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A couple shots from just before the services for Lex at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

It was a beautiful day. The service was very nice indeed. The flyover by the Hornet and Kfir was most excellent.

Lex Departing

Some of us at Fort Rosecrans. Among them are Pogue, me and xBradtc among the bloggers along with Beth, Armando, John and a couple I do not remember.. Wing Wife took the picture .

 

Wing Wife is in this one(nice lady in the blue)

A large number of folks were not bloggers but simply enjoyed reading Lex……and who didn’t?

I also managed to run into a man who I had common friends and acquaintances with past and present.

But my moment was delivering a message from our good blog bud, Pinch Paisley.

I went up to Mary Lefon and told her I had a message from Pinch on the East Coast. Lost the voice for a moment then. Gave her a kiss on the cheek and a hug. She returned both and then pressed a Memorial Challenge Coin into my hand. Almost lost it completely had it not been been for Mary and Marcia(Wing Wife) along with Beth.

Gonna miss him,  yeah, definitely. Even on the occasion he gave me constructive criticism, it was good. That will remain between us now, eternity. The relationship was always mech to pilot, Petty Officer to Captain. It was better that way.

:tomcat:

 

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Chant du Départ – Another Lexian Joins the Blogosphere!

OldAFSarge is another “Lexian” (reader of the late Neptunus Lex) who’s decided to give this whole blog thing a try :)  I’m happy to post a link to him over on the right side of the screen in the blogroll :thumb:

Chant du Départ is up and running and I’m sure the author wouldn’t mind a few more people in the comments :thumb:  Stop on by and say hi to a cool former Air Force guy if you’ve got a few moments free :cool:

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Voyages on Two Wheels – 17 March 2012 – Rain Makes A Ride Home Better

17 March 2012 - A nice, rainy ride home from a Saturday at work :cool:

17 March 2012 - A nice, rainy ride home from a Saturday at work :cool:

 There’s a lot going on in my life right now, but I’m going to try to post much more than I have so far this year :)

The weather forecast in California over the weekend called for rain and the real world didn’t disappoint!  Management at work requested volunteers for some overtime over the weekend and I figured I’d do what I could to help out and reap a bit more money.  It was work.  That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

There was also a sleep study jammed into the weekend as well.  It was supposed to start at about 2030 hours, but didn’t start until half an hour after midnight.  Starting with two hours sans CPAP, the test finished with four hours on the CPAP.  No, I didn’t get too much sleep.  Add to that the fact that Monday and Tuesday were to be 10.5 hour days including lunch.

I knew all of this was supposed to happen on Saturday as I headed home from work.  The skies had held the promise of rain all day long out here in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t until I walked out to my motorcycle that the clouds overhead delivered on that promise.  That was something I had hoped for all day as I looked out the windows :thumb:

Riding is wonderful anytime with very few exceptions.  Variety is the spice of life.  Weather in Las Vegas can be hot and it can be cold, but it’s usually clear.  I don’t have much in the way of rain gear, but I also don’t usually mind getting wet because it’s different and I like that.  Saturday let me go play in the rain again which was a most welcome diversion from the normal pace and flow of life, even if it was only for a couple of miles and a few minutes :cool:

It’s time for me to go get some sleep and prepare for another day at work tomorrow.  At least it’s going to be a normal shift instead of more overtime :)

Have a great Wednesday, everyone :mrgreen:

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Courtesy of John Carmichal – Eye in the Clouds

Eye in the Clouds - Courtesy John Carmichael

Eye in the Clouds - Courtesy John Carmichael

 I saw this posted on Facebook and it immediately became my desktop background at work :)

The caption reads:

A photo I took from seat 7F, westbound somewhere near Chicago… 34,000+ feet… Was captivated by the arch created it’s own frame for the Cumulus Cloud

The photographer is a fellow blogger who I’ve known online for quite a while now and I hope he’ll forgive me for failing to add a link to the blogroll on the right until tonight :oops:   John Carmichael is another milblogger and photographer and his published works are well worth your time :thumb:  He was very kind in allowing me to publish this photograph here for your enjoyment :D  I found John’s place quite a while back through a link over on Neptunus Lex and he has a fitting tribute to Lex posted at his place as well :cool:

Head on over to Carmichael’s Position and browse around a while – I think you’ll like the place :wink:

Thanks again, John :mrgreen:

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BIG NEWS – I’M GOING TO BE A DADDY!!!

I'll be riding in Utah soon :wink:

I'll be riding in Utah soon :wink:

I found out that I’m going to be a father back in the beginning of January ( :D ) and I’ve been pretty busy since then.  Yes, that’s why I haven’t been posting very often lately :)  I know the next questions are going to be who’s the mother and when’s the due date.  Cindy’s the mother (as if there was really a doubt :P ) and our child is due in mid to late August :cool:

We know that we have a whole lot of work ahead of us and we’re going to do the best we can to raise our son or daughter the right way :)  We still have a ton of decisions to make in the near future.  Marriage hasn’t been decided, we have to agree on a name once we find out whether we’re having a son or a daughter (which won’t be too long from now), and we have to find a place to live that we agree on just for starters.

