It’s Not Enough

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You’ve watched a thousand YouTube videos.  You’ve carefully researched and bought good quality gear that will hold up. You spent good money on a rifle, optic, mags, and all the other associated errata. You’ve got maps of your AO waterproofed and ready to go. You even spent money and bought a good quality handheld radio and headset. Level IV plates, quality PC and a helmet? Check. You’ve been to a tactical first aid class, a radio theory class, and some other classes that cost you a couple of bucks. You even tribe up at least once a month and either shoot or practice what you’ve been trained on. You’re I your comfort zone feeling pretty good about how ready you are for when things get dicey.

Guess what? You’re probably sucking hind tit completely unaware of how ill prepared you actually are.  I see it all the time. Guys show up in their comfort zones and get their asses handed to them, and that shakes them.

It’s not enough to just go learn, you have to put the real effort into reinforcing and expanding your training to develop honest genuine, repeatable knowledge, skills and abilities that you can exercise under stress. And to do that takes two things presuming you’ve been given the requisite training; Time and Effort.

I’ll give an example: A few months back I taught a basic static marksmanship class, nothing fancy, just the basics starting with sloth slow dry fire practice until everyone was smooth enough to go live, then back to sloth speed and working up. By the end of the class guys were breaking cover, engaging, reengaging, and returning to cover against a 100 yard silhouette with an appreciable amount of skill while being mindful of their exposure time. Less than 45 days later e all gathered together and it was apparent who hadn’t touched their rifle outside of cleaning (don’t show up with a dirty rifle). The guys that had practiced the skills they had been shown with at least a few weekly sessions of dry fire practice were still fairly proficient, the rest, well, they had the knowledge in their heads but it hadn’t been committed or refined to the lizard brain. And as a result they were freaking sloppy as shit. Bottom line: Once a month isn’t going to do you a whole lot of good without reinforcement. You wouldn’t want a guy that trained on brain surgery and performed his last surgery a couple of years ago to cut on your head, would ya? Why would you be willing to rely on something you’ve been exposed to for one day and never routinely practiced to save your ass?

Another thing is it’s not just about practicing and committing those skills to muscle memory. What are you doing on your own to expand your knowledge base? I think it was JC Dodge who stated “Knowledge weighs nothing in a rucksack” and that’s an absolute truth. Example: You might be the greatest tourniquet applier on the earth, hell you recognize an arterial bleed and can slap a SOF-T on that puppy in under ten seconds. But how about expanding that knowledge by studying some human anatomy? There’s online college level human anatomy classes that are free. A working knowledge of the circulatory and skeletal systems might be worth their weight in gold when you start having to deal with a GSW involving bone. There are low and no cost resources out there that just require some looking. Don’t be satisfied that you master the skills in one subject area – expand your knowledge base of the subject.

Is it a matter of time? Sacrifice that 30 minutes a day to something. PT, dry fire, studying antenna theory, etc. 30 minutes a day is a piss in the bucket compared to how much time the average person fucks off daily.  Is it a matter of making the effort? If you lack the self-discipline to get offa that couch, phone, or whatever then amigo, you are probably fucked.  You think you’re physically unable? That’s a defeatist attitude and ya need to check that shit at the door. I’ve got guys with artificial legs that show up and run drills. Are they as fast as everyone else? Some are, some aren’t. But they make the freaking effort. Lose the weight, give up the bad habits, and if you need a buddy to put a boot in your ass then find one, likewise with a reason.

Mosby, Dodge, Max, Culper, NC Scout, and the rest all offer quality training. And they can teach you a LOT. But when you pack your ruck and leave the training site if you do nothing to reinforce and expand that knowledge you’re not doing enough.

30 minutes a day. Not a whole lot to ask when your ass is on the line.

Carry on the conversation @ freezoxee

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A Short SITREP and Random Thoughts.



First off I’d like to explain why posting has been completely absent. Between relocating immediate and extended family to my A/O, moving, building, and taking paying jobs there has been little to no time to devote to the blog. Family is the primary tribe – remember that. I anticipate postings to pick back up later in the year once things (and families) get settled in and down.

AntiFa? FSA Commies. A friend summarized it well: “Barely worth the bullet it’d take to slot them”. If you use violence to deny anyone free speech then you’re a fascist (you can glue a horn on a horse and call it a unicorn but it ain’t goinna fart magical pixie dust for ya). I’m not taking the radical side here.  I loathe the supremacists, hell I loathe anyone who would deny anyone else’s inalienable rights. When we decide that acceptable speech is the only allowed speech then it’s time to kick that damn chair off the wall, down the hall, and shave John.

