April 10, 2013

The Shifting Definition of Soldiers and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Today I have a guest post from the author of America, our Military, and the Roman Empire. Our guest author served as a US Marine in the Vietnam War, and later as a soldier in the Rhodesian Army during the Bush War, which makes him uniquely qualified to comment on the recent case of an American fighting in Syria being charged for the use of “WMD’s” while abroad.  Here, our guest author will go by his callsign from his days in Rhodesia, Yankee Papa. -Jack

There was a recent story about an American who is being prosecuted for “terrorism…”  The short version of this story is that he served in the U.S. Army in the U.S. for some years and was discharged for damage to his head requiring a metal plate.

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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • Waterborne

    Oh thats funny... we flew down to key west in 2005. On the way back we got to the airport early. Took about 3 min to get to the tsa checkpoint. So we decided to kill some time before we went thru and just loitered a bit. Then about 30 min before boarding we went thru... So here i am happy as can be, just spent a week on bone island, and walk up to the tall female very professional tsa agent where i began to place all my stuff on the tray. So being conversational i ask; So if i were to have my dog with me would you put her thru the xray machine, or just pass thru the detector? For a second she thought about it, then just as quickly snaps back at me with a glare... Lol! It was classic... Just when she began to engage protocols on my dumb ass i assured her i was just wondering and meant no harm. Identified myself with ID, and smiled... She laughed for a second and sent me on my way... i guess i'll never learn ;)

  • YankeePapa

    Waterborne , . ...Ca. 2006 I was flying from Seattle to Boise.  I have hundreds of books in a friend's private library in the Seattle area.  I take a few home with me each visit.   . ...I showed up at SEATAC early and handed over my bags.  About half an hour later I was paged and wound up being asked about the books in my luggage by a TSA supervisor.  I had a scouting and patrolling manual written by retired SOF... but what got this guy antsy was that I had a South African Army anti-terrorist manual... (some years later I gave it to Jack...) . ...This is a free country (or at least it used to be...) and what I read is my own business.  I was hardly going to hijack a plane with a field manual in my checked luggage.  True even if a "terrorist" book... though this one was an *anti*-terrorist one.   . ...Of course I did not say any of the above.  Instead I waved the flag.  Told him (truthfully) that I was a Marine veteran (I did not say "Vietnam" as that might set off something...) and had been published in professional military journals.   So that worthy saw fit to allow me to continue my journey with my books... . -YP-

  • Waterborne

    ... my wife has a friend from lakeland who lives in seoul and works as a school teacher. She sends her funny things all the time that she finds in the markets over there. One time she sent my wife a t-shirt that said; I am not a terrorist... we laughed shook our heads, i suggested she wear that next time we flew, haha. She gave it to a friend... Anyhow, it got me to think about how easy it is now for govts to declare people terrorists. Not just patriotic americans who want to keep their jobs wealth and freedoms being declared terrorists for disagreeing with the president, but anybody who so much as wears some stupid tshirt at the airport with the word terrorist on it could get you labeled, and worse treated, like a threat to public safety... Its scary to think that simply doing the right thing by helping those in need could get you labeled a terrorist by your own country... Certainly a lot there to think about, thanks for the insight and advise. Very good stuff, as always YP... And, I have a more positive opinion of FDR now after learning that... ;o)

  • MarekSaar

    I can't wait for a day when pocket fucking knife becomes equivalent to a nuclear weapon!

  • YankeePapa

    Ok...  Today in the news... A woman found out that her husband not only cheating on her with her friend... but had a baby with her.  So she smears stuff containing arsenic all over car door, house door knob... mail box and other stuff.   The authorities found out and arrested her.  . ...In the normal course of events she would be charged with assault... (friend burned a finger-tip), not attempted murder... since unlike some poisons, the attempts would never succeed... But... The United States Government has charged her with "Chemical Warfare in violation of International Treaties..." (International treaties trump not only normal state and Federal Laws, but the Constitution...)   . ...The issue isn't that now she faces three times the amount of jail time... but rather that the Federal government is going way out on limbs (see story below) to exercise power... YP