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Free SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher…and Others

by jim o’Neill

Chief Eddie Gallagher is a highly decorated Navy SEAL with over 19 years of honorable service to our country. Since September 11, 2018, he has been separated from his wife and children, and locked up in pre-trial confinement in the military brig. Chief Gallagher is being charged with killing an ISIS fighter and now awaits trial with the possibility of facing life in prison.   
Forged
According to Chief Eddie Gallagher’s many friends and family he is the victim of a couple of vindictive FNGs (F—king New Guys) who didn’t approve of Gallagher’s leadership style and set out to sabotage him with trumped up charges.  So far, they have been successful.
The charges against Gallagher are lame, to put it mildly.  Some would call them laughable.
Two high-ranking Iraqi military leaders with close ties to the SEALs cast doubt on the case military prosecutors have formed against Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, who’s accused of murdering a wounded prisoner of war, according to records provided to Navy Times.  Their transcribed interviews contradict nearly every aspect of the federal case against Gallagher, 39, who faces up to 18 criminal counts, including premeditated murder….
Carl Prine “NCIS documents cast doubt on Navy SEAL’s guilt in slaying of Islamic State fighter
Chief Gallagher’s military resume is exemplary.  He served as a Marine sniper/corpsman before going through BUD/S and becoming a SEAL in 2005.  He has gone on eight combat deployments to, among other places, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Gallagher has been recognized as SEAL Team 7 Sailor of the Year, and Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Sailor of the Year.  His awards include:
2 Bronze Stars with V for Valor
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Presidential Unit Citation
2 Navy Commendation Medals
3 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals – 1 with V for Valor
4 Good conduct awards