Confederate Statues: Seriously, if this was such a problem why haven’t we heard about it for the last 8 years? And why not a peep about U.S. Grant, I’m pretty sure Native Americans have a valid beef about him. And why aren’t the feminists screaming for Clinton’s little statues to come down? Bottom line: It doesn’t fit the narrative being fed to the “useful idiots”.

On allies: Look, the saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is a fallacy. The enemy of your enemy can damn sure be your enemy as well. You may have complementing goals and objectives but you’d better look damn hard at your values before you align yourself with a group because they oppose “The Alt-X”.  Sun-Tzu wrote “We cannot enter into alliance with neighboring princes until we are acquainted with their designs.”.

Trump: I didn’t like the guy, personally still not fond of him, but he is making progress in the face of massive obstruction. +1 to arrogant pompous ass. IMHO the guy has more balls than the majority of oligarchs inhabiting Mordor on the Potomac .

Militias: My position has softened a bit on them. I see some folks out there doing good things, seeking good training, and making a genuine effort to bolster their tribe. Here’s a hint: If the guy in charge is wearing stars and hasn’t served a day in his life you’re probably not in the right outfit. Likewise if the guy in charge claims to have been in Delta Force or some other insanely exclusive unit look elsewhere. Before you commit to joining anything do your research. Are they getting together and just bullshitting or do they actually train? What is there training based on? What/how do they vet their instructors (hell for that matter their members as well).  There’s a truth in training: One day a month isn’t going to afford the opportunity to become “elite” at anything you aren’t already highly proficient on and willing to put the time and effort into sustainment training on.  I’ll give a shout out to a good site for those looking for a group: My Militia. Do your research.  I am acquainted with a few groups throughout the south and I’ve seen both good and bad so Caveat Emptor.

Finally, On Hate: Hate is a strong damn word. It’s used entirely too often and has been diluted nowadays to the point anything a person dislikes is now hated. I’d invite folks not familiar with the ideology to take a look at Stoicism. There’s a lot of good concepts in Stoicism that can make you more productive and focused without the emotional distractions. Because when it comes down to it it’s not about the gear, preps, or anything else. It’s about having the mental and physical capability and stability to be the “man in the arena”.

Till next time – Get offa yer asses and do more PT.

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All work and no play sucks



I just got back stateside a few days ago and there’s a few things I have to catch up on before I begin posting regularly again. Just a few notes to catch up:

First off I didn’t know Mike V. had passed until the day after I got back, may he rest in peace. A quick browse through Sipsey Street and sitting in on a III% teleconference last night accomplished something for me: It gave me hope. Matt V in my opinion is a more than worthy successor to the III% mantle (even if he doesn’t want it) and his emphasis on the III% catechism is spot on. Bravo Matt, keep up the fire.

A lot of folks are butthurt that Max Velocity has started charging for his forum. MDT has a good writeup on the subject in which he uses the phrase “tactical welfare”. And you know what? He’s spot the hell on. Some of us can afford to host free training, give free advice, insights, etc. because the ability to feed our families and pay the bills aren’t dependent on it. Max is what I call a “Grinder”, or a person that consistently puts out info, hosts training, and generally stays energized. If he needs to charge to pay the bills then so be it. To those that decry his charging I pose the following question: Would you rather he dump it and get a job thereby removing what he offers altogether? The loss of an asset like Max would be a serious loss to the community at large. I’ve heard nothing but outstanding comments from folks that have actually attended his training and his books are chock full of good solid info.

When I see folks that scream for “free training” or “free anything” I subconsciously assign them into the same category in my mind as the Free Shit Army – once again MDT nailed it in his post about the “EBT” card. If you disagree that a man or woman should be compensated for his efforts if he delivers a quality product then step back and take a look in the mirror. If people charge and deliver substandard training then word of mouth will eventually drive them out of the business. It’s happened before. But I’ll wager Max will be around for a while.

Next up: During my recent soiree I read Mosby’s latest book “Forging The Hero”. If you haven’t read it yet then go and buy it and read the damn thing. The Tribal insights contained in it along with the values he presents is probably the best single volume I’ve read to date. But once you’ve read it dig through and go read his source material as well. JM did a helluva job on this one.

