Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bin Laden Film, Starring Barack Obama, Will Debut Two Days Before Election Day

“SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden”, a movie backed by longtime Democratic contributor and major Obama supporter, Harvey Weinstein, has apparently been recut in order to heighten Obama’s role in the movie.

The movie will debut on the National Geographic channel two days before election day. And, it’s   scheduled to be released the next day on Netflix.

The movie focuses on the hunt, by intelligence operatives and Navy commandos, for Osama Bin Laden, who met his end on May 2, 2011.

According to the New York Times, giving Obama more of a starring role in the movie was Weinstein’s idea and producer, Meghan O’Hara, a working associate of Michael Moore, assembled the material needed to amplify Obama’s appearance in the movie.

Not surprisingly, critics have cited the timing of the movie debut as a campaign ploy.  But, the unusual access filmmakers had to privileged information has also been raised as a concern.

Government officials have suggested that the White House leaked classified information to the filmmakers. However, the film’s producer, John Stockwell, has said that the sources used were “ex-Navy SEALS and sources within the intelligence community.” What Stockwell didn’t mention, and what was noted by Erica Ritz, writing for The Blaze, is that those sources could include officials close to the Obama administration.

According to a May 2012 article from Politico:
Just weeks after Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency officials warned publicly of the dangers posed by leaks about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top officials at both agencies and at the White House granted Hollywood filmmakers unusual access to those involved in planning the raid and some of the methods they used to do it, newly released government records show.
This did not go unnoticed by Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch obtained DOD and CIA records detailing meetings with bin Laden Raid filmmakers. They have assembled the information together.

Remembering: The Battle of Agincourt

October 25, 1415 English forces under King Henry V stand their ground between two wooded areas, only a thousand yards wide.

Henry V placed his 1,500 men at arms in the center of the line, and split his eight thousand longbows to the wings.

Sharp stakes were placed in front of the archers veering them towards the center, through freshly plowed land that had been turned to mud by rains.

Facing them were at least twenty thousand French troops, centered around at least 2,400 heavy cavalry.

Confident of victory, the French nobles argued amongst themselves who would get to be in the front lines of the charge.

The French forces rushed forward, finding their archers unable to match the range of the English longbows.

As they were struck down by English arrows they were also squeezed close together by the sharpened stakes.

Once the centers finally met, the English were fresh and the French tired from marching through mud and arrows.

French troops found themselves pushed in so close to each other that they couldn't raise their weapons to fight the English.

Eventually the French broke as their reinforcements fled, seeing so many of their number falling in what they thought would be a short, easy day.

By the end of the battle more than six thousand French were killed, including many nobles.

Only four hundred English troops lost their lives.

The battle is still considered one of the most valuable lessons in military history.

Blue to Gold: ARMY Chief Warrant Officer Michael S Duskin

ARMY Chief Warrant Officer Michael S Duskin, forty-two, of Orange Park, Florida, died October 23, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
Duskin, forty-two, died October 23, 2012, in the Chak District of Wardak Province, Afghanistan, when he was gunned down by small arms fire while on dismounted patrol during combat operations. The incident is not under investigation.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He attended Middleburg High School, Duskin enlisted as a forward observer in the US Army in 1993. After completion of his initial training, to include the US Army Airborne School, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. After serving three years with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Duskin left active duty and later joined the Florida National Guard. He attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in August 1998. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the 3rd BN., 20th SFG ((A) as a Special Forces Engineer sergeant.

In 2001, Duskin was mobilized to active duty and deployed with the 2nd Bn., 3rd SFG (A). After the deployment he returned to active duty and remained a member of the unit. He served with the 2nd Bn, for more than five years, deploying four additional times, before being assigned to the U,S, Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School as an instructor. While serving as an instructor, he attended the Special Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical Certification Course, graduating in May 2010. He was then assigned to the 1st Bn., 3rd SFG (A) as an assistant detachment commander in Company A. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan in that position.

Hi military education includes US Army Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Jungle Operations Training Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Jump-master Course, Warrant Officer Basic Course, and the Special Forces Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical Certification Course.

Duskin's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3), the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2), the Armed Forced Expeditionary MMedal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2), the Army Service Robbin, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab.  He was posthumously awarded another Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Purple Heart Medal.

