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Wilson, for example, views the Zetas massacre as vindication. "The GET guys were about to be disbanded when we came in and kicked their asses," he says. "Now everybody is looking back at it and saying, 'This shit works.' If they don't want to deal with it, the cartels are going to be everywhere."
But there is no black and white in the private security business. By Wilson's own admission, Risks Inc. itself nearly trained narcos by accident. "We had agreed to go down there and train another state's police force," he says. "We were just waiting on the plane tickets when — bam — the entire department was arrested for working for the drug cartels."
When a trip to Nigeria to train police recently fell through, Wilson ended up training vigilantes in the volatile north of the country. Who's to say those vigilantes won't do more harm than good with their newly acquired skills?
As the heads of massive mercenary companies, Walbridge and Wardak have made millions, much of it from American taxpayers. Yet they are able to easily hide their pasts — and their personal fortunes — from the public. As a result, Walbridge can continue to run "boutique" ops in Brazil even as riots shake the country to its core. And Wardak can keep inventing celebrity causes to mask his past.
That all three men are still in business boils down to one simple fact: People are willing to pay them.
Sitting at his desk, Wilson receives a phone call from a contact in Mexico. Two people have supposedly been kidnapped. "If the family doesn't come up with $20,000 in two hours, they are going to start doing things to them," the contact says.
Wilson isn't interested.
"What are we going to do, hire a team with guns to go into Mexico? How would we do that? And how would we get paid?" he asks. "Such is life. That shit happens all the time. The family is thinking about their loved ones, but I'm thinking about business."
Outstanding article! Thanks to Michael Miller for the insight. This is just another example of the far, right wing, republican push to privatize all government function. And the purpose of privatization - quid pro quo. Capitalist thugs get to feed at the government trough (while telling everyone else not to expect anything from their government), in exchange for kick backs in the form of direct and indirect campaign contributions. Just look at what happened with Florida Education Secretary, Tony Bennett. He and his republican friends in Indiana government received millions from a charter school owner, and, when asked to fix the "C" grade her school was given, he changed the the way school grades are determined.
All of these Risk/Blackwater scum should be rounded up, herded into a large building and gassed. Feed their remains to the fish.
Nice to know we have so many talented protectors in Miami to help police any trouble.?
Great article, once again the Miami New Times leads in good journalism, Kudos to M Miller.
Had a FB friend who recently defriended then tried to refriend me, he just moved to miami, and i find was part of this world...fuck them, the numbers will wipe them from the earth if they ever try anything...