Final note for now: Folks I am reconnecting with a lot of the groups and militias in the state and the areas around it. What I am seeing is even worse fractioning than before I left and egos run the fuck amok. Look: If you never served a day in your life, never worked in any kind of tactical field, and never really led people then you have no business being in “Command” of anything.  Likewise with rank. If you think that rank is all about authority you’re fucked in the head. It’s about responsibility. If you want to use ranks in a group fine, but if you focus on what their authority is vs. what their responsibility is then you are part of the problem and not the solution.

Link to MDT’s post:

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Just a short one


Just a short one. By now everyone is aware of the standoff happening up in Oregon. I see a lot of folks calling these guys “idiots” and opining based on what they know about the situation. For those that do wish to opine for the love of God do yourself a favor and do some research first. The history behind this story is one filled with government abuse, special interest environmental group influence, and other nefarious actions by the government.

No matter how this plays out the media (and politicians) have begun shaping the narrative. Hell an Arkansas State Rep even called for using A-10’s and Apaches to end the standoff. Seriously, a politician (in this case one Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell who calls himself a “reformed RINO”) posted the statement below and then goes on to substantiate his stance using quotes from US law when called out about it.


Here’s a couple for you to chew on there Mr. Representative:

Amendment V :No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

And of course there’s the old pesky Posse Comitatus Act: “Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

So now our “Reformed Rino” wants to have Congress declare war on American citizens on US Soil. Right.

Folks I don’t really have a solid opinion on if this (meaning the standoff) is just or not. The information I’ve read leads me to believe that in the very least the Government has abused the hell out of these people. As I glean more information my opinion may change.

Now back to the media and shaping the narrative: It doesn’t matter who fires the first shot. The Militiamen will be blamed. Hell Lon Horiuchi is still walking free after firing the first shot at Ruby Ridge and I have no doubt that the government and the media will shape their information presentation fill a narrative that demonizes these men in any way, shape, or form they can.

Furthermore  I have absolutely no doubt this crisis will be used to push the current attempt to renew the AWB which is in committee. “Never let a crisis go to waste!” right?

I’ll close with this: Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell’s Facebook post comments just as easily could have been said in the British Parliament back in the 1700s in reference to the Sons of Liberty.

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Just fricking wow.

Sad cowboy

What I’ve come back to:

First: If you still live in an urban or even suburban area and don’t have a well-planned and sited (and accessible) retreat shame on you. The amount of time you’ll have to react once Ferguson comes to your neighborhood in some way, shape, or form is going to be measured in minutes, not hours or days.

Second: Our nation is now officially a drunk private with a credit card at the “gentlemen’s club” with a “girlfriend” named “Tiffany”. And the private shows still cost extra.

The truth:

First, simple numbers.

# of Americans: 318 million (est.)

% of civilians in the labor force: 62.4%

# of folks employed in the private sector: 116 Million

Current US Debt: $18.2 Trillion

Per citizen (employed or not) chunk of that sammich: $57 Thousand

Per taxpayer bite of that sammich: $154 Thousand

The unfunded debt liability per taxpayer: $828 Thousand

Now two basic statements:

The number of folks in the working pool (meaning they work or are looking for work) ain’t going up.

.gov sector jobs don’t generate real income. Those wages and liabilities are burdens of the taxpayer.

If you think anyone (especially a politician) is going to fix this you’re fooling yourself. Folks there isn’t any fixing this. The generation of the Free Shit Army (FSA) currently glued to their phones aren’t going to let you cut social handout programs. Hell they’ll let you cut programs for folks that have actually earned them (soc sec and vet disability) before you cut the “gimmee free shit”. Cut defense spending? In the current state the world is in?

Do you see where it’s headed? 4 simple words: Halt and catch fire.

I love Libertarians. I gravitate that direction. But there’s simply no way the ballot box is going to do anything at this point but slightly prolong the life-support bill.

