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Stolen Valor in a Small Town.. “DD214-Recon, Scout/Sniper…and…Now ;)” February 7, 2020

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COBRAUpdate Again!…I have been contacted by someone with a text from the person in question who has offered his “DOD Number”..so I can “check on him”.  Well..all I have asked for is the person’s DD214. I have already requested from the US Archives.  My belief is he never served in ANY capacity but I may be wrong and get an actually DD214. 

The post below was originally written in 2012 when I first began investigating Stolen Valor.  Recently, I had a particularly interesting story come to light. While the Supreme Court has upheld that Stolen Valor(United States v Alverez) is constitutional free right to speech under the 1st Amendment..it does not mean we cannot expose them.  It is also a crime for those who fabricate military honors to defraud others through those efforts.

I was contacted by a few people in a small Kentucky  town called Stanford, KY.  It has a population of about 3,500.  I lived in Kentucky as a child.  Beautiful place, and fine people.  There is, apparently, one individual who is making outlandish claims about being a Marine Sniper.  Some of what I have heard from those who know him (we will just call him Mick T for now) is that he is a “Ghost” (I don’t know where this originated but it is a common statement among valor thieves).  Claims to have “over 200 confirmed kills”…”best friend with Chris Kyle”…”records are all sealed” BS, BS, and more BS. He is, by accounts, profiting from his fraudulent claims.  Lies.

I have personally reached out to this person for clarification on his claims.  Instead of answer the simple question “Have you ever claimed to be a sniper”…he decided the best defense was a good offense and began disparaging me. Well..this has only happened about 50 times in the last 10 years.  Read the post below from 2012.  It includes my DD214(my last one..I have an earlier one, as well).  BTW>.that is a pic of me on the left..

So..YES….I am a real, legit, Marine Sniper..unlike Mick T.  I am a real, qualified Recon Marine.  I have worked Stolen Valor for years and will continue to pursue this case.  I have not published the organization to which he is a president out of a request from members.

I will continue to update this post as I gain more information.  It is troublesome when someone steals valor to promote themselves.  I invite “Mick T” to contact me (3rd request) to resolve this.  Guarantee, I hear nothing but crickets.  It really makes my white hackles….get raised when someone lies about their service like this.


Strangely, someone has been doing a number of searches on subjects such as “chris mark USMC fraud”, “chris mark military fraud”, “chris mark no sniper” and various other topics.  How do I know this?  Good question! I use the standard WordPress analytics plus Google Analytics!  For those companies wondering the value of Google, this should demonstrate that at the very least, you can see what people are trying to find on you!…but…I digress.  To assuage the person, or persons fears that I was not in the military or was somehow fabricating my experience, I have attached the single ‘God like’ document that shows one’s military experience.  The  mysterious, yet reliable DD214!  This is available to any US citizen in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). yup..you can request a DD214 on me, your grandfather, your dad, or the president (if he had served).  You can get an FOIA on anyone who has served.  Simply go to archives.gov and check it out!…The picture attached is me, in 1995 with 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company in Hawaii during our June 1995 amphibious operations. I am top row first on the right while AP is bottom row, second from right.  This happens to be the same month that Scott O’Grady was rescued from Bosnia after being shot down in his F16.  Look closely, and you may recognize some faces 😉

It should be noted that I was on active duty twice…once with the USMC and then with the USN as an officer.  This DD214 is my second…it shows the schools and awards but not my units (like 3/6 STA) while enlisted.  That is a separate DD214…

HR 4036, the “Hack Back Bill”; Understanding Active & Passive Deterrence and the Escalation of Force Continuum. May 24, 2018

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A post on deterrence theory that is applicable to today’s environment and discussion on guns and school security

Global Security, Privacy, & Risk Management

SMallPirI wrote this original post several years ago but it seems to be more relevant now.   As CNN reports HR4036…”…formerly called the Active Cyber Defense Certainty (ACDC) Act and informally called the hack-back bill – was introduced as an amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) last week. Its backers are US Representatives Tom Graves, a Georgia Republican, and Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat.”

