Disturbing Corporate Paramilitaries Appear In Wisconsin

paramilitariesTalking Points Memo on a mining company’s quelling protests using a paramilitary force rented from a real estate mogul:

There’s been a battle royale in Wisconsin over an effort to establish a big iron mining operation near Lake Superior, to be owned and operated by a company called Gogebic Taconite. Protests have been staged since the operation got started.

But people started to get freaked out over the weekend when Gogebic brought in what the Wisconsin State Journal calls “masked security toting semi-automatic rifles and wearing camouflaged uniforms.”

I started looking into the security company behind the paramilitaries, an outfit called Bulletproof Securities out of Scottsdale.

The Bulletproof website lists all sorts of security/paramilitary type services. They even have their own ‘border security force’, which is something I thought the federal government took care of.

Bulletproof can also provide “a QRF (quick reaction force) tactical unit to secure a manufacturing plant during a heated worker strike.” The company’s website provides an extremely wide range of services and suggests it has a huge amount of equipment to provide Quick Reaction Force services “in ALL conditions.”

Anyway, if you look around the site, Bulletproof clearly has a pretty big arsenal and a reasonably sized paramilitary at the ready to help you. So I thought I’d look Bulletproof owner Tom Parrella. And here’s where things took an even more interesting turn. Parrella isn’t just in the private security/paramilitary business. He’s also owns a major real estate agency in Scottsdale.

In fact, they’re run out of the same office on Gelding Drive. So if you’re looking for a new McMansion in the Scottsdale area and also need paramilitary [forces] they’ve got you covered. I had never realized there were synergies between residential real estate and paramilitary services.

Now two state legislators are asking the company to withdraw the guards/paramilitaries. One of them, Bob Jauch, “said he was especially concerned that the guards are carrying high-powered rifles more appropriate for fighting wars than for guarding construction equipment in a scenic forest that draws scores of hikers and vacationers in addition to mine protesters.”

30 Comments on "Disturbing Corporate Paramilitaries Appear In Wisconsin"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Aug 14, 2013 at 11:16 am |

    Your right libertarian future is now.

    • Kane VonDoom | Aug 14, 2013 at 11:53 am |

      This is anything but libertarian with either a big “L” or little “l”. This is some bastardized Neo-Fascism.

      • Anarchy Pony | Aug 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm |

        Yes, Corporate Right Libertarianism.

      • Hadrian999 | Aug 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm |

        this is a more realistic vision of libertarianism , in absence of governmental controls the powerful would be left to do as they wish, american robber barons and cattle barons are a good example of how it would play out but corporate interests would wield much more power than they ever dreamed of

        • misinformation | Aug 15, 2013 at 8:58 am |

          ‘corporate interests would wield much more power than they ever dreamed of’

          Aren’t corporations only a creation of government?

          It’s impossible to unhook the, ‘corporations as ultimate evil’ meme, from the government.

          • Hadrian999 | Aug 15, 2013 at 9:54 am |

            not if they deveplope their own means for the things they depend on the government for, such as their own private armies and police forces. they would become their own governments

          • Anarchy Pony | Aug 15, 2013 at 10:59 am |

            Thank you!

          • misinformation | Aug 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm |

            But isn’t the ‘they’, that you’re talking about, corporations? It’s not a natural progression from business, to large corporation that can wield armies. Corporations that seem that powerful, and I’d contend that there are virtually none powerful enough to wield an army of the type that I believe you’re alluding to, are only that powerful because of gov’t.

          • Hadrian999 | Aug 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm |

            I’m not talking invading countries im talking like locking down their own fiefdoms as in the era of robber barons. the larger corporations quite capable fielding forces that do the kinds of things spooks and special operations forces do. and don’t forget at one time the Pinkerton detective agency had more shooters on the payroll than the U.S. Army did

          • misinformation | Aug 19, 2013 at 3:00 am |

            You bring up some interesting thoughts.

            With regard to this…:

            ‘the larger corporations quite capable fielding forces that do the kinds of things spooks and special operations forces do.

            …could you be more specific? On some of the larger, more important covert ops, it seems that only an entity with their fingers in every pie can pull some of those together. Can a corporation work out the guns for drugs, Iran/Contra situation? Can a corporation pull the strings in order to assassinate a sitting President – not just pull the trigger but cover it up? I’m not so sure. Can a corporation overthrow a democratically elected leader of a middle eastern country because they’ve just nationalized their oil – yes…if a gov’t will actually do all the work to carry out the plan.

            Would you care to expand on this:

            ‘locking down their own fiefdoms as in the era of robber barons’

            Aside from what little I know about the Pinkertons…And I bet they did and still do get some nice gov’t contracts, I feel like I’m only familiar with a cartoonish idea of robber barons.

            I believe a thorough investigation would reveal that there is currently little to no difference between the people who control corporations and anyone who matters in gov’t.

            My research has show that it would be unwise to focus all of one’s attention on what I perceive to be an all-too-commonly misunderstood, false dichotomy, between gov’t and capitalism – and I mean U.S. capitalism. Which could probably more accurately be called fascism (as no free-market capitalism actually exists to my knowledge).

          • Hadrian999 | Aug 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm |

            if you want a good look at why I worry about uncontrolled corporate power and governments that don’t care what they do look at the hey day of the english and dutch east india companies, or the conduct of large land holders in the american west.