Third: WTF did anything having to do with being white become racist? Part of my recent soiree in the workforce included a stint in Africa. And ya know what? Those folks don’t really give two squirts of piss about what color you are, they measure you by your word, deed, and courtesy. We had a young former Marine (a black guy) who I had the distinct displeasure of having to sack for some drinking on the job issues. Instantly it became a matter of race. I was racist, the company was racist, the contract was racist, etc. wash, rinse, and repeat. He made quite a little spectacle of himself on the way out and was pretty loud about the “injustices” he was suffering. Ya know what happened? Afterwards one of the real African supervisors (meaning a native born African) commented that Americans are too fixated on race as an issue to ever get beyond it. Here’s a little insider info: I was told shortly after my arrival by the previous site super the real Africans aren’t too fond of the phrase “African-American”, they feel as connected to a black person from the US as they do someone from Mars. Go figure.

Next week: Dalrymple, intellectual dishonesty, and Confederate flags.

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Back… rested and pissed off.

WTF Lizard

WTF Lizard ain’t happy.

Back after working, a little hiatus to move and build a new place, and none too happy about what is and has happened to our nation.

More to follow, stay tuned.  Until then think: LOCAL as others have advised.

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How They Hunt


I’ve cobbling this entry together between uptime and downtime over the last couple of weeks so bear with me on this one. I think there’s a fundamental misunderstanding of how counter-insurgency intelligence and exploitation systems work so I’m going to touch on them a bit in this entry.  It’s by no means comprehensive as that would take an entire volume to document.  So what I’m going to attempt to do here is give the reader some insight into how an insurgency is identified, exploited, and targeted using a fairly simple and brief scenario.

Make no mistake that over the last decade plus the DoD, DoJ, DHS, NSA, and CIA have definitely learned their lessons.  From shortly after 9/11 when the new lessons of counter-insurgency still lay ahead to the recent (last few years) capture and killing of Al Qaeda’s top officers the concepts and techniques of counter insurgency targeting have been vastly refined. Lessons learned not only on the battlefield but in the ops center have developed intelligence exploitation systems that are genuinely lethal due to their ability to be comprehensive and timely.  Instead of sitting here typing out how these systems work I’m going to throw out a bit of a scenario for you.  Not every system is represented but hopefully I’ll depict enough of them to give you an appreciation of just how dangerous they can be.

In this scenario we’re going to assume to perspective of the lead intelligence officer in a built up area with a fairly large population.  Austin TX sounds good at this point.  Anyway the country has de-stabilized to the point that National Guard units have deployed but martial law hasn’t been declared yet.  Over the last few weeks we’ve been faced with a frequent insurgent attacks against logistics columns traveling up and down I-35 in areas around Georgetown and Salado.  Additionally this (or other groups) have attacked the infrastructure junctions and  in that area as well.

We just happened to get lucky (from our perspective anyway) and kill one of the insurgents and have possession of his body.  He had no identification, the serial number on his rifle had been removed, and he had even gone to the trouble to remove his own fingerprints (talk about dedication).  Those are some significant hurdles to overcome figuring out who this guy is right?  Yeah, but not something we can’t work around.  A quick phone call to the field gets us a good high resolution frontal image of the DIs (dead insurgent’s) face.  The case officer uploads that image into a work file and sends it off to multiple agencies, say the DoJ (FBI specifically), DHS, and the State Fusion Center (there are more but let’s keep it simple).   The Fusion center comes back a few hours later and identifies the individual as Bob Jones of Llano TX. How did they do that? By loading the pic of the DI into a biometric facial recognition program and running a comparison to Texas’s drivers license photo database. If they hadn’t gotten a hit it could have been compared to other states databases as well.  It would have taken more time  but eventually would have given us the identity.   Now we have a starting point.

First thing we do is get a quickie warrant and pull all of Bob’s home and cell phone records for the last 90 days.  Then we’ll identify every call he made or received in a certain radius say 200 miles.  These calls automatically get categorized into business numbers and residential numbers. All calls will be looked at however we’re going to jump into the residential numbers first.  In that pool we’ll separate the numbers into known and assumed family (by last name, tax returns, public records databases, etc.) and unknown reason contacts.  In the last 90 days there have been roughly 300 calls to personal numbers which belong to a pool of 125 individuals. These 125 are now our short list for the time being.

Now we have an identification and an address it’s time to generate physical warrants.  So the local boys go and raid Bobs home and take any and everything electronic, anything that remotely looks like correspondence, and any credit/debit cards or checkbooks. They even go so far as to search vehicles.  But here’s an oddity: Bob’s truck isn’t at his house.  And we know his make, model, and plate number by querying the state registration database and we put out a watch for the vehicle. Note at this point we’re not trying to build a case against Bob – hell he’s dead.  We’re looking for cross referencing information to identify other remembers of his group.  Once those items are collected they are handed over to a team of forensic technicians which begin to dissect the information and cross check other databases.  Within 24 hours we have a comprehensive list of who he sent and received emails from, the IPs and cookies of the websites he’s visited,  any purchases he’s made online and quite a few of the offline ones as well.  Remember this isn’t all encompassing but intended to give you an idea of how it works.