On his last deployment to Iraq, Eddie led his platoon in the hellacious battle to take back Mosul from ISIS. Of all the SEAL chiefs deployed during 2017 to fight ISIS, he was named the most professional, and was selected by his superiors to train incoming SEALS. In sum, Ed’s career is a testament to professionalism, gallantry and honor.
Yet, despite a pristine record and reputation, Eddie now stands wrongfully accused of war crimes – of killing a dying ISIS fighter on the battlefield – though there has never been evidence to prove it. As a matter of fact, there are mounds of evidence that exonerate him. Investigators have heard from eyewitnesses who say the event never happened. There is video and photographic evidence that clearly calls into question the accusations. There is also well-documented motive for his accusers to fabricate stories.
Sean Gallagher “Plea from a Navy SEAL’s brother
In a nutshell, at the risk of being too succinct, here is what happened that put Chief Gallagher in prison: During an intense firefight against ISIS in Iraq a severely wounded ISIS fighter was brought into an area controlled by Gallagher and his fellow SEALs.  Wishing to keep the ISIS fighter alive so that he could be questioned, Gallagher (who was a trained corpsman) and another medic performed an emergency tracheotomy on the ISIS fighter trying to save his life.  Their efforts failed and the fighter died, end of story.
Except it wasn’t the end of the story.  During that same firefight Chief Gallaher had a run-in with a couple of new SEALs who questioned his leadership.  Gallagher essentially gave the new guys a verbal slap on the wrist and told them to straighten up.  So far so good, until everyone got back to the states, and the FNGs came up with a tale about Chief Gallagher killing some poor innocent ISIS fighter by stabbing him in the neck.
They were afraid of criticism, they were afraid of being known as someone who didn’t want to fight; who actually would quit.  That was the seed, and that seed has grown into this treacherous plant where the [Navy] investigators took these false and malicious allegations against Eddie at face value.
Team Never Quit Podcast
Leaving aside the duplicitous FNGs for now, the question arises of why Navy lawyers would be so quick to believe the worst about a warrior with a distinguished track record for bravery, honesty, and valor.
There are a couple of pertinent reasons.  The first is that pencil pushing desk-jockey REMFs (Rear Echelon Mother…well, you get the idea), even if they are in a war zone, are so far removed from tip-of-the-spear action that they might as well be ensconced in the Pentagon back in DC.  That is, they have scant understanding of the realities of frontline warfare.
The other problem is a witch’s brew of envy, ignorance, dislike, and ideological/political disconnect.  Eight years of Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America” saw many of America’s finest warriors being forced out of the military, or leaving in disgust at what they saw happening to their beloved armed forces.  Which left a number of people, especially in the Pentagon, who were, and are, supportive of Obama’s left-wing globalist agenda.
It is no news that Democrats favor open borders, are stealthily (and not so stealthily) anti-American (“America was never that great”), and promote “most favored status” for Muslims.  Military lawyers who share such views would not find it hard to believe the worst about Chief Gallagher and ignore the wealth of exculpatory evidence.
The US armed forces are unquestionably the best fighting force in the world, and I salute the patriotism of all branches of service and the men and women who serve in them, but, BUT, eight years of Obama left their mark on the US military…more of a stain actually.
I bring this up because not only should Chief Gallagher receive a presidential pardon ASAP – yesterday would be better – but there are a number of American warriors unjustly imprisoned for doing their patriotic duty and putting their lives on the line to keep America safe.
Warriors such as Marine Major Fred Galvin who was railroaded by a “perfect storm of toxic officers.”  The Navy recently admitted that he had been “falsely accused of war crimes.”
The report said that Galvin should be promoted to lieutenant colonel and given back pay, while also removing the negative reports attached to his record that were associated with the false accusations. Galvin was pleased that the department had finally admitted he was wrongfully accused.
Bill McMorris “Navy Acknowledges Railroading of Marine Operator Falsely Accused of War Crimes
And Army Special Forces member Major Mathew Golsteyn
Colby Vokey, a retired Marine JAG who is now a civilian attorney specializing in military law, said that…the case has been complicated by the length of time the Army has taken…and perceptions that the Army went after this because of bad publicity.
Todd South “Trump said he’ll review the case against an Army Green Beret charged with murder
Then there’s the case of SEAL Senior Chief Keith Barry, “who was court-martialed and convicted of rape in San Diego in 2015.  He received a sentence of three years in prison and a dishonorable discharge. He has completed his prison term and left the Navy SEALs, but is appealing his conviction in hopes of restoring his reputation.”
The key question in the case of Keith Barry is whether the Navy’s top lawyer Vice Adm. James Crawford III and Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge illegally conspired against the SEAL.
The Navy’s top lawyer stands accused of unlawfully meddling in criminal cases targeting America’s elite commandos, [including Barry]…a Navy SEAL who had been deemed not guilty by his admiral and other officers.
Retired Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, former commander of the San Diego-based Navy Region Southwest, alleged that he wanted to overturn Barry’s verdict because it lacked sufficient evidence — but didn’t do so partly because of pressure from Crawford.  Lorge claimed that Crawford encouraged him to let Barry go to prison partly to help preserve the Navy’s reputation and appease the Obama administration….
Carl Prine “Navy’s top lawyer accused of illegally targeting SEAL commandos
UCI (Unlawful Command Influence) has been deemed the “mortal enemy of military justice.”  Last fall the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces found that Vice ADM Crawford III was guilty of UCI and had illegally meddled in SEAL Chief Barry’s case.  The court “tossed out the highly decorated commando’s 2014 court-martial conviction and barred the armed forces from ever trying him again.”
Okay, good.  Very good.  But there are too many of America’s warriors still unjustly imprisoned and/or convicted of crimes they did not commit.  At times it seems as if the military’s JAG Corps prosecutors declared open season on American troops some years ago and believe that the hunt goes on.
In any event, please go to #FreeEddie and find out what is happening in regard to Chief Gallagher.  Perhaps you can purchase a Free Eddie T-shirt at Forged – owned and run by former SEALs.  Write/call your Congress critter and raise some hell.  Suggest to President Trump that he set Chief Gallagher free now.  And the POTUS might want to form a board, a committee, a whatever, to look into why in the world so many of our patriotic warriors are being, and have been, punished for doing their duty.  The situation has been, and is, beyond outrageous.
 

