Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, AKA Lupe Fiasco

AK-47 Lupe FiascoWasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known as Lupe Fiasco said this: You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. 

The rapper also just vented his oversized spleen at the StartUp RockOn event at Hamilton Live last night, during a pre-inauguration concert. Easy there, Mr. Fiasco. It is a chicken and egg argument. Do we, as a country, inspire terrorism? Or do the terrorists, with their continual violence, spur our response? And if we stopped operations, would they also agree to stop theirs? I think a stalemate is the best solution. It (the conflict) will never end, baring something amazing.

Lupe was eventually thrown off-stage last night and escorted by guards off the premises of the Washington, D.C. concert hall. Do go read what the event organizers said about this little Lupe Fiasco incident. It had nothing to do with his views, sure. What a Fiasco. Of course, if my name was Mo Jaco, I would probably change it too.

Ballet Dancer Turned Merc?

Jean-Claude Van Damme or Allison Barrie?

FOX News has an article on female body armor, an update over the old Improved Outer Tactical Vests (IOTV.)

Sure, the post is interesting, but more intriguing is the extensive byline of the reporter covering the story. Ballet dancer turned defense specialist Allison Barrie has traveled around the world covering the military, terrorism, weapons advancements and life on the front line. 

Ballet dancer turned mercenary? I thought that only happened in Jean-Claude Van Damme movies.

USS Cole Attacker to Face Military Tribunal

USS Cole, Unwavered in Mission

In October of 2000, the Navy suffered a tremendous blow in the USS Cole attack. To this day, it greatly affects the way we execute force-protection.

One of the ringleaders of the assault is finally facing a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. As a former Gitmo Sailor, I wholeheartedly endorse the tribunal process as a vehicle to prosecute enemy combatants. It truly is the best option, after we extract the intel they carry:

The main suspect in the USS Cole bombing goes before a judge Wednesday at Guantanamo, the first case to move forward at the war court since President Barack Obama ordered military trials to resume.

Saudi-born Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, 46, faces the death penalty for allegedly planning and preparing the October 2000 attack on the US Navy destroyer in Yemen’s port of Aden that killed 17 sailors and wounded 40 more.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, Not Carlos Leon

al-Nashiri is being defended by a Navy Lieutenant Commander, a Judge Advocate General (JAG.) In terms of billets, this one certainly smacks of difficulty. I am not a lawyer, but that is one position I would not want. The LCDR had this to say:

Nevertheless, “the defendant doesn’t have the rights protection required in a capital case,” said Lieutenant Commander Stephen Reyes, one of Nashiri’s lawyers.

“Here they try to put him to death without giving him a chance to confront his accusers,” he told AFP.

One of the advantages of a tribunal is that it occurs behind closed doors and can be sealed as a way to protect classified information:

Sailors line-handling on the USS Cole

Washington has asked the military judge presiding over the case that any classified information be protected at all times.

“Because the accused was detained and interrogated in the CIA program, he was exposed to classified sources, methods and activities,” the government said in its motion.

“Due to his exposure to classified information, the accused is in a position to reveal this information publicly through statements.”

Lourdes and Madonna’s Ex Carlos Leon, Not a Terrorist

Last note: reading through the comments on the page was infuriating. Do folks actually believe that America was behind the USS Cole? Just because there are similarities to US products in the explosives used? I have a conspiracy theory on conspiracy theories: they are all invented nonsense.

Last last note: Does not Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri bear a striking resemblance to Mr. Madonna #1, Carlos Leon? Father to her oldest offspring, Lourdes?

Oddly, he is Cuban. Coincidence, no? Gitmo is in Cuba, right? Wait. What did I say about conspiracy theories in the last note above? Despite similarities in appearance, Carlos Leon is not at all related to the USS Cole attacker Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Period.