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Archive for May 14th, 2009

Because I read this.

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 can involved “chasing down illegal border crossers” and “facing down terrorists.” One role player wore “traditional Arab dress.”

“If we’re looking at 9/11 and what a Middle Eastern terrorist would be like,” he said, “then maybe your role-player would look like that. I don’t know, would you call that politically incorrect?”

I don’t have words for a country where we prepare youngsters to be agents of a police state. Where they are taught to target someone because of their dress. Really – this is what a terrorist looks like?

Gah.

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