"Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry, [who] infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.
How will I know? For this I have done... And I am Julius Caesar.”
Quoted below by; Marcus Tillius Cicero 106BC-43BC
" A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.- M.T.C.(BC)"
Mercenary Sniper Is a sniper soldier who fights or engages in warfare primarily for private gain, usually with little regard for ideological, national, or political considerations, thus called Mercenary Sniper.
Also a Mercenary Sniper is any person who takes part in an armed conflict who is not a national of a Party to the conflict and "is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a Party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party". As a result of the assumption that a Mercenary is exclusively motivated by money, the term Mercenary carries negative connotations. There is a blur in the distinction between a Mercenary and a "foreign volunteer", when the primary motive of a soldier in a foreign army is uncertain. For instance the French Foreign Legion and the Gurkhas are not mercenaries under the laws of war, but some journalists do describe them as mercenaries.
A Mercenary Sniper is not a regular infantry soldier but one who is paid and specializes in shooting from concealment or longer ranges than regular infantry, often with a specially designed or adapted sniper rifle. It requires skill in field craft, camouflage and marksmanship.
Laws of war Art 47. Mercenaries
1. A mercenaryshall not have the right to be a combatant or a prisoner of war.
2. A mercenary is any person who:
(a) is especially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict;
(b) does, in fact, take a direct part in the hostilities;
(c) is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a Party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party;
(d) is neither a national of a Party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a Party to the conflict;
(e) is not a member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict; and
(f) has not been sent by a State which is not a Party to the conflict on official duty as a member of its armed forces.
The term Sniper is attested from 1824 in the sense of a sharpshooter. The verb to snipe originated in the 1770's among soldiers in British India in the sense of to shoot from a hidden place, in allusion to snipe hunting, a game bird known for being extremely difficult to locate, approach, or shoot. Those who were skilled at the hunting of this bird were thus dubbed sniper.
Professional Sniper - Free?
Is the professional sniper is free from the mental state of taking someone else’s last breath from them or is a professional sniper free from him or herself of the horrors of war. The snipers mental state has to be very strong and it must turn off these elements of guilt, it could cost them their lives. It must be an physiatrist dream to interview snipers at the end of their careers to see what mental state they are still in. I have met many snipers my self during my military career and I or you would never know that the person you’re talking to right in front of you has killed over 100 people as a sniper elite. So is the professional sniper free of physical mental damage, we will never know only the sniper can conceal the truth.
American Civil War
During the American Civil War, the common term used in the United States for much the same function was skirmisher. A Civil war army often protected itself when on the move by using such concealed marksmen, who were deployed individually on the extremes of the moving army. Generally, such skirmishers were selected on the basis of prior proven hunting and marksmanship skills, and they were often older men in their 40s or 50s.
1. The term sniper - hence did not reach widespread use in the United States until somewhat later than the American Civil war. In the American Civil war, Confederate troops equipped with barrel-length three power scopes mounted on the then premium British Whitworth rifle had been known to kill Union officers at ranges bordering 800 yards, an unheard-of distance at that time.
The earliest sniper rifle was little more than conventional military or target rifle with long-range "peep sights" designed for use on the target range. Only from the beginning of World War 1 did a specially adapted Sniper Rifle come to the fore, with one of the first scoped military Sniper Rifles being the SMLE Mk III* (HT).
Typical World War II -era sniper rifle were generally standard issue rifle (hand-picked for accuracy) with a 2.5x telescopic sight and cheek-rest fitted, with the bolt turned down (if necessary) to allow operation with the scope affixed. By the end of the war, forces on all sides had specially trained soldiers equipped with Sniper Rifle, and they have played an increasingly important role in military operations ever since.
In the last few decades, the term "Sniper" has been used rather loosely, especially by media in association with police precision riflemen, those responsible for assassination, any shooting from all but the shortest range in war, and any criminal equipped with a rifle in a civil context. This has rather expanded the general understanding of the meaning of the term. It has also given the term sniper with connotations. Alternative terms are usually more specific, especially for police "Sniper" such as "counter-sniper", "precision marksman", “tactical marksman", "sharpshooter" or "precision shooter", some of which have also been in use for a long time but the Mercenary Sniper is the ultimate sniper to Fear.
They have no remorse but only money gain.
The First sniper rifle
Whitworth rifle, a single-shot muzzle-loaded long-range rifle designed by Sir Joseph Whitworth)
The Whitworth rifle was arguably the first long-range sniper rifle in the world. Designed by Sir Joseph Whitworth, a prominent British engineer, it used twisted hexagonal barrels instead of traditional round rifled barrels, which meant that the projectile did not have to bite into grooves as was done with conventional rifling. His rifle was far more accurate than the Pattern 1853 Enfield, which had shown some weaknesses during the recent Crimean war. At trials in 1857 which tested the accuracy and range of both weapons, Whitworth's design outperformed the Enfield at a rate of about three to one. The Whitworth rifle was able to hit the target at a range of 2,000 yards, whereas the Enfield could only manage it at a distance of 1,400 yards.
During the Crimean war the first optical sights were designed for fitting onto the rifles. Much of this pioneering work was the brainchild of Colonel D. Davidson; using optical sights produced by Chance Brothers of Birmingham. This allowed a marksman to more accurately observe and target objects at a greater distance than ever before. The telescopic sight, or scope, was originally fixed and could not be adjusted, which therefore limited its range.
Despite its success at the trials, it was not adopted by the British Army. However the Whitworth rifle Company was able to sell the weapon to the French army, and also to the Confederacy during the American Civil war. Both the Union and Confederate armies employed sharpshooters, the most notable incident was during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, where, on May 9, 1864, Union General John Sedgwick was killed at a range of about 1,000 yards (910 meters) after saying the enemy "couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."
Afghanistan Mercenary Snipers
The Sangin Sniper was one, possibly two, mercenary snipers employed by the Taliban insurgency who killed one and wounded two U.S. troops and killed one British Army Engineer, in the town of Sangin in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan during the War in Afghanistan in August 2010.
On August 13, 2010 the Sangin Sniper fired a single round, killing a Marine that stepped out of his armored fighting vehicle about 100 meters from a secure base. The Marine belonged 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion . His name was SSGT. Michael A. Bock who received a silver star posthumously for his courageous actions performed in Afghanistan.
On August 13, 2010 the sniper shot Darren Foster, a 20-year-old British army engineer, who was walking in a bunkered pathway. The sniper waited until Foster approached a 9-inch-gap in the post's bullet-resistant glass, put there to allow guards to fire their weapons, fired a single timed shot and killed Foster as he walked past the gap.
On August 14, 2010 the sniper shot a United States Marine tank mechanic in the torso as he carried sandbags across a small bridge. The mechanic's personal armor prevented the round from harming him. Ironically it was the Marines Birthday, Corporal Logan Kessinger.
On August 15, 2010 the sniper fired a shot that ricocheted off a tank, and hit but did not penetrate the Kevlar helmet of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Derek Simpson, of the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion. Shortly thereafter, the sniper hit a second Marine who belonged to 3/7 Weapons Co. in the leg; he was pulled to cover by Corporal Dustin St. Clair.
American and British special forces reacted by deploying their own sniper teams . Local Afghanistan civilians located a group of about six foreign-trained mercenary snipers working in the region, including the Sangin Sniper. Special Forces confirmed through close surveillance the precise co-ordinates of the snipers, then called in United States Air Force F-16 jets, which dropped their Joint Direct Attack Munitions and killed the Sangin Sniper.