Ben Fountain stopped by the podcast to talk with us on his visits to Haiti, his inspiration for his award winning book “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk“, and his time following candidates in the 2016 election, which became the subject of his new book “Beautiful Country Burn Again“. Enjoy the show?! Please leave us a … Continue reading Seeking truth among the ruins of disaster – Ben Fountain interview – Ep 24
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Can anyone tell ‘ol Henri what a Muslim living in America looks like? Anybody?! See, that’s the whole problem. Being a Muslim means a specific type of religious practice, but which sect? Which tribe? Which country or region do they hail from? Are they practicing the religion presently? If not, are they simply trying to … Continue reading Beware the Muslim dislike oversell – Dr. Rachel Gillum – Ep 23
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Just a few days ago, we passed the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu. A oddity of a military action, falling shortly after the Gulf War among a decade of more “humanitarian” actions by the US government, the battle saw nineteens American lives lost and seventy three more wounded. The battle also saw the … Continue reading This is what happens when bombs feed starving mouths – Blackhawk Down revisited – Ep 22
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Spenser Rapone joins us on the podcast as we discuss growing up in the aftermath of 9/11, Spencer’s time at West Point, his thoughts about the anti-war movement, and his new podcast Eyes Left. Enjoy!!! Enjoy the show?! Please leave us a review right here. Got news to share about our military or veterans?! Or … Continue reading Spenser Rapone interview – Ep 21
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Without even trying, Danny and I spent the episode discussing numerous topics where others have gone to great lengths to mask the truth. Whether rumors of John McCain’s military prowess, discussing an anonymous op-ed from within the White House, or analyzing a set of boilerplate articles on women in combat arms, it’s all about making … Continue reading John McCain, women in combat arms, and a Twitter troll – Ep 20
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I wanted to expand our conversation on moral injury, to give listeners a better insight into the weight of war from different perspectives and experiences. Here is the result. I won’t preface it anymore than that; please listen and learn. Enjoy the show?! Please leave us a review right here. Got news to share about … Continue reading Moral injury panel (feat. the Warax, Tyson Manker, and Chaplain Josh Morris) – Ep 19
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We’re back!!! After a few sweltering summer weeks, Danny and I are back. We’ve got a lot of stuff coming up!!! Next Friday, we have our episode on moral injury, including the Warax, Tyson Manker, and Chaplain Josh Morris. It’s an intense but needed discussion on today’s troops dealing with the moral leanings of their … Continue reading TomDispatch listed as ‘hate/’racism’ by DOD / About Face convention – Ep 18
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Drones are quickly becoming a crucial part of many US military and government toolboxes in order to deal with specialized situations. This morning, I saw that the FAA granted a special exemption to allow drones to help fight massive forest fires happening in Idaho. Police departments are using drones for building searches and crisis situations … Continue reading US drone warfare – Ep 17
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It’s been sixteen years since I sat in a recruiter’s office. I remember visiting there many times (even after I was signed up to join) and asked all kinds of questions. What was basic training like? How was the food? Did they like their non-recruiter MOS? Did I have to make that MANY trips to … Continue reading US military recruiting tactics and a far right Supreme Court – Ep 16.5
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Even with the usual drowning of military news topics in circulation today, this last week has raised the bar considerably on how much horrible news can be crammed in such a small amount of time. Yemen, already awash in the humanitarian disasters caused by the Saudi / UAE / US campaign to remove the Houthis, … Continue reading America the beautiful…and ugly “Reality” – Ep 16.0
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We bring you part 2 of our sitdown with Keagan Miller. Keagan is a former CTT (Cryptologic Technical Technician) who served in the Navy from 2009-13. He worked at NSA Georgia in support of 5th fleet and intelligence agency operations in North Africa and Middle East such as the Libya mission in 2011, the anti-piracy mission … Continue reading Keagan Miller interview – former Navy – NSA intel analyst – Ep 15.5 – Part 2
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Military operations grind to a halt without intelligence. Both the human side (HUMINT) and the electronic side (SIGINT for signal intelligence) must be pursued relentlessly to give military operational forces their picture of the battlespace. Yes, it’s a lot of jargon and bullshit to say intelligence speaks to people and gets info from them, along … Continue reading Keagan Miller interview – former Navy-NSA intel analyst – Ep 15.0 – Part 1
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We’ve got one exceptionally LONG episodes of headlines for you. Danny and I discuss a bunch of new developments in Syria, Google’s choice to not renew their contract to Project Maven, and discussion about Reality Winner and the Intercept. Enjoy!!! 15:51 – The US / Turkey reach agreement over Syrian town 26:52 – New interim … Continue reading Syria in pieces and Reality Winner – Ep 14.5
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Danny and I are very excited to bring you the second half of our sit down with Tom Engelhardt, editor-in-chief and founder of TomDispatch, where he brings us amazing long form journalism from a huge group of writers about our national security apparatus and especially America’s endless addiction to militarism. Please go and pick up … Continue reading Ep 14.0 – Interview with Tom Engelhardt of TomDispatch – Part 2
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Danny and I are very excited to bring you the first half of our sit down with Tom Engelhardt, editor-in-chief and founder of TomDispatch, where he brings us amazing long form journalism from a huge group of writers about our national security apparatus and especially America’s endless addiction to militarism. Here, we discuss Tom’s new … Continue reading Ep 13.5 – Interview with Tom Engelhardt of TomDispatch – Part 1
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America has many three letter agencies that perform a variety of tasks. Law enforcement, tax collection, firearms investigations, customs and border security, and so forth. Today, Danny and I discuss our intelligence community, and when we say ‘intelligence community, we mean the SEVENTEEN intelligence agencies that perform intelligence missions of all sorts. Somehow, we have … Continue reading Ep 12.5 – Military intelligence indeed! – the intelligence community
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I’ve fired around a half dozen belt fed weapons systems during my time in service; some bigger and louder than others, and all of them a kick ass way to spend an afternoon. Well, that is until you realize the effects of firing them over a longer period of time. It’s not just loud noise … Continue reading Ep 12.0 – Veterans ‘under pressure’ – Blast pressure, water contamination, and Afghanistan
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As a prolific news junkie, there are some stories that I’m tired of reading about and the Niger investigation has become one of those stories. Not because the news about Niger is especially horrible or specifically newsworthy, or because we’re seeing more and more expansion by AFRICOM into new corners of Africa; obviously, both those … Continue reading Ep 11.5 – Africa on fire and too many military brats
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Being honorably discharged from the military is the reality most veterans face. They receive all benefits from their time in service and help from the VA with healthcare and other significant issues. To me, it’s always been a given. I served my country and for that, I receive these services. But what if you had … Continue reading Ep 11.0 – ‘Bad paper’ discharges with Tyson Manker
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Whistleblowers are a divided and dense topic. Bringing up Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning generally invites conflict, especially for those who work in national security. However, our government has worked hard to keep secrets while its citizens are kept in the dark. So, often times, whistleblowers are the only remedy to bring these facts into … Continue reading Ep 10.5 – Whistleblowers
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