“Seal Team November 6” Aims to Stare Down Voter Intimidation in Philadelphia

How a veterans’ group plans to enforce democracy on Election Day.

Call them “Seal Team November 6.” Special operations veterans, including former Navy Seals, Delta Force will be called back into action on Election Day to make certain there’s no voter intimidation at the polls.

Philadelphia is a prime target.

Former Navy Captain Benjamin Brink is leading the operation. “The nation saw the video of members of the Black Panthers in Philadelphia intimidating people trying to vote in 2008,” Brink told me when I interviewed him during my radio show on IQ 106.9. “We are going to try and make certain that nothing like that happens this year.”

Brink claims to have over a hundred former Army Rangers, Navy Seal, Delta Force, Green Berets and others who have volunteered for duty. The idea of Navy Seals and Black Panthers getting into it at a Philly polling site gives a whole new incentive for casting a ballot. “Our guys aren’t easily intimidated,” adds Brink.

Don’t let the bravado fool you. The mission, according to the Captain, is to observe and report, not to engage. “We are going to watch for intimidation, videotape it, if possible, and report it to the proper authorities.”

Benjamin Brink lives in the St. Louis area. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. It was the video of the Black Panthers and the battle over voter ID laws that inspired him to start his clean election movement called “Get Out the Vet.” The group also works to make certain those serving overseas get ballots and that those ballots are counted. “There are men and women fighting right now so that we have the right to vote in free and fair elections,” reminds Brink. “We are just doing our part to make certain democracy works the way it is supposed to.”

Although Philadelphia will get special attention, the special-ops veterans will also be overseeing polling sites in cities like Cleveland, Miami and Las Vegas—big cities in swing states that have had a history of reports of voter intimidation.

But isn’t sending big, strapping, steely-eyed men with buzz cuts and special-ops tattoos, at the very least, visually hypocritical? Don’t these guards against voter intimidation intimidate people themselves? “That is not our purpose,” assures Brink. “Voters showing up to the polls probably won’t even notice they are there. These men are trained to be ghosts.”

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  • http://twitter.com/mamaearth cindy nowicki

    Exactly what is needed in this presidential election! Ohio will need their help the most. The fear is voter fraud will be rampant there.

    • Jenifer Burks

      The real fear shouldn’t be voter fraud, It is voter suppression and voter intimidation. “But voter fraud in general is rare. And that particular form of voter fraud is “virtually non-existent,” according to the extensive public-records search conducted by News21, a nonpartisan investigative news project funded by the Carnegie and Knight foundations.”

      • MrsThurstonHowell

        What rock are you living under? A DEMOCRAT voter in NC openly bragged on Facebook that he had already voted four times and was going to vote again. Is that not FRAUD? Go back to the Sesame Street website. That is more along the lines of your mentality.
        No offense to Big Bird, of course.

      • Kimberly Robinson

        There was Republican, Roxanne Duncan, I do believe who had to do the perp walk. She tried to vote more than once. Of course, Republicans think that voter fraud is committed by Democrats, but NOT!!!

        • tyler520

          #truefact – 90% of ‘voter irregularities’ since 2000 have benefited the DNC

      • tyler520

        LIE

      • delahaya

        Jennifer, you should be ashamed of your lie. Dead people are voting in California and New Yorkers are voting in Florida. There have been vote fraud convictions in 46 states. Democrats in Arkansas and Illinois are going to jail for it. And on and on. It benefits you so you don’t care. Which makes you corrupt also

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000929752961 Annette Rf

          I grew up in a Democrat family in S Philly; my grandfather was a ward leader for 20 years. Voter fraud IS REAL, I saw it. In fact I saw it recently when I worked as a GOP polling official.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000929752961 Annette Rf

        “Who you sh*ttin’, Mabel?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.gobel Todd Gobel

    You guys should come armed incase the blue helmets show up

    • hwy505

      They are “armed” – those are their weapons secondary to their intelligence. These are men who can take care of business without firearms. True heroes!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707270629 Jim Speed

      Thats not a good idea Todd.. they don’t need guns, those guys know what to do.

    • Its True

      Fucking morons.

