My old friend, Colonel (retired USAF) Dick Brauer was up at the crack of dawn today talking with Fox and Friends about the letter that Special Operations Speaks is sending to the House of Representatives calling for an investigation into the unanswered questions surrounding the terrorist strike on our intelligence outpost in Benghazi, Libya last September.

Here is the letter with all of the signatories:

To: Members of The U.S. House of Representatives

Subject: The Benghazi attacks on 9/11/ 2012

The undersigned are a representative group of some 700 retired Military Special Operations professionals who spent the majority of their careers preparing for and executing myriad operations to rescue or recover detained or threatened fellow Americans. In fact, many of us participated in both the Vietnam era POW rescue effort, The Son Tay Raid, as well as Operation Eagle Claw, the failed rescue attempt in April of 1980 in Iran, so we have been at this for many years and have a deep passion for seeking the truth about what happened during the national tragedy in Benghazi.

The purpose of this letter is to encourage all members of the US House of Representatives to support H.Res. 36, which will create a House Select Committee on the Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. It is essential that a full accounting of the events of September 11, 2012, be provided and that the American public be fully informed regarding this egregious terrorist attack on US diplomatic personnel and facilities. We owe that truth to the American people and the families of the fallen.

It appears that many of the facts and details surrounding the terrorist attack which resulted in four American deaths and an undetermined number of American casualties have not yet been ascertained by previous hearings and inquiries. Additional information is now slowly surfacing in the media, which makes a comprehensive bipartisan inquiry an imperative. Many questions have not been answered thus far. The House Select Committee should address, at a minimum, the following questions:

1. Why was there no military response to the events in Benghazi?

a. Were military assets in the region available? If not, why not?

b. If so, were they alerted?

c. Were assets deployed to any location in preparation for a rescue or recovery attempt?

d. Was military assistance requested by the Department of State? If so, what type?

e. Were any US Army/Naval/USMC assets available to support the US diplomats in Benghazi during the attack?

f. What, if any, recommendations for military action were made by DOD and the US Africa Command?

2. What, if any, non-military assistance was provided during the attack?

3. How many US personnel were injured in Benghazi?

4. Why have the survivors of the attack not been questioned?

5. Where are the survivors?

6. Who was in the White House Situation Room (WHSR) during the entire 8-hour period of the attacks, and was a senior US military officer present?

7. Where were Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey during the crisis, and what inputs and recommendations did they make?

8. Where were Tom Donilon, the National Security Advisor, Denis McDonough, his deputy, Valerie Jarrett and John Brennan during the attacks, and what (if any) recommendations or decisions did any of them make?

9. Why were F-16 fighter aircraft based in Aviano, Italy (less than two hours away) never considered a viable option for disruption (if not dispersal) of the attackers until “boots on the ground” (troop support–General Dempsey’s words) arrived?

10. Were any strike aircraft (such as an AC-130 gunship) in the area or possibly overhead that would cause former SEAL Tyrone Woods to laser-designate his attacker’s position and call for gunship fire support, thereby revealing his own location that led to his death?

11. Who gave the order to “STAND DOWN” that was heard repeatedly during the attacks?

12. What threat warnings existed before the attack, and what were the DOD and DOS responses to those warnings? What data (which will reveal exact timelines and command decisions) is contained within the various SITREPS, records, logs, videos and recordings maintained by the myriad of DOD, Intelligence Community and State Department Command Centers that were monitoring the events in Benghazi as they unfolded?

13. Why did the Commander-in Chief and Secretary of State never once check in during the night to find out the status of the crisis situation in Benghazi?

14. What was the nature of Ambassador Stevens’ business in Benghazi at the time of the attack?

15. What guidance has been provided to survivors and family members since the time of the attack, and who issued that guidance?

16. Why are so many agencies now requiring their personnel that were involved in or have access to information regarding the events that took place in Benghazi sign Non-Disclosure Agreements?

This was the most severe attack on American diplomatic facilities and personnel since the attacks on the US Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. Thus far, it appears that there has been no serious effort to determine critical details of this attack. This is inexcusable and demands immediate attention by the Congress. Congress must show some leadership and provide answers to the public as to what actually occurred in Benghazi. Americans have a right to demand a full accounting on this issue.

A longstanding American ethos was breached during the terrorist attack in Benghazi. America failed to provide adequate security to personnel deployed into harm’s way and then failed to respond when they were viciously attacked. Clearly, this is unacceptable and requires accountability. America has always held to the notion that no American will be left behind and that every effort will be made to respond when US personnel are threatened. Given our backgrounds, we are concerned that this sends a very negative message to future military and diplomatic personnel who may be deployed into dangerous environments. That message is that they will be left to their own devices when attacked. That is an unacceptable message.

The House Select Committee should focus on getting a detailed account of the events in Benghazi as soon as possible. H. Res. 36 will provide a structure for the conduct of a thorough inquiry of Benghazi and should be convened immediately.

We ask that you fulfill your responsibilities to the American people and take appropriate action regarding Benghazi. With over sixty members of the US House of Representatives calling for this Select Committee already, it seems that the time is right to take appropriate action on Benghazi.


Lt Gen Leroy J. Manor, USAF (Ret)
Commanding General, Son Tay POW Raid

LTG William G. (Jerry) Boykin, USA (Ret)
Special Forces/Ranger

Larry W. Bailey, CAPT, USN (Ret.)
SOS Founder & SEAL Coordinator

Richard F. (Dick) Brauer, Col, USAF (Ret)
SOS Founder & Air Commando Coordinator

Michael Thornton, LT, USN SEAL (Ret.)
Medal of Honor

Thomas R. Norris, LT, USNR SEAL (Ret.)
Medal of Honor

LTG Bruce Fister, USAF (Ret) AFSOC Commanding General

LTG Michael F. Spigelmire, USA (Ret) Sp Forces, former CG USASOC

LTG Dell Dailey, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTG David P. Fridovich, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MG Robert Patterson, USAF (Ret) Air Commando, former CG, 23AF

MG James Guest, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MG Jim Hobson, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

MG John K. “Jack” Singlaub, USA (Ret), OSS and MACV-SOG

MG David A. Morris, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MG John M. McBroom, USAF (Ret) Fighter Pilot

MG Sid Shachnow, USA (Ret), Special Forces

MG Richard “Dick” Scholtes, USA (Ret) CG, JSOC

MG Joe Boyersmith, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MG David Baratto, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MG Ed Scholes, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MG Paul E. Vallely , USA (Ret) Ranger/PSYOP/Commander SOF

BG Joe Stringham, USA (Ret) SF/Ranger

RADM George Worthington, USN SEAL (Ret.)

