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Denver – Putting Illegal Criminals Ahead of the Lives of its Own Citizens February 20, 2017

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ever_valles_facebookOn January 30th, 2017 Denver’s Democratic Mayor Michael Hancock proudly proclaimed” “If being a sanctuary city means that we value taking care of one another, and welcoming refugees and immigrants, then I welcome the title,”8 days later, two known gang members (and illegal immigrants) who had been arrested…and released…by the Denver police killed a man.  On February 7th, 2017 Ever Valles (in Facebook pic to left..still up) and Nathan Valdez attempted to rob and ultimately murdered 32 year old Tim Cruz at a light rail station.  So why do I care?  According to reports: “Ever Andres Valles, 19, a citizen of Mexico, was encountered by ICE via the Criminal Alien Program following his arrest on local charges in October 2016,” According to ICE: “At the time of his arrest, ICE placed a detainer with the Denver County Jail. The detainer wasn’t honored, and he was released by the jail Dec. 20, 2016, without notification to ICE. Valles is a known gang member whose gang history is documented in the Colorado gang database. Due to his criminal history and gang affiliation, Valles is an ICE immigration enforcement priority.”  So what was the Denver Police Department’s response? They claim that they did, indeed notify ICE prior to releasing Valles.  Is this true?  Possibly, in a technical manner.  If  you look at the Fax (yes Fax) produced by the Denver PD as ‘proof’ of their efforts  you will notice that the Fax was sent at 11:35 PM on December, 20th, 2016.  According to ICE, Mr. Valles was released on December 20th, 2016.  So…the Denver PD FAXED a document to ICE 25 minutes before midnight to inform them that a dangerous felon was about to be put back on the streets.  In defense of their actions the Sheriff’s department did defiantly add: “We are part of the criminal justice system and do not hold people on civil matters,”…I am sure that helps Mr. Cruz’ family sleep better at night.  It is this ignorant, self serving attitude that ultimately cost the life of Mr. Cruz.  If you are so inclined, you can contact Mr. Hancock here:



*for those wondering why I changed the title…in reflection it occurs to me that this does not occur in a vacuum.  The Mayor alone did not create this situation.  As such, it is Denver’ government and not solely the mayor…

A Sniper talks about Killing…and Objectivication… and prevarication…Oh My! October 27, 2015

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DermishA few years ago I wrote a post titled “A Perspective on Killing by a Marine and His Rifle”.  The post was intended to describe, in broad terms, the difficulty in taking a human life.  This post was motivated by the killings in Newton , Connecticut.  In short, the post was intended to show the average civilian that ‘killing’ another human being is not trivial and is very, very difficult. I can say with confidence that most people I know could not do it and would be horrified by the act.   In January 2015, I wrote an article for the National Review.  I was sent hate mail calling me a “cold blooded killer” “Baby killer” etc. etc.  I am not ashamed of my role as a Marine sniper and I am not offended by those comments, I find it interesting that “I” am a “cold blooded” killer yet “Dr. Armna Dermish” is just providing “women’s health care”…

When discussing the difficulty of killing a human being Chief US Army History S.L.A Marshall said:

“It is therefore reasonable to believe that the average and healthy individual – the man who can endure the mental and physical stresses of combat- still has such an inner and usually unrealized resistance towards killing a fellow man that he will not of his own volition take a life if it is possible to turn away from that responsibility…At the vital point he becomes a conscientious objector.” 

Think about that for a minute.  It is so difficult to kill another human being that people become ‘conscientious objectors’. So how do rational people become ‘killers’?  Easy…objectification and dehumanization.  As a sniper we were taught that we were ‘eliminating the threat’…’reducing the target’…’engaging the target’.  These are all very valuable tactics when used in combat.  Where is struggle today is with the same tactics being used to kill babies.  Let me be clear.  I support a women’s right to their bodies.  On that note, I believe that actions taken should minimize suffering and be done with respect.  When we shot someone  and they were wounded…as a Soldier, Sailor, Marine, or Airman we were REQUIRED to render aid.  Our job may be unpalatable to most but we try to do it with respect and to minimize suffering. It is also important to note that it was done in a combat situation…  Listen to the recording.  These people are not “killing” they are “terminating a pregnancy”…”eliminating a fetus”…”collecting fetal tissue” etc.  Nice description of killing.  “Reducing a Target”..they can borrow that one from me….

Today I watched yet another video related to Planned Parenthood.  As a person who has taken lives in the service of my country…I was horrified and disgusted.  I listened to a “doctor” (in quotes because I cannot imagine any doctor who abides by the Hippocratic oath acting this way) describe in dispassionate terms how she killed children.  “Dr. Amna Dermish, of Planned Parenthood, describes how she will use a sonogram to rotate a “fetus” to ensure she can capture as much “tissue” as possible.  She says: “Usually what I do, if it’s a [feet-first] presentation, I’ll remove the extremities first, the lower extremities, and then go for the spine and then sort of bring it down that way,” Wow!…I would love to have had her on my sniper team (or maybe she would have been better suited for waterboarding people)…the cold, dispassionate description of killing is chilling…even to me.  When asked if they can produce a “full head” for brain dissection Dermish says: ““I haven’t been able to do that yet,…Well this will give me something to strive for!”...Hey…Amna Dermish..take it from me.  You are a cold blooded killer..plain and simple…..you can use all the euphemisms you want…you are killing human beings.  You are truly a “baby killer!”  Make no mistake Amna..you are a cool blooded killer. 

I have listened without emotion to Marine snipers talk about killing people.  I was not offended.  Listening to Amna Dermish reinforced that there are truly bad people in this world who relish the taking of lives.  She can objectify those she kills and use all the euphemisms she wants…she is a killer. Welcome to the club Amna…I wonder if you are as haunted as most snipers at the lives we have taken?

Like I said before I agree with a woman’s right to her body.  I respect the Supreme Court decision and understand that terminating a pregnancy may be necessary.  What I do not abide by is the cold blooded murdering of babies to “harvest their organs” for profit.

2 Found Guilty of Brian Terry’s Murder “Fast and Furious” October 1, 2015

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Brian-Terry-Carrying-BORTAC-AgentI was privileged to have both served with Brian Terry while we were stationed as young Marines in Italy and to have called him a friend.  In 2010, while serving on the BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit), Brian was killed by two Mexican nationals who had entered the US Illegally.  Brian was killed by weapons that were illegally sent to Mexico by the ATF in Operation Fast and Furious.  According to the Los Angeles times: “The jury found Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza and Ivan Soto-Barraza guilty of all counts. Jurors had begun deliberations Wednesday afternoon, a week after the trial began in federal court in Tucson. Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Soto-Barraza were part of a five-man crew that planned on robbing drug smugglers when they encountered Agent Brian Terry and three others on Dec. 14, 2010…Terry never had a chance to fire. He died of a gunshot wound that entered through his back.”
While we cannot bring Brian back, it is a step in the right direction that these murderers were convicted.  Now…if only we can convict the other criminals (Eric Holder) who were responsible for the debacle known as Fast and Furious.

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