In­jured Spe­cial Ser­vice cen­ter in­struc­tor may be par­a­lyzed

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Spe­cial Ser­vice Com­mand Cen­ter ( ) in­struc­tor Lt. Col. Kuo Keng- hung ( ) , who sus­tained a firearm in­jury dur­ing a live ammunition train­ing ses­sion on March 30, has re­port­edly been left par­a­lyzed, amid crit­i­cism sur­round­ing a vi­ral video of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Bureau ( NSB, ) trainees com­menc­ing a criss-cross shoot­ing reg­i­men with no pro­tec­tion gear on.

The vi­ral video shows two rows of trainees, just two me­ters away from each other, com­menc­ing a mov­ing criss-cross shoot­ing reg­i­men while fir­ing live ammunition. Yet, none of the trainees were wear­ing protective gear.

Dur­ing the train­ing ses­sion, a trainee failed to heed the in­struc­tor’s or­ders to cease fire, re­sult­ing in Kuo sus­tain­ing a gun­shot to the neck near the fourth and fifth cer­vi­cal ver­te­bra. Re­ports said doc­tors fear that Kuo will be par­a­lyzed for life.

View­ers and leg­is­la­tors have blasted the NSB’s high-rank­ing of­fi­cials for play­ing with their sub­or­di­nates’ lives by com­ing up with an “ex­cit­ing” per­for­mance ses­sion for in­spec­tion of­fi­cials.

DPP Leg­is­la­tor Kuan Bi- ling pointed out that Spe­cial Ser­vice duty is a high-risk job, and the NSB should reg­u­late ser­vice mem­bers to wear nec­es­sary protective gear while on duty. She fur­ther stated that the lack of protective gear as shown in the vi­ral video is also an ob­vi­ous breach of regu- la­tions and de­manded that the cen­ter’s com­man­der should take re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­sign.

Vi­tal Train­ing for Trainees: NSB

The NSB re­sponded yes­ter­day by say­ing that the criss- cross shoot­ing reg­i­men is a vi­tal train­ing for Spe­cial Ser­vice trainees, and claimed it was not a spe­cial train­ing ses­sion said to be held for a Con­trol Yuan ( ) in­spec­tion, which is sched­uled for May 5.

The bureau said that the Spe­cial Ser­vice mem­bers up­hold “us­ing their bod­ies as shields” as the high­est stan­dard in pro­tect­ing the pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent.

The shoot­ing train­ing has been in use since for­mer Pres­i­dent Chen Shui-bian’s ( ) term, au­thor­i­ties said. In re­sponse to crit­i­cism re­gard­ing why the NSB did not use rub­ber bul­lets, the NSB said trainees re­quire in­tense drill ses­sions as they are in charge of the pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent’s safety. Of­fi­cials ex­plained that the U.S. also has sim­i­lar train­ing pro­grams. “Oth­er­wise, ser­vice mem­bers will lack the nec­es­sary phys­i­cal and men­tal ca­pac­ity in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions that could mean life or death for the pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent,” said bureau of­fi­cials. Con­trol Yuan of­fi­cials re­ported that the train­ing ses­sion and the in­spec­tion are “two dif­fer­ent is­sues,” fur­ther stat­ing that they were only aware of the in­spec­tion date. Of­fi­cials said they are also un­clear of the in­spec­tion de­tails, and the NSB had yet to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the in­spec­tion.

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