Cindy can’t move to Las Vegas for various reasons, so I’m going to move up to Utah in the near future.  I’ll have to find a new job in central Utah (not the easiest thing) and I’m sure other challenges will arise as well.

I know this won’t be easy.  That’s one of the very few things I know for sure.  Funny thing about the things that are worth doing, though – they’re usually not easy :wink:  I have, however, already sold my AR-15 and paid off my motorcycle so I have at least one vehicle that’s completely paid for :thumb:

Cindy and I agree that while this development was not planned, we will not consider it a mistake, a problem, a punishment, or anything negative.  A child is a blessing!

I’ll try to update this blog as I can and will do my best to keep it actually online (money is going to be tight), so stay tuned :)

Have a great day everyone :mrgreen:

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In Memory of Carroll ‘Lex’ Lefon – Guinness – For Strength!

In memory of Carroll 'Lex' Lefon - Guinness - For Strength!

In memory of Carroll 'Lex' Lefon - Guinness - For Strength!

 Tonight is  a night of remembrance.

Many around the United States and most likely quite a few overseas are raising a bottle or a glass in memory of someone many never had the chance to meet in person.  Carroll “Lex” Lefon was lost to us earlier this week when the fighter jet he was flying crashed at NAS Fallon.  Whisper, a guest blogger, has kindly published a post so that friends and family can leave tributes and eulogies in the comments.  There are currently 1,225 comments.  Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, has even sent a personal note which Whisper posted as well.

I stopped and picked up some Guinness (for strength!) on the way home so that I could toast Lex from here in Vegas.  Many others are doing the same thing in pubs, bars, taverns, and their own homes and have connected on Facebook to share the time.

Thanks and prayers are still going out from here in Las Vegas.  They’re being sent for Lex, for his family, friends, and colleagues.  We’re much better for having known him.

PS – Steve here in Las Vegas has posted a list of tributes to Lex over on his blog.  Please consider stopping by and looking through the links.

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Prayers For Captain Carroll “Lex” Lefon and For the Lefon Family

Neptunus Lex - Husband, Father, Aviator, Warrior, Poet and Blogger - You will be missed.

Neptunus Lex - Husband, Father, Aviator, Warrior, Poet and Blogger - You will be missed.

 I heard that there was a horrible possibility last night.  I found out this morning that it wasn’t just a possibility anymore.  It was a fact. A wife had lost her husband.  Daughters and a son had lost their father.  A nation had lost a patriot, warrior, and leader.  I had lost a friend and inspiration.  The world had lost a good man.

Lex had taken a fire breathing Israeli made K-21 Kfir up into the sky yesterday as a civilian contract pilot helping to train aviators for the United States Navy’s Fighter Weapons School.  He never made it home.

Captain Carrol Lefon USN (retired) was better known as Neptunus Lex to those who read blogs.  Lex was everything I said in the first paragraph of this post and so much more.  If I were to think of words to describe him, quite a few come to mind.  Professional, excellent, humorous, loving, wickedly intelligent…  I wish I could be half the man he was.  Truth be told, I’d settle for being half the writer he was.  I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet that there will never be another post from a master of language and wit to take my mind off all that’s clouding it on any given day.  Like so many others, I never had the opportunity to meet him in person.  We exchanged emails from time to time and each one came across like I was corresponding with an old friend.  I devoured his writing on a daily basis and again it felt like I was reading something from someone I actually knew rather than someone who just posted on a blog.  The comments on the memorial post on his blog tell the story of who Lex was much better than any words I can conjure tonight.

So many things have swirled around in my mind since I heard the confirmation of Lex’s passing this morning and I just can’t seem to put any of it into words in a way that would do justice to his memory.  So instead of trying to do that, I’ll try to at least put it into words the best way I can and keep it short.

To Lex – Thank you for your service and for the kindness you’ve shown me over the years.  You were an inspiration to me and one of the reasons I kept up blogging over the years.  I doubt you realized the way that link on your blogroll boosted my morale and the pride I felt when I saw it up there.  You’ve been an example of diplomacy, decorum, professionalism, leadership, and what people mean when they say that someone is a good man.  You were an example of The Right Stuff.  While I’m incredibly sad for having lost you, I’m even more glad for having had the opportunity to know you through your writings.  We’ll be sure to raise a few toasts with some good Gunness (for strength!) in your memory.

To the Lefon family – I extend my deepest condolences and wish there was something more I could do for you.  I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now.  You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.  I’ve said my thanks to Lex, but you also deserve thanks as well for being understanding and kind enough to share him with us along with sharing yourselves through him and his writing.

To everyone else – Please take some time to go through the archives of Capt. Lefon’s blog.  You’re sure to find wit and laughter, but you’ll also find a tremendous amount of wisdom about an astounding array of topics.  One of my favorite literary works penned by the good Captain was titled Rhythms.  It is well worth your time.

