God's declaration of Truth


Luke Chapter 19

The words of Our Only Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in red.

19:10 "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
19:11 As they were hearing these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately be manifested.
19:12 He said therefore: "a certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
19:13 And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds and said to them: Trade till I come.
19:14 But his citizens hated him and they sent an delegation after him, saying: 'We will not have this man to reign over us.'
19:15 And it came to pass that he returned, having received the kingdom: and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading,
19:16 And the first came saying: 'Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.'
19:17 And he said to him: 'Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities.'
19:18 And the second came, saying: 'Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.'
19:19 And he said to him: 'Be thou also over five cities.'
19:20 And another came, saying: ' Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin.
19:21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou didst not lay down: and thou reapest that which thou didst not sow.'
19:22 He saith to him: 'Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down and reaping that which I did not sow.
19:23 And why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have exacted it with usury?'
19:24 And he said to them that stood by: 'Take the pound away from him and give it to him that hath ten pounds.'
19:25 And they said to him: 'Lord, he hath ten pounds.'
19:26 But I say to you that to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: and from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.
19:27 But as for those my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them hither and slay them in my presence."
19:28 And having said these things, he went before, going up to Jerusalem.
19:29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethania, unto the mount called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,
19:30 Saying: "Go into the town which is over against you, at your entering into which you shall find the colt of an ass tied, on which no man ever hath sitten: loose it and bring it.
19:31 And if any man shall ask you: 'Why are you loosing it?' You shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord hath need of it.' "
19:32 And they that were sent went their way and found the colt standing, as he said unto them.
19:33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: "Why are you loosing it?
19:34 But they said: "Because the Lord has need of it."
19:35 And they brought it to Jesus. And casting their cloaks over the colt, they set Jesus on it.
19:36 And as he went, they spread their cloaks upon the road.
19:37 And when he was drawing near, being now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole company of his disciples began to rejoice and to praise God with a loud voice, for all the miracles that they had seen,
19:38 Saying: "Blessed is he who comes as king, in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
19:39 And some of the Pharisees, from the crowds, said to him: "Master, rebuke thy disciples."
19:40 He said to them: "I tell you that if these keep silence, the stones will cry out."
19:41 And when he drew near, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying:
19:42 "If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes.
19:43 For the days shall come upon thee: and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round and straiten thee on every side,
19:44 And beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee. And they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone: because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation."
19:45 And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein and them that bought.
19:46 Saying to them: "It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves."
19:47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. And the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him.
19:48 And they found not what to do to him: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

The Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

The day of the Lord is not to come till the man of sin be revealed. The apostle's teachings are to be observed.

2:1 And we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and of our gathering together unto him:
2:2 That you be not easily moved from your sense nor be terrified, neither by spirit nor by word nor by epistle. as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand.

Chap. 2. Ver. 2. Spirit . . . utterance. . . letter indicate three possible sources of their belief that the parousia is imminent. Spirit refers to some falsely claimed revelation, utterance may be a statement of Paul’s which was misunderstood, or wrongly attributed to him, the letter seems to be one forged in Paul’s name.

2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition

Ver. 3. . . The parousia must be preceded by a great apostasy, i.e., a great religious revolt, and the advent of the man of sin, i.e., Antichrist. Son of perdition, one entirely deserving of eternal punishment.

Ver. 3. The day of the Lord will not come. These words have been inserted to complete the sentence, which in the original is elliptical. The expanded reads "Let no man deceive you by any means: for the day of the Lord will not come unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition"

2:4 Who opposeth and is lifted up above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.

Ver. 4. In the temple, that of Apostate Jerusalem which the full consensus of the Church Fathers declare he will rebuild - i.e. the Temple of Remphan; and in the Apostate shell of the former Christian church, which he perverts to his own worship: as the Freemasons have done to the Vatican.

Ver. 4. Antichrist will be characterized by great impiety and pride. He sits in the temple of God, etc. He will aspire to be treated as God and proclaim that he is really God.

2:5 Remember you not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2:6 And now you know what restrains him, that he may be revealed in his proper time.

Ver. 6. What restrains him. The Thessalonians knew the obstacle. We also know that it is Jesus Christ.

2:7 For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: only that he who is at present restraining it, does still restrain, until he is gotten out of the way.

