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  • Army Deletes Tweet About ĎChinks In Armorí After People Cry Racism

    01/31/2015 9:59:44 AM PST · by rktman · 62 replies ^ | 1/30/2015 | Katherine Timpf
    The U.S. Army has deleted a tweet that used the term ďchinksĒ in armor after people freaked out that the same word can be used in a completely different context as a racial slur against people of Chinese descent. ďChinks in special opsí digital and physical armor poses challenges, experts say,Ē the tweet read, followed by a link to a news release about how terroristsí using social media has left a hole ó dare I say, a chink in ó our countryís defenses.
  • Wow: Senior intelligence officer says mission to save James Foley failed because of Obama

    08/21/2014 5:29:24 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 73 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 8/21/2014 | Joshua Riddle
    Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) is a CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer and he says that the rescue operation for American journalist James Foley wasnít successful because President Obama ďdragged his feetĒ. "Thursday morning, Shaffer appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ISIS execution of American journalist James Foley earlier this week. He told me and co-host Brian Wilson that the recently revealed rescue attempt led by Special Forces earlier this summer failed because President Obama was slow to give the go-ahead: Iím hearing from my friends in the Pentagon, they are giving him every single option...
  • US special forces tried to rescue hostages earlier in 2014, officials say

    08/20/2014 3:45:09 PM PDT · by McGruff · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2014
    Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.
  • Breaking: Special Ops Contractors & Former Navy SEALS Deploying to #Ferguson

    08/20/2014 10:06:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/20/14 | Jim Hoft
    Asymmetric Solutions is a Division of Applied Defense Technologies. The St. Louis-based company is staffed by combat experienced SpecOps vets, including: Army Green Berets, Army Delta, Navy SEALs, SEAL 6, and Agency SOF. The company offers a real-world training environment with exceptional instructors on self defense from criminal violence.On Tuesday Assymetric Solutions tweeted out that they were being deployed to Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Blacked out! Details of U.S. drone plans

    03/05/2014 6:03:18 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 5, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Obama administration hiding costs, names of decision-makers from publicA planning document uncovered by WND reveals that the Obama administration is hiding certain details from the public Ė including costs and the names of decision-makers Ė regarding ďspecial projectsĒ governing the federal governmentís global deployment of U.S. and ally drones. The document indicates the government is extending support of unidentified Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCOs, for up to 15 additional months. A break in service also could have affected what was, as of January, the ďimminent releaseĒ of armed MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper surveillance drones to new Foreign Military Sales,...
  • Special Ops Goes Global

    01/21/2014 8:14:01 AM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies ^ | 1-7-2014 | Nick Turse
    America‚Äôs Black-Ops Blackout¬†Unraveling the Secrets of the Military‚Äôs Secret Military¬†By¬†Nick Turse‚ÄúDude, I don‚Äôt need to play these stupid games. I know what you‚Äôre trying to do.‚Ä̬† With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.More than a month before, I had called U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with a series of basic questions: In how many countries were U.S. Special Operations Forces deployed in 2013? Are manpower levels set to expand to 72,000 in 2014?¬† Is SOCOM still aiming for growth rates of 3%-5% per year?¬† How many training exercises did the command carry out in 2013?¬† Basic stuff.And...
  • Navy SEALs ordered to remove Ďdonít tread on meí Navy Jack from uniforms

    11/02/2013 6:57:51 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 76 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/01/2013 | Carl Higbie
    Navy SEALs ordered to remove Ďdonít tread on meí Navy Jack from uniforms 10:44 AM 11/01/2013 Carl Higbie Author, 'Battle on the Home Front' The Navy Jack is the Ďdonít tread on meí flag, one that has earned a revered place in Americaís naval history and a beloved place in sailorís hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of Americaís naval ferocity has spanned our countryís entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to todayís War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction...
  • NBC News Exclusive: How the SEAL Raid on Somalia Went Bad (Obama Sets up SEAL Team 6?)

