posted on Mar, 25 2005 @ 02:20 PM
Contractors like Wackenhut, Pinkerton, and EG&G who provide contract security forces to the government have been doing so for many, many years.
Getting a security clearance through one of these companies is no more or no less difficult than a member of the US armed forces. They all use the
While it is probably true that many, maybe even most, of the contractor security force personnel are ex-military, it is highly unlikely that they are
all ex-special forces. I mean, lets be reasonable about this. Just who the heck are they gonna "jack up" out there? A bunch of computer nerds who
get the cajones to venture a couple of hundred yards into restricted areas, whose sole source of physical exercise is getting up from the computer
desk to run to the kitchen for a fresh Coke and a few Oreos while their game of Everquest loads up? Talent like that would be wasted out there in a
facility that is, for the most part, a low physical security risk. The law enforcement forces on site, I know for a fact, are trained in....law
enforcement. Sure, there is a good degree of force protection training for these people. But the fact of the matter is that we need our quality
physical security people guarding important sites, like nuclear weapons storage facilities, or places with alot of VIP's. Almost all the LE
personnel out at those places are, for better or for worse, no different (talet wise) from guards you will find on other bases. Now, there is a BIG
difference in their career and personal quality, as the commanders of these facilities can pick and choose who gets assigned to their facilities,
therefore the quality of personnel assigned is much higher. This is necessary, to maintain a high level of professional conduct when dealing with the
public, or potentially embarrassing situations. Therfore the quality of personnel at these places is very high, however, it is not a major gathering
spot for snake-eaters and CT's. There threat is simply not there.