October 22, 2014

Irrelevant Fat Bastard Adam Gadahn Goes Full Retard

So al-Qaeda's featured star of its new Resurgence magazine is a Jihad lazy fat propagandist hiding in an ISI bunker in Pakistan. Good luck with that.

Resurgence’s focus on China also follows al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri recently establishing a South Asia branch to try and extend the group’s operations to the Indian continent. The move was largely seen as an attempt to compete with the Islamic State for the leadership of the jihadist world.

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The same competition almost certainly motivated al-Qaeda central to publish the English-language magazine as well. The al-Sahab media organization has been active since around 2001 — although its activities have rapidly diminished over the last few years — but this is the first time that it or al-Qaeda central has published an English-language magazine. However, the terrorist group’s Yemen-based branch, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has long published an English language magazine called Inspire, which Resurgence is modeled on.

Inspire was best known for trying to motivate potential lone wolf terrorists in Western countries in the United States and Europe. Resurgence at times seems to try to emulate this approach, only with an eye toward populations mostly outside the Western world.

That al-Qaeda is attempting to use an English-language publication to motivate would-be jihadists in places like Xinjiang displays a remarkable degree of desperation, incompetence or both, none of which bodes well for the group’s longevity. Terrorist groups have a history of failing under the leadership of Ayman al-Zawahiri, and al-Qaeda central increasingly appears destined to suffer the same fate.

One of the most telling signs that Gadahn has whole lot of extra time on his hands is an article in which he quotes Anwar al-Alwaki who reasoned that if Muslim nations won't accept Ronald McDonald's Imperialism then McDonnell Douglas will send Strike Eagles to bomb innocent Muslims. He even had time to demonstrate it graphically.

No I'm not kidding.

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And as an added bonus Resurgence promises even more of Fat Bastard's I'm a military genius but I'm too important for Jihad in upcoming issues!

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Ass-Cloud Media, its run by Ape-Pig-Man.

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*I Ass-Cloud Media, it stinks.

* as-Sahab translates as "the cloud"

By Howie at 09:32 AM | Comments |

October 21, 2014

Actual Real Life Terrorists Notice Houston Baghdadi's American Jihad

This post on ISIS' Arabic forum.

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And in English for Arabic challenge folks like myself.

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I'd say that ups the danger that AbdulRahman Baghdadi poses, wouldn't you.

As you recall in my last piece on Baghdadi I stated this.

If the Muslim community in Houston cannot foster and guild him correctly onto a better path, then someone else will. He will meet a real terrorist or group online who will take advantage, give him that place he is seeking and attempt to influence him to do something really extra stupid and/or dangerous.
so it appears that at least one of my fears if founded. Given yesterday's events in Canada I don't think we can afford to just let Jihadis run around.

After all Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau was being watched, but the authorities thought his only crime was the not really a crime crime of aiding the dissemination of al-Qaeda propaganda in a context of support for al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Its this context that we have said for years justifies the fighting against the propagation of terrorist materials by groups that have declared open war on the west and are also a specially designated terrorist group.

This is not banning "information" as some suggest, rather it is disabling the enemies propaganda outlet. To deny the enemy a den, where they become more radicalized and prone to act out their Jihad on innocents.

Which is right where we are with Adam "Baghdadi" although he openly declares allegiance to IS and spreads messages of support, which by the way are a specially designated terrorist group, but we wait and wait for the "real crime".

I fear pretty soon we're going to get a real crime.

This is the product of the watch only policy on online terrorism. An ever, growing, ever more radical, and ever more radical group of terrorists grows unchecked. With the end result being real world terrorism.

Previous.

Houston Baghdadi's Terribly Terrifying Tour of Terror Totally Terrorizes Texas (***Exclusive Must Cite Jawa Report***)
Goatly Gets Competition or ISIS New Emir in Houston Sings Badly Very Very Badly (update :Vegas Baby!)
And
Houston, We Have a Problem


By Howie at 02:53 PM | Comments |

October 01, 2014

Zionist Whores' Hot Decadent Sexuality Interfering With Brothers' Ability to Concentrate on Their Deen

*LOL, best interview with a Muj ever.

At 1:15 Drink the spiritual milk from the divine mammary.


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Hat Tip: Tarek.

*It may be satire but sometimes real life and satire aren't all the far apart.

By Howie at 03:41 PM | Comments |

September 25, 2014

Well At Least Censored31 Admits It

That he's a dead baby propaganda pusher.


Children are sent to die so that Islamist fanatics can cynically use their broken bodies in propaganda to both incite Muslims to Jihad and gain favor in the West by playing the victim.

The saddest part is if they actually cared for these poor kids they would have taken them as far from danger as they possibly can. I just post this to document Censored31's statement in case he tries to wiggle is perverted sick ass out of it.

By Howie at 11:18 AM | Comments |

September 16, 2014

NYC: Muslim Day Parade 2014

For images and videos go here

You won't be disappointed, believe me. Urban Infidel does a awesome job of documenting the Islamists among our midst.

By Stable Hand at 12:56 AM | Comments |

September 12, 2014

Sandcrawler PSA: Its NOT Our War Dammit!

War is peace, ignorance is strength.

Minitrue: So this is a counterterrorism operation. Got it? A counterterrorism operation. Repeat that however many times you need to in order to drum it into your thick skulls, America.

By Howie at 07:44 AM | Comments |

September 05, 2014

Boston Blogger Becomes ISIS Media Head

American Thinker:

Yet another American is suspected of joining ISIS and using skills acquired in this country to advance the goal of a global caliphate. Ahmad Abousamra, a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with a degree related to computer technology, is suspected of being the social media manager of ISIS and is on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
Ahmad Abousamra is a long time participant in the Cyber Jihad.

Jawa Report first ran his addition to the most wanted list in December of last year.

He is a long time associate of convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna, who still maintains that he's, you know, totally innocent, convicted, he claims, of "thought crimes."

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Thought crimes, as in when two US soldiers were dragged through the streets and burned in Iraq he called it..

