Squad stands to attention with lowly “green shirts” sent to the back of the line
Wednesday, Dec 8, 2009
In the wake of reports that Explorer Scouts are being “trained in post-9/11 law enforcement methods“, a group of youngsters have been captured on video working in tandem with police in St. Petersburg, Florida, at a christmas fair.
We Are Change activists spotted the group roaming the streets during the parade, clearly wearing clothing adorned with police insignia.
When the group were asked what they were doing at the parade, the lead scout became extremely secretive about their association with the local police department and attempted to hide their badges and jackets.
The group described themselves as “very similar” to academy police, and told the activists that they were “looking for lost kids”.
“We are affiliated with them but we do not have the powers of police… we are a part of the department I guess.” the leader of the group told We Are Change, adding that they routinely ride along with officers on active duty.
The young girl seemed to back track after continued questioning, later stating “it is a volunteer organisation, it has nothing to do with the police.”
However, the squad of 14-19 year olds stood to attention, military style, when a police officer arrived on the scene, with lowly “green shirts” ordered to take the back of the line.
“If we went into Martial law or a state of emergency, they’re here to protect everyone else.” one of the other members of the group said when asked why he wanted to be affiliated with the police.
When asked if they had heard of the Hitler Youth, the at-first voluntary but later mandatory youth corps brigade that succeeded the Boy Scout movement In Nazi Germany, the scouts replied that they had.
Police officers in St. Petersburg refused to answer questions regarding the squad of scouts.
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Programs being run by the DHS are training Scouts how to conduct armed raids on discontented American citizens, described as “terrorists” and “drug dealers” by Homeland Security.
One of the “terrorists” that the Boy Scouts were trained to kill in one scenario, according to the New York Times report on the story, was actually a disgruntled U.S. war veteran.
In the mock training scenario, the Boy Scouts were ordered to, “Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” by a Border Patrol agent, who added “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”
We have also received reports detailing how the police and even the military are engaging with Scouts at jamboree events where they demonstrate “chase and takedown” scenarios along with mock SWAT raids.
At one event in Wisconsin, the National Guard unveiled a combat simulator and invited Scouts to ride through the streets of Baghdad and try to differentiate citizens from terrorists, saving the former and executing the latter.
Seeing the Scouts in tandem with police will also increase concerns that President Barack Obama’s promised “national civilian security force” is gradually being formed from such groups.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:02 am