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Who is Onyx Syakumi…and have we forgotten ourselves?

Posted by Fleet News Service on February 2, 2008

Yesterday I had the pleasure of an interview with Onyx Syakumi. Many of you know her as the leader of the OPSEC Team. Recently she has taken the temporary role of Marine Commander. Many of you have a distrust of the military and of the OPSEC Team…I hope today to shed a little light upon Ms. Syakumi in the hopes that there will be understanding and an appreciation for the fleets finest.

I started by thanking for her the opportunity and explained my hopes for the interview…she responded skeptically, “I see. I hope that you will forgive my reluctance to believe that, judging by the fact that the most press-worthy accomplishments of my team have been met with silence from the News Review whilst their lesser deeds have been misreported and press the boundaries of yellow journalism and libel.” I was a bit taken abck at her response…but I will admit that it did have a loud ring of truth…and further showed me there is a great rift that needs to be healed.

Recently Interim President Vicky Vielle present people from New Aerelon commendations…Ms. Syakumi was among those to receive them. Some of you may know that she resposed by declining to accept it. I asked her why she owuld turn down such a prestigious commendation…”I asked that the commendation be rescinded because I believe that the manner in which this fleet as a whole has sought to commend the warriors who put everything that they had at risk for the benefit of others has been worse than abysmal. The token gratitude that was expressed in the form of that commendation, in addition to being misplaced, is not sufficient to let this issue rest. Furthermore, the reasons that were cited for the issuance of the commendation do not exceed the requirements and expectations placed upon me as part of my mission parameters. Commendations are to be issued for exceptional honor, glory, or virtue.”

I took her statement not as a slap in the face of the President or of the military…but as a sign that we as a people really do not understand someone with that level of dedication. It seems they do not want commendations…they just want people to understand why they do what they do…”…the animosity that I have sensed in this fleet toward myself, my team, and those outside of it who bled for this fleet has been quite staggering.”

I became aware of a group called the Fleet Defense Foundation that Ms. Syakumi founded herself and I asked her about it, “I am surprised that you have learned of it already. In a large sense, the Fleet Defense Foundation was established as a result of the animosity that I have already mentioned toward members of the military and security forces of our fleet. Its purpose is to rally and unite those who stand between the darkness and the light of our fragile civilization so that we are not continually targeted, abused, and neglected by those who share little understanding of our uncommon valor…The union shall exist solely as a special interest group. We will appoint lobbyists to carry our cases and issues before the Quorum and to the President as a reminder that not only do we exist, but that we are a very large group who takes a collective interest in their voting records.”

As I said before she took the position of Marine Commander….I wondered if it was a permanent position, “My place is with my team. I will restructure and repair the damage that has been done to the Marines, and as things stand currently I will select a successor before returning to my former station.”

Ms. Syakumi came from Scorpia…I asked her how she came to be among the fleet and if she came with her team or had formed it after, “My team was in the midst of a military exercise upon Scorpia when the cylon attack was initiated. We were outside of the inhabitable zones created by the detonation of their nuclear weapons, due to the remote nature of the operation. For quite some time we were cut off from our command infrastructure and left to our own devices in the wastelands. We conducted a campaign of discretionary warfare against the cylons for some time before learning of the existence of survivors beyond the colonies. We were only able to locate and unite with the fleet some time later, after securing transport and jumping out of colonial space with the other survivors that we were able to secure before departing.” Like all of here we have lost loved ones…some lost many and some only a few…Ms. Syakumi is among those who lost few, “My team is my family. In that respect, I was more fortunate than most…I have spent more time with them than in my adolescent years with my biological family…”

I opened up the interview to get a sense of what she wanted…what truly drove her, “What I would like to see and what is realistic may well be two different things. If it were my decision to make with the blessing of some divine intervention, I would love nothing more than to be the pike upon which the cylons were skewered, hoisted, and allowed very slowly to die. More realistically, however, OPSEC Antares belongs where it is right now: as an emergency response team guarding the vitality and welfare of the civilian fleet. I do not anticipate a change from that directive.” And who she was…who is the woman behind that black uniform? I asked, “That tells the readers a little about you…but what would you like to tell us about the woman behind the uniform?” She sat silent for a long time…long enough I was becoming concerned, “Only that as long as she lives that every cylon reading whatever article may come of this interview shall have a reason to know fear, and to know hate. I have long since shed all but the most basic necessities of humanity. I would not truthfully know how to tell you what lay behind the uniform, save the steel.”

And in closing words of this article and of my interview with her, she said this…”Only that right now, the only sentience that knows the truth of what happened upon New Aerelon are the cylons and the warriors who most of them have forsaken. That that truth shall soon be spoken, and that the members of the military who served, and bled, and died upon that world for all of them shall be honored for the sacrifices. I would tell them that petty congratulations and meager toasts at social gatherings do not make up for the slander, and the bile, and the vitriol that they express toward those who wear the uniform. There are those within this fleet who have come to believe a lie that they have told themselves. That lie is that deep down, they believe that we are relics of a bygone era of armed conflict … that we are no longer necessary. The truth from that lie is that those who pick up a weapon and stand a post do so with the utmost sense of pride and selflessness for their sacrifices. They do it so that all of those who have the luxury of being snide behind their backs and …
questioning the means through which they provide that freedom may continue to enjoy it.

Ms. Pink, The News-Review

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45 Responses to “Who is Onyx Syakumi…and have we forgotten ourselves?”

  1. Slow But Sure said

    “I have long since shed all but the most basic necessities of humanity. I would not truthfully know how to tell you what lay behind the uniform, save the steel” Those were words spoken by Ms. Syakumi herself. Now… Am I the only one thinking this talk of shedding humanity and having steel behind the uniform sounds a little Cylon-ish?

    Here’s hoping it was just a poor choice of words…

  2. Commander Nephilim said

    Be sure of this, Slow But Sure….Captain Regina “Onyx” Syakumi is a Razor.

  3. Slow But Sure said

    I’m sure she’s a heroine, through and through. I’m just saying… I thought we were fighting to keep our humanity, not shed it. But perhaps it was just a poor choice of words to begin with.

  4. Major Heidi Stiglitz said

    “Those were words spoken by Ms. Syakumi herself. Now… Am I the only one thinking this talk of shedding humanity and having steel behind the uniform sounds a little Cylon-ish?