BG Samuel Thompson III, USA (Ret) Special Forces

BG George Gaspard Jr. USA (Ret) Special Forces

BG Stuart Pike, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Col Tom Bradley, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col Loren A. Rodway, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col Jim Kyle, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col George Ferkes USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col John Harbison, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col Ken Poole, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col Mike Flynt, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col Don Panzenhagen, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

COL George R. Randy” Givens, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Jack Peevy, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Rodger Slaughter, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Darrell W. Katz, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Thomas Hoyt Davis III, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Robert W. Lockridge, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Wylie W. Johnson, USAR, (Ret) Special Forces

COL John P. McMullen, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Kevin B. Rue, USAR (Ret) Ranger

COL Lawrence Draper, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Clyde Wadsworth, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Col Steve (Mac) McIsaac, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

COL John P. Dolan, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Allen F. Fleming Jr., USA (Ret) Special Forces/MACV-SOG

COL John Corley, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Bill Duesberry, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Edward R. Ager Jr., USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Sully DeFontaine, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Jack Farr, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Aviation/PSYOP/CA

COL Allen L. Bucknell, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CAPT Ted Hammond, USNR/SEAL (Ret.)

CAPT Frank Butler, USN SEAL (Ret.)CAPT Ron Yeaw, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

Col John Gargus, USAF (Ret) Air Commando/Son Tay Raider

COL Bob Morris, USA (Ret) Ranger

COL Stan Shaneyfelt, USA (Ret) Ranger

Col Roland Guidry, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col Ron Jones, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

COL Nick Hubbell, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Col Forrest M. Kimsey, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col John Harbison, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col John Arnold, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col Phillip E. Glenn, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col J. Briggs Diuguid, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col John “Pappy” Gallagher, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

COL Lance E. Booth, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Hawk Holloway, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Donald W. Drasheff, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Gordon Arabian, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Max F. Newman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Jack Farr, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Rodger Slaughter, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Tom Rendall, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

COL David E. Stark, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL James P. Nelson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Michael Kershner, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Mark D. Boyatt, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Richard N. Helfer, USA (Ret) Special Forces

COL Lincoln (Linc) German, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

COL Carlos A. Burgos, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Col Robert “Bob” Brenci, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col Herman (Bubber) Youngblood, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Col Lee Hess, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

COL James T. Laroe, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Col Ray Turczynski, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

COL Richard T. Dillon, USA (Ret), Aviation

COL Duncan M. “Pete” Thompson Sr, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Col Dave Blizzard, USMC (Ret) Force Recon

CAPT Joseph R. John, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CAPT Norman Olson, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CAPT Richard W. Hoff, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LTC Jim Horris, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Richard Pack, USA (Ret) Ranger

LTC Raymond Morris, USA Special Forces (Ret.)

LTC Ben Prater, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC S. “West” Summers Jr., USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Robert Kolpien, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Michael O’Byrne, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Harvey M. Johnson III, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Dreher Kinney III, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC C.R. “Rex” Crigger, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

LTC Michael Lyons, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Kevin Dragnett, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Bill Behrens, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Robert Closson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Charles Zimmerman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Robert L. Leites, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Charles Revie, USA (Ret) Ranger

LTC Donald L. Briere, USA (Ret) Special Forces/SFOD-D

LTC Brett A. Francis, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Jeffrey S. Prough, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC John Armstrong, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Civil Affairs

LTC Joseph Jacobowski, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

LTC Pete Cafaro, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Edward Wolcoff, USA (Ret), Special Forces

LTC Geoff Barker, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

LTC Stephen Muskett, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC David S. Keith, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Kevin Reece, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Mark Grdovic, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Richard A. Evans, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Phillip B. Wyllie, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Daniel M. Ward, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Michael A. Cruz, US ARMY Special Forces

Lt Col JVO Weaver, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

LTC Ben Morris, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Allen D. Butler, USA (Ret), Aviation

Lt Col Percy Dunagin, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Lt Col John Anderson, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

LTC Arnold W. Peterman Jr, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Peter Marceau, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Michael D. “Mick” Colgan, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Mark A. Beattie, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Lt Col Emil “Max” Friedauer, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

CDR Paul Evancoe, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LTC Ken Benway, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Ray T. Oden, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Michael Babb, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Gary Danley, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Alex R. Lizardo, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Steven K. (Kelly) Snapp, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC A. Dwayne Aaron, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Larry Little, USA (Ret) Aviation

LTC Fred Lindsey, USA (Ret) Special Forces/MACV-SOG

LTC John F. Downey, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC Cecil Bailey, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LTC John L. “Dusty” Deryck, USA (Ret) Aviation

Lt Col Jim Lawrence, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

LtCol William Cowan, USMC Recon (Ret.)

LTC Jimmie D. Sullivan, USAR (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Clifford Andersen, USAR (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Daniel L. “Danny” Harrington, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Maj Steve James, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

Maj Bob Krueger, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

MAJ Gene R. Bacon, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Bill Patton, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Patrick Desmond,USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Julian P. Turner, USA (Ret) Ranger

MAJ George Gaspard III, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ R. V. Giroux, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Anthony M. Jones,USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Robert A. Mathews, USMC (Ret) Force Recon

Maj Doug Ulery, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

MAJ James T. Soper, USA (Ret), Ranger

MAJ Joel Rieman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CDR Kevin C. Walters, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

MAJ Roy Sayer, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Timothy Howle, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Nelson Bernard “Beny” Neff II, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Mark A. Smith, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MAJ Kevin N. Knapp, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Kent M. Elliot, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Clifford Barber, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Jim Grimshaw, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MAJ Chris Brewer, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Charles J. Watts, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Maj William “Bill” Morrell, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

MAJ Dave Morehouse, USA (Ret) Ranger

MAJ Charles Gallagher, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Thomas Humphus, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Jerry L. Cooper, USA, (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MAJ Mike Linnane, USA Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Thomas A. Person, USA (Ret) Ranger

MAJ Fred Karnes, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Tom Greer, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MAJ Pat W. Mitchel, USA (Ret) Special Forces

LCDR Samuel Miess, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

LCDR Bill Langley, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

LCDR William T. “Bill” Davis, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LCDR Thomas R. Truxell, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

LCDR Bill Bentley, USN SEAL (Ret.)


