Bulletproof Security: Mining Company Hires Paramilitary Commandos to Guard Their Precious Equipment, Wisconsin Is Unhappy

Common Dreams – by Abbey Zimet

In response to protests against test drilling for a controversial proposed $1.5 billion open-pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin by Gogebic Taconite, the mining company has hired masked, camouflaged, assault-rifle-toting guards from a self-described “no compromise” security force that boasts of “rigorous tactical firearms training” and “professional operators” who combine “logistics with tactical support” to “instinctively and smoothly manage surrounding threats.”  Thanks to the mindless Rambo-ing up, the “surrounding threats” are now mostly the once-peaceablenow-pissed residents who, in a letter from Democratic legislators, blast the company’s “confrontational and incendiary step that will clearly do more to intimidate local citizens and increase local tensions than it will to make you, your staff, or your equipment any safer.”  

“Some of the local people are wondering what the heck? It’s come to a sad situation when you’ve got to have a machine gun to protect a business that people around here don’t want.” – Paul DeMain, editor of the News from Indian County.

http://www.commondreams.org/further/2013/07/09-4

8 thoughts on “Bulletproof Security: Mining Company Hires Paramilitary Commandos to Guard Their Precious Equipment, Wisconsin Is Unhappy

  1. They have to EAT …. they have to SLEEP ….. they have HOMES….. and so do the mining Executives.

  2. That American flag now represents the corporate US and as such is appropriate for the corporate hired “goon” to wear on his uniform.,just as it’s worn by the corporate US military over seas.

  3. Well I think the good people of Wisconsin need some target practice anyway.

    Maybe they’d like to see just how “bulletproof” that security is.

    1. My finger is itchy, twitchy right now JR! Hunting season has been declared and the natives are restless.
      🙂 🙂 🙂

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