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Wisconsin lawmakers ask Gogebic Taconite to remove armed guards
Duluth News Tribune ^ | July 09, 2013, 12:00 AM | John Myers

Posted on 07/09/2013 11:39:27 AM PDT by Sopater

Two Wisconsin lawmakers have asked the president of Gogebic Taconite to remove armed security guards from the company’s proposed mining site in Ashland and Iron counties.

Bob Seitz, Gogebic Taconite spokesman, told the News Tribune that the company began employing private security guards after teams of mining opponents “dressed in black and wearing masks violently attacked our drill site” in June.

State Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, on Monday sent a letter to Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams, calling on him to immediately remove “the heavily armed masked commando security unit recently hired to protect the company’s property in the Penokee Hills.”

Several photographs of armed guards dressed in military-style camouflage and combat gear, apparently working for the Arizona-based Bulletproof Securities Force, have appeared on anti-mining blogs in recent days. In one photo, one of the guards, armed with an assault-style rifle, appears to be masked.

The lawmakers called the photos “horrifying” and the action by the company to hire the high-security Arizona firm “appalling.”

“These kinds of security forces are common in Third World countries but they don’t belong in northern Wisconsin,” Jauch and Bewley said in a press

release.

The company is now conducting test drills, working toward construction of Wisconsin’s first modern taconite mining operations, including an open-pit iron ore mine and processing plant.

The project was pushed by Wisconsin Republicans as a way to create jobs in the region but is opposed by several Ojibwe and environmental groups and activists who say the project will damage the environment. The company reported several incidents last month with drilling crews confronting mining opponents at the drilling sites. One woman was charged after an altercation over a camera.

Seitz said opponents erected roadblocks to slow the response of local law enforcement officials, spurring the company to hire round-the-clock security.

“Sen. Jauch is entitled to his opinion. But I would have hoped he would be more interested in the safety of Wisconsin workers” on the company’s mine sites, Seitz said.

He would not confirm or deny that Bulletproof is the company providing the security guards. He said Gogebic had no intention of removing the guards or hiring a more moderate force to do the job.

“We have to protect our workers,” Seitz said.

Although the security guards are at Iron County drill sites, one drill hole was in Ashland County. Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan told Wisconsin Public Radio he doesn’t see the need for the assault-style rifles.

“Yeah, it always concerns law enforcement any time we have someone who is carrying a firearm, open carry or not,” Brennan said. “My concern if it was in Ashland County is the need for it and what the circumstances that maybe prompted them to change their security forces that they have.”

Jauch and Bewley acknowledged the company’s right to protect its property, but they called the decision to hire the security firm an effort to intimidate citizens. “No one in their right mind can justify the excessive force. These individuals are not deputized; they can’t arrest anyone. What they can do is unjustifiably scare people, and that appears to be your intention.”

Jauch and Bewley added that the company could improve its relationship with local residents by reversing its decision.


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As long as they're "asking", I'd say "No."
1 posted on 07/09/2013 11:39:27 AM PDT by Sopater
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Photographs of armed guards dressed in military-style camouflage and combat gear have appeared on anti-mining blogs in recent days. In one photo, one of the guards, armed with an assault-style rifle, appears to be masked. The photographer, Rob Ganson, said this was taken at a Gogebic Taconite drill site on Saturday.
2 posted on 07/09/2013 11:40:25 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Sopater
They can do whatever they want on private property, which is why Liberals hate private property.
3 posted on 07/09/2013 11:41:05 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (This is a sarcasm tag for the retards unable to recognize sarcasm.)
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To: Sopater
Several photographs of armed guards dressed in military-style camouflage and combat gear...one of the guards, armed with an assault-style rifle, appears to be masked.

What are these people thinking? Only gov't "law enforcement" are allowed to dress this way.

4 posted on 07/09/2013 11:42:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sopater

We’ll remove one full time security guard for every full time cop you place at our facility.

Any day your cops aren’t there full time, we’ll provide our own security thankyouverymuchokbyebye...


5 posted on 07/09/2013 11:43:03 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Sopater
The lawmakers called the photos “horrifying” and the action by the company to hire the high-security Arizona firm “appalling.”

Well tough noogies. Maybe banks should lose those snoopy cameras and tough locks too. LOL
6 posted on 07/09/2013 11:43:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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"No one in their right mind can justify the excessive force."

Carrying a legal weapon on private property is "excessive force" apparently.

7 posted on 07/09/2013 11:45:40 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake
Carrying a legal weapon on private property is "excessive force" apparently.

That explains why they are working so hard to abolish "legal weapons" and "private property".
8 posted on 07/09/2013 11:47:54 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: wideawake

Yet it’s AOK for local “police” and the DHS to have APC “rescue vehicles”.

I saw one of these tanks in a local 4th parade and it angered me to no end. There is no reason for a local police department to have a tank.


9 posted on 07/09/2013 11:49:46 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sopater

Looks like your typical midwestern turkey hunter to me. I wonder if those are too scary to allow in the woods?


10 posted on 07/09/2013 11:52:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sopater

I hope the guards are highly trained and aren’t trigger happy. If they shoot any protester it will be on the MSM 24/7, no matter if it was necessary or not. Hopefully someone will enlighten me about what kind of force the guards can use in Wisconsin.


11 posted on 07/09/2013 11:53:34 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: MrB
There is no reason for a local police department to have a tank.

Well, what are they supposed to do? Give those exorbitant property taxes back if they've collected money than they need for standard equipment? That's free money for toys!