Ver. 7. Mystery of iniquity, the evil power of Satan’s threefold prevarication and total Apostasy from God, of which Antichrist is to be the public exponent and champion. He who is at present restraining it. The obstacle is now spoken of as a person. Some point out that Michael the archangel and his heavenly army are obstacles, and this is true, which now prevent the appearance of Antichrist – but the primary obstacle is, as St. Justin Martyr teaches: Jesus Christ Himself; when the great Apostasy is complete, then in effect, Christ is “gotten out of the way.”

2:8 And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him

Ver. 8. When Christ appears in glory, He will inflict defeat and death on Antichrist by a mere word of command.
2:9 Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders:

Ver. 9 – 10. By the aid of Satan Antichrist will perform prodigies which men will falsely regard as miracles, and by means of which they will be led to adopt sinful practices.

2:10 And with all wicked deception to those who are perishing. For they have not received the love of truth that they might be saved.
2:11 Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:

Ver. 11. God shall send. . .That is God shall suffer them to be deceived by lying wonders, and false miracles, in punishment of their not entertaining the love of truth.
Ver. 11. 'God sends.' God will allow their willful rejection of truth to have its natural results of spiritual blindness, impenitence and damnation. A misleading influence, or, “a delusion.” The operation of error - the Greek reads: "energian planes" or literally the energy of delusion, which is exactly and actually the fallen spirits of the devils and demons conjured by pagan religion, especially by idolatry. NOW, currently, the Assisi delusion of the Apostates, Ratzinger and Wojtyla and many others present with them, is a very real and prime example. To give oneself over to this is to invite utter and complete damnation of oneself by God.
2:12 That all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity.

2:13 But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit and faith of the truth:
Ver. 13. First-fruits, i.e., earliest believers in the gospel. Some manuscripts read: “from the beginning.” That is, God called them from all eternity.
2:14 Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the teachings, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle.
Ver. 15. Teachings, i.e., his teachings whether given orally or in writing. Concerning Apostolic teaching – the oral is included in the written at the point we have the whole New Testament complete, i.e. with the completion of St. John’s Gospel.
2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our Father, who hath loved us and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope in grace,

2:17 Exhort your hearts and confirm you in every good work and word.

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St. Irenaeus Against Heresies and the warning against the Antichrist - click on picture

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GO HERE: Traditional Catholic Prayers: Eucharist in house churches Commanded by God. To rise above the concerns of the world to the service of God.

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Go Here: The Return of Christ

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Parousia of Jesus Christ Our Lord

The Promise of His coming. His commands to prepare and be worthy.

Statement of what is happening in the world in connection with the Second Coming of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Nuzul i Isa and Qiyamah, the Parousia of Jesus Christ Our Lord and His judgement of all men that have ever lived.

Rv:22:7 Behold I come quickly. Blessed is he that keepeth the words of the prophecy of this book.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mr. Clean: SOF

Mr. Clean: SOF

Undoubtedly brave, but after the U.S. Senate Church Committee in the early 1970's who monitors them?

ShadowSpear Special Operations: CIA Special Activities Division (SAD)