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There is still an online campaign to free Mehanna.

Here are all the Jawa Report posts that reference Abousamra.

As well as Jawa Report's coverage of the arrest and conviction Tarek Mehanna

Imperial Good News: Terrorist Blogger Tarek Mehanna Found Guilty on All Counts
Arrested Blogger Identified: Tarek Mehanna.
Tarek Mehanna's Mouthpiece to Whine Free Speech And Request Dismissal of Material Support of al-Qaeda Charge.
#OccupyBoston Hosts Supporters of Accused Terrorist Supporter and Online Jihadi Tarek Mehanna.
Boston Blogger "Sought Terror Training".
Internet Jihadi Charged With Aiding al Qaeda
Muslim Blogger Arrested in Boston?
Arrested Blogger Identified: Tarek Mehanna
Blogger Terek Mehanna Arrested AGAIN!
More About Tarek Mehanna's Online Jihad
Boston Blogger Assisted al Qaeda in Iraq
Boston Area Imam Mentored Two Aspiring Terrorists
Just Another ‘Typical American Kid’ with Terror Aspirations
Witness In Terrorism Case Sentenced To Probation
Are There Any Domestic Terrorists NOT Tied to Islamic Networking website?
The New England Jihadis
NY Muslims: I Love Osama bin Laden & I'm Friends with Terrorists
How Sweet: Indicted Terrorist Writes Known NYC Terror Supporter a Love Letter
Feds Offered Mehanna Chance to Flip Prior to Arrest
Appeals Court Upholds al Qaeda Blogger's Conviction.

An example of the early work done by Ahmad Abousamra and Tarek Mehanna is here.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5e5_1182736217

Another known associate is convicted terrorist Daniel Maldanado.

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Both Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra cut their radical teeth so to speak under the guidance of Sharon Imam Muhammad Masood who was later deported to Pakistan for visa fraud.

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Image credit Miss Kelly

With Masood starting in on Ahmad Abousamra as early as age 14.

I would just like to add this comment from Rusty:

The charge is yet another indication that internet jihadis are often dangerous and should be taken seriously.
The online Jihad is just not speech, its often times advocacy and material support for the most extreme and terrorist organizations on Earth. Terrorists who are at war against all of us. Tolerating it as just thought crimes leads to what we have now in Syria and Iraq. Its just as, if not more dangerous in the long run as the car bomb on the field of combat.

The Jihad must have recruits it must be promoted and that is where people like Daniel Maldanodo, Terek Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra become not just a a bother, but a truly dangerous aspect of the Islamofascist war against all who would stand against an extreme sixth century caliphate like the one ISIS is creating in Iraq and Syria.

By Howie at 09:53 AM | Comments |

September 03, 2014

Pallywood: He's Not They Are Not Dead Jim

Hamas busted staging deaths for propaganda :

Update: Thanks to Phil in comments:

By Stable Hand at 11:48 PM | Comments |

August 25, 2014

Attn: ISIS (bumped)

All ur base are belong to us.


Thanks to @BemetOr8, Beer O'Clock, @meankitteh1, @wvubetasoldier.

We just want the Foley family to know the Jawas are doing what we can. May James RIP.

And it seems the world is finally coming around to our view that Islamic Terror Propaganda is something to be fought actively. We've noticed that providers, especially Google has been more cooperative in removing ISIS propaganda lately. Since Obama has acted in Iraq. Good for them. Not only are they taking down the Foley Murder videos they are erasing all traces from Google's Cache.

But lets get one thing clear, this is NOT President Obama's fault.

Evil people do evil things. ISIS are evil. We must fight evil. Its that simple.

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And I also want to thank all those others across the web who are fighting this release.



There's more work to be done on this.

Update:


And down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t4DVbqUXy8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bogiN7Wf5k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExZIWbOU_pQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiiTnfQR1qk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7VUk_DQYc8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIu2VHs1NXQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExZIWbOU_pQ

Ha Double D!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD_N1ftc7vU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuU6x9mM-Es
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQtO35RDuCE

Update: 08/25/14.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I63_Qe_0h_E

Some people are just slow learners.


https://twitter.com/AnsarSupport

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And

https://twitter.com/mujahid4life

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By Howie at 01:34 PM | Comments |

August 17, 2014

Pallywood Comes To Ferguson

A picture circulating on Twitter shows a "hot" shell casing that, I suppose, proves police are using live ammo against protesters:

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Wow, @TheTechCEO found in right in front of him. It was even still hot! So, it must have really happened tonight right there in Ferguson! Good thing he took the picture to preserve the moment.

But wait, check out the dates. (You can click on either image to go to the Twitter post, if it hasn't been deleted yet.) The same image was posted a couple of months ago:

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Oops. Maybe Ferguson protesters hired HAMAS' PR firm? Both these tweeters are currently covering the protests in Ferguson with an anti-police slant. With that in mind, what are the odds that one of them just inadvertently and coincidentally posted an image taken by the other two months ago?

Unfortunately, this falsehood will be a "fact" by morning, based solely on this photograph.

UPDATE: @TheTechCEO is now saying someone sent him the picture of the "still hot" shell casing he found right in front of him.

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By DMartyr at 02:04 AM | Comments |

August 08, 2014

Wipe ISIS Out. All of Them

*I've never been prouder of President Obama than right now. But Mr. President ISIS is no pushover. See Headline.

President Obama authorized airstrikes "if necessary" against Islamic militants if they move toward Erbil in northern Iraq where American military, diplomats and civilians are stationed.

During a late night statement Thursday from the White House, the president said he's okayed "targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death."

Mr. Obama explained that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in recent days has "continued to move across Iraq and have neared the city of Erbil, where American diplomats and civilians serve at our consulate and American military personnel advise Iraqi forces to stop the advance on Erbil.

If you're going to use our powah, Use it very liberally Mr. President.


And you keep saying if necessary Its long past necessary, sir. Failure to crush ISIS will be a mistake we'll pay dearly for.


Update: Right on cue the ISIS supporters whine, but but civilians.


You mad bro?