LT James Tyrie, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

LT Keen Bradley, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

Capt James Brenci, USAFR, Air Commando

CPT Robert J. Fair, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Jeffrey C. Long, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Gary Honold, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Don Bendell, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Robert L. Woodfork,USA (Ret) Special Forces

Capt Paul D. Copher Jr., USAF (Ret) Air Commando

CPT “Cork” Motsett, USA (Hon Med Discharge), USA, Special Forces

CPT Brett Patron, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT W. F. “Walt” Emerson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Dale R. Simmons, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Charles Sands, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Stuart K. Weber, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Bryan L. Brooks, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Capt Rogers Stevens, USAF, (Ret) Air Commando

CPT Lewis Arnold, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Fred Iacobelli, USA (Veteran) Vietnam

CPT Dennis Murphy, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Michael Hawkeye, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Robert J. Van Hoof, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Garth S. Estadt, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT John Hammack, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Richard Pait, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Robert D. Hickson Jr., USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Gregory Miller, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Russell E. Cummings, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT J. “Jay” Paton Dellow, USAR (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Jon B. Wang, USA (Veteran), Special Forces

CPT Doug Mason, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

CPT Tommy Shook, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

CPT Richard L. Harvey, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Patrick M. Kinsey, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Robert L. Noe, USA (Ret) Special Forces/MACV-SOG

1LT Michael Ash, USA (Ret) Special Forces/MACV-SOG

1 Lt Mark Austin Byrd, USMC (Ret) Aviation/MACV-SOG

CMSgt Nicholas “Nick” Kiraly, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

SMSgt Johnny Pantages, USAF (Ret) Air Commando/Special Tactics

SMSgt Donald R. Williams, USAF (Ret) MACV-SOG

CSM GARY l. Baura, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Anthony J Doldo, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Dennis “Denny” Baum, USA, Recondo

SFC S. West Summers III, USA, KIA 2/8/09, Special Forces

SSG Craig J. Rutherford, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 Michael Roth, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Ken Bradshaw, USAR (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Jon S. White, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Cuitahuac Weber, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Kenneth Potter, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Robert L. Selmer II, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Glenn O. Ulman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Chris Crain, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG John D. Morris, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Jorge Reyes, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Miles Lee White, USA (Veteran) Special Forces

SGT Stephen M. Goth, USA (Ret) Special Forces/MACV-SOG

SGT Alan N. Kelley, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Lanny Lucero, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Stephen M. Thayer, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SOC Douglas Norway, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

CW4 Jeffrey Mallette, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Robert K. “Bobby” Parker, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Lou Faulkner, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Carlos Westling, USA (Ret) Special Forces/SFOD-D

CW4 Jim (Hoverin Hud) Hudson, USA (Ret) Aviation/160SOAR

1SG James E. McDougal, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Rex Crawford, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW4 John “Chet” Hayward, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

1SG Clete Sinyard, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSG Walter R. Anderson, USA (Veteran) Special Forces

MSG Ronnie L. Raikes, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Michael Birky, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Michael D. De Rosa, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Kevin R. C. O’Brien, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Jay M. Massey, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Theodore D. Aslund USA (Veteran) Special Forces

SFC Kerry Alzner, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Dennis M. Foy, USA (Ret) Special Forces

BM2 Wallace D. Whitley, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

SSgt Eric Roberts, USAF, (Ret) Aviation

MSG Larry M. Busbee, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG David J. Lamorte, USA (Ret) Special Forces/CIA

SGT Frank Maiorano, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Robert Allard, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Thomas B. Jackson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Bob Seifert, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Timothy A. Dedie, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Leo Joseph Van Deusen I, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Leo Van Deusen II, USA (Veteran) Special Forces

SGM Donald Weichold, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Adolph G. Reyes, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Robert S. Domina, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSG James Vaughn, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Mike Maricle, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Clarence Page, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SOCS David R. Havens II, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

SGT Keith Hendricks, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 William Arrot Jr. USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Bradley Adair, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Kirk A. Pope Jr. USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Scott K. Fagan, USA (Ret) Special Forces

1SG Ronald C. Wilson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Robert W. Ramsey, USA (Ret) Special Forces/MACV-SOG

SFC David Diaz, USA (Ret) Special Forces

TSgt David P. Jones, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

SFC Harry B. Whidden, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Dave Noyes, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW2 Kevin A. Marnell, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSG Jim Stoddard, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG John McCort, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Terry J. Dagnon, USA (Ret) Special Forces

1SG Dean M. McBride, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Robert D. Leonard, USA (Ret) Special Forces

1SG Tracy R. Hickman, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MSG Thomas Olden, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC John Bash, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Steven M. Williams, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SFC Stephen Aden (Veteran) Special Forces

SFC Andrew G. Wilbur, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Nick Freitas, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM William F. Cronin III, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Melvin L. Wick, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Gary L. Melchi, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SP5 Roger F. Lockshier, USA (Veteran) Aviation

MSG Gerald Mierle, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Danny Fowler, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Edwin L. Simons Jr., USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Frank G. Duran, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SGM Harold (Jake) Jacobson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Walter J. Hooper, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SFC Phillip Carter, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Robert E. Hand, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 Malcolm A. Howard, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC H. Deatherage, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Ernest Hartwig, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Mark T. Smith, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

1SG James B. Rawlinson, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MSG Clyde N. McMillan, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Michael w. Clark, USA (Veteran) Special Forces

SFC John Lemke, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Harold Johnson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW4 Shaun P. Driscoll, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SGT Alex Saunders, USA (Veteran), Special Forces/Recon

CW2 Ronald B. Piper, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 Scott Herbert, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Brian Scott La Morte, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Robert S. Cox, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Selmer R. “Dick” Hyde, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MSG Allen W. Elks Jr, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSG R. Jones, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SSG Nelson M. Parrish, USA (Ret) Special Forces


MSG W. N. “Nick” Ward, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Casey Standidge, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Benjamin Stochmal, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Rick Hodges, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Roderick Knight, USA (Ret) Special Forces

PRC Michael Morgan, USN/SVD (Ret.)