This is a bill that is sound in theory and terrible in practice.  According to the Bill, (named ACDC) it would enable a company to take “..active defensive measures..” to access an attacker’s computer.  This is only applicable in the US…Think about this for a minute.  What is the evidence that I was the attacker of company A?  Maybe (quite possibly…almost certainly) a hackers is using my system as a proxy.  So some company can now attack my personal computer?  What happened to “due…

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Very good read! April 2, 2018

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via The Tremendous Reputation of Those Who Went Before Me

UPDATE; Enhanced Interrogation – and new CIA Director Gina Haspel March 14, 2018

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enhancedinterrogationWith the newly announced nomination of Gina Haspel as the country’s first female CIA director, there are some questions about her role in overseeing the ‘black sites’ where enhanced interrogation was applied to terrorists.  There are also pundits from all sides (including Senator John McCain) coming out with strong words against Ms. Haspel.  I would recommend that anyone with an interest in this country and this situation read the book Enhanced Interrogation by the man who actually designed, delivered and managed enhanced interrogation.  It changed my view.

Like most Americans I was horrified at the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks that killed over 3,000 people.  In the aftermath of the attacks, the US Government embarked on a mission to kill or capture terrorist leaders and stop another attack.  One of the most controversial measures approved to gain information was called ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ and included, specifically, waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and physical coercion.  When  knowledge of this program broke, it caused an uproar in the US.  In fact, the US Senate Intelligence Committee put out a report that called the process torture.

With the publication of Dr. James Mitchell’s (PhD) book Enhanced Interrogation, the reader finally gets a first hand look at the who, what, where, why, and when of the EI program.  Before I purchased and read the book, I had some very pointed views on the idea of EI and waterboarding.  Reading the book caused me to really think about what I knew about the program and people involved.  The writing was great and the story was really insightful.  I think Dr. Mitchell did a great job on this book and telling a very difficult story.   Here is a great interview with Dr. Mitchell.   If you have any interest in this subject, you need to pick up this book!



President Trump and the Goldwater Rule January 10, 2018

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300px-Goldwater_fact_magazineOn December 8th, 2017 the President opened the doors to allow press to watch the bipartisan discussion over immigration.  Dr. Brandy Lee of the Yale School of Medicine conducted apparently watched the testimony and conducted an interview in which the resulting article was titled “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” .  In this gripping article, the esteemed Dr. Lee (notice I use the honorific while she excludes such courtesy when talking about the President of the United States).  In her interview Dr. Lee sounds alarm bells about President Trump’s mental fitness to be president, etc. etc.

In fact, Dr. Lee was invited to “brief” members of congress on December 5th and 6th.  The group included “at least 1 Republican who they would not name.”  No doubt.

This is on course with the current Democratic position of applying the 25th Amendment to remove the President from Office.  As one example, in May 2017, the NY Times (surprise) wrote an article extoling the virtues of leveraging the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office (and not doubt try to replace with Hilary).

In May 2017, the same Dr. Lee was commented in an article on Liberal Outpost (no kidding) titled: “Yale Psychiatrist says Trump (again..no honorific) has a grave ________disability”.  Interestingly (to those of us who care about the rule of law and actual process) the article begins with the following:

“Psychiatrists in the United States are blocked from commenting on the psychological wellness of politicians due to the 50 year old Goldwater Rule, which states that they cannot openly diagnose the mental health of public figures who they have not personally examined.

However, the case of President Donald Trump is so extreme and potentially consequential that some noted psychiatrists have felt compelled to speak out despite the rule.”

Then, in an admitted violation of the Goldwater Rule, Lee (honorific removed) states definitively:

“This situation has come to such a critical level. In fact, a state of emergency exists and we could no longer hold back. We have an obligation to speak about Donald Trump’s mental health issues because many lives and our survival as a species may be at stake.”

So what is the Goldwater Rule?  For a short history, (thank you Wikipedia) Barry Goldwater was running for President in 1964 when a magazine named Fact published an article The issue arose in 1964 when Fact published the article “The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater”.[3][5] The magazine polled psychiatrists about U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater and whether he was fit to be president.[6][7] The editor, Ralph Ginzburg, was sued for libel in Goldwater v. Ginzburg where Goldwater won $75,000 (approximately $592,000 today) in damages.[3]

Does this sound familiar?  There are experts trying to “diagnose” a sitting president for no other reason than their adorned queen did no win and ascend to the presidency.  This is nonsense. Now…the “argument” by those on the left are that the Dr. is not making a “diagnosis” under the DSM rather is simply expressing an opinion that any citizen can express.  Let me ask you.  If I said someone was crazy would you give it the same weight as a professor of Psychiatry from Yale with a DM and who has briefed congress? Of course not.  This is nonsense and we all know it.

I will be at the Javits center next week. (where Hillary was to have her coronation…sorry…her “acceptance speech”)…I will look up at the large glass ceiling and thank God (yes GOD) that it was not Hillary that broke that ceiling. 


“Dr” Heal Thyself or at least go…..”something” thyself.


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