    10/07/2013 3:32:36 PM PDT · by kristinn · 133 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, October 7, 2013 | Matthew Cole and Jim Miklaszewski
    The team of less than two dozen Navy SEALs from Seal Team 6 huddled in one fast boat and headed toward the Somali shoreline under the cover of darkness in the early hours of Saturday morning. Three more small boats with additional SEALs flanked the assault teamís craft, to provide back-up and assist with the planned extraction of an al Shabaab warlord named Ikrima. According to multiple U.S. military sources, the lead boat landed, and the assault team hit the beach near the Southern Somali town of Barawe, headed for the fortified seaside compound of their target. U.S. intelligence had...
  • Libya demands explanation for 'kidnapping' of citizen by US forces

    10/07/2013 7:19:35 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    The Guar ^ | Sunday 6 October 2013 | hris Stephen in Tripoli, Abdalle Ahmed in Mogadishu and David Smith in Johannesburg
    Demand comes hours after separate failed US military raid on terrorist target in Somalia ibya has demanded an explanation for the "kidnapping" of one of its citizens by American special forces, hours after a separate US military raid on a terrorist target in Somalia ended in apparent failure and retreat. In Tripoli the US army's Delta force seized alleged al-Qaida leader Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Abu Anas al-Liby and wanted for the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 220 people. The New York Times reported that Liby was being...
  • Failed Navy SEALs raid on Somali target could bolster Al Shabab (Today)

    10/06/2013 11:50:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 6, 2013 | Mike Pflanz
    Past US strikes on Al Shabab leaders, even successful ones, have not diminished the group.A commando unit from the US Navyís Seal Team Six launched an amphibious raid on a Somali town, but failed to confirm a capture or kill of their Al Shabab target, suspected to be linked to Nairobiís Westgate mall terror attack. The operation could have opposite its intended result of discouraging further attacks. Analysts warn that even earlier successful targeted strikes against Al Shabab, a Somalia-based Islamist militant group, failed to curb the group's capacity to carry out international terror attacks, and that failed missions could...
  • Extortion 17: Bodies of the 22 slain SEAL Team 6 members cremated without their families permission

    07/30/2013 2:27:13 PM PDT · by Man_Wolf64 · 29 replies
    The D.C. Clothesline ^ | 7/29/13 | Chad Miller
  • U.S.-trained Congolese troops committed rapes and other atrocities, U.N. says

    05/16/2013 11:13:20 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2013 | Craig Whitlock
    A Congolese army battalion that received its formative training from the U.S. military went on to commit mass rapes and other atrocities last year, a U.N. investigation has found. Members of the 391st Commando Battalion, a unit created in 2010 with extensive support from the U.S. government, joined with other Congolese soldiers to rape 97 women and 33 girls as they fled a rebel advance in eastern Congo in November, according to the United Nations. U.S. Special Operations forces had spent eight months training the 750-member battalion in a bid to professionalize Congoís ragtag military, which has a long history...
  • Chuck Todd: 'Very Rational' Not To Have Sent More Special Ops to Benghazi

    05/08/2013 6:36:49 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 74 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 08, 2013 | Mark Finkelstein
    Chuck Todd has defended the Obama admin's decision not to send more special ops to Benghazi. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, NBC News political director Todd claimed that the decision to send only two special ops to Benghazi was "very rational." He also literally laughed off the notion that Benghazi could boil into a major scandal. View the video after the jump.

    05/07/2013 3:59:56 PM PDT · by iontheball · 86 replies
    Save America Foundation ^ | May 7 2013 | Victoria Baer
    NAVY SEAL TEAM VI FAMILIES TO REVEAL GOVERNMENTíS CULPABILITY IN DEATH OF THEIR SONS IN FATAL HELICOPTER CRASH IN AFGHANISTAN FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL RAID ON BIN LADENíS COMPOUND DATE: MAY 9, 2013 PLACE: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB (HOLEMAN LOUNGE) TIME: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM (Washington, D.C.). Three families of Navy SEAL Team 6 special forces servicemen, along with one family of an Army National Guardsman, will appear at a press conference on May 9, 2013, to disclose never before revealed information about how and why their sons along with 26 others died in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011,...
  • U.S. Military in Tripoli Ordered Not to Go to Benghazi

