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Did the Army “Set Up” one of its own?


BY Glenn MacDonald, Major USARMY (Ret)

It was a terse, five-line press release out of Fort Bragg issued later in the day.

The handout from the Army spokesperson, a MAJ Boring (we know of another flak called “Bunko” who does spin for the Air Force), said a former prosecutor – MAJ Erik J. Burris – had just been sentenced to 20 years in prison and dismissal from the service at the conclusion of his six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg.

Woo Hoo! What is this? Man bites dog?

Why would the Green Machine go after one of its own, especially in view of the fact that Burris was at one time JAG supervisor over prosecutions of Army personnel accused of sexual assault? What would cause the Command to turn on him?

The plot thickens from here, folks.


First of all, why the big secrecy? Local and national media weren’t in attendance at the court-martial because they weren’t aware it was going on. That is, at least not until Burris had been slapped in cuffs and hauled from the military courtroom. But if the Army had nothing to hide, why not highlight the hanging of a top JAG “gone bad.” That’d be politically-correct and good public relations to boot, one would think.

But one rather important item was not mentioned in the very brief news release. The Army’s own investigating officer – a female lieutenant colonel, no less – had discovered the accusations against MAJ Burris were, shall we say, suspect?

We know we’re not supposed to peek at the report, but here are a few excerpts that should send a chill down the spine of any American who thinks due process and blind justice exist in a military courtroom.


First, we should tell you that Burris and his wife have been in a bitter custody battle for the past few years. Out of the blue, the major’s frau turns up at the CID making all kinds of claims that could send her hubby to the clink for a very long time.

The worst accusation, besides the usual boilerplate “sodomy,” was that he allegedly raped her and abused their children. Wow. That should be good for 30 years at the DB.

Now, lets see what the female investigating officer had to say about the all-important credibility of the accuser:

“My assessment is that Ms. Burris’ allegations . . . her statements to CID . . . were driven by a combination of motives. The evidence in the case file and testimony suggests she embellished or made untruthful and or inconsistent claims . . . her displays of emotion . . . did not appear genuine . . . I am left with no other alternative but that Ms. Burris is fabricating her allegations.”

What? The investigating officer the Army wanted to shovel dirt on the major’s grave had the honor and integrity to actually investigate the facts and then tell the truth? This is indeed a “man bites dog” headline.


The problem is that people reading the AP brief, based on the misleading handout; or hearing about the sentence on radio, TV or online wouldn’t have any idea what really went on if they didn’t have the smarts to read every day without fail. They would be forced to depend only on what the Army wanted them to know in that five-line release.

So, why would the brass do such an obvious railroad job on Burris? Did they have it in for him? Were they looking for any way to shove a shiv in his back? Could be.

Our sources tell us Burris mightily pissed off the powers that be when he testified for an Army captain in a court-martial proceeding last year. Burris even had the temerity to reveal, under oath, that sometimes in his position as JAG supervisor of sexual assault cases at Fort Bragg, that “pressure” was brought to bear on him to swiftly move the accusations to an Article 32 proceeding, even when “proof” was “iffy” at best.

You can bet that was embarrassing to the Command. And we think it played a role in what happened to MAJ Burris.

What do you think, dear reader? Drop us a line. Let us know if the UCMJ has anything to do with “justice” in this case. Remember, someday this might be you.

Major Glenn MacDonald USARM (Ret) is co-founder of He is a 100% combat disabled, Vietnam Vet living in Virginia.


Bowe Bergdhal will face charge of desertion


By Glenn MacDonald, Major USAR (Ret)

ADM John Kirby isn’t fooling anyone by his denials that a decision has been made to move forward on preferring charges of “desertion” against Sad Sack SGT Bowe Bergdahl.

The Pentagon spokesman can claim until he’s blue in the face, that such reports – first made by FOX NEWS and NBC, and now confirmed by – are “patently false.” But what will he do when his disingenuous remarks come back to bite him?

Probably what any good public affairs officer (and paid liar) would. Suck it up and move on.

What we now know and can tell you is, Eugene Fidell, the sergeant’s capable attorney, has in his possession the charge sheet, seeking prosecution for desertion. He won’t comment or confirm this publicly, but it’s a fact. The Pentagon is digging a deeper and deeper hole for themselves trying to deny what has already taken place.


Parsing words like Bill Clinton – “I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky” – just isn’t going to get the job done. Obama obviously would like to continue kicking this can down the road. But the latest news – that one of the five Taliban killers Hussein sprung from Gitmo in exchange for Bergdahl has already been in touch with his murderous Taliban pals – is a further complication and embarrassment for the White House.

The American public is becoming enraged that six American GI’s died looking for a dirt bag, and the President of the United States cuts loose proven killers in trade for Bergdahl.

If Obama had his way, he’d pressure the Army to declare this pathetic loser a “prisoner of war” to somehow “justify” what has proven to be the worst such “swap” in military history.

