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INDEXThe Wire August 24, 2012 /11 Five in court Beat the Heat! Trooper Focus: Meet Tech. Sgt. Bulford The Powers of positive thinking Movie: TedThe WIRE is the official news magazine of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is produced by the JTF Public Affairs Office to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo through news, features, command guidance, sports and entertainment. This DoD news magazine is an authorized publication for the members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The WIRE are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is printed by Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,200.5 6 8 9 10 NEWS FROM THE BAY Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr.Commander, JTF Guantanamo Ccommand orner We use four words to describe our detention operation here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo: safe, humane, legal and explanatory. But what does it mean to be transparent? Some might point to the fact that the news media is able to come visit the Joint Task Force, ask questions, take pictures and write stories as a sign of transparency. I believe the media plays an important role in our free society, and I am proud that we provide as much access as possible consistent with security and force protection policies. Still, media access is but one dimension of a transparent operation. Transparency is as much a philosophy as it is a policy. One of my favorite sayings is that Integrity is what you do when nobodys watching. Do not compromise your integrity because no one is looking over your shoulder. There will always be one person there no matter what youre doing, and that person is you. I see transparency as another word for integrity. Our work is important, and requires us to conduct our operations transparently, with integrity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We must do it the right way, all the time. Not just when the boss is nearby. Not just when we have visitors. Not just when a reporter is talking to us. A favorite quote of mine written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow states, It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong. We follow our Standard Operating Procedures our SOPs as if we were being graded, because it is the right thing to challenged and revised to make sure that they make sense, are simple to follow, and leave little room for error or misinterpretation. We conduct spot checks to make sure that everyone is doing it right. We have We have leadership who is watching out for fatigue, stress and complacency. And we debrief our operations with a focus on facts. What went right? What went wrong? What can we do better next time? What do we need to stop doing? When we operate in a world of transparency and integrity, we dont fear scrutiny, we welcome it. When asked what the greatest challenge we face here at JTF Guantanamo, the rotational nature of our force often comes to mind. We are in a state of constant turnover, with most personnel and units here on tours ranging from six or nine months to a year or two. Constant turnover means constant training, and a portion of the force is always relatively new and inexperienced. Viewed in a different light, our rotational force is an asset that keeps us fresh and vital. New people arrive with new ideas and fresh perspectives. If something isnt clear, they arent afraid to ask why do we do it this way? When we operate transparently, with integrity, we welcome these questions, and arent afraid to change things that need improvement. Transparency and integrity are a way of life. COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 3 JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. James Lettko Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith Office of Public Affairs Director Navy Capt. Robert Durand: 9928 Deputy Director Air Force Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley: 9927 Operations Officer Army Maj. Jon Powers: 3649 Command Information Officer Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher: 3499 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Rick McNamara: 8141The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Ryan Hallock Layout Editor Army Pvt. Loren Cook Copy Editor Spc. Vanessa Davila Assistant Editor Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Brian Jeffries Photojournalists Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven Army Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Mass Communication Seaman Hannah Wilhide Webmaster Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith SimmonsContact usEditors Desk: 3499 Commercial: 011-5399-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: Lt. Cmdr. Rebekah Turner, a Joint Task Force Guantanamo Staff Judge Advocate, makes a splash at Ferry Landing Aug. 18. Traditionally, Troopers jump into the bay as the ferry pulls away from the dock with their departing friends and co-workers. This very GTMO-style farewell, emotional as it can be, is a refreshing jump into the weekend. For Vickie, Jay, and all our friends we miss you! photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian JeffriesI believe the media plays an important role in our free society... When we operate in a world of transparency and integrity, we dont fear scrutiny: we welcome it. Feds Feed FamiliesThe 2012 Feds Feed Families food drive is going on right now! A collection table for cash donations will be located in the NEX Atrium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays until Aug. 31. A donation box for nonperish able food items is located inside the NEX. Do your part