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The Men Who Stare at Goats Senators - Part II

RE:  The Men Who Stare at Goats Senators [Part I]

Our own McQ, has an update to the story of LTC Holmes vs. LTG Caldwell.  It's looking more and more to come out in favor of LTG Caldwell - which is what we predicted.

...Except LTC Holmes job wasn’t “in psy-ops” (Psychological Operations) nor is LTC Holmes trained in PsyOps. That is a very specific Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) that requires school training. The place in which PsyOps is taught is the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Ft. Bragg, NC. According to Special Operations Command, the Special Warfare School has never heard of LTC Michael Holmes.

Hastings also implies that Holmes received an official reprimand for “bucking orders” associated with the claim he was to use “psy-ops” on Senators. In fact he was instead cited for numerous violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that included ignoring orders not to go off post in civilian clothes, surrendering his weapon to civilians in civilian restaurants, conflict of interest and telling falsehoods to superiors, among others. The reprimand Holmes received had little if anything to do with the reason implied by Hastings...

And for a different angle, Noah Shachtman and Spencer Ackerman have a post up at DangerRoom about the communication and orders between LTC Holmes and his chain of command.  Guess what?  They were deemed legal by an Army lawyer.

...A second legal review came to the opposite conclusion, however. On March 30, 2010, a lawyer within Caldwell’s chain of command, Maj. Tami Miller, wrote that Holmes had been given “a lawful order,” according to a copy of her assessment acquired by Danger Room. After all, Holmes was simply told “to collect, analyze and share ‘publicly available’ information” about the VIPs. No brainwashing was requested...

And the Farm Team at This Ain't Hell has a great write up and photo as well.  There's even more:

...What were Holmes and Levine doing when they went off of the base in civilian clothes to dine in restaurants? They were drumming up business for the company they hoped they would found after their tour. They called it SyzygyLogos LLC and they hoped to do business doing exactly what they were doing for the Army in Afghanistan. That’s why they also took pictures of themselves doing the taxpayers’ business in civilian clothes to make it appear as if they already had a private company and were contracted with the US government. On your dime...

Mothax at the Burn Pit tried to talk to LTC Holmes:

I tried to engage Mr. Holmes on his Facebook page, as he instructed people to do:

SyzygyLogos LLC, A Strategic Communications Firm If anyone feels the need to post anything on our wall - positive OR negative - feel free to come to my personal page and fire away.

Naturally, he deleted my comments and links, and then immediately removed me from his friends list. Gee, I wonder why that might be.  Hey man, I’m one of those sergeants you are so valiantly seeking to defend.

Maybe the Sith Lords got to him.

Hit all of those links as the information at all of them is useful in determining the motivation for the hit job on LTG Bill Caldwell.