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Thu Feb 9, 2012, 05:42 PM

Marines Sport Nazi SS Flag in Afghanistan

Marines Sport Nazi SS Flag in Afghanistan
óBy Adam Weinstein
| Thu Feb. 9, 2012 12:37 PM PST



Marine unit's SS flag in Afghanistan: Tayler Jerome



The Marine Corps' scout snipers in Afghanistan could probably use a safety stand-down. Just weeks after news broke that one elite unit of the forward-deployed Marines urinated on the corpses of dead Afghans, a photo has surfaced of another unit posing proudly beside a flag of the Nazi's killer SS troops. The Marine Corps Times reports:

The stylized "SS" logo appeared in a photograph of the platoon taken in September 2010 in Sangin district, Afghanistan, a hotly contested area in Helmand province. The Marines were with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The I Marine Expeditionary Force inspector general based at Pendleton was made aware of the "SS" flag photo in November of last year, said Capt. Gregory Wolf, a spokesman at Marine Corps headquarters. The issue has been addressed with the Marines involved, Wolf said. He did not say what specific action was taken beyond ordering Marines to stop using the logo.

The photo in question is not the only one documenting usage of the logo: A second image (embedded below) shows the SS logo emblazoned on a Marine's rifle.

More:
http://motherjones.com/mojo/2012/02/marines-sport-nazi-ss-flag-afghanistan

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Judi Lynn Feb 2012 OP
Solly Mack Feb 2012 #1
arcane1 Feb 2012 #2
MNBrewer Feb 2012 #3
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #4
KansDem Feb 2012 #5
Octafish Feb 2012 #6

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 05:48 PM

1. Damn

WTF, people. WTF.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 05:53 PM

2. Winning those hearts and minds! n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:00 PM

3. Why does this not surprise me?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:03 PM

4. They should stop using the SS symbol in the Marines. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:07 PM

5. So what does the "SS" mean to these Marines?

"Scout Snipers?"



Sure it wasn't "Schutzstaffel?"

This image shows (or resembles) a symbol that was used by the National Socialist (NSDAP/Nazi) government of Germany or an organization closely associated to it, or another party which has been banned by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

The use of insignia of organizations that have been banned in Germany (like the Nazi swastika or the arrow cross) are also illegal in Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Brazil, Russia and other countries, depending on context.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Schutzstaffel_Abzeichen.svg

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:12 PM

6. It's getting obvious.

48 years after the fact.

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