Monday, March 06, 2006

Homeland Security security

in the ongoing debate on foreign vs domestic control over vital areas, it seems that the Department of Homeland Security is using a British firm to provide security guards. The name of the firm is Wackenhut Services, Inc. From Wackenhut's webstie...

The Wackenhut Corporation is the U.S.-based division of Group 4 Securicor, the world's second largest provider of Security Services. Group 4 Securicor (www.group4securicor.com) is based in the United Kingdom and has activities in more than 100 countries and is the market leader in over half the countries in which it operates.

...Anyway, the Wackenhut guards say they suck at protecting DHS...

Guards Say Homeland Security Headquarters Insecure

The scare, caused by white powder that proved to be harmless, "stands as one glaring example" of the agency's security problems, said Derrick Daniels, one of the first guards to respond to the incident.
"I had never previously been given training ... describing how to respond to a possible chemical attack," Daniels told The Associated Press. "I wouldn't feel safe nowhere on this compound as an officer."

Daniels was employed until last fall by Wackenhut Services Inc., the private security firm that guards Homeland's headquarters in a residential area of Washington. The company has been criticized previously for its work at nuclear facilities and transporting nuclear weapons.

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