Monday, December 19, 2016

Private Security Force

This interesting story is in the news today:

"President-elect Donald Trump has continued employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies, and he is expected to keep at least some members of the team after he becomes president, according to people familiar with the plans.

"The arrangement represents a major break from tradition. All modern presidents and presidents-elect have entrusted their personal security entirely to the Secret Service, and their event security mostly to local law enforcement..."

Well, maybe a break from American tradition.  But let's remember that leaders having private security forces have not been totally unknown:

And don't even try to tell me that the comparison is not appropriate.  The SS started as a "private security service" for Hitler, out of any control of the government:

"It began with a small guard unit known as the Saal-Schutz (Hall-Protection) made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for party meetings in Munich...  

Three main SS groups were assigned to protect Hitler. In 1933, his larger personal bodyguard unit (previously the 1st SS-Standarte) was called to Berlin to replace the Army Chancellery Guard, assigned to protect the Chancellor of Germany"

 And we know where that ended up.  If you think it can't happen here, you obviously haven't been paying attention.


Jerry Critter said...

Trump does not believe the intelligence community and is not interested in intel updates. He probably doesn't trust the secret service either. So now he has his own private security. Do we pay for it or does he? (I can guess the answer!) Next, he will get his own intelligence service, which, of course, will have nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with power.

Green Eagle said...

I sure won't be surprised if that happens. The will is certainly there- it's only a question of whether it can cut through his incompetence and basic laziness.

Professor Chaos said...

What's going to happen when the Secret Service tells Trump's goons that no one is allowed to carry weapons in the vicinity of the President?

Green Eagle said...

The Secret Service will be ordered by their commander in chief to shut up and do what they are told.