to help those less fortunate! For more information, call HM1 Sarro or NDC Bolen at 4444. the fundraising events. Now its time for the main event! Naval Station Guantanamo Bays 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Windjammer. For tickets or more information, call 4577. Safe Ride!Out drinking? Thinking about driving? Put the keys down! Save your life, the lives of others, and your career. Call 84913/84781. Are you ready for Youve heard it on many a night in the autumn and winter. Hank Williams Jr.s immortal question has been the prelude to many Monday nights of gridiron action. GTMO might not have its own Hank Williams Jr, but theres no reason we cant have our own football games! Beginning Sept. 3, MWR will offer mens 16 and up. Register at Denich Gym by 7 p.m. tonight. A coaches meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. First and second place teams get a trophy! For more information, call 2113. CLEP and DSST testing have returned. You can earn college credit for free! Register at www.ccis.edu/guantanamo. Want to learn what all of those weird arcane symbols on sheet music mean? Theres a class for that! adults class begins Sept. 14 at the W.T. Sampson High School band room. Class runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and costs $120. Register by Sept. 7 at the Child Development Center to secure your seat. For more information, call 77302. softball tournament at Softball Field 2 Labor Day weekend. The tournament will begin at 7 p.m. Sep. 1 and continue overnight until about 6 a.m. Sep. 2. Registration is limited to 12 teams and teams should register by Aug. 24. A coaches meeting is scheduled for Aug 29. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams and the winner of a home run derby. For more information, call 2113. Use J-4 for all your how to do it? Dont sweat it! You have people for that! such as emergency leave, temporary duty, permanent change of station, R&R leave, at 3011 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. For Space A travel, call the NAVSTA Air Terminal at 6204. How would you like to receive a smile and a friendly wave from other drivers? Practice good etiquette when driving a Gator or Mule. That doesnt mean a gator reading Emily Post and wearing a monocle; it means thinking about others on the road. you will receive a friendly wave. Consideration of others on GTMO roadways is part of defensive driving. Do your part! You dont have to be Emily Post to practice Mule Etiquette!
TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 COMMAND INFORMA TION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 WASHINGTON Three months after the arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants, those accused of planning and executing the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are back in court this month for hearings on motions made by the defense and prosecution. Army Brig. Gen. Mark S. Martins, chief missions, is overseeing the trial in the case of the United States vs. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi. Martins is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and Harvard Law School and is a Rhodes scholar. The military commission convened to try the charges referred to it against [the de fendants] will hold what are known under the sions without panel members present, Mar tins told American Forces Press Service. The sessions began Aug. 22 and will continue until Aug. 28 at U.S. Naval Station Such sessions in the same manner that a federal district court hearing a criminal case will do prior to the seating of a civilian jury enable the hearing of various matters in an orderly, methodical way for resolution by the judge prior to trial, he added. What the chief prosecutor described as an adversarial process is consistent, Martins said, with the fair, transparent and account able administration of justice under the rule of law. The charges allege that the co-defendants are responsible for planning and executing the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa., resulting in ism, conspiracy, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, murder in violation of the law of war, destruction of property in violation of the law of war, hijacking or hazarding a vessel or aircraft. Before evidence can be presented, par ticularly in a complex, joint trial such as this dressed and placed on the record, the chief prosecutor said, adding that this session is be ing called to consider 24 or so motions made by the defense and the prosecution. Martins emphasized that the charges are only allegations and that the accused are pre sumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In terms of the motions to be heard, he added, each piece of business must receive due deliberation. Some of the motions by the defense allege jurisdictional error, which means that if the defense position were to prevail, the commission would lack the authority to proceed, Martins explained. The prosecutions position, not surprisingly, is in opposition to these motions, he added. In some of its motions, he said, the prosecution is seeking standard protective orders necessary to ensure that certain materials provided to the defense in discovery are not formation protecting sources and methods of intelligence gathering, information about terrorist organizations, certain privacy infor mation, and several categories of information routinely protected in the public interest, the chief prosecutor said. Martins advised media members who hear continuing complaints from defense counsel in the sessions about a lack of resourcing and client relationships to seek out additional perspectives, including by reading government submissions