Godspeed and blue skies, Lex.  You will be greatly missed.

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#EFAD – More From Matt Bracken – Murdergate – Gangster Government, and Sakharov’s Immunity

OK, so you’ve read the previous post about Operation #EFAD below, right? If not, go take a look and come back here. Assuming you’ve read that, you know about former Navy SEAL Matt Bracken and how he’s giving away free electronic copies of his book Enemies Foreign and Domestic to bring much needed attention to a criminal government operation known in the BATFE as Operation Fast and Furious and known to gun bloggers as Gunwalker.  Gunwalker has cost at least two federal agents their lives along with taking the lives of untold numbers of Mexican and now American citizens.

Matt has written more about Gunwalker and Gangster Government responsible for it.  I’m republishing it here with his permission.  Please take the short amount of time needed to read it and think about what it means.  When you’re done, go download your free copy of Enemies Foreign and Domestic.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a Kindle – Amazon.com has free software you can use on your PC, Mac, i-Phone, or i-Pad.  There are other programs out there which will allow you to read it on many other platforms as well.

Without further ado, here’s Matt Bracken’s latest work of non-fiction – Gangster Government:

Matthew Bracken, February 29, 2012

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For over a year now, the Department of Justice has been stone-walling the House committees investigating Operation Fast And Furious, wherein thousands of semi-automatic rifles (“assault rifles” in the liberal lexicon) were deliberately allowed to “walk” into Mexico, straight into the hands of drug cartel killers. One of those weapons was used to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry a dozen miles inside of U.S. territory.

The actual killer is believed to be an FBI “informant.” In other words, a cartel assassin in his own right, but also a valuable “asset” in the FBI’s consideration. The FBI and DOJ have been shielding this killer, while obstructing the delivery of justice to the Brian Terry family. On the other side of the border, ICE Agent Jaime Zapata was also murdered with a “gun-walked” weapon, along with over two-hundred innocent Mexican citizens as of this date.

And where is the elite Mainstream Media in its coverage of this festering scandal of such epic proportions? Over the past year they have dedicated scant minutes to the scandal, and then, usually to parrot the Obama administration’s lies and obfuscations. Just during one recent week, the elite media spent countless hours covering the death and funeral of a beloved celebrity drug addict, compared to the few minutes they have spent covering Operation Fast And Furious during all of the last year.

Under Operation Fast And Furious, and related DOJ-ATF gun-walking schemes in at least five states, there was no plan or means to track the weapons after their sale. Licensed gun dealers were coerced by the BATFE into making repeated bulk sales, even when they expressed grave concern about the persons buying the weapons, including known felons. Federal cash was provided to the straw purchasers when they did not have their own money.

As conceived and carried out, the intended purpose of Operation Fast and Furious was to rack up a bloody body count in Mexico, in order to discredit the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as spelled out in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The murdered Mexicans were intended to buttress the false claim that ninety percent of the weapons recovered in Mexico after gangland shootings came from American gun dealers.

In short, the Obama administration conducted a program of mass murder for political purposes. Or, as President Obama put it to Sarah Brady, he was still pursuing a gun control agenda, but “under the radar.” It is hard to conceive of a federal “law enforcement operation” [sic] more evil from top to bottom than Operation Fast And Furious.

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By comparison, consider the Watergate scandal, which at the time was generally called “a third-rate burglary.” I was a teenage construction worker the summer of 1973 when the Senate Hearings took place. Out on the construction sites, you could hear radios playing the hearings all through the day. The radio and television networks suspended normal programming in that pre-cable era to bombard America with gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Watergate hearings.

We all know the result of that non-stop media focus: President Nixon soon resigned in disgrace to avoid impeachment, and U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell was sent to prison. And all over a bungled political burglary, where nobody was killed or even hurt.

But imagine for a moment if President Nixon’s men, when called before the committees investigating the Watergate scandal, had provided less than twenty percent of subpoenaed documents after a full year of ignoring requests and congressional pleadings. Then further imagine that among the twenty percent of the documents that were provided to Congress, hundreds of pages were “fully redacted,” or completely blacked out. Black paper, by the ream.

In diplo-speak, this is leaning across the witness table toward the congressional investigators, giving them two middle fingers and a hearty, “F— you, you punks, what are you going to do about it?”

Then imagine if the New York Times, the Washington Post and the television networks never mentioned Watergate or the hearings, except rarely, and then only to refer to the congressional investigators as partisan hacks on witch-hunts, simply bent on destroying the nation’s beloved President Nixon and stopping his good works. In this alternate reality, Woodward and Bernstein never got a Watergate by-line, but instead they were sent to cover the new “ecology” movement and Earth Day.

Reverse the party polarity, jump ahead four decades to today, and that is the current sad state of American reality. Gangsters rule the federal government; the Operation Fast And Furious congressional investigators are ineffectual, toothless buffoons, and their spineless congressional leaders even balk at further investigation of the deadly scandal.