*Didn't take much to reach that level, but if he bombs the living crap out of ISIS he begins filling that very large hole he's been digging.

August 04, 2014

Telegraph Gaza Photo Bullsh*t

The Telegraph posted this "remarkable" image of a missile falling on Gaza:

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It is amazing until the article includes a second image from the same location. This image is even more amazing because it shows either the world's fastest donkey cart or the world's slowest missile. Look how much the foreground changes while the missile seemingly floats above its target:

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The differences are apparently lost on the Telegraph journalist, who writes about the second image:

In another wider view from almost the same angle, a donkey cart has moved into focus and the cars have continued on their journey.

Oh! Its a wider view! Well, that explains the magically appearing donkey, the disappearing cars, and the bobbing Lockheed missile...

Even assuming two missiles were dropped and both were miraculously captured on camera, one had to have struck before the other. But there is no explosion in either picture indicting one had already detonated.

I'm calling it bullshit. A target may have actually been bombed where the missiles in the images are apparently headed, but these photographs are Pallywood propaganda.

Below the fold, I posted both pictures side-by-side for comparison. (It is also handy to share on Twitter or other social media.)

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By DMartyr at 06:21 PM | Comments |

July 28, 2014

Flat Fatima Attempts Big Pallywood Come Back

There's nothing like a summer blockbuster sequel. Especially when the main character is so well-known and beloved by all.

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But personally, I liked the original better, even if some complained that it was all CGI with no real plot or character development.

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Thanks to Fatima's Jewish agent and The Hollywood Reporter.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:41 AM | Comments |

July 24, 2014

Space Image Showing Gaza In Flames?

Astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted a picture from space that he claims shows explosions in Gaza. But as you can see when compared to a map of the region, the "explosions" are simply city lights in Israel, not Gaza (which is relatively dark).

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Whether this astronaut is just ignorant in geography of the area or deliberately posted misinformation is irrelevant. The pro-Palestinian sheep have already fallen into step, retweeting it 33,000 times as of this writing.

UPDATE: Times of Israel also noticed the inconsistency. They marked off Israeli cities (though they included the Egyptian city of Rafah as a part of Gaza):

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But facts and accuracy are not relevant to anti-Israeli pundits.

UPDATE II: Its bad enough an astronaut exposes his ignorance on his twitter feed, but now NASA is backing his vision of Gaza in flames.

By DMartyr at 06:08 PM | Comments |

July 18, 2014

Hamas Issues talking Points Memo To 'Social Media Activists'

Judging from their reports, the mainstream media is also embracing these terrorist-issued points.

From MEMRI via Truth Revolt:

  • Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don't forget to always add 'innocent civilian' or 'innocent citizen' in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.

  • Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase 'In response to the cruel Israeli attack,' and conclude with the phrase 'This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.' Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of 'the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.'

  • Beware of spreading rumors from Israeli spokesmen, particularly those that harm the home front. Be wary regarding accepting the occupation's version [of events]. You must always cast doubts on this [version], disprove it, and treat it as false.

  • Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.

  • To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence. In your coverage, be sure that you say: 'The locally manufactured shells fired by the resistance are a natural response to the Israeli occupation that deliberately fires rockets against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza'..."

  • When speaking to the West, you must use political, rational, and persuasive discourse, and avoid emotional discourse aimed at begging for sympathy. There are elements with a conscience in the world; you must maintain contact with them and activate them for the benefit of Palestine. Their role is to shame the occupation and expose its violations.

  • Avoid entering into a political argument with a Westerner aimed at convincing him that the Holocaust is a lie and deceit; instead, equate it with Israel's crimes against Palestinian civilians.

  • The narrative of life vs. the narrative of blood: [When speaking] to an Arab friend, start with the number of martyrs. [But when speaking] to a Western friend, start with the number of wounded and dead. Be sure to humanize the Palestinian suffering. Try to paint a picture of the suffering of the civilians in Gaza and the West Bank during the occupation's operations and its bombings of cities and villages.

  • Do not publish photos of military commanders. Do not mention their names in public, and do not praise their achievements in conversations with foreign friends!

By DMartyr at 06:37 PM | Comments |

July 07, 2014

Support Your Local Talib

So if THIS is Taliban, where do we sign up?


Mashallah!

By Howie at 09:55 AM | Comments |

April 17, 2014

Mark Steyn on Freedom of Speech

The whole thing is a must read, here's a teaser:

I heard a lot of that kind of talk during my battles with the Canadian ‘human rights’ commissions a few years ago: of course, we all believe in free speech, but it’s a question of how you ‘strike the balance’, where you ‘draw the line’… which all sounds terribly reasonable and Canadian, and apparently Australian, too. But in reality the point of free speech is for the stuff that’s over the line, and strikingly unbalanced. If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that....

As it happens, the biggest ‘safe space’ on the planet is the Muslim world. For a millennium, Islamic scholars have insisted, as firmly as a climate scientist or an American sophomore, that there’s nothing to debate. And what happened? As the United Nations Human Development Programme’s famous 2002 report blandly noted, more books are translated in Spain in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last 1,000 years. Free speech and a dynamic, innovative society are intimately connected: a culture that can’t bear a dissenting word on race or religion or gender fluidity or carbon offsets is a society that will cease to innovate, and then stagnate, and then decline, very fast.

As American universities, British playwrights and Australian judges once understood, the ‘safe space’ is where cultures go to die.

Read it all.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:20 AM | Comments |

February 28, 2014

Sandcrawler PSA: Muslims Not Responsible For All Evil in The World

There's this meme going around about a crucified dog.

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The problem is this is not a Muslim nor is it a result of Islamic ideology as claimed in the meme. Its from Mexico. Apparently posted to Facebook some time ago then used in this Meme in a libelous fashion against Islam.

There are plenty of authentic things in Islamic Ideology that are valid targets for criticism by western standards. For instance maybe these Sunni al-Qaeda extremists chopping off this person's hand for alleged theft.

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Maybe even say Shia Iran executing people for being gay or apostasy.

