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Do You Feel Safer Now?

May 14th, 2009

From my brother, via e-mail, “I cant decide if this (login required @ NYT)is somewhat disturbing or incredibly disturbing. Oh, wait — it’s incredibly disturbing.”

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The NYT’s Jennifer Steinhauer reports on an Explorer Scout program, indoctrinating training American youths — some as young as 13 and a half — to preserve the Empire, which of course means learning how to shoot brown people from poor countries trying to make a better life for their families and learning how to destroy lives by perpetuating the war on drugs.

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.”

“Cathy Noriego, 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.””

Children, malleable minds, lured by the sound of gunfire. Hell in a motherf*cking handbag.

There’s some sick irony when teenagers with surnames like Noriego are learning how keep people, who were unfortunately born on the “wrong” side of some arbitrary and purely imaginary line, out of their country.  And I can’t help but think that many of these children wouldn’t be here today if there had been a draconian border policy a cenutry or two hence in order to preserve America’s “Manifest Destiny”.

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  • Brad says on: May 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm

     

    That is messed up. When I was 13 it was all about "Yeah I got on sneaks but I need a new pair,
    Cause basketball courts in the summer got girls there."

    This is really bad stuff. It was not until after college that I really felt like I started thinking for myself as I was told what was best for me until that point. I could only imagine if during those years I was trained how to handle a assault rifle.

    I paced around the house for two minutes after seeing this.

  • Rorshak (1313) says on: May 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

     

    "Messed up" doesn't begin to describe it. That water just keeps getting hotter and hotter.

  • Mike Gogulski says on: May 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm

     

    The penultimate sentence shines with pure brilliance.

  • The New Anarchist says on: May 14, 2009 at 4:02 pm

     

    Imaginary lines back up by real weapons.

    This is our condition in a nutshell.

  • Niccolo says on: May 15, 2009 at 2:42 am

     

    Like robots formed out of human skin…

    So who plays the part of John Connor in this?

    • David Z says on: May 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm

       

      we are the resistance.

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