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 Consequences War -Thomas Calabrese

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Disappropriate Actions

Thomas Calabrese -The definition of disappropriate is to remove something that has been allocated to one person or one place and reassign it elsewhere or to someone else.

American citizens are endowed by basic inalienable rights and those rights are so valuable that men and women are sometimes called upon to go to war and lay down their lives to stop our enemies from taking them away. Most of the spilled blood and enormous sacrifice has come from the ranks of the United States Military. It would be hard to over-emphasize how strongly our soldiers, sailors and Marines feel about constitutional rights since it is ingrained into their code of conduct and they swear an oath to it.

One of the most valued rights is Due Process and it was established by the Fourteenth Amendment. It guarantees a person’s basic rights to life, liberty and property. It was implemented to protect citizens from illegal actions taken by abusive or vindictive federal and state governments, counties, towns, and cities.

One man from the military who was willing to lay down his life to protect the American way of life was Master Sergeant Brock Trammel of Bravo Squadron, Delta Force. Trammel started off in Army Infantry then went to Airborne before becoming a Ranger. When he reached the rank of E-5, the minimum rank for an enlisted man to apply for Delta Force, he moved over to Special Operations. Delta Force is primarily a tier-one counterterrorism unit, specifically directed to kill or capture high-value units, dismantle terrorist cells, direct-action missions, hostage rescues and covert missions. However, there are times when they are called to work with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Brock had been in Delta for seven years and his close friend in the elite unit was Staff Sergeant Dan Morrissey. The two men were specifically requested to work with CIA operatives George Potter and Carl Kilbee on a rescue mission in Albania. Brock was obviously suspicious considering his past confrontation with Potter on a search and destroy operation in San Salvador three years earlier where they came to blows over strategy. Potter suffered two broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder. Brock was court martialed, but the charges were dismissed when it was proven that Potter threw the first blow. The CIA filed an official complaint with Special Operations Command and to pacify them, Master Sergeant Trammel was given non-judicial punishment which was basically a slap on the wrist. This did not satisfy the CIA and their relationship with Delta Force was strained. From that point forward, the CIA preferred to work with the Navy Seals whenever possible and when they had no other choice, Master Sergeant Trammel was always excluded. What had changed? Why was he was specifically requested for this mission? No one seemed to have an answer. Brock shared his concerns with Dave, “Potter hates me and the CIA swore that I would never work with them again.”

            “Could it be possible they had a change in policy?” Dave said.

Brock disagreed, “The CIA doesn’t change policy, they just double down on existing ones.”

            “We have our orders,” Dave reminded his comrade.

            “And nobody has asked for our opinions” Brock smiled.

 Brock and Dave were currently assigned to 10th Special Forces Group in Calw, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. They took a flight to Tirana, the capitol of Albania and met with Potter in the bar of the upscale Martim Hotel Plaza.  

Agent Potter was amiable and engaging when he approached the Special Operators, “I know that we’ve had our issues in the past, but I was hoping that was behind us. What do you think?”

            “Sure, no problem,” Brock replied.

Later that night, the two Special Operators met with George Potter, Carl Kilbee and the rest of the CIA team in their hotel suite to discuss the plan. Potter began, “You’ll blow the ten foot solid steel gate. The reason I requested you is because of your high level of expertise with explosive charges. I’ve seen you in action and you’re one of the best.”

“What are you going to be doing while we’re doing that?” Dave asked

Potter responded, “Once the gate is down, we’ll move in before they have time to kill the hostage. It has to be a clean breach, there can be no room for error.”

  “When do you want to do this?” Brock asked.

            “Tomorrow, zero three hundred hours. We currently have the compound under surveillance and if anything changes, I’ll notify you, Potter said, “Go get some rest.”

While walking down the hall to their room, Dave asked Brock, “On a scale of ten, where do you rate his truthfulness?”

            “Somewhere between zero and one,” Brock answered, “We need a contingency plan.”

Back in the suite with the CIA agents, Carl Kilbee was apprehensive, “Do you think they bought it?”

            “Why wouldn’t they?” Brock responded with a sly grin, “I was very convincing. Besides, Special Operators are mission oriented and they don’t let their feelings get in the way.  The only part that I left out is where they get killed.”

 It was zero one hundred hours when the Special Operators and CIA agents left the hotel. They drove to an area that was 43 miles out of town and parked among the trees. Potter said, “The house is on the other side of the hill.”