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Or maybe Sunnis blowing up Shiite Muslims for being the wrong kind of Muslims.

I don't really feel too bad about questioning this recent image from Syria, its been described as incredible and on PBS last night "unbelievable". I could not quite swallow the scale of it either, so I kept going till I could settle the issue of the image's authenticity for myself.

I'd rather find out I was wrong than be ignorant. Just my own personal preference.

Its a shame that its come to this. My hope for blogs was that it would allow us to cut through the fog of the mainstream chatter and create a new more accurate sense of reality. A place where we can find the accurate unfiltered information the MSM won't tell or show us. Free from the spin and political correctness that pervades our media.

Misleading memes like the one above is not what I had in mind.

By Howie at 09:35 AM | Comments |

February 10, 2014

Oh! The Insensitivity!

Canadian Imam upset with Canadian MP's Zombie Bin Laden target.

The photo shows Anders, the MP for Calgary West, and Mathieson, who is vying for the federal Conservative nomination in the upcoming Macleod byelection, standing back-to-back with guns in their hands at a Calgary shooting range last weekend.

Behind them is a target depicting a caricature of a bearded Muslim man wearing a turban and torn clothes, with an assault rifle in his hands. A website that sells the same target, ZombieTargets.net, identifies the character as a zombie Osama bin Laden.

Because Bin Laden preached sensitivity and love. Or something.

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If anyone needs me, I'll be surfing ZombieTargets.net. Shutup and take my money!

Thanks to the Zippers.

By Vinnie at 05:16 PM | Comments |

January 31, 2014

Times Leaks More NSA Details About Spying on al Qaeda, Leaks Names of Spies

Wow, that's smart power! Remember, the Times justifies leaking classified material on the grounds that: a) the American people have the right to know what the government is doing; b) protecting civil liberties; c) they redact information that might harm national security, so no harm no foul.

In the case of the information they leaked yesterday via the traitor Snowden, though: a) they not only revealed what the government was doing, but how they were doing it (ie, means and methods); b) the information revealed was on how the NSA spies on al Qaeda, not on the American public; c) they didn't redact the documents sufficiently, instead accidentally leaked the names of NSA employees.

I don't trust government. But you know who I also don't trust? The media. And I especially don't trust the media to decide which aspects of government secrets I need to know, and which aspects I don't.

In my mind, the Times thinks I should trust the government when it comes to health care, but not when it comes to fighting al Qaeda. Now, I may be old fashioned, but it seems to me that it is the federal government's primary duty to fight foreign enemies and that providing health care comes way, way down the list of things we set up a government for. In fact, that's not on my personal list at all. It's something the government shouldn't do.

But killing our enemies abroad? Yeah, I kind of like that.

I'm going to skip the part about how the Times and other Snowden enablers revealed the means and methods by which the NSA was collecting al Qaeda SIGINT data, and skip right ahead to their amateurish "redacting". CS Monitor:

The paper also uploaded some of the slides, but with one problem: Amateurish redaction of some details, designed to hide the identity of an NSA employee and make it harder for terrorist groups to make good use of the information, that was no redaction at all. The paper quickly rectified the error but not before the original uploads were snatched by the anti-secrecy website Cryptome...

This error highlights the risks of the tens of thousands of Snowden documents that are now floating around among at least a dozen journalists: Promises that all documents will be handled carefully and be fully vetted by responsible reporters are just that. The more documents and different organizations involved, the greater chances for error – and there is little point in closing the barn door after the horses have bolted.

That's pretty bad. These people think they're smarter than everyone else. The spooks. Us. But in reality? They are us. We may be morons, but working for the New York Times, the WaPo, or the Guardian doesn't magically give a person common sense.

In fact, we fought a revolution over this very idea. The idea that it's not that Kings are worse than the rest of us, it's just that they are no better than the rest of us. That is, prior to the American Revolution, the cause of bad government was thought to be rooted in the individuals running government. Bad government is caused by a bad King. So, the solution to bad government was .... getting a new King. This time, a "good" one.

But the Founding generation held a common belief that self-interested behavior was rooted in human nature. Hence, the solution to bad government was not to replace one self-interested person with another, but in putting self-interested individual within self-interested institutions and then letting those institutions have at it (ie, checks and balances).

The point I'm trying to make is that going to journalism school does not improve the human condition of a journalist any more than putting a crown on some guy's head and calling the guy King somehow means he is more likely to work for the common good than the rest fallen humanity.

In fact, I would go one step further: Giving a guy a crown makes him worse than the rest of us inasmuch as power has a corrupting tendency.

Is it just me, or do people who work for the top tier media outlets think of themselves as above the rules that apply to the rest of us? Kind of like some kings I've read about. Evidence, I think, that power really has corrupted them.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:51 PM | Comments |

January 21, 2014

Espionage Porn: You had me at "Porn"

Marc Thiessen asks why the NYTimes thinks it's important to publish how our intel community gathers intelligence when there's not even an accusation that some of those methods are being used domestically. Papers like the Times constantly tell us they weigh national security and intelligence concerns against the public's right to know what the government is up to. That's a very noble sentiment, except in practice it means .... what? It means that an editor at the Times self-appoints himself to the role of what secrets deserve to be kept and which secrets they're going to publish.

Do you trust the NYTimes to make that call? Before you answer, consider this. A good friend of mine was tipped off that the NYTimes was about to reveal some information. Because the information was in regards to an ongoing criminal investigation, the Times was asked not to publish it. Not to withhold the story. Not to lie to the public. Just to withhold a couple of key points, in this case the name of a single individual. The Times ignored the request. The public needed to know, you see. And so the target of an ongoing criminal investigation know knew he was the target of a criminal investigation.

WaPo:

Before this disclosure, terrorists believed that if they did not connect to the Internet, they were “off the grid” and out of range of NSA surveillance. Now they know that is not true. As a result they can take countermeasures — and stop using the offline computers the NSA was monitoring — which means we will lose access to vital streams of intelligence we needed to prevent an attack.

