On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
E, all of the above, for those of you who hazarded a guess at my earlier question on weapons used against census workers. If that's not disturbing enough, consider that the crossbow came out only after the angry Californian mentioned his submachine gun, and -- more broadly speaking -- that some of the irate people saw census employees as agents of President Obama, rather than the government at large.
Amelia Gruber covered management and contracting for Government Executive for three years before becoming an editor. She also has worked as an editor at Roll Call newspaper and as a research assistant at the Urban Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, with a major in economics, and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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