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Hired to Fight Pirates,
but Doomed by Boredom

New York Times, by NICHOLAS KULISH, IAN URBINA

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Posted By:Write2Right, 2/26/2014 6:41:33 AM

PORT OF VICTORIA, Seychelles — The night before their lifeless bodies were found inside a cabin on a cargo ship, Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy enjoyed the night life here, at tourist haunts called Le Rendez Vous and the Pirates Arms.The two, both former members of the Navy SEALs working as ship guards, later visited two casinos, playing blackjack and drinking vodka and tequila with sailors from New Zealand. When the second casino shut its doors at 3 a.m., surveillance images show that the pair bumped into two women and departed with them down a dark corridor.It was in Mr.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 2/26/2014 7:10:19 AM     (No. 9746857)

I don´t know anything about these guys, of course, but this whole thing makes no sense. Were tracks found on their arms from previous use or was that covered by this statement in the article: ´´The possible drug use appeared to be “an isolated incident,” said Kevin Speers, a Maersk Line spokesman.´´

Maybe one of them may have decided to try that garbage, but both? Were they both that drunk? Again, it makes no sense.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sergeant Major, 2/26/2014 7:33:05 AM     (No. 9746877)

When you consider the mental strength required in these men to become Seals, their sense of personal responsibility, and all the attributes that goes with their life styles this whole affair stinks. I remain very skeptical.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 2/26/2014 7:58:31 AM     (No. 9746902)

Add me to the list of skeptics. Self-discipline looks like laziness next to the ingrained behavior of a SEAL. SEALS are trained and trained and trained again to exercise patience, for example, when in position for action and waiting for the right moment to move in or fire. "Doomed by boredom?" They reportedly had an entertaining evening playing cards and drinking with two sailors from New Zealand (who, I assure you, are every bit as un-boring as Australian sailors), then "departed" with two women for further entertainment. I haven´t read the rest, no way will I register for the NYT, but the header says it all. The NYT is incapable of writing a rational report on SEALS or anything else looking vaguely military.

P.S. I understand the internationally available and notorious date-rape drug. rohypnol (roh-HIP-nol) and others now available are not only tasteless in food or drink but leave no clue in the body. I hope some way to find the drug at autopsy has been found since the last time I read about it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: skedaddle, 2/26/2014 7:59:24 AM     (No. 9746904)

Makes me wonder what´s going on with that ship? Something about both the hijacking incident and now this tragedy just doesn´t smell right. But it might just be a bad captain in the first incident and 2 bad women in the second. I´m sure we´ll never really know.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pineledger, 2/26/2014 8:19:00 AM     (No. 9746927)

For years I wanted to take one of these leisurely "steamer" voyages. No more, another dream shot, like seeing the Pyramids.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: gone2pot, 2/26/2014 8:28:07 AM     (No. 9746942)

Boredom, both men had told friends, was the real enemy on the open sea.

If you´ve ever been on a big gray thing with a pointy end for seven months or so at sea with absolutely NOTHING to do, you wouldn´t be surprised even if these two guys were apostles. Not even BUDS can train out an old sin nature.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jerseytomato, 2/26/2014 8:49:18 AM     (No. 9746968)

Maybe being on the Maersk was boring, however, I´m not buying the heroin story.

Not one syllable of it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/26/2014 8:56:33 AM     (No. 9746984)

By now, it should be obvious to all that our SEALS have targets on their backs.
My guess is that the women were operatives, and for 2 seconds, these men let their guard down. HOW many SEALS have died since Bin Laden was killed?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Felixcat, 2/26/2014 9:06:36 AM     (No. 9747005)

Having known a few SEALS during my years in the US Navy and I can see heavy drinking being used to deal with the boredom and even sex but heroin? Drug use is not their thing.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: catfur27, 2/26/2014 9:06:45 AM     (No. 9747006)

I worked in marine transportation for 24 years..piracy is a problem.

And while guard duty in the ocean is not the most exciting job in the world (99.7% of the time)...not sure I´m buying the "boredom" bit so much ... internet ... TV... phone ...swimming pool...a crew to chat with...visit to tropical island...hanging out in a casino with hotties...??

And two former Navy SEALS using third world heroin...??...on the job...??...after a fun night out ...??...I guess it could happen....??

This whole thing sounds a little fishy ...but Occam´s Razor says " The simplest answer is the often the best."...( Modern Translation : Sh** happens)

So who knows...???...guess we´ll have to wait for Tom Hanks to make a movie about it to find out what really happened...


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 2/26/2014 9:19:32 AM     (No. 9747038)

Here´s a link to the NYT article at the LAT, no registration required:

http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2022992915_sealsshipxml.html

A quote:

Former crew and company officials said that life on board the Maersk Alabama was boring but not atypical for seafarers. The ship has Internet access, televisions, an exercise room and a swimming pool.

“We played cards, we used to telephone people, or you would be by yourself,” said Clifford Lacon, who worked on the ship in 2009. “No drugs.”
[Emphasis supplied--and that comment refers generally to seafarers without SEAL training.]


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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/26/2014 9:37:13 AM     (No. 9747077)

Re #11, I was able to view article without registration. ????

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Reply 13 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 2/26/2014 9:54:53 AM     (No. 9747112)

Mark me down in the "I´m not buying this" column.

An above poster asked what seems to me, a salient question: how many SEALS have died since bin Laden was taken out? If "they" can´t kill SEALS in suspicious helicopter crashes, now they´re using drugs overdoses?

Something doesn´t wash. Unless unassailable evidence turns up that shows these two particular SEALS had a history of sticking needles in their arms, I´m not buying it.

