Terrorist described as “disgruntled Iraq war veteran” in role play
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security is training teenage scouts how to conduct armed raids on terrorists and drug dealers.
In a program which officials have described as “about being a true-blooded American”, boys and girls as young as fourteen are being put through their paces by DHS Border Patrol agents.
The New York Times Reports:
The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.
The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses.
Some youngsters have described the program as enjoyable due to the fact that they get to shoot guns and learn about discipline.
Eyebrows will be raised over the nature of the role play situation however, due to the fact that in at least one instance the “terrorist” to be neutralized was described as a “disgruntled Iraq war veteran”.
“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”
Given recent concerns over the DHS definition of “right wing extremists” and the agency’s penchant to affiliate veterans, gun owners, Ron Paul supporters and even those who question the mainstream media with terrorists, one wonders exactly who the boy scouts are being trained to target.
The Explorer program also touches close to home with recent concerns regarding President Barack Obama’s promised “civilian national security force”.
“Our end goal is to create more agents,” said April McKee, a senior Border Patrol agent and mentor at the session.