CIA Special Activities Division (SAD)
ShadowSpear on 10 February, 2009 11:37:00

Special Activities Division (SAD) is a division of the Central Intelligence
Agency's National Clandestine Service, responsible for covert action
paramilitary operations, the collection of intelligence in hostile and/or denied
areas and all high threat military and/or intelligence operations when the US
government does not wish to be overtly associated with such activities. As such,
members of the unit (called Paramilitary Operations Officers), when on missions,
normally do not carry any objects or clothing (e.g., military uniforms) that
would associate them with the United States. If compromised during a mission,
the government of the United States may legally deny their status and all
knowledge of their mission. SAD officers are a majority of the recipients of the
coveted Distinguished Intelligence Cross and the Intelligence Star. These are
the two highest medals for valor in the CIA. Not surprisingly, SAD officers also
make up the majority of those memorialized on the Memorial Wall at CIA
As the National Clandestine Service's action arm, SAD conducts military direct
action missions such as raids, ambushes, sabotage, targeted assassinations,
unconventional warfare (e.g. training and leading guerrilla and military units
of other countries in combat), and deniable psychological operations, the latter
also known as black propaganda or "Covert Influence". Special reconnaissance is
another area that can be under either military or intelligence, but is usually
carried out by SAD officers when in hostile areas. SAD provides the President of
the United States an option when overt military and/or diplomatic actions are
not viable or are not politically feasible. SAD can be directly tasked by the
President of the United States or the National Security Council at the
President's direction. This is unlike any other US national mission force.
However, SAD is much smaller than most of the other special missions units such
as Delta Force or SEAL Team Six.
The unit's existence became better understood as a result of the "Global War on
Terror". Beginning in autumn of 2001, SAD teams arrived in Afghanistan to hunt
down al Qaeda leaders, facilitate the entry of US Army Special Forces and aid
the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan against the ruling
Taliban. SAD units also defeated Ansar al-Islam in northern Iraq prior to the
invasion and trained, equipped, organized and led the Kurdish forces to defeat
the Iraqi army in Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite being the most covert unit in US
Special Operations, numerous books have been published on the exploits of CIA
paramilitary officers, including Feet to the Fire: CIA Covert Operations in
Indonesia, 1957-1958 by Kenneth J. Conboy and James Morrison and Shooting at the
Moon: The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos by Roger Warner.
Most experts consider SAD the primary force for unconventional warfare, whether
that warfare consists of conducting counterinsurgency operations or in creating
an insurgency in a foreign country. When SAD is combined with the U.S.
military's United States Special Operations Command many consider it responsible
for the initial success in Afghanistan and in Northern Iraq. SAD selects its
operators from the most elite units in the U.S. military such as the Navy's SEAL
teams (especially the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group also
known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six), the Army's 1st Special Forces Operational
Detachment-DeltaSpecial Forces (also known as Green Berets), Rangers, and the
Marine Corps' Force Reconnaissance detachments and the Marine Special Operations
Command (also known as the Combat Application Group, CAG), (MARSOC).
The Pentagon commissioned a study to determine whether the CIA or the Department
of Defense (DoD) should conduct covert action paramilitary operations. The study
determined that the CIA should maintain this capability and be the sole
government agency conducting covert action. The DoD does not have the legal
authority to conduct covert action. The CIA's authorities to collect
intelligence and to conduct covert action comes from the National Security Act
of 1947. In addition, President Ronald Reagan issue Executive Order 12333 titled
"United States Intelligence Activities" in 1984. This order defined the
authority to conduct "special activities" that the US Government could legally
deny and granted them exclusively to the CIA. This authority was also defined as
the sole authority of the CIA under the 1991 Intelligence Authorization Act and
mirrored in Title 50 of the United States Code Section 413(e).
Unlike other special operations units, SAD operatives combine special operations
and clandestine intelligence capabilities in one individual. These individuals
can operate in any environment (Sea, Air or Ground) with limited to no support.
These Paramilitary Operations Officer are from the Special Operations Group
(SOG) of SAD, which is considered one of the most elite special operations
units. SAD, like the rest of the CIA, requires a bachelor's degree to be
considered for employment. It is not unusual for SAD officers to also have
graduate degrees and/or degrees from Ivy League schools.
While the World War II Office of Strategic Services (OSS) technically was a
military agency under the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in practice it was fairly
autonomous of military control and enjoyed direct access to PresidentFranklin D.
Roosevelt (FDR). Major General William Joseph Donovan was the head of the OSS.
Donovan was a soldier and medal of honor recipient from World War One. He was