    Here’s hoping it was just a poor choice of words…”

    There’s an old Aerelon saying that applies to rancid accusations like this: “He who smelt it, dealt it.”

  5. Onyx Syakumi said

    Anonymous:

    Those are my words, and I meant every one of them. You will also note that when I speak words like those offered in the last two sentences of my interview, I am talking specifically to people like you.

    My conditioning and my sacrifices have saved countless lives since long before the Cylons attacked our colonies. What have you done that you would question the methods I employ to save them?

    Go back to your parties and the lives that you so desperately seek to cling to even as we stare down the barrel of the gun, “Slow But Sure.”

    There’s no room for people who ask such questions on our wall.

    -Regina “Onyx” Syakumi
    Commander, OPSEC Antares, On Leave
    Commanding Officer, Colonial Marine Corps

  6. thalberd said

    Captain Syakumi is an immensely talented individual. We are extremely fortunate that she contributes her time and energies to keeping us all safe. It is precisely because of her sacrifice and professionalism that she is one of the most capable officers in the fleet.

    Anyone who bothers to get to know her personally may also be lucky enough to discover a warm person with a rich sense of humor.

    Thank you for your service, Onyx!!!

    Tanya Halberd
    President

  7. Slow But Sure said

    What have you done that you would question the methods I employ to save them?

    Go back to your parties and the lives that you so desperately seek to cling to even as we stare down the barrel of the gun, “Slow But Sure.”

    I didn’t question your methods; I questioned your choice of words. Then again maybe I did question your methods a little. Becoming a machine to kill other machines; is that really worth it? Don’t they win, in some measure, if along the way we lose that which makes us human?

    And what about those parties? Not everyone runs down to Afterburners at the slightest sign of a party. However, I seem to remember the now-president has gone to great lengths to organise lots of parties. Is that wrong, then? If so, Ms. Halberd’s recent election to President must certainly seem odd.

    I’ve stared down the barrel of that gun you mention myself. I do my part. And I plan not to lose my humanity while doing it.

    As far as I’m concerned, I do sincerely hope the heroine in question simply chose the wrong words (as I did say in my original comment) and is in fact a warm-blooded human behind the mask.

  8. Onyx Syakumi said

    Anonymous:

    At no point in my interview did I state that it was my desire to see everyone, or indeed anyone, make the choice that I have made. Part of the very reason that I have made this choice is so that in doing so, fewer others shall have to do the same. The only thing that I have asked of any of you is that you not question the manner in which we allow you the freedom to choose what you become and what you make of your lives.

    I consider no portion of my statement to have been made in poor choice for verbage. I am a very deliberate speaker.

    With respect to your allegation that I am not permissive of the President’s desire for celebration as a means of expressing unity, I am well aware as a military leader what the value of morale is. I do not begrudge anyone the choices that they make up until the moment that they bring into question my own. I have attended many of President Halberd’s functions. I do not drink at them … I do not dance at them … but that does not mean that I condemn them.

    I simply believe that without people like me, people like her could not exist.

    -Regina “Onyx” Syakumi
    Commander, OPSEC Antares, On Leave
    Commanding Officer, Colonial Marine Corps

  9. Cathiee McMillan said

    Greetings Citizens of the fleet,
    you all know that i am an outspoken person. I have spoken out against Opsec and the way it was run, and how it seemed to always be after something on the TQ. When I was on New Aerlon, I will say that i am grateful that Onyx was in charge of the assult to free us from the cylons.
    I have done alot that i am not proud of but i can not regret those actions.
    I do have to take account with the following line that Ms. Syakumi has said

    “Go back to your parties and the lives that you so desperately seek to cling to even as we stare down the barrel of the gun, “Slow But Sure.”
    There’s no room for people who ask such questions on our wall”

    Onyx their is always room for those people to ask questions even on your wall, you are not a cylon and that statement is very facistic. Please do not put your self in that role. Your humanity lies with listing to those questions even if you do not agree with them. And to let others speak out.
    And i have looked into the face of Hell, and was reborn in it in a bath of blood So looking down that Barrel will be nothing to me. I even think of that barrel to release its bullet into my forhead and end my life. But i am not a cylon and will not be reborn.

    I will always Question

    Thank you
    Cathiee

  10. Onyx Syakumi said

    Cathiee:

    Thank you for having the courage to put your name to your words, unlike our good friend.

    There is no room for questions within the ranks of those who must follow orders unconditionally, Cathiee. The wall upon which we stand post does not have a place for those who question, but let us get to the meat of this issue. The “question” that our anonymous guest has asked of me is not a question at all, but rather a personal attack against myself. He has alluded to the belief that I am a Cylon or that I am no better than them, at any rate. His “question” has no strength of merit behind it, because it targets a personal choice that I have made and that I do not attempt to impose upon any other.

    What grants this person the right to challenge the manner in which I have decided to conduct my life, to fight my enemies, and to ensure that no harm comes to ingrates like them? What harm have I done to this person? Does my mere existence offend them? I suspect very much so that it does. I believe that people like this look at me as little more than a grotesquerie that should be banished from sight for as long as they do not feel a need for my protection. These same people are the ones who are so quick to change their tune when their precious lives are actually threatened by something tangible to their immediate existence.

    I have no respect for people like “Slow But Sure.” They have neither the courage nor the honor to stand behind their statements, and thus they are deserving of nothing but contempt from me.

    And for the record, I have heard what accusations were made of the two OPSEC officers that were politely and unobtrusively conducting business on the Tylium Queen. I have heard how they were painted to be the “storm troopers” of President Halberd, and that the only reason they were wanting to ask questions of the individual they were searching for was to “cover up some bad press.” This behavior is not asking questions, Cathiee. That variety of conduct serves only one purpose: to further destroy the fabric of unity that so many of us would like very much to preserve.

    The manner in which the two of them were treated was disgraceful, and the allegations made against them were nothing but scathing lies that were conjured solely for the purpose of slandering them.