to the court on the matter and by reviewing facts about resources provided, counsel and investigative hours billed available and not taken, opportunities for communication with client through a privilege team, and similar empirical data. The judge intends to hear arguments from ties Union and several media organizations regarding public access to the proceedings, Martins said. The prosecution supports the judge hear ing such argument and is facilitating counsels travel to Guantanamo for this purpose, he the increased public-access measures that have been put in place, including closedcircuit transmission of the proceedings to the continental United States and same-day each session. But, he added, the prosecution opposes departure from the public-access rules used in U.S. federal district courts and military organizations seek such a departure in desir ing the proceedings to be televised. No federal criminal trial or military courtmartial has ever been televised, the chief prosecutor noted, on the rationale that televising trials would violate the balance between the publics manifest interest in observing the workings of government and other important public interests, including the fair administration of justice. The existing public-access rule, he added, incorporates the value that criminal trials are foremost about ascertaining the truth, deter mining the innocence or guilt of the accused, and, if the accused is convicted, arriving at a just sentence. While the Sept. 11 attacks have been heavily chronicled, Martins said, the process of seeking accountability under law for the In the months ahead, more sessions without panel members will likely be held to deal with legal and evidentiary issues, he added. As the accused and their counsel have yet to receive hundreds of thousands of pages of discovery, these sessions are part of a court process that will likely take many additional months, Martins said. It is an important guarantee of fairness that an accused can examine the evidence against him or her, and have access to any information that might tend to exculpate or, if convicted, lessen the appropriate punishment, the chief prosecutor explained. The claim has been made that the many motions and the likely length of the process show that military commissions are unsettled and that such extensive litigation would never happen in an established civilian court, Mar tins said. Such claims are mistaken, he added. The judge in this case will consider the facts and apply a well-developed body of law and precedent. That is what courts do, and that is why records of trial and law books containing case precedents are fat, he said. As an example, Martins cited the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen and self-proclaimed al-Qaida operative who was tried in federal district court in Virginia and The federal judge considered hundreds of motions over the course of a four-year, four-month trial, the chief prosecutor said of the Moussaoui trial, adding that the case 1,200 exhibits. However long the journey, Martins said, the United States is committed to fair and thorough trial of these serious charges.By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service Motion hearings begin for /11 Five HONOR BOUND Spc. Luis Flores Whats your favorite video game?Boots on the Ground Spc. Goldeneye. Its my favorite shooting game of all time.Spc. Ryan GundaraWorld of Warcraft! Lukus Baker Have you ever been in a situation where you made a decision that you wish you could take back? Well I certainly have, and I am here to tell you I would give anything to be in that situation again, only this time to make the right decision. Back in 2005, I was deployed to Emirates and made a choice that changed my career. As an escort for third-country nationals, I was working 15-hour days, six days a week; so on my one and only day off some friends and I decided to go mall, tour the city, visit the beach, and just get away from it all. We all knew that our base commander enforced a zero-toler ance drinking policy for anyone going off base. Well lets just say the day started out great but didnt end so well due to a choice that my friends and I eventually made. Our intentions were never to drink. We just wanted to relax and have some fun on our day off, but with one tip of the bottle that all changed. It wasnt just one of us; collectively, we made the decision to have a drink and, unfortunately, it was a decision that ended up chang ing, not only our careers, but our lives as well! Some wanted to devise a plan so we wouldnt get caught, but I just couldnt do it. I had already made one horrible decision so I refused to compound my mistake by making another one. The les son learned here is that nothing good ever comes out of hiding the truth, so remember to take responsibility for your actions and come forward integrity always! So you might be asking yourself, what kind of trouble did they get themselves in? Well, I received an Article 15 along with forfeiting half a months pay for six months. A few of my fellow Airmen lost a stripe, forfeited half a months pay for six months, and one Airman ultimately took his own life upon his return home. So let me ask you, was the decision we made worth it? Absolutely not, and it is a decision that my friends and I still live with today. No one is perfect, and Im sure weve all made at least one poor decision, along with many mistakes, in our time, but its what we learn from those mistakes that really count and makes us who we are today. Whether youre an Airman, Soldier, Sailor, Marine be there for one another, because without each other we have nothing. Each one of us made the decision to serve our great nation so please, dont let one terrible decision take away what youve worked so hard for. The next time you find your self in a similar situation, stop and think long and hard about the decision youre about to make trust me, youll be glad you did! Master Sgt. Jason JordanjSuperintendent Make the Right DecisionsTrooper to Trooper