In the modern case of Operation Fast and Furious, hundreds of Mexicans were murdered as a necessary pre-condition for a desired political outcome, the undercutting of Second Amendment rights in America. From the outset, the administration’s goal was to bury our Right to Keep and Bear Arms beneath a growing mountain of Mexican corpses. The innocent murdered Mexicans were not collateral damage of Operation Fast and Furious, they were the intended targets from the start.

Dear readers, it does not get more evil than that.

Attorney General Holder and his lieutenants have repeatedly lied and are repeatedly caught lying, so they make up more lies, bald-face lies, contradicted by email records and their own words. But no charges of perjury ensue from Congress, only more extensions of meaningless deadlines to produce the subpoenaed documents and all of the witnesses who have been called to testify, but who have simply refused to appear.

Two middle fingers, and a hearty “F— you.”

And not only does the elite Mainstream Media ignore the story, thereby shielding the Obama administration from answering for Operation Fast and Furious or many other administration scandals, they actually take an active role in promulgating the latest messages put out by the Obama White House. One recent blatant example will suffice. Most viewers were bewildered at the Republican primary debate in New Hampshire on January 7, when moderator George Stephanopoulos of ABC News asked, and continued to ask, seemingly off-topic questions about the candidates’ views on, of all possible subjects, birth control.

We now understand that current White House War Room “General” Valerie Jarrett has been conducting weekly planning meetings with representatives from the hard-left Media Matters, for the purpose of delivering the latest administration “talking points” and strategic memes to their cooperating friends in the elite media and thereby to the public at large. Then lo and behold, the original Clinton White House War Room “General” George Stephanopoulos just happened to pick debate questions not about Operation Fast And Furious, but, of all things, the birth control meme that the Obama White House wanted to float, as a diversion from discussing the perilous state of the economy. And wildly successful it has been, this meme-making machine, at keeping the Republican candidates off-message and off-balance.

A horribly biased media that will not even investigate Operation Fast And Furious will certainly not investigate this grossly transparent act of political prostitution by “journalist” George Stephanopoulos. In graphic terms, this was not merely discreet political sex for a quiet off-camera payoff; this was naked, grunting copulation at high noon, on the public square. Even so, today almost nobody will say aloud what needs to be said: George Stephanopoulos has now proven himself a political whore of the lowest stripe, but even worse than that, he has shown himself to be a serving member in good standing of Gangster Government, Inc. And his colleagues in the elite liberal media establishment are fine with that, because they are also complicit, either knowingly or unknowingly.

George Stephanopoulos does the political bidding of Valerie Jarrett and Media Matters, making him a willing stooge and a critical cog in Gangster Government, Inc., thereby disgracing both his family name and the occupation of journalist. He will go down in history as a dishonorable scoundrel, who put his shared liberal political agendas ahead of any bare pretense at making an honest search for the truth concerning deadly scandals such as Operation Fast and Furious, which by objective measures is the worst political scandal of the modern era.

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Let’s return to Watergate. When the activities of the Nixon White House “Plumbers” became known, a vigorous media examination provided the clean water and bleach to quickly disinfect the mess and restore the integrity of government institutions. Officials as high as the U.S. Attorney General went to prison, and President Nixon was forced from office in abject disgrace.

However, nothing like that happens today, under the willfully averted gaze of “state-controlled media.” Operation Fast and Furious, a scandal that is demonstrably orders of magnitude worse than Watergate, gets a complete pass. The MSM is too busy covering the latest celebrity escapades to be bothered with mere mass-murder, carried out as an intended part of a federal “law enforcement operation” [sic] at the Obama administration’s direction.

How may we understand this total disinterest by the elite liberal media in President Obama’s “MurderGate?” Gangster Government, Inc. cannot thrive unless it can depend on its loyal GGI affiliates in the elite media. Without the looming threat of investigative reporting, Gangster Government is protected on its flanks, and is empowered to advance. The elite media becomes a willing shield for the gangsters, instead of a check against their depredations, all the while claiming objectivity in their reportage.

In effect, the elite liberal media pisses on our heads and tells us it is raining, and then expects us not only to believe their lies, but to be happy about them. However, out here in the Bitter Clinger Nation, we do indeed see what is happening in sharp detail, and we know that it is not rain that is coming down. We understand, but we are simply unable to change the situation. Not when the elite media itself becomes a key part of the cover-up of Murdergate and other manifestations of Gangster Government, Inc.

Why spend so much time on this comparison between the Watergate scandal and Operation Fast and Furious? Because it is the Rosetta stone for understanding how Obama’s Gangster Government came creeping in, bent on turning the United States into a socialist total control grid, where vestigial scraps of American freedom will be doled out by the State to obedient subjects. When a Gangster Government is not opposed by an honest media or the threat of meaningful congressional hearings, it is emboldened and it advances. This is the outcome of President Obama’s new policy of ruling by executive decree, and his repeatedly stating that, “If the Congress won’t act, I will.”