McRaven is No Admiral of Mine

By Jim O’Neill
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.
 Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.
William McRaven “Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President
It is traditional to often address former military officers, especially those of high rank, by their former grade – colonel, general, commander, admiral, etc.  But I will make an exception with William McRaven, who is not worthy of his former title of admiral in my book.
In my book McRaven is a disgrace to the uniform of the US Navy, a disgrace to my beloved SEAL Teams, and a disgrace to the US military as a whole.
McRaven is obviously quite smart, so stupidity is no excuse for his behavior.  Which leaves…I don’t know what.  Ignorance?  Delusion?  Arrogance?  Naivete?  Too much time spent among the Pentagon’s “perfumed princes?”  All the above and more?
In any event, he is not fit to shine the shoes of someone such as Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (USN Ret.), a true American patriot who has never forgotten his oath to defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
According to Mr. Guandolo — a former SWAT team leader at the FBI, counterterrorism and Muslim Brotherhood specialist and Marine platoon commander — what should be an issue was the Saudis’ targeted recruitment of Mr. Brennan to the ideology of Islam while he was serving as the CIA station chief in Riyadh. This was not just a conversion but a political act by a foreign intelligence service.
ADM James A. Lyons 2/19/13 “The Islamic Cloud Over Brennan and Hagel
Former CIA boss John Brennan’s thuggish looks and demeanor put me in mind of Hitler’s head of the “Brown Shirts,” Ernst Rohm.  Not that they are doppelgangers or anything, but I get the same creepy vibe from them both.  There is, of course, no law against giving off bad vibes, and I have no proof whatsoever that Brennan is a Muslim convert…but there is certainly a wealth of circumstantial evidence that leads me to strongly suspect that Brennan is not the pure-as-the-driven-snow American patriot that McRaven makes him out to be.
After President Trump recently revoked his security clearance Brennan tweeted that his “principles are worth far more than clearances.”  To which Benghazi hero Kris “Tanto” Paronto replied:
“My principles are greater than clearances too John, especially when you and the @CIA kool-aid drinkers punished us for not going along with the Benghazi cover-up story in order to protect you, @HillaryClinton’s & @BarackObama’s failures. You put your politics before us.” 
I suppose We the People will have to wait, and wait, and wait some more before the truth finally comes out about the soft coup against President Trump involving the Steele Dossier, Fusion GPS, the FBI, DOJ, and God knows who and what else.  In the meantime, I will be casting a jaundiced eye on Brennan, Clapper, the Ohrs, the Clintons, and their ilk – call me cynical.
One thing for sure, I will not be holding any of them up as paragons of honesty, integrity, and patriotism.  Oh, and President Trump – I would waste no time in granting McRaven’s desire to have his security clearance revoked, he deserves the “honor.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MEMORIAL DAY – 28 MAY 18 – DECORATION DAY




Photo from a recent Pleasanton Memorial Day observance shows members of the American Legion, VFW color-guards and local Scouts posting the colors.

Funerals Set For Airborne Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Funerals Set For Airborne Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

President Trump: About Terry Lakin

By Jim O’Neill
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Preamble to the United States Constitution
As military officers, we owe our ultimate loyalty not to superior officers or even to the president, but rather, to the Constitution.”
Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney  (USAF Ret.)
“I think many in the military – and many out of the military – question the natural-birth status of Barack Obama.”  
Major General Paul E. Vallely (US Army Ret.)
First off – will Congress and/or SCOTUS please get off their collective butts and clearly, emphatically, and unequivocally define exactly what is meant by “Natural Born” from Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the US Constitution? 
Good God, it is unbelievable that such a vitally important term has not been legally and clearly defined so that there is no question what it means.  I realize that the wheels of government move slowly, and I don’t mean to sound impatient, but hey, it’s been over 200 years.  Just saying.
Depending on how “Natural Born” is defined (and you can take your pick from several differing interpretations) then Obama was, or was not, legally POTUS – and Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bobby Jindal (to mention a few) can, or cannot, legally become President of the United States.  So, this is a very important point, a very big deal.
Personally, I believe that the term “Natural Born” refers to a person born in the United States (or a territory under US jurisdiction) to parents who are both US citizens at the time of the “Natural Born” citizen’s birth.  But legal precedents aside (e.g. “Minor v. Happersett” and “United States v. Wong Kim Ark”) the definition of “Natural Born” remains murky – at least in the minds of many.  So, Congress, SCOTUS — earn your pay, do your job (finally).
This article is about Terry Lakin, and defining the term “Natural Born” may seem an unwarranted distraction in that context…but Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS is a big part of Terry’s story, so the importance of officially defining “Natural Born” is an apropos issue to discuss.  In any event, time to get into the meat of this article.
Although Terry’s story was front page news several years ago, many of our attention spans are less than optimal (mine included), so perhaps a brief refresher on his case is in order.  What follows is a short synopsis of what made him so newsworthy.
In 2010 Terry Lakin was a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the US Army when he was sent orders for redeployment to Afghanistan.  To make a long story short, LTC Lakin refused to go to Afghanistan because he had serious doubts regarding Obama’s qualifications to be Commander in Chief (sometimes abbreviated as CINC — pronounced “sink”) of the US military.
“My motivation stems from my oath of office to defend and uphold the Constitution, it’s the constitution that needs to be upheld.”
LTC Terry Lakin
[Sidebar: LTC Lakin’s medals and decorations include the Army Flight Surgeon Badge, Combat Medical Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Armed Forces Expedition Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon sixth award and the NATO service medal.  End of Sidebar]
You may recall that on his first full day as CINC Obama enacted Executive Order 13489, which in essence sealed his past history from public scrutiny.  The President of the United States does not want “we the people” to know who he is?  WTF?  At least that was my reaction – and I was hardly alone.  Shortly afterwards the so called “birther movement” grew legs and took off running.
Among the many records the Obama camp has refused to release are the marriage license of his father (Barack Sr.) and mother (Stanley Ann Dunham), name-change records (Barry Soetero to Barack Hussein Obama), adoption records, records of his and his mother’s repatriation as U.S. citizens from Indonesia, baptism records, Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) records, Punahou School financial aid or school records, Occidental College financial aid records, Harvard Law School records, Columbia senior thesis, Columbia College records, record with Illinois State Bar Association, files from his terms as an Illinois state senator, his law client list, medical records and passport records.
Bob Urah “Sheriff’s probe finds Obama birth certificate ‘fake’

