The Bureau Doesn't Have Johnny Utah Anymore.Johnny Utah is Keanu Reeves' character in Point Break. Utah is a typical straight-laced fresh-faced FBI recruit that somehow convinces a gang of Buddhist surfer bank robbers that he's not a fed. Oh, and he gets the girl, too. Anyway, there's nobody in the FBI like him, or his crazy-but-right partner Pappas, played by Gary Busey before people knew he had brain damage.
How do I know this? Because here are the two pictures cited in the Gangs and the Military section of the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment:
|Figure 13. ‘Support your local Hells Angels’ graffiti on military vehicle in Iraq|
|Figure 14. A soldier in a combat zone throwing gang signs|
The other example is ridiculous. The gang sign being "thrown" is a W for Westside. Even I know that because I saw it on Da Ali G Show. It's explained on UrbanDictionary.com and Answers.com. Even little old ladies do it. Kevin Federline tries to do it. It's not evidence that Brian Rodriguez is a gang member. Just that he is now, or was from, somewhere west of something. Wait, how did I know this guy's name is Brian Rodriguez? Because that's the filename of the jpg posted on the FBI's website: brianrodriguez_in_baghdad2.jpg. I wonder if the FBI has brianrodriguez_in_baghdad1.jpg. Maybe he's throwing one of these signs in that one. A lot of good that black band did. Not that you can't find the photo without it.
Unfortunately, most people believe what the FBI says. This angle from the report got lots of news play. Several major "news" organizations are treating this seriously. Thankfully, at least one guy, Max Fisher, at least gets the gang sign part. Although after he moves on from the obvious he goes off the tracks, I've read several good things by him; I think I'll add him to my RSS feed. And for the record, he posted before me, but I did not steal his bit. I had this material when I first posted on this, just not enough time.
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 The endnotes (scroll down to the numbers) cites are mostly DOJ press releases and open sources. And there are no citations in the Gangs and the Military section.