Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 4, 2012, 3:46 p.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
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Kimberly Dozier reports in her article Spec-Ops troops study to be part-spy, part-gumshoe, posted to the Miami Herald on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, that special ops forces have been undergoing specialized training in the area of law enforcement investigative techniques.
Forging lessons painfully learned in the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the formal curriculum is intended to help elite military units track militants across international boundaries and work alongside sometimes competing U.S. agencies.
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Among the students at the CIA-approved Fort Bragg course are Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Marine Corps special operators. As in the Navy SEAL raid that killed bin Laden, everything from computers to fingerprints can be retrieved from a raid site and quickly analyzed. In some cases the analysis is so fast it can lead to several new targets in a single night.
The coursework is similar to the CIA's legendary spycraft training center called The Farm, and is at the brainchild of Green Beret Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, a veteran of elite special operations units and a long stint on loan to the CIA.
This is how the Pentagon shapes perception in the public mind. Coming so close as it does on the heels of the President's signature on the NDAA, and the controversy surrounding portions of that bill, there can be no doubt, this article is designed to mollify those minds that as yet remain largely undisturbed by the controversy over whether the military should assume the duties of law enforcement - to include detention of suspects.
Don't get me wrong - I don't give a shit if special ops forces are trained and equipped to gather forensic evidence of all kinds - I just don't care.
And I don't care if Ms. Dozier is in fact a free lance journalist today, cultivating sources inside the Pentagon; or if she is on the payroll of someone inhabiting a cubicle in some dark basement office of the DoD.
These things do not concern me in the least.
What concerns me is this:
We have yet to properly decide that terrorists are indeed criminals; criminals who, having come into U.S. custody, are entitled to all of the protections guaranteed under the Bill of Rights.
On that point my mind is already made up, and there is no need of shaping perceptions.