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.

Back in the Former United States of America…

URR comments on the State Prosecutor’s opinion on drone strikes here in the Homeland. I am sure Marty Dempsey will eagerly crumple up that pesky old Constitution to please his masters.   Wouldn’t be the first time. And what say you?

Two Thousand Seven Hundred MRAPS

Now belong to DHS. Bought from the Army, apparently surplus. Why, may I ask? If the Border Patrol were using them to track and run down illegals crossing the border, like Koevoet fighting groups did to SWAPO infiltrators in what used to be South-West Africa, well, that’d be one thing. And I’d applaud it. But I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what DHS is doing with two thousand seven hundred mine-resistant ambush-protected carriers. Anybody?

The Connecticut Shooting and the National Gun Control Debate

MajW suggested we open up a thread, forthright and decidedly non-hysterical, about yesterday’s criminal massacre in Connecticut and the national gun control debate. MMM points to this Twitchy feed about the immediate calls from gun control advocates for more, more, more. My local news this morning included a mention of “new calls for gun control” or something like that with every story: a steady drumbeat. Yes, some people and some organizations certainly are calling for more gun control; they are well known and their reactions are not unexpected. Don’t think for a minute that the so-called mainstream media, being solidly […]

No Addition to Our Security, No Good for Liberty

GET. RID. OF. THEM. They’re supposed to be “one of the centerpieces of our counterterrorism strategy,” according to Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In practice, not so much. The Senate’s bipartisan Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found no evidence that DHS’ 70-plus fusion centers — places where state, local and federal law enforcement analyze and share information – uncovered a single terrorist threat between April 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010. Terrorism is thankfully rare within the United States. But during that time, the FBI discovered would-be New York subway attacker Najibullah Zazi; U.S. Army Major Nidal […]

Stray Voltage

I am really going to piss some people off with my comments today; so be it! It appears that Congress has knuckled under to the most ruthless lobbying organization in our nation, the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and are going to approve a provision that the Chief of the National Guard Bureau become a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  A lesser known provision calls for the Army and Air Force to appoint National Guard Officers as the Commander of Army North and Air Force North; both of which are currently commanded by a Lieutenant […]


I believe that the best defense against acts of terror is a multi-layered system of checks and security measures, since we know that no one single measure is a sure defense against the threats we face. However, are the new TSA pat-down measures really necessary? Are they effective? Are they an efficient use of scarce screening resources? Why do we pat down nuns and small children who aren’t displaying any other outward indicators of threatening behavior? This is both foolish and outrageous, and it ought to be stopped. There are means available to determine which passengers present high risks, without […]