5.14.2009

Boy Scouts Being Trained To Fight Terrorists. No, Seriously.

Wow. This is one of those bit of news that leaves me dumbfounded. This is so not OK. This is just so wrong on so many levels.

From the NY Times:

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.

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

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. In a simulation here of a raid on a marijuana field, several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous lookout.

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They're turning the boyscouts into a mini Blackwater or if you prefer, Minutemen: Anti-immigrant, xenophobic with a militia mentality and instead of waiting until they can really decide for themselves who they want to hate, they're being indoctrinated; having the choice taken away from them by others.

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