Is this what Obama meant when he said we need a civilian defense corps just as well trained and equipped as the military?
Todd Krainin for The New York Times
In a training exercise run by Border Patrol agents, Explorer scouts from Visalia, Calif., prepare to storm a “hijacked” bus.
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.
“United States Border Patrol! Put your hands up!” screams one in a voice cracking with adolescent determination as the suspect is subdued.
It is all quite a step up from the square knot.
It’s interesting to note that the villain here is a “disgruntled Iraq vet”, but Iraq vets are not the only threat the kiddies are being trained to fight. They include illegal border crossers, terrorists and “active shooters”, however one would assume that they are being trained to take on all those the DHS considers possible threats, like people with Ron Paul bumper stickers, anyone that invokes the Constitution or complains about the Obamessiah.
If there are critics of the content or purpose of the law enforcement training, they have not made themselves known to the Explorers’ national organization in Irving, Tex., or to the volunteers here on the ground, national officials and local leaders said.
Gosh, apparently this article changed that, because Learning For Life has issued a statement, which is one of the most blatant and whiny non-denials I’ve ever seen.
Mock me as paranoid but I think this looks mighty police stateish.
Contacts at Learning for Life
Director of Criminal Justice
Liaison – Criminal Justice Organizations
John Anthony, MS