Sunday, July 29, 2007

Gangs spreading in the military
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.
And guess why this is happening? But don't blame Bush. That would be unfair.
"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."
I wonder if reconstruction includes sand-blasting graffiti off Humvees.
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.
And those reports about how the military is trying to meet recruiting requirements?
The rise in gang activity coincides with the increase in recruits with records. Since 2003, 125,000 recruits with criminal histories have been granted what are known as "moral waivers" for felonies including robbery and assault.
Why aren't they calling those "immoral waivers"? To make matters worse, they're recruiting them knowingly:
"You may have had some gang activity in your past and everything ... OK ... but that in itself does not disqualify...," the recruiter said.
Our kids are dying unnecessarily in even greater numbers now. And combat and "friendly fire" have nothing to do with it.
On July 3, 2005, Sgt. Johnson went to a park not far from his base in Germany to be initiated into the 'Gangster Disciples,' a notorious Chicago-based street gang. He was beaten by eight other soldiers in a "jump-in" - an initiation rite common to many gangs.
He had just finished his term in Iraq. His son was born 5 months later.


At 5:21 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I need a Valium after that.

I wonder if that's covered by my wonderfully generous health insurance plan.

I'm better off with a margarita.

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gang activity in the military... more amputees than ever... gives a whole new meaning to 'bloods' and 'crips'.

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

A margarita sounds good. It's a million degrees outside.
I knew I was in hell.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

You know what's hard about drinking margaritas in hell? The slushy melts too fast.

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

Hell, heatwave on the prairies- same thing.

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