      • MrSmarty

        Hey “It’s True” You need to drink some more booze, smoke some more dope, pop a couple of Xanax, and ease down to your favorite bath house and emote with some of your buds.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Walter-Hefty-Jr/661099546 Walter Hefty Jr

      They’re only there to observe and report.

      As much as I’d LOVE to witness a New Black Pussy Punk or two try to take down any of these men and get their asses handed to them, that’s not what they are there for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandra-Carey/1359368423 Sandra Carey

    Awwwwwwwsome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696022762 Nancy Shuple

    thank you!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gidget1966 Gwen Scott

    WOW these guys are awesome PERFECT they are doing this is wonderful! Sad that this is needed but so glad they are doing it!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707270629 Jim Speed

    If ANYONE disagrees with what these men are doing – then you are clearly UNAMERICAN, there is nothing left to say other than you want darkness instead of light (exposure of wrong).. They are there to report INTIMIDATION by videotaping it and CALLING POLICE to deal with it. Yet I believe there will be some DUMBA$$ liberal democrats out there that actually thinks this is not a good idea.. again.. Refer to my comment at the beginning.. UnAmerican to want NO REPORTING of voter intimidation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Engelmann/100003059048385 Jeff Engelmann

    Paper ballots, purple thumbs, cleaned up voter rolls, voter ID laws, no “early voting” (absentee only), and guaranteed access for military members.

    • UncleCarm

      Jeff, you are a genius. Everyone acts like our problems are so complicated, but they really are not.

    • free4now

      Exactly. Americans would be surprised to learn that in South Africa that is exactly how voting occurs. In addition, one has to produce one’s National Identity Book and have it stamped as having voted; ID numbers are matched up against the Voters Roll and only then is one allowed into the hall to vote. It works.

    • http://www.facebook.com/FlowerO Nancy O’Leary

      Agree with everything but the ‘no early voting’ – why would you want to take away opportunities to vote. The pictures of those long lines of people waiting hours, up to 8 hours, show that more early voting hours are needed, not less. What on earth is your rationale for saying that?

      • Retired Chief Petty Officer

        Those long lines come from a desire to make a difference. It is a sign of civic health, not incompetence or an attempt to suppress voting.

      • delahaya

        because early voting just gives the Democrat ground game more time to commit voter fraud

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4RU3T6VV7HWHSY7MSSHXO4K3JQ Jennifer

    Thank you!

  • Zcat

    Beautiful–Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1136646086 Faimalo Lagi

    We appreciate everything you do for our country and continues to do to protect it and standing for what is right for our country!! May God be with you all!

  • djdazz

    Good for them, need another 2000 of them all over the country. The current admin wants their dead people and dog votes over the soldiers who sacrifice everything for this country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.christiana.1 Mike Christiana

    Bravo! Thank you gentlemen for continuing to do what you do!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=586866794 Donald Joy

    OPERATION BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA 2012 PANTHER STOMP AND SQUASH LIVE TOMORROW!!

    • Kenneth Watson

      Well, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that but assault and mayhem is exactly what the New Black Panther Party Pussy Posse always threatens. But there is never anyone answering back. I’m not from PA but NJ, still it is good to see the folks across the bridge standing up to these worthless, gutless vicious cowardly pukes. They would do better with their usual habit of mugging grannies. Although they are gunning up, too.

  • klm_jr

    HAHA! The ‘ghosts’ will keep the black panthers wnodering where they are! May God BLESS you all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/OCEANSIDEGANGBUSTER Ron Hinton

    Let the Games begin, Black Panthers……

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Monty-Saylor/1707233353 Monty Saylor

      Who would you bet on,loud mouths or the best trained soldiers in the world?

      • Reverend Ken

        Is Israel sending men? Sorry but truth is truth.

  • Its True

    A bunch of military welfare queens trying to intimidate minority voters for a group of unintelligent, easily manipulated conservatives who are barely coherent enough to veil their own racism – even thinly.

