Shoddy Reporting

This about Seal Team 6

The members of Team 6 are all “black” operatives. They exist outside military protocol, engage in operations that are at the highest level of classification and often outside the boundaries of international law. To maintain plausible deniability in case they are caught, records of black operations are rarely, if ever, kept.

This is all, 100% bullshit and hype.  The entire Seal structure is well within military protocol.  It’s not hard to do — the military writes the protocol.  They do engage in operations at the highest level of classification.  I don’t doubt that they operate outside the boundaries of international law, because we usually have a real hard time figuring out what international law is.  As for not keeping records, 100% horseshit.  The military runs on records.  Every Seal unit has an official designation, and so does Delta.  They are fairly poorly kept secrets, but I’m not interested in disclosing them here.  I’ve run across them in litigation, so it’s not like they are that secret.  Every mission requires detailed reports, and from a unit like Delta, probably a report from every member of the team.  Even if you don’t want anyone reading the reports, they are a vital part in future training, and even serve a role in fighting off PTSD.

This BS came up during the Bush-Kerry election in 2004.  The military keeps records.  They keep tons of records.  They don’t destroy them to cover things up.  They don’t need to.  They have the best coverup possible.  You classify them with a codeword, and then you don’t authorize anyone but the ones covering it up to access that codeword.  Done.  No need to destroy anything — the records are now sealed up tighter than Fort Knox and lost more thoroughly than the Ark at the end of Raiders.

These guys are highly trained and do one-off, write the rules as you go missions.  But they follow the rules.  They just have a much less strict rulebook.

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