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June 23, 2006

H&I Fires 23 Jun 06

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Think you know what is being referred to here? Betcha don't...

The New York Times said administration officials had asked it not to publish the article, saying disclosure of the [secret] program could jeopardize its effectiveness.

After considering the government's request, Bill Keller, the newspaper's executive editor, said, "We remain convinced that the administration's extraordinary access to this vast repository of [private] data, however carefully targeted use of it may be, is a matter of public interest."

No, they're not talking about phone records. I don't have a direct link, but the NY Times has done it again... - FbL

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Heh. Back when I ran the Army's Janus (T) program, I was a $10mil customer of HP. Based on my customer's reports (and my long-suffering father, as well) HP customer support was... well, let's say it just wasn't everything we might have expected for the investment. Their peripherals worked pretty well, their PC's, well, let's just say we paid for customer service. Of indifferent quality.

It appears there's still a problem. Wish *I'd* had an M240 to express myself with, but that was a TDA unit, dangit! H/t, Larry K. -The Armorer

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{Gollum. Purgatory. Still. Apparently can't read (Okay, I missed the 'seems' part. I'd say 'So shoot me,' but The Armorer might take that literally and have some target practice.). Need more comic books.}

Itís nice to see that the NYT hasnít totally ignored this story entirely. Iran aids the insurgency in Iraq. Whereíve we seen this kind of strategy before? Sounds very Cold War-esque to me. Instigating and supporting Wars of National Liberation and proxies to tie up your enemy? Given how much aid the USSR gave to Iran thru the KGB during my childhood Iím not surprised to see that particular bit of policy being recycled. Itís war at the strategic level on the cheap along the same lines as terrorism being tactical warfighting on the cheap.

It seems that the myths a people buy into shaping how they see those outside that mythos is actually happening and not just a crazy idea of Gollumís.
I wonder how Boyd would account for this in Moral Warfare or an OODA loop (dang, lots of people, have already covered (hey, cyberspace has its own mythos---see the Toronto terrorists and their belief of security on the web.) this .)?

In case the Armorer ever finds his generous soul (it exists Iíve seen it) and lets me have a DVD player, a working television, two that work together, and the electricity to run them both at the same time, then this sounds like something Iíd like to watch while I continue to live out my Penance in Castle Purgatory. Or I could get a copy of Yojimbo. Or, the movie that says it all about the divide between us Normals and them Professional Warriors: The Seven Samurai . But, more than likely, if he found his soul, The Armorer will make me watch Howard the Duck on endless loop. Ainít payback for ankle biting such an itch?

[Yep - especially when I have to hunt through the post to figure out how you screwed up your bolding tags... and if *you've seen* my generous soul... why am I looking for it? What'd you do with it?]

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I can't wait to take these factoids back to the next Family Debate Session (SWWBO *hates* these) with my liberal Dem-voting sister. (I understand DBDs Damon. Think about it).

And I've got more than SWWBO- I've got all of you guys in my network! And in some ways, I'm more likely to talk to you guys than others... you "get me" and yet *still* show up...

Kansas City Police Officers commended for going the extra mile. Er, inches. This story gives me the willies. Good on 'em, though. #82, come back here! - H/t, Greg Reeves. The Armorer.

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*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".