The History Channel currently features a program about Navy Seals called "America's secret warriors" but what does it mean? Today's overweight flabby pop-culture educated kids who live in their parent's basement might be thrilled by the words "secret" and "warrior" but a few decades ago the same flabby teenagers might be demonstrating in the streets against the concept of "secret warriors". Why does America need "secret warriors" and how legal is the concept? Are the warriors secret from the American public or other members of the Military? Today's Seal training is an evolution of the WW2 Navy UDT and recon units that used to pave the way for Marine Corps landings and they still train for hypothermia and rubber boat drills. Marcus Lutrell's book "Lone Survivor" ironically about a failed Seal mission in Afghanistan seems to be the definitive description of Navy Seals these days. At one point Luttrell wonders why a Seal team could be on patrol at 10,000 feet in the Afghan mountains. Luttrell also remarks that Seals are reluctant to be housed with other members of the Military because they "might blurt out secrets in their sleep". This is patently ludicrous but it is an indication of the Seal mindset and fake legacy created by the media. The point is that Seal mission has been absorbed and co-oped by the CIA and Seals are now the private little army of the allegedly civilian run intelligence agency. Why do Americans tolerate the CIA's interference in Military matters when it seems as though the CIA's primary mission of gathering intelligence hasn't gone so well since WW2. The successful rescue of Capt. Phillips from Somoli kidnappers in a merchant ship life raft seems to be the logical mission for Seals but I'm not so sure if they pack the gear to be "secret warriors" except in pop-culture fiction.