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FBI Lets Military Recruiters Continue to Visit Schools- When they KNEW the Recruiters were Cocaine Traffickers

18 December 2006 at 11:09:51 AM

The FBI knew for THREE YEARS that not one, but a dozen military recruiters were taking bribes to transport cocaine. Now, none of them is accused of giving drugs to students, but the astonishing factor is that the FBI continued to let some of them continue to do recruiting even when they had them on camera running drugs! Oh, yeah, good influences in the high school.

The  sting began in 2001 after the FBI received tips that a former Army National Guardsman was taking bribes to fix military aptitude tests for recruits, FBI Special Agent Adam Radtke said.

The FBI put an undercover informant in place to investigate. As the informant was paying to fix a test score in the parking lot of a Tucson restaurant, the recruiter opened the trunk of his vehicle and offered to sell part of a kilogram of cocaine, Mr. Radtke said.

The Army National guard recruiters later offered their drug-running services to undercover informants who posed as Mexican drug lords during the sting, he said.

So far, Operation Lively Green has led to the convictions of 69 members of the military, prison guards, law enforcement employees and other public servants on charges that they accepted bribes to help smuggle cocaine.

The Arizona Daily Star had some real problems trying to get at the information about the recruiters, which is supposed to be available even without a FOIA from the DOD. Each service tried to use the Privacy Act, but finally provided the information.

Now, no one is saying that every single military recruiter that shows up regularly on campus to sell kids on joining the service is a drug runner or pervert. BUT why are they being allowed this kind of access?

As you know, this isn't the first time that military recruiters, who show up unsupervised at high schools (and sometimes at earlier grade schools), have misused their position and endangered children. The No Child Left Behind statute added to this monster. I wrote about this in August about other reasons why this is a BAD idea.

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