” Unwarranted NSA surveillance, the passage of NDAA, stop and frisk programs, and the rise of warrior cops, have essentially turned America into a centralized police state.
Blurring the lines between the U.S. military and local sheriff departments sets a dangerous precedent that erodes freedom and civil liberties.
Those lines are being blurred right now in South Carolina.
According to The State, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will participate in secretive joint exercise Monday and Tuesday with unnamed units from Ft. Bragg.
“ Citizens may see military and departmental vehicles traveling in and around rural and metropolitan areas and may hear ordnance being set off or fired which will be simulated/ blanks and controlled by trained personnel,” a sheriff’s department press release said.
The secretive exercises are off limits to the media, reports The Activist Post.
The implications are serious.”
Tag Archive: Special Forces
” Thirty-two of the world’s best snipers met at Fort Bragg, N.C. to face off in the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Sniper Competition, Dec. 2-6.
A two-man team assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) emerged as this year’s winner. Second place went to a team from 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), with third place going to the Navy SEALs assigned to Naval Special Warfare-East.”
” Taiwanese Special Forces and a select few other military units recently received updated bulletproof armor that includes a ballistic face mask that serves to protect operators from lethal headshots and to reduce fighting effectiveness of opposing forces, seemingly by causing them to immediately curl into the fetal position and cry for their mothers. Check out one of the scariest-looking armies ever after the jump.”
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” This is just a great little story. I can’t imagine how happy this kid was to get a response from Admiral McRaven.
Six-year-old Walker Greentree is a kid in a military family who needed an answer to the age old question, “who is quieter, a ninja or a Navy SEAL?”
He knew exactly who to ask!
From Blue Star Family:
One afternoon while playing with a friend in the yard, the young Greentree was scolded by his mother. ”Be quiet like a SEAL,” said Vivian Greentree. His friend immediately replied — as one would expect from a 7-year old. “Ninjas are quieter than SEALS.” And thus, a monumental argument began. WHO is quieter? Ninjas or SEALS? SEALS or Ninjas?
So in times like these, the younger Greentree wanted to ask the experts. He wrote to Admiral William H. McRaven, a United States Navy admiral, and Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command. He’s a big deal. And what happened next will go down in history and for Walker Greentree, it will be a moment he will never forget.”
See the Admiral’s response here
” Oath Keepers is instructing its 30,000 members nation-wide to form up special teams and sub-teams in each Oath Keepers chapter, at the town and county level, modeled loosely on the Special Forces “A Team” (Operational Detachment A ) model, and for a similar purpose: to be both a potential operational unit for community security and support during crisis, but also, as mission #1, to serve as training and leadership cadre, to assist in organizing neighborhood watches, organizing veterans halls to provide community civil defense, forming County Sheriff Posses, strengthening existing CERT, volunteer fire, search-and-rescue, reserve deputy systems, etc., and eventually to assist in forming and training town and county militias (established by official act of town and county elected representatives). We want our chapters to organize themselves as a working model that we can then take to other veterans organizations, such as the VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, etc. in each town and help them establish such teams within their already existing veterans halls. And likewise, to serve as a model and training cadre to help churches, neighborhood watches, and any other civic organization organize.”
Read The Whole Thing At Oath Keepers
” Gunman attacked the city’s Special Forces headquarters and other security buildings in this increasingly restive city Saturday in what some residents suspected was a retaliatory response to an assault a week ago that killed 32 and shut down the nation’s largest militia.
The latest attack fueled concerns of a further deteriorating security situation in this already volatile city, Libya’s second largest. The interim head of the Libyan army, Salem al-Konidi warned of a potential “bloodbath” that could emerge here.
The attacks began around 3 a.m. local time when gunfire could be heard outside places such as the nation’s Army Special Forces headquarters. The mob then moved to a police building and at least three other security outposts, before fighting ended around 6 a.m. According to estimates by one Special Forces official, five soldiers and four gunmen were killed and another four people were injured.
Suspicion fell on members of the Libyan Shields, a militia group set up and funded by the government to buttress the nation’s nascent government forces.”
”President Peace Prize®” ‘s successful winning liberation streak continues . Is this a harbinger of things to come in Syria ? His “Arab Spring” is leaving a lot to be desired .
- Gunmen attack Libyan posts in Benghazi (stripes.com)
” “They’re a service in search of mission,” said Gordon Adams, an American University professor and defense budget expert.
Because of this lack of mission and ongoing budget pressures, the Marines are becoming an endangered branch. In the age of DOD austerity, they represent low-hanging fruit that could easily be picked from the Pentagon’s tree.
The Marines’ small budget and relatively small force size might seem like an advantage. They are in the process of scaling down their forces from a peak of 202,100 to 182,100 by 2017 – a drawdown that was quietly announced last year. Their $19.1 billion budget is also considered tiny compared to other Pentagon programs.
In this case, small size and budget are working to the Marines disadvantage. They’re not “too big to fail,” and their moribund mission is reflected in a force that hasn’t performed amphibious assaults for 73 years.