    05/06/2013 11:48:29 AM PDT · by don-o · 56 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 6, 2013 | STEPHEN F. HAYESW
    In the hours that followed, Hicks says, the Libyan military agreed to fly a C-130 from Tripoli to Benghazi in the early morning hours of September 12 ¬Ė a flight that was to include a second team of Special Operations soldiers ¬Ė dispatched from the Libyan capital to join a team sent earlier to Benghazi. But as those reinforcements were leaving for the flight, they were told to stand down. Hicks received the news in an early morning phone call from a top military commander in the region. ¬ďSo Lieutenant Colonel Gibson, who is the SOCAFRICA commander, his team, you...
  • Hundreds of Retired Special Ops Demand Congress Investigate Benghazi

    04/08/2013 7:41:21 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Apr. 8, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Seven hundred plus retired Special Forces veterans have signed an open letter addressed to the U.S. House of Representatives. ďSpecial Operatipons SpeaksĒ is demanding that there be a select committee be formed by Congress to investigate the attack that took place on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. The following is the text of the letter that was sent. You can also sign the petition to demand Congress act on forming this select committee by clicking here. April 8, 2013 To: Members of The U.S. House of Representatives Subject: The Benghazi attacks on 9/11/ 2012 The undersigned are a representative...
  • Special ops veteransí group calls for select probe of Benghazi attack

    04/08/2013 12:00:11 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr. 5 , 2013 | Catherine Herridge
    More than 700 Special Operations veterans are urging members of Congress to back a select committee to investigate last yearís Benghazi terrorist attack, according to a letter first obtained by Fox News. The letter from the group, ďSpecial Operations Speaks,Ē supports the appointment of a special committee tasked with the single mission of investigating the attack that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead, and shut down the CIA operation in an annex of the Benghazi consulate, in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. ďCongress must show some leadership and provide answers to the public as to what actually...
  • Revealed: Marine who 'killed' famous sniper threatened to 'blow his brains out and kill his family

    02/04/2013 5:04:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/4/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police now say that the former marine accused of killing the countryís best sniper and another man at a shooting range now says that he threatened to kill himself and his family back in September and he was hospitalized. A police report from the September 2 incident states they were alerted to the threat when they received a call about 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, who is now in jail on two murder counts for allegedly killing Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. ĎEddie stated he was hurting and that his family does not understand what he has been through,í the police...
  • Commander: Special ops to lose $1 billion

    01/29/2013 8:52:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/13 | Kristina Wong
    The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said Tuesday that his unitís budget would lose $1 billion this year as a result of the defense budget stalemate in Washington. During an annual National Defense Industrial Association conference for special operators, Navy Adm. William McRaven noted that the Defense Department is operating on a continuing resolution, which limits spending to 2012 levels, even as automatic, across-the-board spending cuts called sequestration are set to begin March 1. ďThe continuing resolution Ö in all honesty puts a greater constraint on us than sequester
  • Reports: Israel special forces operating in Syria

    12/28/2012 9:26:27 AM PST · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | December 27, 2012 | Ryan Jones
    Air strike on WMD would require targeting groups to be on ground (Israel Today) Various Western, Arab and Israeli media reports have been claiming for over a month now that Israeli special forces are on the ground in Syria in an effort to keep tabs on its chemical weapons stockpile. Those reports mesh well with news that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited neighboring Jordan this week to discuss with King Abdullah a possible air strike on the bulk of Syriaís weapons of mass destruction. Such an air strike would require targeting groups to be on the ground. On Thursday, Israeli...
  • SOS calls for Investigation To Uncover Potential High Crimes And Misdemeanors In Benghazigate

    11/03/2012 12:38:25 PM PDT · by lward99 · 32 replies
    Special Operations Speaks ^ | 11/3/2012 | SOS
    Today, Special Operations Speaks PAC released the following statement along with a petition demanding an independent investigation into Barack Obamaís administration and its actions that may constitute High Crimes and Misdemeanors by the President, regardless of the outcome of the November 6th Presidential Election. ďIt remains uncertain if the tragedy in Benghazi was caused or compounded by Obamaís reckless inaction, gross negligence, or incompetent leadership,Ē said Joe Stringham, BG, USA (Ret), Special Forces/Ranger and Chairman of Special Operations Speaks PAC. ďWhat is clear is that the deaths of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen...
  • Benghazi Consulate Could Have Used Marines With Bayonets

