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‘American Sniper’ as viewed by real American snipers

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WASHINGTON — For all the debate surrounding the movie American Sniper, few people know the moral choices involved in the job better than those trained to pull the trigger.

“His job is to strike a paralytic fear into the enemy,” said Andrew Pedry, a Marine scout sniper section leader in Iraq in 2003.

For the sniper, killing is more personal, placing a heavy burden of responsibility on those that take up the profession. “It takes a lot of introspection, faith and care to yield that level of power,” Pedry said.

Many welcome the movie, starring Bradley Cooper, for bringing a more realistic look at snipers on the modern battlefield, replacing the Hollywood myth of a rogue operator with that of a highly trainedsharpshooter — and one with a conscience.

American Sniper, nominated for six Oscars, is based on the memoir of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who became the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle was later killed by a fellow veteran on a shooting range in Texas.

After the movie set box office records its opening weekend, filmmaker Michael Moore, tweeted that his uncle was killed by a sniper in World War II. “We were taught snipers were cowards,” he said.

Meyer took offense. “How does a man who never served … call the men and women who have the most skin in the game on behalf of our nation cowards,” he said.

Moore’s comments, which he later said were not directed at the movie, “did tap into a very long-running idea that sniping is not fair and Americans play fair,” Pedry said.

Pedry said that public perception of the sniper has changed since Vietnam. Even Hollywood has picked up on it.

“From the colonial period through Vietnam, the sniper was not the hero,” Pedry said. “In the John Wayne movies, he’s not the sniper.”

But the lengthy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has prompted the public to recognize new military tactics of counter-insurgencies, Pedry said. Because of their precision, snipers have proven their worth in combat where insurgents often hide among civilians.

“Using snipers shows the greatest amount of restraint,” said Jim Lechner, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served alongside Kyle in Ramadi, Iraq. “Innocent people are not getting killed.”

The change in public perception comes as sniper training has become more professional, and the equipment used by marksmen more sophisticated.

Sharpshooters have been around for centuries. In World War II a designated sniper might have been a farm boy who grew up hunting squirrels. But today’s snipers are the product of training and technology that has made the profession as much science as art.

Some Army snipers have handheld ballistic computers that can calculate the impact of atmospherics on a bullet’s trajectory.

Snipers have to calculate wind and other variables before taking a shot.

“This is a thinking man’s game,” said Marine Col. Tim Parker, commander of the Weapons Training Battalion, which oversees the sniper school at Quantico Marine base in Virginia.

The Marine sniper course is nearly three months long and the attrition rate averages about 50%. The course is both physically and academically demanding. “It’s some of the toughest training in the world,” Meyer said.

Students are taught sophisticated camouflage techniques and must crawl undetected across several hundred yards of terrain while instructors peer through binoculars in an attempt to see their movements. It can take more than five hours to move a couple hundred yards.

Students often have to replace their camouflage as the terrain and vegetation changes while crawling toward an objective.

“People who are comfortable in the woods and are used to being in the field have a natural tendency toward this craft,” Parker said.

The refinements in training and technology have paid off. A sniper in World War II could be expected to hit an enemy target at about 600 yards. Today, snipers hit targets at twice that range.

Marines and soldiers are also carefully vetted before being admitted to sniper school. Officers look for mature individuals who can operate often far from their unit without constant supervision and guidance.

That doesn’t mean they are rogue — they have rules of engagement drummed into them before they set out on a mission. “It’s got to be very specific criteria when they can take their shot,” Parker said.

Killing isn’t their only job. A key part of their mission is to provide intelligence or man observation points to protect conventional units as they move along a dangerous route.

But when they do kill, it has a psychological impact on the enemy. The fear of being killed by an unseen marksman is unnerving and eats away at an enemy’s morale.

“As snipers we have a saying: ‘Kill one, terrorize thousands,'” Meyer said.

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Nigerian law permits harvesting of organs without owner’s consent, medical expert tells NASS

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The Chairman, Global Prolife Alliance, GPA, Prof (Dr) Philip Njemanze, has revealed that the National Health Act 2014 permits the harvesting of a person’s organs without their consent in Nigeria. He cited sections 13, 20, 43, 45, 48, 51, 53 and 58 of the NHAct 2014 as contentious sections of the Act, which ought to be amended for the safety of Nigerians. The National Health Act was sponsored by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and passed into law by the government of President Goodluck Jonathan. In a lengthy submission to the National Assembly on the urgent need to amend the National Health Act, Njemanze, a former Chairman of the Catheter Medical Practitioners Association and proprietor of Chidicon Medical and Research Center, Owerri, said there are national security implications if the Act is not amended. He stated: “National security demands Federal Government Amendment of the National Health Act 2014 to prevent mass harvesting of human organs and poaching of ovarian eggs. “We would like to draw your attention to the Statues of the National Health Act 2014 (NHAct) that permit Human Organ Trafficking and Poaching of Ovarian Eggs without consent that may lead to deaths of millions of Nigerians. “We hereby warn that if the NHAct is implemented without the proposed amendments it will facilitate the operations of International Organized Criminal Cartel on Human Organ and Ovarian Egg Trafficking. On the other hand, if terminated now and the crime exposed, Nigeria would be saved!” He alleged that there are foreign sponsors of the National Health Act 2014, and provided shocking details on the dangers of the Act.