    Too bad it won’t matter, as conservatism is – thankfully – a dying ideology. Can’t keep everyone brainwashed and uneducated forever, conservatrash.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eagle/1603783368 Robert Eagle

      It’s good to see a “tolorant” liberal!. And as usual, can only be insulting to other people and has no respect for anyone else! Those men that you hold so dear and insult, are the same ones that helped fight to give you the right to do so! Having a big mouth doesn’t make you a man but your actions do! Obviously, you haven’t made it to that stage of your life yet. Too Cowardly to even use you own name! Grow up buudy, because otherwise you are going to have one heck of a tough life.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002166668687 Ali Goria

        Actually, a homophobic Liberal. Like the rest of them. throwing around the term “queen” as a pejorative.

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.boyd.56 Scott Boyd

      you have done a good job of keeping yourself uneducated for sometime now. Keep using the race card it fits your personality

    • MrSmarty

      For “It’s True”: When did you become feminized? Did you lack a strong father figure as a child or were you born that way? Believe it or not, the word “Racism” is worn out. The only people who that word matters to anymore are politicans, professional race hustlers, and girls like you.

    • MrSmarty

      Furthermore Ms.”It’s True”, you can throw all the hissy fits you want in front of your computer but if one of those warriors confronted you, you would wet your panties.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503620046 James Foreman

      Just for that silly ass comment ITS TRUE… I would love to skull FUCK you. Because obviously you do not have any grey matter worth saving

    • http://www.facebook.com/harrison.beeson Harrison Beeson

      “A dying ideology?”

      Sure… Go with that. Hey troll, did you ever stop and think, “Hey, this is a thread with predominantly conservative posters. Maybe I should watch out?”

      Oh, that’s right. You don’t think. Silly me. Just remember, those SEALs that you find to be “f***ing morons?” They served overseas to give you your right to hate them. Hell, some of them had friends who died for your rights to live in this nation. Maybe instead of trying to tear these guys down, understand that they are trying to make this election more fair than the last; your heroes, the Black Panthers, did their level best to make the last election corrupted. It’s bile like the stuff you spew that makes you progressives look like a bunch of immature kids. Do yourself a favor, and get over yourself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002166668687 Ali Goria

      Actually a Federal Court found the Obama administration guilty of interference with the 2008 New Black Panthers case. So keep your crazy for Ed Schultz. Also your homophobia. Military [welfare?] queens? Darling it was the drag queens and trans women of NYC who started the Stonewall riots in 1970 and started the LGBT movement. So even though you think you’re insulting our military, you’re actually insulting the LGBT community LOL. See, biotch, some of us CONSERVATIVES know our sh!t and recognize liberal homophobia when we see it. BTW where’s the billy stick your punk azz Black Panther carried in 2008 if he wasn’t doing anything ~wrong, while shouting racist obscenities at white people? History much? Yes this is a read.

    • tyler520

      Do us a favor and jump off a bridge when Romney schools your boy.

      • Allen Arndt

        Romney lost to Obama, or as you put it, Obama schooled your boy. HAHAHA

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000929752961 Annette Rf

      Typical elitist liberal snob. Thank God your type aborts your children.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Looney/100000180489636 Patrick Looney

    how many new black panthers does a seal need to repave a city street? …..only 1 ….if you stomp him thin enough !!

    • MrSmarty

      That’s a good one! The smell of the “paving job” would be a problem though. How about recycling them in a tank of piranhas? Throw “It’s True” in there first as an appetizer. Even better, after the panthers are flattened, chop them into pieces and send them to Louisiana to be the main ingredient in gumbo used as feed on an alligator farm.

  • http://twitter.com/reshas Heidi ABO

    The bp’s would run away crying like Obama was last night. Would LOVE to see that.

  • http://twitter.com/realspoiled Linda

    THANK YOU SEAL TEAM 6! YOU ARE A GREAT TEAM! GOD BLESS YOU ALL! VOTE NO MORE OBAMA!

  • Kristin Thomas

    Get ’em boys! Hoo-Rah!

    • Reverend Ken

      Amen!

  • sccinnc

    Intimidation is on-going NOW! Fox News already has video of a fully-uniformed NBP member outside the polling precinct.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002166668687 Ali Goria

    Thanks Philly mag for actually writing an unbiased report! WERQ!

  • Danny

    You’d better hurry. They’re already back at the same station they were at in 2008. Just saw it on video this morning.

