R3volution Security MusingsSubmitted by Smudge Pot on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 20:32
I guess it's safe to let you in on some things. The movement has grown so far and wide and distributed that taking out any single one of us won't really effect the whole.
Many of you know me as Smudge Pot but way, way more of you know me as Oyate and for a long time I was the closest thing the movement had to a semi-professionalised security and counter-espionage division. Really got my start working for Aaron Russo.
There were all these groups, couldn't hardly tell what was a government psy-opp and what was just the ambient level of crazy we had because back then we were every bit as radical and subversive as we are not but we were so small back then. It had it's upsides and it's down sides.
An upside is wherever we went, no matter what state or city, any action always came down to the same dozen or so activists and we knew each other and trusted each other with our very lives so it was like a very small and occasionally happy family. Yes we did the same things we do now which is ARGUE ABOUT EVERY LITTLE SINGLE THING IN LIFE but back in the day it was perfectly normal to crash a 12 pack, argue with somebody all night and then they are like "well I'm gonna crash bro, you got everything you need?" and I'm like yeah man, solid because I am crashing on your couch.
And you people, my Oyasin whom I am sworn to protect. So in our movement we have every talent and skill and besides that, did you happen to notice that we have a PROPONDERANCE of military and LEO skills? Oh and muscle?
Hey don't tell anybody, let's keep this our little secret but I'm not a big guy. Heck you and your daughter could pack me in a shoe box. But man oh man, when I do training and you work my security detail you get a t shirt and when these guys started asking for like 5XL sizes I was barely getting the idea.
Some of us are VERY VERY LARGE. And when we do training, I'm TONING THESE GUYS DOWN AND DOING THE NON-VIOLENCE AND DE-ESCALLATION TRAINING TO THE MAX.
It is exactly like being armed wherever I go. I don't have to be armed, I don't have to have arms or legs. It's a feeling like no other. Where we go the people feed us and water us and take just the best care of us and that frees us up to take care of you.
But it's POWER. UNBELIEVABLE POWER. AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE WHEN I HAVE HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF YOUR LIVES, YOUR SECURITY, YOU, YOUR WOMEN AND YOUR CHILDREN IN THE PALM OF MY HAND?
TERRIFYING. BECAUSE IF ANY SINGLE THING REALLY BAD HAPPENS TO YOU IT'S MY FAULT.
AND EVERY SINGLE TIME I DO THIS I START WITH A MOSTLY NEW ALL VOLUNTEER FORCE.
And every time I see you, yes YOU out-perform, overcome limitations and what I see is the great warrior power, you aren't there for me, you are there for your people and you feel this awesome power of responsibility and I have seen you, yes YOU out-produce and out-perform any military or police standards.
Because you want to be there doing this and you are literally willing to trade your life to do it.
So anyways, getting back to it, when we do stuff like this, for a very brief period I am at 100% security rating because when we do big events, mostly the whole thing is called months in advance and it almost runs itself but there is ONE WAY TO TOTALLY SCREW US UP and that's to disable our security. And that means me. So part of how we do it is we book multiple flights and multiple hotel rooms under all of my aliases.
And when I got to Tampa there were 3 teams picking up 3 people from the airport and only one of them was me.
And my core team had one primary mission and a secondary. Their secondary mission was to protect you. Almost all of the team's primary mission was to protect you. But my core team's primary mission was to protect ME.
And naturally having my pick of the very best and brightest in our movement, oh man let me tell you, brother men and sister women, did i feel safe?
Yes. At that moment I was the safest person in the whole world. I was safe, secure, loved, hugged, fed, watered and this is YOU.
I was also exhausted from the moment my feet hit the dirt and my team could tell but that's just another miracle in a long series (you are a miracle) but you would think in this movement of alpha males that somebody, seeing me nearly dead on my feet would try to assert authority or usurp my position.
That has never happened. The spirit of team work just totally takes over and i have heard magic words. The words of true life and power.
See when we take on this mission, it's pure service. We put you ahead of us and we go without sleep or food or water for long periods but this service...
again and again i have heard from my team "this mission" they say
not job or challenge, "this mission has filled a place in my heart that I didn't even know was missing".
Yeah. I know. Now you do. That missing place?
THAT IS CALLED BEING A WARRIOR FOR YOUR PEOPLE. THAT IS CALLED LAYING YOUR LIFE DOWN. AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT MAKE THIS POSSIBLE?
TO BE A WARRIOR YOU NEED A PEOPLE TO DEDICATE YOURSELF TO.
And they better be worth it. Not only your life but the lives of the people you command.
You are those people. And people like me have waited our whole lives FOR THE HONOUR TO SERVE PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
SO I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANKS.
Thanks for being you and giving me, in my life the opportunity to serve, it's fulfilling, it's rewarding but I do not expect to live. And I hope that doesn't seem to dramatic but when we secured Dr. Paul himself, one of the levels of service is you had to tell me that you would take a bullet.
Because so far when we secure you, well we do have batons and flashlights and handcuffs but we don't wear body armour or fireams, our chief method of protecting you is we will put ourselves between you and the aggressor.
In other words we are the weapon. We're a very potentially lethal weapon. It just so happens that we only weaponize ourselves for defensive purposes. You are our asset. Our HVAs. In the security industry that means High Value Assets. You are that to us. So you get some of the very best security that money can't buy. And I told you, with us you get the cutting edge because we attract warrior/protector types and once again our movement has every talent and skill. And we are highly skilled in the arts of war.
And we don't even have a name for who we are, we are that covert. But more than any other name we are called R3VOLUTOIN MARSHALS and besides that, the name is Chowhound.
Chowhound. Chowhound Security Services is available at all times and all places. And it's not just me by a long shot. Daniel Faubion, a proven warrior in overseas deployment just happens to be one of our top notch non-violence trainers. You should see this guy, he's lean, buff, tanned like a native and a trained warrior. And he's one of the best non-violence trainers, he's a natural.
And I trust every single one of "my" people with my life. Not only that, I trust them with something way, way more important. I trust them with yours.
And the way they respond to you and this mission clearly indicated that they love you.
We love you more than words so we put our bodies on the line to show you.
My name is Smudge Pot and I am just one of many that loves you so much that we will and have put our bodies on the line for you and we will do it again and again.
This to me is getting close to the definition of "warrior".