He said: “The first part of this project in Nigeria would provide the human organs to keep the rich Western patients alive, until they succeed with the therapeutic human organ cloning. Organ cloning using embryonic stem cells is a projected big business worth 30 trillion US dollars (one-third of the world economy) for the Western economies within the next 5-10 years of operation!   “This is the anticipated Western Economic Recovery Plan of the G7 countries to get ahead of Asia. This program is supported by most Western governments and many billionaire investors deceptively projecting Billionaire Philanthropic works. How does this work? To clone a tissue like heart, you will need to collect the nucleus (that stores all its genetic materials) of the heart of the sick person and place it in a human ovarian egg obtained from a woman through IVF (in-vitro fertilization).   “The new cell is put in tissue culture to grow into a heart, which could be transplanted to the sick person. The process of transferring the nucleus to the egg is called Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT). Has this worked? Yes! SCNT was applied in experiments of Dolly the Sheep derived by cloning. To perfect the SCNT process for therapeutic cloning, they will need millions of human ovarian eggs. It has been forbidden in all Western countries to collect the ovarian eggs of women for this experimentation. “But the law like the British Embryology Law permits using human eggs from Africa and those of animals while banning the use of human eggs from Europe and America! It has been estimated that at least 100 million ovarian eggs poached from 10 million Nigerian women would be required annually for about 5 years.   “These Nigerian women will die shortly thereafter from complications of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome as a result of the multiple hormonal injections that stimulate the ovaries given at IVF Clinics. The ovarian eggs would be obtained through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Women have to go for the procedure if they want to get pregnant or they are donating their ovarian eggs.   “The IVF Clinics in Nigeria are proliferating under the sponsorship of foreign owners using Nigerians as fronts for ovarian egg harvesting! What then would get Nigerian women to go for IVF? For this purpose, they instituted a massive vaccination program funded by the ‘Philanthropist’ billionaire and his related ‘reputed’ international and national organizations. The vaccination for polio and tetanus has at different times been coupled with ‘sterilizing agents’ even though denied by the international agencies, facts suggest otherwise. “The billionaires bank-rolled the UN agencies for 20 years and staffed it with critical manpower working together to achieve this goal under the UN banner of deception that captivates most Nigerian officials! The billionaires own over 90% of the embryonic stem cell research companies. The ‘Philanthropic’ vaccine donations have laced common vaccines with infertility agent that reduces human chorionic gonadotropin (anti-HCG) to cause miscarriages. This has been done successfully with the tetanus vaccine and other common vaccines (see attached Talwar GP et al. A vaccine that prevents pregnancy in women (human chorionic gonadotropin/birth control vaccine) Proc. Nati. Acad. Sci. USA. 1994;91:8532-8536). “The ovarian eggs could be poached through IVF after administering a set of hormonal injections. Faced with the challenge of bareness, Nigerian women will go for IVF, where 12 ovarian eggs could be poached and maximum of 2 used for trials. The rest are sold by IVF centres to Western laboratories working on embryonic stem cell research. According to the European Union report, Nigeria is the top country for export of human ovarian eggs (see attached Jana Tutkova, ‘Human Egg Trafficking in Europe’, European Policy Officer, Core 30th March, 2006).” “About ten million Nigerian women could die in 2-3 years from the complications called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (liver failure, kidney failure, cancers, infections, etc). These criminal actions must be protected by an enabling system law in Nigeria, hence the NHAct 2014, was designed to do just that in disguise. The so-called good statutes were framed as window-dressing to cover the main criminal statues.”

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Hundreds of permanent voters card discovered by hunters in Bayelsa

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Over 320 Permanent Voters Cards were dumped inside an uncompleted building along the AIT/Elebele road in Yenogoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The hunters handed over the PVCs to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, July 27, in Yenagoa, the state capital. the Commandant of the association, Moses Okano

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“We have been combing the bushes in the nooks and crannies because of the happening we have been hearing in the bushes. We started from Azikoro and went through Elebele,” he said

In the course of our going round, we ran into an uncompleted building in the bush and we heard some noise with our usual way of operation to ascertain those who were there, the people sighting us started to jump out of the windows of the uncompleted building.

So, we were able to penetrate the building and what we saw were the abandoned voters’ cards. So knowing full well that these are Federal Government property and the only authority empowered or authorised by law to keep custody of these items is INEC, we have to recover them and decided to bring it to the Commission.” he said

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INEC rules out another extension of voter registration

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ruled out another extension of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States, Chief Ken Okeagu, stated this at a media briefing on Wednesday in Abakaliki.

The REC said he had visited the commission’s local government area offices to assess the progress so far recorded in the exercise.

He expressed satisfaction with the turnout of prospective voters.

He said: “I’m quite impressed. The arrangement is good and people are turning out.

“So far, we don’t have challenges other than the number of people that have been coming out to register.

“I have gone round some of the centres and we are discussing how to take care of the surge.

“Some of the arrangements are going to be internal and we are looking basically at getting more machines to attend to people.

“We are not going to extend again.

“We have done it once for one month and we are not going to extend again.

“Those who have yet to register should go and get registered.

 

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