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Monday, April 21, 2008


As if occupation wasn't bad enough...

...it's now being carried out by an increasing number of actual criminals:
The U.S. Army and Marine Corps let 861 convicted felons join their ranks in 2007, an 88 percent jump over the previous year that helped meet recruiting goals in wartime, according to data released on Monday.

The waivers for convictions ranging from assault and burglary to manslaughter and sex crimes allowed the military to enlist people otherwise precluded by recruitment standards.
And about that "war on terror"?
Both the Army and Marine Corps also granted waivers to recruits convicted of making terrorist threats, including bomb threats. The Marine Corps granted five such waivers in 2007 while the Army granted two.

The Marines gave waivers to 11 people convicted of carrying a weapon on school grounds.

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