September 16, 1990
The Sept. 2 Outtakes column asks, "How far will publicists go to exploit the current Mideast crisis?" and then notes that as a cast member of the movie "Navy SEALS" I was asked for my opinions. The author of the Outtakes item either purposefully omitted certain information or did not adequately research my past. If he had, he might have discovered that my grandfather was secretary of the Council of Ministers in Iraq and later became the minister of justice and education; further, that my father was an Iraqi diplomat for 20 years.
December 27, 2012 |
First-time feature production designer Jeremy Hindle admits to some dicey feelings while taking director Kathryn Bigelow on an initial walk-through of "Zero Dark Thirty's" key set. But they weren't rookie jitters. "I remember telling her, 'You're going to feel insanely creepy. You're going to feel like he lived here,'" Hindle says. The verisimilitude Bigelow demanded for all aspects of the film was particularly important to the re-creation of the compound in which Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs last year.
March 17, 1999 |
The U.S. Navy Seals temporarily suspended live-fire exercises at Camp Billy Machen after an illegal immigrant wandered onto a practice field in Imperial County and was shot in the thigh. The man, whose name was not available, got caught in the middle of exercises Monday despite red flags and patrolling vehicles throughout the 60-square-mile Chocolate Mountain Naval Reservation Aerial Gunnery Range, about 150 miles east of San Diego, a Navy spokesman said.
October 12, 2011 |
A Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan in August that killed 38 U.S. and Afghan troops, including 17 Navy Seals, was caused by rocket-propelled grenade fire from Taliban fighters, not by any tactical mistakes by the special operations task force commanding the operation, a U.S military investigation concluded. As the CH-47 helicopter was descending to a landing zone in Wardak province, it was struck by an RPG, which sheared off a rear rotor blade and caused the craft to plummet 150 feet into a dry creek bed, where it exploded in a large fireball and killed everyone aboard, Brig Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, who conducted the investigation, found.
September 6, 2008 |
A teleprompter error at the Republican National Convention, not the ad-libbing of a former prisoner of war, led to the identification of two Navy SEALs in violation of military rules, a GOP official said Friday. At the convention on Tuesday, delegates watched a moving video tribute to Medal of Honor winner and fallen SEAL Michael A. Monsoor of Garden Grove. Afterward, Orson Swindle, a retired Marine officer who shared a North Vietnamese prison cell with Republican presidential nominee John McCain, asked two members of Monsoor's SEAL Team 3 to stand, naming them.
October 1, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is the model of a new kind of power-grabbing authoritarian. Gone is the preening, bullying fascist in a comical military costume, like Hitler or Mussolini. Mao's jacket and Fidel Castro's combat fatigues are out of fashion. Today, it is all business. Today, Stalin would be wearing Hugo Boss or Brooks Brothers, his mustache would be shaved off and he, like Yanukovych, would look like any chief executive flying business class. The pogrom and the putsch have given way to PR. Yanukovych has hired lobbyists and public relations teams to help him project a progressive image while he quietly squeezes the press and rejiggers election laws to guarantee his party permanent rule. An example of this is the Podesta Group's $200,000 contract with an entity called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 |
A Palmdale mother and her boyfriend were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in the torture and beating death of the woman's 8-year-old son. The mother, Pearl Fernandez, 29, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 32, were arrested last week after the boy was found unconscious with a skull fracture, several broken ribs, cigarette burns and abrasions around his ankles that indicated he may have been tied up, KTLA-TV reported. The boy, whose name, according by KTLA was Gabriel, died Friday after spending days in the hospital.
July 6, 2005 |
The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that the bodies of two Navy SEALs have been recovered in Afghanistan. A third SEAL has been rescued and a fourth member of their special operations team remains missing. The team was part of what the Pentagon described as a counter-terrorism operation in Kunar province. A helicopter carrying eight SEALs and eight other special operations troops to support ground troops crashed June 28, killing all aboard.
April 4, 1993
I am chief instructor of aikido, a martial art, at the Aikikai of the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. I would like to respond to "Waiting Game Is Newest Weapon" by Paul Dean that appeared in your March 10 View. First, Dean quotes Gordon Liddy, who is a former FBI agent, but also a former criminal who willfully chose to break the law in the passion of either financial or political lust. I take sharp issue with quoting such a source. Second, any of us, be we military or in law enforcement, know that tragedy is always the direct result of tactical error.
December 4, 2004 |
The U.S. military has launched a criminal investigation into photographs that appear to show Navy SEALs in Iraq sitting on hooded and handcuffed detainees and photos of what appear to be bloodied prisoners, one with a gun to his head. Some of the photos have date stamps suggesting they were taken in May 2003, which could make them the earliest evidence of abuse of prisoners in Iraq. The far more brutal practices photographed at the Abu Ghraib prison occurred months later.