    10/25/2012 7:21:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 25, 2012
    Scandal: More than six hours after terrorists attacked our consulate, former Navy SEALs manned a blood-soaked machine gun to defend U.S. territory. Meanwhile Apache helicopters sat on the ground in Italy. At 4 a.m. local time on Sept. 11 ó six hours and 20 minutes after the initial attack began ó former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed at the CIA annex not far from the consulate by a mortar shell. The machine gun they were firing was encrusted with blood, an indication they continued to fight after being wounded. During that eternity, Woods and Doherty might...
  • Benghazi Consulate Could Have Used Marines With Bayonets

    10/26/2012 6:38:02 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 26, 2012
    Scandal: More than six hours after terrorists attacked our consulate, former Navy SEALs manned a blood-soaked machine gun to defend U.S. territory. Meanwhile Apache helicopters sat on the ground in Italy. At 4 a.m. local time on Sept. 11 ó six hours and 20 minutes after the initial attack began ó former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed at the CIA annex not far from the consulate by a mortar shell. The machine gun they were firing was encrusted with blood, an indication they continued to fight after being wounded. During that eternity, Woods and Doherty might...

    09/25/2012 5:04:49 PM PDT · by kingattax · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Sep 2012 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former Navy SEALs are speaking out after President Barack Obama referred to recent events in the Middle East, including the deaths of two former Navy SEALs, as "bumps in the road." Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty were providing security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya when it was attacked on 9/11. They were both hailed in the aftermath of the attacks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Both had gone into private security after retiring from the Navy after distinguished careers. Former SEAL and current Montana State Senator Ryan Zinke issued the following statement: The President refuses...
  • It's ADMIRAL McRaven, Mr President! Obama botches rank of top Navy SEAL

    Barack Obama has always been known for his silken words, soaring rhetoric and ability to use language to his advantage. Lately, however, the president seems to be losing command of the details. In a speech at a fundraiser in New York on Wednesday night, he took aim at Todd Akin, the political punch bag du jour on both sides of the political aisle. Read more:
  • Is Brandon Raub a Political Prisoner of the Obama Administration?

    08/23/2012 5:49:29 AM PDT · by lward99 · 73 replies
    US Daily Review ^ | 8/22/12 | Staff
    Is Brandon Raub a political prisoner of the Obama Administration? That is the impression you receive if you talk to members of an organization called Special Operations Speaks. In a press release the group states, ďBrandon Raub, a 26-year-old former Marine who completed tours of Iraq and Afghanistan and lives in Chesterfield, Va., was recently arrested and forcibly committed to a psychiatric facility for mental evaluation by a court based solely on controversial Facebook postings, which took the form of song lyrics, political messages and virtual card games.Ē
  • Special Operations Speaks To Bob Beckel: Say It To My Face

    08/17/2012 12:32:45 PM PDT · by lward99 · 60 replies
    Special Operations Speaks ^ | August 16, 2012 | Larry Bailey, CAPT (SEAL), USN (Ret.),
    Yesterday, Fox Newsí ďThe FiveĒ ran a segment on the military members who are taking action against President Barack Obama and his administration for their deliberate, continuing national-security leaks that are endangering the lives of the military men and women who serve and protect the United States of America. In that segment, liberal smear artist Bob Beckel defended the Obama White Houseís intentional release of highly sensitive and highly classified security information: "The idea to suggest that the President of the United States would leak intelligence information, jeopardizing people in the field is close to treason," Beckel said. ďIf I...
  • President Obama's "Transparency" Applies mainly to National Intelligence.

    08/17/2012 7:21:46 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 16, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Anyone interested in the security of our nation should spend twenty-two minutes watching this You Tube presentation. It's excellent. Inadvertent leaks of sources and methods are bad. They are vile and beneath contempt when for political purposes. The Administration's leaks could have had no non-political purpose.This You Tube video entitled Dishonorable Disclosures takes twenty-two minutes to watch, not counting loading time. As noted on Power Line yesterday, It is dynamite: the production values are excellent, and the message is overpowering. The video is 22 minutes long, but trust me: it is riveting, and goes fast. You should watch the whole...