    -Regina “Onyx” Syakumi
    Commander, OPSEC Antares, On Leave
    Commanding Officer, Colonial Marine Corps

  11. Commander Nephilim said

    I’ll keep this short and simple as I always do in the media. I adressed the statements of Captain Syakumi by calling her a Razor. For those that don’t habla, a Razor is a person who can sacrifice and put aside those very liberties that Razor protects in order to do what must be done, so that we all can enjoy the fruits of continued life and freedom. It is obviously a hard concept for those who have never been part of the long blue line to grasp.

    Adm. A Nephilim
    Battlestar Pacifica
    BSG47

  12. LT (jg) Y. Laws said

    I was flying with two nuggets one day and the cylons jumped in.

    I was hit first, and purposely used my plan to absorb fire meant for the nuggets.

    I was quickly shot down and floated to the surface of the battlestar.

    What I witnessed was amazing.

    Our Marine Captain manned a gun, and provided covering fire for the two nuggets.

    She took out the cylon, finishing the job I’d started, saving two nuggets from near certain destruction at the risk of her own life.

    In sick bay, we gave her a call sign, Archer, for her long range kill. Anyone that questions her dedication goes through me first.

    Any attack on her is an attack on me. The Lioness will defend savagely, with renewed energy from deep pain in her heart.

    As stated before, her OPSEC crew rowdy and sometimes even a little rude. I have absolute faith in them and have no problem fighting or dying with them.

    Archer, do not dignify anonymous attacks with a response.

    Training Officer 8th Squadron is glad to have you and your crew.

    End wireless message……

  13. Slow But Sure said

    Thank you for having the courage to put your name to your words, unlike our good friend.
    Since this barb was aimed directly at me, I’d simply like to point out I put a name to my words. Perhaps not the name my mother and father gave me, but a name nonetheless. Ms Syakumi may insist on calling me “Anonymous” every time she replies to me, but I made sure I gave her a way of telling me apart from crowd.

    And am I glad I used a – shall we say – “artistic” name. Because people are jumpy, and some of us have professions where we are not supposed to go around expressing opinion or even criticism of an officer of the 12 Colonies. But in the end I’m only human.

    So, for all you jumpy people out there: I have accused no one of being a Cylon – I wouldn’t do so without a very strong reason and some damned suspicious string of evidence to back it up. I do, however, think Ms Syakumi’s choice of words was in very bad taste on that interview. And for all of you who think the only way to win against the Cylons is to lose your humanity I have only one thing to say: may the Gods have mercy on your souls.

    S.B.S.

    (As an aside to subsequent comments, which may have been aimed at me directly or just at the general public: yes, I am well aware of what a Razor is.

    Also to Ms. Laws: the fact someone kills Cylons does not automatically exclude them from the Cylon ranks, just like the fact that someone who kills humans is also not automatically excluded from the ranks of humanity. I’m sure a study of human history will show plenty of occasions where man killed man.

    Again, before the hasty readers of the News Review start jumping to conclusions because they did not read my words carefully enough let me state it crystal clear: I have not accused Ms. Syakumi of being a Cylon anywhere in my comments. Take a breath, reread carefully and you’ll see that.)

  14. LT (jg) Y. Laws said

    I learned a phrase from a mysterious visitor from a place called America.

    Put up or shut up.

    If you accuse Onyx of being a cylon, I say offer proof.

    If you accuse, me run and hide because there is plenty of room in the brig for me.

    You are ignorant, you offer no proof.

    Why do you use an alias. Who are you, what is your name and lets sit down and talk. Clearly I am reachable.

    I think this has gone far enough.

    Anyone that attacks anonymously is a coward and is unworthy of future response.

    Show yourself or be gone.

    LT(jg) Yevka Laws
    Training Officer
    8th Squadron
    47th Air Wing
    Battle Star Group 47
    Pacifica
    Frakheads

  15. Onyx Syakumi said

    “Slow But Sure”:

    You are correct. That barb was directed at you, and I do not believe that your attempts at justifying your anonymity have been successful as of yet. The reality of the situation is that you refuse to put a name to your words that might be tracked back to you as a known identity with this fleet. What that tells me is that you would lack the conviction to make these accusations to my face, but if it is solely a matter of ‘public opinion’ as you claim, I invite you to raise me on a private wireless frequency to discuss these ‘concerns’ that you have expressed.

    In reading your words carefully as you have insisted, your statement that you have a profession which precludes you from publicly making such accusations seems to lend credence to the belief that you fear a backlash for the words that you have written here. If you truly believe that I am a ‘heroine’ as you formerly described in your correspondence with Admiral Nephilim, I find myself very curious as to what it is that you believe you have to fear from me. I suspect that the reality of the situation is that you harbor no such purity of virtue in the manner in which you regard me, nor do I believe that you have ever done so.

    Explain to me, if you will, “S.B.S,” why it is that you take such grave offense to my response to a personal inquiry. Would it have been more socially sanitary to you had I giggled vacantly and revealed my deep-seated love of ponies and frilly things? The reason that people are being overly critical of the viewpoint that you have expressed is because my personal choices, much less my personality as a whole, are none of your business. Unless you believe that my personality has directly effected you in some way as to grant you a right to state a public grievance against me, you have no reason to express your opinions rather than to promote the willful damage of my reputation and sully the very sacrifices that I have made. Do not think for a moment that your prejudices can be hidden by fanciful and yet unapologetic ‘clarifications’ to your expressed view.

    Rather than attack me for using the most honest words that I am still able to conceive, I would have preferred it if you had simply said ‘thank you’ and gone back to your daily routine. Instead, you decided to deepen the rift that exists between those who serve and those who are protected.

    Finally, in closing, I will offer you this: do not implore the mercy of the ‘gods’ to ‘save’ me. I am not apologetic to you, nor to ‘them’ for the simple reality of what I have become. You cast aspersions of criticism and curse those who wear the uniform with fallacies, invoking words that they have never spoken. No one has said that the ‘only’ way to make war with our enemies is to do as I have done. If there is any ‘mercy’ from the ‘gods’ at all, I would hope that no one else should ever have to make this choice. I do not celebrate what I am, but I will challenge you to dispute the results that it has accomplished with respect to my deeds.

    And if it should be so that your ‘gods’ should judge me as you have insinuated, I shall very gladly add the sins of their inaction and apathy to pyre of my hatred. If your ‘gods’ are so critical of what I am, then it was not their hand that saved the lives of every man, woman, and child on New Aerelon. It was the ‘iniquitous sacrilege’ of we, the forsaken and defamed Dogs of Hades that acted where they have failed.