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 7 FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 6 N o matter where you go, the climate is going to fight you on way or another. In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were facing off against heat and humidity. How do I stand up against GTMOs weather? Simple: I work through it. During high school and college, I worked on a farm. Many would think that the northeast would be a relatively cool place. However, I can attest to the heat and humidity of southern New Jersey. Heat can cause injury and thats a fact, but unlike the military, civilian companies do not have a heat scale that restricts the amount of work you can do or dictates the number of breaks you get. So, for a farm laborer, it was simply work through it or quit. Now the way Im describing it makes it out like we just sucked it up, but we did have a couple tricks to survive the heat. One of the deadliest factors in working in the outdoors is the sun. From early morn ing until the evening, the sun would beat down. So, to combat this we would wear The loose clothing would allow air to cool us down, but still protect against the heat. Also, hats are a great way to provide shade for your face instead of covering it. To minimize our time in the sun, we would take our lunch break at noon, the hottest period of the day. Water was crucial to survive in the heat. At the farm we would bring containers full of water and ice and during work breaks we would make runs containers. How do I survive the heat of GTMO? I just work through it like on the farm. There havent been many days here that have made me sweat like back at the farm. But, I still follow what Ive learned at the farm and I havent been a heat casualty yet. Be Cool GTMO Style By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa By Pvt. Loren Cook By Army Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn By Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher Beat the heat! I t was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the hottest of times. Exercise makes you hot, but Air Force 1st Lt. Aries Hopf knows how to stay cool in the Caribbean summer heat. One of her many weekly workouts consists of the Monday night kickboxing class at the Marine Hill gym. Kickboxing combines martial arts tech niques with weight resistance, core, and plyometrics moves, making it an excellent cross-training workout, Hopf said. I keep cool through constant perspiration; everyday in GTMO brings an opportunity to sweat To help her keep cool through the burn, Hopf chooses the right gear: bright Newton running shoes and moisture-wicking singlets and leggings. The base exchange has a decent selection; however, you might have to go to the time of year. Believe it or not, it does cool down a bit by February. My favorite brands are Sugoi, Lululemon and Nike; I use Amazon.com as my one-stop shop, Hopf added. I see the money spent in gym gear as an investment in my health, rather than an expense. Meanwhile, Hopfs lazy housemate tends to lounge around indoors. She more or less abides by the preset goals on a calorie tracker, has a hiking buddy and goes to thrice-weekly unit PT, but nonetheless acknowledges her mostly sedentary lifestyle. Who knits a wool sweater in the Caribbean in August? she mumbled to herself, fixing the sleeve she accidentally attached inside-out. Someone chillin in the air conditioning, that is! These are just two of many ways to beat the GTMO heat. Find a balance with your activities. And make sure to drink water! Full disclosure: This author is Hopfs housemate. Who knits. G reetings, all JTF Guantanamo Troopers! As you may have noticed, its HOT out there! Even if your only exposure to the burning radiation thats um, radiated from the bright orange ball in the sky is while you walk from your room to your car and from ably observed some sort of wet salty mixture being exuded from your skin, accompanied by a generally warm sensation. What is this strange liquid coming out of me? Im imagining you thinking to yourself. Dont worry. No matter how much it may feel like it, youre not melting. Thats sweat, and its your bodys natural cooling system. Its how people used to cool themselves down before air conditioning was invented. How can you keep yourself cool in these hot conditions? One way is to dress for it. Its common sense to wear as little as pos sible, and to wear shorts and short sleeved shirts. Its also WRONG! Take a look at how Middle Easterners dress. When was the last time you saw an Iraqi or an Afghan walking around in shorts? They dont! You see, when you expose your skin to the sun, you are also exposing it to direct radiation. It feels good compared to wearing breeze, but youre not using the most effec tive method and youre increasing your risk of skin cancer. The best way to dress for heat is to wear loose clothing that covers the skin, and a hat. Im not here to advocate wearing a mandress and turban, but some loose-fitting khakis and a hat with a brim would do the trick. Another way to beat the heat is to go swimming. We have two swimming pools and an ocean here, so make good use of them on hot days and youll be cool in no time! Pool closed? Cant make it to a beach? Dont fret! You can always take a cool shower. (Notice I said a cool shower, not a cold shower. Thats a system shock, and its especially