also a lawyer and former law school classmate of FDR. Like the subsequent CIA,
OSS included both human intelligence functions including espionage and special
operations paramilitary functions. Its Secret Intelligence division was
responsible for espionage, while its Jedburgh teams, a joint US-UK-French unit,
were an ancestor of groups that create guerrilla units such at the U.S. Army
Special Forces and the CIA. OSS' Operational Groups were larger US units that
carried out direct action (DA) behind enemy lines. Even during WWII, the idea of
intelligence and special operations units not under strict military control was
controversial. OSS operated primarily in the European Theater of Operations
(ETO) and to some extent in the China-Burma-India Theater, while General of the
ArmyDouglas MacArthur was extremely reluctant to have any OSS personnel within
his area of operations.
From 1943-1945, the OSS also played a major role in training Nationalist Chinese
troops in China and Burma, and recruited other indigenous irregular forces for
sabotage as well as guides for Allied forces in Burma fighting the Japanese
Army. OSS also helped arm, train and supply resistance movements, including Mao
Zedong's People's Liberation Army in China and the Viet Minh in French
Indochina, in areas occupied by the Axis powersSecond World War. Other functions
of the OSS included the use of propaganda, espionage, subversion, and post-war
planning. during the
One of the greatest accomplishments of the OSS during World War II was its
penetration of Nazi Germany by OSS operatives. The OSS was responsible for
training German and Austrian commandos for missions inside Germany. Some of
these agents included exiled communists and socialist party members, labor
activists, anti-Nazi POWs, and German and Jewish refugees. At the height of its
influence during World War II, the OSS employed almost 24,000 people.
OSS paramilitary officers were parachuted into many countries that were behind
enemy lines to include France, Norway and Greece. In Crete, OSS paramilitary
officers linked up with, equipped and fought along side Greek resistance forces
against the Nazi occupation. This resistance to the German operation to invade
and occupy Crete delayed Adolf Hitler's planned invasion of Russia. This delay
resulted in German forces being trapped in the brutal Russian winter and
contributed to their eventual defeat.
OSS was disbanded shortly after WWII, with its intelligence analysis functions
moving temporarily into the US Department of State. Espionage and
counterintelligence went into military units. The paramilitary and related
functions went into an assortment of ad hoc groups such as the Office of Policy
Coordination. Between the original creation of the CIA by the National Security
Act of 1947 and various mergers and reorganizations through 1952, the wartime
OSS functions generally went into CIA. The mission of training and leading of
guerrillas generally stayed in the United States Army Special Forces, but the
missions that were required to remain covert went to the paramilitary arm of the
CIA. The direct descendant of the OSS' special operations is the CIA's Special
Activities Division.
After the Chinese invasion of Tibet, the CIA inserted paramilitary teams into
Tibet to train and lead Tibetan resistance fighters against the People's
Liberation Army. These teams selected and then trained Tibetan soldiers in the
Rocky Mountains of the United States; this group still exists today.The SAD
teams then advised and led these commandos against the Chinese, both from Nepal
and India. In addition, SAD teams were responsible for the Dalai Lama's
clandestine escape to India. US assistance to the Tibetan resistance ceased
after the 1972 Nixon visit to China, after which the US and communist China
normalised relations.
The CIA sponsored a variety of activities during the Korean War. These
activities included maritime operations behind North Korean lines. Yong Do
Island, connected by a rugged isthmus to Pusan, served as the base for those
operations and were carried out by well-trained Korean guerrillas. The four
principal US advisers responsible for the training and operational planning of
those special missions were Dutch Kramer, Tom Curtis, George Atcheson and Joe
Pagnella. All of these operators operated through the CIA’s front organization
called the Joint Advisory Commission, Korea (JACK), headquartered at Tongnae, a
village near Pusan, on the peninsula’s southeast coast.
These paramilitary teams were responsible for numerous maritime raids and
ambushes behind North Korean lines, as well as prisoner of war rescue
operations. These were the first maritime unconventional warfare units that
trained indigenous forces as surrogates. They also provided a model, along with
the other CIA-sponsored ground based paramilitary Korean operations, for the
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam-Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
activities conducted by the US military and the CIA in Vietnam.
In addition, CIA paramilitary ground-based teams worked directly for US military
commanders, specifically with the 8th Army, on the "White Tiger" initiative.
This initiative included inserting Korean commandos and CIA Paramilitary
Operations Officers (POOs) prior to the two major amphibious assaults on North
The Bay of Pigs Invasion was a CIA-planned and -led operation launched from
Florida, intended to overthrow the regime of Fidel Castro in April 1961. The
invasion failed to remove Castro and resulted in the death of 114 and the
capture of 1,189 members of the Cuban exile force called Brigade 2506. Four US
citizens were also killed in the invasion. The original planning for this
