"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Military's Purging of Principle

 

I'll keep this short with just a couple of observations and thoughts.

  1. While it is my view that the First Amendment does not protect the right of service members to have religious accommodations, the fact is that Congress passed laws and the Supreme Court has upheld those laws, recognizing that our military is to provide religious accommodation when an impact to national security by such an accommodation can be mitigated.  I think it's unquestionably the case that those religiously opposed to the vaccine can be accommodated as such.
  2. In our current culture, principle and moral courage are a rarity.  While the number of people who accept a free meal for simply wearing a uniform is high, the number of people with actual principle and integrity is, in my experience, exceedingly low and especially in the officer ranks.  Whether one agrees with the religious principles of those in the shoes of the F-16 student pilot in this podcast or not, the mere fact that he is willing to risk a life's dream and his career (as the podcast host did with remarkable principle) demonstrates not only a valuable character trait necessary for public service, but one that is lacking to the point of being itself a national security issue.
  3. The host's indication that these policies appear to be intentional to destroy the military are spot on.  There is zero chance that what we are witnessing in our military is the product of incompetence.  It is the intentional destruction of America's military capability coinciding with the intentional destruction of America's economy and social structure.
  4. I would like to know more about the O-6 A-10 pilot who requested retirement and was denied, only to be later given an order to take the vaccine under threat of separation without retirement benefits.  While this makes my blood boil either way as a phenomenal slap in the face to a service member and a grave injustice, I would also like to know if she has a service commitment.  Without a service commitment, the threat to separate her is inexcusable on every level.
  5. While I have yet to verify the claim (that the current vaccines were developed using cells taken from humans inside the womb, without anesthesia, to harvest fully functional kidneys), if that claim is true, it is beyond appalling and it shouldn't be only religious people who object to the vaccine but all people.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The Ultimate Red Flag -- America is Now An Overt Fascist Tyranny


 

The slippery slope has long since slid.  It's no longer the fashion to dub others "conspiracy theorists" and the "tin foil hat" memes have fallen largely silent.  Attempts to ridicule Americans who point out the legitimate threat to the freedom of Americans have been replaced with the more traditional government methods of dealing with dissidents.  Violence.  Imprisonment.  Censorship.  Murder.

The fusion of violence between a regime-backed mob, like the Black Shirts of Italy or the Brown Shirts of Germany, and the official violence of a government apparatus spells the end of a free state.  What happened in Germany in the 1930s has already happened in America today.  What was once seen as hyperbolic and tin foil from those willfully ignorant has now been revealed as accurate.

America today is a tyranny.  That isn't an exaggeration.  I have blogged about this trend for quite some time as I tried to remind military officers of their oaths of office because, as I told them, that fidelity would be tested in the years to come.  At this point, it seems a fool's errand to even try to convince anybody of anything as the country I was attempting to support and defend no longer exists.  What stands in its place is a tyrannical government at war with its own citizenry and it has grown so bold and so confident that it readily admits this.

Our government has completed its transformation as it completes the fusion between the Brown Shirt mob and the official tools of government violence via a new bill (which is set to pass thanks to the support of ten Republican senators) which will use federal taxpayer money to fund States to enact "Red Flag laws" against their citizens.  As politicians tend to be attracted to money and as the line between state law enforcement agencies and federal agencies has blurred, ironically due to Fusion Centers, the result of this bill is not hard to predict.

These publicly purchased State laws will enable anonymous tips to law enforcement claiming a person is a danger of some kind, to serve as justification for armed government to break into your home in the middle of the night, put a gun to your head, handcuff you, search your home, and confiscate your firearms.  Without any due process whatsoever.  All that will be required is the ever-so-valuable "anonymous tip" which has been so useful to corporate media when they wish to lie to the American people, and which has served as the justification for police raids of conservative voices through so-called SWATTING.  Police have no duty or desire to require identification for those providing these anonymous tips, because, well, why would you require that for accountability purposes before breaking into a person's home like they're Osama Bin Laden?  And, depending on the actual motivations for the armed government action that lead to the anonymous tip, Americans might well meet the same fate as Bin Laden.  There will be no accountability because police in America have qualified immunity, because even in the rare case that a cop is charged for murder they almost always get off despite clear video showing the murder and, let's not forget, you were making a furtive movement and reaching for something when awakened at 3AM in the darkness.  The police officers feared for their safety.  As they did in Uvalde, but with a different ending.