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_Dufresne Brian Dufresne

    Heros never stop being heros even when they’re not wearing the uniform.

  • Ricardo Queso

    It’s Go Time.

  • Ricardo Queso
  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.middleton.77 Sharon Middleton

    It is obvious they are needed. When Obastard & Co. are pulling out all their dirty tricks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003105863276 Political Dookie

    Awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rdemedicis Renee DeMedicis

    May God Bless you and this Country today as we take our Country back with our Freedom to Vote!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tsoeller1 Theresa O’Keefe-Soeller

    Here’s a brilliant idea. Instead of guarding the rights of voters, how about you put yourself to better use by travelling up to NYC and parts of NJ where people are afraid to leave there homes because of looters. Put your boots on the ground up there and do some real good – Panthers and SEALs.

  • http://twitter.com/LAscarrunz Lou Ascarrunz

    God bless the SEALS! Thank you for your service, and thank you for helping make sure voters aren’t harrassed or intimidated by billy club wielding thugs!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Green/100001601838426 Kevin Green

    “It’s Not the People Who Vote that Count; It’s the People Who Count the Votes” – Stalin

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rhonda-Thompson/100000514072821 Rhonda Thompson

    amen to our military

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paige-Fram/520522955 Paige Fram

    Great work guys!!

  • RubyTwo

    Excellent. We need them everywhere.

  • earjamr

    I hope the seals are equipped with jars of vaseline to prevent chapped lips or God forbid a black panther brings a nightstick/baton a la 2008.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MHMTVTQUZ76YELDUQDJ2CATLUA Paul Diguardi

    Notice how Obama says nothing about the Black Panthers and voter intimidation? He’s a piece of shit just like the rest of them.

  • http://twitter.com/tuf_girl Cindy Waters

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAH. Navy Seals are showing up to polls and nobody can see them. Sounds plausible.

  • gracepmc

    Defending our country and our freedom. Works for me. Thanks!

  • earjamr

    I wish all available SEALS would march down Main St USA carrying signs saying “REMEMBER BENGHAZI”

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmygee.55 Jimmy Gee

    In answer to the question would I be intimidated by guys with buzz cuts and SpecOps tattoos, no, I wouldn’t. Of course, Black Panthers don’t intimidate me either… they just piss me off and make me want to vomit…

  • nobleagl

    Too bad know one considered recruiting disabled vets to monitor polling sites to extol their virtues and reaffirm the rolls they played in insuring all Americans freedom to vote for the candidate of their choice,

  • http://www.facebook.com/jean.kuzon Jean Kuzon

    Thank you for your past and continuing service “Seal Team November 6!” I’ve seen pictures of the Panthers outside polls in Philadelphia again today, so I truly hope you are there also! I actually thought it was illegal to loiter around (especially within 100 feet of) a polling place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.campanario John Campanario

    Where was the concern when Republicans tried time and again to intimidate and suppress voters? The crank robo calls with false information, intimidating billboards, CEO’s bullying employees, unscrupulous public servants tossing non-GOP voter registries? Yet the guard is called out because some people wearing berets are hanging on a corner in Philly? This is Tulsa, OK 1921 reboot.

    • BeauRyker

      Oh, just STFU!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612472342 Israel Rodriguez

    Thats the GOOD GUYS for you… Proud of my Seals…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Montemuro/100000189798188 Stephen Montemuro

    as a Philly born and raised veteran I love the fact that you guys are doing this. it’s bad enough they’re doing this . It’s even a bigger disgrace that the DOJ , the Mayor, and even ward leaders and police are letting them there. IT STINKS

  • http://twitter.com/drheidibach Dr. Heidi Bach

    Thank GOD for YOU, Special OPS… Thank you for BEING PRECISELY where those particular Mayors and Governors clearly “fail to go.”

  • Allen Arndt

    OK, the election is over. ““We are going to watch for intimidation, videotape it, if possible, and report it to the proper authorities.” so, where is the evidence of massive voter intimidation in philadelphia? oh, right, there was none. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/brightseer Joey Sebright

    VOTER FRAUD IS TREASON and should be treated as such,,,ANYONE “fixing’ or in any way involved in voter fraud should be treated as an enemy of the United States