distressing to males.) It can be a little hard to get your shower to the proper temperature, since mine seems to only have two temperatures (Shoots Icicles and Surface of the Sun) but if you can get there, its quite a nice feeling. Another method is also very obvious. When its extremely hot, minimize your time outside, and stay in the shade as much as possible if you must be outdoors. When youre using your air conditioner, feel free to experiment to discover the set ting that works best for you. Believe it or not, there are settings in between off and maximum cool, maximum fan speed. (This message also goes out to whoever sets the thermostat in the Seaside Galley.) If you treat. How to chill out A Tale of Two Cities Housemates By Army Sgt. Ryan Hallock W ater is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty. There have been wise men and women since the dawn of time who have graced us with their inspirational knowledge. And theres also Derek Zoolander. A man of such physical beauty was also able to and able words. So why do we get wet? I can tell you why I get wet: to be cool! On the weekends and some weekdays I lace up my Nikes and hit the road. Every run I pass the Guantanamo Bay sign and slow down if I need to so I can catch the temperature. When it reads 90 degrees Fahrenheit I get excited. Something about seeing that gets me pumped up for the run. I know I will sweat hard. I feel like I could run in Africa and feel no exhaustion from heat. The makes me stronger. My body makes itself wet. Sweat pours out of every pore. Its a wondrous thing, but its not enough. I need to be totally sub merged in wetness to be cool. My route is short and sweet: to Girl Scout beach and back to the Cuzcos. The last hill to the entrance to the beach is slow, but then there it is! The view of the Caribbean as Im walk ing down the steps never gets old; its like the phones, sunglasses, shirt, socks, necklace, and backpack to the sand and run into the ocean. I am now wet. I am now cool until text I would use the emoticon that is winking one eye and sticking out his tongue. Be cool, Guantanamo Bay. Running will get you wet, but the ocean will get you wetter! Be cool... get wet! O kay listen up. The dog days of sum mer are here. Now I could sit here and tell you to drink plenty of water and stay in the air conditioning to keep cool. I am not, because what good is that going to do you? The purpose of summer is to get out and enjoy the weather. Therefore, here are some things I have picked up since being down here. If you are one of the many who drive a Mule or Gator, enjoy the cool mornings going into work. Let the breeze blow all your cares away. However, dont get too into it. Be sure to pull over and let the other drivers go on by. Lets face it: if you have an ATV you are not in a hurry to get somewhere. Those darn things are slow. ping hot it gets in the afternoons. When traversing the winding roads enjoy the roller coaster ride going down hills, just dont throw your hands in the air. To embrace the true country lifestyle nothing beats the heat better than a nice tall glass of sun tea. Run to NEX and grab yourself a pitcher, with a lid, some ice tea packets, sugar, and a case of water for those who dont care much for the tap water here. Make it in the morning before you go to work. Set it outside your room or house all day in the sun. By the time you get home you will have fresh-brewed sun tea. Pour it in to a nice tall glass, throw in some ice and enjoy. Since we are on an island, there is nothing better than putting your butt in the sand and feet in the water. Take some time to enjoy the water. Remember, the some tunes, floaties, and let your stress melt away. Of course, there are those times when you dont feel like doing anything. Thats underneath a palm tree, or whatever. I dont care, just get out. Time moves slower here anyway, why cant you? Moving slow helps beat the heat no matter who you are. Well thats about it, hope you all got something useful out of this and remem Old Man Hilburn Country Cool with
Story by Spc. Vanessa Davila Photo courtesy of Tech Sgt. Mychael Bulford MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 9 Ever since cavemen were able to spell psychologist, people who think for a living have been studying leadership, team buildthousands of theories, cool acronyms and have been spent creating elaborate clinical studies to torture clueless college students for free! If these ber-eggheads visit a comGuantanamo, they could study ways people task-organize and succeed when they are randomly thrown together and then sepalaid the foundation for psychological worked with the industrial psychology lab well-known stages of forming, storming, norming and performing soon became those words tell me is that they were good itself so you need to overcome the chalcess! Intellectual curiosity brings results in standard operating procedure isnt enough; you must absorb the knowledge and digest parable! rearrange the furniture and put up new pic work hard and the room becomes what you enough to not die of a panic attack each change is coming: new people! and realize each person has also moved from their beginning room and brought their stuff is where everyone sorts out all bad times, laughter and tears in the end it always works out: something not entirely enough is good enough rut is the death of Either the people are getting bigger or the middle room is getting smaller in an makes the awareness of time more acute and for that reason, unconsciously links up with the idea of death, writes notable psy that knowledge, many people create a kind of stasis, as if time has stopped moving for resistant few get shoved out the windowof-change