The reaction of the MSM globalist propaganda machine to the birther movement was immediate, vociferous, and massive.  Ridicule (rule #5 of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals) and smoke ‘n’ mirrors obfuscation were employed in a firehose stream of denial and derision.  I wrote about it at the time:
Let’s pretend for a moment that we’re not all being treated like mentally challenged six-year-olds, and that it’s out on the table that the current POTUS has been blatantly hiding his past from the American electorate. Let’s also pretend that neither the media, nor our judicial system, find it laughably funny when “we the people” insist on knowing the REAL history of the person running America’s economy, military, and domestic/foreign policies.  If we pretend all those things, then it makes perfect sense to question Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS….
Adding to LTC Lakin’s concerns was the fact that according to the official narrative, Obama’s father was a Kenyan who was never a US citizen, let alone at the time of the CINC’s birth – which according to the definition of “Natural Born” mentioned above, made Obama constitutionally ineligible to be POTUS.  It is also of note that Obama’s long form birth certificate was not released (digital copy only) until after LTC Lakin was court-martialed, found guilty, and sent to prison.
[Sidebar: In order to silence critics of the digital representation of his short form birth certificate, on April 27, 2011 Obama released a digital version of his long form birth certificate.  The years long Arpaio/Zullo investigation strongly suggests that Obama’s online long form birth certificate is a forgery.  End of Sidebar]
Before going any further, let me state that this article is not about taking sides on the question of Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS, or the particulars of his birth.  It is concerned with the grave injustice done to LTC Lakin.  I have simply been laying out the historical background surrounding Terry Lakin’s trial and imprisonment in order to provide context.
I am basically pounding two drums (and only two) in this article: (1) that the term “Natural Born” be clearly defined by Congress or the SCOTUS, and (2) that Terry Lakin is an American hero who deserves the “Medal of Freedom” or “Congressional Gold Medal” for his valorous defense of the US Constitution.
LTC Lakin took the stand that he did because of the sort of man that he was, and is – a stalwart American patriot whose love of country, honesty, honor, and belief in the US Constitution should make him an exemplar to every man and woman in uniform.  Heck, to every American patriot.
In late 2010 he was found guilty of failing to obey orders and stripped of his rank and benefits.  He was sent to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He served his time and has been a free man since May of 2011.

Recently a petition was started to “Reinstate Lt. Col. Terry Lakin into the U.S. Army with full rank, pay, benefits and pension immediately.”  I received an email from Terry a couple of days ago – the excerpt below should give you a glimpse of the man’s character.

Gary [Wilmott] started the petition.  It got out there.  I’m not holding my breath that much will come of it.  My friend Marco, Charles Kerchner, Erik Rush, Peter Boyles and others have all jumped in to help.  
 Personally, I’m patient.  I think Trump has a lot to do.  …I have been blessed by the Lord and am providing for my family and others.  I cannot forget that there are so many others still in Leavenworth [whose cases are more urgent].
Given his hitherto unblemished record, undeniable professionalism, unquestioned patriotism, and respect for the US Constitution, LTC Lakin could have, and should have, received much better treatment at the hands of the US Army.  The Army’s railroading of LTC Lakin was disgraceful and a stain on their honor.  The whole thing stinks of the political intrigues surrounding “The Dreyfus Affair.”
As Terry notes, President Trump no doubt has bigger fish to fry at the moment (and for some time to come one suspects), but, when he finds the time, I believe that an official Presidential pardon for LTC Terry Lakin is in order.  I have full faith that President Trump will do the right thing when time allows.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Russian state newspapers predict ‘direct military conflict’ with US as it compares Syria stalemate to Cuban missile crisis

MOSCOW ON THE OFFENSIVE

‘Third World War’ fears have been voiced by the newspapers over the growing tensions between the USA and Syria