“So what?” you may ask. “We live in a corrupt age, so we have a corrupt government. And not for the first, or the last time.”

No, I’m sorry, but this is not the same as anything seen before. Hold on to the example of Watergate: a third-rate political burglary, under a constant media spotlight, leading to the end of a presidency, and an attorney general in prison. Compare that to Operation Fast And Furious: a covert policy of mass murder for political benefit, followed by feeble congressional investigations, with exactly zero elite media interest. It is an objective metric to compare Watergate to Murdergate. The current lack of accountability leaves the Obama administration emboldened to move further away from adherence to the Constitutional limitations they swore to uphold.

“If the Congress won’t act, I will,” may be translated into standard English as, “To hell with the Constitution, I am in charge, and nobody can stop me.”

Gangster Government, Inc.

We have reached a sickening point in our history, when an FBI “informant” shot and killed a U.S. Border Patrol Agent with an AK-47 “walked” to the cartels as part of Operation Fast And Furious. The only part of this that did not go exactly according to the plan cooked up in the Obama White House is that the “walked” rifle killed a U.S. federal agent in America, instead of just one more Mexican in Mexico. The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry at least spilled a bit of light on the murderous operation, but not enough. More than a year later, the cover-up is holding firm, with the willing assistance of the elite liberal media in blocking the reportage of any news injurious to the Whitehouse.

(This is not the first time, by the way, that FBI “informants” were allowed to commit murder while receiving FBI protection. It recalls the Irish mobs in Boston who were given FBI protection for over twenty years, in particular the Whitey Bulger gang. It has taken the FBI decades to mitigate the stink of their long-term participation in the Boston Black Mass, which included covering up numerous murders by their “informants.”)

Now the FBI is running “informants” in Mexican cartels, who receive FBI protection, even after they murder U.S. agents in the United States. This ongoing lamentable situation will dishonor every faithfully serving FBI Special Agent as long as it is allowed to continue, just as it also dishonors the memory of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

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Dear readers, we are at a precarious point in our history. When I wrote Enemies Foreign And Domestic in 2002, I was not making wild guesses. I was studying historical and recent foreign examples. When a Gangster Government is left unchecked by a complicit elite media, it is an entirely foreseeable consequence that federal “law enforcement” [sic] agencies will conduct the types of false-flag and other black ops described in my novel EFAD, and actually conducted under the DOJ’s Operation Fast And Furious. Power unchecked is power abused. Without the threat of significant media examination or congressional oversight, what do the gangsters have to fear? Nothing at all.

Look to the recent experiences of countries in Latin America to project what will come next–if it is not already occurring sub-rosa. There will be officially unsanctioned operations that are launched after a wink and a nod from the upper floors. Criminal “informants” seeking large cash payments or stay-out-of-jail cards (or both) will handle the “wet work” on a deniable basis. Rogue units like the Special Training Unit described in EFAD will far overstep any Constitutional bounds, and sally forth on both personal and political vendettas, seeking to destroy those they cannot silence, with no regard for the rule of law, and no fear of being held to account by the complicit elite liberal media.

All of this will happen, just as surely as mushrooms will sprout forth from horse manure in a dark place. It is what always happens, when a Gangster Government veering toward outright fascism is assisted by a compliant press. Study the past decade in the political life of Venezuela, to see America’s future. Secret police, and eventually even death-squads made up of “off-duty” agents and their cartel and street gang “informants” will proliferate. Violent street mobs mobilized and directed by federal instigators through cutouts will be unleashed on political enemies, while the Feds and the elite liberal media study their fingernails. These are a few examples of what always happens under these conditions. It is as predictable as the swing of a pendulum. Don’t wonder. This is what comes next.

Data-mining programs will provide these abusers of power with powerful tools for creating enemies lists, and for targeting them, as described in EFAD. Social media networks are already under intensive federal scrutiny. This year, it is ostensibly to track down undefined terrorist threats. But social media, so popular today, must be understood as a two-edged sword. The same social media that facilitated the Arab Spring, today brings the secret police of Syria, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other nations to the doors of obscure bloggers hidden in tiny apartments, to drag them away to secret torture cells.

The point is that social media works both ways, and analyzing their traffic patterns is currently a booming sector in federal law enforcement. This year, unnamed groups of terrorists are the reason given for all of the new federal law enforcement “fusion centers.” Next year or the year after, other classes of political enemies may be placed on the federal microscope’s slide as political circumstances evolve. Gangster Government, when it is unconcerned about being held to account, always moves forward to greater levels of outright repression. Always. Power unchecked, is power abused.

The ratchets restricting our freedom click tighter. People are afraid to speak, for fear of winding up on a list, and what that might mean in the years ahead under a Gangster Government. Your spouse desperately needs an organ transplant or other critical operation? Gee, sorry, not available, not to you, not now. Not to a political enemy, they will mean but not say. Therefore, you had better shut up and get with the program, if you know what is best for you. That compliant and fearful attitude is the intended outcome of Gangster Government, Inc. It needs a silent and submissive nation of frightened sheep to thrive unchecked.