And I don´t mean "unassailable" as in some crappola my government, or some feather bed colonel with a lot of ribbons on his chest shovels at me. Nope.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/26/2014 10:19:21 AM     (No. 9747164)

A light bulb just went off in my head..
what if.........Benghazi was NOT about
Ambassador Stevens, but about WHO was in that annex?? 30+ people, whose identities are secret, whose names have been changed..is it possible we had SEALS there and terrorists knew it?


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Reply 15 - Posted by: sandianne, 2/26/2014 10:35:12 AM     (No. 9747194)

BHO--ridding the world of the stalwart and brave US Navy seals. Let´s see how clever his team gets before they turn the screws on themselves.




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Reply 16 - Posted by: Blonde Patriot, 2/26/2014 10:41:41 AM     (No. 9747199)

Apparently it was known that they bumped in to two women and left with them? The article never mentions the women again. Are they being looked for as part of the investigation?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Texastealady, 2/26/2014 10:41:48 AM     (No. 9747200)

I don´t buy it. I used to dream of going to the Seychelles until I learned it is a veritable hotbed of terrorists of the most extreme. As one poster suggested, another popped bubble in life.
Navy Seals are too smart and too well trained to be ´bored´. I believe they are being targeted one by one wherever they are in the world.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: RancherJack, 2/26/2014 10:44:46 AM     (No. 9747205)

New York Times article

Therefore, it is a Lie to cover up something.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 2/26/2014 11:01:58 AM     (No. 9747232)

I also put my check-mark in the Skeptic column.

Seems there´s enough information from which to glean that there´s something fishy about what happened.

A question: one man was slumped on the bed, the other with the needle and heroin next to him. Did the second man witness the death of the first? If so, as someone with his experience he would have recognized the danger ...unless both had been drugged by a killer, and then injected with the heroin.

It seems to me that the real ennui is exacerbated by the policies of the BO regime. Yes. Somehow or other it does always seem to come back to the rotten fish´s head.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/26/2014 11:24:39 AM     (No. 9747268)

Disclaimer: I don´t know what really happened.

But I have known boredom at sea, and trust me, boredom is all it´s cracked up to be.
Internet? Books? TV? SAT phone? Email? it´s still boring out there.

Like #10 said, sometimes, "--it happens". No one wants to see heroes go out this way, but...

I´ve seen very good men make some bad decisions that could easily have led to this same result. It happens. Sometimes.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: birddog, 2/26/2014 11:43:32 AM     (No. 9747292)

Within days they search out and reveal the "Tick-Tock" of two men´s late night wanderings amid strangers on an obscure island half a world away, complete with conversations...yet not a peep about what happened in the Whitehouse on the night of Bengahzi. Investigative journalism is a alive and well, it´s just being practiced only far from "home".

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Videodrone, 2/26/2014 12:08:46 PM     (No. 9747326)

I´ve spent 7 months at sea on a gray boat - without TV, internet, e-mail or a swimming pool - for one 2 month period we had 2 - count them two movies ("American Graffiti" and "Blazing Saddles")

not buying this

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/26/2014 12:36:30 PM     (No. 9747355)

Boredom? Ex-professional military, highly trained ex-SEALs kill themselves because they got bored?

Swimming pool, work-out gym, best pals around, I-net, and a fantastic job right up their alley? And so, they decide to off themselves with drugs overdoses of an illegal drug they never used before AND one of them was a highly trained medic!

My Stinks-to-High-Heaven meter is flipping way off the scale on this story.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: MirJoy, 2/26/2014 1:38:16 PM     (No. 9747437)

How many of us haven´t being bored, and the thought of taking heroin to relieve our boredom never enters our mind and especially wouldn´t occur to men who are super-trained to survive.

Doesn´t ring true. Of course, that won´t bring them back.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: eoddad, 2/26/2014 1:47:32 PM     (No. 9747443)

Add me to the list of skeptics. BUD/S Class 80.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: JediJerry, 2/26/2014 6:55:03 PM     (No. 9747824)

This the old slight of hand smoke and mirrors distraction from what really happened. This is a plausible excuse that they put out there while an investigation continues. They have autopsies, blood and fluid tests, scene forensics to do and all that and when it is all said and done, we may never know what really happened. RIP SEAL´s . God bless you and your families.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 2/26/2014 7:16:47 PM     (No. 9747850)

This was a hit, pure and simple. I too think the above poster´s question about how many Seals have been killed should be asked and answered. Sounds like they could have been working for the CIA or some other group.

Something stinks here, but given this administration´s contempt for our brave military people, a real investigation won´t be done.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: harper, 2/26/2014 7:30:17 PM     (No. 9747866)

What does Obama know, and when did he know it?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: hamrman, 2/26/2014 8:38:28 PM     (No. 9747937)

Something smells in Denmark! They really want us to believe this?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: tyshab, 2/26/2014 9:53:23 PM     (No. 9748024)

stuff happens....to one, maybe, but it defies the odds and stretches logic to believe it happened to two highly trained and highly disciplined men at the same time and same place...and it is amazing how quickly details which create a plausible story have been released....
I do not believe it was self inflicted for a minute.

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With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
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FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
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The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

Michael Bloomberg: ´I Have Earned
My Place in Heaven´

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The Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
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Former New York City mayor is pledging to spend $50 million this year to push gun control, the New York Times reports. For this and other deeds (such as taking on obesity and smoking), Bloomberg believes he´s going to heaven. “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close,” Bloomberg told the Times.

Climate change causing fish to
lose their minds, researchers say

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Climate change’s latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that’s being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts. In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported. The acid from atmospheric carbon dioxide seeps into sea waters, dissolves and ultimately lowers the pH balance, researchers said. The acidic waters then hamper the fishes’ sensory systems, so they’re not able to distinguish between smells any longer, the scientists went on. When the acid levels get really high, the fish lose their


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