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After 13 years, CIA finally honors Green Beret killed on secret Afghanistan mission



When Nathan Ross Chapman became the first military casualty to die by enemy fire during the war in Afghanistan, the only American flag available for his casket was a patch torn off the uniform of an airman loading his coffin for the long trip home. He was buried on Jan. 11, 2002, a week after his death, with full military honors in Tahoma National Cemetery, Wash.

It took another 13 years for the CIA to recognize on its Memorial Wall that Chapman, an Army Green Beret, was also one of its own — the sergeant first class had been officially detailed to the agency in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks and died acting as a CIA paramilitary team’s communications specialist.

Chapman’s death was a watershed event for a country that didn’t know it was headed into a seemingly endless war, where the news of those lost would turn into a kind of white noise for many Americans. The first of its kind in Afghanistan, his death drew national attention, including a televised funeral.

Much of Chapman’s story and that of the secret agency team he was assigned to has never been told, and the agency continues to say nothing about him.

At a ceremony at CIA headquarters on May 18, 2015, the agency unveiled an engraved marble star to mark his death in the line of service, but like many others in the wall’s accompanying Book of Honor, his name was left absent. The addition of that star for service in 2002 prompted The Post to examine the background to the honor, and why it had taken so long to be conferred.

In the years after Chapman died, the agency honored at least one other service member, a Marine officer killed in Iraq in 2007 while detailed to an agency paramilitary unit. The Marine was later memorialized with a star, yet it took more than a decade for Chapman to receive his place on the famed wall.

“We didn’t even know anything was going on relative to that star; we didn’t expect it and we didn’t know anything about it,” Chapman’s father, Will, said during a recent interview in his home in Texas. He said the recognition from the CIA was part of his son’s final chapter, and he was grateful for it. It also recognizes the pivotal role that Special Operations forces played with the CIA in the early days of the Afghan war.

Following the memorial ceremony in 2015, CIA Director John Brennan, along with his deputies, privately met with the Chapmans on the agency’s seventh floor. He apologized for the long wait but gave no explanation for why it took more than 13 years for Chapman to get his place on the wall, the father said.

“He just said it should have been done a long time ago.”

The CIA declined to comment.

Chapman, 31, left behind a wife, Renae, and two children, Brandon and Amanda, who, at the time, were 1 and 2 years old. Renae Chapman was unavailable to comment for this story.

A veteran who jumped into Panama as a Ranger and who served in Iraq and Haiti, Chapman was also a qualified combat scuba diver and sniper. Among his peers he was known as a consummate professional and as the life of the party with a penchant for quoting Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.

Chapman had transferred back to Fort Lewis, Wash., from Okinawa just before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“America’s going to war over this,” he told his father in the weeks that followed. “And they’re not going without me.”

“And then he was gone,” the elder Chapman recalled.

An unconventional team of elites

Built like a linebacker with a square jaw, narrow eyes and a sly smile, Chapman went to war as a member of what the CIA called Team Hotel — a six-man unit composed of three Special Forces soldiers, two CIA paramilitary officers and a CIA contractor. Chapman and two other Green Berets were selected from more than 1,300 soldiers in 1st Special Forces Group. For their mission in Afghanistan, the CIA needed communications specialists and medics, and almost immediately following the 9/11 attacks it tapped 1st Group to help fill that requirement, said Lt. Gen. David Fridovich, who was, at the time, the group’s commander and a colonel.

Chapman’s assignment to Hotel reflected the agency’s rapidly expanding relationship with the U.S. military, according to Henry Crumpton, the leader of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center task force that led the war in Afghanistan. It was a relationship born out of necessity in order to field an effective unconventional force in a new and entirely unconventional war.

After purchasing thousands of dollars in outdoor supplies from area sporting goods stores and requesting the weapons and equipment the team would need in Afghanistan, the six men spent the remainder of October bouncing between the CIA’s Camp Peary — better known as The Farm — in Williamsburg, Va., and the agency’s headquarters.

