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Interests: History (all kinds), theology, literature, cowboy boots, the War Between the States, Norwich Terriers.
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bth Open source is more reliable now and has been for a long time except for things like targeting studies and espionage success in determining intent. pl
The injection of the political realm into the moral realm degrades both. When matters of moral value are seen through a political lens, what one sees is distorted and contaminated. The moral value is never free of conditional circumstances, but... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Posted 8 hours ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
WRC As for clearances, I don't know. I was not in the room for voir dire. Sterling sat on the side of the screen where he could see the witnesses. pl
All Some CIA witnesses testified behind a screen and some not. pl
Steve G I was not in the jury room. How would I know? In re the jury, I was present in the courthouse during voir dire. There were many Blacks in the potential jury pool. None were selected. Why? As Stein observes the Northern Virginia area is full of people who are or were connected to the national security establishment and who often are contractors for the same. Let's face it. Many people believe that if you oppose the government's will you will pay for that. pl
"... the government failed to produce any proof that Sterling talked with Risen about the Iran operation, Lang and other close observers of his trial have noted. Prosecutors could show only that Risen and Sterling, an African-American, talked and traded... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sic Semper Tyrannis
LeAnder "... A soldier one way or another has to turn into a "sociopath", if he doesn't he will not survive." the "sociopaths" here are all deeply grateful for your kind words and comparison of us to the weaklings and cowards you associated with as a student barmaid. pl
TV I agree with the defense theory that the staff of the SSCI leaked to Risen after Sterling told them in 2003 of this failed op. In response the CIA mounted an effort employing CIA management and source Merlin to deflate Risen. The additional info that they gave Risen in that effort showed up in his book "State of War" in 2006. Much of the detail in that was unavailable to Sterling who had left in 2000. pl
Robert Willman There was zero direct evidence. I sat through all of it. There were no Blacks on the jury, nine of whom were white women. pl
TMYK "I never saw people "turn their backs"" I guess you were not looking very hard. "Corruption?" The Vietnamese were "corrupt" in a normal Asian kind of way , but the US military was not "corrupt" in VN. pl
Peggy Yes, if you water them. pl
Martin J Well, those Zeidi tribal forces were there back then as well. North of Sadah there were less Zeidis and more and more Yam until you arrived at the ever moving border. Beyond that was the Asir in SA with its collection of fanatics. The Saudis were careful to pay the Zeidi sheikhs well. pl
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I don't get it. I don't get the whole "American Sniper" thing. Shooting people with a rifle at extended ranges is something I am familiar with. There is nothing particularly noble about shooting people with a rifle at several hundred... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
CP "She took up her abode in the land of my enemies; so it became difficult for me to seek you, O daughter of Mahzam. I was enamored of her unawares, at a time when I was killing her people, desiring her in marriage; but by your father's life I swear, this was not the time for desiring. And verily you have occupied in my heart the place of the honored loved one, so do not think otherwise than this, that you are my beloved..." Antar bin Shaddad
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All "Endangered animals?" Well, we did not tell this West Point cadet everything. pl
Charles I Jenkins was not in my chain of command. My chain of command supported me and insisted on sending me to SA as DATT while he still was there. Those were the days... pl
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LeAnder King Arthur is the main business in the matter of Britain. Roland in that of France, el Cid Campeador in that of Spain, etc. pl
kunuri His name was Mardini. I had lived in Turkey and so asked him about the name. He said that the family was originally from Mardin. As you know there are many people in the Hijaz whose families came from somewhere else long ago. He was a very cosmopolitan man for a Saudi of that time. I suppose that is why he had the job that he did. pl
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LeAnder "The Matter of Britain." pl
All Remember, the Saudis had called the meeting. It was their meeting, in the their Ministry of Defense. I was invited directly by them and directed by DIA Washington to attend. I was not there as a member of Jenkins' group although he would have loved to have that much control. I gave you this story to show how difficult and complex US/Saudi relations have been for a long time and this has not always been the fault of the Saudis who have had to contend with many Americans who were simply without comprehension of the country or the region. I am not a fan of SA. I think Wahhabism is a major cause of the unrest presently so evident in the ME and South Asia, but the truth is the truth. pl
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walrus Oh, yes, Jenkins never forgot that. pl
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LeAnder and CP I also think the merger is dangerous and likely to lead to yet more group-think. pl
LeAnder It was a surprise to me when there was not a translator but they wanted it that way. pl
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ulenspiegel I no longer think that encouraging the removal of Qathafi was a good idea. At the time it seemed likely to me that Libya with its small population and many educated expatriates who would return would stabilize itself quickly. That was not the case. pl