operation began under President Eisenhower's administration and was continued
under President John F. Kennedy's. The plan was created by the CIA and approved
by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after review by all the military
service Chiefs. The operation (code named Operation Zapata) originally called
for an amphibious landing near the city of TrinidadEscambray mountains. The plan
also called for a substantial air component to include preparatory strikes
against the government forces prior to the landing and considerable close air
support to cover the movement of the ground forces once they were engaged. The
location for the landing was changed and a majority of air support was withdrawn
by Kennedy because of fear of a public backlash. The force landed on 17 April
and the fighting lasted until 21 April. CIA paramilitary officers Grayston Lynch
and William "Rip" Robertson were the first on the beach and led the invasion.
Cuban army casualties are difficult to determine, but sources estimate them to
be in the thousands (between 2,000 and 5,000) mostly resulting from a number of
failed counter-attacks to drive Brigade 2506 back into the sea. This invasion
followed the successful overthrow by the CIA of the democratically-elected
Mosaddeq government in Iran in 1953 and the democratically-elected
ArbenzGuatemala in 1954., but was a failure both militarily and politically. by
the government in
In the late 1960s, the CIA deployed teams of SAD paramilitary officers to
Bolivia to train the Bolivian dictatorship's army , in order to counter the
Bolivian National Liberation Army. These SAD teams linked up with US Army
Special Forces and Bolivian Special Forces to track down and capture Che
Guevara, the military leader of the Cuban Revolution. Guevara was in Bolivia
helping to train the guerrilla forces. On October 9, 1967, shortly after being
captured, Guevara was executed by his captors.
The original OSS mission in Vietnam under Major Archimedes Patti was to work
with Ho Chi Minh in order to prepare his forces to assist the United States and
their Allies in fighting the Japanese. After the end of WWII, the United States
ignored the attempts of Ho Chi Minh to maintain a friendly relationship. The
lack of engagement between the US and Vietnamese independence groups, that were
resisting the return of French colonial control after the end of WWII, angered
Vietnamese groups.
CIA Paramilitary Officers trained and led Hmoung tribesmen in Laos and into
Vietnam. This effort was considered a significant success, and the actions of
these officers were not known for several years. Air AmericaSoutheast Asia. was
the air component of the CIA's paramilitary mission in
The ethnic minority forces numbered in the tens of thousands and they conducted
direct actions mission, led by paramilitary officers, against the communist
Pathet Lao forces and their North Vietnamese allies throughout Laos.
Elements of SAD were seen in the CIA's Phoenix Program and the MAC-V SOG
(Studies and Observations Group) (which was originally named the Special
Operations Group, but was changed for cover purposes), both of which were
created and active during the Vietnam War. While CIA was just one part of MAC-V
SOG, it did have operational control of Phoenix. Many of the military members of
MAC-V SOG joined the CIA after their military service. The legacy of MAC-V SOG
continues within SAD's Special Operations Group.
In 1979, the government of Nicaragua, led by the dictator Anastasio Somoza
Debayle, fell to the socialistSandinistas. Once in power the Sandinistas
disbanded the Nicaraguan National Guard and arrested many of the soldiers. The
soldiers that escaped formed the backbone of a Nicaraguan terrorist insurgency
and were referred to as "la contra-revolucion" (the Counterrevolution or
Contra). SAD paramiltary teams were deployed to train and lead these terrorist
forces against the Sandinista government. There were also paramilitary terrorist
activities based in Honduras and Costa Rica. Direct military aid by the United
States was eventually forbidden by the Boland Amendment of the Defence
Appropriations Act of 1983. The Boland Amendment was extended in October 1984 to
forbid action by not only the Defense Department but included the Central
Intelligence Agency.
The Boland Amendment was a compromise because the US Democratic Party did not
have enough votes for a comprehensive ban. It covered only appropriated funds
spent by intelligence agencies. Some of Reagan's national security officials
used non-appropriated money of the National Security Council (NSC) to circumvent
the Amendment. NSC officials sought to arrange funding by third-parties. These
efforts resulted in the Iran-Contra Affair of 1987, which concerned Contra
funding through the proceeds of arms sales to Iran. No court ever made a
determination whether Boland covered the NSC, and because it was a prohibition
rather than a criminal statute, no one could be indicted for violating it.
Congress later resumed aid to the Contras, totaling over $300 million. The
Contra war was successful in terrorising the population into submission, and
they voted the Sandinista government out of power in 1990.
During the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, Paramilitary Operations
Officers were instrumental in training, equipping and sometimes leading
Mujihadeen forces against the Red Army. Although the CIA in general and Charlie
Wilson, a Texas Congressman, have received most of the attention, the key
architect of this strategy was Michael G. Vickers, a young Paramilitary Officer
from SAD. These efforts have been given credit for assisting in ending the
Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