    -Regina “Onyx” Syakumi
    Commander, OPSEC Antares, On Leave
    Commanding Officer, Colonial Marine Corps

  16. Cathiee McMillan said

    Onyx, let me repost what you have said. And thank you I am not afraid to voice my Opnions.

    “And for the record, I have heard what accusations were made of the two OPSEC officers that were politely and unobtrusively conducting business on the Tylium Queen. I have heard how they were painted to be the “storm troopers” of President Halberd, and that the only reason they were wanting to ask questions of the individual they were searching for was to “cover up some bad press.” This behavior is not asking questions, Cathiee. That variety of conduct serves only one purpose: to further destroy the fabric of unity that so many of us would like very much to preserve.

    The manner in which the two of them were treated was disgraceful, and the allegations made against them were nothing but scathing lies that were conjured solely for the purpose of slandering them.”
    ——————————————————————————————–

    I do not know where this has come from, I have not since President Halberd has taken office Slandered Opsec as storm troopers for her. I have not treated them in a disgraceful way, I am not out to destroy, the unity of humanity.
    Yes i realize my defiance against what is the authority at hand can cause us to bump heads. But sometimes some one like me needs to speak out and raise the flag to have people look at what is going on.

    On another note, why does thePresident need Opsec to cover up “Bad Press” These are your words Onyx not mine or anyone elses so you have just placed with this word that Opsec is the presidents own personal Hush Hush Squad.
    As a citizen i do not feel that the President should have the authority to send Opsec on a mission to hush her “bad Press”.
    That is the job of her cabinet and Press Secretary – Kiltcheck Douglas.

    Now more than ever us citizens should watch what the President and Opsec are doing.
    If I am elected into a seat in the council of 12 I encourage every citizen to approach me, With their issues. If they feel their representative is not dealing with their concerns. I will do my best to bring them to light in front of the council.

    You can reach me on Tylium Queen at Calypso’s Dream.

    Cathiee

  17. Slow But Sure said

    To Ms. Laws:
    You obviously didn’t even read the post you were replying to, because you say “If you accuse Onyx of being a cylon, I say offer proof” and “You are ignorant, you offer no proof” in reply to me. Now, perhaps my handwriting was not easy to read, so I’m gonna quote myself (which is usually considered bad form, but I’ll make an exception), from the post you were replying to and I’ll even make it bold, so you can read better. Ready? Here it goes: “So, for all you jumpy people out there: I have accused no one of being a Cylon – I wouldn’t do so without a very strong reason and some damned suspicious string of evidence to back it up”. No one has been accused of anything worse than a sad choice of words, people.

    To Ms. Syakumi:
    You say: “What that tells me is that you would lack the conviction to make these accusations to my face” to which I ask that you read my reply to Ms. Laws, in the hopes you will realise that the only thing you’ve been accused of is of choosing your words poorly.

    And to “I find myself very curious as to what it is that you believe you have to fear from me” I can only say that I do not fear you as such. Why would I? What I do fear is what’s been happening in this thread: the blind backlashing from jumpy people in this fleet.

    And finally: “The reason that people are being overly critical of the viewpoint that you have expressed is because my personal choices, much less my personality as a whole, are none of your business”. Well, from the moment your choices are the matter of a newspaper article they become target of public scrutiny and public opinion. I simply count myself in the latter. And I find it ironic that a fleet fighting for freedom would even indirectly try to suggest I’m not entitled to freedom of speech.

    For the record I have absolutely no grievance against you. Everyone is jumpy in this fleet and everyone has been reading far much more into my words than what is actually there. I hate repeating myself but I’ll do it again (and as I did for Ms. Laws, I’ll make it bold so you can all see clearly): I have accused no one in this fleet of being a frakking Cylon.

    In fact I’m getting tired of repeating myself so I’ll restate a sort of summary of my arguments before I rest my case and my pen on this subject.

    1) I did not accuse Ms. Syakumi of being a Cylon. I accused her of sounding like she’s turning into a machine.
    2) In my very own personal opinion, anyone who lets this war against machines turn
    them into a machine is letting the machines win.
    3) Last I checked freedom of speech still applied in this fleet, and people were entitled to have an opinion on matters which have been turned public in venues of such wide circulation as the News Review.

    With this I rest my case and won’t speak more on this subject.

  18. Slow But Sure said

    ((Ah, damn. Messed up with the italics tags 😦 ))

  19. Onyx Syakumi said

    Cathiee:

    I had not sought to name you explicitly, Cathiee, but seeing as you have now taken you slanderous accusation further, I see no reason to hold back from shining the light of truth upon this situation. Fluffy and Chalice, who are known as Shaula and Eutykhia, came aboard the Tylium Queen in plain clothes and told you that they were looking for Mr. Douglas. They informed you that it was nothing serious and asked if you had seen him. You claimed that you did not know him, which was obviously a lie, and when they clarified his identity to you, you inquired as to whether or not they had been dispatched to ‘silence him’ for giving President Halberd ‘bad press.’

    Despite this, the two officers remained professional and courteous. They thanked you for your time and prepared to depart the Tylium Queen. At that point, you chased them down the stairs to the docking bay to continue antagonizing them. They refused to engage you in a verbal altercation, maintained their composure, and left.

    The reality of the situation was that Mr. Douglas was involved in a minor incident aboard the Pacifica. He was located by the OPSEC officers on duty and politely escorted to the River Delta where he sat in a chair at a table in the lounge and had a simple conversation with them. It became clear that there were misunderstandings and he was released shortly after several Quorum Representatives arrived to review his story.

    Why would you accuse two OPSEC personnel of “silencing bad press” against President Halberd if the man you insinuated they were “silencing” was the President’s own press secretary? The lack of logic that went into making these allegations is stunning, and I maintain my position that the manner in which they were treated was disgraceful.

    It is obvious that you harbor not a single ounce of thankfulness or trust for what myself and my team did to help you on New Aerelon, Cathiee. That you would treat them in this fashion and then repeat your lies and virtiolic comments again in this public forum is even more grievous an insult.