Chapman was responsible for assembling the team’s communications equipment. At the time, the process of interfacing satellite radios and computers was a new discipline, but it was something Chapman had already mastered. He was known throughout 1st Special Forces group as the best in his field, earning the reputation during repeated deployments to places such as Thailand and Malaysia with Special Forces teams.

Aside from setting up the radios, Chapman was also instructed on a computer program called ArcView — a piece of software that allowed CIA and military units to see what was happening on the battlefield in real time.

“He never took himself too seriously, even with all the crap we were throwing at him,” said Ken Stiles, the CIA targeting officer for all of the agency’s operations in Afghanistan.

In the run-up to Hotel’s departure, other CIA and Special Forces teams had already been scattered throughout Afghanistan. Team Jawbreaker, the first element to go in, had linked up with parts of the Northern Alliance fighting the Taliban, along with teams Bravo and Charlie. Team Echo had made contact with future Afghan president Hamid Karzai. In December, teams Juliet and Romeo would go into Tora Bora, hoping to corner Osama bin Laden in the craggy mountain passes near the Pakistan border.

But before Hotel would join its sister elements in Afghanistan, Chapman and the rest of the team would first fly to Jacobabad, Pakistan. The team soon began trying to work a deal with the Pakistani military to get to their side of the border south of the Afghan city of Jalalabad in an attempt to box in and find bin Laden, according to Scott Satterlee, a Special Forces medic detailed to Hotel with Chapman.

With the Pakistani military demanding more training and equipment than the small team was able to provide and offering little knowledge of the lawless border region where Hotel was trying to go, the deal fell through. As things unraveled in Pakistan, Afghan forces, their path paved by devastating U.S. airstrikes, seized Kabul. Just days after Thanksgiving, Team Hotel left Pakistan for Afghanistan’s capital.

Hotel would stay in Kabul for roughly a month, spending Christmas there. A detachment of operators from Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, would bring the team to 11 members for an upcoming mission in Khost, a rugged town on Afghanistan’s eastern border.

Christmas was the last time Chapman called home, his father recalled. He didn’t tell them where he was, just that he was safe. He passed the phone around to his mother Lynn, and to Keith Chapman, his older brother who was recently married. His grandmother and grandfather also managed to get on the line.

“I said to him at the end of the conversation, I’m sorry you’re not able to be with your family,” his father said.

“I know, Dad,” he replied. “But I’m with my second family, and they’re a great bunch of guys.”

Behind enemy lines

Roughly a week later, Hotel loaded onto one of the CIA’s Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters and flew the 90 miles to Khost. According to Satterlee, the agency had to pay its way into the town, offering large sums of money to one of the tribes in exchange for admission and some protection.

Hotel would go in and “plant the flag” for the CIA and deny al-Qaeda a base of operations, according to a CIA officer present during the team’s operations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a covert operation. They were the first Americans there since the war began.

The team set up, along with some of their newly acquired Afghan escorts, a rudimentary base of operations in an old Russian schoolhouse in the middle of town during the final days of the year. The night before Chapman’s death, a small four-man element from Hotel slipped into the darkness to conduct reconnaissance on an abandoned Soviet airfield a few miles away, returning after taking small-arms fire.

The airfield would later be named after Chapman and was the site of a suicide bombing that killed seven CIA employees in 2009.

The next morning, cold and cloudless, Hotel’s team leader along with a senior CIA officer who had been sent to the area held a meeting with some of the tribal leaders at a nearby abandoned government building. The meeting started poorly, according to the CIA officer. The tribe’s representatives erupted into heated argument, but after tea and a pledge by the CIA to help rebuild the town, the meeting closed on somewhat good terms, said the officer.

That afternoon, Hotel loaded into four white Toyota HiLux pickup trucks along with a handful of Afghan escorts and headed to what they thought was an al-Qaeda safe house located in town. The agency had intercepted communications coming from the building.

“Us being there wasn’t accomplishing anything, besides maybe getting us into more trouble,” Satterlee said.