SAD paramilitary teams were active in Afghanistan in the 1990s in clandestine
operations to locate and prepare to assassinate or capture Osama Bin Laden.
These teams planned several operations, but did not receive the order to execute
from their President. These efforts built many of the relationships that would
prove useful in the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan.
In 2001, SAD units were the first US forces to enter Afghanistan. Their efforts
organized the Afghan Northern Alliance for the subsequent arrival of USSOCOM
forces. SAD, US Army Special Forces and the Northern Alliance combined to
overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan with minimal loss to Americans lives. They
did this without the need for US military conventional forces.
The Washington Post stated in an editorial by John Lehman in 2006: What made the
Afghan campaign a landmark in the U.S. Military's history is that it was
prosecuted by Special Operations forces from all the services, along with Navy
and Air Force tactical power, operations by the Afghan Northern Alliance and the
CIA were equally important and fully integrated. No large Army or Marine force
was employed.
According to George Tenet in his book Center of the Storm, on October 9 2001
Hamid Karzai entered Afghanistan and linked up with his supporters to seize the
town of Tarin Kowt. Taliban forces launched a counterattack against Karzai's
lightly armed forces and he was forced to withdraw. On November 3, Karzai
contacted a member of the CIA's paramilitary unit identified only as "Greg V."
who immediately acted by linking up with his joint CIA/US Army Special
Forces/JSOC team. From there, they made a nighttime insertion into Tarin Kowt.
Karzai then went from village to village seeking support to fight against the
Taliban. On November 17, a large battle ensued. Several of Karzai's new recruits
fled, but Greg V. took command and ran from defensive position to defensive
position shouting, "If necessary, die like men!". The line held and as the Tenet
said in his book; "It was a seminal moment. Had Karzai's position been overrun,
as appeared likely for much of Novermber 17, the entire future of the Pashtun
rebellion in the south could have ended."
Later on December 5, Karzai was leading his resistance force against the Taliban
at Khandahar, their capital and one of their last remaining strongholds. Greg V.
was the lead advisor to Karzai in this battle, when as a result of a mistake in
calculating an air strike, a bomb was dropped on their position. Greg V. threw
his body on Karzai and saved his life. The same day Khandahar fell and Karzai
was named the interim Prime Minister."
Tenet wrote; "The routing of the Taliban and al-Qa'ida from Afghanistan in a
matter of weeks was accomplished by 110 CIA officers, 316 Special Forces
soldiers and a score of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) raiders creating
havoc behind enemy lines--a band of brothers with the support of U.S. airpower,
following a CIA plan, that has to rank as one of the great successes in Agency
history." Several Intelligence Stars were awarded for these activities.
SAD paramilitary teams were the first U.S. forces to enter Iraq. Once on the
ground they prepared the battle space for the subsequent arrival of U.S.
Military forces. SAD teams then combined with US Army Special ForcesKurdish
Peshmerga for the subsequent US led invasion. This joint team combined to defeat
Ansar al-Islam, an ally of Al Qaida, in a battle in the northeast corner of
Iraq. This battle was for control of an entire territory that was completely
occupied by Ansar al-Islam and was executed prior to the invasion in February
2003. It was carried out by paramilitary officers from SAD and the Army's 10th
Special Forces Group. This battle has not been fully covered by the
international media, but was a significant direct attack on a key terrorist
organization. It resulted in the deaths of a substantial number of terrorists
and the uncovering of a chemical weapons facility at Sargat. to organize the
These terrorists would have been in the subsequent insurgency had they not been
eliminated during this battle. Sargat was the only facility of its type
discovered in the Iraq war. This battle may have been the Tora Bora of Iraq in
that several key terrorist leaders escaped into Iran, but it was a sound defeat
for Al Qaida and their ally Ansar Al Islam.
SAD teams also conducted high risk special reconnaissance missions behind enemy
lines to identify senior leadership targets. These missions led to the initial
strikes against Saddam Hussein and his key generals. Although the initial strike
against Saddam was unsuccessful in killing the dictator, it was successful in
effectively ending his ability to command and control his forces. Other strikes
against key generals were successful and significantly degraded the command's
ability to react to and maneuver against the US led invasion force. SAD
operations officers were also successful in convincing key Iraqi Army officers
to surrender their units once the fighting started and/or not to oppose the
invasion force.
NATO member Turkey refused to allow the US 4th Infantry Division entry into
northern Iraq. As a result, these SAD and US Army Special Forces joint teams and
the Kurdish Peshmerga were the entire northern invasion force against Saddam's
forces during the invasion. Their efforts kept the 5th Corps of Saddam's army in
place to defend against the Kurds rather than their moving to contest the US-led
coalition force coming from the south. The efforts of the SAD Paramilitary
Officers and 10th Special Forces Group with the Kurds likely saved many lives of
US and coalition forces during and after the invasion.