All of this information gets laid out into what we’ll call a virtual “starfish” with each bit of info representing a point.  We’ve got systems running the phone records down to individual names associated with those accounts referenced by physical location and date, systems referencing any known purchases referenced by location and date, and any and everything else we can dump into the system to expand the starfish.  Once this part is done it’s time to start looking at known associations.  We do this by take the folks we’ve already identified and trying to determine  their association with good old Bob.  For the sake of simplicity we’ll start on phone records – those 125 individuals.  Those individuals names now generate their own starfish.   As the multitude of systems begin to return information on each individual those starfish grow as well.  at 36 hours to keep things simple we’ll reject all information on those other starfish if they do not correspond to any of the kegs on the starfish that represents Bob.  That narrows down things considerably.  Now it’s time for some human review (most of the action up to this point has been fairly automated.  So we get a couple of analysts to start scrutinizing the associated information points between Bob and the other 125 folks we’re looking at. Some of the info can be dismissed fairly easily however other pieces have to be physically researched and even though it’s done via network it still takes some time.  A couple of days later the analysts come back with a narrowed list of 16 people that could still be considered suspect however Bob had no contact with those people within 14-21 days of the attack in which he was killed.  How did they arrive at the 16 people? Remember when the forensic team tore apart Bobs computer? They took his known data (his IP)  and ran it across the stored multiple metadata databases to identify which websites he had been visiting.  Of those websites a dozen were considered radical or fringe (at least under TPTBs definition of such).  they then ran a cross check against those 125 folks from the phone records and 16 other people on our list had visited some of those websites.

What we have so far isn’t sufficient enough to start kicking doors in and shooting dogs so we’ve got to dig deeper.  And for that we turn to financial transactions.  Breaking them down into periods working outwards from the attack we find that Bob bought gas in Florence TX the evening before the attack.  So now the Florence local boys get a call to specifically look for his vehicles.  While that is going on we’re going to start looking at the transactions of those 16 other folks and compare them to Bobs.  One thing that is puzzling is the fact that Bob didn’t have any phone or email contact with our new 16 person  short list in the period immediately preceding the attack. Attacks are typically coordinated so there had to be some form of communication.  By scrutinizing Bob’s debit purchase records we find that he had bought a “disposable phone” at the local big box store one day before his last contact with any of the 16 individuals we’re looking at.  Getting the number to that phone isn’t hard at all with a quick warrant for the metadata for that carriers phones that were activated within a 36 hour period in Bob’s area.  But for timeliness we’re also going to scrutinize those other 16 individuals transactions for the same type of purchase – disposable phones and we come up with nada for them.

The carrier returns the information from the warrant we wanted and two numbers show up as having been activated in the big box store parking lot within that time frame. A quick cross check shows one of the numbers has no association  with any of our existing data however one has a call to his personal cell phone.  Bingo we now have his number.  And we can go back and get all of the metadata for that number including numbers called/received, location, time, and length of call.  The phone data itself is built into a starfish of its own and cross referenced against any known contacts Bob had.   The vast majority of it turns out to be other disposable phones which result in financial transaction dead ends (probably paid for by cash) but two do get a hit.  The first is a call to Bob’s younger brother. The second is a call made from a diner near Georgetown the night before the attack.  Bob’s younger brother now joins our short list simply due to association.  Another quickie warrant and we’re going to get his brothers phones and computers and any correspondence.  And we’re also going to start looking at the financial transaction and phone records of the other folks on the list to see if we can establish a point in time at that gas station or diner for any and all activity.  Bob’s brothers stuff goes off to the forensics team for dissection and we wait for the data for the day preceding the attack.  As that data comes in its correlated to Bob’s info and we come up with two positives.  Bob’s younger brother called his house from that location at the same time Bob was there and a large meal charge was purchased on a debit car belonging to one of the 16 folks on our short list.

