United American Patriots & The Royal British Legion.

An online petition was being passed around a while back about an imprisoned American soldier, wronged by his own government. This evening I received a mass email describing another horrifying case. This is the website of an organisation called:  United American Patriots   They help forgotten and betrayed US fighters.

It wouldn’t surprise me if there are similar cases over here in European countries as well; if that’s the case then it’s well hidden, which would make sense considering that the Norwegian government, just to pick one example, has repeatedly denied in the past that Norway is at war, even though we have veterans and have suffered casualties due to contributing to America’s numerous war efforts around the world…..Yet we are apparently not fighting anyone and have officially no enemies anywhere…..Hopefully the current administration have stopped the official denial, because how can you aid veterans who officially do not exist?

I’ll paste in the email I received from UAP below. What truly stood out to me was the bit about the Afghan who received a US Citizenship; read the whole thing. It’s freaky to say the least. This is the sort of injustice you may risk by enlisting in the U.S.A.:

Dear Berit,

I am so scared for my son’s life that I’m writing you this e-mail today, even though we’ve never met.

My name is Renee Myers and my son is Sgt. Derrick Miller of the Maryland National Guard.

Derrick is the kind of man every mother wants her son to grow up to be – strong, kind and loyal. He’s a proud daddy who adores his two daughters – this photo is one of my favorites of him holding his oldest daughter, Karina.

But what I love the most about my son is that he felt it was his duty as an American to join the National Guard. In fact, he volunteered for two of his three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now, I wish I could go back in time and tell him not to…

Because for volunteering to defend our nation, Derrick has been sentenced to life in prison for doing exactly what the Army trained him to do!

You see, while on a combat mission in September of 2010, Derrick watched an Afghan national walk through his unit’s defense perimeter. The same man had been detained the day before under suspicion of driving insurgents to a nearby combat firefight.

So to be safe, Derrick and another U.S. Soldier took him into custody for questioning with an Afghan interpreter.

Derrick asked the man why he was within the American defense perimeter. First, the man claimed to be an electrician responding to a downed power line. Then he claimed to be there to fix a water pump. Either way, he had no tools with him.

The Afghan grew more and more agitated as Derrick continued asking questions. Suddenly, he grabbed for Derrick’s weapon.

Derrick reacted immediately – firing and killing the suspect.

Just days after the incident, Derrick was arrested and charged with “premeditated murder” of the Afghan insurgent!

For eight terrible months, we waited for the trial that would finally set the record straight and bring Derrick home to us. After all, there were witnesses who saw the whole incident and would testify on his behalf.

But instead, our government turned its back on Derrick – a decorated U.S. Soldier – to appease Afghanistan officials.

Remember, another Soldier had witnessed the interrogation and confirmed Derrick’s account. But he changed his story after the government threatened to charge him with accessory to murder.

The other witness was the Afghan translator. And in exchange for testifying against Derrick, he was granted U.S. citizenship.

Yes, our government brought him here to the U.S. and paid for him to live in an on-base hotel for six months with food, a personal van, and a $630 per month allowance – all provided at taxpayer expense!

Worst of all, the Army destroyed every bit of forensic evidence that could have proved Derrick was acting in self-defense. There were no photos. No autopsy. Nothing.

But I still believed the government would do the right thing. Instead, I held hands with my husband and Derrick’s wife, Katherine, and listened in shock as Derrick was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

His feet were shackled, his hands cuffed to a leather belt around his waist, and, just like that, my only child was taken from me.

Since then, the world has simply fallen apart for his precious family.

The military immediately stopped Derrick’s paychecks. Derrick’s wife and my husband and I had pooled together all our money to hire a civilian attorney to represent Derrick. It cost $50,000 – every cent we had.

Now, with no money in the bank, his wife couldn’t pay their mortgage, utilities, car payment, or Derrick’s student loans.

Derrick had always worked two jobs so his wife could stay home after their babies were born. Now she can’t. The girls are so little and they don’t understand. They ask her over and over again, “Why can’t Daddy come home?”

They wake up at night and cry for him. And honestly, sometimes so do I.

Berit, I can’t bear the thought of the girls growing up without their dad. Or Derrick not being able to scoop them up in his arms before they’re grown. But we have only one hope left now…

You see, we got a phone call from United American Patriots (UAP), an organization that helps Service Members who have been unfairly indicted for their split-second actions in combat.

The good folks at UAP know firsthand that you can’t send U.S. Soldiers into terrorist combat zones and second-guess their actions from a desk in Washington. And their support has been instrumental in getting Derrick to this point.

But even though the end is in sight, UAP must raise money to cover hours of legal research, expert witnesses, and legal motions throughout this parole process. UAP is a non-profit organization, which means they don’t receive any funding from the federal government – only private donations from patriotic Americans.

It also means that I’m going to take a deep breath and ask you one of the hardest questions I’ve ever asked another person:

Can you help me fight to free my son by making a donation of $35, $50, $100 or more to UAP?

Your gift is tax-deductible. And it will help us pay for Derrick’s parole hearings – and help other innocent Service Members who have been unfairly charged, too.

