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America Held Hostage

John Feffer | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Consistency is the hobgoblin of little countries: Superpowers can do whatever they wish. But the United States enjoys only the illusion of free rein. In fact, America is held hostage by the very way it conducts its foreign policy.

A Look at the Essential Navy SEAL Books of the Global War on Terrorism

Scott DiMarco | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Scott DiMarco

With the latest news about controversies of Navy SEAL Mark Owen writing a book about killing Osama bin Laden, and the naming of former SEALs involved in the mission, SEALs are on everyone's mind.

Ex-Navy SEAL Makes No Apologies For Going Public About Bin Laden

AP | By KEN DILANIAN | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill, who says he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, played a role in some of the most conseq...

New WWII Book Details Stories Of 'First SEALs'

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Before there were heavily armed Navy SEALs conducting nighttime helicopter raids, there were guys like Frank Monteleone landing o...

Taking Credit For Killing Osama Bin Laden Sparks Debate

AP | By KEN DILANIAN | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some special operations service members and veterans are unhappy that one of their own has taken credit publicly for killing Osama...

I Am a Gay Navy SEAL Pushing for Equality in Red States

Brett Jones | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Brett Jones

I live in Alabama, and as most people know the south can be a very conservative place. Aside from God's love, my family is the principal source of my happiness. Like many of the SEALs I have worked with, I am willing to fight and die to protect that. Unfortunately, this state does not recognize my family, a fact that is beyond disheartening.

Fox News To Air Interview With Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi and Jackson Connor | Posted 10.31.2014 | Media

Fox News will air a two-part documentary in November featuring an exclusive interview with the Navy SEAL who says he shot and killed Osama Bin Laden, ...

A Navy SEAL Surfaces as Transgender

Christopher Murray | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

Last year, following her retirement from the Navy in 2011, she came out publicly as a transgender woman. CNN which will air a powerful documentary about her life and transition on Sept. 4. I watched it last week sitting next to Ms. Beck at the back of a screening room at the Time Warner offices.

Jesse Ventura Gets $1.8 Million In 'American Sniper' Lawsuit

AP | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sni...

Random Notes & Fripperies -- The Prequel to the Sequel

Tom Alderman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Who's responsible for letting actor/author Chris Colfer voice his own audiobook, The Land of Stories, a Grimm Warning? Aside from garbled words, his fourth grade reading technique is a formidable obstacle to getting past the first chapter.

Six Reasons to Love Military Romances

Maya Rodale | Posted 09.01.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

There's nothing quite like a man in uniform and nobody knows that better than the authors and fans of military romances. These novels feature "strong, sexy heroes and strong, sexy heroines" in dramatic, high conflict situations.

Train Your Brain Using the Navy SEAL Mental Toughness Program

Linda Durnell | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Durnell

If our environment is extreme in nature, complete with chaos, stress and panic, how do we live with or manage the fear and stress? The answer may exi...

Kate Sheppard

Retired Navy SEAL Says Keystone XL Would Be Highly Vulnerable To Attacks

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – If constructed, the Keystone XL pipeline would be highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks, according to a paper that an environmental gr...

How This Navy Seal Overcame His Combat 'Baggage' To Find Happiness

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.03.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Brent Gleeson was unhappy working in finance, so he quit his job to join the Navy. But that wouldn't be the only time he would make a significant l...

Brothers Forever: A Talk with Col. Tom Manion

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

On April 29, 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. While leading a counterattack against the enemy, drawing fire away from his wounded comrades, Travis was fatally wounded by a sniper. His actions allowed ever other member of his patrol to survive.

American Hero Stories: A Navy SEAL

Bill_Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Bill_Robinson

Thom Shea was a Navy SEAL (Sea, Air & Land) for 23 years. Special Operator, Chief SEAL Shea did three tours (approximately six months each) with SEAL Team Two in Kosovo, Macedonia and the Gulf, as well as two tours with SEAL Team Seven in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Navy SEALs Board Oil Tanker Stolen From Libyan Rebel Port

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2014 | World

By Feras Bosalum and Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI, March 17 (Reuters) - U.S. special forces have seized a commercial tanker that fled with a ...

Studies Show: Veterans Are People Too

Chris Marvin | Posted 05.05.2014 | Media
Chris Marvin

As a veteran and as an American, I was appalled at this rash generalization that substance abuse is a known problem among veterans. Why does our current culture and news media insist on highlighting the worst about veterans?

More Hoist the Jolly Roger!! -- 10 Must-Watch Pirate Films

Scott DiMarco | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Scott DiMarco

Pirate films have always been popular and perhaps a few more films are still to be made, but until that point we have a virtual treasure trove of films to satisfy us.

'Lone Survivor': Free Officer and Free Citizen

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Lone Survivor, the new film recounting an ill-fated search and rescue attempt in Afghanistan, has a tragic connection with my school. Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, a Navy SEAL, received a master's degree from our Graduate Institute.

ReThink Review: Lone Survivor -- What Makes a War Hero?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Do acts of bravery by the Taliban deserve movies celebrating, honoring, and fetishizing them? Are they also heroes? Or, when it comes to non-Americans, do we hold those fighters to a different standard, now claiming that context really does matter? Watching a movie like Lone Survivor, I can't help thinking about issues like these.

Tom Hanks' Capt. Phillips: I Gasped!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.08.2014 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

I gasped. For air? In shock? Both. Watching Tom Hanks, playing Captain Richard Phillips taken hostage by Somali pirates as our Navy SEALS closed in ne...

Violence: Best Practices, Awareness, Mitigation and Response

Larry Yatch | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Larry Yatch

I'd like to offer 10 lessons for you to start your journey to gaining that confidence:

Ah, About Those Special Ops Raids ...

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
William Bradley

Last weekend, in the midst of all the tumult over the debacle that is the federal government shutdown, came word of these two dramatic US special operations forces raids against jihadist leaders in Libya and Somalia.

ReThink Review: Captain Phillips -- 21st Century Piracy Ain't Jack Sparrow

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Is Captain Phillips a case where bigger, louder -- and since it's Paul Greengrass, shakier -- is actually better? And do the film's pirates rise above being caricatured villains to represent the real Somalian men who turn to this high risk/high reward way of life?