    You are a flag waver, indeed, Ms. McMillan. The flag you wave is one of anarchy, division, intolerance, and ultimately the death of our species.

    -Regina “Onyx” Syakumi
    Commander, OPSEC Antares, On Leave
    Commanding Officer, Colonial Marine Corps

  20. Onyx Syakumi said

    “Slow But Sure:”

    It would seem that you are becoming agitated beneath the pressure, my friend. I did not expect that one so ‘level headed’ as yourself would resort to ad hominems against myself and Lieutenant Laws.

    Since you have taken to quoting, allow me to point out the irony of your first statement to me: “…I ask that you read my reply to Ms. Laws, in the hopes you will realise that the only thing you’ve been accused of is of choosing your words poorly.”

    The only thing that I have said is that you made an accusation. In your own words, you admit that you are accusing me of making an error in selecting my words. As that is an accusation, I reassert my former statement that you do not have the nerve to make this statement to my face, even in private. Prove me wrong if you are so inclined.

    With respect to your statement that you are expressing your freedom of speech, so be it. I would not wish to infringe upon your sacred right to wedge a blade between my ribs even as I shed my blood to shield you from harm. I suppose instead that it is my voice that should be silenced … my freedom of speech that should be revoked, as it is my “poor choice in words” that sparked this glorious discourse. Certainly myself and those who have replied to you here are not entitled to express our own opinions when you resort to anonymous and malign slander.

    As you have decided to withdraw from our engaging conversation, I shall respond in turn to the statements that you have made in closing.

    1) Machines process the air that you breathe, manufacture the food that you eat, shield you from the vacuum of space, heat your body, and enable you to express this ‘freedom of speech’ that you so cherish. That another machine should defend your life from the cylons should come as no great surprise nor solicit such horror.

    2) In my very own personal opinion, the cylons that got frakked over on the other side of my team’s guns on New Aerelon would probably disagree with your assertion, much as they would relish and draw hope from the sentiment behind it.

    3) Last I checked, yours were not exempted from criticism either.

    I’ll be waiting for that private meeting, “S.B.S.”

    -Regina “Onyx” Syakumi
    Commander, OPSEC Antares, On Leave
    Commanding Officer, Colonial Marine Corps

  21. LT (jg) Y. Laws said

    I wrote a detailed line by line refutation of your scandalous words.

    Somehow I seemed to lose it.

    You say you do not accuse, but in fact you do.

    I am happy to meet you any place any time in sim.

    Your language games will fool nobody. The Lioness stands ready, claws out, teeth bared to meet your challenge. I want what Onyx wants, a meeting.

    I have seen no evidence to support the charges that OPSEC suppresses the press. I’ve seen no evidence to support any of your accusations or slanders against me or anyone else.

    I have to get past you and mourn a relationship shattered by the pressure of the peril we all face. You attack a wounded beast and should be forewarned to go no further.

    Meeting. That is what I want. A meeting.

    LT(jg) Yevka Laws
    Training Officer
    8th Squadron
    47th Air Wing
    Battle Star Group 47
    Pacifica
    Frakheads

  22. Cathiee McMillan said

    Onyx,

    you were the one saying that Opsec was their to “cover up some bad press.”
    I did not say that you did, So i am not accusing anyone, I am making a Logical Conclusion. If it is wrong it is wrong but it is about how Opsec and you are Precieved by others in the fleet. You say you choose you words well then when you choose your words of “cover up some bad press” is making it look like Opsec is the stong arm of the new President.
    You are as well twisting my words as i have spun yours.

    –“It is obvious that you harbor not a single ounce of thankfulness or trust for what myself and my team did to help you on New Aerelon, Cathiee. That you would treat them in this fashion and then repeat your lies and virtiolic comments again in this public forum is even more grievous an insult.”–

    I have not spun any lies, It is my opnion, on what i perseve and as we all know Truth is from ones point of view as some one once told me in the law firm that i use to work at on Libris . “Cathiee your always right! of course you will always listen before you tell people they are wrong” Yes i understood the sarcasm my partner was getting to me.
    But with my back ground. Is it not the “Job” of every Citizen to Question the actions of the goverment?

    And you have No idea what I went thru on New Aerelon, so please do not even try to imagine at all that.
    I have thanked you for your help numerious times with what you did their. I do see the need of Opsec. And yes i admit i gave Opsec a problem on the TQ because Kilt is a friend and i was worried for his saftey, I did not attack yoru team down in the hanger, I just noticed that Opsec has to wait for a shuttle like the rest of us.
    Why is it that we do not have the resources for Opsec to have their own shuttle.
    Then if their is an issue on any of the civilian ships Opsec can get their in the quickest time they need and not have to wait for A raptor or the slow boat shuttle. I felt it would benifit Opsec of that. I am sure when I spoke to them of this it seemed, Saracstic and Bitter. But i am still healing from all that i have lost, also you know it is personality. It has been since the day you first meet me at the old After Burners.

    If My obstruction of Opsec in questioning me as to the whera abouts of Kilt was taking as me being disrespectful, to them i apologize, i was watching out for a friend, and was afraid he would end up in the Brig.

    Cathiee

  23. Onyx Syakumi said

    Cathiee:

    I suggest that you go back and closely read what I have written. I very clearly stated that those were allegations that were made against them and that they were slanderous lies. They were lies that were spoken by you to them, and there were several witnesses to this incident.

    You stared the two of them in the eyes and accused them of trying to silence Kiltcheck on the behalf of President Halberd. You alone insinuated that that was what they were doing, when they were nothing but polite and courteous to you.

    The behavior that you exhibited toward them is precisely what I was commenting on in my interview with Ms. Pink. People like yourself want nothing more than to break down the system of government and impose a ruleless anarchy that will cost countless lives and resources. I believe that your voters will also look upon your admission here that you intentionally misled officers who were investigating a potential security breach aboard a warship. You did this, as per your own admission, simply because he was a friend.