    08/16/2012 4:19:09 PM PDT · by aknkate · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-15-2012 | unknown
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues that high-level leaks are endangering American lives. Leaders of the group, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc, say it is nonpartisan and unconnected to any political party or presidential campaign. It is registered as a so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to further the common good and its political activities should be secondary.
  • Special Operations Speaks TV Spot: Stop the Leaks

    08/15/2012 3:46:56 PM PDT · by wtd · 4 replies
    Special Operations Speaks TV Spot: Stop the Leaks [Video] Special Operations Speaks is launching a nationwide media blitz Ė TV ads, radio ads, news releases and personal appearances throughout the country Ė to make sure the American people learn the full truth about Barack Obama's war on America's military.
  • Navy SEALS Start 'Swift-Boating' Obama (Video at Link)

    08/15/2012 6:42:26 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 37 replies
    Special ops group attacks Obama over bin Laden bragging, leaks... A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues that high-level leaks are endangering American lives. Leaders of the group, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc, say it is nonpartisan and unconnected to any political party or presidential campaign. It is registered as a so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to further the common good and its...
  • Dishonorable Disclosures-SpecOps movie ad blasts Obama

    08/15/2012 8:10:22 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 28 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8--15-12 | Ret military/intel professionals
    Published on Aug 15, 2012 Movie Ad: Dishonorable Disclosures ÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅIntelligence and Special Operations forces are furious and frustrated at how President Obama and those in positions of authority have exploited their service for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk. The unwarranted and dangerous public disclosure of Special Forces Operations is so serious -- that for the first time ever -- former operators have agreed to risk their reputations and go 'on the...
  • Special Operations Veterans Join Forces to Oppose Obama, Fight Continued Release of Secret Documents

    07/24/2012 4:38:19 PM PDT · by lward99 · 14 replies ^ | July 24, 2012 | Larry Bailey, CAPT (SEAL), USN (Ret.),
    A nationwide group of decorated Special Operations veterans today announced the formation of a political action committee -- Special Operations Speaks PAC-- to oppose the reelection of Barack Obama and mount an aggressive effort to halt the continued divulging of top-secret documents for ďpolitical reasons.Ē In its founding documents, the group says, ďBreaches in OPSEC (Operations Security) by the White House, members of the Cabinet, the press, and the movie industry have, ostensibly for political reasons, divulged to the public details of Special Operations personnel identities, methods, tactics, techniques, and procedures that result in new or improved countermeasures being developed...
  • War reporter directs new film, ĎHorse Soldiers of 9/11′ (trailer-amazing heroes!)

    07/04/2012 5:41:09 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies
    Military Reporter ^ | 4-28-2012 | Isaac Cubillos
    It was the news the world breathlessly waited for immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks: a report of the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan. All at once, the world’s attention focused on an iconic photo of those Special Operations Forces doing something no American military had done in nearly a century: They rode horses into combat. Horse Soldiers of 9/11 Film Trailer Their secret mission: secure northern Afghanistan by advising the warring tribal factions that formed the Northern Alliance. During the 2011 Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, a new monument to these men — and to...
  • India reject reports of US troops on its soil

    03/05/2012 10:26:18 PM PST · by U-238 · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/4/2012 | AFP
    India has denied as "factually incorrect" a report that US special forces were stationed in the country as part of counter-terrorism cooperation. Media reports quoted top Pentagon commander Admiral Robert Willard as telling a Congressional hearing on Thursday that US special forces teams were stationed in five South Asian countries, including India and Sri Lanka. "The report is factually incorrect in so far as the reference to India is concerned," Indian defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said in a statement late on Friday. "US special forces teams have never been stationed in India in the past, nor are such teams...
  • GORDON: Obamaís deadly new PR firm- Whatever happened to SEAL Team 6 being a Ďsecretí weapon?

