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.

He wanted to fight against Syria. He went to Turkey and met up with an anti-Assad group.  He claims to have fought with them against Assad military forces. He did not serve in Al Qaeda forces… though (as is normal in that part of the world) sometimes his group in the same actions against the Assad military.

He doesn’t seem to be particularly nice or smart. He is reputed to be extremely anti-Israeli and posted his alleged doings on Facebook.


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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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  • 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

  • Treadstone71

    ArcticWarrior Don't you always though? Well, I gotta chime in, don't wanna feel left out, Beware of the Chunts! Stay safe from this: http://imgur.com/KUaODyI

  • Treadstone71

    Tango9 " some statie would be calling in a homicide. " LOL! victim generated call, suspect goa.  ArcticWarrior Why's everyone giving out farewells & 'stay safe's to you, bro, you taking a long trip somewhere?

  • JHR

    Recon6 ArcticWarrior Tango9 Treadstone71 yeah AW, Godspeed and stay safe. If i have to go after anyone that lays a hand on you, it will be messy. in other words, we dig you.