effort than previous, leads to a better outcome when what we got. 


You can't make a people, be what they are not. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Putting Emotions In Check Over The Current Fiasco In Iraq

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@majrod What are those things, 'we can do?'

1 month, 1 week ago on Putting Emotions In Check Over The Current Fiasco In Iraq

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 Payback is a bitch and if your country falls to complete chaos after we spent so much blood, sweat, and tears and money, then screw you. You and your countrymen obviously didn’t do enough to ensure your country’s success after we left and gave you so much.


This. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Putting Emotions In Check Over The Current Fiasco In Iraq

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Interesting read. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on AWOL or Desertion: No Room For Relativism and Sophistry

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@SandraH Googling GoT is a Spoiler-rich environment! 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bergdahl Guilty of Absence Without Leave (AWOL) Under The UCMJ Article 86

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 Theon found himself wondering if he should say a prayer. Will the old gods hear me if I do? They were not his gods, had never been his gods. He was ironborn, a son of Pyke, his god was the Drowned God of the islands … but Winterfell was long leagues from the sea. It had been a lifetime since any god had heard him. He did not know who he was, or what he was, why he was still alive, why he had ever been born.

“Theon,” a voice seemed to whisper. His head snapped up. “Who said that?” All he could see were the trees and the fog that covered them. The voice had been as faint as rustling leaves, as cold as hate. A god’s voice, or a ghost’s. How many died the day that he took Winterfell? How many more the day he lost it? The day that Theon Greyjoy died, to be reborn as Reek. Reek, Reek, it rhymes with shriek.


- George RR Martin (Taken from Wiki of Ice and Fire)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bergdahl Guilty of Absence Without Leave (AWOL) Under The UCMJ Article 86

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Great post, @BrandonWebb . Been following this guy from Perfect Storm till now, always been willing to go places and see for himself, rather than take the talking points of others. 


Awesome!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Interview With Sebastian Junger & His New Film “Korengal”

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@TexGrl @Txazz @LawyerHandle Love the phrase 'fact pattern.' 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on SOF Too Valuable to Risk Rescuing Deserter Bergdahl?

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Banking off of CIA involvement in this series of events, any chance someone on SOFREP is going to check out Jack Devine's 'Good Hunting?' 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Exclusive: The Capture and Rescue of Bowe Bergdahl

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Cool to read his thoughts on current situation with SOF, nice one. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Dalton Fury’s New Release “Full Assault Mode” With Exclusive SOFREP Interview

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Great post. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 6 Tips to Succeed in Special Operations

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Great post. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Sheep, Wolf, or Sheepdog? How About None of the Above?

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@nvr_srrndr @Jaycel Adkins  Doesn't the value of those dollar holdings turn to ash if the PRC dumps them? I mean....if they become worthless...who exactly is going to buy them from the PRC? What effect would having a couple of trillion dollars in reserves turn into useless paper have on the PRC economy? 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on How China Would Wage War in the Pacific

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Interesting article, but I would like to hear about what the real costs to the PRC would be in the 'Day After' of any such military confrontation, whether successful or not: 

1. Will a military strike against Taiwan lead surrounding nations further into the embrace of the United States by necessity? South Korea or Japan becoming vassal states to the PRC via intimidation seems culturally unlikely barring outright military defeat and occupation. Is that an incorrect assumption? 

2. What effect would a PRC first strike (non-nuclear, of course) on US military assets have on the PRC ability to restart economic growth (if a stalled economy is the cause of a Wag the Dog scenario) given it has started a war against it's major trading partner and the country that controls the world's economic system at the structural level. Does starting a war with the country whose currency makes up the majority of your foreign exchange reserves make economic and even medium to long term political sense? 

3. As stated in this article, the PRC has regional interest and military capabilities, but the US has global capabilities. The PRC is a producing economy, not a consumer economy. If no one is willing or perhaps able to purchase their products, wouldn't any military victory against US forces near the PRC be a short-lived solution to a medium to long term problem. 

Granted, the US Response to any such scenario was not within the scope of the article's title, but a further development of this scenario must include it. 

If the above three points have some legitimacy and strength (I am no way an expert on this issue), wouldn't any PRC War waged in the Pacific, even if won, necessarily be a Pyrrhic victory. 

Really enjoy these strategic based articles that appear on SOFREP, be it about the PRC or about the Arctic. Good Stuff!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on How China Would Wage War in the Pacific

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The link above is to an EoTech on Amazon.com via FighterSweep.com? 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Episode 90 – Lieutenant Colonel Allen West

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@ChadHowse  Great post and comment. Too many people take the tactic of making the 'Perfect the enemy of the Good, to justify doing nothing. There are many cultures and groups from the past until now that have insights in how to live the best life possible. It's up to people using their own judgment (if they have any) to discern what works and what doesn't. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Viking Manhood Lessons

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Awesome stuff, Much Respect!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Sniper Video: Amanda Furrer and Nick Irving at 1,100 Yards

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@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Jaycel Adkins  I have poisoned the well of any 'reasonable discourse' by calling people who plot to use their fellow Americans as human shields to die as 'martyrs' in a hail of bullets fired from the Feds. douche bags?

If you are their champion, be my guest. 

I call them douche bags. Another poster (apologies!) on this thread referred to the ring leader as a snake oil's salesman and a racist. But I am sure your consternation will stay directed at me, and whatever beliefs I may or  may not have, depending on how closely I adhere to whatever figment of your imagination your mind entertains at whatever moment it is in when you sit down before your computer. 