2 British and 2 US Troops Killed in Green on Blue Attacks

Whilst on patrol Wednesday night, two British soldiers were killed by a nonuniformed Afghan male.

Officials believe that he was a member of the Afghan Police.

Only a few hours later, early Thursday morning, two US personnel were shot down by someone wearing an Afghan National Police uniform.

Both incidents are being investigated as "green on blue attacks".

In 2012 alone, there have been forty-five deaths in thirty-four incidents of such attacks, that is more than every other year combined.

None of the four coalition troops have yet been identified, but the units of the British soldiers have been released.

They were a Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines and a female soldier from 3 Medical Regiment.

Missing Missouri 5 Year Old Rescued

Missing five year old Abigail Berthoff was found late Wednesday night, by police. She was kidnapped from near her home, Wednesday morning, by a convicted sex offender.

Abigail is safe, and had not been harmed. She asked officers if they could get her a soda and some chicken nuggets.

Missouri state troopers spotted the car of her kidnapper, and pulled them over. Forty-six year old, Jeffrey Shelton was arrested, for kidnapping.

It is believed that Shelton had been trying to take her to Oklahoma, where he has family. His previous conviction came in 1990, when he kidnapped and raped a twelve year old girl.

Syrian Government Agrees to Cease Fire

Assad, left, shaking hands with Brahimi
Syria's regime has announced that they will stand by a cease fire agreement made with the UN envoy.

On Wednesday, Lakhdar Brahimi, announced that he had reached the agreement with them, but it took til now for Syria to confirm.

According to the Syrian military they will stand by the agreement, but reserve the right to defend themselves and keep rebel forces from reinforcing their lines.

The cease fire will last from Friday through Monday, during the Eid al-Adha holiday.

No word has come from the rebel groups over whether they will acknowledge it or not.

They will most likely wait to see if the national government holds to their own word, before agreeing to it.

56 Killed in Myanmar Violence

At least fifty-six people have been killed in violence in Myanmar, since Sunday.

Ethnic violence has erupted, once again, between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities.

Nearly two thousand homes have been burned down as the two groups try to force each other out of the region.

The Myanmar government has issued a curfew, in hopes of curtailing the violence.

Clashes between the two groups, in June, led to ninety deaths and more than three thousand homes being destroyed.

At least seventy-five thousand people became refugees after the last round.

It is unclear what specifically set this latest fighting off.

Texas Amber Alert: Whitney Cole: Located Safe

Amarillo, Texas police are looking for missing sixteen year old Whitney Cole.

Whitney was last seen Wednesday morning, when she was dropped off at school.

She then failed to return home, after school, and police are unsure of the exact time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information should could the Amarillo Police Department at 806-378-3038.

Ms. Cole was later found safe, and returned to her family.

Meningitis Death Toll up to 24

A twenty-fourth death has been caused by the meningitis outbreak.

Cases of the disease have risen to 317, with six cases of joint infections.

Meningitis can take forty-two days to surface, leading to the still growing epidemic. 
All of the illnesses and deaths were caused by a contamination in anti inflammatory steroid shots.

Seventy-six locations, in twenty-three states, were sent the shots, which were given to as many as fourteen thousand people.

New England Compounding Center made the shots, and has complied completely with government officials who are conducting the investigation.

Officials are investigating at least two other drugs, made by NECC, for possibilities that they too may have been contaminated.

Things are only getting worse for the company, and now the government, as evidence comes out that they had been under investigation, for issues in their processing, since 2002.

Cuba's Turn With Hurricane Sandy

Thursday morning, Cuba was hit by the Category 2 Hurricane Sandy, with winds up to 175 miles per hour, the storm is the eighteenth named storm of the season.

On Wednesday, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands dealt with Hurricane Sandy, at the time it was only a Category 1 storm.

Sandy forced the closure of both international airports, in Jamaica, and the government placed the entire island under a curfew.

One Jamaican man died when a boulder rolled through his house, and in Haiti a woman drowned trying to cross a roaring flooded river.

The Bahamas are bracing for their chance through the storm, on Friday, after which the storm is expected to make it's way to Florida and then straight up the US coast.