March 14, 2006
Up From The Grave He Arose
It was during this same span of time that “all of the various techniques used to repress labor were gradually developed and institutionalized by business and governmental elites … [notably] the use of private police, private arsenals and private detectives, the deputization of private police [and] the manipulation of governmental police agencies.” In this, the Pinkertons quickly assumed a status as an elite in their own right. …

From: The Trajectory of Political Policing in the United States, 1870 to the Present

Maj. Pete Tufaro scanned the fenced lot packed with hundreds of stark white trailers soon to be inhabited by Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Shaking his head, he predicted the cramped quarters would ignite fights, hide criminals and become an incubator for crime, posing another test for his cash-strapped sheriff’s department, which furloughed 206 of its 390 officers after the storm.

Tufaro thinks the parish has the solution: DynCorp International LLC, the Texas company that provided personal security to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and is one of the largest security contractors in Iraq. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency approves the sheriff’s department’s proposal, which would cost $70 million over three years, up to 100 DynCorp employees would be deputized to be make arrests, carry weapons, and dress in the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Department khaki and black uniforms.

“You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between us and them,” said Tufaro, who developed the proposal.

From: The Washington Post, March 14, 2006



Posted by Buck Batard at March 14, 2006 08:39 AM
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So why are they so eager to pay Pinkertons a day what they pay their deputies a week? Sounds like waste, graft, and corruption to me.

Anyway, reinstate the 200 laid-off deputies. Then hire locals for the reconstruction work. The deputies won't have international gangs of thugs and terrorists to deal with, just the local bar fights and marijuana dealers they know well, if the construction contracts don't go to the administration's favorite grafter corporations and their ultracheap illegal unskilled workers.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on March 14, 2006 9:36 AM

Nice. Now we are bringing the utter corruption, waste, fraud, abuse, brutality, and illegality associated with Afghanistan and Iraq to the homeland. Screw the sherriff. Let him take this out of his own hide and leave the rest of us taxpayers alone. While they're at it, perhaps they should just fence up the whole place, put in guard towers, and shoot and torture at will. Why let this devolution into utter corruption and waste be impeded? We need to reach the bottom before we can arise again.

Sort of off topic, but there is no hope amongst the Dems either. I don't see them all rushing to take the podium in support of Feingold. Where is the fucking outrage? Where are you, Hillary?

We are so far gone, I'm not sure there is anyone left who has the slightest understanding of what it means to run a Government with integrity and concern for the interests of the general taxpayer. Maybe that is because we mostly just charge everything.

Posted by: tstreet on March 14, 2006 9:52 AM

Narrowly spaced layouts don't help social relations among evacuees. See Fig. 13.12 (bottom of page) at

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on March 14, 2006 5:23 PM

This seems to be part of a growing trend that is troublesome.

We already have gladiators - NBA, NFL, WRF.

We already have mercenaries - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force.

Increasingly the US is becoming a nation of spectators who hire out the heavy lifting. Hence the squabbles over Mexican immigrants.

Policing a problem? Hire mercs there too. Eventually we'll have the same set up as Iraq with warlords who have their own little and not so little armies.

The "people" are getting further removed from participation and control all the time.

Posted by: spiiderweb on March 14, 2006 6:56 PM

All true, Spiiderweb.

Despite that, through a kind of apostolic magick, the founders left us within reach of the levers of this machine. We could, if we chose, dump the bastards.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree (Belisarius) on March 18, 2006 7:20 AM

Also, I'm assuming everyone in the conversation has read Snow Crash. If not, why not?

Posted by: Chuck Dupree (Belisarius) on March 18, 2006 7:27 AM
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