This unconstitutional hallmark from straight-out-of-the-history-books (as well as a scene from V for Vendetta) -- a law allowing armed government to treat you like you're currently hijacking an airliner without any actual evidence you've done anything wrong -- is not meant to stop the rare school shooting that gets played ad nauseum by our propaganda networks that pretend to be the Fourth Estate.  Rather, it's meant to complete the transformation of the United States into the spitting image of fascist authoritarianism.  They have been building the fascist machinery for some time now, both parties in the single party that actually exists, and this final addition will be used, and is meant to be used, to silence, intimidate, punish, and even murder traditional Americans on a case by case basis.  The target is Americans who believe they have rights.  Those who speak out against their tyrannical fascist actions.  I know exactly how and why these laws will be used.  I have firsthand experience.

In 2017 after retiring from the military, my wife and I moved to our condo we had purchased years earlier on Bainbridge Island.  While there I criticized a particularly dishonest local politician named Clarence Moriwaki.  I criticized him on my own public Facebook page for his partisan action, and inaction, as a board member of a national public memorial.  In response to my public criticism, Moriwaki got his personal friend, a local municipal court judge, Sara McCulloch, to force me (and my wife) to turn our firearms into the local police department.  She did this while admitting earlier that she couldn't legally disarm me as the standard for such an action had not been met.  She even admitted that I had not threatened Moriwaki and that I had no history of violence or threats in my past.  Still, all the same, her justification was "safety" because Moriwaki claimed he felt "threatened" by my criticism of him to others on a public social media page.

With me disarmed, Moriwaki then set out cataloging all our seized firearms to his online mob, evoking gasps and howls and caricatures involving terms like "weapons cache."  He even liked a public call for my death on his own public Facebook page and (after I fled the corrupt island and moved to the Florida Keys) emailed the local police department to tell them I was a threat who should be approached with extreme caution, filed paperwork suggesting that he believed I would respond with violence if approached by the police, and requested the police consider arresting me.  He did all of this while I was disarmed, living in the Florida Keys, and while his mob members were calling for my death and while one of his Antifa associates left threats on my phone and on the answering machine of my parents. Further, despite me living literally as far away from Bainbridge Island as is possible in the United States (I fled the island immediately upon the corrupt judge's protection order ruling knowing Moriwaki would lie to have me arrested or worse) he filed two false police reports alleging that I twice had broken into his home.  Fortunately the police were not swayed by his lack of evidence and they tested fingerprints in his home which all belonged to him, so his creative story that I had broken into his home to hide his cheese slicer while he slept in that same apartment, did not spur the police to arrest me in the Florida Keys.  

While I ultimately beat Moriwaki in State court, and later in federal court, and had my firearms returned (but only after the Bainbridge Island Police Department strangely made me pose with my firearms for a photo as a condition of releasing my firearms back to me), the fact is Moriwaki did everything he could to disarm me and to weaponize police violence against me.  He did this because I criticized him on my own public social media page.

Moriwaki is good friends with, and a former staffer for, Governor Jay Inslee who used to be a federal Congressman and unsuccessfully ran for President.  While Moriwaki is an unimpressive city council member and low level politician, he is part of the same corrupt political machine that is set to enact the federal funding of Red Flag laws.  While Moriwaki is a Democrat, the machine is bipartisan.  Given that Moriwaki was able to weaponize the machinery of government against a retired military officer (who literally refused to do violence in violation of the Constitution despite Moriwaki's false claims of me being a violent threat) and my Harvard graduate wife who clerked for a liberal justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, there is no doubt how the fascist machine he is a small cog in will utilize these new bald-faced-tyrannical powers against average Americans.

These dots can be connected.  This new unconstitutional Red Flag power (brought into existence by traitor, Lindsay Graham, as well as Trojan Horse so-called-conservatives like Dan Crenshaw and Adam Kinzinger) is part of a larger fascist push.  Graham was unsatisfied when he, along with Jay Inslee, made it "lawful" for the American government to use the military to round up Americans, in America, without charge or trial, and imprison them indefinitely (this power was central to my criticism of Clarence Moriwaki and his role with a public memorial that has the express purpose of ensuring that exactly such a power did not happen again).  Lindsay Graham was also not satisfied that the federal government was using the military to assassinate Americans without charge or trial outside war zones (something I refused to do while in the military and tendered my resignation over).  So he is now, along with nine Republican senators, ensuring that armed government agents can raid our homes and disarm us based on the same anonymous tips that brought us the revelation that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, that Donald Trump colluded with Russia, and that continue to target liberty-minded voices.