However, some of us will just not get the word. We will not all shut up and play ball, so at the next stop along this express railroad to overt fascism, the regime’s political enemies will be targeted for assassination. But not necessarily in the 1963 or 1968 meaning of the word. That is, not by “kinetic solutions,” to use today’s favored expression. Today, assassination comes in many subtler forms.

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Which brings me at last to Sakharov’s Immunity. Andrei Sakharov was a Soviet physicist and a primary inventor of the H-bomb. When he went off the Communist reservation in 1967 and became a dissident, the regime made his life miserable but they did not kill him, which was certainly in their power to do. His death under such circumstances would have proved the very points he was making about the illegitimate Soviet regime. They moved him far into Siberia to keep him isolated from intrepid foreign visitors, but they did not sprinkle radioactive Polonium dust on his salad. The introduction of that deadly form of Russian salad dressing was left for a later strongman, Vladimir Putin, formerly of the KGB.

Andrei Sakharov

And there are many other means of assassination. The Soviet KGB could not assassinate Sakharov’s reputation; it was above reproach. But in the modern era, with the elite liberal media serving as the Obama regime’s willing propaganda organ (birth control, anyone?) this is easier to arrange than ever. Popular media icons can be and have been driven off the airwaves by the full-court press of the Media Matters smear machine, in coordination with Valerie Jarrett at the White House War Room. And does anyone believe that the vicious smear campaign against black conservative Republican candidate Herman Caine was not orchestrated in the War Room of Gangster Government, Inc?

Or the regime can commit an “Economic Waco,” the way it has recently done to the Rick and Terri Reese family of Deming, NM. Read about this case, and ponder this federal engine of total destruction being turned against your family. At the same time the secret federal “law enforcement program” [sic] of walking thousands of guns directly to Mexican cartel killers was official ATF policy, and nobody has even been charged with a crime.

Obviously, taking a defiant public stand against Gangster Government Inc. and its complicit elite media minions comes with some risk. They can drop a large building on you if they want to, just as they did to the Reese family in New Mexico, and grind you under their boot heels.

So why do I stand and point my accusing finger at Leviathan? Perhaps those dissidents with a sufficiently high profile will earn some measure of Sakharov’s Immunity, at least for a while. Certainly keeping a low profile is no guarantee of protection from being railroaded and destroyed, as the gut-wrenching case of Rick and Terri Reese clearly demonstrates. Needless to say, the elite liberal media has no interest in covering their physical and economic crucifixion by the federal government. Please read about their case; it will make you sick to your stomach that this kind of official abuse can happen in the United States of America.

So if maintaining a low profile does not promise safety from the organs of state destruction, perhaps keeping a high profile will. I am pinning a lot on this Sakharov’s Immunity idea. But if it is my fate to serve as one of the canaries in the coalmine of freedom, so be it. I am in good company, standing with many genuine heroes. You already know many of them, but it is not for me to name them here. [March 2 addendum: One of them died yesterday of “natural causes,” at an unnaturally young age.]

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And a final note to federal law enforcement officers and agents: More than any other single group, you should read Enemies Foreign And Domestic. On March 1, 2012, and for a few days after, it will be free to download from Amazon’s Kindle Store to your PC or other machines and devices. (If you know a federal law enforcement agent, please forward him or her this link.)

I know that most of you depend greatly on your federal paycheck, and look forward to receiving your federal pension. Millions of us are in a similar boat. We all have bills to pay and kids to feed. However, while you ponder your need for your federal paycheck, remember that FBI also stands for Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity.

If you are being asked or encouraged to perform dishonorable or unconstitutional acts, remember, it often takes a lot of bravery to remain faithful to your core value of personal integrity. Remember always that you swore a solemn oath to defend not a Fuhrer, or a Fatherland, or even a desired ideological outcome, but the Constitution of the United States.

This means that if you are instructed by a supervisor like the fictional Wally Malvone to engage in dirty tricks and black ops (like those that actually took place under Operation Fast And Furious AKA Murdergate), you are both duty and honor bound to blow the whistle, like the brave ATF Special Agents who remained faithful to their oaths and preserved their integrity. There can be no more of protecting killers because they are federal law enforcement agency “informants,” like the members of the Whitey Bulger Irish mob in Boston, or the FBI “informant” who was the likely assassin of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona.

As an agent who believes in your oath, it is your duty to root out and extirpate the rot and filth of political corruption, which is far more dangerous to our Republic than the corruption of mere personal greed. You must remain vigilant to the danger that your agency will become fully politicized, transforming over time into an American KGB or Stasi. Please reread the oath you swore before accepting your gold shield, especially the part about domestic enemies. If you willingly become a Stasi or a KGB man, if a job is a job and you just follow orders, then that domestic enemy is you, and trust me on this, many of us are watching these developments very carefully and with great trepidation.

