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Marine investigated for tweeting that people opposed to tanks at Trump’s July 4th event should kill themselves
A Marine with Joint Special Operations Command is being investigated for tweeting that people who complained about tanks being part of a July 4th event in Washington, D.C., should kill themselves.
"Here's to any complaints about tanks and a [middle finger] to anyone who says anything about PTSD!" Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Ennett wrote in response to a post from the Marine Corps' official account wishing Marines a happy Independence Day.
"Happy 4th. Blow your fingers off, get black out drunk, engage in risky behavior that offends snow flakes. If you die, then you didn't deserve to live! If you wine, hurry and become a '22' statistic today!"
Ennett's also included a hashtag that called Democrats "treasonous." He subsequently deleted the tweet.
The Military Sexual Trauma Movement, a non-for-profit group, reported Ennett's social media comments to his chain of command on July 6. The group allows service members to report sexist and other disparaging behavior by troops online without fear of retaliation, said Janelle Marina, the group's founder.
"We are aware of a recent social media post made by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Ennett," Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Christopher Harrison told Task & Purpose. "The command has initiated an investigation into the matter. The Marine Corps' core values of honor, courage, and commitment demand a high standard of conduct, and we hold our Marines accountable to this standard."
Ennett is assigned to Company D, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia, said Kenneth McGraw, a spokesman for U.S. Special Operations Command.
McGraw also said Ennett declined to comment for this story.
Following his comments about suicide, Ennett tweeted an apology for what he described as an attempt at humor that went awry, adding he needs to "take this social media thing more seriously."
"I made a poor attempt at satire here and it went sideways. As I saw the perceptions, allegations and personal attacks that it stimulated, none of which I anticipated or intended, I realize my inside joke hit the public domain and gave those who wish me harm all the ammo I needed," Ennett wrote in the tweet, which he later deleted. "But regardless of whether I thought it would be a joke to a small niche or not, it's the interpretation to the outside world that matters.
"I work hard to be where I'm at," he continued. "As I saw the nasty responses, on a day [I] was supposed to be spending with my family, I think about how ashamed of me they would be of my comments. And then I thought about how quickly everything I worked for could evaporate. If I would've known that people who have perceived my post that way, I wouldn't have put it up."
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A Marine wanted for killing his mother's boyfriend reportedly escaped police by hiding inside an RV they'd spent hours searching before towing it to a parking lot, where he escaped under the cover of darkness.
It wasn't until more than two weeks later authorities finally caught up to Michael Brown at his mom's home, which was the scene of the crime.
Brown stuffed himself into a tight spot in his camper during an hours-long search of the vehicle on Nov. 10, according to NBC affiliate WSLS in Virginia. A day earlier, cops said Brown fatally shot his mother's boyfriend, Rodney Brown. The AWOL Marine remained on the lam until Nov. 27, where he was finally apprehended without incident.
No motive is yet known for last week's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting tragedy, which appears to have been a random act of violence in which the sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and himself did not know them and did not plan his actions ahead of time, shipyard commander Capt. Greg Burton said in an "All Hands" message sent out Friday.
Machinist's Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of San Antonio, an armed watch-stander on the attack submarine USS Columbia, shot three civilian workers Dec. 4 and then turned a gun on himself while the sub rested in dry dock 2 for a major overhaul, the Navy said.
"The investigation continues, but there is currently no known motive and no information to indicate the sailor knew any of the victims," Burton said.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.