As one former senior intelligence official told me recently, stories like this are nothing more than “espionage porn.” They serve no greater social purpose other than to titillate.

Indeed, how is the Times any different then the "rag" across town, the Post? At least the Post uses real porn to titilate its readers. They put boobs on the front page with the promise of even more cleavage on the inside. The Post is honest about what it's doing, the Times hides behind a veneer of the leftwing concerns of its typical readers.

Read the whole article, it lists a bunch of Snowden revelations about our foreign espionage capabilities which do nothing to promote civil liberties but do directly hurt our ability to spy. It's almost like Snowden, the Times, and its lefty readers want America to be weaker.

To paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart, I'm not sure how to define espionage porn, but I know it when I see it. And most of what Edward Snowden has released fits that description.

H/T: Hot Air link thing

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:31 PM | Comments |

January 06, 2014

Of Course: Cold Weather Proof Positive of Global Warming

So on the way back from lunch I turned on NPR's "The Takeaway" (I'm an academic, we have to listen to NPR -- it's in the contract) The lead topic? How all this cold weather is proof positive that conservative global warming naysayers were so dead wrong.

The takeaway being something like: hey, wingnuts, you're all a bunch of flat earthers!

Your tax dollars, hard at work.

I used to have this same conversation with my Euroweenie friends whenever it got cold. The theory behind global cooling in the Northern Hemisphere caused by global warming is based on a shift in the Atlantic currents as the causal mechanism.

It's cold, so, see, the theory is correct!

The thing is the dreaded reversal in the Atlantic "conveyer belt" which moves vast amounts of warm water northward hasn't happened. It might happen. It could happen. Global warning fanatics believe it is likely to happen. But it hasn't.

So, the independent variable (the cause) hasn't changed, yet the dependent variable (the effect -- cooling in the North) has, then one has to wonder what, if anything, the theory is trying to show? Certainly not cause and effect. And if the theory shows neither cause nor effect, then is it a theory at all?

The answer: no.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:43 PM | Comments |

December 13, 2013

A Lie So Big, It Had to Come from the BBC

Get this, the guy who says he was a fan of Osama bin Laden, who was inspired to jihad by the "Revolution Muslim" website, and who was just caught trying (and failing) to blow up the Wichita, KA airport ......:

Mr Loewen, an aviation technician, does not appear to have been affiliated with any religious group, police said.
Bwahahahahaaaa!!!

Seriously, when "YALAAAAAAAAAAAA!" dropped this in the comments of that last post I thought it must have been a joke. So I went to the BBC website to check out the claim, thinking, surely, this was one of those things in the headlines that was misleading and then when you got to the story it turns out the whole thing is how this guy, Terry Lee Loewen, was radicalized online and wanted to become a jihadi.

Nope. Not a word.

But it's worse than that. We've come to expect silence when it comes to the ROP, but this is worse than silence: it's outright propaganda.

They used to just mislead by omitting key information: lies of omission.

Lies of omission lend themselves to plausible deniability. Oh, did we fail to mention the guy was screaming Allahu akbar! as he tried to blow himself up? Oops, sorry.

But this is just out and out misleading the readers with false information.

I've went ahead and archived the post, lest sometime in the next hour that sentence suddenly disappears and a new one appears about how this guy was a big Osama bin Laden fan and had sent money to Younes Abdullah Muhammad's grieving wife.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:43 PM | Comments |

December 10, 2013

Bwahahahahaha: Dan Rather Still Claiming His Story was "Fake, but True"

I often wonder what it would be like to live in the mind of Dan Rather. Are there unicorns there?

“With our story, the one that led to our difficulty, no question the story was true. What the complaint… was ‘Okay, your story was true, but where you got to the truth was flawed.’”
Ha ha ha, by "flawed" he means the documents used to "prove" Bush hadn't fulfilled his National Guard obligations were obvious forgeries.

Your media elite: everything we say is true, even when it objectively isn't.

Via Ben K's morning news dump.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:44 AM | Comments |

December 05, 2013

Obama's Lies About a Weakened al Qaeda "Complicated" by Facts says .... NY Times

When you've lost the Times, you've lost the narrative. I think Chomsky said something like that once. And you know what? On the rare occasion, Chomsky was right.

Now the Times doesn't come right out and say that Obama has been lying about al Qaeda being on the run. No, they say the facts have "complicated the narrative" being pushed by Obama.

Which is as close as the partisans at the NY Times will ever come to calling The One a liar:

The new signs of an energized but fragmented jihadist threat, stretching from Mali and Libya in the west to Yemen in the east, have complicated the narrative of a weakened Al Qaeda that President Obama offered in May in a landmark speech heralding the end of the war on terrorism. The leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, raised warnings in an interview on CNN on Sunday when they said that Americans were “not safer” from terrorist attacks than they were in 2011.
Not only are we "not safer" --- which could be read as "not unsafer, either" -- we are, in fact ... less safe today than we were four years ago.

It's not just the President Obama has taken his eye off the ball. He seems to think the game is over. Unfortunately the fat lady isn't singing. Instead, she's decided to blow the stadium up.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:32 PM | Comments |

September 26, 2013

Shock: CNN Covers Up Iranian Holocaust Denial

While CNN runs with headlines claiming Iran's new President condemned the holocaust, what he really did was dodge the question. In fact, his dodging of the question was a classic non-denial. In other words, Rouhani did exactly the opposite of what CNN continues to give him credit for.

When you claim that "I'm not an expert, I'll let the historians quibble over whether or not the holocaust really happened" you are, in fact, a Holocaust denier.

It's like all those 9/11 Truthers who claim, "We're just asking questions." Questions. Right.

I feel dirty posting the link, but here's Iran's own official newspaper calling CNN out:

The American news channel CNN fabricated the Iranian President's remarks in response to the network's question about the Holocaust in an interview which was aired on Tuesday and Wednesday.

During the interview, the CNN aired an English translation of President Rouhani's remarks which was totally inacurate and untrustworthy, and in some parts contained sentences which were not at all uttered by the president.

