Originally posted by daskakik
By the way the guy was an expert in security. He was in charge of plans and specifications of government buildings so why wasn't he able to protect
his home from burglars?
in security for the State Department apparently, but that doesn't mean he was a expert
in security. His actions here decidedly
I've done contract security for quite a number of years now, everything from corporate to executive protection to some truly hair raising crap where
you get to whiff lots of cordite. In that time I've met with, worked with, and interacted with lots of security personnel, but not all of them were by
any means "professionals". Some, even many, ARE "professionals", but there are others who are... something less than that. Cowboys. Rock Stars. Glory
hounds. Call them what you will, but "competent" doesn't enter their description.
My wife and I were discussing that very thing just a few minutes ago. She said it sounds like PTSD to her, but I don't think so. Anyone who has
pursued that line of work for as long as he is alleged to have been in it will have a different plan - several different plans, in
fact. PTSD may cause the occasional freak out, but it doesn't generally alter your basic training, and this fellows actions didn't display much in the
way of basic training and security mindset. One of the cardinal rules is to ALWAYS have escape routes, the more the better, with a minimum of 3 in
case the first two fail due to unforeseeable circumstances. As a security professional of that long standing, this cat ought to have had CCTV cameras
at strategic points, and a way out of that basement instead of using it for a death trap in case he got cornered there. As near as I can tell, his
security plan involved his ears and a Rambo attitude.
Questions raised in my mind:
1) WHY were they able to access his basement at all while he was in it, and knew they were about? WHY could they get the door open at all, if that's
where his "workspace" was?
2) WHY did he have no monitoring equipment wired in to his "workspace"? I'm not big on ADT and the like, because I don't see a reason to place MY
security in the hands of strangers. You can bet I've got eyes on the outside, though, which I can monitor myself - not to mention motion sensors and
window and door sensors and the like, as well as a couple of large, angry, irascible four-footed burglar alarms - they don't depend on electricity! If
I'm going to have a "workspace", there's going to be a way to barricade it until the cavalry arrives.
3) WHY did he have no exits, thus allowing himself to get "cornered" with no apparent escape? At a minimum, if he were intent on defense of the
violent sort, he should have had a way out of there so that he could either fight or fly - flank the bastards from a direction they weren't expecting,
thinking he was holed up in the basement, or just scoot into the weeds and dial 911 on a cell phone, pop some popcorn, and watch the show.
In my last house, my "workspace" was upstairs, rather than in the basement. I had two exits from there, one front, one rear. and a narrow stair
approaching it so that potential assailants had to approach one at a time. There was an overwatch on the stairs where I could have fired from that
they wouldn't be expecting, and would have been hard pressed to return fire. If I didn't feel particularly violent that day, I could have skittered
out front or rear and left the house to them. and had tape backup of their activities for the prosecutor later.
My point is - options. After a while in that line of work, you learn to cultivate them. If he were an "expert", why did he have no options beyond the
Ramboesque road to Valhalla? Some times that is necessary, but if it isn't why put YOURSELF at risk?
I'm thinking if he was in Security, then he was a Cowboy, a Rock Star, a Poser. The field tends to attract that sort, with a chip on their shoulder
and delusions of adequacy. State, as well as some other outfits (Blackwater/Xe, cough, cough, among others) has more than their fair share of that
type of "expert".
My wife also made the observation that he treated this incident as if he were expecting a "hit". Personally, if I expect that type of visitor, I'm
going to want LOTS more options, to afford greater mobility and an ability to flank or fly. that's just me, though. This guys training and expertise
seems to have been lacking if he was a security "expert".
ETA: One final thought - a Ruger Mini-14 for INSIDE work in your own house? Seriously? A handgun with frangible ammo and/or a shotgun would have been
far better choices of a "professional". There are wall penetration issues to consider, although the noise is gonna deafen you either way.
Assault-rifle calibers are for outdoors play, involving greater distances and wider-open spaces.
edit on 2012/11/28 by nenothtu because: (no reason given)