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  •  I so hesitate to write this but... (0+ / 0-)

    ...it's not 1870 wild west anymore. There are laws on the books. Securitas (Pinkerton) is just another security company bound by the laws and regs of the states they operate in. More importantly, they are bound by what their workers comp and liability insurance companies tell them what they are allowed to do.

    I do not envision thugs with shotguns and billy clubs chasing people down the street. That's what the NYPD does.

    I do envision a buch of extra uniformed security guards standing in front of and inside of the Wall Street firms trying to keep Wall Street business going on uninterrupted.

    I have hired security companies to protect my business in the past. Putting hands on another person is something they take VERY seriously. It is something they train for in order to prevent any kind of lawsuit.

    Go ahead. Flame away.


    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Fri May 04, 2012 at 08:27:38 AM PDT

    •  No flame, but I say, just wait. As things heat up (2+ / 0-)
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      and governments are pressured by corporations to suppress things more brutally, a repeat of Homestead could happen. Maybe you're right, that it's the official police who will do all the beating up and killing.

      •  I'd be more worried if they hired Blackwater (1+ / 0-)
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        Securitas is a publicly traded Swedish based firm that bought Pinkerton in 1999. One thing their, or any, shareholders hate is big stupid lawsuits.

        While I have never attended an OWS protest as Mr. LaGreca has, in my humble opinion, it is not helpful to conflate century old imagery with hiring extra building security guards.

        The big question is weather the extra guards will be dressed in riot gear. There is a possibility that the security firm and their Wall Street bosses can make this situation worse. I just hope cooler heads prevail on both sides.


        i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

        by bobinson on Fri May 04, 2012 at 12:03:46 PM PDT

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        •  bobinson, your wrong, on many levels. Pinkerton (0+ / 0-)

          has morphed into a subsidiary of Blackwater, Xe.  

          •  Hmmmm (0+ / 0-)

            From the Securitas website:

            In 1999, when Securitas AB entered the U.S. market by acquiring Pinkerton, the company became the largest security firm in the world.
            A cursory google search does not confirm any link between the modern day Pinkerton agency or Securitas and Blackwater. Please provide your evidence.


            i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

            by bobinson on Fri May 04, 2012 at 11:38:36 PM PDT

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