and land outside again feeling In a rotational environment, the transfer their own emotional issues to offer a full and functional handover, valuable knowlNow you are ready for the end, through If you enter the end room with your eyes wide open you may notice it is the same as your beginning room; but with a new, By Army Maj. Jon Powers Through the GTMO looking-glass Mind, Body & Spirit TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 8 The English language has make all the difference when it comes to conveying what it ent meanings most of them negative but tucked in the dictionary, there is a positive and ask it for synonyms, the program inundates you with close meaning to the word tells me that a lot of people get caught up in the popular people dont like me, it doesnt bother me; I dont lose sleep you realize that hes not trying to be mean uniform on every day and supporting the earn his college degree, but it doesnt mean that its not within his grasp; Bulford intends to finish his bachelor of arts in organiza hone his management skills as a leader in the take life too seriously, youll never get out Bulford is a serious man when it comes to his family though: serious about how to have a career and have the ability to support a family, keeps me going on a daily Bulford and his wife Katie have been together for 15 years and seven years ago they welcomed a son, Bradyn, to ing a father is the best thing that has ever happened to that they have taken up the martial art of tae Its brought us closer together as a famalso helped my son with respect and deter Bulford is surely looking forward to seeing TrooperFocus Tell your family about OPSECHave you talked to your family about OPSEC? Do they know how to protect their information, or what information should be protected? Tell them to check their online privacy settings and make sure they know that some information just shouldnt be posted online. Make sure they dont inadvertently give away information about you or your unit that the adversary could use. Keep your family and friends aware of OPSEC. Protect yourself, your family and the mission; use OPSEC! PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! COMMISSIONS
MOVIE REVIEW THE WIRE | PAGE 10 Ah, Ted. It seems Seth MacFarlane wasnt content with making Family Guy, American Dad, two amazing shows oh yeah, and The Cleveland Show too, and wanted to make a full-length, live-action movie. After coming out stateside more than a month and a half ago, it has it worth the wait? Is it worth your time to see it? The answers to those questions, respectively, are Yes and Maybe. It depends whether you like Family Guy. The movie begins in the heady days of late 1985; when Reaganomics were in full swing, Teddy Ruxpin was at the height of its popularity, the Nintendo Entertainment System was about to make a huge splash and change the world, and I was only a few months old so I dont remember any of this Its Christmas Eve, and we meet eightManley in his film debut) a little boy who have snowball fights, build snowmen, and all happen from the window of his parents suburban home. Of course, after Christmas Eve comes talking teddy bear. All it can say is I love you! in a high-pitched voice certain to irritate parents who hear it over and over again, inanimate one. be real, and the next morning, his wish has come true! Its a Christmas miracle! From then on, the two are together, watching Flash Gordon on TV, becomthunder, and playing happily every day. Of course, a living teddy bear is quite a even goes on The Tonight Show and hob The Fighter) with a dead-end job at a Guy). The two live together, hang out together, drink together, and smoke weed has patiently tolerated Ted for the last four years. Eventually, Ted goes too far and Lori can matum: his teddy bear or her. There are other subplots, but those are peripheral to the central plot of the movie, that of a man having to put away childish things in order to grow up and become the man he needs to be. Its a traditional romantic comedy plot, episode of Family Guy. On reflection, Ted is a childish object who displays very few childish traits, but adolescence. Its a familiar character in recent movies, especially movies starring Zach it in the form of a teddy bear. The movie really does feel like an episode of Family Guy sometimes, including the seemingly random references to s pop culture. It doesnt have any remember the would say, but then again, it DOES have a scene of Flash Gordon fighting Ming the shown in the trailer, I couldnt help but think is a good thing. Theres a subplot at the end of the movie where Ted is kidnapped by the creepy Donny didnt particularly care for. The movie took a dramatic shift in tone, and I dont think the change was for the better. It was like watching a happy-go-lucky comedy about cartoon Down. This was the weakest part of the movie. Ted is an entirely CG character, except for a few scenes where hes just a teddy bear, and I found him entirely believable. You completely forget that hes not actually there interacting with the actors. The only real litmus test for a comedy, however, is whether the movie was funny, and this was the funniest movie Ive seen all The movie would have benefited from subtitles or a pause after jokes, because I couldnt hear anything over the laughter in the theater. Thats how funny it was. It was time. It was completely unlike watching The actually funnyyeah, I went there.) Its the comedy event of the season, and I give it four banana rats. Some bits dont work, and the ending seems like it came from a different movie, but the laughter doesnt lie. Movie ReviewR 106 min. By Pvt. 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