Thursday, January 3, 2008

Wacken-off

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Buried in this City Paper article about the Metro voter roll heist of Christmas ’07 is the news that a subcontractor for private security mega-firm Wackenhut Corp. was on the job the day of the break-in. This is not the first time that Wackenhut—a billion dollar earner—has acted like a Keystone Cop in the Volunteer State. Last month, the Army claimed the company ripped off workers at a Kingsport base to the tune of over $3 million. Around this same time, the company was fired from guarding 10 nuclear power plants—the infamous Three Mile Island among them—after footage of on-duty guards taking a nap in the break room—Homer Simpson style—was made public. In 2006, at an Oak Ridge nuclear power plant in East Tennessee, Wackenhut employees were caught cheating on some security exercises and botching others. While the company certainly seems competent at helping right-wing terrorist organizations, to say nothing of the CIA and private prison industry, perhaps it’s time that Metro find someone else to look after Social Security numbers and home addresses.

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