If there are missions in countries that are denied to U.S. forces, such as
Pakistan or Iran, SAD units are the primary national mission force to execute
those operations. In the Global War on Terror, SAD has the lead in the covert
war being waged against Al Qaida. SAD paramilitary teams have apprehended many
of the senior leaders. These include: Abu Zubaydah, the chief of operations for
Al Qaida; Ramzi Binalshibh, the so called "20th highjacker" (a "very, very big
fish for us," according to a senior official, "both because he is believed to
have played a critical role in the September 11 plot and because he is believed
to have been in contact with senior Al Qaida leaders since then"); and the
mastermind of the September 11 attack Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. SAD officers have
operated covertly since 1947 in places such as North Korea, Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Libya, Iraq, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia,
Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Chile, Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Kosovo, Afghanistan
and Pakistan.
The division has several hundred personnel, almost all of them former members of
Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) units. These units include the U.S.
Army's Delta Force, the Navy SEALs, DEVGRU, Army Rangers, Army Special Forces
and USMC Force Recon teams. The CIA's formal position for these individuals is
as "Paramilitary Operations Officers". These officers are then fully trained as
clandestine intelligence officers, otherwise known as spies.
There remains conflict between the National Clandestine Service and the more
clandestine parts of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM),
such as the Joint Special Operations Command and the frequently-renamed
Intelligence Support Activity. This is usually confined to the
civilian/political heads of the respective Department/Agency and is largely a
result of those individuals seeking credit.
The primary strengths of SAD paramilitary officers are agility, adaptability,
and deniability. They often operate in small teams, typically with six
operators, all with extensive military special operations expertise and
specialized skills that do not exist in any other unit. They are also fully
trained intelligence officers with all the clandestine skills that come with
that training. These officers often operate in remote locations behind enemy
lines to carry out direct action (including raids and sabotage), support of
espionage by HUMINT assets, counter-intelligence, sabotage, guerrilla or
unconventional warfare (UW), and hostage rescue missions. Within the Special
Operations Group (SOG) of SAD, there are three elements. These elements are
divided into Air, Maritime, and Ground. Paramilitary Officers are trained to
operate in all of these areas. Because these officers are taken from the most
elite units in the U.S. Military and then provided the additional training to be
CIA clandestine intelligence officers and training to be SAD operatives in all
the environments, most national security experts assess them as the most elite
US unit.
This unit has several missions. One of these is the recruiting, training, and
leading of indigenous forces in combat operations. This could be a source of
friction with the US Department of Defense, which has organizations designed for
such functions. However, often SAD and USSOCOM units combine their efforts to
great effect. In addition SAD and its successors have been used when it was
considered desirable to have plausible deniability about US support of the force
(this is called covert operation or covert action). Only SAD is authorized by
law to conduct this kind of mission.
SAD officers are trained at Camp Peary, Virginia (also known as "The Farm") and
at privately owned training centers around the United States. They are trained
in all weapons (foreign and domestic), hand to hand combat, high performance
driving (on- and off-road), apprehension avoidance (including picking handcuffs
and escaping from confinement), improvised explosive devices, Military Free Fall
parachuting, combat and commercial SCUBA and closed circuit diving, small and in
some cases large boat handling, foreign languages, hasty and detailed disguises,
entry operations and vehicle "hotwiring", Survival, Evasion, Resistance and
Escapeextreme survival and wilderness training, first responder combat EMS
medical training, tactical communications and tracking. These are just some of
the skill sets required of these Paramilitary Officers. (SERE),
For a recent example of an SAD operations see 2008 Abu Kamal raid raid reported
on October 26, 2008 inside Syria. In addition, SAD has been very active on the
ground inside Pakistan targeting Al Qaida operatives for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
(UAV) Predator strikes. Before leaving office, President George Bush authorized
the SAD's successful killing of eight senior Al Qaeda operatives via targeted
air strikes. Among those killed were the mastermind of a 2006 plot to detonate
explosives aboard planes flying across the Atlantic and the man thought to have
planned the Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing on 20 September 2008 that killed 53
people. Since taking office, President Barrack Obama authorized the continuation
of these operations and on 23 January SAD successfully killed 20 terrorists in a
hideout in northwestern Pakistan. A Pakistani security official stated that
these strikes killed at least 10 insurgents, including five foreign nationals
and possibly “a high-value target” such as a senior Al Qaida or Taliban

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