And these powers will be used under the backdrop of a nation that continues to have political prisoners over a massively overblown protest and riot on January 6, and while Julian Assange remains in prison and Edward Snowden remains exiled.  A nation where the FBI and other federal agencies are increasingly weaponized against Americans protesting insane school board actions at the same time the government creates a Ministry of Truth to target the free speech of Americans when they complain about the war against them by their own government.  And that backdrop, importantly, includes the ongoing economic collapse of the nation which historically plays a significant role in the transition from a western democratic government to outright tyranny.  As it did in Germany, and as it is doing in the United States of America.

All that is left now is the body count.  There won't be any smokestacks this time as the carbon footprint would be much too high for the World Economic Forum that so many of our congressmen attend.  But the transformation is complete and it's merely a matter of numbers at this point.  It has already begun with one here, two there.  Little FBI created Reichstag fires here and there, a leading Michigan candidate for governor arrested for protesting with clear political timing, attempts to keep certain politicians from running (because they were somehow supportive of a protest relating to the mysterious election of Joe Biden under highly questionable -- even if not yet conclusive -- circumstances), an assassination attempt on a Supreme Court justice with the "wrong" views and with burning cities in recent memory.

There will be no persuading Americans in the controlled pseudo-public square that exists today.  There is no chance of defeating this tyrannical government with the tiny minority of Americans who care anything about liberty (and there are few of us regardless of political party affiliation) and who are cataloged and tracked by an immense surveillance apparatus far beyond anything the Taliban endured with their nearly-Luddite culture.  There will be no hiding off grid and hoping it passes us by.  There will no longer be the go along to get along option that so many patriot-in-private-conversations-yet-silent-in-public Americans exercised which played such a huge role in getting us here.  That options will no longer exist.  If you have a voice or you do not, if you exercise it or not, regardless of the views you express or do not, whether you are rich or you are poor, whether you try to fight the power or stay silent and off the radar, this tyranny will visit you.  There is no such thing as off the radar in this world we find ourselves in.  Those days are long gone.  Now it's just a matter of waiting for the "anonymous tip" against you.  Because somebody doesn't like you.  Because you posted the wrong thing on Facebook.  Because you voted the wrong way or supported the wrong candidate or declined to join the new digital dollar currency or to take a vaccine.  The same climate of fear and paranoia that marked other victims of tyranny who were so frequently reported by their family members and neighbors to the armed government security state, will become the new normal in our Made-In-China-America in which we find ourselves.

There is no positive outlook when it comes to reality.  There is just reality and our ability to deal with it.  And the reality is that America has been defeated from the inside.  And not just by the fascists inside the government who had no concern for their oaths of office, but by the average American who simply did not care enough about the principles that required that oath of office and that once made this nation the best to ever exist prior to its defeat.  Our nation has been decimated by unprincipled parents who raised unprincipled children devoid of American values, instead thinking that identifying as a Republican or a Democrat would suffice, and this has been happening for generations.

We did this to ourselves and like the theft and fiscal irresponsibility that is now having entirely predictable results despite the denials from those who lack the courage to follow evidence to a logical conclusion, there is no escaping the nightmare that follows.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Dan Crenshaw: The "Conservative" Obama


Thanks to the time I was deluded enough to believe Obama when he was on the campaign trail saying all the right things, attending events, giving him a max campaign contribution, attending his inauguration on a brisk DC morning only to see him do the opposite once he was in office, I now don't trust politicians when they tell me what I want to hear.  I guess you could say, thanks Obama.

So when Dan Crenshaw popped on the scene and started hitting up the airwaves and SNL and all the darling media and the Joe Rogan podcast, I listened skeptically.  And I got a bad feeling.  He said many of the right things and he had an eloquence.  Not as eloquent as Obama, but fairly close.  But one of the beauties of the long form Rogan podcast is he had enough time to make it clear that he didn't actually hold the values he professed.

So then when he came out in support of government confiscating firearms without due process, that was it for me.  I didn't even have to know he was part of the World Economic Forum to figure out he was a plant.  Despite his military pedigree which my two decades has taught me means absolutely nothing when it comes to caring about our nation, and despite him hailing from Texas which talks a big game but is little more than New York City in a cowboy hat.

