[NYT] Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More

Dzisiaj miałem postować o czymś zupełnie innym, ale oto życie zaskoczyło nas raz jeszcze. Wstrząśnięci i zmieszani… właśnie tacy będziecie za 5 do 10 minut, gdy skończycie czytać felieton zamieszczony na łamach New York Timesa.

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.

“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 Noriega, 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.”

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