    I sincerely hope for our sake that none of your “friends” turn out to be Cylons …

    -Regina “Onyx” Syakumi
    Commander, OPSEC Antares, On Leave
    Commanding Officer, Colonial Marine Corps

  24. Cathiee McMillan said

    OK this is OOC now
    (( I do not recall accusing OPSEC of trying to Silence Kilt check, At the time of OPSEC coming to look for Kilt I was on the TQ, I did not know what they were looking for, Perhapse it was some one else who made that statement it was not me that i recall, If it was then I am wrong, but still you also made the statement as follows.))
    “And for the record, I have heard what accusations were made of the two OPSEC officers that were politely and unobtrusively conducting business on the Tylium Queen. I have heard how they were painted to be the “storm troopers” of President Halberd, and that the only reason they were wanting to ask questions of the individual they were searching for was to “cover up some bad press.” This behavior is not asking questions, Cathiee. That variety of conduct serves only one purpose: to further destroy the fabric of unity that so many of us would like very much to preserve.”

    (( You brought up the Bad Press in this forum not me, ))

  25. Onyx Syakumi said

    (( The next time I log in and am not busy, this can be addressed further. I believe that quite a few people will have a very different recollection of what went down.

    For the record, I’m very deeply sorry to see that this went OOC.

    -Onyx’s Player ))

  26. Cathiee McMillan said

    (( I am sorry, but i am seeing that it was getting into something that i did not want, an argument, If you are perfectly fine with it then i can continue the assult IC and you can Assult me IC as well , but i am concerened with all the OOC stuff that has gone on that i wanted to make sure that this was not going that way))
    (( sorry for jumping it out of IC ))

  27. Inside Source said

    The person that heads the military and civilian security forces, that has got them both working together under her, is a “Razor”: she has no qualms about ignoring the liberties and rights she is suposed to be upholding and defending, all in the name of getting the job done.

    That is efficiency. Thank you, Miss Onyx; thank you President Halberd. Maybe now we’ll have the job finished after two years of barely holding on. No more safeguards holding the protectors in check.

  28. LT (jg) Y. Laws said

    This seems to have evolved to different recollection of events by two people.

    Those two people should resolve it privately.

    It would seem that the anonymous attacks have stopped under a team effort by myself and Captain Syakumi. Thats what we do aboard pacifica, we pair up and repel attacks.

    I think the practice of launching verbal attacks using pseudonyms is beneath us all. Whoever did that as an angry and wounded Lioness to deal with and should cease the practice immediately.

    We need not agree on all things to remember our common purpose.

    Regardless of the provocation, our creation the cylons seek to eliminate us. They do not distinguish based on political views.

    They have infiltrated us and seek to divide us with fear. We fear now who is a cylon and who is not. We must grow beyond that fear and prove ourselves worthy of survival.

    Our creations have tried to become G-ds over us. They wish to decide on our worthiness to survive. Fear, unfounded accusations and infighting merely assist them in passing judgment on us.

    We had no right to create them as slaves. They have no right to pass judgment on ourselves. We must take care not to impose their will upon ourselves through distrust and civil war.

    We know now that Pegasus and Galactica survived the initial attacks on our home worlds. We have heard horrible news about the behavior of the commander and crew of Pegasus. We must be watchful not to fall victim to the fear that led human to massacre human two weeks after the attacks. Over what? Parts and replacement personnel.

    We are better than this and must remember that and rise to a higher standard. We created the cylons and together we can subdue them.

    We must conduct ourselves in a way that inspires hope, not fear.

    LT(jg) Yevka Laws
    Training Officer
    8th Squadron
    47th Air Wing
    Battle Star Group 47
    Pacifica
    Frakheads

  29. LT (jg) Y. Laws said

    Inside Source,

    Your accusations are unfounded and unproven by facts.

    Perhaps provide evidence and a name. We are a free people and nobody will be punished for free speech.

    LT(jg) Yevka Laws
    Training Officer
    8th Squadron
    47th Air Wing
    Battle Star Group 47
    Pacifica
    Frakheads

  30. Lt(Sr) Argo "Scorpion" Blanco said

    I erase my human part inside the viper cause if you let your hearth beat too mutch out there, you’ll be an easy prey of the cylons.
    The Gods can witness me that loosing a part of humanity is necessary during the battle, they will have mercy of our souls.

    Regina is from Scorpia as me, we know how to conduct a battle, she is a Warrior, a Razor as the Commander said, she is a good Captain and we feel safe with her on board.

    Lt(Sr) Argo Blanco.
    13th squadron XO.

  31. Argo Blanco said

    (( Read Admiral instead of Commander in my previous post ))

  32. Admiral Nephilim said

    Again short and sweet, Inside Source, keep talking, you are proving the very point Captain Syakumi is making and saving her valuable time reading this inane drivel and responding to it, when she could be safeguarding your life.

    Adm. A. Nephilim
    Battlestar Pacifica
    BSG 47

  33. Major Heidi Stiglitz said

    “No one has been accused of anything worse than a sad choice of words, people.”

    It should be pretty obvious that the sad choice of words was yours, “Slow But Sure”. After all, you’re the only one here that commented on Captain Syakumi’s words as being “Cylon-like”, but a number of us saw in your words an accusation of her.

    Then again, if you don’t have the conviction to stand by your words, it’s easy to stand on your anonymous mountain and cast down the lightning bolts. Perhaps you should have named yourself “Zeus”. Or is that too pretentious even for you?

    “Slow But Sure”, “Inside Source”, you’re supposedly members of the human race. Be proud, stand up, and have yourself counted. Otherwise, your pithy words mean nothing, and I submit that it is you that have abandoned your humanity and come closest to become what the Cylon is.

  34. Major Heidi Stiglitz said

    ((Reminder to everybody – this site is considered “IC”. I know who “Slow But Sure” is, and I suspect who “Inside Source” is, but my character doesn’t. Let’s remember to keep IC and OOC separate, and let’s not get any hurt feelings over anything that happens in IC, okay? We’re just actors on a stage adlibbing our play as we go along!))

  35. Onyx Syakumi said

    (( Simply for the sake of making it abundantly clear … I’m writing a character here, folks. 🙂 I have no idea who “Slow But Sure” or “Inside Source” are ICly or OOCly … frankly I don’t care.

    I would rather see everything here stay completely In Character. If any antagonistic comments here are being fueled by OOC frustrations on either side, I recommend you step away from the game for a while and cool off.