The team got back in their trucks and headed down one of the only paved roads in Khost. As they came into town, the road turned into a wash. The first three trucks went down and out and headed back toward the schoolhouse. As the fourth truck dipped into the culvert, now roughly a hundred yards away from the next vehicle in the convoy, three men opened up with Kalashnikovs, each dumping their entire magazines into the last truck from roughly 30 feet away.

In that truck’s bed was Chapman, a CIA paramilitary officer and the team’s lone CIA contractor. An Afghan was driving. Two rounds slammed into the paramilitary officer’s chest, tearing through his extra ammunition magazines and his soft body armor. The bullet that killed Chapman shattered his pelvis and severed his femoral artery. It was unclear who returned fire, said Satterlee, but when they inventoried Chapman’s gear later that day, the magazine in his M4 carbine was empty with its bolt locked to the rear — evidence that he had expended every round he could before collapsing from blood loss.

Chapman and the paramilitary officer slumped down, and the Afghan driver gunned it, making it back to the schoolhouse in just over a minute and a half. By the time Satterlee and the rest of the team got to the back of the truck, it was awash in Chapman’s blood, and he was unconscious.

With the agency’s lumbering Mi-17 transport helicopter flying from Kabul — a roughly 45-minute flight from Khost — the team worked furiously to keep Chapman alive. Satterlee did the best he could by stuffing the wound with gauze while another team member knelt on Chapman’s navel. But five minutes before the Russian helicopter touched down in a wheat field next to the school, Chapman stopped breathing.

The paramilitary officer, although severely injured with multiple sucking chest wounds, would survive.

Satterlee helped slide Chapman into his sleeping bag and loaded him into the back of the helicopter. It was 5 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2002.

It is unclear exactly who shot Chapman and why. According to Satterlee, the gunmen were part of one of the tribes trying to extort more money from the Americans for protection, while the CIA officer interviewed for this article said they were possibly linked to the Haqqanis — a powerful faction that had already sworn to fight the United States and would continue to fight U.S. troops for years to come.

“He always knew how to find his way into the action,” his father said. “That’s why he went in the military, to do this stuff. … But he knew the risk involved.”

The Army awarded Chapman a Bronze Star with a V for valor, and the CIA would posthumously give him an intelligence star, according to his father. The U.S. Special Forces Association in Thailand renamed itself after Chapman, and a mural of the slain Green Beret adorns the wall of its headquarters.

“The mystique went away, and reality showed up when Nate died,” said his former teammate, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Koehler. “It took the Superman T-shirt from every one of us who thought we were invincible.”

Via WaPo

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BREAKING NEWS About Tight Alabama Race – It’s NOT Over! Roy Moore Could Still WIN!



Americans were waiting on pins and needles to see if Alabama would elect a Republican or Democrat to the Senate on Tuesday. The special election was the most closely watched since the earth-shaking presidential election that landed political outsider Donald Trump in the Oval Office. His election has led to some pretty non-traditional moves by the White House and has made liberals filled with anger.

The Alabama special election was, in fact, due to President Trump’s election as well. The election was to replace Trump cabinet member and 84th Attorney General Jeff Sessions who left his Senate post to take that appointment. Republican candidate Roy Moore himself is a controversial figure because of both his career and the recent misconduct allegations that have been leveled against him.

As you probably know by now, the race has been called for the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones. As of late yesterday, news outlets across the nation had dubbed him the winner, saying that the number of votes not yet counted couldn’t make up the difference and give Jones a win. However, Moore is refusing to give up and concede, a move that many are calling just plain stubborn.

What the media probably isn’t telling you, is that one hugely important group of people haven’t even had their votes counted in this election. According to Breitbart News, the State of Alabama has decided to call this election without even counting the military votes:

“Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore refused to concede the Alabama senate race on Tuesday, after his opponent Doug Jones declared victory.

‘God is always in control,’ Moore said during a short speech to supporters on election night.”

Moore’s campaign has been run on a platform of religion from the start. Moore first rose to notoriety when he stood against the 10 Commandments being removed from a courthouse in Alabama. That garnered him nationwide attention, and he has been known for that stand ever since.