They then go on to note that since Christian Amanpour's father is Iranian and that since she spent much of her childhood in Tehran, that she would have known that CNN's translation was wrong since she speaks fluent Farsi.

Here's their translation, which, as you can see, is clearly a non-denial of the Holocaust:

"I have said before that I am not a historian and historians should specify, state and explain the aspects of historical events, but generally we fully condemn any kind of crime committed against humanity throughout the history, including the crime committed by the Nazis both against the Jews and non-Jews, the same way that if today any crime is committed against any nation or any religion or any people or any belief, we condemn that crime and genocide. Therefore, what the Nazis did is condemned, (but) the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers, I am not a history scholar."
It's the kind of answer you get from terror supporters when you ask them if they condemn 9/11: we condemn all terror.

So, what was CNN's motivation for covering up this Holocaust denial? Do these people actually think: a) they could get away with it; b) that by doing so they could usher in a new age of love, peace, and harmony with the Iranians?

Remember, this is a network that sponsored an alternative to the Olympics as a way to try to end the Cold War. That's the kind of people we're dealing with here.

And I just love the fact that the Iranians are all up in a hissy fit over a suggestion that their President is not a Holocaust denier. Detente!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:41 AM | Comments |

August 29, 2013

Cancel Those Travel Plans to Algeria in Near Future

Two Gitmo inmates who were trained by al Qaeda in Afghanistan are on a plane home. I can only say: I regret we have no drones over Algeria.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:56 AM | Comments |

August 07, 2013

Confirmed: US Listening in on al Qaeda "Conference Calls" / UPDATE: AQ Plot Foiled in Yemen?

Did I call it or did I call it? Today the Daily Beast confirmed that the leak which revealed that the US was intercepting communications between al Qaeda's #1, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, was in fact an intercepted "conference call" between a number of top al Qaeda affiliate leaders.

So, now Ayman al-Zawahiri knows we've been able to geolocate him. Wonderful!

This leak was either the biggest intelligence eff up since Bradley Manning screwed his own country, or it's the most blatant bird dogging expedition since .... ever. (That's where you let the bad guy think you know where they are in an effort to flush them out and get them moving in the hopes spotting them)

Since I have to assume that the Daily Beast report is true then I'm left with the former explanation. In which case we are so screwed and someone needs to be prosecuted:

The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region....

The official said Zawahiri announced to the broader organization during the meeting that Wuhayshi had been promoted to “Ma’sul al-Amm,” an Arabic term that roughly translates as “general manager.” The promotion effectively gave the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen operational control of al Qaeda’s many affiliates throughout the Muslim world, the official said, a key factor that led the State Department to close embassies, missions, and consulates throughout the region. “All you need to do is look at that list of places we shut down to get a sense of who was on the phone call,” the official said.

Also during the meeting, the various al Qaeda leaders discussed in vague terms plans for a pending attack and mentioned that a team or teams were already in place for such an attack.

So, there you have it. Expect this to be the last of such conference calls. Yes, al Qaeda really does read the Western press.

Whatever edge we had on them that led to this intercept just went away. So, thank you leakers and thank you Daily Beast for letting our enemies know we are on to them!

Bastards. And I'm not alone in that sentiment. Ed links to this:

“We just showed our hand, so now they’re obviously going to change their position on when and where” to attack, said Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst who was part of the team that hunted Osama bin Laden for years.
But the damage is much more than that. It's not just a tactical showing of our hand, it's showing our methods. I wouldn't care quite so much if al Qaeda just picked a new target. But Zawahiri just got a heads up on throwing his mobile phone away and ditching whatever compound he was holed up in.

Update: Hmmm, are the two related? It was reported that Zawahiri asked AQAP to step up attacks. And that the attacks mentioned were rather vague. So, could the foiled plot by AQAP to take over a couple of cities in Yemen be the one that Zawahiri was referring to? That seems to be what Drudge is inferring in his headline:

Authorities foiled plots by al-Qaida to take over key cities in southern Yemen and attack strategic ports and gas facilities, a government spokesman said Wednesday amid a heightened alert that has seen Western embassies evacuated and a new suspected U.S. drone strike that killed seven alleged militants from the terrorist group.

Al-Qaida planned to target the cities of Mukalla and Bawzeer, then send militants disguised as Yemeni troops to attack two strategic oil ports in the impoverished country on the Arabian Peninsula, government spokesman Rageh Badi said.

Other al-Qaida militants would also try to sabotage pipelines to "create panic among Yemeni army and Yemeni security services," Badi told The Associated Press, adding that authorities managed to foil the plots in the past 48 hours.

Here's the problem: this is Yemen. Do you know how to tell when the Yemeni authorities are lying? There lips are moving.

So, this could just be a face saving measure by the Yemenis who aren't too happy that we've pulled all personnel from their country. Round up a few of the usual suspects. Put them in front of a camera. Let them escape from jail a few months later.

The problem with a place like Yemen is that they really do have an al Qaeda problem and al Qaeda taking over entire cities and regions is something that really happens. It's the boy that cried wolf story over and over again. There really is a wolf, but the lies are piled so high and deep it's pretty difficult to tell what's real and what isn't.

So either the Yemenis just foiled the plot that closed US embassies all over the world or it didn't. Welcome to the world of news that doesn't enlighten.

UPDATE II: You can see that I'm not the only one thinking it:

However, a U.S. intelligence official cast doubt on the country's statement, telling Fox News that the claim was premature and that there is still fear in the intelligence community about “soft targets” in the Middle East and elsewhere.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:11 PM | Comments |

July 31, 2013

Smithsonian Interested In Trayvon Martin's Hoodie

After seeing Trayvon Martin's framed hoodie at trial, I jokingly told friends the item would likely end up in a museum somewhere. I actually mentioned the Smithsonian specifically, but only in jest. I honestly didn't think the world's most incredible museum of history would stoop to pandering race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Barack Obama.

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I was wrong.

