Tag: General Milley

Americans Condemned Afghans to Death

 

Afghan BiometricsI was vaguely aware of the extensive biometric data collection by American forces in Afghanistan. I never imagined it was so terribly efficient. Reportedly, up to 80% of the Afghan population, presumably adult population, have been captured with iris, fingerprint or DNA data and some level of notation about the individual. This was supposed to help deny Taliban agents access to villages, as they would pop up as strangers, not in the system as locals. The data became a basis of arrest, trial, and conviction of bombers or anyone who got his fingerprints on a piece that went into a bomb. AND. This information was never safeguarded, never compartmentalized, never rigged for U.S. remote data destruction. This is an intelligence and human catastrophe well beyond any managed by any of our alphabet soup agencies in the Cold War. The biometric data may well prove more harmful than all the tradition military equipment we left behind, written about and depicted in cool graphics.

Now the Taliban’s most sophisticated wing, the Haqqani Network, backed by Pakistani ISI intelligence advisers, is going door to door in Afghanistan. We may have abandoned thousands of hand-held portable scanners, with which everyone can be checked against the master database, that we allowed the Afghan “national” government to nominally control, in a Kabul office now in the hands of the Taliban and their Pakistani senior partners. The results are terrifying and were entirely foreseeable by those running the program right up to the final days.

The massive database and query program should have been rigged with a self-destruct routine that should have been executed at least the night our senior military brass directed the abandonment of Bagram Air Base. Public Intelligence, an independent watchdog organization with original reporting cited in major world media stories, wrote about the program, without flagging the massive risk, in 2014. Public Intelligence writers’ main concern in “Identity Dominance” was the apparently unchallengeable, but uncorroborated, testimony a fingerprint had in a young Afghan man’s trial for conspiracy in a bomb-making plot.

Military Leadership Absent

 

Something was missing from the Monday Pentagon briefing. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley has not been known to shrink from expressing his opinion forcefully. He has been more than happy to stick out his designer retro uniformed chest full of fruit salad and speak his truth to Republican members of Congress or against President Trump and his bitter clinging deplorable extremist hobbits. Likewise, retired four star general, granted a legislative exemption, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III, who served as CENTCOM commander under President Obama, has been quite vocal in support of the leftist program of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Yet, neither of these brave souls showed their faces at the Department of Defense press briefing following Joe Biden’s appearance in front of the White House press corps.

It fell to a lowly two star Army general to represent the uniformed services, while a couple underling suits showed up instead of Secretary Austin. Mind you, Milley and Austin were not entirely silent on the turn of events in Afghanistan. No, reliable sources reminded the media that Austin and Milley had counselled against Biden’s decision to fully withdraw. Further, over the past weekend, Milley briefed Congress that the threat of active terrorist groups reforming in Afghanistan had accelerated.

Our Unreliable Senior Military Leaders

 

Our senior military leaders are not reliable when it comes to supporting civilian control by the Commander in Chief. This is not new. Nor does it follow that the rest of the ranks necessarily track with the opinions of the most senior ranks. Consider three recent examples and one older case: Secretary of Defense Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Milley, Command Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell.

Secretary of Defense Esper and General Milley, together, used the cover of military non-political status to subvert President Trump’s authority. They have no role in invoking the Insurrection Act. They made their political “non-political” stand as Democrat mayors and governors allowed more destruction of property, more deprivation of citizens’ rights, and more killings than was seen in Arkansas in 1957. These two gentlemen knew full well the facts of Little Rock and President Eisenhower’s decision to nationalize the National Guard (taking them out of the control of the white supremacist Democrat governor) while ordering the 101st Airborne Division to go in with fixed bayonets. Yes, bayonets against American citizens. In that light, consider these two senior military leaders’ words.

Secretary of Defense Esper Addresses Reporters Regarding Civil Unrest [excerpt]
JUNE 3, 2020
Secretary Of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper