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Special Ops Brace for Release of Tell-all Book

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:54am

Special Ops Brace for Release of Tell-all Book by Kristina Wong, The Hill

The military's U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is bracing for a new book about its most secretive units, sending out warning letters to special-forces operators ahead of the book's Tuesday release, according to its author.

The letters are being sent to everyone whose names appeared in the book, titled "Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command," its author Sean Naylor told a small group of journalists on Monday in advance of the book's release.

The letters warn special operators that they may come under public scrutiny or be contacted by media, and are offered resources on how to deal with the response, said Naylor, a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine.

They are also "reminded not to talk about the content of the book in any way, shape or form," he added…

Read on.


Outlaw 09

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 2:56pm

In reply to by Outlaw 09

Just a note--there is not much even Google will tell you about Det A and how much do we know on JSOC, Delta and ST 6--to much.

BTW---we made it into and out of Tehran a number of times and yet that mission has never made it into a book and will never be written about.

The GDR Stasi had a saying--"you are a soldier on the invisible front in an invisible war" and this book violates that world by not remaining silent.

With the final actual casing of the Det. A colors at Ft. Bragg 30 years after deactivation this statement sums it up what those in JSOC should inherently understand.

"We never got credit for anything because we didn't exist".

That is a certain bond -- "the bond of operational silence"--that all SF brothers should never break because it effects future generations that will follow you--never forget that.

Outlaw 09

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 2:03pm

As a former SF member of a SF unit that its existence was not even declassified until December 2014 30 years after its deactivation and its missions and operations are still classified and many of the former members of the unit still have said little to nothing about their time in Det A.

WHY does the current generation of SOF feel the somewhat urgent need for their egos to be stroked??

Take Det A Berlin Bde as your example and remain quiet and take it to your grave as we set the standard for your existence--at least respect our experiences that put you in business by our silence.