The federal government has already spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to convict Derrick and grant U.S. citizenship to the Afghan who testified against him.

But I must rely on the generous hearts of people like you to save my son.

That’s why I’m writing you today – to do what I can as the mother of a U.S. Soldier to find good-hearted people out there who care about defending our nation’s troops.

Our attorney is going above and beyond the call of duty to fight for Derrick. But the parole process is unpredictable and will cost us at least $30,000. It’s money we simply don’t have.

Can you please help UAP fund this legal battle and bring Derrick home to us?

Your $35 contribution could be the difference between letting my son rot in prison for another decade for a “crime” he didn’t commit… or bringing him home to me and his girls where he belongs right away!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any help you can send to UAP today.

Yours truly,
Mrs. Renee Myers

P.S. As a member of the National Guard who volunteered for two of his three tours of duty, my son has sacrificed so much for our country. Yet in return, our government has taken away his family and his freedom! Right now Derrick desperately needs to know that he hasn’t been forgotten! Thank you for whatever amount you can send today to give him hope and to help bring him home!

This is a very famous organisation here in the U.K. that supports British veterans:

UK Military “Close to Breaking” (what the hell???)

So a while back I heard of the ridiculous political-correctness propaganda forced upon the UK Navy; I didn’t share it on here back then, but here it is: READ HERE. Some months later I laughed a bit when I heard that the UK Military apparently are looking for “future leaders with the right personality” (to paraphrase) since there seems to be a problem with the attitude of individuals being recruited into the Military from the politically correct SJW factories….(hmmm..I wonder why?)

Apparently they are looking for people with leadership qualities … I also remember seeing that Donald Trump’s anti-transgender move was criticised by military figures here in the UK, but lo-and-behold, what did I just see over at Yahoo news? crazy.

In the middle of all of our terrorist attacks this year I decided to actually find out how big the British Military is and back then I published this: The British Military & Police Force in Numbers.

Now it has just been revealed that retired British Army General Sir Richard Barrons is sounding the alarm, which is certainly disturbing news. If this is true I have to admit that I am genuinely surprised; sure I’ve had my suspicions about the state of affairs after figuring out how small our forces are, but technologically I was convinced that we were ready for anything. Not that we apparently have “an Army that is now broadly speaking 20 years out of date.” This sounds more like the comedy that is Sweden or the tragedy that is Norway. I thought England was in a much stronger and better position; not that it takes much to be that … now that I think of it :/

A retired British Army general has described the UK military as “not fit for purpose” and warned that North Korea might be able to hit London with a nuclear missile “within the next 12 to 18 months”.

General Sir Richard Barrons, until recently one of the country’s most senior military chiefs, told the Commons Defence Select Committee that Britain would struggle to defend itself if attacked and any attempts to reduce the size of the Royal Marines would be “folly”.

“There are clearly existential threats to our country and they come in many forms,” he said to the cross-party group of MPs.

“They come in the form of Daesh (Islamic State), who if they could, would find weapons of mass destruction and apply them to the UK.

“We are locked in a daily confrontation with Russia, the Prime Minister said so herself yesterday.

“We are looking at North Korea which within the next 12 to 18 months will make a nuclear missile to an intercontinental range ballistic missile that could reach London and we can’t deal with that.”

He added: “We now live in an age where people who are not on our side have capability that they could, I’m not saying they will, but could, inflict on the UK homeland at short notice which we can’t deal with.”

Sir Richard had a long career in the Army which included tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Commander of Joint Forces Command, he had responsibilities for all three armed services. He retired only last year, something which makes his comments all the more relevant and pointed.

He said: “The people who are in defence…they’re never going to say publically, or to themselves, or to their enemy, or to their allies, that we’re broken but when they fly, sail or deploy on the land and they look at their equipment, they look at their sustainability and they look at their shortfalls in training and they look at their allies, they know they are not fit for purpose.”

General Barrons was giving evidence to the Defence Select Committee during a session about the ongoing national security review. The review is due to be published next year and will likely result in more cuts to the armed forces.

Warning that the UK military is “close to breaking”, the retired general said that unless the Government provides more money “it will fall over”.

He added: “The first discussion in Government should be ‘how much risk are we running in the world and what do we need to do to fix it?’

“They don’t seem to want to have that discussion and so you end up with the risk of a ridiculous zero-sum discussion, both within a service…and between the services which is why you end up with, currently, a Navy that is structurally underfunded, an Air Force that is holding together a bunch of very good equipment but really at the edge of their engineering and support capacity and an Army that is now broadly speaking 20 years out of date.”

 

The British Military & Police Force in Numbers.