When they got within 100 yards of the gated compound it was 0230 hours. Potter said, “We’ve got 30 minutes, hang loose.”  At 0300, Potter turned to Brock and Dave, “You’re up, let’s see what you can do.”

Brock and Dave moved forward while the CIA agents stayed behind. The two Special Operators meticulously set the nine charges on the door.  There was one major variation that wasn’t in the original plan that they kept secret from the CIA. They dropped several smoke grenades moments before simultaneously detonating all nine charges. This completely obscured the area with a mixture of red, green and yellow smoke.

Potter panicked, pulled out his cellphone and ordered, “Now!” Automatic weapons fired from inside the compound in the direction of the gate. He turned to his fellow agents and gave the same order, “Fire!”  They started shooting into the smoke with the intent of catching the Special Operators in a deadly crossfire. When the smoke finally cleared, there were no dead bodies. Potter became angry and irrational. He ordered the agents, “Search the area! They have to be around here somewhere. ”

A minute later, Carl Kilbee called out, “In here!”

When Potter entered the structure, he saw five dead men, but the female hostage was gone. Kilbee commented, “Maybe they didn’t believe you after all.”

Potter snapped back, “Why won’t those guys just die like normal people!”

Not far away, Brock was in the front and walking up a dirt path, the hostage Debra Moore was the 22-year-old daughter of billionaire industrialist and philanthropist, Steven Moore. She was behind him and Dave was the rear guard.

Steven Moore was a staunch supporter of the military and law enforcement. One of the charities that received millions from him was The Patriot Defense Fund. This organization provided legal representation for police officers and military personnel that were falsely accused of crimes. The Patriot Defense had won several high profile cases against the government and this greatly concerned the current administration which saw these legal defeats as detrimental to their re-election campaign. Their repetitive rhetoric that the police and military are corrupt was not playing well in the media and they had to do something to change the narrative.

The CIA had been politicized and George Potter and Carl Kilbee were two unscrupulous rogue agents that would do anything to protect the status quo. These two men followed a warped ideology and adhered to a distorted code of conduct that in their minds exempted them from civil laws and moral responsibility.

Their devious scheme was; a criminal gang would be paid to kidnap Debra Moore while she was vacationing in Italy with her friends. The CIA would officially request Delta Force to help with the rescue.  The administration would then lie to the public by saying that during the failed rescue, Special Operators from Delta Force disobeyed orders and it was their recklessness that was responsible for the death of Debra Moore. The Special Operators perished during a gun battle with the kidnappers and preliminary evidence proves the two Special Operators had a previous relationship with the kidnappers,

Afterward, fake information would be leaked to select media sources in hopes of angering a grief-stricken father.  One bureaucrat snickered, “We’ll just keep pouring salt into the open wound.” Various Administration officials would offer their condolences to the Moore family at regularly scheduled briefings. At the appropriate time the President would hold a press conference to further tug at the country’s heartstrings by expressing his sympathy and becoming the Consoler-in-Chief. It was a perfect scheme and its intent was to turn Steven Moore against the military.

When Agent Potter heard about the plan, he smiled in gleeful anticipation and quickly volunteered. The thought of finally getting revenge against Master Sergeant Trammel energized him. He offered, “I know just which Delta Force operators to request.”

The plan was unraveling faster than a loose thread on a cheap sweater. During the commotion cause by the failed ambush of the two Special Operators, Brock and Dave made it into the house,  found Debra Moore, killed  the kidnappers and escaped into the countryside. When they reached the top of a hill, Brock saw the lights in the valley below. He called to Dave, “I’ve got a visual on a village about a click away.” There was no reply so Brock went back down the hill to check on his comrade. When he reached Dave, he was coughing blood and his shirt was bright red, “Why didn’t you tell me that you were hit?”

            “It’s only a scratch, “Dave quipped.

Debra became curious and also came down the hill. She made a quick examination of the wound and performed some emergency first-aid and commented to Brock, “I studied pre-med at one time and your friend needs emergency medical treatment.”

Brock picked up his comrade and put him over his shoulder and the trio hiked out. When they made it to the village a farmer transported them to Hygeia Hospital in Tirana. Dave was rushed into emergency surgery and Brock was admitted for severe back spasms. Debra called her father to tell him that she had been rescued.

