Photo: Todd Krainin/NY Times
Boy Scouts's motto "Be Prepared" apparently extends all the way to modern day's terrorism. In this post 9/11 world, you can't be too careful, so the Border Patrol in Imperial County, California, has a - shall we say, unique - program for the Scouts:
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.
Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times has more: Link
Besides it is better then getting pregnant in high school and smoking weed.
I commend these young men and women. Most of you couldn’t fight your way out of a wet paper bag.
Has our entire nation gone mad? There is no reason for this if you have an armed public. That is the main reason why America has never been invaded.
Isoroku Yamamoto said in World war 2 that "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."
Let the citizens protect this country - not government agents!
(hope that worked)