This problem became acute during the Afghan war. The Army was conducting the majority of the ground offensives, and Special Forces were performing many of the high-risk missions once performed by Marines. The other military branches were marginalizing them while illustrating just how outdated their core competency had become.”
Update : A well-informed reader offers us a brief history lesson on a previous attempt on the government’s part to mothball the oldest branch of the US military , the USMC …
” History repeats itself stutters again. Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, who served during the Truman presidency from March 28, 1949 until September 19, 1950, focused on cutting defense spending “to the bone and through the bone” as well as on unifying the military services. It was evident that the Marines, “unnecessary” because we had an Army, would have to go.
Then, when North Korea (greatly assisted by Russia) invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, it quickly became evident that garrison troops from General MacArthur’s Japan and ROK forces in Korea were incapable of holding them. The ROK forces and the few American forces in Korea were forced south and it became necessary to hold the Pusan Perimeter lest they be driven quickly into the sea. Army troops, sent from the U.S. and whereever else available, often disembarked at Pusan with their rifies unloaded, not zeroed and still packed in cosmoline. Their crew served weapons were frequently in comparable condition.
Things were a mess and it was obvious almost immediately that it would be necessary for a horribly shrunken U.S. Marine Corps to call up the reserves to help salvage the situation. The Marines, including many from the reserves,played a significant role in General MacArthur’s September 15, 1950 amphibious invasion at Inchon.
Not oddly, the talk of diminishing/eliminating the Marine Corps became silent when their necessary role, as well as what would likely have happened if they had been disbanded, became obvious.”
Many thanks to danmillerinpanama
” There is a disaster coming and you have a decision to make: Is it better to live like a rat in a hole (a bunker) or to network with your neighbors and organize your local area of operation? Sure, it’s a loaded question but it brings up an interesting point: That even the lone wolf can’t survive long by himself. We are social pack animals by nature and the stronger we make our local “pack” the better our chances of survival.
I’d rather have a local neighborhood of 400 organized, motivated individuals defending an area and watching each other’s back than to go it alone in a ten foot corrugated pipe buried in the middle of nowhere. And if we agree on this point, then it makes perfect sense to look at the Green Berets for inspiration.
The Green Berets are the U.S. Special Forces elite commandos who get dropped behind enemy lines and are tasked with organizing the local or indigenous population toward a specific goal. They are smart, motivated and trained in tactics that make them extreme force multipliers. This should be your goal as a prepper, because surviving alone is too big of a job. The days of “Liver Eatin’” Johnson, where a mountain man could live in the back country for years at a time, wasn’t even a high survivability endeavor back in the 1800′s. The odds that one man or even a small family can, “face it alone” are very slim. Sure, you might get lucky and pull it off, but personally I prefer to play the odds. And if we look at history, the odds on survival as part of a community are much greater than going it alone– which is why communities formed in the first place.
In a disaster scenario where there is No Rule Of Law (sidenote: See NutNFancy’s excellent Youtube video on WROL: Without Rule Of Law) there will be a power vacuum. People will be scared and afraid and this is where we as preppers need to be ready to step up and provide leadership. People will only huddle in their homes for so long and if an organizational structure isn’t set up quickly to utilize your neighborhood’s strengths and resources, then you may lose them forever.”
- Over 1000 Green Berets Sign Letter Supporting Second Amendment (conservativeread.com)
- DOD retracts statement that it gave Yale $1.8M for Green Beret training (stripes.com)
- ‘Horse soldier’ statue dedicated near Ground Zero (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- Standing Up for Our Rights: 1100 Green Berets Sign Letter in Full Support of 2nd Amendment (theintelhub.com)
” We aren’t going to give this a big intro as the content speaks for itself. 1100 Green Berets have signed the following letter. The effort was started by long time forum members at ProfessionalSoldiers.com. You can read the full post here. Full letter text below (yes, it’s long, read it anyway).
Thank you for your service and your commitment to uphold the Constitution of the United States.”
Here is an excerpt , read the whole thing .
” Protecting the Second Amendment – Why all Americans Should Be Concerned
We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.…” The Constitution of the United States is without a doubt the single greatest document in the history of mankind, codifying the fundamental principle of governmental power and authority being derived from and granted through the consent of the governed. Our Constitution established a system of governance that preserves, protects, and holds sacrosanct the individual rights and primacy of the governed as well as providing for the explicit protection of the governed from governmental tyranny and/or oppression. We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world. We and our forebears have embodied and personified our organizational motto, De Oppresso Liber [To Free the Oppressed], for more than a half century as we have fought, shed blood, and died in the pursuit of freedom for the oppressed.”
- A Letter From The Special Forces Community Concerning The Second Amendment (calvinistview.com)
- Feeling Oppressed by Tyrants? Let’s take a look at this thought. (barndog2.newsvine.com)
- A View from Inside a Turret and Under a Green Beret (offthebase.wordpress.com)
- Re: A Letter From The Special Forces Community Concerning The Second Amendment (forum.prisonplanet.com)
- Sheriff Alan Botzheim’s Open Letter to the Citizens of Pend Oreille County Regarding 2nd Amendment (khq.com)
- Action Alert – 2nd Amendment Resolution for Franklin County, NC (ncrenegade.com)
- 50 Years Ago: JFK Authorized Special Forces to Wear the Green Beret (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
” JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. – The most combat-decorated Air Force unit since the end of the Vietnam War named more heroes Jan. 23-24 during medal presentation ceremonies at Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The 24th Special Operations Wing gained one Silver Star, six Bronze Star medals with Valor, and seven Bronze Star medals when airmen from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron were recognized with the nation’s third and fourth highest combat decorations.