      • Two things, from a libertarian-leaner:

        1) If libertarianism is reducing government involvement with the private sector, this is certainly libertarian. Going back to coal mining company towns, we have a perfect case study of unfettered private enterprise. The company became the de facto government and conducted itself in a violent, totalitarian manner. That’s what happens with economic libertarianism in its purest form.

        2) There’s some embarrassing overlap between libertarian Austrian economists and bastardized Neo-Fascism. The first wave of Austrians worked for the Austria-Hungary government–a huge monarchical empire. One of my ancestors fled from there to avoid execution . . . for establishing a democratic republic. In modern times, von Mises called Fascism the savior of European civilization. Friedrich Hayek (who I mostly like) was an ardent supporter of the neo-Fascist Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, saying that “temporary” dictatorships are economically necessary.

        It begs the question: how can laissez-faire libertarianism still be libertarian when it crushes individual liberties?

        • Charlie Primero | Aug 15, 2013 at 7:18 am |

          You ignore the fact that a fundamental feature of libertarianism is respect for individual rights, something neo-fascists abhor.

          • That’s exactly what I was pointing out. “Free for all” does not maximize freedom for all. Von Mises and Hayek show that certain factions are even ready to jettison individual rights when it suits them. Non-interference often does not respect individual rights. And I’m not just picking on corporations. Nor should libertarianism just pick on government. All institutions–gov’t, business, international orgs, religious bodies, unions–crave their own tyranny, either by destroying an opposing organization or by joining forces. An honest libertarianism would need to recognize this and distrust all power-seeking institutions.

          • Charlie Primero | Aug 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm |

            I agree.

          • gustave courbet | Aug 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm |

            I was going to throw my 2 cents in, but you spent them already. Well said.

        • Kane VonDoom | Aug 15, 2013 at 9:26 am |

          Sure, there are common threads and fine lines between any philosophy but libertarianism that ignores individual liberties and sanctity of self is not libertarianism at all.

          That would be similar to having someone who professes to be Thelemic because they embody “Do what thou Wilt” while paying no regard to “Love is the Law, Love under Will”… or a Democracy which ignores the voice of the people.

      • Theory, meet Fact.

      • Sounds to me like the kind of Libertarian future people bankrolling the movement and ALEC and what happened in WI politics (it isn’t just the Kochs) really want. Just because someone puts money into a movement doesn’t mean they have to agree with you.

    • misinformation | Aug 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm |

      Another case of stolen language. Add ‘libertarian’ to a long list – liberal, peace, freedom, honor, crime…

  2. Welcome to the future. God save America.

    • BuzzCoastin | Aug 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm |

      welcome to the past:
      History of union busting in the United States

      For approximately 150 years, union organizing efforts and strikes have been periodically opposed by police, security forces, National Guard units, special police forces such as the Coal and Iron Police, and/or use of the United States Army.

      • Yep, the Pinkertons along with the police and military, have been a scurge of labor going back to the 19th century.

        • Anarchy Pony | Aug 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm |

          All them fascists bound to lose… at some undetermined point in the future that we apparently haven’t reached yet.
          Maybe we should start, oh I don’t know, killing them.
          Of course, that’s just my inner righteously furious berserker talking.

          • Killing them seems the logical thing to do. But hopefully they’ll wipe themselves out before we have to do that.
            Came across a brief documentary someone posted on my Facebook page. It dealt with a scientist who had been studying a baboon troop for years. Anyway, a bunch of them died from eating tainted food. But most of the ones that died were the agro, dominant, bullying males. This ended up changing the entire dynamic of the troop for generations to come. They went from being your typical highly structured, hierarchical social group, to one where cooperation and social cohesion was valued over aggressive and violent dominator behavior. Everyone was much happier.

          • Anarchy Pony | Aug 15, 2013 at 10:56 am |


  3. Hadrian999 | Aug 14, 2013 at 11:58 am |

    this is nothing new, anyone remember the Pinkertons, Vance security was involved in trying to break a UAW strike at Caterpillar in the 90’s. Today the difference is the mercenaries don’t have to pretend they are something else

  4. Related, somewhat:

    The militancy of USA spreads like a virus around the world and into the hearts of many men globally.

    The crimes ongoing globally by the fbi/cia assassins reflect in my considered judgment a severe mental illness that spreads invisibly by contact with others in the general population; the genesis for the infirmity may be deeply embedded in the human genome by which all human beings appear predisposed to join in certain atrocities when prompted to do so. This theory would also account for the relative ease by which the fbi/cia/dod assassins manipulate world and local opinion against a person who is metaphorically being beaten to death by the torture techniques that I have described for two decades. Excerpted from my logs dated 2002:

    As few call for the medical treatment of the carriers of the disease, some action must be taken to control or perhaps to cure the affliction; failure to do so invites the members of the infected class to 1) continue globally to torture, imprison and murder millions of human beings in the name of ‘Democracy’ and 2) ceaselessly induct and thereby enslave the rest of the world’s population into their demented and flagitious ranks.



    gangs of police, fbi and their operatives engage in crimes:



    Reduce mankind to a fearful, trembling species:


    See my reports on violence as a virus.


    An interpretation of human violence

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