The Claws of A Great Bear and the Conscience of a Man laid in the Balances in the Sight of God

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear…..Revelation 13:2aursa-major

Many have wondered about the portrayal of the constellation of Ursa Major as a Great Bear with a long tail, which is typical of a leopard or a lion. In occult literature, this constellation represents the Luciferian Priesthood, and depending on the time of observation, this bear can be seen on all four legs lumbering slowly around a central point, or standing upon its back legs as a sign of retribution.

On page 291 of the book Expendable Elite: One Soldier’s Journey Into Covert Warfare, written by Lieutenant Colonel USASF (Ret.) Daniel Marvin,(published by Trine Day 2003/2006), this comment is made: The CIA.  They are like a beast with many claws.  They have many secret operations and many ways to destroy a man.”

I reviewed one aspect of the story narrated in the Expendable Elite on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2016 in a post called, A President’s Fantasy Is A Soldier’s Curse.  As a Christian reader, this is a fascinating story both historically and morally as a study of the conscience of one man.  Two different periods of time in the life of the author are represented.  The first section tells of the workings of the conscience of an unsaved but honorable man who served in the sixties in Vietnam as the commander of a Special Forces A team. The second section details the publication of this book after the author became a Christian resulting in him becoming a defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by the Special Forces Association and his own men.  In both time periods, the shadow adversary of the author was the CIA and their retributive justice served out generously to those who are at cross purposes with them.expendable-elite-book-cover

In considering how the role of the CIA played out with regard to a Special Forces man, I was somewhat astounded when I read on page 1 of the book, that a the break in the line of accountability occurred when the author took on a secret mission for Special Forces.  Marvin was told by his superior,  “…if you take command of A-424 and accept this TOP SECRET mission, you’ll be on your own.  When you leave this room, it will be as if we never met.  We can’t and won’t stand behind you if you are caught doing what I am about to tell you to do.  Got it, Captain?”

I have never been in the military, and as an outsider, I have always had the general impression that lines of authority are very rigidly upheld in this realm, even more so than in the corporate world, which guards its lines of authority very jealously.  So who silently filled the gap?  Well later, the CIA shows up to give Daniel Marvin and his A Team another covert mission, which is to override the work and the alliances which were established in his first mission.  The fact that Daniel Marvin does not reject the CIA mission at the start, but rather conditions his acceptance on the meeting of one condition, would seem to imply that the broken line of command which was covertly filled by the CIA, was not an abnormal event.

In the introductory page xv, this chilling comment is made to journalist and editor, Jacqueline K. Powers, “We don’t fear the enemy we are trained to defeat,” he told me, “We fear what may happen to us should those in power decide that our nation would be better served if we were no longer available for question or comment.”  Dan then told me without any outward manifestation or trepidation “other volunteers, trained and dedicated as we were would be asked to ‘dispose’ of us.  It was as simple as that.”

The book Expendable Elite was published after the author, Daniel Marvin, comes to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, a fact which he explains took away any fears he might have had of the repercussions of telling the truth of how the CIA attempted to dispose of his company of men when he aborted their mission assignment. On page 406 where the CIA is referred to as the Company, it is explained how the crosshairs of the CIA were centered on Marvin because he refused to obey illegal demands. Page 414 notes that “the lawsuit was a ‘steam roller’ operation- which is spook slang for an attempt to cover up history, deny questionable activities, and flatten opposition to the official story”.

The question is asked on page xi, “Why would the Special Forces Association, nominally a fraternal organization, go to this extent?  The answer is that they wanted to hide the facts of what Special Forces are really involved with in their day-to-day- operations as counter-insurgents, terrorists, assassins and saboteurs”.  If you are interested in the details of the two lawsuits filed in Federal court against Daniel Marvin and his publisher, Trine Day, there are many documents posted on the internet at

At the heart of Daniel Marvin’s actions concerning the lawsuits (one resulting in a mistrial, the other involved the jury absolving the defendants of the defamation charges) is his desire to have what a Christian would refer to as a guaranteed right to a Daysman.  In the Bible,  Job was in a manner “put on trial” by his friends, as also Marvin was formally put on trial by his Special Forces men.  Job desired a Daysman between him and God, whom he regarded as the source of his plight. Unaware of the discussion of his righteousness which had taken place between God and Satan, Job was correct in acknowledging that the Final Authority in all matters is God, and not Satan.

That trials are a means of refining men as gold, is a difficult fact of life. But as Paul in Romans 11:33-36 says, and he knew such trials personally, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  For who hath known the mind of the Lord?  or who hath been his counselor?  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things”  to whom be glory for ever. Amen”.

Daniel Marvin says on page 406, “If, by circumstances evolving when engaged in covert or independent missions, most of which are within a ‘compartmentalized’ frame of reference (i.e. sealed-off, and therefore deniable), our warriors find themselves in the crosshairs of the CIA because they refused to obey illegal demands upon them, they must then be assured proper legal representation, even the right to demand that related TOP SECRET documents be made available to their attorneys.”

To my knowledge, Daniel Marvin was never able to get a law into effect that would allow such a Daysman for a military man who has illegal or unconscionable demands placed on him in the line of duty where covert operations have been established.  He adds on page 407, “…we who wore the Green Berets owed our loyalty first and foremost to Special Forces.  We were taught that we were expected to automatically follow orders from our superiors, without question or hesitation.  Should any truth represent a threat to who we are, what we now do, have done in the past, or may be asked to do in the future, that truth may be obliterated, or surrounded by the constructed walls of secrecy that create plausible deniability for the official channels while leaving the men out in the cold.”

