teaching gang members how to kill more efficiently and maximize the effectiveness of torture

According to the Chicago Sun Times it’s becoming more and more common for U.S. military recruiters, finding it difficult to meet their quotas, to sign up known gang members for service in Iraq. Here’s a clip from the article. (via Think Progress)

The Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings and Vice Lords were born decades ago in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. Now, their gang graffiti is showing up 6,400 miles away in one of the world’s most dangerous neighborhoods — Iraq.

Armored vehicles, concrete barricades and bathroom walls all have served as canvasses for their spray-painted gang art. At Camp Cedar II, about 185 miles southeast of Baghdad, a guard shack was recently defaced with “GDN” for Gangster Disciple Nation, along with the gang’s six-pointed star and the word “Chitown,” a soldier who photographed it said.

…A law enforcement source in Chicago said police see some evidence of soldiers working with gangs here. Police recently stopped a vehicle and found 10 military flak jackets inside. A gang member in the vehicle told investigators his brother was a Marine and sent the jackets home, the source said.

But, as you can probably guess, the problem extends way beyond a few flack jackets. It’s the opinion of some that we’re actually giving these gang members the hands-on training they need to come back and conduct successful urban warfare campaigns here at home.

Sweet dreams, my invisible friends.

(note: The image above, showing various gang tags, was taken in Iraq. It accompanied the story in the Sun TImes.)

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  1. Hillary
    Posted May 2, 2006 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    That explains the Navy Seals recruitment posters stapled to boarded up buildings around here. “The timid need not apply.”

    I thought it was kind of odd that the Navy would want their advertisement on the abandoned, graffiti-covered hospital on our border with Detroit, but apparently the drug dealers and murderers that hang out there are exactly who they’re looking for.

  2. Ted Glass
    Posted May 2, 2006 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Why don’t we just let the Crips have Iraq?

  3. chris
    Posted May 2, 2006 at 12:19 pm | Permalink


  4. j7uy5
    Posted May 3, 2006 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    More Timothy McVie’s in the making. Just what we need.

  5. Ted Glass
    Posted May 3, 2006 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    You used to be able to get motivated, intelligent young men and women into the military by offering to pay for college, but it would seem that those kinds of people aren’t interested anymore. So, as a result, we’re targeting people that enjoy killing, and want to learn how to do it better.

  6. mark
    Posted July 9, 2006 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    We’re also apparently making it easier for Neo-Nazis to enlist.

  7. WOLF
    Posted July 23, 2007 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    All these comments are bullshit. The country needs to learn to use its gangsters constructively. REHABILITATION.
    You’d want a flak jacket too if you were a target for intergang hatred and retaliation.
    After all all we G’s do is kill each other.
    We are learning to help police by being seen but not heard so to speak. Out a site and out yo mind. If you’d seen what I have seen and lived what I have you would see why I am insane by your standards.

    Hey all you haters!!!Look on the sunny side before I turn one of yours up (now you’ll call me a terrorist)—-Gangsters may get killed for being too heroic in Iraq. You rich idealistic bastards are egging me on. STAND DOWN. We are doing the USA a favor. it’s called cleaning up. Seems the beaurocracy and aristocracy either don’t care about the general population of the USA- or are masters at procrastinating the clean up of underpriveledged society at large since it does not affect them (YET!). Imrisonment ALWAYS makes the USA environment as a whole worse after the convict is released. I am much worse since prison. SEE!!!
    Look what Hitler did after just one year in the shitcan.
    Punish gangsters too hard now and you’ll BE PUNISHED later for being too hard on a convict when your daughter and his son start dating. Stupid moral majority..Think outside the pussy sometimes. Get some ass and quitcha’ bitchin’—– WOLF *ONE* out – sodomizing your false truths again. AND THINKING INSIDE THE BUN is FUN. }:)

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