OMG, DHS’s federal forces in Portland are actually mercenary forces hired from Erik Prince!
^This one was also retweeted by Seth Abramson….before eventually walking it back and then, deleting his ultra-excited thread altogether.
Look, I know it’s way more exciting to stitch together a kooky narrative that fits exactly what we want to believe. I’m also glad more people are picking up something I am concerned about. How many, *if any*, of “Protecting American Communities Task Force” (PACT), are private contractors?
In the case of Former Sec. of Homeland Security as “quoted” in the first tweet, Jeh Johnson, actually said on Rachel Maddow, and I’m positive would have repeated this exact form of information on any other show (also outlined in my second post on the subject):
“Forces of DHS, that have been deployed to the scene, are first, the Federal Protection Service, which is the component of DHS that reports directly to the Sec. and it’s core mission is the protection of civilian federal buildings across the country. Interestingly, most members of FPS are actually private contractors.“ Then he went on to list other components of the PACT force.
He stated- one of the components of the drawn agencies for PACT are majority private contractors. He *did not* say, or even imply, that those private forces are the ones in PACT. He certainly didn’t, and wouldn’t, say anything about Erik Prince.
Throughout the internet, the Erik-Prince-mercenaries-to-Trump-conspiracy-theory, is really gaining some momentum. Included in both of the above threads.
Unsupported conspiracy theories are the province of the cult. We don’t do this. We refer to facts and use critical thinking to arrive at reasonable conclusions. That’s what we do. These tweets, are not that.
1. We are not even close to that stage of dictatorship…yet.
2. The first apprehensions and injuries to civilians were only 21 days after Trump’s EO. There is zero possibility a new, outside force was hired, integrated, and deployed within any range of that time.
3. Erik Prince hasn’t been involved in Blackwater in over 10 years, even though he seems to represent he still has some type of forces at his control. Blackwater was bought twice since their founding, and is absorbed in Constellis. Exactly what he is currently doing is unclear aside from being a one-stop shop for political operative, arms dealer, and provocateur. His talents are best used in the Middle East, Russia, Turkey, or any firmly established dictatorship. Is he still tangentially involved with Trump? Probably. But there is no way...no way he is involved in PACT.
Russell’s above thread was picked up by Seth Abramson, and in true Seth fashion, he just went to town fanning the flames before he realized…
It is ZT1 on that badge, not ZTI. They are call letters to identify the wearer. IT’S NOT THE COMPANY ZTI. Thankfully, instead of continuing to try to walk it back, or justify the post, which Seth was doing, he just took the whole mess down, as it was heading into a frothy mouthed, vomit-fest of Erik Prince stories that just had to be true.
Let’s concentrate on facts and critical analysis. Let’s NOT create appealing conspiracy theories.
If there are private contractors in the deployed DHS force, they are coming from already existing contracts, probably within Federal Protective Services (FPS) or maybe Bureau of Prisons (BOP). So, the private companies most likely represented would be: GEO Group, Core Civic, or MTC.
What the possible inclusion of private contractors in PACT forces signals to us is… exactly what we already know about this administration. They suck at planning anything. They do not operate with foresight, ever. If there are private contractors in PACT forces, it is purely because THERE WAS NO PLAN and they had no choice but to utilize those already existing private contracts. Don’t we know this yet?
If this did in fact happen, then it would be necessary for all the personnel to remain anonymous for as long as possible so that no one could suss out their origins. To utilize two different arms of governement- The DOJ and DHS, which organize two different forces (PACT, Operation Legend) out of many different components of agencies, into an indistinguishable mishmash of personnel, gives this whole undertaking the longest life possible. A life which is not particularly long at all, whether there are private contractors mixed in there or not.
The reason I questioned in an earlier post, why are PACT forces from DHS, going to be involved in the DOJ’s Operation Legend, and how many of them exactly, is not because I think there is some well-conceived nefarious plan, it’s because I know this is the result of having no plan at all. They would have no choice, because it’s not as if the FBI, DEA, and ATF have extra employees just sitting around waiting to be deployed as shock troops in US cities. It’s not as if any of these agencies would even want to do that, and the truth is, they would probably slow walk any direction to free up personnel for this propaganda exercise.
The reason why there may be private contractors in PACT is because the administration failed to plan for the personnel need and had no choice. Following these assumptions, the big question is, the real concern is- private contractors are not legitimate officers of the law and therefore cannot operate as such. That is the primary issue.