Perhaps, but I've run across my share of dirtbag Marine officers - even in some ground combat units. Maybe this guy was drummed out after a brief time in the Corps.
Whatever he was, he has abandoned any pretext of being a Marine. If this were a Marine, first off, he wouldn't have put himself in a place where he would be shooting the wrong person, Secondly, he would have owned up to his mistake and resigned his position immediately, and face up to the music - whether it means life in jail, and whatever reparations to the family. This is not a Marine, because he has NO honor. This guy is hiding behind the FBI - if he had any honor and accountability at all, he would resign and get ready to be accountable for his actions.
I can't argue with any of that. Apparently,there is no requirement in the FBI now for honor,pride,or self-respect.
Maybe he wasn't seeing enough "action" in the peacetime USMC, and wanted to join an outfit with looser "rules of engagement" and a better chance of shooting "perps". I was in Navy Special Warfare, and I am very familiar with the "pray for war" mentality.
If you haven't seen it yet, read this chapter excerpt from my novel in progress.
I see Braga as the epitome of BATF STU team leaders Hummel and Jaeger. These FBI HRT and SWAT and ATF SRT guys ALL come from a military specops background. They never put in any time in investigations, they go straight from the SEALs, Rangers, USMC etc to a federal "specops team", where they pick up the same kevlar armor and weapons they used in the military. They bring to "law enforcement" the wartime military "just get results, collateral damage is expected" mentality they had in their old outfits. It's no wonder these incidents occur.
Much worse is going to happen now that that post 9-11 they are on such a hair trigger.
I guess the "Once a Marine, always a Marine" belief has certain exceptions. Lee Harvy Oswald would be one of them.
Well said. Semper Fi.