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Arkell and Dar first met there was no tension or danger. Which in and
of itself was strange given two such dangerous beings. Rather, an
instant bonding took place which has defied all scientific analysis for
the ten years they have been partners. They communicated both
telepathically and empathically. Regardless of distance, they `felt'
what the other felt. Words like loyalty, trust, understanding, even
love were inadequate to express the strength and depth of that
symbiotic bonding. From the day Arkell first saw Dar they `became' one.
And for the past ten years they had become a legend in the
Federation...the penultimate fighting machine. They had never failed in
a mission. Eventually, the mere threat to dispatch the `Two That Are
One' became sufficient negative incentive to precipitate immediate
discussions and to end conflict.
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Navy commander surrendered to Iran to protect Obama's nuclear deal
The Navy commander in charge of a pair of patrol
boats captured by Iranian forces in January opted to surrender rather
than fight back, citing later fears that a confrontation could endanger
the Obama administration’s efforts to lock
in a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program.
In an interview with investigators looking into
the January incident, the commander said he surrendered the vessels
after calculating that his sailors would not be in danger because Iran
“wants this nuke deal to go through.”
The interview was one of several stunning
revelations in the often scathing 170-page report compiled by Navy
investigators, chronicling the chain of events that led to the
apprehension and detention of the 10 American sailors by the Iranian
military after a pair of U.S. patrol boats drifted into the country’s
sovereign waters in the Persian Gulf.
Nearly 1 million immigrants--including more than 170K convicts--ignoring deportation
Nearly 1 million immigrants are ignoring
deportation orders to remain in the U.S. — including more than 170,000
convicted criminals, according to a new report Thursday that suggests
the government’s deportation efforts are still falling
Only a small fraction of the immigrants are even
being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), meaning
most of them remain free on the streets, where they can commit crimes
and continue living in the shadows, according
to the study by Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center
for Immigration Studies.
US accepts record number of Syrian refugees in June despite terrorist screening worries
The U.S. accepted more than 2,300 Syrian refugees
in June alone, sending the fiscal year total soaring past the 5,000
mark and putting the government on track to surpass President Obama’s
goal of 10,000 by the end of September, but raising
questions about screening out potential terrorists.
June’s numbers set a monthly record for the
Homeland Security and State departments, which committed resources
received earlier this year to streamline the process — in what critics
say amounted to corner-cutting — to get back on track
toward Mr. Obama’s political goal.
“I believe we will make the 10,000,” Homeland
Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified to Congress on Thursday,
assuaging fears of some Democrats that the administration was going to
Trump begins to right ship as time runs short on #NeverTrump crowd
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump
ended June in arguably worse shape than he began it, though there have
been some recent signs of improvement as he’s honed a fundraising
campaign and delivered a forceful message on issues
like trade policy.
He’s still struggling to unify the Republican
Party, and with fewer than three weeks to go before the nominating
convention, anti-Trump forces are still pressing their case to deny him
the nod. But that effort faces a series of obstacles,
including the short window of time and a reluctance by many of its own
potential supporters to publicly back their effort.
Meanwhile Mr. Trump has ousted his campaign
manager and announced a series of new hires, belatedly building the kind
of centralized operation other candidates have found necessary to run a
'EU Wants an Empire' Brussels hope to expand its influence as far as Asia and Africa
THE EU wants to expand its influence as far and
wide as Asia and Africa - with critics fuming it shows Brussels are
planning to form “its own empire”.
The latest EU foreign policy document, titled
Global Strategy, calls for an extended reach into new spheres as distant
as the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.
It also outlined "gradual synchronisation and mutual adaptation" between different member states' individual defence strategies.
Ukip’s defence spokesman Mike Hookem said: “The
EU wants its own Empire as former Commission President Jose Manuel
Barroso made clear when he was in charge.
Secret rules make it pretty easy for the FBI to spy on Journalists
SECRET FBI RULES allow agents to obtain
journalists’ phone records with approval from two internal officials —
far less oversight than under normal judicial procedures.
The classified rules, obtained by The Intercept
and dating from 2013, govern the FBI’s use of national security letters,
which allow the bureau to obtain information about journalists’ calls
without going to a judge or informing the news
organization being targeted. They have previously been released only in
heavily redacted form.
Media advocates said the documents show that the
FBI imposes few constraints on itself when it bypasses the requirement
to go to court and obtain subpoenas or search warrants before accessing
Hillary Clinton may have weathered House
Republicans' Benghazi investigation, but her desire to put the issue to
bed came across to some as remarkably tone-deaf.