Many of us remember when Susan Rice declared on TV that Bergdahl had “served with honor and distinction?”  And maybe to the folks in the Obama Administration desertion from your post in a combat zone is akin to skipping class and smoking grass. But to the vast majority of America’s military and those serving in harm’s way, it’s a very serious matter.


What would happen in the future if others decided to desert and use the Bergdahl example as an excuse to get away with it? The whole structure of military discipline as well as enforcement of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) is at stake here.

The way we see it, the only way out is for Obama to let the process proceed and then “pardon” the so-called “paper-promoted” sergeant on humanitarian grounds.

If we had our druthers, Bergdahl would be busted to Private, lose all back pay and allowances, and get a bad conduct discharge; maybe six months behind bars, too. But BAM can’t afford to let that happen. So look for the Taliban-seeking sarge to “walk” free if the President can arrange it.

Major Glenn MacDonald USARM (Ret) is co-founder of He is a 100% combat disabled, Vietnam Vet living in Virginia.


The next step in Islam’s war

By John Velisek, USN (Ret)

What is the strategy for taking down Islamist radicals. Is there one? Or is it that everything that is leading to America’s collapse is part of the “fundamental change” if Obama? We are vulnerable to major attack that would an attack on our way of life, and our American values. There are at least 22 active terror cells INSIDE the United States. This is according to an actual FBI map, not just some lunatic fringe, conspiracy theorist. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, which runs the camps, is an Islamic fundamentalist organization related to Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organizations.

The reason DHS and the FBI have been unable to act against this very real threat inside our homeland is because the Obama Administration refuses to classify their parent organizations, Muslims of the Americas and Jamaat ul-Fuqra, as terrorist organizations. They are everywhere, within an easy drive of soft targets, including one a half hour outside New York City.

To make matters worse, the FBI states that their hands are tied in monitoring their activities despite a training video that is years old, evidence of possible murders and proof of illegal activities. Why can’t federal authorities do anything? Because the Obama administration refuses to acknowledge that these groups belong to a terrorist organization.

Why are we allowing the exponential growth of Islamist groups in the United States?  Federal officials must obtain an accurate picture of  the threat we face as a nation in order to understand the true nature of the challenge ahead of us. Is Barack Obama having this done, or is he preventing it being done? What is the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, a large player in the global, Islamist movement? Who is funding Islamic radicals in the United States and who is carrying out the radicalization of Americans in the country’s prisons and mosques?

Part of this growing threat is tied to the tactics of the Black Power movement; the professional Ferguson protestors for example, the Nation of Islam and others. In fact, the Black Power movement is integral to the expansion of the Islamist threat in the US. And the danger represented by its increasing membership has undoubtedly become an issue of national security. But should this or other pro-Islamist groups suddenly explode later this year and bring to the American public a brutality rarely seen in the country, will the Obama Administration be ready–or even willing–to take down the most deadly display of terrorism since 9/11?

At this very moment a group of Ferguson protestors are in Palestine. What will they bring back? What tactics will they have learned?

This will be the next step. Our national security and law enforcement must be vigilant and we, as citizens, must back them up. For our country will remain a target until we rise to this challenge.

John Velisek USN (Ret.)

An author, entrepreneur, and retired veteran is writing on the subjects of terrorism, the economy, and race. He can be contacted at

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Muslim Infiltration

by John Velisek USN (ret), staff writer

To what extent can political correctness or a misguided sense of obligatory deference contribute to the destruction of this country? Low information voters and others who pride themselves on a lifetime of acquiring something for nothing have no interest in and no appreciation of the rights provided them by the Founders of this Nation or the dangers posed by our enemies. For inseparable from those individual rights is individual responsibility which is anathema to those who cherish entitlement over opportunity.

And where do the leaders of our government, from the top on down, stand on the American public mistrusting those who deserve to be mistrusted?  At the 2012 Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) convention Andre Carson, a  U.S. representative from Indiana said “it was unfortunate that people think we are holding secret meetings, and plotting to destroy the country” followed with  “Allah will not let you stop us.” Was Carson reprimanded; was he thrown out of the House? Of course not. Nancy Pelosi just named him to sit on the House Intelligence Committee. No chance of any information going where it shouldn’t, right?

And what about the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the group infamous for taking legal action against anyone who happens to disagree with them, while claiming to be the focal point for Muslims and non-Muslims alike getting together to further the Muslim truth? The co-founder of CAIR, Omar Ahmad declared “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to be dominant.” “Islam is the highest authority in America and the only accepted religion on Earth.”