    01/30/2012 9:23:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/31/12 | J.D. Gordon
    The dramatic rescue of an American aid worker and her Danish colleague in Somalia by Navy commandos was a terrific encore to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan nine months ago. However, all the White House-driven publicity for both events has helped turn the once-secret SEAL Team 6 into a household term, with likely negative consequences. Although SEAL Team 6 and its official successor, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, have been around since the 1980s, their missions always were kept secret to shield their membersí identities and protect operational security. Every president since the teamís founding has...
  • American hostage in Somalia rescued by US Navy SEALs in overnight raid

    01/25/2012 10:27:55 AM PST · by sinanju · 26 replies ^ | today | Jim Miklaszewski
    ...In a statement sent to NBC News and other media, Obama says that he authorized the operation to rescue Buchanan. "Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Special Operations Forces, yesterday Jessica Buchanan was rescued and she is on her way home," he says. "As Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts." Obama, who spoke to Buchanan's father Tuesday night, says she was "selflessly serving her fellow human beings when she was taken hostage by criminals and pirates who showed no regard for...
  • Spec-Ops troops learn to be gumshoes

    01/04/2012 6:35:20 PM PST · by AMitchum · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 3, 2012 | Kimberly Dozier
    A scene of stomach-clenching gore confronted the special operations troops: the shredded remains of a suicide bomber, scattered around the checkpoint. But the blood and body are fake, like the Hollywood-style explosion that began a classroom exercise designed to teach these students to look past the grisly mess for the evidence that could lead to those who built the bomb. Fort Braggís Special Warfare Center shows how the U.S. has turned hunting terror networks into half-science, half-art-form since the al-Qaida attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Forging lessons painfully learned in the decade since into a formal curriculum, the training is...
  • DOD Identifies Service Members Killed In CH-47 Crash

    08/11/2011 9:19:24 AM PDT · by AnyStreetFL · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Department of Defense ^ | 08/11/2011 | DoD
    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 30 servicemembers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed: Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La., Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif., Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark., Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare...
  • Pentagon to Release Names of Service Members Killed in Chinook Crash

    08/10/2011 11:42:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/10/11 | Staff
    After a delay of more than two days, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has "decided to follow the law" and release the names, ranks, hometowns and units of those killed in the Aug. 6 Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Wednesday. The names will be released in the next 24 hours. Panetta "never intended not to release the names," Lapan said, explaining that a delay in their release was the result of a request from military commanders in the Special Operations community who wanted to review the policy of releasing names "because of possible (security) implications
  • 33 Americans Including 25 SEALs Killed

    08/07/2011 7:48:15 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 8 replies ^ | 08-08-11 | stolinsky
    ¬† 33 Americans Including 25 SEALs Killed Every Time History Repeats Itself, the Price Goes Up David C. Stolinsky Aug. 8, 2011 Afghan insurgents shoot down Chinook helicopter with rocket-propelled grenade, killing 30 Americans, including 22 SEALS, some of whom were from SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden. Three more SEALs were killed on the ground, for a total of 33 American dead. ‚ąí News item Some time ago, I was driving my old car. As I pulled out of a parking lot, I heard a terrible screeching noise. Looking under the car, I found...
  • Black Hawk Down ó China Up?

    05/11/2011 4:02:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May , 11, 2011 | Staff
    Secrets: Good news of bin Laden's death may be followed by bad news of Pakistan giving China a peek at our downed helicopter. Will we be threatened by our own technology? They are something out of the latest Batman flick, the modified Black Hawk helicopters that were used in the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound. With a curious hublike housing around the unusually configured rear-rotor, among other things, it was clearly designed to be as quiet and stealthy as possible. When one of the copters clipped a wall in bin Laden's compound, it had to be destroyed, leaving...
  • Inside the raid that killed bin Laden

    05/02/2011 5:39:17 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 107 replies
    fox ^ | 5-2-11 | ap
    WASHINGTON Ė Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen. The location was a fortified compound in an affluent Pakistani town two hours outside Islamabad. The target was Osama bin Laden.
  • Up to 40 illegal aliens employed on Eglin AFB special forces complex

