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The Justice Department is funding an unusual national training program to help police deal with an increasing number of volatile confrontations involving highly trained and often heavily armed combat veterans.
"We just can't use the blazing-guns approach anymore when dealing with disturbed individuals who are highly trained in all kinds of tactical operations, including guerrilla warfare," said Dennis Cusick, executive director of the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute. "That goes beyond the experience of SWAT teams."
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
reply to post by freakshowfatty
They're trying to take the ones that arent too far gone and shuffle them into law enforcement.
May 13, 2009
IMPERIAL, Calif. — Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.
The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed...
...“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.
“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”
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.
Cathy Noriega, also 16, said she was attracted by the guns. The group uses compressed-air guns — known as airsoft guns, which fire tiny plastic pellets — in the training exercises, and sometimes they shoot real guns on a closed range.
“I like shooting them,” Cathy said. “I like the sound they make. It gets me excited.”
But the more than 2,000 law enforcement posts across the country are the Explorers’ most popular, accounting for 35,000 of the group’s 145,000 members, said John Anthony, national director of Learning for Life. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many posts have taken on an emphasis of fighting terrorism and other less conventional threats...
Originally posted by usmc0311
Being a Combat Veteran, an ATS member, and my current views make me feel like I have a huge target on my back at all times. It's angering to think that being a patriot is the same as a terrorist these days. They are doing everything in the book to group us all as death crazed blood sucking lunatics so that the rest of the population will start to fear us. I know that I have faced many challenges and have yet to find a non vet who will hire vets these days. Let's face the facts. Our government is very sucessfull at creating terrorism all over the world so what will stop them from doing the same thing here at home with us. I think we should all band together, buy a huge piece of land with everything that we need and declare it a soveirgn land and start over without the tyranny and oppression that we currently face. The U.S, Government is trying to alienate it's true patriots and it is time to stand up and say enough is enough. Semper Fidelis to the U.S. Constitution and NOT to the peices of junk who call themselves our leaders.
Originally posted by 1825114
stuff like this out there, and people STILL say alex jones is a crazy liar for saying boy scouts have been training to take on veterans...