SSG David J. Hall, USA (Veteran) Ranger

MSgt Justin D. Hughes, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

SGM Ronald C. Knight, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Mark Popelka, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Scott Marbut, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Shawn Datres, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSG Bernard Goggins, USA (Veteran) Special Forces

SGT Barry R. Crossfield, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Robert King, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Glenn Nickel, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC James D. Maxwell, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Clarence Brangard, USA (Ret) Ranger

SGM Kevin Riley, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Jeffrey T. Oates, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MSG Peter N. Spagnalo, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Tony Cleveland, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSG Arnold Ring, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Russ Baker, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC John D. Johnson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSG Michael E. Benish, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Gary M. Moston, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Kurt Weber, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Harry L. Coker, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Kenneth Wortman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Barry Hotle, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SP5 M.E. Jackson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Angel “Candy” Candelaria, USA (Ret) Spec Forces/Ranger/ SFOD-D

MSG Brian E. Gould, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Bruce V. Hanley, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC John P. Mouyos, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Al Hunt Jr., USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Doug Fuhrmann, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 Dan Farmer, USA (Ret) Special Forces

1SG Gary Myers, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Ted Aslund, USA (Veteran) Special Forces

1SG Wedell J. (Joe) Waters, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Dennis Foy, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CMSgt Gene Eller, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

CORP Harry Clafin, USMC (Veteran) Force Recon

CW4 Richard F. Balwanz, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SP4 Steve Costa, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Howard Massingill, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Lawrence A. Jordan, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SFC Phil Melcher, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Tim Guth, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Rocklyn (Rock) Shiffer, USA (Ret) Ranger

CW3 Todd D. Rinehart, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Phillip Stone, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Charles S. (Chuck) Simpson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

1SG Steven Mattoon, USA (Ret) Ranger

MSG Robert (Bob) James, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Timothy Mabe, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SP5 Harvey Cox, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Tim Ward, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Brian Rodriguez, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC John Stepan, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Joseph S. Glazewski, Jr. USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG William E. Strobel, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Billy VanValkenburgh, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Arthur C. Tucker, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Juan A. Calderon, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSgt James H. Shorten Jr., USAF (Ret) Air Commando

SFC Dennis Holloway, Medic USN/USA Spec Forces/USAF Pararescue

SGT Grant M. “Marc” King, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Merritt H. Powell, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Richard H. Garvey, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Larry R. Darras, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Herman “Chris” Reeves, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Anthony S. Altano, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MSG Laverne “Bing” Allar, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Jeffrey a. Yaro, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Tom Holschuh, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC David S. Surman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Joseph Tetreault, USA (Ret) Special Forces/SFOD-D

SFC Gerald Holt, USA (Ret) Ranger

SFC Jerald L. Petersen, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Rodolfo “Rudy” D. Rodrigues, USA (Ret) Special Forces/SFOD-D

MSG William “Todd” Black, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Larry L. Trimble, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SGM Kenneth C. Baschke, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Lawrence Cardassi, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Hank Luthy, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 Willy Welsch, USA (Ret) Special Forces/SFOD-D

SFC Phillip Schulz, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC John L. Leffler, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Pete B. Estrada, USA (Ret) Special Forces

A1C David “Mac” McLay, USAF (Veteran) Air Commando

CSM Selmer R. “Dick” Hyde, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SSG Nick Walton, USA (Veteran) Special Forces

MSG Daniel E. Deck, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG James Blakelee, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG John M. Trantanella, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Brian Shives, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Sgt Martin T. Bennet, USAF (Ret) MACV-SOG

CW4 Greg Coker, USA (Ret) Aviation/160thSOAR

SFC Terry Grant Winkley, USA, (Ret) Special Forces

MSG George Torrealba, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Johnnie King, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 Charles Garland, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC James E. King, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Jay McGinness, USA (Ret) Special Forces

1 SG Jim “Ringo” Ringland, USA, (Ret) Special Forces

MSG John D. Tippy, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 James H. Thackaberry, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM John Shimkoski, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT James D. Thacker, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Thomas A. Reesman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Gail R. Ernst, USA (Ret) Ranger

CSM David L. Clark, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Edward Laminack, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC John A. Hughes, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Kenneth Chapman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW4 Akira Wayne Kim, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG David L. Rotner, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Jerry “Fonz” Fontana, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM William F. Hux, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Billy Cason, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Anthony Ruddeen, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Joe Lupyak, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Samuel Wright, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG William A. Easterling, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG David C. Goodwin, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 Todd B. Girdner, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Jeff Hinton, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Patrick R. Ballogg, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW4 John “Chet” Hayward, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SGT Clifford N. Alford, USA (Ret) Special Forces/CIA

SGT Richard E. Gross, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM George Davenport, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Lee “Tony” Douglas, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Robert Rogers, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW2 Thomas Leslie Tannahill, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Daniel Zahody, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Gerald Hamm Jr, USA, (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SFC Lloyd Carpenter, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW2 Michael Flick, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Donald M. Feeney Jr, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Henry S. Moran, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW2 David S. Chacon, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SFC Chris Mottler, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Phillip Crowley, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 Joseph Lloyd, USA, (ret) Special Forces

MSG Timothy F. Wynne, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC David A. Anderson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Jesse Boyd, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SFC Stephan Harrell, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Lanny Lucero, USA Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MSG Russell Justice, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Lou Campbell, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW4 Eric Crum, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSG Blake Mills, USA (Veteran) Special Forces

SGT Mark Miller, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Robert F. Finke, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC John Jones, USA (Ret) (Special Forces

MSG Leamon L. Ratte, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG James “Mel” Banks, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Leandro Sanfeliz Jr. USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Joseph H Socie, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Charles E. Smith, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SGM Alan F. Farrell, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC James Plannette, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Randall Long, USA (Ret) Ranger JTAC

MSG Charles S. Spence, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Carl A. Fuller, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Patrick T. Quinn, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

SFC David Kauffman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Thomas Collins, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Earnie Holifield, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Donald R. Doering, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Rick Lavoie, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Cecil A. Sager Jr, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

MSG Randy Earp, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Perry Turpin, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG John M. Ailello, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC John Bartsow, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG David Mullins, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW5 Lawrence Plesser, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Robert T. Hill, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Joe Back, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Joe Burt, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Serafin Antonio Panigua, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Jack Pope, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM David L. Tope Jr, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Henry F. Wilson III, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Kenneth J. Garcy, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSgt Patrick Walker, USAF (Ret) Air Commando/SOWT

