Sunday, January 13, 2008


Another fence goes up. This time "protecting" the quarters of 'tourists' working in the security industry from Chile and Brazil who come to the US -New Orleans - on 3 month visas to work as private security for N.O.P.P.

That's right boys and girls, mercenary private security in Brand New Orlean$ and these mercenaries also pay the same man who hires them for their quarters. As of today, Sunday, these same paid 'security' mercenaries from Chile and Brazil, are now cut off from interacting with the neighbors by an metal fence.

How many New Orleanians need jobs?

Is this constituational?

Are we having any discussions about out of country mercenaries working private security on US soil? Are we having ethical discussions as a nation about the possible implications as this industry grows? We have seen the type of government non-regulation that contractors - paid mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan have enjoyed.

Ironic isn't it - the new darker meanings attached to the symbols of security - not only in Brand New Orlean$ but in our times.

the security industry

In my humble opinion, the busine$$ of protecting human beings can not be a for profit private enterprise without the corruption of and loss of, vital constitutional rights and civil liberties.

Oh, and the beauty of using mercenaries from other countries to protect certain parts of the population of "We the People"?

Paid mercenaries from other countries working "security" on American streets, do not have the same genetic code so to speak, as we Americans have in our hearts and minds, when it comes to our inalienable rights and freedoms. Paid mercenaries have no allegiance to "We the People".

The allegiance of paid mercenaries, especially from other countries, is to the corporation and who ever pays them. And the corporation is not a US citizen.

Hang on America, its going to be a bumpy ride :>(


Patrick said...

It's a widely understood thing here that NOPP actually does nothing. They actually have no authority other than regular citizens have, which a according to the constitution, visitors to this country have the same rights as citizens when it comes to this. And the large majority of NOPP are New Orleanians, I know several of them. I think the more disturbing security issue is that we still have military police. That's not constitutional and everyone knows it, but no one is willing to fight that battle because the average New Orleanian these days does not see them on a daily basis.

But back to NOPP, they are seriously like the local squirrel patrol.

Planetary Sister said...

Thanks for your great feedback Patrick.

I wholeheartedly agree with you on the more distrubing issue of the military police - 9th Ward soldiers. I firmly believe that we should never, ever, desensitize ourselves to seeing the military on our streets. It distrurbs me when I military personnel in airports with their guns.

As far as the local start up security businesses like NOPP - I am considering the far ranging impact of what is now the seemingly innocuous local "squirrel patrol".

Here are a few concerns: What happens when the local small start up security companies are bought up by the larger regional companies? What is the constitutional legality of having regional and national "private protection" security agencies? What happens when the the big guys like BlackWater and Dynacorp begin to swallow up the regional guys through mergers?

I also feel really uncomfortable with Chileans(however nice these guys are, and I have met and spoken with them), doing "security" - i.e. mercenary contractors from Chile - a country where "death squads" were pervasive, a country that has a recent history of torturing their own and has an association with the School of Americas - patrolling American streets.

For me, all is not well in the homeland.

Thanks for your comments and for your readership!