    12/23/2010 6:06:59 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies · 3+ views
    WJHG ^ | Dec 16, 2010 | WJHG
    Fort Walton Beach - Authorities believe that between 30 and 40 illegal aliens were employed in the construction of the 7th Special Forces Complex, but by the time the very thorough 3-month investigation was wrapped up, so was most of the work, and the great majority of the workers were unaccounted for. Fort Walton Beach - Authorities believe that between 30 and 40 illegal aliens were employed in the construction of the 7th Special Forces Complex, but by the time the very thorough 3-month investigation was wrapped up, so was most of the work, and the great majority of the...
  • Secrets in Plain Sight in Censored Bookís Reprint

    09/26/2010 9:45:48 AM PDT · by Fpimentel · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 17, 2010 | SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ The National Security Agency, headquarters for the government‚Äôs eavesdroppers and code breakers, has been located at Fort Meade, Md., for half a century. Its nickname, the Fort, has been familiar for decades to neighbors and government workers alike. Yet that nickname is one of hundreds of supposed secrets Pentagon reviewers blacked out in the new, censored edition of an intelligence officer‚Äôs Afghan war memoir. The Defense Department is buying and destroying the entire uncensored first printing of ‚ÄúOperation Dark Heart,‚ÄĚ by Anthony Shaffer, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, in the...
  • Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoir

    09/25/2010 7:16:24 PM PDT · by Justaham · 55 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | 9-25-10 | Chris Lawrence and Padma Rama
    Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday. "DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham said. In a statement to CNN, Cunningham said defense officials observed the September 20 destruction of about 9,500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer's new memoir "Operation Dark Heart." Shaffer says he was notified Friday about the Pentagon's purchase. "The whole...
  • Bodies From Afghan Chopper Crash Arrive in US (special ops mission)

    09/23/2010 5:11:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    AOL ^ | Sept. 23, 2010
    The bodies of nine American soldiers and sailors killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan two days ago have arrived home to a Delaware air base. -excerpt- Among them was Navy Lt. Brendan John Looney, 29, a 2004 graduate of the Naval Academy, where he was an All-American lacrosse player. Since June 2008, he'd been assigned to a Navy SEAL unit based in Coronado, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported. His comrades considered Looney "a skilled SEAL operator who led and motivated the people around him," the Times quoted a Navy statement as saying. Another Navy man killed was Senior...
  • U.S. Military Has Special Ops ďBoots On the GroundĒ in Mexico [CIA Operative Claims]

    06/13/2010 12:27:21 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 26 replies · 974+ views ^ | June 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Bill Conroy
    Task Force is Embedded with Mexican Troops, CIA Operative Claims A special operations task force under the command of the Pentagon is currently in place south of the border providing advice and training to the Mexican Army in gathering intelligence, infiltrating and, as needed, taking direct action against narco-trafficking organizations, claims a former CIA asset who has a long history in the covert operations theater. The U.S. unit, dubbed Task Force 7, since early 2009 , according to the CIA operative...
  • Imminent Fury Needed (from Inside the Ring)

    06/10/2010 8:48:40 AM PDT · by Slam · 37 replies · 753+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2010 | Bill Gertz
    Full Article Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, recently sent an urgent request to the Pentagon's Joint Staff to speed up deployment of four new light attack aircraft needed by special operations commandos for airstrikes against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. The request was stalled after Congress blocked funds for the classified project, code-named Imminent Fury. "An August 2009 Centcom [request for forces] for four aircraft in support of SOF forces conducting operations against al Qaeda and Taliban senior leadership in Afghanistan was not fulfilled and remains open," Gen. McChrystal stated in a...
  • Petraeus Orders US Spies To Prepare For Anti-Nuclear Strike On Iran

    05/26/2010 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 50 replies · 1,485+ views
    The Times ^ | May 26, 2010 | Giles Whittell and Michael Evans, Washington
    Teams of American special forces have been authorised to conduct spying missions intended to pave the way for a military strike on Iran in case President Obama orders one, US government sources have confirmed. The military units would penetrate Iranian territory to reconnoitre potential nuclear targets and make contact with friendly dissident groups, according to a secret directive written by General David Petraeus. The document's existence was disclosed for the first time yesterday. It authorises an expansion in the use of US special forces throughout the Middle East, US officials said. However, it is the possibility of American troops operating...