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PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES

Companies such as Executive Outcomes (EO), and other private military companies (PMCs) that followed in our tracks, would never have been able to operate across the world if the international community and the UN in particular had taken decisive action in so-called trouble spots or flash points. Time and time again, the UN blue-helmeted peacekeeping forces proved themselves incapable of doing the job.

THINK FORFEITURE

Does anyone recall a minor flap a few years ago when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was giving away utility tools with the legend “Think Forfeiture.” The story lasted for only a short while in a few magazines and was published on numerous web sites. The breadth, scope and cost of this gift program were never revealed, nor the intended purpose. The feature of the story, what got the attention of most people, was that ATF was thinking forfeiture.

COP TALK: SHOOTING AT VEHICLES

In the history of American law enforcement, and certainly law enforcement in general, with the introduction of firearms, it was universally accepted to fire projectiles at suspects fleeing from authorities. This tradition continued for centuries. In the beginning, the fleeing consisted of beating feet, either one’s own or those of a horse or other animal. Back then, in addition to different mores, there were fewer people and, of course, no automobiles.

WEAPONS OF THE FREEDOM GROUP

I’ve always been a believer in shooting OPA—other people’s ammo—whenever possible, especially in this day and age of ammo scarcity. (Thank you NoBama.)

 

TANIA… FROM RUSSIA WITHOUT LOVE

FIDEL’S HEROINE OF THE REVOLUTION

THE VANISHING OF THE ARCTIC SEA

The Arctic Sea, a Finnish-owned, Maltese-flagged 320-foot cargo ship manned by a Russian crew, sailed off from the Finnish port of Pietarsaari on 21 July, supposedly carrying timber worth over $1.5 million. The ship was bound for the port of Bejaia in Algeria.