“The Kill Team”

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Americans, anxious to believe that the paramilitary forces going house-to-house in Boston were agents of civilian protection, also refuse to look the ugliness of the “kill” and “kick-ass” culture of the U.S. Armed Forces and modern American policing. Anyone who saw footage and photos of the searches in Watertown can see instantly that the average resident was seen by the police to be just as much a “terrorist” as Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

A new documentary, “The Kill Team,” looks at the lives of young American soldiers who murdered people in Afghanistan literally for sport. I have not seen the movie, but the article is powerful enough:

Discussing how he and another officer killed an unarmed 15-year-old Afghan boy, Andrew Holmes, a private first class who was 19 at the time of the killings, says, “Man, we straight up murdered that dude.”

Another soldier, Cpl. Jeremy Morlock, who was 21 at the time, matter-of-factly admits why he and others decided to “get some kills,” as he puts it: They were bored.

After months of training for heavy combat, platoon members were dropped into an area of rural Afghanistan where they saw little fighting and instead were instructed to help local Afghans drill wells, construct schools and perform other nation-building efforts that many had not been trained to do. War, Morlock says at one point in the film, “was nothing like people hyped it to be.”

Krauss told Yahoo News that many of the soldiers expressed a sense of betrayal.

“They had been promised an experience, they had been trained in the application of force, and the training, the culture, did not match with the experience. … It was about hearts and minds, and they were there to kick ass and defend America and defeat terrorism. And that’s what they had grown up thinking the military was about, and that was the culture they had trained for and wanted.”

The turning point for the platoon came when the sergeant in charge was severely wounded in a roadside bomb attack—only worsening the low morale, especially among the younger soldiers.

So these young men turned into murderers and military officials were shocked, SHOCKED! When one of the soldiers tried to warn Army officials of what was happening, they told him he had to report through his superior officer to maintain the Holy Chain of Command. His superior officer, however, was the ringleader, which gave the Army cover.

There is no way to sugarcoat what is happening abroad — and at home. Boston was a small taste of what is to come, and it will come. And don’t expect Americans to be outraged, as they have come to accept the stripping of their rights as the “small price” for “protection.”

4:07 am on April 23, 2013