You see, countless tens of millions of us also took our own versions of that same oath when we joined the military or law enforcement, and our oaths did not come with an expiration date.

Matthew Bracken

February 29, 2012

Matt Bracken

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I believe as Matt does and want to get the word out. He has the means to bring attention to Gunwalker and while this blog is much smaller, I’ll do what I can to support him. My thanks go out to Matt for his service in the Navy as well as for his continuing service as demonstrated in this endeavor.

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OPERATION #EFAD – Former SEAL Matt Bracken Bringing Attention to Gunwalker

Matt Bracken is a former Navy SEAL and a current author.  He’s also a tireless fighter for the cause of Liberty.  His first ever book was Enemies Foreign And Domestic and I’m sure you won’t be surprised at why he says he wrote it:

What the books are about, and why I wrote them:

I began writing Enemies Foreign And Domestic in 2000, after too many years of watching our constitutional republic morphing into a police state. These novels, based upon nearly a half century of carefully studying historical patterns, are my attempt to shine a light forward in time. My goal is to warn my compatriots that we are inescapably losing our freedom, one ratchet-click at a time.

The Muslim terror attacks on 9-11 kicked the process into high gear. But instead of new laws targeting our actual enemies–radical Islamists bent on the global spread of their Sharia Law nightmare–the new police powers were aimed equally at all Americans. Projecting forward, the inevitable outcome will be to turn the United States into a dictatorship–the USSA, if you will.

The federal government, under the rubric of fighting a generalized terror threat, has for many years been providing local police departments with high-grade military weapons, equipment and training. The quid-pro-quo for this federal largesse is unquestioning local cooperation with federal law enforcement agencies, turning thousands of local police SWAT teams into force multipliers for burgeoning federal police power. In the name of fighting a murky and undefined “war on terror,” we have allowed the creation of a militarized national police force, something which our Founding Fathers explicitly warned us against and tried their best to prevent.

During the same period, our debt-based economy has nearly reached the bitter end of the fiat-currency road. It is only a matter of time until America experiences an economic crisis on the level of what is currently taking place in Greece, or even far worse. If and when federal entitlements, food stamp payments, housing allotments and all the rest are curtailed, I believe our major urban areas will explode in riots beyond anything America experienced in the 1960s. This will cause a breakdown in the national distribution of food, fuel and other commodities necessary to sustain life. At that point, some form of martial law will be put into effect, and our newly-militarized national police forces, along with active-duty military units, will be called upon to “restore order.” In so doing, the last nails will be hammered into the coffin containing our legacy of American freedom.

Obviously, I don’t desire to see this happen, but if such an outcome is preordained, I want at least to shine a beacon into the future. My goal is to provide my readers with some possible alternatives that will be less horrible than the worst-case scenarios, which otherwise shall be arrived at by chance and happenstance.

This is why I prefer to write what I call semi-dystopian novels, set in the near future. The post-apocalyptic genre has been beaten to death, and life in the rubble at a bare survival level provides few practical lessons. To me, the slide is more instructive than the post-collapse period. The often-repeated historical process of economic collapse and the loss of freedom is what interests me the most, and that is why I am driven to write these novels. I hope that you enjoy them, and that you gain some insights which might prove of value during the tumultuous years ahead.

Matt has figured out a way to use that book to bring much needed attention to “Gunwalker.”  For those of you who don’t yet know, the official name for Gunwalker was Operation Fast and Furious.  David Codrea has an excellent resource on what happened at this link.  Gunwalker is a whole load of B.S. as you can see from David Codrea’s work.  It’s being covered up by the Department of Justice and the Mainstream Media.  For example, U.S. Representative Darryl Issa has subpoenaed nearly 80,000 pages of information about this operation from the Department of Justice.  He has only received about 6,000 pages and those were heavily redacted.  I have yet to hear a massive clamoring in the media screaming about a cover-up.  I really haven’t heard much at all.

So what did Matt Bracken decide to do?  He decided to give away free e-book downloads of Enemies Foreign And Domestic on Amazon.com in an effort to draw attention to the situation:

Communiqué #1: D-Day Minus Seven, February 23

Want to join a beat-up old ex-Navy SEAL, ocean sailor and book writer on a real-world covert cyber operation?

I knew you did. So here’s the deal. The idea is a national clandestine psyop, using my first novel as a vehicle.

On next Thursday, March 1, Enemies Foreign And Domestic will be put into Amazon Kindle’s free library.

Where EFAD’s free download promotion will be different from those of the thousands of fantasy/romance/vampire novels currently offered on Kindle, is that I’m simultaneously coordinating a mass plan to ensure that Operation EFAD goes hyper-viral on all constitutionally-oriented, freedom-loving, and Second Amendment websites and blogs at the same time.

Or on at least on as many as I can reach, and that is where you come in. There are literally hundreds of patriotic websites and blogs, and I can only reach a few. You can reach them all, every last one. And then some. More about this in the next communiqué on D Minus Six.