For someone who wants to remain 'on topic' to go and bring up Bill Clinton, Code Pink, Ted Kennedy, and something that happened decades and decades ago a thousand miles away...well...I was hoping for hilarity and I have gotten it. 

You call me a troll for taking the thread off topic, while you take a UFO to the far reaches of space. 

;)

3 months ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

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@ArcticWarrior @Jaycel Adkins  I'm not as old I had thought, at least not as affected. :)

3 months ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

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@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Jaycel Adkins  edit: I said 'big picture' first. So there. ;)

3 months ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

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@Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins  No worries, R6, much respect to you. It's a bit baffling to hear a former LEO state his plan so forthrightly. Gives you pause as to how far some people are gone. 

Apparently this news is a bit off script for some, but whatever.

:)

3 months ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

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@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Jaycel Adkins  Actually it's an example of me 'broadening my perspective' since I wasn't aware of the history of the agent. Just the story of the sheriff who planned on using American citizens (women) as propaganda via getting blown away by 'rogue federal officers.)

I wasn't aware me giving some context of my previous views was trolling. 

Feel free to connect my views on Women in Combat (which I am against) with my views on Human Shields (which I am also against)...oops...did it for you. 

Are you the only one allowed to talk about, as you say, 'the big picture?' Should we start talking about, as you say, 'the Lefties?' 

Should we start talking about ,as you say, 'equalities of the sexes?' 

How about as you say, 'rednecks?' 

Are you going to come back with 'But you started it first!' 

Please. 

Another nugget of insight into me, If you plan on using American Citizens as Human Shields to score a propaganda victory on the news, you are a...wait for it....

A Douche Bag. 

As for the agents, I think I have expressed my views on the militarization of LEO, a number of times in the shout box . Ask Clluelo. 

3 months ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

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@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Jaycel Adkins  If I was someone who 'trolled' SOFREP I think Charlie, Jack, or Brandon would have rightfully kicked me out a long time ago and I wouldn't been given the opportunity to curate the Reading Group in the Team Room for 12 months. Somehow, looking at this thread between us, I don't see where I start the trolling. But I do see where you do. 

I don't expect you to have a PhD on me, cause I most certainly do not have a PhD on you. 

But per your reply to my original post: I agreed with ArticWarrior (I believe) analogy from several months ago comparing women being allowed in combat roles to women being allowed in compete against men in the Olympics, i.e. I don't agree with it. But I did one time wonder what type of training pre-enlistment a woman could do, if she wanted to give it a try, i.e. MilitaryAthlete/GymJones. 

Further, I came to SOFREP to learn and broaden my perspective. Not to engage in endless rounds of confirmation bias. 

I know it might be frustrating to figure out what my positions on certain issues might be, I am sympathetic that it's not as easy as looking at the Headlines of HuffingtonPost or xoJane. 

Just have to ask and not assume.*

I think it's amusing that you think I would shrink from any type of conversation with you. The Kraken stuff hasn't ever impressed me. At least not as much as I think it impresses you. ;)

*Per second amendment, I believe that people have a right to defend themselves with firearms, but I find the idea that the NFA or AWB lead to the instituting of a Fascist State run by Liberal Professors and Federal Goons unsupported by the facts. I mean....were the 90s a Fascist era? Has the NFA prevented people from rising up to 'take their government back?' Has the need arose? I think the problem with school shooting is primarily a mental health one not a gun control one, but I think arming teachers is a bad policy, cause....I think teachers should spend their time teaching....crazy, I know. 

Is there too much gray in there for your liking? 

:)

3 months ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

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@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Jaycel Adkins  LOL...I don't recall me ever saying that women should be in front line combat jobs, not that it would matter to you. Since you like to argue with figments of your imagination of what I think, rather than what I actually do. 

Why do the work of finding that out, when arguing with ghosts is so much more fun. Mental equivalent of eating potato chips, looking forward to you helping yourself to more than just one. 

Like I said, missing the big picture, but keep trying, I'm bored and looking for a laugh.

3 months ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

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@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Jaycel Adkins  Still missing the bigger picture I see. :)

3 months ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

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If the guy with the same name, who is in 7th Group isn't this guy, then that guy is screwed just like Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto is screwed because he isn't THE Satoshi Nakamoto. Same name does not equal same person. 


I thought the rancher side were douche bags, at least the former Sheriff was, with his 'brilliant' propaganda plan to have all the women pushed up from to be slaughtered by the Feds. Nice to see the douche baggery is being equally distributed in the deserts of the SW. 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/04/14/former-arizona-sheriff-reveals-chilling-strategy-to-put-women-up-at-the-front-during-bundy-ranch-standoff/

3 months ago on Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

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@flagg @Jaycel Adkins @CL0VR  mental resilience and reactions to high stress are biological mechanisms. By definition, if you can manipulate the underlying biology, you can improve mental resilience or reactions to high stress. 

You are giving guys a bigger capacity. 

You can argue that we will never be sufficiently sophisticated in our understanding of the underlying processes to make those enhancements, but to say that these enchantments are ipso facto preluded is faulty logic. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Gene-Doping and the Birth of the Super-Operator

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@HonestBroker247 @majrod  Anyone who 'Praises Odin' without being at least a slightly ironic, belongs on a few lists. 

3 months, 1 week ago on The Kathleen Belew Veteran Stereotype

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