MSG Eddie Licon, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Thomas F. Schultz, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC John Thomas Leggat, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Ernest Hartwig, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Dennis Cherup, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Manuel Beck, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Jeff Ruble, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Scott Randol, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW5 Walt Edwards, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CWO (R) Miguel (Ponch) Ruiz-Pattzi, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Danny Cartwright, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG James Weatherford, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Don W. Benesh, USA (Ret) Special Forces/MACV-SOG

CSM Bobby Pruett, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC George Armstrong Menor, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Curtis Earle Edwards, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSG Michael Duffy Jr., USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Lloyd O’Daniel, USA (Ret) Special Forces/MACV-SOG

CSM Roger George, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CSM Gerald E. Klein, USA (Ret) Ranger

SFC James Hull, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Durwin Dengerud, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Ronnie Medini,USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Cecil W. “Bud” Morgan, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

CW2 Albert Matos, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Bruce Kuhlman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Michael K. Aleen, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SSGT Danny J. Perry, USA (Vet) Special Forces

MSG James D. McHenry, USAR (Ret) Special Forces

SGT James “Ernie” Acre, USA (Ret) Special Forces/MACV-SOG

SFC Charles Roberts, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Tim Louys, USA (Ret) Special Forces

QMCS Richard R Powers Jr., USN SEAL (Ret.)

MSG Timothy M. Ferris, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM Jon F. Ridolfo, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGM James Kilcoyne, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CW3 Bobby D. Shireman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

1SG Joseph M. Crane, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SGT Ward “Buddy” Gilbert, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Terry Huffman, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Jerry Kleive, USN SEAL

LCDR Cade Courtley, USN SEAL

LT H.S. (Bud) Thrift, USN SEAL (Ret.)

BMC Richard L. Arnold, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CDR Rick Bernard, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LCDR Steve Elson, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LT William J. Blackmon, USNR SEAL

CAPT Ronald K. Bell, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LT Philip A. Black, USN SEAL

Richard Cyrus, USN SEAL

LTJG James M. Hawes, USN SEAL

MCPO Jerome D. Cozart, USN SEAL (Ret.)

Captain Steve Ahlberg, US Navy (Ret.) SEAL

CPO Carl T. Zellers, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LCDR David L. Tash, US Navy (Ret.) SEAL

Jim Seidel, USN SEAL

HMC Richard Bryan Willis, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CDR R.J. Thomas, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LT Roland Samuelson, USNR SEAL

QMCM Tom Shoulders, USN SEAL (Ret.)

SCPO Dan Yowell, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CAPT Ron Seiple, USNR SEAL (Ret.)

SN Wayne Gough, USN SEAL

Paul A Tamosunas, USN SEAL

MSG Keith Laub, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPT Robert S. Crenshaw, USA, RANGER

BMCS Frank Odermann, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CAPT Steve Ahlberg, USN SEAL (Ret.)

Rick Worthen, USN PBR

Hunter Grimes II USN SEAL

Maj William “Bill” Diggins, USAF (Ret) Air Commando


CWO4 Gary Jackson USN SEAL (Ret.)

CDR Alan G Morris, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CDR Mark Divine, USN SEAL (Ret.)

MAJ Logan Fitch, USA Ret) Special Forces

Glenn Heidenreich, USN SEAL

Col. Michael Haas, USAF/USA, (Ret) Sp Forces/Ranger/Pararescue

MCPO Mark Kauber, USN SEAL (Ret.)

COL John D. Blair IV, USA SF (Ret.)

COL J. H. (“Scotty”) Crerar, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CAPT Martin McNair, USNR SEAL (Ret.)

MCPO Tom Keith, USN SEAL (Ret.)

MAJ Charles Odorizzi, USA SF (Ret.)

LT John Rottger, USNR SEAL (Ret.)

LT Christopher O. Bent, USN SEAL

LT Martin Every, USN SEAL

COL Marshall Helena, USA (Ret) Special Forces/Ranger

COL Wayne Long, USA (Ret) Special Forces

Lt. Col. Tim Penley, USAF (Ret)

Lt. Col. Joseph W. Cook, III, USAF (Ret)

CAPT Edward Lyon, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CDR Tom Deitz, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CAPT Roger Crossland, USN SEAL (Ret.)

MAJ Andy Messing, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MSG Randy Lykens, USA (Ret) Special Forces

1SG Gordon V. Stinson, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPO Brandon Webb, USN SEAL

LT Francis B. Cleary, USNR SEAL


MSgt. Bob La Rosa, USAF (Ret) Air Commando

HTCS Steven Granger, USN SEAL (Ret.)

BMC Henry R. Kawecki , USN SEAL (Ret.)

Lt Col Dennis B. Haney, USAF (Ret) Wild Weasel

CDR Marshall D. Daugherty, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CWO4 Mike USN SEAL (Ret.)

QMCM Tom Shoulders, USN SEAL (Ret.)

SOCM Mike Bloom SEAL (Ret.)

Larry Reams, USA (Ret) Ranger

SCPO Robert J. Guzzo, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LCDR Thomas Kleehammer, USN SEAL (Ret.)

SOCS John Westfall, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CPO John Westfall, USN SEAL (Ret.)

SSG Chester Howard, USA (Ret) Special Forces

BMC Ted L. Traver, USN SEAL (Ret.)

Dennis H. Johnson, USN (Ret.) Command Master Chief Seal Team 6

LT Alan R. Horner, USN SEAL

CDR Bruce Willhite USN/SEAL (Ret.)

PO1 Don Tinnin (Medical Ret), SEAL

MSG John Nettles, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Allen Berberick, USA (Ret) Special Forces

SFC Kelly A. Stewart, USA (Ret) Special Forces

CPO John J. Ballis, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

CPO Tom McCutchan, USN SEAL (Ret.)

LTC Raymond “Ray” Morris, USA (Ret) Special Forces

MMCM Kirk Scarboro, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

Philip Williams, USN Beach Jumper

Mike Macready, USN SEAL

HMC Manny Perez, USN SEAL (Ret.)

CDR Mike Wilkinson, USN SEAL (Ret.)

MCPO Thomas D. Vawter , USN SEAL (Ret.)

MCPO James Madison, USN SEAL (Ret.)

MCPO Bill Bruhmuller, SEAL USN (Ret.)

GM2 Benjamin Smith USN SEAL

BM1 Thomas E. Black, USN SEAL (Ret.)

Captain David Del Giudice, USN SEAL (Ret)

Chris Wilhelm, USN SEAL

MCPO Arturo Farias, USN SEAL (Ret.)