People are beginning to wise up to the reality that the same forces own both political parties.  Our tightly controlled media propagandizes Americans like putting on a puppet show.  There is one puppet master with two different puppets on two different hands that seem to fight each other for the amusement of the children.

A better analogy is that of the Bullfighter.  We're the bull.  The Bullfighter shows us a red flag and we charge it and get a blade stuck in us.  We turn around to face again, now the other side of the flag shows us blue and we charge that only to get stuck again.  Rinse and repeat until we are exhausted and die, having never seen the Bullfighter, too blinded by alternating red and blue.

The Bullfighter today is getting its red flag ready, knowing we are exhausted and hurting from staring at the blue and its purposeful destruction of our nation.  Enter Dan Crenshaw and Adam Kinzinger and Lindsey Graham and most all the rest of them.  They stand ready to use words like "country" and "patriotism" and "constitution" to redirect our anger and energy.  But they are more of the same and counting on us to continue, like the dumb bull who never learns, to justify our bad decision making with arguments like the lesser of two evils.

And the Chinese Communist Party and the WEF folks are truly enjoying the show while America is quite literally bleeding out and dying.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Declining an Interview Request from NPR/KUOW's Noor Wazwaz

 

Earlier this year I got an interview request from Lt Col (ret) Wayne Phelps for the Fiasco podcast.  I politely declined.

I today got a similar interview request from Noor Wazwaz.  Her email read:

Hi Rick,


I hope this finds you well. My name is Noor Wazwaz, and I'm a journalist working on a podcast called Fiasco. It's a documentary-style series that looks at pivotal moments in American history and politics. Previous seasons have covered the 2000 US election, the Iran-Contra affair, and the AIDS crisis. Our season about the 2012 Benghazi attack was recently named one of the 50 Best Podcasts of 2021 by The Atlantic.


For an upcoming season, we are exploring different aspects of the war on terror through the story of Anwar al-Awlaki. We’ve been speaking with retired military officers about drones and their experiences in the military. As we’ve been researching, we came across this video of you talking to law students about an incident in which you were ordered to kill an American citizen and refused. It sounds like it was a difficult decision, and we’re wondering if you would be open to speaking to us about it, and why you decided to not follow that order. 


I’d be happy to tell you more about our project by phone, if you are open to it, and answer any questions you might have. 


Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.


Best,

Noor

 

I responded:


Ms. Wazwaz,

Good luck with your project.  Unfortunately my experience with KUOW and Bill Radke in particular does not persuade me to discuss anything with KUOW journalists.  Mr Radke mischaracterized, mocked, and disparaged my successful litigation effort (backed by the ACLU no less, who filed an amicus brief in support) to get an anti-First Amendment law struck down in Washington State.  If you are interested in that experience this video might illuminate the bad taste I have in my mouth for the KUOW organization: https://youtu.be/3tXGg9Y4LhQ

Unfortunately I cannot discuss such a sensitive and important topic with an organization that employs subpar journalists like Bill Radke.  But I wish you luck with your podcast and hope you give the topic the effort and integrity it deserves.

v/r

Rick

 
Ms. Noor clarified:

Hi Rick,


Thank you for your response. I’m sorry to hear about your experience with KUOW. However, I believe there might be a misunderstanding! I do not work for KUOW. In fact, I never have. But I can understand your confusion. When I searched for my name on their site, an article I wrote from 2018 popped up. It appears that they picked it up after it was originally published by NPR. I hope that clarifies things! 


The company that produces the podcast Fiasco is called Prologue Projects. I’ve included the link so you can read about our staff and our work.


You can hear the first season of our show, on the 2000 election and the Bush v. Gore decision, at this link. I’m confident that, in listening to our work, you’ll hear that our aim is not to do “gotcha” journalism, but to allow our subjects to say what they really want to say. 


Finally, I’ll mention that our team goes through a very rigorous fact-checking process – not only to make sure that we got our facts right, but to ensure that we are telling a fair and nuanced story. 

 

I’m happy to answer any other questions.

 

Also, if interested, I’d also be happy to connect you with our host, Leon Neyfakh. 

