Self Defense Hypocrisy, the Persecution of Bryon Smith

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Two Dead in Minnesota Thanksgiving Shooting

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

It took the pop culture media five minutes to assign the requisite “three name” serial killer moniker to Smith, a retired State Department Diplomatic Security Officer.  Smith had, at one point, worked for my good friend Leo Crampsey, who headed that department. 

Smith shot two intruders on Thanksgiving and chose not to report it to the police until Friday morning out of what he described as “professional courtesy.”

Smith now faces life in prison for two counts of second degree murder because he killed two people who obviously broken into the wrong home, one burgled three times before.

Diplomatic security officers are the best trained and most lethal of all law enforcement personnel.  Though retired, Smith carries broad “residual authority” to defend himself as his career could and would have made him a target for assassination.

Think “Benghazi.”


Were Smith to be a retired local constable, sheriff’s deputy or jail guard, there would have been no arrest, not even if he had shot someone 50 times in public for displaying a mobile phone or ball point pen in a “threatening manner.”

We have a long history of police beating people to death, shooting unarmed suspects up to 200 times, strangling or crushing jail prisoners or beating peaceful protestors while accepting huge gratuities from fraudulent “banksters.”

Considering most American police forces are now Israeli trained, meaning to systematically ignore civil rights and act as what most have come to know as the “blue gang,” the idea of being arrested at all seems ironic.


In this case, we have a high ranking retired federal security officer with long experience in some of the most dangerous locations in the world, shooting brazen intruders.  Were they shot too many times?

Is there such a thing as “too many times?”


The only crime Byron is really accused of is speaking to police without an attorney present.  There are no recordings of anything said, only second hand “blue gang” reports which may or may not mischaracterize both the situation and what was said.

As someone trained in both diplomatic security and police/SWAT and having, for years trained many others in these and other equally obscure and too often abused skills, counter-terrorism/insurgency, I can assure you that the likelihood of anyone surviving a home intrusion involving such an individual is minuscule.

Regular police, “blue gang” types, are all taught to “double tap” suspects.

In reality, even when suspects are unarmed and there are two dozen police about, not only do “blue gangers” empty magazines into suspects, sometimes wheelchair bound veterans, but they are likely to replace high-capacity magazines of .40 caliber hollow point ammunition and empty those as well, often into an unrecognizable corpse.

Then I think of the Columbine massacre, dozens of police officers sat outside while the armed suspects used up all their ammunition and then killed themselves.

I actually was awarded a Medal of Valor for acting alone under threatening circumstances while nearly two dozen others sat by.  The award is one of the greatest embarrassments of my life.

Those who “walk the walk” will need no explanation.


Many police are highly qualified professionals.  Many more are professional criminals with a gun and badge.  The most dangerous occupation on earth is that of being an honest cop on a crooked police force.

Sheriff Larry Deaver of Cochise County, Arizona or J.T. Ready could tell you all about this if they weren’t dead and branded as either “drunks” or “Nazi’s.”

I don’t know what happened inside the brain of Byron Smith that Thanksgiving.  We know he killed two people inside his home and no one has “alleged” that they were guests, far from it.

I can also categorically state this:

Anyone who breaks into the home of a retired Tier One special operations/black ops veteran, a military combat vet or intelligence, diplomatic security or similar will be assumed to be part of an assassination squad staging a phony break in.

They will be assume to be armed, highly trained, be assumed to be operating “with cover as a street criminal” and are there to kill.

I have friends with backgrounds not unlike that of Smith.  When I visit, I phone first.  When I come up the driveway, I beep the horn.

Quite honestly, no member of Diplomatic Security or CIA agent or FBI undercover operative even enjoys visits from “old friends.”

Too many have died “before their time” at the hands of former trusted associates.


Police and local busybody court types are trying to invent a case of the victimized criminal.  What we have is a case of “broke into the wrong friggin’ house.”

Let Smith go home, apologize to him, bury the dead and let criminals consider that when they choose to victimize senior citizens, some are going to chop them to pieces.



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Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues. Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.