Joe Murray, USN SEAL

Chris Berman, USN SEAL

MCPO William A. Garnett, USN SEAL (Ret.)

Carlton. J. Poulnot, USN SEAL

Eric L. Hansen, USA (Ret.) Special Forces 18D

LCDR Robert S. Hayman, USN SEAL (Ret.)

William R. Rosencrans, USN SEAL

CPO Terrence Flynn, USN SEAL (Ret.)

Roger Guerra, USN SEAL

James Seidel, USN SEAL

CPO Robert Willingham, USN SEAL (Ret.)

Rick March, USN SEAL

Forrest Hedden, USNR SEAL

Michael J. Baumgart, USN SEAL

Gordon Boyce, USN SEAL

Most of you, who have never worked in the SOF community, will not appreciate this list. There are legendary warriors on this list. General Dick Scholtes, for example, was the first commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. Jerry Boykin, who commanded Delta Force during the Black Hawk down episode in Somalia. Medal of Honor recipients, Tom Norris and Mike Thornton. My old friend, Commander Paul Evancoe, who fought off 24 Iranian gunboats in the Persian Gulf in 1987. It is an awe-inspiring list. Almost every man on this list could write a book telling you about their war stories. But, as is the culture, you only get the war stories if they know you well and you are buying them a beer or a scotch. I was pleased to have assisted the group in drafting the letter. It is certainly making the rounds today.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • Popsmoke
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  • Popsmoke

    Here is another OT goodie….

    Congressional Authority to Regulate Firearms: A Legal Overview, April 5, 2013:


  • Popsmoke

    Here is a FYI..


    Some $4 billion is being cut from the National Intelligence Program this year as a result of sequestration, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing today. He said that the consequences will be severe. Acquisition programs will be “wounded,” ongoing programs will have to be curtailed, and the ensuing degradation of intelligence capabilities will be “insidious” with unforeseeable effects, he said.

    Meanwhile, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed yesterday that the FY 2014 budget request for the National Intelligence Program (NIP) is $48.2 billion.  However, this figure excludes the pending funding request for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), so it cannot be directly compared to previous budget allocations, such as the $53.9 billion that was appropriated in FY 2012, or the $52.6 billion that was requested for FY 2013.


    The Secretary of Defense also disclosed the FY 2014 budget request for the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) yesterday, which was $14.6 billion. It also did not include the funding request for Overseas Contingency Operations.  This is a slight decline from the $14.7 billion base request for the MIP last year.  (An additional $4.5 billion was known to have been requested for OCO in the past fiscal year.)


    Total intelligence spending (NIP plus MIP) peaked in Fiscal Year 2010, and has been on a downward slope since then. Intelligence budget disclosures from the last several years are tabulated here:


    The NIP intelligence budget request was publicly disclosed for the first time in February 2011, in response to a requirement enacted by Congress in the FY 2010 intelligence authorization act. The MIP intelligence budget request was disclosed for the first time in February 2012, even though there was no specific statutory requirement to do so.

  • Popsmoke

    OK what are you stupid bastards in the US Senate and House NOT getting?

    Investigate Benghazi my ass! You guys could not investigate a ham and cheese sandwich, even if the cheese turned material witness…

    • Deapster

      Geee, I thought at least Meeee-shell cared about military families – wasn’t that her pet cause during the first Obamination term?


    and karzai continues to spit in our faces

  • maigret

    Larry, I have been wondering about some reports at the time Benghazi broke that there were two immediate changes in command – one was Navy and the other Army I think. Both were stationed in a position to respond. Nothing more has been reported about it. What could have caused their removal within a day or two of the attack?

  • Popsmoke

    Now here is one of those silent intel warriors who is just as much a hero and warrior as any special operations shooter. Remember without these type of guys and gals, trigger pullers would be shooting blindly. These are the unsung hero’s!!

    • HELENK2

      thank you to a hero and may he rest in peace

  • Popsmoke
    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Will no gun control advocates on these pages explain how this legislation would’ve prevented the massacre of innocent children at Sandy Hook?

  • Popsmoke

    What a bunch of chicken shit cowards…. Big bad asses when its comes to ARMING others who want to over throw governments. But support the Second Amendment to ensure the safety of the Republic? Cowards ..They are all cowards….

    None of this will prevent jack shit and like I said those Republicans who play games will find it difficult come election time to defend their actions….


    backtrack to arm syrian rebels with night vision goggles, body armor and other military equipment

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Which can ultimately be used against US troops.

      • HELENK2

        probably why he is arming them

      • Popsmoke

        Mike Sheehan ASD/SOLIC must go home every night, take a shower and blows dry his hair with a 45cal…

        Either that or he is off his rocker….

  • foxyladi14

    excellent Larry we must find out the truth

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    First, I want to thank every single person who signed this letter as well as every single one of patriots who wore the uniform to defend the Constitution.

    Second, Soetero don’t give a crap, he didn’t before the election he sure as hell doesn’t give a crap now. And Hillary, “what difference does it make?”, yea you POS woman of course it makes no difference to YOU, none of your family or friends was affected by this!! Can’t believe I voted and campaigned for this woman in 2008, nothing but a power hungry loser.


    North Korea completed preparations for missile launch

    • Popsmoke

      I got a beer that says it fizzles….

      • HELENK2

        I hope so. for a guy with little man syndrome he has several super powers worried

  • Popsmoke


    So these guys all vote to overthrown foreign governments for sake of the Republic… But screw the Republic when its comes to the Second Amendment….

    “Thus far, at least eight GOP senators — John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and Susan Collins (Maine) — have said they will not join in a filibuster being planned by a handful of the party’s more conservative senators.”

    • Popsmoke

      By the way…and you want WHOM to investigate Benghazi?

    • Larry Johnson

      Their strategy, while pure politics and craven, makes sense. Senate may pass something and leave it to the House to kill it. By not doing a filibuster it will put the Dems on the spot in having to vote yeah or nay.

      • Popsmoke

        Its going to back-fire and in the long run and it will come back and bite each of them…. Watch…


    this letter must have upset the hell out of the backtrack bunch. they are now trying to discredit one of the signers


    off topic

    Japan deploys three missile defense sites around Tokyo

    • HELENK2

      North Korea warns foreigners to take evacuation measures in South Korea: KCNA #breaking

      • foxyladi14

        Poor lil’ guy gets no

  • TeakWoodKite

    I thank them all for their service and I am in awe of the collective expertise they represent. Thank you Larry for posting their concerns which are critical to finding answers. God speed to them all.