Like many, the airmen’s willingness to serve at the tip of the spear, directly going into harm’s way to attack the enemy time after time, represents the best of America,” said Col. Robert Armfield, commander of the 24th SOW. “We are proud to see their sacrifice recognized. It gives us a chance to pause for just a moment to thank these special operators and, more importantly, to recognize their families, who bear the burden of this relentless mission.”
During the ceremony, Staff Sgt. Adam Krueger was awarded the Silver Star, the third highest combat military decoration in the United States, for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations.
While on a foot patrol, his team was ambushed by an entrenched enemy less than 10 meters from the friendly position. The Army Special Forces team was immediately pinned down and then Senior Airman Krueger directed an F-15 strafing run within meters of his position to allow the friendly patrol to fight their way into a compound and establish a strong point.
“He took care of us on that day,” said one of Krueger’s Special Forces teammates, who attended the ceremony. “
- Awards offer rare peek into the actions of Oregon’s 125th in Afghanistan (oregonlive.com)
- Ceremony honors six Oregon airmen (dvidshub.net)
- Local airman awarded for bravery (wpri.com)
In the description it says ST6. Could these have been the guys that all went after bin laden? The faces that are shown are Seals that died in Action in Afghanistan. Description: Naval Special Warfare Development Group (ST6) — Black Squadron (reconnaissance/snipers) Gold Squadron — Blue Squadron (meritime boat teams) Red Squadron
Sad To Think Of The Uncovered Faces As Soldiers Gone From This Earth .
Thank You And May God Rest Your Souls .
- The Secret Unit That Killed Bin Laden (history.com)
- Navy SEAL based in Va. Beach killed in Afghanistan (wtkr.com)
- Read 1st-hand account of killing bin Laden (wnd.com)
- Navy SEALs from Bin Laden kill unit spanked for video game work (go.theregister.com)
- Navy SEAL from Northern California killed in Afghanistan (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- The Secret Unit That Killed Bin Laden (history.com)
- The Army Will Be a Challenge for Obama’s Defense Spending Cuts (usnews.com)
A stirring tribute to an incredible man from The Founders Blog . Read the whole thing and rejoice that America creates such men .
” As the medevac chopper landed the wounded were examined one by one. Staff Sergeant Benavidez could only hear what was going on around him. He had over thirty seven puncture wounds. His intestines were exposed. He could not see as his eyes were caked in blood and unable to open. Neither could he speak, his jaw broken, clubbed by a North Vietnamese rifle. But he knew what was happening, and it was the scariest moment of his life, even more so than the earlier events of the day. He lay in a body bag, bathed in his own blood. Jerry Cottingham, a friend screamed “That’s Benavidez. Get a doc”. When the doctor arrived he placed his hand on Roy’s chest to feel for a heartbeat. He pronounced him dead. The physician shook his head. “There’s nothing I can do for him.” As the doctor bent over to zip up the body bag. Benavidez did the only thing he could think of to let the doctor know that he was alive. He spit in the doctor’s face. The surprised doctor reversed Roy’s condition from dead to “He won’t make it, but we’ll try”.
The 32-year-old son of a Texas sharecropper had just performed for six hours one of the most remarkable feats of the Vietnam War. Benavidez, part Yaqui Indian and part Mexican, was a seventh-grade dropout and an orphan who grew up taunted by the term “dumb Mexican.” But, as Ronald Reagan noted, if the story of what he accomplished was made into a movie, no one would believe it really happened.
Roy Benavidez’s ordeal began at Loc Ninh, a Green Beret outpost near the Cambodian border. It was 1:30 p.m., May 2, 1968. A chaplain was holding a prayer service around a jeep for the sergeant and several other soldiers. Suddenly, shouts rang out from a nearby short-wave radio. “Get us out of here!” someone screamed. “For God’s sake, get us out!” “
” This Halloween, today and tomorrow, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marines and Navy special forces will be joining other soldiers, police officers and firefighters off the coast of San Francisco to prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. That’s the official name of this year’s Halo Corp-hosted counterterrorism summit, and reflects the gory nature of the training exercise.
“This is a very real exercise; this is not some type of big costume party,” said Brad Barker, president of Halo Corp, to the Associate Press. Halo will be holding the Oct. 31 training demonstration at a 44-acre Paradise Point Resort island near San Diego. “Everything that will be simulated at this event has already happened, it just hasn’t happened all at once on the same night. But the training is very real, it just happens to be the bad guys we’re having a little fun with.”
Halo is following in the footsteps of the CDC and many local agencies involved in preparation and awareness. The undead are a perfect existential threat because there are no rules when it comes to an outbreak. Because it’s all made up. ”