Meanwhile Bob’s vehicle has been found outside of Georgetown in a wooded area and the forensics folks descend on it to photograph and catalog everything – tire tracks, fingerprints, footprints, you name it.  All of this info begins to get processed and correlated as it comes in to try and establish links to our known associations with bob.  We get a hit off of this.  A pair of shoeprints that match the size and model of a pair of another one of Bob’s known associates.  How do we know they own those?  Financial transaction records show they were bought a month prior to the attack with a debit card (hint – next time you buy a pair of shoes at Wally World look at your sales ticket – the model and size are listed).

Now we’ve got 2 hot suspects.  More warrants, more seizures, more forensics.  And now comes the time for interrogation.  Bob’s brother is brought in and leaned on – hard.  He’s good but the interrogators are better.  These aren’t your run of the mill local PD Detectives – there are professional psychologists  trained and experienced in mental and physical manipulation.  Here’s some insight for you: If you’ve never been interrogated every second of it serves a purpose.  The long waits are designed to build up anxiety. The sometimes cordial manner of the interrogators contrasted to the often brutal treatment from guards is designed to gain your confidence and make you feel more secure.

Anyway prior to interrogating Bob’s brother they build a profile of him and look for any and all means to break him – because that is precisely what interrogation is intended to do – make you talk.  We’re not talking waterboarding here.  Strong men can keep their mouths shut when being tortured.  No we have to get at his psyche.  So we gin up some false charge sheets and press releases naming him as a terrorist (which also happen to mention his wife and children’s names), let him know we know he’s associated with the guy that we got the shoeprints, from (everything we can present to make it look like we have a substantial volume of information), and we go a step further and have his kids picked up by human services and placed in foster care on the grounds of child endangerment – all to easily “substantiated” for the time being.  One thing we don’t do is touch Bob’s brother’s wife – she’s critical to all of this.  But we do freeze his accounts so he can’t afford a lawyer (or anything else for that matter like bail) .  We’ve got to make her suffer so we let this run for a week – basically putting her through a mental hell.  In the meantime we’re still working on Bob’s brother but after we’ve determined his wife is beginning to get desperate so we allow her to see him. The combination of all of this is what finally breaks Bob’s brother – hell the only person it wouldn’t get to is a true sociopath.  So a few days later after we’ve let him mentally wrestle with the prospects of his and his families hell we offer him a deal.  We’ll back off the family and return the kids, unfreeze the assets if he’ll talk and take a plea bargain of murder one with life instead of the death penalty. He initially refuses but after another visit by his wife a week or two later (and trust me we’re not letting things get better) he breaks.  We’ve now got other names, places, times, and so forth.

With that info it’s wash, rinse, repeat of the entire process with each individual until we run into complete dead ends and wait for the next break – like another corpse.  But within the span of a relatively short time we’re able to cripple the insurgency in the area for the immediate future.

Is this realistic?   Folks shit like this is happening NOW.  Biometric identification is real – you’re drivers license photo and thumbprint is in a database that routinely gets accessed at the state level and is available to the Feds (Fusion Center anyone). Facial recognition is how the Tsarnaev’s were initially ID’d.  Your communications meta-data is routinely being stored and accessed by the government. Your financial transactions records are stored by your banks and creditors.  All of this info is available through a rubber stamped fill in the blanks warrant.

So what happened?  Bob was sloppy.  Unreal fucking sloppy.  He thought he was taking safeguards by using things like disposable phones but in reality his laziness killed his cell.  If he had consistently used cash drawn out of ATMs in his normal routine for his purchases, if he had shown some phone discipline (seriously – that disposable phone ain’t for calling ma), and maybe if he had been a bit more discreet in his using technology the links might not have been established.  But one link is all it takes and then the system starts chewing people’s lives up.  And those links are how the powers that be identify and pursue their targets. Think your safe online?  Even the vaunted TOR has been compromised by the DoJ lately.

These tactics are how insurgencies are broken.  They’re what enabled the system to pin Bin Laden down, catch the Tsarnaevs, and identify drone strike targets in the middle east.  Networks are deadly to an insurgency.  Even operating in meatspace can be deadly without the right precautions.  All it takes is for one person to use that phone to call or that debit card to pay and they’ve been nailed in time and space.   Sure you may be using your regular phone (and not your disposable one) to call ma but you’re there and the records show it.  And if your battle buddy does something similar he’s fixed at that time and place as well – so now both of you are associated.  The key is discipline.  When you meet you go completely off the grid.  Completely.  No phone use, no debit card use, nada in and around the geographic area and  timeframe you meet.  Recon and identify how you could expose yourself.  Does a certain route have license plate readers?  Then don’t use it.  Convenience stores?  They all have cameras at the counter and pumps. Nearby ATM machine? Cameras and transaction records.  The golden rule at all times (and I mean all times)  is to ask yourself:

How will what I’m doing at this second expose myself and others to identification?