Despite its many limitations, Twitter will be useful for rapid tactical coordination. Operation Enemies Foreign And Domestic will be code-named #EFAD, in order to use Twitter as an always-open back channel for project updates and participant feedback. By typing #EFAD into the Twitter search field, you will find every new message related to the operation. I am @MattBracken48 on Twitter, I am Matt Bracken on Facebook, and I can be reached by email at steelcutter48 at gmail.com.

My goal is to make the spike in the number of free Kindle downloads for Enemies Foreign And Domestic so dramatic, that the national media will notice the passionate interest in this “dangerous and seditious” novel among the bitter clingers. But this is just the first step of a jiu-jitsu move. The light thrown on EFAD’s sudden nationwide surge in popularity will then be mirrored back onto the federal government’s most egregious usurpations and abuses, and on the mainstream media itself.

The idea is to force open a long overdue national conversation that the elite MSM very much wants to ignore. In large strokes, it is about our federal government morphing into a socialist tyranny before our eyes, a tyranny that is no longer soft, but getting harder with every passing month. Which is it to be: freedom, or tyranny?

The first step in forcing open this dialogue will be to explore the mainstream media’s active collusion in the cover-up of a scandal that is demonstrably orders of magnitude worse than the worst previous scandals, such as Watergate, which was “a third-rate burglary” where nobody was killed. To date, the DOJ’s Operation Fast And Furious has resulted in hundreds of murdered Mexicans and at least two dead U.S. federal agents. But instead of providing real news coverage, the MSM feeds America the pabulum of celebrity worship and an artificially-contrived debate about artificial birth control.

Imagine for a moment if President Nixon’s men, when called before the congressional committees invistigating the Watergate scandal, had provided nothing but thousands of pages of fully blacked-out paper. In effect, a giant, bored, “F— you, what are you going to do about it?” to Congress. Then imagine if the Washington Post, the New York Times and the television networks never mentioned Watergate or the hearings, except rarely, and then only to call the congressional investigators partisan hacks who were bent on destroying our beloved President Nixon.

Reverse the party polarity, jump forward through the time warp, and you have the current reality, where gangsters rule the federal government from the White House, the Fast And Furious congressional investigators are impotent buffoons, and the MSM is fully in on the cover-up. Nobody died at the Watergate, but recall what the hysterical 24-7 news coverage of the Watergate scandal and hearings accomplished: the end of a presidency, pronto. And an Attorney General in prison.

In the modern case of Operation Fast And Furious, hundreds of Mexicans were murdered as the result of a diabolically evil plot laid with the sole purpose of discrediting the Second Amendment, by deliberately funneling semi-automatic rifles to known drug cartel killers and assassins. Their goal was to bury our Right to Keep and Bear Arms beneath a mountain of Mexican corpses.

Folks, it doesn’t get much more evil than that.

And we know why these socialist dictators-in-waiting want us disarmed.

In 2012, the fictional premise of Enemies Foreign And Domestic, that a small clique of senior BATFE officials might conspire to arrange a mass shooting into a packed football stadium (also with the intention of discrediting our Right to Keep and Bear Arms), suddenly seems much less far-fetched.

So here’s the plan: on Thursday, March 1, we will engineer a stratospheric spike in the number of free Kindle downloads of Enemies Foreign And Domestic, and continue this operation for up to five days, the max allowable under the terms of the free download program. Then we will sit back and watch the bewildered and alarmed MSM explore this sudden and frightening phenomenon erupting among the unwashed gun nuts and wild-eyed Constitution fanatics. You know, us. Real Americans, out here in fly-over countery.

And when they predictably condemn EFAD for its fictional assassinations of government officials, and the rest of the story that they will pretend to find so abhorrent, we will shine their own spotlight right back on them, and yell Fast And Furious in their faces!

“Really? Enemies Foreign And Domestic is a terrorist manual? Well, I’ll see your fictional stadium massacre, and raise you a real-world conspiracy to murder hundreds of Mexicans for political purposes. If you would ever cover the story, instead of covering it up!”

And this can all happen by getting a million or so gun owners and other freedom lovers to download EFAD, totally for free, beginning on March 1st. This will be a coordinated “time-on-target” fire mission. Further communiques will be forthcoming from EFAD HQ. Search keyword #EFAD on Twitter for other operational updates, including links.

If you email me (steelcutter48 at gmail.com) , please include #EFAD somewhere in the subject line, so that I will know that you have been briefed to this point and are up to speed. And keep in mind that while you are all my patriotic friends and loyal readers, at various time I may know you by a screen name, a real name, a website name, or an email address name. It gets mighty confusing, so forgive me if I can’t keep all of your various handles straight. And remember: D-Day is March 1.

Matt Bracken—Out.

There’s much more information at this link.

Please go download your free copy of Enemies Foreign And Domestic at Amazon.com and share the word about Operation #EFAD.  This needs to get out and go viral.

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