Monday, August 30, 2010

Pick and Choose Enforcement is NOT Democratic Policing

When a country is following democratic policing prociples, it cannot have a police agency that simply "picks and chooses" which laws to enforce.  Whenever this arbitrary type of enforcement takes place, the society is no longer under rule of law, but it is at the whims of the government or who is in charge.

This is commonplace in thirds word or "developing" nations.  However, there has been a trend in many modern developed countries to follow this practice.  This is no more or less than abuse of power or malfeasance.  Unfortunately even the US has fallen into this category.  With recent discoveries of how ICE is supposed to "enforce" or not immigration laws - it falls outside the rule of law.

Just because those in power do not like the law, it does not mean they can ignore it.  Dictatorial styles like this seem to fall into a dangerous trend, and impatience with the system in place for making or changing the law is no excuse.

I am not talking about prioritizing enforcement.  Many police agencies do not have the resources to enforce all laws at all times.  In reality - thank goodness for that.  If all laws were enforced all the time - a lot of laws would get changed.  What I am saying is that whenever a police agency simply avoids enforcement, because they do not like the law - the fail in their oath of office and fail in keeping the peace.

Whatever the case may be - stay safe!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Man Arrested in India for Exposing Possible Election Fraud

It seems too often that when a person exposes the bad - they are the ones punished.  Whistle blowers rarely get rewarded in this world for doing the right thing.  More often than not - no good deed goes unpunished.

You can see the story at "India arrests hacker who exposed electoral fraud."  Yes he is a "hacker" but was only trying to expose the fraud that can be done.  The statement made by the ElectionCommission of India (ECI) sounds typically old school communist country: saying they are "totally tamper proof, perfect, fail safe and requiring no improvement".  Definitely not the kind of statement you would expect from a real democratic society.

Remember this kind of working environment when working over seas.

And Stay Safe!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

INL Takes Bids for INL Training Academy

The US State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is taking bids for na INL Training Center.  It appears that they have a place already in mind as the location of this academy is somewhat restricted.    You can see the specifications for the academy.

What this seems to translate into is that  INL is trying to centralize all training for INL contracts at one facility.  I can see why they may want to do this as opposed to traveling to different training sites across the country  for different missions.  This will simplify things for the State Department.  How the facility will manage to provide mission specific training is yet to be seen.  It can be done, but it seems training for all missions will be more generic than it is now.

I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing - it may be a burden on different companies, as either their trainers or evaluators will need to travel to the training center to prepare for the missions.  Of course, this is likely a first step in making all State Department Contracts direct with the State Department vs going through contract companies.  Whatever the case - change is on the horizon.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

No More Private Security Contractors In Afghanistan?

Afghanistan says that in four months all private security Contractors will be shut down.  I do not think there is a "plan" in place that will fill the void, but President Hamid Karzai's statement that contractors will be out by November 2011 is firm.  See the story on Yahoo News

What does this mean?  It may mean an end to a lot of contractor jobs in Afghan, or it may simply be one of these things where they "rename" private security contractors to something else.  There are about 26,000 to 30,000 private security contractors for 37 different companies.

A special thanks to Contractor Jobs on Facebook for posting about this.

More details when I know them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Force Protection Group Involved in Scam

Ryan Steensma and Stephanie Prickett were indicted on charges of running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors around $1 million.  They run a security guard company that apparently has worked in Iraq and Africa.  Apparently he runs or ran Redline 22 and Force Protection Group.

The scam involved "selling unrefined gold to companies" for a profit.  They never had the gold.  They also made up the existence of a yacht to secure the loan.

More on the story here.

You may want to stay away from this company until they get their house in order.

Update: A note on the photo - Some one commented anonymously about the picture not being correct.  The photo is from a profile for private investigators and bodyguards and is labeled "Ryan Steensma President"  for Force Protection Group.  (see link above) Then again maybe the photo there is fake too like the yacht.   

If you read the comments you will see that Dan Boelens says it was his photo.  There was no intention to harm Dan or his organization - apologies on my part.

Whatever you do - Stay Safe!