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Friday, April 27, 2007


This is coolbert:

This one will cause problems, wait and see!

From the latest issue of the Chicago Tribune:

"New Mexico."

"Guard commander slams tattoo search"

"Albuquerque - - The commander of New Mexico's National Guard is demanding an apology from the Army after dozens of his soldiers in a mostly Hispanic unit were ordered to strip to their gym shorts and searched for gang tattoos while on duty in Kuwait.

Army Officials said the searches last May of 58 New Mexico [NM] National Guardsmen in a unit called Task Force Cobra were proper and legal."

That street gang members would join the military is not unheard of. There was an incident a number of years ago at Camp Pendleton where a Marine Lt. Col. was killed by an enlisted man after a verbal "dispute". It was noticed that this enlisted man had a tattoo of a TEAR below one eye. That is a symbol designating a gang member that has killed a rival on the street. Evidently this enlisted man HAD BEEN a gang member prior to joining the Marines and had done some previous mayhem of a very serious nature.

Even though these searches in all likelihood were legal and proper, the very nature of what occurred will leave a sour taste with many.

We have not heard the last of this!!?? Searching for a tattoo also can be considered a form of military prophylactics? Subject to infection and such. Additional legal cover, albeit specious!



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