Thursday, April 06, 2006

Might Wackenhut's Lawsuit against Metro Be Frivolous?

This week's Nashville Scene reports that a security company that did not get a Metro contract after it looked as if they would is now preparing to sue the local government. You can read John Spragens' story and see for yourself whether you think they have a case. But, based on unrelated reports of some other problems that Wackenhut seems to have had elsewhere, I believe that one can definitely make a case against Metro hiring them.

Wackenhut has reportedly been at the center of security problems at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, involving mistaken responses to initially unidentified white powder (which later proved to be benign). Thanks to a belated evacuation order, employees had gone to lunch, and they had to be rounded up and quarantined (how about some suspicious white powder to go along with those fries?). Wackenhut whistleblowers reported no WMD training, lightly guarded Homeland Security entrances, and no radios to communicate with each other. The Energy Department also concluded that Wackenhut guards improperly handled the transport of nuclear and conventional weapons during one of their tests. One whistleblower said that when he found a suspicious bag in a parking lot on another occasion he "didn't have a clue about what to do."


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