    -Onyx’s Player ))

  36. Lt. Barbosa said

    I’m going to say this about the Good Captain

    She knows what needs to be done, she does it and does it to the best of her ability…

    You cannot ask any less of every one of us, She has My respect…

    Enough said…

  37. Onyx Syakumi said

    (( By the way … do I get an award for my interview getting like … most comments ever, or something? 😛

    – Onyx’s Player ))

  38. LT(jg) Yevka Laws said

    The Colonial Academy of journalism, contacted me via wireless yesterday.

    The wish to award Captain Regina Onyx/Archer Syakumi the Miller award for journalism, most interesting interview since the attacks.

    Congratulations Archer.

    Congratulations also on the AA kill during yesterday’s “computer simulated exercize” Fine work.

    I can only hope when my military profile interview is published there is less interest in that piece.

    Yev

  39. Slow But Sure said

    (( By the way … do I get an award for my interview getting like … most comments ever, or something?))

    ((Only if you mention me in your acceptance speech… ;P))

  40. Andi Whiteberry said

    I for one, am forever grateful to all those who fight who keep me and this fleet safe.

    I may not understand their methods, I may also wonder if those methods are correct, but I never doubt that the goal is noble.

    I pray we don’t lose our liberties in the process,but I also know that the dead have no liberties.

    So I for one will always thank and appreciate the work of all our fighting men and women. In fact, if you were at Sniper’s and my wedding over the weekend, you would know we dedicated the song “I won’t back down” by the Tauron rock star Tom Petty to all of you, as a sign of our deep respect.

    I say to all of you, but especially Onyx, I appreciate your sacrifice so my life can be a bit easier.

    As I usually say when I leave the presence of the wonderful people who place themselves between me and danger – Go with the Gods, warriors!

    Respectfully,
    Andi Whiteberry

  41. Onyx Syakumi said

    Dr. Whiteberry:

    Thank you for your kind and unexpected words. I freely admit that I have never truly had the opportunity to know you more than as a passing acquaintance, but I believe from the words that you have written here that you do respect the decisions that are made by the members of the fleet’s military and security forces. The unfortunate reality is that many of our peers do not seem to understand the fact that when we speak of the sacrifices that we make, the willful abandonment of our own privileges as human beings, that we are not doing so solely for the mechanical preservation of life. There is a balance between the preservation of life and of liberty, and I believe that every combatant who has spoken here has insinuated that we fight for freedom first and for survival only when it is the last choice that remains.

    The preservation of freedom is an ideal that we all seek to maintain, where as the preservation of life is a necessity that we must protect in order to enjoy freedom. We will always strive not to infringe the liberties of the individual as a priority, and those rights will not be infringed unless there is the utmost necessity to do so. Many civilians seem to believe that it is our purpose to be purely methodical in the execution of our duties, and yet they fail to notice the paradoxes of that statement that surround them every day.

    I would ask if the people who have slandered those who wear the uniform truly believe that they live in a police state. I would also ask whether or not those people who seem to fear that we will strip away all of their freedoms and luxuries believe that there is even a single thing stopping us from doing so. If it were the sole imperative of the military and security forces of this fleet to preserve basic life at any and all costs, the military infrastructure would not tolerate the freedoms that civilians receive that military personnel are not entitled to. We would not sit by and watch slander and “insubordination” without crackdowns and interference. We would appoint the best leaders to ensure survival, rather than allow the populace to elect those whom they choose.

    What rights have truly been infringed by us, given all that the civilian fleet still holds? It is nothing but a fantasy to believe that there is some great “strength” that prevents the military or the security teams from doing whatever they wish. The only thing that prevents us from doing so are the tenants that are expected of every individual who stands a post: honor, duty, loyalty, courage, integrity, unselfishness. Perhaps it would surprise the naysayers to realize that there is a code that every warrior upholds, and even another that every officer is sworn by.

    The only thing that the anarchs in this fleet are actually trying to accomplish is to pathetically test our commitment to those principles. At best, they only succeed at impairing our relations with our brothers and our sisters, our spouses and our children, our friends and our purpose. They make it more difficult for us to accomplish our goals by panicking the civilian populace and filling their heads with lies. They make all of our lives more dangerous by inviting distrust and separation to what should remain a unified and cohesive society.

    And they bring comfort to our enemies, who stand no chance of defeating us without their aid.

    -Regina “Onyx” Syakumi
    Commander, OPSEC Antares, On Leave
    Commanding Officer, Colonial Marine Corps

  42. "Anarch", Retired said

    Do your homework. I think you’ll find that these “anarchs” that have no respect for the uniform you prefer not to wear in favor of the eery black trenchcoat have been in the military much longer than you have, wearing that same uniform… yes, even in public, the crazies. It is you that keeps slandering and staining the uniform they wear and their service record, missing your mark further by another click with each shot fired in a successive wilder direction.

    Anyone that has been reading the FNS since it began can put that “anonymous” nickname to a real callsign of a real person and a distinguished officer; a person that time and again has protected *you* and will continue to do so because that is her duty and her calling and her sworn oath. That’s your “conspiracy” for you; so yes, I’d say even though you choose your words deliberadely you still choose them poorly. Perhaps you should just do the grunt work you’re clearly gifted by the gods to do like no other and leave the reading of chamalla leaves in the words of others to our holy oracle.

    And speaking of poor choice of words, you know, the poor choice of words that makes bad PR and makes civilians doubt the persons they entrusted to defend them, like the poor choice of words that “anonymous” S.B.S. allowed you to defuse… either people do no speak the “lingo” or they do not know what they speak of when they speak of “Razors”. Otherwise the term would not be be brandished in public so lightly at every turn; in fact the term “Razor” would not be used at all, ever, never. The true meaning of that word is a shame, for us, for our civilization, for our entire race. Maybe most people alive here today do not remember listening to Commander Adama’s speech, broadcast live on the Pacifica just before all kinds of hell was unleashed upon us, but it is available in the public records. The day we become these “Razors” is, paradoxically, the day that we, as a race, are no longer worth saving.