After having read “Warriors & Citizens – American Views of Our Military edited by Kori Schake & Jim Mattis,” I decided to google the size of the British forces. Downsizing seems to have been on the agenda not only in my native country of Norway, but also here in England just as it was in the USA under the Obama administration. In this day and age with all of our shared threats/enemies in Europe I thought that this information could be of interest to everybody:

TOTAL BRITISH ARMED FORCES

OVERVIEW (as at late 2015)

REGULAR FORCES
Royal Navy 33,450 (includes 7,000 Royal Marines)
Army 92,000 (includes 2,700 Gurkhas)
Royal Air Force 35,030
Total Regular Forces
160,460

(Figures are for trained and untrained personnel and include small numbers of Full Time Reserves).
Army Figure includes about 2,700 Gurkhas
By 2020, Regular Forces levels are planned to be about: Army 82,000, Royal Navy 30,000, Royal Air Force 33,000

RESERVES
Army 20,480
Maritime 1,940
Royal Air Force 1,500
There are probably over 50,000 Regular Reserves who could be recalled in a major emergency.
MOD Civilians 61,630 (late 2015)

More can be read here: Armed Forces.

The first line of defence for a terror attack in the UK is the police force. Before any of the military units detailed later in this article can go into action on UK soil, authorisation to do so must be given by civilian authorities. This authorisation usually comes from a crisis response committee held in special conference rooms in Whitehall. Sometimes referred to as COBR or COBRA, these committees are headed by the Prime Minister or other top civilian leaders. COBRA analyses the level of threat and determines how to respond. As the politicians and security chiefs sit in committee, it will be the police on the scene of a terrorist incident who will be the first responders.

Each United Kingdom police constabulary maintains a specialist firearms capability with tactical team members trained to Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO) standard or higher. AFOs are roled with carrying out law enforcement operations outside the capability of regular, unarmed officers. AFOs in an Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) unit would typically be the first armed police unit to arrive at the scene of a terrorist attack.

More can be read here: Elite UK Forces.

The UK military’s primary counter-terrorism unit is the Army’s 22nd Special Air Service. At any time, one full SAS Squadron (around 60 men), designated the Special Projects Team, is on standby to respond to a terrorist incident. Squadrons rotate into the CT role on a six-monthly basis. The SAS wrote the book on rescuing hostages from buildings, planes, trains and vehicles.

The file from where I copied this was automatically downloaded when I clicked on “Police numbers in England & Wales – Parliament UK.” If you google it you can get the file yourself and see the graphs, etc.

Police numbers in England & Wales

●  There were 124,066 full-time equivalent police officers in the 43 police forces of England and Wales on 31 March 2016, a 2,752 decrease (2.2%) compared with a year earlier. In addition there were 296 central service secondees (bringing the total to 124,362). There were 2,968 British Transport Police officers.

●  Since March 2003 this headline measure of police strength has included staff on career break or maternity/paternity leave. Excluding staff on career break or maternity/paternity leave, to enable longer term comparisons, the strength of the 43 police forces was 118,779 at March 2016, the lowest level since March 1985.

●  Since 2010 there are nearly 20,000 fewer FTE police officers, a reduction of nearly 14%.

●  Police forces recruited 4,735 officers in the 12 months to March 2016, with 7,701 officers leaving over that period.

●  The proportion of female police officers in England and Wales has increased from 7% in 1977 to 29% by 2016.

●  Ethnic minority strength as a proportion of total police service strength increased from 1.0% in 1989 to 6% in March 2016. In London, the proportion of ethnic minority officers in the Metropolitan Police force is 12%.

● The Library’s Police Service Strength briefing paper contains updated UK-wide statistics.

These are the requirements if you feel like joining the law enforcement in the UK:

As you might imagine, applicant guidelines are fairly comprehensive, but here are a few highlights:

-there are no minimum or maximum height requirements
-there is no formal educational requirement, but you will have to pass written tests
-you must be either a British Citizen, a citizen of the EU or other states in the EEA, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
-although you may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions/cautions, there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible. If you are at all unsure, contact your chosen force for more information
you must physically and mentally be able to undertake police duties.

More can be read right here: Police Recruitment in the UK.

This is a very interesting interview with the American Defence Secretary James Mattis even though I find some of his remarks regarding ISIS slightly puzzling. There are those who regard Islamist terrorist organisations such as ISIS as 100% legitimate in terms of their relation to the militant aspects of Islam. This is apparently why young people decide to leave Europe to join them, because they are seen as “true.” So how you can make “Islamism” illegitimate if their “legitimacy” is justified within “holy texts” beats me, unless these parts of the text are omitted. It is good to hear that America intend to humiliate the enemy, but all I could think of when hearing this was how we here in Europe are constantly being delegitimized and humiliated when confronted with Islamists within our own borders :/ Our entire construct is routinely mocked when our law enforcement officers cannot even do their work. Our laws are mocked if immigrants pursue their “holy laws” rather than ours and they actually get away with it…. and German officers and their entire government mock themselves when they “bury” or plan to bury banned “extreme” Qurans, out of fear of offending Muslim immigrants within German territory. The behaviour of Europeans resemble a charade of a comedy embarrassing to witness. The compulsion to look another way and pretend like nothing is overwhelming in the wake of such disappointments. Especially when law enforcement in Sweden and France “lose control” over French and Swedish territory. With all this special treatment towards “new-countrymen” we make ourselves look inferior within our own nations and as if though we have no identity or heritage worth protecting … Who looks foolish exactly? We are the humiliated ones.