 

Thanks again,

Noor

 

 And I responded:

 

Thank you for the clarification.  Good luck with your project. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Fired Space Force Commander Highlights Push to Destroy Our Military

In my view, it is obvious that China's infiltration of our government has resulted in a purposeful destruction of our military capability.  The evidence for this goes well beyond the military.  Domestic enemies working for foreign enemies in much the same way as our government propped up puppet governments around the world.  Principled military officers are being systemically purged from our military ranks when they point out these actions inside the military.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Lt Col Jason (Pwnman) Williams Tries to Convince His Wife to Lie to the Air Force


Lt Col Jason P. Williams apparently deleted his Reddit comment (or perhaps it's back now) but either way I thought it was worth sharing here.  It's not everyday you see a former IG, fresh from teaching AFROTC cadets about the Core Values, admit he tried to convince his wife to lie to the Wright Patterson AFB housing office.  While he tries to convince his wife to let him lie to ensure the rules don't apply to him through deception, Lt Col Williams was incredibly gleeful that airmen would be kicked out of the Air Force for refusing to take the COVID vaccine.  For somebody of no character, rules are to be enforced upon others they don't agree with but do not apply to them.

At least his wife had some integrity.  

Anyway, here is the conversation shared for posterity.


 Here's a gem of a conversation from 2014 where Jason Williams advocated for assassinating American citizens without charge or trial.  Like his "rules are rules" stance, when the rule is "life, liberty, or property will not be taken without due process of law" that rule doesn't apply to him even if he swears before God to abide by it:
 


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Space A the Latest Benefit to Be Taken Away From Military Retirees?


26 Apr 22 Update:  Space A Travel is back

Many military bases are now no longer requiring masks.  Civilian airlines don't require vaccines to fly, yet military space available travel is still shut down to military retirees regardless of vaccination status, recent negative testing, or natural immunity.

Perhaps this is simply the military moving slowly as usual.  There has been no update since the retirement benefit was suspended one year ago.  An article on Military.com from September of 2021 asked the question:


The world is reopening, travel to many countries is now possible, and civilian flights have resumed their routes. Many military families are now asking, "When will Space-Available (Space-A) travel reopen?" We posed this question to Air Mobility Command and here, we will share their response, plus help you prepare for the eventual resumption of this popular benefit. 

The article concludes that AMC has no idea when Space A benefits will resume.  But after all this time, and history, one wonders if this isn't yet another benefit being conveniently taken from military retirees.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Fascist Bridge Between 'Left' and 'Right' in our Military

 


This blog has long pointed out the fascism from the navigator turned drone pilot who goes by the handle Nsplayr on the BaseOps forum.  He supports the government murdering American citizens without charge or trial and is a cheerleader for unchecked government power.  He is an excellent example of the fusion that occurred between the left and the neo-cons post 9/11 that is emblematic of the Democrat party today.  A party that has long since abandoned old fashioned liberal views like an appreciation for free speech, due process, etc and has replaced it with a selection from the Karl Rove hymnal.  Nsplayr brings with him much of the insanity from the left like the glass Trojan Horse known as critical race theory and equity, while sharing the rabid lust for state power against the American citizenry that so many on the right display.

His recent post above is a good example.  In it he spits out the propaganda narrative about all the bogeyman we are told to fear.  A bogeyman that includes the Proud Boys group that was led by a Hispanic man and does not advocate violence and which has been mercilessly demonized with lies from the usual liars.  We are to believe they are somehow the enemy and criminal and under the same umbrella as those terrorists GWB loved to talk about.  Nsplayr's propaganda similarly includes III Percenters which have also been so demonized along with anarchists.  What are the similarities between those groups?  It's not criminal activity, so what is it?

The answer is those groups all share the American belief that tyrannical, false, authority is not to be respected.  When those groups read the Declaration of Independence (yes, even Anarchists) they don't roll their eyes like Nsplayr does.  Whether it's King George, Adolf, Mussolini, or any other individual or group that demands obedience through the barrel of a gun, all three of those groups not only believe they have no duty to false authority, but they commit the cardinal sin of expressing that view.  Nsplayr does not appreciate people with those views, and them expressing it makes them the enemy and criminal in his fascist world view.

Of course Nsplayr sprinkles in some other groups to sound objective.  No shit revolutionary commies make the list.  You know, those people burning cities and federal buildings on the nightly news.  But only the no shit ones that actually commit crimes.  He does not include the run of the mill communist wearing a dumb t-shirt and expressing stupid ideas at the local coffee shop.  For communists, he limits their identity to the group based on actual criminal activity.  Like a sane person would do.  Except he does not extend this sanity to anarchists running a YouTube channel about self sufficiency and growing a garden, nor does he extend it to the other two groups to delineate their free speech rights which only end during no shit criminal activity.

