Sunday, July 29, 2007

American Gangstas Further Damaging Our Military

posted by Bill Arnett @ 12:15 PM Permalink

I think pretty much everyone knows of the military's recruitment problems. Those problems have lead to the enlistment of people with drug and violence convictions, no H.S. diploma, mental health problems, and a variety of traits that rarely make for a good soldier, but that are necessary because the parents of enlistment age kids are telling their kids [just as I did] that they will be damned before they will send their child off to die in a blazing desert for the purpose of stealing Iraqi oil in an illegal war started by bush..

Here are some of the consequences:
Evidence of gang culture and gang activity in the military is increasing so much an FBI report calls it "a threat to law enforcement and national security." The signs are chilling: Marines in gang attire on Parris Island; paratroopers flashing gang hand signs at a nightclub near Ft. Bragg; infantrymen showing-off gang tattoos at Ft. Hood.

"It's obvious that many of these people do not give up their gang affiliations," said Hunter Glass, a retired police detective in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the home of Ft. Bragg and the 82nd Airborne. He monitors gang activity at the base and across the military.

"If we weren't in the middle of fighting a war, yes, I think the military would have a lot more control over this issue," Glass said. "But with a war going on, I think it's very difficult to do."

Gang activity clues are appearing in Iraq and Afghanistan, too. Gang graffiti is sprayed on blast walls – even on Humvees. Kilroy – the doodle made famous by U.S. soldiers in World War II – is here, but so is the star emblem of the Gangster Disciples.
Yet again America faces another national security crisis in the making, all due to the actions and incompetence of the worst president in history.

When will it stop?

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At 3:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article also includes "army officials point out less than 1 percent of all its criminal investigations are gang related.

"We must remember that there are a million people in the army community," Smith said, "And these small numbers are not reflective of a tremendous, pervasive, rampant problem."

Shouldn't gang members be given the opportunity to become productive members of society?


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