Shadowy Firm with Ties to Blackwater/Xe bullys into small Montana town
Here's the backstory on the Hadin, MT jail that residents paid to build, with promises that they would be able to make money off warehousing the overflow of inmates from state prisons. When that failed to materialize, up pops American Police Group/Force (APG) out of nowhere.
Hardin, MT residents appear split over what American Police Force's intentions are, but Hardin mayoral candidate Kerri Smith says the group is here to help..... Isn't that what we keep telling Iraqi's and Afghan's?
Some of GITMO prisoners were supposed to be transfered to Hardin, but it looks like someone got cold feet when it was discovered that the American Police Group looks to be a cutout for the notorious Blackwater/Xe.
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American Police Force: Web Sites Offer Hints About Jail CompanyHere's the web page of American Police Force Organization
“American Police Force also is promising to invest $30 million in new projects for the city, including a military and law enforcement training center with a 250-bed dormitory and an expansion of the jail to 2,000 beds. The company says it will build a homeless shelter, offer free health care for city residents and even deliver meals to the needy.”
Public records show that the APF Web site, Americanpolicegroup.com, was first registered on May 15, about two weeks after an effort by the Two Rivers Authority to pursue prisoners from Guantanamo Bay made national headlines.
A section of text on the APF site refers to the company’s “U.S. Training Center,” and matches word for word text from the Web site for Xe, formerly Blackwater. That company’s U.S. Training Center is touted as the largest facility of its kind.
And here's some of the services they offer. What's this kind of outfit doing in a remote Montana location?
Police Officer and Security Training
International Airline Security
Special Forces Training
Kidknapping & Ransom
Weapon & Equipment Sales - INTL Only
Cargo Ship and Cruise Line Security
Convoy Security (Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan & more)
As part of our mission, APF plays a critical role in helping the U.S. government meet vital homeland security and national defense needs. Within the last 5 years the United States has been far and away our #1 client. Technologies, programs, and services performed by APF have played a very important role in U.S. military and civilian efforts to protect our homeland and combat terrorism.
This group is loaded with ex-Green Berets, Navy Seals and retired CIA spooks.
A rather bizarre collection of gun toting goon squads for a company that was ready to shower Hardin residents with all sorts of goodies for use of their jail.
Check out the similar wording on Blackwater/Xe's web pages, another outfit filled with ex-Special Forces and retired CIA spooks.
American Police Force Corporation Takes Over Small Town Police ForceWhat's next for this vigilante outfit? Using machine guns to neutralize Hardin residents who roll thru stop-signs? Where is the money coming from? The Pentagon? Or opium from those Afghan poppy fields that increased by several thousand percent within years of the USA invasion?
HARDIN, Mont. (CBS/AP) This is the strange story of how American Police Force, a little known company which claims to specialize in training military and security forces overseas, has seemingly taken control of a $27 million, never-used jail, and a rural Montana town's nonexistent police force.
After arriving in this tiny city with three Mercedes SUVs marked with the logo of a police department that has never existed, representatives of the obscure California security company said preparations were under way to take over Hardin's jail, which has no prisoners.
Significant obstacles remain - including a lack of any contracts to acquire prisoners from other jails or other states.
But the company's flashy arrival this week stirred new questions. The logo on the black Mercedes SUVs said “City of Hardin Police Department.”
Yet the city has not had a police force of its own for 30 years.
APG plans on building a tactical military training ground of 5,000 to 10,000 acres to complement the training center, a $17 million project.
The private security angle came up in April 2009 when the Two Rivers Authority and the Hardin City Council started looking into the possibility of housing enemy combatants, currently detained in Guantanamo Bay (akaGitmo), Cuba, in their recently completed but still sitting empty detention center. In May 2009 a business called the American Police Force (”APF”) registered their domain name as americanpolicegroup.com. The next thing APF hits the City of Hardin with all the promises they wanted to hear in order to have them sign a contract to lease the private jail as well as build a police training facility to include them taking over policing their town.
On Friday, American Police Force announced its first local hire: a reporter for the Billings Gazette, Becky Shay, who has covered events surrounding the jail since its construction. She will be the company's spokeswoman for $60,000 a year.
Shay said she intended to bring new transparency to the process, but declined to directly answer the first question posed to her: Where is American Police Force getting the money to operate the jail and build the training center?