He mops up his blurb by throwing in foreign and domestic terrorists and the drug cartels.  But the thrust of his propaganda is to lump in Americans, who recognize government has limits like our founding documents and our supreme law and system of government recognizes, with criminals and terrorists.  That was the import of his statement.  Boiled down, it's this.  If you're an American who believes American things, you're the enemy.  Keep that in mind as you witness his comrades destroying AFSOC, lowering standards based on ridiculous equity nonsense and as you watch the top General in our military make phone calls to China to assure them he will help thwart the President of the United States in any military action against China.  I'll express his mindset and operating values one more time for the people in the back.  If you're an American who believes American things, you're the enemy.

But "conservatives" like Adam Kinzinger and so many others in our military have nothing to worry about.  The key is being an American who believes American things.  If you just have conservative bumper stickers and are a proud Republican, you're fine.  For now anyway.

Nsplayr uses the neo-con language of force, violence, swagger, flags and uniforms, to build the bridge across the false political aisle with people who consider themselves conservatives.  He not only speaks their language, he shares their values, when it comes to adoration for government violence.  This bridge isn't all that strange.  Lefties value government laws and restrictions and mandates and intrusion, while sometimes (only when convenient) criticizing law enforcement that is tasked with executing those laws.  People on the right decry government laws and restrictions and mandates and intrusion, while they almost worship armed government agents tasked with executing those laws.  They are two sides of the same coin.

As I have been saying for years in military circles, there is only one party and we're not in it.  The real division is between those who value and respect the limitations placed upon government and the constitutional rights of Americans, and those who do not.  But it's the kind of division that is demonstrated when a small group is occupied by a larger group.  It's not even close to 50/50.  And those who do not value rights and limitations on government (ie Americans who do not believe American things) can justify their un-American mindsets with talking points from the left or the right, but those talking points are essentially all the same.  Two armed agent thugs arguing over which of two innocent Americans they should put in the ground and why doesn't make them substantially different.  They're still two armed thugs targeting an innocent American.

When an American realizes this reality, they see the problem in America is about twice as big as they thought it was, and twice as frightening.

A fun thought experiment.  If leftist fascists are successful at taking over our government levers of violence (as they were in Germany and Italy in the early to mid 1900s where mobs of crazies slowly went from street thugs to political thugs), what kind of view will they have regarding "conservatives" who don't bend the knee?  Perhaps ask the Americans currently politically imprisoned while yet awaiting trial for misdemeanors while they're falsely characterized with extraordinary lies in the state-owned corporate media.  They might be able to offer an opinion.  Crazy fascists historically are not kind to the members of their own groups, but they're far less kind to anybody who doesn't identify with them and profess allegiance to their crazy worldviews.  When "conservatives" realize they're essentially no different from those on the other side of the gun, however, it will make it much easier to kiss the ring.  Many in the military are already very practiced at exactly that, justifying it with political cliche.  It will be an easy walk across that false bridge.

Watching this nation devolve is like watching a black and white film in slow motion, already knowing the ending.  It couldn't be more obvious.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Declining an interview with Lt Col (ret) Wayne Phelps author of "On Killing Remotely"

 

This morning I was contacted by a drone pilot I used to "fly" with.  He asked me if I was interested in doing an interview with Wayne Phelps, author of On Killing Remotely: The Psychology of Killing with Drones.  I politely declined the request for interview but pointed my former comrade to public information about the time I refused a mission to assassinate an American citizen without charge or trial.

I then took to Google to find out more about the author and found the CSPAN video linked above.  I didn't find the discussion particularly interesting with the exception of a claim made by Phelps at 34:21 into the video where he states:

There are some instances, interviews I had, where people actually refused to strike specific targets whether it was because it was a U.S. citizen or...


It's puzzling that Mr. Phelps would indicate that he has interviewed drone pilot(s) who refused to assassinate an American citizen.  I am the only person I know of to refuse such a mission and it was a lonely bullet on my resume to say the least.  I was not interviewed by Phelps and have had no communication with him, so I am very curious about his claim.  I find it extremely hard to believe.

 
ETA:

In the original blog post I indicated that at 34:21 Mr. Phelps had said he found that refusing to assassinate an American was likely to cause trauma and PTSD.  This was an error on my part and on second listen it appears he is suggesting that carrying out an unlawful order is likely to cause that mental disorder.  This blog post has been updated accordingly.