Don't know which story makes me sicker

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  1. cb7893

    cb7893 Member

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    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articl...arine-reserve-maj-jason-brezler-betrayed.html

    So I read this story, with which I'm sure many of you have are familiar. My anger builds, subsides slightly...and then I read the next headline and story.

    Erik Prince thinks that the "War on Terror" is too big, that the "National Security State has become too large".

    My favorite observation would be this: Prince also said the over-reliance on drone warfare in the Middle East and South Asia would likely reap “a bitter harvest,” because of the scale of collateral damage from drone strikes. As if spraying a downtown traffic circle with gunfire in the middle of Baghdad in the middle of the day is not?

    I question none of his security/intel credentials, but where the hell was he during the build-up to this now multi trillion dollar fiasco which can't stop a puke like Edward Snowden, but punishes a Maj. Brezler.

    He could at least tell those of us who advocated for small scale tactical operations with closed mouths vs. a Hollywood production complete with a Mission Accomplished banner on an aircraft carrier, "you were right".
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I somewhat understand how this would disgust you, but at the same time, people lose military careers all the time, for mishandling classified material. I was the "Classified Material Control Officer" for my ship. Few days went by where I wasn't concerned that we were handling our classified material correctly (we were). I was also the mor

    That said; lose ammo, classified material, mooney or have sex with the wrong person... etc. there are career killers.

    I think there is a bigger problem here than just this, for the military, but retention? I'm not as concerned about that. And please remember, I think the military over-classifies quite a bit. But, having said that, it isn't the place of a reserve major to push classified material onto unclassified comms systems.
     
  3. cb7893

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    LITS,

    I am sure that the last thing on Maj. Brezler's mind when hitting the send button, was his military career. His concern was that a Trojan jackal was once again given access to the base and no one seemed to give a flying fig. Apparently, his concern was warranted.

    I bow to no one in my belief that those who leak, publish, share classified documents should be tried as criminals in the manner of Assange, Greenwald, Snowden and Co. I am not even pleading clemency for Brezler. I'm saying he's a mensch and the paper pushers are chicken scratch.

    I want to know who allowed the Afghan Police chief back on the base and why. If the standard answer is these are our allies and there are few bad ones, then we should have been out years ago. It's not just a few bad ones. In most cases, one can draw a line between the corrupt local official and President Karzai, whose office determines who gets the jobs and the money, most of which comes from the US.

    All this makes Erik Prince's revelations all the more rich. Blackwater was in the business of protecting our people from our "allies" as well as our enemies. He knew that then but never said anything until he lost the biz. He'll be right at home in Africa.
     

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