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Cool Stuff: Memorial Motorcycle Run In Honor Of Security Contractor Jonathon Coté

What an awesome legacy and memorial for Jonathon. This is the fourth year that they have done this memorial ride and hopefully this will continue for a long, long time. They also have a website in dedication to Jonathon where folks can go to read about what happened to him and his team and even donate to a fund for future scholarships. If you live in New York or nearby, this would be a cool one to check out if you are a rider. –Matt



Motorcyclists hit the road in memory of local man
Jonathon Coté was kidnapped, killed in Iraq
By Kathleen Ronayne
August 13, 2012
More than 300 motorcycle riders turned out Sunday afternoon for the fourth annual Memorial Motorcycle Run in honor of Jonathon Coté, who was kidnapped and killed in Iraq while working as a private security contractor.
In the on-and-off rain, the group rode from Williamsville North High School, from which Coté graduated, to Lewiston. The motorcycle ride represents Coté’s fun and active personality, his family said.
“[Jonathon] saw the motorcycle as a way for freedom,” said his father, Francis Coté.
Proceeds from Sunday’s ride will go to a scholarship for a local high school student and to Western New York Heroes.
For family and friends, it didn’t matter how soaked their clothes were when they completed the ride. Instead, they focused on remembering Coté and celebrating his life.
Coté served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Army, and later went back to Iraq as a security contractor. In 2006, he and four others were kidnapped, and their bodies were found a year and a half later.

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Jobs: Protective Security Specialist, New York

This is a quick one. SCG is looking for EP guys in New York, and you must be able to deploy with in 24 to 36 hours. So this is all about timing, being in the right place at the right time and having the right qualifications for the job.

I am not the recruiter or POC for this. At the end of the ad, there is an email to contact. You will not see this job on their website. Good luck. –Matt


Protective Security Specialist
Location: Manhattan area of New York
Reports To: PSD Team Leader??Position Summary: Provide protective security as part of a team and fixed site security in / around Manhattan area of New York.??Position Responsibilities
•    Provide close protection for designated personnel
•    Perform the day-to-day protective security functions as specified in daily post and detail orders
Essential Skills and Experience
•    US or UK Citizen
•    Must have a valid US Driver’s License and US Tourist or Official Passport
•    Completed or served at least three years in special operations  or DSS within the last five years.
•    Must be able to deploy immediately (within the next 24-36 hours). If you can’t, please don’t respond to this message.
•    Must be able to obtain a secret clearance
•    Excellent interpersonal and troubleshooting skills
•    Ability to adapt to different cultures, mentalities and circumstances
•    Trauma or advanced first aid training is required
•    Must have no felony or domestic violence conviction. Record of recent recurring misdemeanors may adversely impact candidates’ suitability rating
•    Employment is contingent upon a favorable background check
Physical Demands and Work Environment
•    Must be prepared to live and work in an New York for 30 day deployment.
•    Must be willing to work seven days a week, 12 hour shift.
•    Compensation $400 p/day, plus lodging and travel expenses.
•    Position is Independent Contractor (1099)
Application Process:
•    Submit one page resume in MSWord format to

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Law Enforcement: Mafia Takedown The Largest Coordinated Arrest In FBI History

     Authorities said the indictments resulted from years of investigations, including the use of wiretaps and cooperating witnesses.

     “These cases are the cumulative results of years of investigative work, including the development of key cooperating witnesses, a trend that has definitely been tilting in law enforcement’s favor,” said Janice Fedarcyk, head of the New York FBI. “The vow of silence that is part of the oath Omerta is more myth than reality today.” 

     This is awesome news and congratulations to all those in the FBI and other agencies that put this together and pulled it off. I also love this quote up top about ‘Omerta’. lol The snitches win, and this is yet again a prime example of how effective an insider can be to tearing apart an organization. Now if we can just get a snitch to help us tear apart Al Qaeda and capture or kill UBL. –Matt

Mafia Takedown–Largest Coordinated Arrest in FBI History

127 Busted in Largest Mafia Roundup in FBI History

Mafia Takedown–Largest Coordinated Arrest in FBI History


Early this morning FBI agents and partner law enforcement officers began arresting nearly 130 members of the Mafia in New York City and other East Coast cities charged in the largest nationally coordinated organized crime takedown in the Bureau’s history.

Members of New York’s infamous Five Families—the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Luchese crime organizations—were rounded up along with members of the New Jersery-based DeCavalcante family and New England Mafia to face charges including murder, drug trafficking, arson, loan sharking, illegal gambling, witness tampering, labor racketeering, and extortion. In one case involving the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) at the Ports of New York and New Jersey, the alleged extortion has been going on for years.

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Funny Stuff: Darth Vader Robs A Bank In New York

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Media News: Will a Milblogger Ever Win the George Polk Award?

 “News is what the consensus of journalists determines it to be.”-BBC journalist, Andrew Marr


   I think it is time for a military blogger (milblogger) to get one of those snazzy George Polk Awards. That is the fair thing to do in my book, and it would be a recognition of the power of new media and it’s importance to the war effort.

    Or do the folks at Long Island University only recognize writers/journalists that produce inaccurate and highly slanderous books about Blackwater? Or does Long Island University only recognize bloggers that are actually more main stream media, than blogger?  For example, I don’t have 7 journalists working for me at Feral Jundi or pay salaries out to anyone.  Hell, I don’t even have a editor or marketing director.

    What I am saying is that it would be really cool to see a guy like Michael Yon get a George Polk Award either for journalism or for photography, or even both! (hint, hint)

   And what defines important journalism in the eyes of the panel? The stuff that Michael has produced is absolutely incredible. Hell, the work done by today’s milbloggers is amazing, because they are the ones that are driving the discussion and invigorating the debate about the correct direction in this war. How about the guys at Small Wars Journal or even the Long War Journal for example?  And what really puts these bloggers front and center is that they are usually soldiers, reporting from the front lines, and pouring their hearts out about what they think is the right direction. They research, they write, they speak the truth, and care about getting the war effort on the right footing.

   I guess my point is, is that if this award actually means something in the world of journalism, then why are there not more awards being presented to bloggers, and especially milbloggers?  We are the new media, and we are contributing greatly to the national and international discussion. We do speak truth to power and we are a part of the consensus, and it is time for the George Polk Award to recognize that milbloggers have contributed greatly to that consensus.

   So this is what you guys can do.  Submit, submit and submit. Get your best stuff out to these guys, and force them to acknowledge our existence. Let’s get one of our own up on that list of George Polk Awardees, and bring some recognition and respect upon those that actually deserve it.-Matt

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Jobs: Executive Security Services Professional, New York


Executive Security Services Professional

Hot job, which is either high priority or requires unique or specialized skills.

Job ID CHQ-0222057 

Job type Full-time Regular

Work country USA 

Posted 06-Mar-2009

Work city Armonk 

Job area Legal

Travel up to 50%; travelling 3-4 days a week, home on weekends

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