As an American citizen desiring that America live up to her ideal of Justice in law and in practice, there should not be any situation where military personnel in this nation who are faced with obeying illegal or unconscionable demands, cannot have their concerns reviewed by an official third party. It is a dangerous authority when any man is officially granted the power to  kill the conscience of another person, and if that cannot be accomplished,  to be allowed to assassinate that man without a trial.

As an aside, The Epilogue Part Five on pages 414-415 of Expendable Elite reveals that there are still many professional journalists with integrity in the Main Stream Media, despite the continuous derogatory comments of the “Christian” Alternative Media radio hosts, who themselves are guilty of contributing a steady flow of disinformation to the American public. Kris Milligan, the publisher of this book, stood by the author, when he could have backed off.  Both men paid a steep financial cost for their stand.  The following comments were excerpted from an opinion piece of February 2006 published in the Eugene Register-Guard and reprinted in Daniel Marvin’s book.

The lawsuit was a “steam roller” operation- which is spook slang for an attempt to cover up history, deny questionable activities, and flatten opposition to the official story.  The Special Forces Association, a fraternal organization of retired and active Special Forces personnel, obtained the lawyers, financed the lawsuit, and even paid the plaintiffs’ out of pocket expenses.

The association has carried the ball on similar steamroller operations, operations in which our true history is covered up by official denials, obfuscations, and political lies.  Let’s review a few of them.

“Special Forces don’t talk to reporters, and reporters don’t talk to Special Forces.”  That was the direct message delivered to a member of a CNN news crew that reported a covert U. S. Military operation in Laos during the Vietnam “police action”.  The story was part of a broadcast on the secret warfare activities of the Studies and Observations Group, an elite commando unit of the Army’s Special Forces.

CNN Producers April Oliver, Jack Smith, and their news crew had spent eight months on the story, lining up interviews ranging from the grunts on the ground all  the way up to Adm. Thomas Mooer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time.  Interference to suppress a news story included pressure on CNN board members by Henry Kissinger, a threatened boycott of CNN by veteran groups, and an alleged threat to freeze out CNN from Department of Defense background briefings.

After being fired from CNN, members of that news team have won judgments arising out of the litigation surrounding the affair…and stand by their story today.

Further down page 415, the author notes that during that period, “The Bush administration is currently removing thousands of historical National Archives documents from the public-some of which have been on college library shelves for years- and reclassifying them.”  We must ask why?

We all recognize the need for secret, covert military operations.  But the Bible pronounces a warning to certain persons, saying in Isaiah 29:15, “Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?”  Presently the church is being destroyed by these type of persons, as Jude noted in verse 4, “certain men crept in unawares” and Peter in his second epistle, also marks those false prophets and false teachers, “who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them,…”.

I recommend  Expendable Elite: One Soldier’s Journey Into Covert Warfare, especially to Christian readers,  as it focuses on one man’s dealings with his own conscience which underwent a trial by fire during his military service 50 years ago.  At the very same time which he was trying to uphold high ideals in the compromising world of war which involved real guns, real bullets, real wounds, and the face of Death, another war was going on with the sixties generation.  That war involved a major PSY-OP on the youth of this nation which continues on today.  The Assassination of JFK, the rock and roll, the sex and fornication, the drugs……….and almost 40 years after, the 911 demolishing of the Twin Trade Towers in New York City. Someone altered the mass psychology of this great nation, and it has been in a downward spiral since then.

And where was, and  is the church, the salt and light, in all of this?  Well, throughout all these time periods, there have always been those who by words and deeds have been the voice of conscience and wisdom. But sadly, the church which should represent the highest ideals has become lovers of themselves, rather than lovers of the words of God.

It was a sad day for Daniel Marvin, who had high regard for his men in Vietnam to have to ask after they allowed themselves to be plaintiffs in a CIA based lawsuit, “Would each of these once brave souls be sworn in and then sit in the witness chair and perjure themselves?”  The Claws of a Great Bear might be fearful, but as Hebrews 10:31 points out, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”. And there is a day when all of us must give account to God the Judge.

2 thoughts on “The Claws of A Great Bear and the Conscience of a Man laid in the Balances in the Sight of God

  1. You say in this post:

    “And where was, and is the church, the salt and light, in all of this? Well, throughout all these time periods, there have always been those who by words and deeds have been the voice of conscience and wisdom. But sadly, the church which should represent the highest ideals has become lovers of themselves, rather than lovers of the words of God”

    I would answer your question by saying that in my opinion the root of the problem is the monetization of ministry coupled with the building of one’s own kingdom.. Greed and pride have been the downfall of many.

    We are at a Gideon’s 300 moment and sadly few will make the final cut.

    Judges 7:1-9

    7 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

    2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

    3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

    4 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

    5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

    6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

    7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

    8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

    9 And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.

  2. Several weeks ago a stumbled on an interesting news article about the 3 Green Berets involved in a terrorism related incident at the entry gate to a military base in Jordan. The person being interviewed about the event commented that the Green Beret mission was to slip out of Jordan and into enemy territory where they would train rebel fighters in the art of resistance.

    There is nothing new about this practice and it is one of the things the Green Berets are purposed to do by charter. Likewise, there is nothing new or revelatory about the notion of US complicity in proxy wars. What I found curious in the interview was the commentators mention that the Green Berets were assisting the CIA. The interview make it clear to me that there is no such thing as a “secret war” anymore. The best the CIA can hope for is “low-visibility”.

    The CIA’s own spec op group SOG is composed of current and former Army. Phillip Agee also comments in “Inside the Company” that CIA operations officers receive their initial basic training as military cadets/officers. Beyond that, they receive a modicum of specialized special forces type sabotage and subversion skills from CIA trainers at Camp Perry, VA.

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