Blurred Lines: Soldiers versus Police

Bumped. The recent paramilitary activity in Nevada seems to be confusing people as to what legal, armed protest against a predatory force wearing LEO uniforms looks like. In an earlier post, there was a too-brief discussion on the on-going blending of US military and the police forces of our governments from Federal to municipal. With many Reservists and Guardsmen and women serving in the police, their skills and knowledge of the green blend almost seamlessly with the blue. However efficient that relationship is, Americans have an inborn fear of using the Army to police the People. Likewise, while Americans understand […]

“Power” to the People??

Not if we don’t secure the damn grid. “El Magnifico” (who works in the critical infrastructure realm) tossed this my way with the comment, “You think the Russians and the Chinese already know about this? Or maybe al Qaeda? We’re one major event away from being sent back to the 19th Century!” Crain, the owner of a small tech firm in Raleigh, N.C., along with a research partner, found penetrating transmission systems used by dozens of utilities to be startlingly easy. After they shared their discovery with beleaguered utility security officials, the Homeland Security Department began sending alerts to power […]

Happy New Year

We shall see what it has in store. I’m betting, very little good. Oh, and as for 2013, did anyone take a good look at this? When U.S. officials warn about “attacks” on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid–from attackers who come in with guns blazing. Around 1:00 AM on April 16, […]

Gun-Day Sunday: Greg Ellifritz Looks at the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

This is not a pretty subject, but Greg Ellifritz of Active Response training (you’ll remember my AAR from his tac med course) highlights some of the major points from the official report. Here are my questions– How well secured is your children’s school? What is your school system’s SOP? How do your local boys in blue (or brown) plan to respond? And are they even remotely capable of doing such a thing? Does their union have a position? Are any teachers or staff permitted to carry discreetly? All good questions to ask, in open, public forums if necessary. No need […]

“Navy Yard Dropped Its Guard”

Yesterday, while the attack at the Navy Yard was underway, the DOD IG released a report on access control at that facility. Not pretty: The Navy “did not effectively mitigate access-control risks associated with contractor-installation access” at Navy Yard and other Navy installations, the report by the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office says. Parts of the audit were read to TIME by a federal official with access to the document. The risks resulted from an attempt by Navy officials “to reduce access-control costs,” the report finds. There’s a link to the report, at the bottom of the article, under […]

Who are ‘Domestic Enemies?’

Thank you to Mike_Burke and Slater for your “Food for Thought” post and comments. Dear Reader, if you are just joining us, please visit Slater’s post first. Then go here, courtesy of Mike_Burke for a history on the Oaths of Enlistment and of Office which gives us the term domestic enemies. The requirement for the oath with those words traces to the US Constitution, Section 8: 12-16 & 18. The Constitution is not too helpful in providing a definition. Article IV, Section 2 mentions a person charged with treason once, in context of the States’ responsibilities for extradition; and Section 4 […]

What Is SOCOM Thinking?

Me thinks perhaps Special Operations Command is getting too big for its britches.  I can understand the need to broadcast over foreign AM and FM stations but domestically I have real problems with this.  See story in the Tampa Tribune.

“Police State Too Much?”

OUTSTANDING. A true Son of Liberty. John Stark would be proud, Colonel. (URR– am I right in remembering him from 1/25 years ago?) MORE, PLEASE.

The Essential Fragility of Civilization

As a former targeteer, I was always surprised how essentially fragile civilization is. Remove a link or three, and the target country is left blind, deaf, uncommunicative, and leaderless. Do this here, and America enters a state of barbarism until pre-computer technology reasserts itself.

Good Riddance

And long overdue.