  • DianaLC

    Great letter and great interview. I hope it gets the ball rolling on this story. I wonder if the MSM and the Dems don’t think there are enough people signing the letter to make it important. (Snark).

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    If any of you are wondering what it is like to have your behind kissed by a troll who can’t read and therefore compliments you when you are criticizing his master in full view of the internet public, let me tell you, it feels pretty good. Would this snarky comment be considered dumping on the troll’s face in mid behind kiss? Perhaps, you decide.
    Larry–First round on you when we next get together.

    • Larry Johnson

      Alright brother. I gots to learn your charm. The trolls love your ass.

      • Popsmoke

        Charm school? You? I want a front row seat to that one….

        • Retired_from_SPOnaj

          If Larry had gone to the Agency’s fabled “Charm School,” (i.e., the Agency course for new SISs), he would’ve learned on how to dump on people when they are kissing your ass. That is part of the core curriculum.

          • Popsmoke

            There were times when Larry would testify on the Hill that I would hold my breath and pray… I could see him respond … just utter bullshit…:-)

    • Jan Driver

      Retired you are one confused individual.

      But now I get it. Johnson writes a letter very much in keeping with his trash Obama website and then gets a bunch of his buddies to sign it. Big deal. Your letter would have more credibility if it was coming from someone more objective rather than you.

      You could write another letter praising Obama and his work with the SOF community and get an equal 500 ex-military to sign it. Big deal. Just politics.

      To quote the head of the Navy Seals:

      “As if that wasn’t bad enough, along comes Adm.
      William McRaven, U.S. special operations commander and boss of the SEALS team that took down Osama bin Laden. McRaven, the most celebrated military figure of the moment, had words of high praise for Obama during a rare interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

      “What kind of commander in chief is he?” Blitzer asked.

      “The president of the United States is fantastic,” McRaven replied.”

      • Dbb3

        Let me add, Larry, that it’s so fitting SOS has added Jerry Boykin to it’s masthead, a fanatical Christian dominionist whose anti-Islam Crusader rhetoric in Iraq effectively painted targets on the backs of our soldiers and was rebuked by the Bush administration. And you’re proud to have him, I bet you are.

        • beyond partisan

          I seriously don’t get why the left is so bullish for Islam when it is so anti-gay and resorts to stoning women who do not comply with Sharia. If there’s one thing I agree with “fanatical Christian dominionists” about, it’s the threat of fundamentalist Islam.

        • Larry Johnson

          Jerry is a warrior and an honorable man. Not sure we can say the same of you.

      • beyond partisan

        And you, “Jan Driver,” would have much more credibility if it were not completely obvious that you are a paid propagandist for the Obama administration. Give it up. We aren’t switching teams this late in the game.

  • buzzlatte3

    Question #5: Are the survivors being held against their will?

    • TeakWoodKite


  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    The letter stated, “A longstanding American ethos was breached during the terrorist attack in Benghazi. America failed to provide adequate security to personnel deployed into harm’s way and then failed to respond when they were viciously attacked. Clearly, this is unacceptable and requires accountability. America has always held to the notion that no American will be left behind and that every effort will be made to respond when US personnel are threatened.”
    Actually, American intelligence personnel are trained from day one that they should not necessarily expect help if they are captured. Rule number one is: “Don’t get caught.” The “ethos” that “no American will be left behind” is principally a military ethos that has never applied to intelligence professionals, and we know it from the first day that we take the oath. And therein lies the issue when you have the likes of John Brennan honchoing an off the books operation staffed by former military men who are trained to expect the ethos and are opreraing under supposed diplomatic protection. Diplomats are trained to expect protection from the host government. Where that is not available, the U.S. military is supposed to be standing by with adeqate forces in case of trouble. But what if the diplomatc installation that you have estabished is a quasi intelligence operation and the normal “rules” don’t apply? What happens is Benghazi, a classic example of between the cracks.

    • Jan Driver

      Finally an honest and value-added response from you…

      The reality is that if Stevens was truly concerned about his safety he should have never been there. He should have stayed within the safety of a well protected embassy in Tripoli, not hanging at a remote “consulate” with minimum U.S. presence. And if the rest of those who were killed were operating in an intelligence capacity then they should have know, as you state above, that they were on their own.

    • DianaLC

      Do you mean between the cracks of Obama’s, Jarrett’s, and Brennan’s bottom cheeks?

    • Popsmoke

      The problem is how do you provide protection for a off the books op?

      • Deapster

        It is on the books now, so no point still keeping it off the books at this stage. The questions need answers. These were professionals. They knew what to ask; and what to still protect.

        • Popsmoke

          Look in my opinion the issue is not one of protection of a consulate. Its running a off the books op using a consulate as a base, not just endangering the Consulate in Benghazi, but every DIP post in the world. Imagine if folk in other countries viewed our embassies and consulates as intelligence outposts? Protect what? The CIA? Petraeus put his reponse force in motion, late but it was sent. Could we have done more? Sure but when one runs an off the books op, your gambling if your mike force is not even aware what your doing forget getting to you. On top of that with what we know of the attack what size force would be needed to protect a consulate? Response? Sure if that response was dialed into the ops in the first place. Here is who I blame for this… Petraeus and Brennan….. It was their op..
          As far as H. Res 36 is concerned, while I understand what these guys are trying to do, its all one sided, there is not one democrat on the resolution and it does not even touch the meat of the issue. Who ever drew this spending too much time at the Republican Club. Also note not one of the house major key commitee chairs signed on as sponsors. Bad move and the kiss of death.
          What would I press for? OIG Investigation either by State, DoD or CIA…. Otherwise its the Special Proesecutor route… Unfortunately this will go no where unless someone from the inside comes out and blows the whistle….

          • Deapster

            All excellent concerns … really more than concern. All excellent strategic thinking. Yes, did get your original question. It was a good one, and your follow-up equally so.

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        Step one: Recognize that there is a risk. Step two: Detail knowledgable planners to the NSC and read them into the program. Have them develop a plan to deal with the risk while maintaining operational security. Step three: Follow their planning and advice.
        The Obama/NSC did none of the above, and good people died because of it.