Would I be remiss in  asking Arif Alikhan, Deputy Executive Director of Homeland Security, Mohammed Elibiary of the Homeland Security Council, or IMAM Mohamed Magid the president of ICNA (See Above) and Barack Obama’s Sharia czar if they agree with this perception? These people, who would have been called treasonous infiltrators in World War II, are in our government even now advising our President on the fair and proper treatment of Muslims. Is it any wonder our Commander in Chief is cutting the nation’s military force while refusing to use the words “Islamic Terrorism” or Jihad?  Is Obama in fact a Muslim? Is that a question that needs to be answered?

Is it time to be outraged yet? Tomorrow afternoon I’ll discuss the Islamist connection to the Black Power movement. Stay tuned.

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On Combat

LtCol Forrest R. Lindsey USMC (ret)

There has been renewed interest in combat and warfare in general lately, since we always seem to be forced into situations as a nation where we have to send more of our young people to nasty places to risk their lives and their bodies for our own needs.  In the last couple of weeks, the movies American Sniper and Sole Survivor have generated interest and vigorous discussion among us.

The movies represent a sincere attempt by filmmakers to get away from the usual morbid voyeurism of combat and the self-debasing, anti-American propaganda and try to reach what is true, as much as possible. Thankfully they are at least not two ridiculous cartoons about war like Apocalypse Now and Platoon.

The reality will probably never be something that could be presented in a movie because it is too personal, too individual and in reality too horrible for any normal person to watch.  Warfare is about death; in general terms, it’s about killing more of them than they kill of us.  Nothing has changed about that ugly piece of math since the beginning of time yet we seem to think that war can be reduced to antiseptic little encounters where just about anybody at all can just push a button and all the nasty stuff is all over. Good Lord, we’re even seriously discussing putting girls into direct combat when most of us still don’t have any real idea what that means, no matter how many movies we’ve watched.

Combat is putting  18, 19 and 20 year old kids–usually fresh out of high school and after a short piece of training–into situations in which  they will kill other people or be killed themselves or more often, have parts of their bodies irrevocably ruined.  These kids come from the lower financial strata of our country and in most cases are easily the most important or only possessions of their families. We do the best we can to get them ready. We assign as many seasoned leaders as possible to train them and lead them into battle. But no preparation on Earth will allow anyone to guarantee that many of those children will not be horribly mangled or just gone forever.

Because they are just kids they have energy and, at least at the beginning, the enthusiasm. But even with best winnowing process, some won’t have the talent for fighting or even surviving. A cruel friend of mine once separated our troops into “Killers, Fillers, and Fodder”. Killers are the talented ones who can overcome the fear and natural tendency to flinch in the face of gunfire and actually aim their weapons to effect. They usually amount to 10-20% of young people and they are intensely valuable.

Fillers are most of your troops. Through no fault of their own, they just make a lot of noise during firefights, firing continuously and frantically. With luck, they don’t hit any of their fellow troops or innocent bystanders and they learn quickly NOT to run out of ammunition. In combat that usually only happens once.   

Fodder are those poor young people with no talent at all for war. They make noise, they walk right down the middle of trails, they smoke at night on outpost or during ambushes and they stand witlessly on skylines. They are going to die no matter what you do for them. Unfortunately, their lack of talent often gets people around them killed too.

Combat is fear; morning, noon and night, day after day, no matter where you are. You know that the enemy sincerely wants to kill you and after even a short bit of experience you know what bullets and mortars and IEDs do to the human body. And you are sure, in the center of your being, that the next explosion, the next bullet will end your life. Scared people don’t look like they look in the movies – it only shows slightly in the eyes and a slight hesitation in movement. Everybody is scared and you develop a startle reflex that causes you to shrink into your own body – or dive under tables – when you hear a loud, unexpected pop. It’s a reaction you’ll carry for the rest of your life.

Firefights are also vastly different from the movies. In the movies, the fighting is almost stately with some rounds fired here and then a few rounds there. And they’re blanks. In real life, a firefight starts with a couple of quick, startled shots immediately followed by the thunderous roar of hundreds of rounds, even thousands being fired from dozens of full-auto rifles and machineguns, punctuated by the steel-door slam of a grenade going off every few seconds. It’s deafening, stunning and overwhelming and it only ends when one side or the other has had enough or runs out of ammo and gets away. Firefights are so overwhelming that they stay in your dreams for years afterward, waking you so suddenly that you can fall out of bed.

Combat is where all of those kids learn what it is to see people around you wounded and killed. It’s something no one ever gets used to or ever forgets. One second you’re talking to a buddy, the next second he’s dead and his blood is all over you.  One second the guy in front of you is walking calmly and the next shattering instant he’s in half in front of you, screaming but you can’t hear him because the explosion deafened you.

The kids that survive come home and they are entirely surrounded by people who have not an infinitesimal idea of what they saw or experienced and truthfully, very few will ever actually care. The veterans are expected to come home, shut up, and go away. They have been changed in ways that they can’t describe and often haunted by the unjustified guilt that they made it home when so many good, deserving people didn’t.

We have to be honest. That’s the way it’s always been.  We should never, ever forget those young people.