Benghazi Victims' Relatives Blast Hillary Plea to 'Move On'
"I'll leave it to others to characterize the
report, but I think it's pretty clear it's time to move on," the former
secretary of state said earlier this week in Denver, just after the
release of the report on the deadly 2012 incident
These remarks earned the ire of Dorothy Woods,
widow of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was one of the four
Americans slain in the attack.
Trump Says He Turned Down Request to Speat All 3 Convention Nights
The Republican National Convention is just over
two weeks away and presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has yet
to finalize plans for his appearance, reports The New York Times.
Trump, who's been reaching out to politicians,
athletes, and other well-known figures to deliver speeches, revealed to
the Times that he rejected one suggestion from the RNC.
"What they've asked me to do is to speak all
three nights. I turned it down," he said. "I don't want people to think
I'm grandstanding — which I'm not. But it would get high ratings."
Ashamed to be an American?
Towns crack down on American pride?
The Star-Spangled Banner survived the rocket’s
red glare and bombs bursting in air – only to face a modern-day threat –
silly town ordinances and petty bureaucrats.
I’m not sure if it’s an epidemic of anti-American
nincompoopery sweeping across the fruited plain or if it’s a general
lack of common sense. Maybe it’s both. I’ll let you be the judge of
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself and the United States Army.
From the Archives
American Fairness to a Fault — a Deadly One
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 02:28 PM
American’s tragic flaw is our unbridled fairness, which has been
corrupted ever more by the cancer of political correctness to the point
we put ourselves at risk rather than create even the perception of
Sometime after the VOLAR (all volunteer) Army, the military veered from
the “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” blind adherence to all orders to
the concept of refusing “unlawful orders” and that was ostensibly a
However, the uniformed services do not set or get to pick and choose
foreign policy. The civilian leadership sets foreign policy, and the
U.S. military enforces it — with a big, honking combined arms stick.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been one of the rare pundits with the
courage to target the “culture of political correctness” in leadership
of the military. In at least two interviews on Fox, Peters (correctly)
blamed the culture of political correctness for the Army’s diffidence in
taking action against Nidal Malik Hasan in the wake of knowledge of the
Many mechanisms exist for dealing with matters of deep conscience — all
without killing those one might think disagree with in principle.
However, it is not prejudice to discriminate based on threat facts in
evidence. Refusal to act judiciously for fear of a tainted perception is
just plain dumb.
Notwithstanding the articulated fears of the Army chief of staff and the
secretary of Homeland Security, officials made an epic mistake in
handling suspicions about Hasan. A mistake founded on political
correctness and sustained by diffidence that cost the lives of
Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware (months ago) that
Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with
al-Qaida. He spoke openly to too many people about his angst and
misdirected sympathies. He was apparently a poster child for suspicion,
and the Army failed bigtime to intervene.
“It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army
that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al-Qaida
figures," the officials said.
But you damnbetcha they SHOULD have done so.
Investigators want to know whether Hasan maintained contact with a
radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in
Yemen and runs a Web site that promotes jihad around the world against
the United States.
In a recent blog posting titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,"
Awlaki calls Hasan a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear
living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that
is fighting against his own people."
Increasingly we are told people who knew or worked with Hasan say he
seemed to become gradually more radical in his condemnation of the war
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Subordinates and superiors had a responsibility
to flag the inappropriate rhetoric, and they apparently did not.
The fear to speak out is a symptom of the PC disease fueled by
recriminations and implied threats of discrimination — a fear that
indirectly resulted in mayhem.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to
people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to
have a zero tolerance," and despite the echo of shutting the barn door
after the horse got out, he is right.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. is concerned that speculation
about the religious beliefs of Hasan could “cause a backlash against
some of our Muslim soldiers.” He’s right, but such a backlash would be a
direct result of the failure of command — not prejudice.
When confronted about whether he thought the Army “dropped the ball” in
not responding to warning signs, Casey replied that the Army needs to be
careful not to jump to conclusions based on early tidbits of
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., both of whom
are veterans, took pains to say that Muslims have served honorably in
the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day, this is not about his religion — the fact that
this man was a Muslim,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
But, hey, it is (kinda/sorta) about religion (when the FBI says 10
percent of American Mosques preach jihad) — at least from a risk