Three days later, Brock and Dave were in their room when Potter and Kilbee showed up at the hospital with 20 armed security contractors. They pushed their way past hospital personnel. While the armed men stood guard on the floor, Potter entered the room and confronted Brock and Dave, “I’ve got a warrant for your arrest and we’re taking you out of here.”

Brock smiled, “Are you sure about that?””

            “I was hoping you would resist…I’m just looking for an excuse to put you in the ground,” Potter threatened, “You don’t think I came alone…do you?”

Brock replied, “This is the Potter I remember, arrogant and ignorant. My advice is that you should never try to act cooperative and friendly, it’s too far out of character for you. ”

            “Enough talk, Get up!” Potter ordered, “If Morrissey wasn’t in such bad shape, I’d take him too. I still might come back for him later. You Special Operators are all the same, everything is about code, honor and duty. You are too stubborn to realize that the people in charge make the rules and I’m in charge!”

Brock complied, walked over to the door and opened it. He suggested, “You might want to take a look.”

Potter looked out and saw all of the men who came with him as his back-up had been disarmed and their wrists were zip-tied. Two dozen men had them under guard.

            “I’m still interested in hearing more about you being in charge,” Brock said.

Potter sighed in resignation, “I’ve lost interest…it seems like I under-estimated you again.”

Several armed men came into the room and Potter feared the worst, “Are you going to kill me?”

            “That is still up for discussion, for the time being you’ll be our guest until we make a decision.” Brock said, “Take him away.”

The armed men took Potter away. A few seconds later, Steven and Debra Moore entered. Steven said, “You saved my daughter and I’m indebted to you.”

Dave responded, “It was our pleasure.”

            “Even if you kill Potter and everybody who was involved with him, you’ll still be a target of the ‘deep state’, Steven said.

            “That’s one the occupational hazards of the business,” Brock answered, “We always make more enemies than friends.”

Debra said, “My father has an offer that you might be interested in,”

Steven started, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other type. John Adams said that. We are in desperate times and our current government has more similarities to organized crime than it does to a constitutional republic. For years I’ve been thinking about doing something. This attack on my family has convinced me that now is the time to implement that plan.”

            “Which is?” Brock asked.

            “Come work with me, not for me, but with me to defend our country against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Brock looked over at Dave and asked, “What do you think?”

            “I don’t think we’re going to get a better offer,” Dave smiled, “I’m in.”

Brock agreed, “Looks like you just got yourself a couple meat-eaters.” (Meat Eater usually refers to Special Forces soldiers whose mission focuses on violence, as opposed to those whose mission focuses on stability and training.)

Debra interjected, “That’s great news! We’ve got an ambulance waiting outside. It will take you to a private facility where medical personnel are waiting to continue your treatment.”

It took three months before Brock and Dave were ready for their first mission. Their team consisted of former Delta Force, Navy Seals, Air Force Pararescue and Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance personnel.

Brock briefed his fellow patriots, “Our fellow veterans are being held in solitary confinement for being at the January 6th protest. They have been denied due process and some of them are seriously ill, depressed and considering suicide according to our Intel. The government is pushing them to falsely implicate others in return for lighter prison sentences. We intend to get them out.”

Former Marine sniper, Jeff Marlowe asked, “So what happened if they don’t want to leave?”

Dave replied, “Then they’ll stay…our mission is to give them the option.”

Navy Seal Nick Benjamin, “So after we get them out…then what?”

Brock impatiently replied, “What do you want to hear…that everybody lived happily everafter? That’s not in my job description and I like to keep things simple. We are at war and the first rule of combat is to never leave a brother behind.”

Dave explained, “They’ll receive proper medical care, another identity then disappear to start a new life.”

            “Or they can work with us if they choose,” Brock added, “Anybody who doesn’t want to go then stand down.”

            “Let me a read a statement from the veterans who are currently incarcerated at the D.C. jail. They submitted this petition to the Court.” Dave began to read the statement; We are United States Veterans and we are officially requesting to be transferred to the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because of the hellacious conditions in this facility. The staff here has a political agenda and routinely torments us with cruel and unusual punishment. Some of our concerns are life threatening and include begging for help, water and medical aid. We are not allowed visitations, religious services or access to our attorneys.

Not one member of the 25 seasoned combat warriors accepted the offer to stand down.