In Bob’s case they started with a corpse with no fingerprints.  Bob thought he was doing right by sterilizing himself prior to the attack but in reality he left gaping holes everywhere else. That one corpse is what allowed a local insurgency to be broken.  The same techniques are used in Afghanistan with significant success despite the lack of things like financial transaction records.  It’s used stateside on a daily basis.  And all it takes is one sloppy SOB to destroy everything.  Whether you’re a four man team, nine man squad, or distributed cells EVERYBODY has to have complete OPSEC uber alles hammered into them and practice it.  And the larger your organization the more likely someone is going to get sloppy.  Discipline and vigilance is the key not only to success but survival as well.  It pays to have rules on who does what, who contracts whom how, and where and when all of this takes place.  And those rules have to be understood and enforced.

Till next time stay frosty amigos.

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The Current State of Affairs


Just a brief update.  No I haven’t been nabbed by TPTB (I figure once they snag Bracken then I’ll start worrying about that).  I’m currently out on a contract that is going to last a few more months and ‘net access is few and far between so if you leave a comment and don’t see it right away no it probably didn’t get deleted I just haven’t been able to get on and do anything with the blog.  Once I get back things will get going again and the posts will pickup. Until then stay frosty my friends.

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An Open Letter to Lee Siegel @ The Daily Beast


Lee Siegel – the thinking mans douchebag.

A reader sent me a link to an article and I am not the kind to respond but in this case I’ll make an exception.  Especially because the author is such a fucking douchebag.

Take a moment to read the article – it’s short.

What Mr Siegel fails to realize is this – the North cannot survive without the South.  The South has a much more well developed AG industry.  Arkansas is the #1 rice and soybean producer; Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma are 3 of the 5 top beef producers;  and  the south is pretty much got a stanglehold on the cotton industry.  Louisiana has a burgeoning fishing industry.  The south pretty much has the poultry industry sewed up.  Granted the north has Ag but does it have enough to feed those EBT dependent mouths?  Lee, how long would it take before your dependents resort to cannibalism (and yes the Donners were Yankees)?

Another thing Joisey douche fails to realize is that industry is flocking to the south at record rates.  Hell the mass migration from the north is well documented and reported – even by the rag that calls itself Newsweek.  The auto industry?  Shit – don’t make me laugh.  The south has the largest concentration of foreign automaker factories in the US which in turn are responsible for a majority of the auto sales in the US.  And they didn’t need a bailout.  Lee take a trip to Detroit but make sure you get your vaccinations first.  That rusty metal that was once the center of industry can give you a nasty case of tetanus.

So we split and you get to pay jacked up rates for our exports to you.  I like the sound of that.  And health?  Jesus man don’t lecture us about health as long as you have that fatass waiting for a heart attack Christie as Govenor.

I do agree – an amicable split would be a good thing.  And as that young law student suggested I think these terms are fair:

“Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al: We have stuck together since the late 1950’s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a our separation agreement:

–Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

-We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.

–You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.

–Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.

–We’ll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and the coal mines, and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.

–You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’ Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.

–We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.

–You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.

–We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks.

–We’ll keep Bill O’Reilly, and Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .

–You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.

–You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security.

–We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values.

–You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

–We’ll keep the SUV’s, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Leaf you can find.

–You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors.

–We’ll keep “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The National Anthem.”

–I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute “Imagine”, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, “Kum Ba Ya” or “We Are the World”.

–We’ll practice trickle-down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

–Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our flag.

In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you might think about which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

John J. Wall
Law Student and an American”

So Lee, in summary you’re pretty much just a Jersey Douche drama queen in most of our eyes.  Seriously – WTF is a culture critic? Does that “job” even serve a real purpose other than amusing snot nosed spoiled northerners?  I’m done with ya – and hell I didn’t even get to the part about Sprezzatura and the New Republic debacle.

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Putting Some Teeth in the Tribe: What Do We Need To Be Able To Do?