    The origins of the term “Razor” are the classified records recovered from the shuttle at New Aerelon by a resourceful comrade. When those are released to the press, if ever, they will have a field day… it won’t just be an “Insider Source” trying to kindly show our admiral the contradiction of her words before they get used once too many times to have them taken back. It will be the worst PR disaster in the history of the Colonial Fleet and that, that will be what will divide this fleet and rip it right in half in two useless parts: the military without the civilian charges they now only exist to protect, and the defenseless civilians without their military shield of vipers and battlestar. Martial law will be the first recourse to contain the riots, but it will only make things worse by confirming in the minds of some their worst fears. The cylons will have won on that day, without lifting a mechanical finger.

    Sure, there is being a mechanical, emotionless, precision cylon-killing machine, which is just fine and dandy, as is in fact just the whole point of military training… and then there is being a “Razor” in Admiral Caine’s words. Clearly you are not the later, nobody in our fleet is, and for that we should all be thankful for. It means we are still worth saving. It means the gods still have not averted their eyes away from us in disgust. Waging efective and total war against the enemy is no justification for war crimes against human civilians; nothing is justification enough for that, not even for the crazies of us who are blood-sworn to mighty Ares to kill every last cylon in the universe before we are laid to rest and meet our loved ones in the ever after.

    Make no mistake about this. What a “Razor” is, in those shuttle records, is a blade that cuts a path and lets not honor, nor morals, nor warrior codes, nor ethics, nor even simple living human beings stand between it and the deathly oil-gurgle of the enemy. Heed the meaning, revile the word, let not this be forgotten.

  43. Admiral Nephilim said

    Again, a comment from someone who doesnt realize that freedom does not come in a care package at birth. The tree of freedom has to be nourished with the blood of patriots. This, as we have learned in the First War, and are now relearning, with interest, in the current struggle is a game for all the marbles. A person who qualifies as a Razor has put their own life on hold to safeguard those of the rest of civilization. While you enjoy the freedoms you abuse by criticizing your defenders, we gladly do it to ensure you do have those rights. The alternative is too bleak to bear. Now, who is more human, the incessant critic of those who safeguard lives, or the one who does the impossible to safeguard those freedoms?

    Adm. A. Nephilim
    Battlestar Pacifica
    BSG47

  44. Onyx Syakumi said

    “Anarch”:

    What a delightfully amusing response. I would propose that perhaps it is not my words that are chosen poorly, but rather your reading comprehension that is at fault.

    I know for a fact that the only person who I have accused of being an anarchist on this editorial thread has never worn a uniform in her life, unless she has not bothered to tell me as much. I will assume that you are talking about “Slow But Sure,” and I do take particular interest in the fact that you have commented that that is a woman with a remarkable history who has only recently resurfaced. I can think of such a woman, now that those qualities have been explained.

    Why exactly is it that cowards like yourself insist on throwing stones from the shadows of anonymity? Is it because you realize that your words are so hollow that you would not wish to attach your name to them, lest they drag you to the bottom like an anchor?

    An anarchist is one who wishes to destroy every semblance and fiber of authority. “Slow But Sure” accused me of being a machine. “She,” as you have pointed out, did not attack the system in so far as I have seen.

    Do not make judgements about my personal preferences when you know nothing about them. It is not a violation of any military code that I have seen that one sworn to service cannot wear what they choose when not on duty. Perhaps if you were indeed the veteran that you claim to be, you would be more familiar with such rules and regulations, and perhaps if you were as omniscient about my preferences as you would like to characterize yourself, you would know that the vast majority of the time I have been wearing a military-issue uniform.

    Perhaps if you knew a single thing about me, you would know that while I have not always worn the uniform of the Colonial Fleet that I have worn one for far longer than most of your “veterans.” But this is not about pissing contests.

    Considering the fact that every member of the service that I have spoken to on the subject has thanked me and agreed with me for stating the things that they have always wanted to say, I would challenge your notion that I am in any way slandering or staining the uniform or the concept of service. You say that I am missing my “mark” with beautiful and colorful metaphor, but no substance. What marks have I missed, exactly? I know that your ilk prefer baseless attacks over ones that require some semblance of forethought, but perhaps you would find greater respect among your peers if you showed an ability to think about what you are saying.

    Finally, I will say quite explicitly that your statement about “grunt work” clearly shows that even if you are a veteran that you are undeserving of any measure of respect. That you would demean those who do not fly a Viper or run the systems of a battlestar by claiming that their responsibilities are “simple” or “thoughtless” clearly shows that you have little respect for your own. If you want to insult either the personnel of the unit that I came from or those of the unit that I currently lead, I would advise you to continue doing exactly as you have done.

    Cling to the shadows, and throw stones from a spot where no one is likely to find you … because if you dishonor them in my presence, you will pay for it.

    In the meantime, I will go back to pondering moral stories about “tortoises” and hares.

    -Regina “Onyx” Syakumi
    Commander, OPSEC Antares, On Leave
    Commanding Officer, Colonial Marine Corps

  45. LT(jg) Yevka Laws said

    I still see two sides here.

    One, the military who risk our lives daily for you are honest and open and publish their thoughts under their own names.

    The others lurk cowardly in the shadows and refuse to reveal themselves.

    You have my word of honor as a warrior that I will take no action against a free person expressing views.

    I met with Cathiee last night at her place and what I remember of the conversation was good. We disagree on many things but are unified in one task, not just survival of our civilization but honor as well.

    I can talk to her all day and disagree and all is good.

    What do the various anonymous people have to fear from open and honest discussion. I have shot no civilians in my nearly 8 months in the military.

    I personally pulled the disk drives from the civilian shuttle and using my IT experience from before the war certify the data recovered and brought to the quorum was accurate. Troubling but accurate.

    I will be working hard today clearing new nuggets for their checkrides. At 12:00 (SLT) I will retire to TQ and be available for drinks and discussion.

    If you want to stop your cowardly attacks and come out into the light, I invite you to meet me there.

    Do not call me names or insinuate that I’m a cylon, or any of my family (I consider the Admiral and Onyx thus) have violated any rights without proof.

    As my darling ex found out yesterday, getting in the face of Yevka Laws, aka Lioness can lead to a dozen pilots backing her up in short order.

    Lets uplift the quality of this discussion with real names and good honest dialog from real people, not pseudonyms.

    LT(jg) Yevka Laws
    Training Officer
    8th Squadron
    47th Air Wing
    Battle Star Group 47
    Pacifica
    Frakheads

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