Putin Undercuts Obama: Russia to Host Middle East Peace Talks

Putin promotes national sovereignty over globalism

Russian president Vladmir Putin is asserting himself as the next broker for Middle East peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a sign of his continued ambition to supplant the U.S. – and Obama – as the major power broker in the region.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that Putin would be willing to host Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for talks at the Kremlin, reported Egyptian media.
“The Russian president has informed me that he has invited Palestinian President [Abbas] and Prime Minister Netanyahu for a meeting in Moscow,” al-Sisi said. “Egypt supports these efforts and both sides are urged to participate and respond positively to the initiative for the sake of finding light at the end of the tunnel for Palestinians and establishing their state alongside Israel.”
Egypt’s role in the process would be “that which convinces the sides that if peace will be attained light will shine on the entire region,” according to al-Sisi.
He added that Fatah and Hamas, the opposing Palestinian political parties, needed to make amends and end their civil war in order for the peace talks to be successful.
In July, Palestinian leaders presented several preconditions for participating in a trilateral Israeli-Egyptian-Palestinian peace summit in Cairo, including a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.
Abbas also demanded that Israel accept negotiations based on the pre-1967 boundary lines and pledge ahead of time to implement any agreements reached in the talks.
Putin originally suggested a Moscow peace conference in 2005, but the U.S., in hopes to contain Russia’s diplomatic influence, opposed it.
But after a decade under Obama’s tired lead-from-behind strategy coupled with ISIS’s regional destabilization, conditions in the Middle East have continued to give Putin the leverage he needs step in and show Russia’s influence as a regional power player.

Veteran Kills Himself in Parking Lot of V.A. Hospital on Long Island

Veteran Kills Himself in Parking Lot of V.A. Hospital on Long Island

Report: US Moving Nukes Closer to Ukraine

Pentagon denies, but evidence suggests otherwise

The US is reportedly moving nukes from Turkey to Romania amid rising tensions in Ukraine – and after a recent report warned that ISIS could steal the nukes in Turkey.

At least 50 tactical nukes are stored at the Incirlik Air Base about 70 miles from the Syrian border, and according to EurActiv, the US is moving at least 20 of them to Romania, which shares a border with Ukraine.

US officials have denied the claim, but recent developments reveal there’s credibility to the reported nuke transfer.

For one thing, Turkey is now considering military ties with Russia due to its deteriorating relationship with NATO.

“It seems to us that NATO members behave in an evasive fashion on issues such as the exchange of technology and joint investments,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Sputnik, a Russian news outlet. “Turkey intends to develop its own defense industry and strengthen its defense system.”

“In this sense, if Russia were to treat this with interest, we are ready to consider the possibility of cooperation in this sector.”

Additionally, the Pentagon is claiming that nearly 40,000 Russian troops are massing on Russia’s border with Ukraine, including armored vehicles, tanks and fighter jets.

And the nukes stored in Turkey are at risk of being stolen by ISIS, according to a report by the Stimson Center.

“From a security point of view, it’s a roll of the dice to continue to have approximately 50 of America’s nuclear weapons stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey,” said report co-author Laicie Heeley. “There are significant safeguards in place… but safeguards are just that, they don’t eliminate risk.”

“In the event of a coup, we can’t say for certain that we would have been able to maintain control.”

The US has already evacuated the dependents of US service members from the base, the report pointed out, so why wouldn’t the nukes also get transferred?

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Munich Attack Fallout: Germany Prepares for Domestically Deployed Military

Post WWII German constitution limits role of Bundeswehr

Following WWII and the defeat of the Nazis, the German constitution forbid the military, known as the Bundeswehr, to be used domestically except in instances of national emergency.

That post-war restriction may soon come to an end.

In the aftermath of the Munich attacks last week, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper it “would be completely incomprehensible … if we had a terrorist situation like Brussels in Frankfurt, Stuttgart or Munich and we were not permitted to call in the well-trained forces of the Bundeswehr, even though they stand ready.”

Herrmann said the restriction is now obsolete and Germans have a “right to safety.”

Thomas Strobl of the ruling Christian Democratic Party agreed. He said if Germany faces “a large-scale, serious terrorist situation, we must also bring in the Bundeswehr.”

The Greens and members of the Social Democratic Party warned against “domestic calls for more surveillance, isolation and military [intervention],” and added the Munich attack would be exploited politically.

The German government, however, had planned to lift restrictions on Bundeswehr prior to the Munich attack.

Photo published for Sicherheitspolitik: Bundeswehr bereitet sich auf Einsatz im Innern vor

Christoph Harig @c_harig

Bundeswehr preparing joint exercises with police, possible internal missions in vaguely defined cases of terrorismhttp://www.zeit.de/politik/deutschland/2016-07/sicherheitspolitik-bundeswehr-innern-grundgesetz-uebungen