The Special Operators attacked the DC jail with the preciseness of a well-planned military mission. They cut the power, eliminated all communications and blocked all access to the building. They entered through a freight entrance and captured the guards and staff and unlocked the cells. The imprisoned veterans quickly identified the most abusive guards and Brock ordered them, “Get on your knees!” The men were terror stricken and quickly complied. One of the Special Operators walked down the line and took photos of each guard.  The imprisoned veterans spit on their abusers and screamed profanities at them in retaliation for months of mistreatment.

Brock ordered his men, “Now!”  They walked forward and put the barrels of their weapons to the forehead of the guards. The men begged for mercy and Brock said, “If you come forward and admit to the public what you’ve been doing to all the prisoners and especially these veterans and you told you to do it then you’ll live. If you fail to do so then we’ll come back and kill every one of you. If you trust the government to protect you from us then feel free to ignore this warning.”

The Special Operators tied and gagged the guards then left with the abused prisoners. Two helicopters landed in the parking lot and the Special Operators and veterans disappeared.

Safeguard Defenders, a Europe-based human rights organization, published a report in September revealing the presence of dozens of Chinese police “service stations” in major cities around the world. The report said the stations were an extension of Beijing’s efforts to pressure Chinese nationals who had relatives on the homeland. It also linked them to the activities of China’s United Front Work Department, a Communist party body charged with spreading its influence and propaganda overseas. The Chinese government was using its ruthless intelligence agency and members of the brutal Chinese Triad criminal syndicate to harass, stalk, surveil, blackmail and assassinate people who disagreed with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his policies.

“It’s a real problem and something that we’re talking with our foreign partners about, as well, because we’re not the only country where this is occurring. It is outrageous to think that Beijing would do this. It violates sovereignty and circumvents standard judicial and law enforcement cooperation processes.” FBI Director Gavin Layman stated”.

When things moved too slowly for the Special Operators, they decided to take matters into their own hands and do their own investigation. It didn’t take long for them to determine that the administration and members of the intelligence community were stonewalling any efforts to confront China about their criminal behavior. The American warriors agreed that their next mission would be to eliminate as many of these illegal police stations as possible. 

It was one year later and the Special Operators had already destroyed 25 of these ‘so called’ Chinese assistance centers and kill dozens of operatives. Their latest mission was five simultaneous assaults on Chinese police stations in the country of Italy. At one location in Rome, five Chinese Triad gangsters, George Potter and Carl Kilbee were among those that were killed.

For every action, there is a reaction or a consequence.  The Special Operators called their never-ending campaign against evil in the world as The Consequences War. Their primary goal was well defined; recover and restore what had been taken by Disappropriate Actions.

The End

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, business, events and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

The Veterans Writing Group of San Diego County invites all writers to join us at our monthly meetings. Veterans and Non-Veterans are equally welcome For more information go to our website: www.veteranswritinggroup.org


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  1. Tom says:

    I so enjoy a tale of retribution against people who abuse their offices. I have no doubt that these people exist…and it makes me want to vomit. However, we do have some good ones in the bunch and they take care of the bad ones…eventually! Well done!

  2. Clyde says:

    Foreign and Domestic enemies? How many of our country’s enemies are in our own government…too many!

  3. john michels says:

    This story was not in my top 25 Tom

  4. Robert says:

    Good story but truly fiction.

  5. wolf says:

    Enjoyed it

    billionaire industrialist and philanthropist, Steven Moore is the George Soros of the Right Wing.

    There is a lot of work out there. I hope he does not go broke.

  6. Jeremy says:

    A good story about how government agencies and politicians work against out military to further their political agenda.

  7. Tony says:

    Mr. Calabrese has written another intriguing story. The good guys being infiltrated and misused by some rogue government employees that thought they could outsmart everyone for to their own advantage. Fortunately, we do not have many of these type of individuals in our government. But, what we do have is loyal and dedicated men and woman that take an oath to serve our country very seriously. They obey orders and the people that bear watching are those that are in charge. If and when they conveniently forget their oath and allegiance to America they can cause major damage. Many or us that have taken the oath of allegiance and take it very seriously. We realize it is an oath to our country first and not for self gain or to curry favor with your boss.
    Mr. Calabrease summed this story up very nicely and pointed out the fact that the oath we took is first to our country. The rogue agents paid for their disloyalty and justly so.

  8. Don says:

    Great Stuff

  9. Marty says:

    Great story Tom. Tough soldiers.

  10. Bart says:

    Another good one for a movie. Movies educate the public more than the media for good or bad .

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