New Marijuana Practices in California: Private Security Firm Raiding Mendocino Pot Farms

New Marijuana Practices in California: Private Security Firm Raiding Mendocino Pot Farms

by markthshark
Tuesday Sep 30th, 2014 1:33 PM

They wear camouflaged uniforms, bearing military-style insignia. They ride helicopters over the forests of Mendocino County, Calif., on the state’s north coast, equipped with firearms, where they cut down illegal marijuana. But they aren’t the army. They aren’t even the police. They are Lear Asset Management (no phone listing or company website), a private security firm that is attracting a lot of attention for the work it’s doing — and even perhaps some work it hasn’t done.

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New Marijuana Practices in California: Private Security Firm Raiding Pot Farms in Mendocino County
by marktheshark, Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I guess you could call them The New Pinkertons. Myself, I call them mercenary prohibitionists; the domestic equivalent of Blackwater. And they have no place anywhere in America. Continue reading

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Somali government’s bid to control private security weapons in capital

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Somali government’s bid to control private security weapons in capital

BBC Monitoring Africa
28 September 2014 02:42

Text of report by Somali news website Raxanreeb on 28 September

he Ministry of the National Security today imposed new regulation to deal with the Private Security companies operating in Mogadishu amid efforts to minimize the extent of the insecurity in the country.

The spokesman of the National Security Ministry Muhammad Usman Yusuf said the new regulation permits the owners of the Private Security to have the right to hold small weapons to guard their respective buildings and vehicles. Continue reading

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The booming business of security companies in Yemen

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The booming business of security companies in Yemen

Yemen Times
30 September 2014

As the state prepares to further regulate private security companies, it remains to be seen whether it will consequently regain some responsibility and accountability over the country’s security situation. (www.universaleagles-ye.com)

“Yemen is rated a medium to high threat environment for crime. Even with improving political conditions, crime levels remained steady throughout 2013 due principally to tough economic conditions and weak law enforcement,” reads the Yemen 2014 Crime and Safety Report published by the Overseas Security Advisory Council.

Weak law enforcement partially explains why heightened insecurity in Yemen has given rise to a booming presence of national and international security companies.

An increasing number of private businesses have taken over what has long been considered to be a key responsibility of the state: The provision of security. Continue reading

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Security firm to guard crime sites for police

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Security firm to guard crime sites for police

The Daily Telegraph
1 October 2014

A POLICE force has hired a private security company to guard major crime scenes, in what is believed to be one of the first contracts of its kind.

Dorset Police announced the decision following a four–month trial, which saw staff from Securitas Ltd called out on 15 occasions, freeing up a total of 700 police man hours. Continue reading

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Czech Republic also has private firms that privatise war – press

Czech Republic also has private firms that privatise war – press

CTK Daily News

25 September 2014

(c) 2014 CTK (Ceska Tiskova Kancelar).

Prague, Sept 25 (CTK) – Private companies privatise war and private armed forces exist even in the small Czech Republic, weekly Reflex out today writes and adds that they are mostly joined former members of the military and police who let themselves be hired to fight in the world’s crisis areas.

Reflex says Czech political scientist and security analyst Tomas Smid writes in his his study made within the Privatisation of Security grant in 2012 that there are six or seven such private military companies in the country. Continue reading

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Pakistani officials bribed by military contractors: IG

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Pakistani officials bribed by military contractors: IG

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By Jim McElhatton, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

1 October 2014

State Department investigators uncovered evidence that agents working for one of the largest U.S. military contractors paid tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to Pakistani officials to obtain visas and weapons licenses, but records show the government closed the case without punishing DynCorp.

The nearly four-year investigation by the State Department’s Office of Inspector General found that in one case, DynCorp paid more than $17,000 for “facilitation” services to subcontractor Speed-Flo Filters for visas for 15 people. Typically, the visas would cost about $3,000 in total, records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show. Continue reading

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Bill O’Reilly lashes out at Colbert for mocking his IS strategy

Bill O’Reilly lashes out at Colbert for mocking his IS strategy

“You know these mercenaries will be good guys because only the best people kill whoever you want for cash. It’s quality folks, is what I’m saying — unlike those suckers who do it for love of country,” said Colbert.
By Aileen Graef   |   Oct. 1, 2014 at 7:26 AM  |  Updated Oct. 1, 2014 at 11:19 AMemail

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) — Bill O’Reilly responded to Stephen Colbert mocking his idea to fight the Islamic State (IS) by saying he has “no bleeping clue” about good military strategy.

On Thursday’s The Colbert Report, Colbert questioned O’Reilly’s proposed strategy for coalition nations to hire an army of mercenaries to fight IS.

“You know these mercenaries will be good guys because only the best people kill whoever you want for cash. It’s quality folks, is what I’m saying — unlike those suckers who do it for love of country,” said Colbert. Continue reading

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Jurors’ Note Hints at Conviction in Blackwater Case

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Jurors’ Note Hints at Conviction in Blackwater Case

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By MATT APUZZO

2 October 2014,

WASHINGTON — Jurors who have for weeks been deliberating in the murder and manslaughter case against four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors passed a note to the judge on Wednesday that suggested they were leaning toward conviction on at least some counts. Continue reading

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O’Reilly Invites Blackwater Founder To Endorse His Plan To Fight Islamic State With Mercenaries

O’Reilly Invites Blackwater Founder To Endorse His Plan To Fight Islamic State With Mercenaries

Blackwater’s Erik Prince: Mercenaries Are As “Part Of American History As Apple Pie”

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From the September 23 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor:

Related:

Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater

Find the O’Reilley interview with Erik Prince

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Book Review: The Bremer Detail

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Book Review: The Bremer Detail

Instead of dispelling myths about security contractors, Gallagher reinforces them in ways big and small.
Frank Gallagher is an impressive man if only half the things in The Bremer Detail(available today at Amazon.com)are true. For almost a year he was in charge of the security detail that guarded Ambassador Paul Bremer during his time as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. It was Gallagher’s work on this detail that helped put Blackwater on the map and garnered them additional government security contracts.
I’d like to have a beer or six with him and hear more details about some of the stories he tells. The book’s conversational tone reinforces the idea that Frank is just a great guy telling you some cool war stories. Very, very few people could do what Gallagher did and it’s enjoyable to spend a few hours in his world. Continue reading
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