Sharpton would like to see the hoodie reside one day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture now under construction on the Mall and expected to open in 2015. The museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, has assembled other pieces with legal themes. He acquired a guard tower from Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Penitentiary and the handcuffs used to restrain renowned African American scholar and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in an episode that sparked a national debate about race and led to a "beer summit" with Obama aimed at cooling passions.

Martin's hoodie, Bunch said, represents a unique opportunity to further the discussion about race in America.

Ultimately, the decision for the fate of the clothing will be up to Martin's family. It is my personal belief they will choose the most profitable destination for the hoodie. The likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will have no problems raising whatever amount the Martins' demand.

By DMartyr at 01:08 PM | Comments |

July 09, 2013

And The Oscar Goes To...

Rapper Yasmin Bey (aka Mos Def) for his role as a cry baby terrorist!

(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)

And here's how someone who isn't a whiny little bitch does it:

By DMartyr at 02:03 PM | Comments |

April 26, 2013

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By Stable Hand at 10:05 AM | Comments |

April 24, 2013

When "Lone Wolf" Terrorists Aren't Alone

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There's something ironical about calling two guys working together "lone wolves":

Lawmakers want to increase the powers of the CIA to track “lone wolf” terrorists, like the two brothers suspected as being responsible for last week’s Boston bombing, but they are wary of treading on the jurisdiction of domestic law enforcement.
By definition, two people working together cannot be "lone wolves".

Maybe it's semantics, but inasmuch as our words are tied to our thoughts all concerned should think about the Tsarnaev brothers as an independent terror cell, not "lone wolves".

Nidal Hasan was a lone wolf. He worked alone.

Tamerlan & Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked together. A small cell, yes. An independent cell, maybe. But a cell nonetheless.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:25 AM | Comments |

April 19, 2013

HuffPo Becomes Leftist Parody of Itself on Boston Bombing

A brief moment of levity.

From HuffPo:

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The meme has already been written. It's just a matter of timing it's release.

Thanks to John.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:56 PM | Comments |

April 04, 2013

Boobies Against Islamists

Coming to a Mosque or Tunisian embassy near you.

BERLIN: Bare-breasted activists staged rallies in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe Thursday against what they called an Islamist crackdown on Arab women's rights.

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A Femen activist burns a Salafist flag in front of the Great Mosque of Paris, on April 3, 2013.

"And we'll fight against them. And our boobs will be stronger than their stones."

The rallies targeted in particular the case of a Tunisian activist calling herself Amina Tyler who sparked a scandal last month when she posted pictures of herself online with the words "My body belongs to me" and "Fuck your morals" emblazoned across her naked breasts.

Probably NSFW in boobie fearing America.

Why u insult holly banner of Islam?

Previous: 'Quarantine Her"! Says Tunisian Islamist Regarding FEMEN Aminia's Topless Photo.
Arab Spring! Introducing Femen Tunisia

More Fatwa seeking boobies below the fold.

By Howie at 10:41 AM | Comments |

Newest Protected Minority: Goths

Heh, but when do we Irishmen get protected status?

A British police force on Thursday began recording attacks on goths and punks as "hate crimes" similar to those suffered by people targeted because of their race, religion or sexual orientation.

Police in Manchester, northwest England, said the new policy would allow them to better protect goths, easily identified on the streets by their black clothes and pale make-up, and members of other "alternative sub-cultures".

We Irishmen are also a tiny oppressed minority with huge challenges.

Like finishing this bottle of whiskey is challenging, no?

By Howie at 08:35 AM | Comments |

April 02, 2013

Sudden Jihad at San Jose WalMart?

The story suggests the perp, Haamid Zaid, was on drugs. But the fact that the guy was high doesn't really explain the attack, does it? I mean, people get high all the time. I guess a lot depends on what drugs he was under the influence of.

So, why did Haamid Zaid try to kill random people at at San Jose WalMart with his car?

I'm not saying he was motivated by jihad, but since the MSM always discounts the possibility it's something to keep in mind:

Police released the name of a man Monday who allegedly crashed his car through the entrance of a Walmart store in San Jose then attacked customers randomly before being detained by a group of good Samaritans.

Haamid Zaid, 33, of Seaside, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, being under the influence of drugs and resisting arrest, according to Ofc. Albert Morales, public information officer for San Jose Police.

Thanks to Kalifornia Kaffir

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:48 AM | Comments |

March 10, 2013

UN: Journalist's Son Killed By HAMAS Rocket, Not Israeli Missile As Claimed

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When Jihad Misharawi lost his son during Israeli air strikes, photographs of the tearful father holding his son's body became iconic anti-Israel propaganda. The Washington Post wasted no time placing blame:

An Israeli round hit Misharawi’s four-room home in Gaza Wednesday, killing his son, according to BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar, who arrived in Gaza earlier Thursday. Misharawi’s sister-in-law was also killed, and his brother wounded. Misharawi told Danahar that, when the round landed, there was no fighting in his residential neighborhood.

Other major media outlets, the BBC, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, the Sun, the Telegraph, and many more also carried the same narrative.

The problem is, it wasn't true. In their desperation to further demonize Israel, these media outlets reported Palestinian propaganda as facts. They lacked any journalistic integrity to present an objective story.

It was a HAMAS rocket that killed the child:

Jihad’s son was killed by Hamas, according to independent investigators from the United Nations. He was murdered by the journalist’s own neighbors, the very men who purport to be his biggest protectors, who live in the surrounding buildings in the city where he lives.

According to the advanced version of its report released by the U.N. Human Rights Council released late last week, "On 14 November, a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel."

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for updates and corrections.

By DMartyr at 03:37 PM | Comments |

February 12, 2013

*Shock*: Esquire Article Documenting John Rambo Treatment of Guy Who Killed bin Laden Full of Sh*t [UPDATED]

Did I not call this? Just to clarify, the article really is worth reading. But it's really two articles. One, a first hand description of the raid that killed bin Laden -- an excellent piece. And the other, a narrative which makes the guy who killed bin Laden -- "Shooter" -- a caricature out of just about any stupid movie about veterans made since 1975. To quote myself:

I'm surprised the piece didn't end with Shooter hitchhiking his way through a small Northwestern town, harassed by the the uncaring local police he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The final casualty of war? The entire Hope police department, 200 state troopers, and various weekend warriors of the Washington State National Guard. It's a good thing his old Colonel showed up to talk him down, otherwise we'd all be dead!
Anyway, many of the "facts" laid out in this second narrative are now in dispute. Stars and Stripes:
Like every combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the former SEAL, who is identified in the story only as “the Shooter”, is automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

But the story doesn’t mention that.

