So much money. So many profiteers.
Bill Conroy at The Narcosphere covers the story of the $100 Million Drug-War Garrison Approved for U.S.-Mexican Border
A small county board in southern California has just ushered in the era of the paramilitarization of the U.S. border by approving plans for a private, $100 million, 1,000-acre military and law enforcement training camp spearheaded by a former Navy Seal sniper who also has done work for the U.S. intelligence community.
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors earlier this week approved the project, to be developed near the small rural border town of Ocotillo, Calif., by a company called Wind Zero Group Inc. The supervisors, at a meeting held Tuesday, Dec. 21, voted 4-1 in favor of allowing the border garrison project to proceed toward construction, despite stiff community opposition, according to news reports.
$100 million facility. That’s a lot of money to spend on a training facility unless they expect to get a whole lot of government contracts for training… and other activities.
Conroy points out the interesting connection with RAND.
among the backers of the Wind Zero project is former Navy Captain and RAND Senior Management Systems Analyst John Birkler, who serves as a director of Wind Zero, according to SEC filings.
RAND bills itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, but, in reality, it has a long history of close ties to the military and private-sector warfare complex.
RAND media spokesman Warren Robak told Narco News previously that â€œJohn Birkler and his involvement with Wind Zero is a private matter â€” it has nothing to do with RAND.â€
But Birkler has at least one thing in common with Wind Zero beyond the Navy background he shares with the companyâ€™s founder, the former Navy SEAL sniper, U.S. intelligence agency operative and author Brandon Webb. Birkler, Webb and Wind Zero have expertise in the emerging arena of drone warfare.
At RAND, Birkler, among other responsibilities, oversees research for the U.S. Navy as well as the U.S. Special Operations Command â€” under which is the Navy SEAL program. And, according to Randâ€™s Web site, among Birklerâ€™s specific areas of expertise is â€œunmanned aerial vehicles.â€
Doesn’t pass the smell test. RAND does lots of government work, has a Senior Manager who specializes in drones and is a backer of a big border project to provide drug war training facilities for an organization that has experience working with drones, and it’s just “a private matter.”
Wind Zero is, at best, a Blackwater/Xe wanna-be, connected with RAND, and poised to conduct private drug war operations within the United States as a taxpayer-funded mercenary operation.
Feel safer now?
More training facilities to escalate the drug war even further. And we know how well that can work out… Event the Los Zetas, probably the most dangerous group of drug trafficking criminals out there, apparently received training at the School of the Americas at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where they would have trained in rapid deployment, aerial assaults, marksmanship, ambushes, small-group tactics, intelligence collection, counter-surveillance techniques, prisoner rescues and sophisticated communications.
Apparently what we need is more private military training facilities on the border.