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Chthonic asks: What's the naughtiest thing a boss has ever asked you to do? And did you do it? Or perhaps you are the boss and would like to confess.

(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 13:36)
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In the 80's after I'd left the army me and a few mates started doing contract work and one of the
best contracts was out in Sri Lanka. You have to bear in mind that the local forces are typically shite so they like to use westerners for important jobs as well as a status symbol. (I'm so important I have two Brits guarding me and all that.) A lot of our work was up North working on securing the "border" around Yapanaya and stopping Tamil Tigers from wandering out and killing Sinhal locals. Usual yarbles if you've ever spent time swopping fire with distant wankers.
We used to get one weekend in three off and typically enjoyed the tropical delights on offer, but after a few months we got offered some extra work.
The job was to take old Israeli Dvora fast attack craft up to the Northern waters (NNA/NCNA) and sink just about anything up there which wasn't official Lanka traffic. It did used to have suicide boats picking on international traafic as well as Indian boats smuggling arms to the terrorists. It wasn't difficult work, especially as the main gun is a 20mil and a single shot from one of those will bring down a full grown palm tree - I know because we took turns doing just that when it got quiet.
It was "off book" work but at 5k a weekend each (in the 80's) it was a great earner, even if a trifle naughty.
(, Sat 9 Jul 2011, 23:53, 8 replies)
I think
you may have confused 'war crimes' with 'dodgy work practices', no?

Just sayin'.
(, Sun 10 Jul 2011, 0:26, closed)
Doubt it... war crimes are very fashionable nowadays, everyone knows them at a time when less folk have actual experience of war...
Nation states are quite legally allowed to protect their waters from piracy, terrorists and arms smugglers. The Tamil Tigers even had a sea-borne wing... the Sea Tigers, something the IRA didn't even try.
Sri Lanka did try co-operating with the UN with the problem shipping but the UN just used to fuck it up gloriously so they stopped.
(, Sun 10 Jul 2011, 1:13, closed)
So let me get this straight
Your boss, once paid you 5 grand a weekend to murder people?
(, Sun 10 Jul 2011, 9:18, closed)
That's a negative way of looking at it
How about "Attempting to rid the world of the bastards who invented the suicide belt"? I think you'll find he was fighting armed opponents, not slaughtering civillians.
(, Sun 10 Jul 2011, 17:13, closed)
Either way...
...he's my hero.
(, Mon 11 Jul 2011, 2:52, closed)
"sink just about anything up there which wasn't official Lanka traffic."
Indiscriminate slaughter sounds rather negative to me.
(, Mon 11 Jul 2011, 9:50, closed)

Crazy, isnt it? Considering squaddies make nothing even close to that! The injustice!
(, Mon 11 Jul 2011, 12:41, closed)
Sent out to murder.
Sent home to be mocked by the internet.

It's a modern day First Blood.
(, Mon 11 Jul 2011, 10:03, closed)

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