No, in fact the story does make some serious bullshit claims and overtly advances a narrative that the SEAL who shot bin Laden was just another victim of the military industrial complex. It really was that trite. Every single stereotype of the Leftist narrative is embodied by the SEAL.

He's out of work. No health care. His marriage is collapsing. He's suicidal.

I'm not saying that the guy's life might be screwed up. What I'm saying is that it is atypical. Veterans are not victims and should not be treated as such.

For instance, veteran unemployment is below the national average. Sorry Occum, the stats you cite are wrong. Here's what the VA said last week:

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Veteran unemployment data for the month of January. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.6 percent—a slight increase from last month but still below the national average of 7.9 percent. For Post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 11.7 percent. While Veteran unemployment has ticked up over the past several months, the long-term trend remains downward.
For other young people in the 18 - 29 year old range, the unemployment rate is 13%. Which means even younger veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the population of the same age group as a whole.

As I also noted yesterday, I predicted that Blackfive would take on the article:

in his article for Esquire, Phil quotes the wife: "the loss of income and insurance and no pension aside, she can no longer walk onto a local base... they've surrendered their military IDs." "He's lost some vision, he can't get his neck straight for any period of time..." If this were indeed the case, this is easy stuff to document in the out-processing; and they DO do a medical when you out-process for a separation physical. Period. If his vision, alone, was affected, they'd document it. Neck issues? The x-rays would pick it up.

He then writes that according to Shooter, ''if I come back alive and retire, I won't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of for the rest of my life.'' So what do you have now? If Shooter had retired, he'd have an income and med coverage, at a minimum. So he comes back from the 4-month deployment, leaves, and STILL has nothing? He'd have been better off waiting. At 18 years, he could have reached 'sanctuary' and been what we call 'retired on active duty'.

More and more issues show up the more I read the article. It's good fiction, but that's all it is- fiction.

Go read the comments for some insightful analysis of how the Esquire narrative got it completely wrong.

Also as predicted, This Aint Hell has picked up that the Esquire author is tied in with the antiwar crowd. And not the nation-building isn't what we should be doing antiwar crowd. No, the America-is-the-real-terrorist antiwar crowd.

Let me also put up some comments by reader PSDiver on the Esquire article:

There are several points that do not track. First and foremost the Navy didn't tell me that I wouldn't have any benefits is I got out short of my 20. Funny, you have to sign paperwork stating that you understand that you will not have insurance, etc. if you do not retire from the service. Second, I am a member of the elite of the elite and no one is helping me out. If you were just Joe Blow Sailor I could agree with that one, but SEALs are tight and if you wanted help it would come your way. A third point is that this individual didn't want to keep carrying a gun, but didn't want a desk job either to finish out the 20... really?!? So just because you no longer want to do what you get paid for you should be able to do whatever you want?!? ...

Finally, there are a bunch of people that would kill for the chance to be a beer truck driver... so suck it up.

Again, I'm not blaming Shooter here. I think what Bronstein did was selectively take quotes from Shooter in order to foster a particularly Leftist point of view.

UPDATE: Apparently, there was less room in the online version than in the print version. What the what?

And if you want to know just how thorough your betters in the MSM are, go check out this Twitchy post that shows that even after Esquire issued an apology, they're still forwarding the narrative that Shooter has no health care.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:28 PM | Comments |

February 11, 2013

"I Shot bin Laden"

You haven't read the Esquire interview with "Shooter", the SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden? Do you hate America or are you just lazy?

A couple of teaser quotes:

I'm just looking at him from right here [he moves his hand out from his face about ten inches]. He's got a gun on a shelf right there, the short AK he's famous for. And he's moving forward. I don't know if she's got a vest and she's being pushed to martyr them both. He's got a gun within reach. He's a threat. I need to get a head shot so he won't have a chance to clack himself off [blow himself up].

In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. Bap! Bap! The second time as he's going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! same place. That time I used my EOTech red-dot holo sight. He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths, just a reflex breath.

And we all know about bin Laden's porn stash, but what about his drug stash?
In each computer room, there was a bed. Under the beds were these huge duffel bags, and I'm pulling them out, looking for whatever. At first I thought they were filled with vacuum-sealed rib-eye steaks. I thought, They're in this for the long haul. They've got all this food. Then, wait a minute. This is raw opium. These drugs are everywhere. It was pretty funny to see that. Altogether, he helped clean three rooms on the second floor.
If you can get through the incredible amount of bullshit that the author, Phil Bronstein, lays out the story is more than just compelling: it's riveting.

Bronstein uses "Shooter" to forward the usual narrative about veterans. They're traumatized. Suicidal. They're marriages are breaking up. They can't find work. All because they "sacrificed it all" for a military that could care less about them.

I'm surprised the piece didn't end with Shooter hitchhiking his way through a small Northwestern town, harassed by the the uncaring local police he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The final casualty of war? The entire Hope police department, 200 state troopers, and various weekend warriors of the Washington State National Guard. It's a good thing his old Colonel showed up to talk him down, otherwise we'd all be dead!

Seriously, the author's narrative was really that trite and predictable. It's the kind of narrative that the guys over at Blackfive and This Aint Hell have been trying to counter for years. Mostly because it's a pile of bullshit. It's the warriors-as-victims narrative. And it's offensive.

But the story of what really happened that night? Compelling. It turns out that Zero Dark Thirty was pretty close to dead on.

The only really unanswered question is this: Who was the wise guy that planted the squirt guns? Come on SEALS, inquiring minds want to know!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:53 PM | Comments |