During this run for office, however, Moore has been inundated with allegations of misconduct by a suspicious amount of women who seem to be just now remembering and recounting their interactions with Moore. Some have been proven to be out and out lies, and some are still being investigated, but regardless, the timing of these accusations was more than suspicions.

This race was always going to be a close one, and any votes not being counted could cause a false win. Election tampering has been a huge topic this year, and yet Democrats seem more than happy to just check this box as a win for Jones, and not give it a second thought. The men and women in the military might have a little different opinion though.

The question now is: are there enough military votes to swing the election in Moore’s direction?

“The current law in Alabama requires a mandatory recount when there is a half of a percent margin, but Moore remains 1.5 percent behind his opponent, Doug Jones, who was declared the winner with 99 percent in.” 

To give a little perspective on that, current estimates have Moore about 22,000 votes behind Jones. That is 1.5%, with a potential 1% of regular votes (not the military votes in question) not having been counted yet. That means, that if the votes for Moore that haven’t been counted, plus any military votes cast in his direction make up even 1% difference, the election results could be invalidated.

If, as many suspects with elections like this, there was any misconduct on the part of Democrats to try and win this election the dirty way, and that gets out, Moore is almost assured the win in if it goes to a second round. He was close as it was, all there would need to be is a whiff of impropriety on the part of his opponent or their party to try and throw the election, and Moore would have it safely in the bag.

“Moore cited Psalm 40:2 to give his supporters hope:

I waited patiently for the Lord. He inclined to me, heard my cry, brought us up out of a horrible pit out of the mirey clay and set my feet on the rock and established my goings and put a new song in our mouth.
‘Wait on God and let this process play out,’ Moore added.

A Moore staffer urged supporters to wait, noting that the military votes had yet to be counted. Moore is about 22,000 votes short, but it is uncertain whether the uncounted votes tally up to that number.

‘May God bless you as you go on, give you safe journey, and thank you for coming tonight,’ Moore concluded. ‘It’s not over and it’s going to take some time.’

The election is scheduled to be certified by the Alabama Secretary of State by Christmas, but a recount throws that result into question.”

No one knows what God’s will is for this election, and as it turns out, we might not yet know what the will of the good people of Alabama is either. It’s a sad day when we carry on with our election, ignoring those who can’t be home to vote because they’re out fighting for our freedom. Moore won’t stand for it, and we shouldn’t either.

[H/T: Breitbart News]

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BREAKING News About What Trump Just Did For Every Military Family In America – This Is Massive!



For the past 8 years, Barack Hussein Obama’s disdain for our military was on full display, as he constantly made it his mission to stab our heroes in the back while emboldening America’s enemies. After successfully hollowing out our military to pre-World War II capabilities, leaving our soldiers to die at VA hospitals, and making it virtually impossible for our troops to defend themselves by re-writing our longstanding Rules Of Engagement, Obama would frequently twist the knife in the backs of our servicemen even further, refusing to return salutes and making our Marines his personal umbrella-holding servant boys.

Ever since Trump took office things have been drastically different, as our new President tries to undo the damage that Obama caused to our military. In a clean sweep several months ago, Trump  fired over 800 of Obama’s crooked VA officials in order to ensure that our returning heroes have the best medical care possible. Additionally, President Trump has been acquiring new military technology to build up or forces, as he fulfills his campaign promise to revive America as the world’s number 1 superpower. Now President Trump has taken a step even further, with the historic thing Trump just gave our military Soldiers just in time for Christmas, that no doubt has Obama absolutely livid, as his crap-stained “legacy” continues to be flushed down the toilet every time he turns around.

American Military News reports:

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will give the U.S. Military its largest pay raise in seven years, since 2010.

The NDAA calls for a $700 billion Pentagon budget and includes a 2.4-percent pay raise for troops, an increase in the number of troops, and increased spending for aircraft and ships as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

The NDAA sets the budget but does not provide funding, which Congress must do. Trump urged Congress to pass legislation that will fund the defense budget.

“Now Congress must finish the job by eliminating the defense sequester and passing a clean appropriations bill,” Trump said. “I think it’s gonna happen. We need our military, it’s gotta be perfecto.”