Fightin' Lizards

Alright – a new topic (here anyway)  and a lot to write about. Now we’re going to start digging into the process of actually building usable fighting skills and knowledge among your tribe members.  The next few entries are going to attempt to impart upon you some basic realities you’ll be dealing with along with some nice simple tips to use when establishing your security force.  To set the record straight right now I’m going to be referring to what I call a “Rural Defense Force” (RDF) throughout this series.  That is simply the defensive element of your tribe.  The folks that actually defend the area.

This entry is going to deal with defining operational capabilities and using a simple training methodology.  Operational capabilities are the tasks that you need/want to be able to execute.   I.e. do you want to establish roadblocks, conduct ambushes, raids, deliberate defenses, etc?   You need to sit down and conceptualize what tasks your RDF will have to accomplish.  This is how you focus your training as your efforts need to be geared towards supporting these capabilities.  For the .mil guys out there this is what we used to refer to as a developing a Mission Essential Task List (METL) along with associated drills but we’re going to go through this without the luxury of having higher echelon tasks and directives to work this out. Basically we’re going to build a list of tactical tasks that we identify are critical to the defense of our tribal area.  The difference here is normally a METL goes no lower than a Company but unless you’re really fortunate chances are you won’t have the kind of strength.  So I’m going to make another convention at this point – when I refer to METL what I am actually using are more akin to ARTEP battle drills for a Platoon and Squad sized element.  Training methodology is simply the way we’re going to train.

Before you begin this process it’s a pretty good idea to go through a throughout terrain and threat analysis.  As an example if the threat is known to not and will not likely have armored vehicles then establish an anti-armor ambush would be low on your task list.  If you need some help identifying tasks this is where the Army field manuals can come into play.  Take a look at ARTEP 7-8-Drill which lists tasks for the platoon and squad sized elements. The lists in that manual should help you identify the kind of tasks you want to be able to accomplish.  Are we going to use the info from that manual verbatim?  No we’re not. But for now use it to help identify tasks.

One thing about tasks.  Right off the bat you need to understand that there are individual tasks and “collective” tasks.  Individual tasks are the tasks that folks do as an individual – i.e.  applying a tourniquet is an individual task.  “Collective tasks” are tasks that are executed as a collective element be it a buddy team, fire team, squad, or platoon.  Individual tasks usually support collective tasks – i.e. an individual might acquire and engage targets with their rifle while conducting team fire and maneuver.  For now we’re going to focus on collective type tasks.


Dose of reality time: There are some tasks which will probably be worthless and some you won’t have the resources to accomplish.  An example of a worthless tasks for your purpose might be “Change formation (mounted)”.  That task is designed for forces that are mounted in vehicles and have the terrain to actually change their physical association during travel. Granted if you live in the desert it might be worthwhile but that’s just an example.  A task you might not have the resources to execute would be “Knock out bunkers”.  Now does that mean we ignore them?  Not necessarily.  The possibility to adapt and develop techniques to deal with those tasks using our existing capabilities might just be worthwhile.

So we’ve gone through our analysis, familiarized ourselves with tasks, and for Shits n’ Giggles we’ve come up with this list of critical tasks.  To keep it simple we’ll focus on one task for right now: Conducting an ambush.  Sounds simple right? Welp there are different categories of ambushes (hasty, deliberate) and different types (point, area, L shaped, etc.).  Don’t get lost in the weeds at this point instead focus on the general task itself and identify the collective and individual skills required to support this task.  The graphic below illustrates how those individual tasks support the collective tasks.


Sound training methodology dictates we need to be proficient in the individual tasks before we attempt collective tasks otherwise we’ll not only waste time having to teach individual tasks while trying to focus on the collective tasks but our execution of the collective tasks will be sloppy at best. That equates to a waste of training time and energy.

In the graphic notice I circled the “engage targets” individual task.  Sounds simple enough but think about what that task entails.  It could include such supporting skills like :

  • Load your rifle
  • Acquire targets
  • Apply elevation and windage to engage stationary and moving targets
  • Perform suppressive fire

These individual skills are once again supported by such tasks as maintaining your rifle, zeroing your rifle, etc. .

The key thing here I want to impart upon you is that we need to identify our collective task requirements and then work downward to identify the critical tasks and skills needed to execute those collective tasks. By focusing on the individual tasks prior to training the collective tasks we avoid unnecessary training frustrators and save time and effort.

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