Friday, May 15, 2009

Maybe Jack Bauer was a Boy Scout

I found the link to this article on SaysUncle, and I thought I would comment.

First off is that I find it especially appropriate that these teenage Boy Scouts are practicing the killing of "a disgruntled Iraq war veteran" in a town named "Imperial."

It is not at all politically incorrect to teach our youth to use automatic weapons to engage ". . .illegal border crossers . . . . facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses" . . .or, you know, US veterans who have, like, actually charged into a real firefight and killed real terrorists.

Lets practice killing the men and women who have kept America safe. Brilliant.

Next up, teaching our youth how to be brutal to potheads:
“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”
Awesome! What could possibly go wrong?
One participant, Felix Arce, 16, said he liked “the discipline of the program,” which was something he said his life was lacking. “I want to be a lawyer, and this teaches you about how crimes are committed,” he said.
You're shitting me? By actually training to commit one? You could just watch these instructional videos about how crimes are committed; all with the paramilitary overtones that you are being taught right now.
The Explorer posts are attached to various agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police and fire departments, that sponsor them much the way churches sponsor Boy Scout troops.
Churches don't sponsor this type of behaviour from Boy Scouts - indeed, I can remember plenty of times the Boy Scouts have caught flak for teaching archery and shooting clay pigeons - and I don't see how teaching kids to raid a bus or pot field has anything to do with the fire department. To join the FBI as an agent, one must have a 4 year degree, so practicing paramilitary tactics on people in the US ten years before they would even be eligible to join the agency is pretty stupid.

I'm all for teaching kids ho to shoot; teaching them how to survive; teaching them to defend themselves; letting them play paintball; whatever. But simulating an aggressive coordinated killing of people at that age is disgusting.

What's next? SERE school? Why don't we just send them to Iran so they can really learn how to extract information from somebody.
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