The budget calls for an additional 20,000 troops; funding for weapons systems, retention pay and bonuses; and repairs for Navy ships such as the USS John S. McCain and the USS Fitzgerald, which were both involved in deadly collisions earlier this year.

This is the largest proposed military budget to date, particularly the most significant budget to be passed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Congress still has to come up with a definitive plan to fund the $700 billion budget. It has has to approve a defense budget cap increase – the Department of Defense Appropriations Act – in order to accommodate the proposed NDAA. The Act has already been passed in the House.

Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said: “Having the President sign the NDAA conference report into law is a critical milestone in the effort to rebuild America’s military strength, support our troops, and reform the way the Pentagon does business. The policies in this bill reflect months of bipartisan work and agreement. But Congress must follow this authorization with a matching appropriation bill if we are to really rebuild our military. There is more work to do.”

The bill includes 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, which will further help build up the forces that Obama destroyed. 

It’s so wonderful to finally have Commander-in-Chief who genuinely cares about our country, and is doing everything in his power to return America as the world’s number 1 superpower that Obama was so determined to destroy.

Obama’s biggest slap in the face to our veterans came after he promised to fix the VA, only to let things get drastically worse for our veterans. Throughout 8 years of Hussein Obama’s regime,  hundreds of thousands of veterans would go on to be forgotten, dying while waiting to be treated at VA hospitals across the nation. President Trump is not only fixing the VA that Obama failed to do, but is making Obama’s corrupt VA officials pay the ultimate price for their negligence. In a clean sweep that happened in the overnight hours, it’s being reported that 500 VA employees have just been terminated, and an additional 200 have been suspended for their shady conduct.


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The Little Known History Of Our WW II Women Code Breakers

American women are badass!

Chuck Yarling



Most everyone knows about the Navaho code talkers, those Indians who used a version of their own language to transmit tactical information between units in the Pacific theater during WW II. Indeed, several were feted in the Oval of the White House. 

But were you aware of the women WW II code breakers? Most haven’t. So here it is.

First of all, code breakers were those patriots whose sole job was to decode enemy intelligence messages and transmit the information to our troop commanders.

It all began shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. There were two operations in effect. In the spring of 1942, the Navy began sending out recruiting letters to the top men and women at the elite colleges they were attending.

In early meetings, the women were given

A brief introduction to the arcane history of codes and ciphers, along with numbered problem sets they were to complete every week.

Those who answered enough of their given problems correctly and completed a subsequent course were hired to work in the Navy’s Washington, D.C., headquarters in the spring of 1942.

At the same time, the Army was doing the very same thing.

The common attributes of the chosen women? They all were all

Adept at math or science or foreign languages, often all three. They were dutiful and patriotic. They were adventurous and willing. And they did not expect any public credit for the clandestine intelligence work they were entering into.

The difference between the women hired by the Navy and Army was the latter: The Army sent the women to serve outside the U.S. and some were sent them to

Australia and the Pacific Islands, and even with Gen. Douglas MacArthur when he occupied Tokyo after the war.

The success of these code breakers was phenomenal.

U.S. and British penetration of the Nazi Enigma cipher that German Admiral Karl Donitz used to direct his U-boat commanders helped bring about the total elimination of the Nazi submarine threat.

Other women helped create “dummy traffic”: fake radio signals that helped fool the Germans into believing the D-Day invasion would take place in Norway or the Pas-de-Calais region of France—rather than on the beaches of Normandy.

So why didn’t we find out about these patriots sooner? They were all sworn to secrecy. They couldn’t tell anyone what they were doing. And it was only recently that the book entitled, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II was published.

Now here is the most interesting tidbit about the story of the women code breakers. From Liz Mundy, the book’s author:

After the war, the Army and Navy code-breaking operations merged to become what is now the National Security Adminstration (NSA) — and it was women who helped found the field of clandestine eavesdropping, and in many cases who shaped the early culture of the NSA.

So now you know about the little-known history of our WW II women code breakers.

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