        • Popsmoke

          Of course.. but lets not forget General Patraeus and his stupidity here. He of all people should have known better and planned better. But you see, none of this was suppose to happen if OPSEC was followed and none of the green badgers blew the cover…..But you want to bet they got burned by their own stupidity?

  • Jan Driver

    Pure politics by a bunch of retired dead-ender Republican ex-military. Big deal. Where were these letters when U.S. facilities were attacked resulting in deaths under George Bush? I thought the military was suppose to stay out of politics. Fox News propaganda.

    • Deapster

      Why didn’t you write those letters when George Bush was president about actions that offended you, Driver? You make an odd defense, but it has no legs. Kind of in the neener-neener category.

      • Jan Driver

        So all we should be in this country is all about politics like these morons who wrote this letter? There has been plenty of investigation into this incident in Benghazi. All these questions have been answered.

    • TeakWoodKite

      They are Americans, what else matters?

    • Popsmoke

      You thought the military was suppose to stay out of politics? Hell and here I thought the brain dead was suppose to stay out of politics? You are the problem with this country…

      By the way, those dead enders you refered to? They risked their lives so people like you had the Constitution protection to be able to call them dead enders.

      Disagree with them is your right, to disparage them is not your right.

    • beyond partisan

      Jan Driver’s comment: Pure propaganda written by a dead-ender Obamabot.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Mr. Obama’s response will probably be to put the signatories to this letter on a Department of Justice watch list, designating them as dangerous, unstable individuals and denying them the right to procure firearms or ammunition. That’s the way he plays.

    • buzzlatte3

      Who’s watching Obama and the Clinton/Kerry cabal?

    • TeakWoodKite

      Reading the letter, all I could hear is Valerie screaming at Janet and Eric to put them on a terrorist watch list.
      In a land devoid of leadership at the top, working for an asshole who knows what they are doing would be a welcome change, rather than the working for a clueless, vindictive moron that Barry is. Barney Rubble , trouble.

  • buckeyeman

    This is a powerful letter. The questions are concise, direct, and zero in on the heart of the matter. I’m glad to see all the signatories. I don’t see how any nominally democratic government could ignore it. Now let’s see how the House responds.

  • shelldoll2

    I was skeptical from the git go. Being retired USAF I know how quickly jets can be scrambled. Does that mean that everyone could have been saved? No. However, from my perspective they didn’t even try.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      They didn’t try because the op was off the books–run out of the NSC and not the responsibility of State, CIA or the military. When any of those agencies run an op, there is a protocal and emergency procedures. When John Brennan runs it out of the White House so that they don’t have to deal with Congressonal oversight, Benghazi is the result.

      • Popsmoke

        Yes your right on mark… Except who is going to run this investigation? The Republicans? They are complicit…The Democrats? No balls at all….
        While this letter is a good start it does not even touch the issue you raised of off the books…
        I will even go this far and make bet that even McCain, Graham, Rogers and Cruz would block any investigation. On top of that where the hell is the retired intelligence community?

        • Retired_from_SPOnaj

          The retired intelligence community is acting out of the public eye, which is as it should be.
          We are not public heros and have no credentials that we can state publicly as do the outstanding military men and women that signed the above letter. The public may never know what intelligence retirees are doing about Benghazi, but we are doing it, be assured.

          • Popsmoke

            Oh believe me I know the community is talking up a storm behind the scenes. BUT…I disagree that you don’t have the creds that the military folk have. You dam well do and more so in this case. If you spooks came out of the bubble and spoke as you do on these threads. I can tell you from experience you would overshadow even this SOC crew.
            At least a joint group would have an impact. But I still have an issue of focusing on just protection of a consulate. This was NOT DIP post nor a consulate but a off the books intelligence operations. We are wasting time and eneregy just focused on the protecting issue and in my opinion, it just did not fall through the cracks it was driven through the cracks. Now saying that the retired IC would have a much bigger impact than the military guys in this case …..

  • Van_Dessel

    Answer to question 8: They were Sleeping.

    Answer to question 13: They didn’t care.

  • Theymustbemorons

    Surely this letter, written and courageously signed by patriots, and published here by another patriot, deserves to be a public service announcement on every television network/cable channel, and in every newspaper, and in every mailbox in the USA. Some people have the money to do that. I don’t.

    But I’m going to print it, make copies and leave it in the entry way of my building along with the restaurant menus and other announcements that are placed there every day. I’m going to leave copies wherever I can so that more people can see it, read it and think about it. I’m going to mail it to my family and friends and do whatever I can, despite my very limited budget. When I go to church, I’ll leave some in the pews before the next Mass starts. When I go to the supermarket, I’ll leave some in the carts. And I’ll just keep looking for ways to spread the word.

    Our disunited citizens, fragmented into small groups and passionately funding and supporting their cherished bits and pieces of their social agendas, needs to know why these people died, and why the survivors are locked out of the public debate. And we also need to search our own souls as to why we, as members of this nation, have allowed ourselves to be endlessly distracted into fighting with one another while our dysfunctional government continues to run amok.

  • beyond partisan

    What disturbed me the most about Benghazi was how they blamed it on a YouTube video and then arrested the guy who directed the video on other “charges.” Totally smacks of gestapo right there.

    • Deapster

      I did some hand-wringing for more than a few days about that alleged anti-Muslim video and even mentally joined the lynching mob going after its producer.

      I was intentionally misled and vividly remember this cynical political ploy to divert the public’s knowledge of what had been really happening because I too was one of its victims.

      This was not a minor publicity blitz. It was a full court press of intentional obfuscation coming directly out of the White House and it netted me along with millions of others, and I am not even primed to hate anything labeled “Muslim”.

      This investigation must continue because of its cynical exploitation for political gain of a nation’s yearning for global understanding.

    • TrollCatcher

      You didnt really follow the story and the facts, did ya?

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      The “producer” of “Innocence of Muslims” was arrested and incarcerated for parole violations stemming from his previous convction for bank fraud. If you read the indictment, you will see that the arrest and indictment was for his own stupidity, and related only to the video through his use of an alias (a condition of his parole) and his use of the internet without the permission of his parole officer (another condition of his parole). The guy was an idiot who violated his parole and brought attention same by producing the video using an alias and posting it on YouTube.

      • beyond partisan

        Sure, but that’s kind of the whole point – they *chose* this guy to be their fall guy.


    Thanks to them for doing this. I pray the find the needed answers and the people who failed to do their job are held accountable.

  • Deapster