12 posted on 07/09/2013 11:54:51 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Sopater

I’ve seen the same getup at a paintball range.


13 posted on 07/09/2013 11:56:26 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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I’ve seen the same getup at a paintball range.

Hmmmm, better call your congressman. /sarc
14 posted on 07/09/2013 11:59:55 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Sopater
How “excessive” can they be if someone can stand on their toes and take a picture of them?
15 posted on 07/09/2013 12:01:17 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Sopater

What mineral is Gogebic Taconite?


16 posted on 07/09/2013 12:02:19 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: Hardraade

Its a type of iron ore I believe.


17 posted on 07/09/2013 12:05:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sopater
The lawmakers called the photos “horrifying” and the action by the company to hire the high-security Arizona firm “appalling.”

No, having "teams of mining opponents “dressed in black and wearing masks violently attack(ing) our drill site” is horrifying and needs to be dealt with swiftly and with determination.

Private industry protecting itself doesn't bother me as long as they conform to the law.

18 posted on 07/09/2013 12:06:34 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: MrB
There is no reason for a local police department to have a tank.

They have their reasons, but you wouldn't like them.
19 posted on 07/09/2013 12:06:44 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: cripplecreek

Kinda reminds me of the McCawley Mines of Defiance.


20 posted on 07/09/2013 12:09:43 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Sopater
“These kinds of security forces are common in Third World countries but they don’t belong in northern Wisconsin,” Jauch and Bewley said in a press release.

Maybe they do.

21 posted on 07/09/2013 12:12:13 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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“These kinds of security forces are common in Third World countries but they don’t belong in northern Wisconsin,” Jauch and Bewley said

Since you guys seem so determined to turn us into a third-world country, what do you expect?

22 posted on 07/09/2013 12:12:58 PM PDT by kevkrom (Obama: less class than Bill Clinton)
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To: cripplecreek
Well, they should leave the assault rifles to liberals who know how to handle them!  photo al_Gore_Vietnam.jpg
23 posted on 07/09/2013 12:13:53 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: TADSLOS
Wraith McCaully does use that Gulanee named Jim as a part time body guard when he isn't working in the mines.

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24 posted on 07/09/2013 12:17:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sopater

I’d say these “lawmakers” have outed themselves as being in league with the eco-terrorists.


25 posted on 07/09/2013 12:19:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Hardraade
Frankly I'm a lot more concerned about the liberal brand of "security"

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26 posted on 07/09/2013 12:19:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sopater
Bob Seitz, Gogebic Taconite spokesman, told the News Tribune that the company began employing private security guards after teams of mining opponents “dressed in black and wearing masks violently attacked our drill site” in June

Geez, must be some pretty wimpy drillers...in my 30+ years of dealing with drillers, this would normally result in multiple visits to the local hospital.

27 posted on 07/09/2013 12:21:12 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: cripplecreek

I know you watched last night’s episode. Looks like you got your wish on the election...and a whole lot more.


28 posted on 07/09/2013 12:21:13 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Sopater

‘“These kinds of security forces are common in Third World countries but they don’t belong in northern Wisconsin,” Jauch and Bewley said...’

Well, maybe if you’d enforce the law and protect the site yourself, they wouldn’t need to hire their own guards, huh?


29 posted on 07/09/2013 12:22:28 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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I don’t suppose the lib-O-dorks have any pics of these armed guards doing anything except keeping lib-O-dork vermin from doing damage to private property.

Am I mistaken?

If not, lib-O-dorks, please shove your ideas (and the rest of yourselves) up your very smelly Obamas.


30 posted on 07/09/2013 12:22:32 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sopater

It was funny that my very liberal libinlaw was also appalled at the idea of a local police department having a tank.


31 posted on 07/09/2013 12:22:34 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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It was funny that my very liberal libinlaw was also appalled at the idea of a local police department having a tank.

That's some very good news. I've often wondered at what point a line might be crossed that even a liberal would be appalled by.
32 posted on 07/09/2013 12:24:46 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: TADSLOS

Pretty good season finale that has me looking forward to next season.

There’s still 1 alien race we haven’t seen. There are supposed to be 7 but I can only think of 6. The Indogene, Liberata, Castithan, Irath, Gulanee, Volge. The biomen are human creations so they don’t count. I’m wondering if the nanobots that keep bringing Sukar back to life are actually the 7th Votan race.


33 posted on 07/09/2013 12:31:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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"I've often wondered at what point a line might be crossed..."

You can see where a whole line of points can be crossed, if you use a 2 dimensional model of political ideologies. (There is no perfect model -- but, a 2D model is far better than the usual 1D "spectrum" model.) Here's one such model.


Your libinlaw and you are somewhere over the line toward libertarianism, at about the point where local police acquire tanks. Not very long ago, that point would have been somewhere on the "authoritarian" half of the model.
34 posted on 07/09/2013 12:57:55 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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Interesting that you should post that chart. I just took a quiz (http://www.gotoquiz.com/politics/political-spectrum-quiz.html) and landed on the far right margin, about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom (libertarian).


35 posted on 07/09/2013 1:06:05 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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Nah, my libinlaw is nowhere close to a libertarian.
She’d have a full on socialist state with “the government” paying for all her needs, and doesn’t want the negative, authoritarian side that comes along with a government that gives you everything you want/need.

Basically a 70 yr old 12 yr old that wants the parents to provide for all her needs and require nothing of her in return.


36 posted on 07/09/2013 1:10:14 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sopater

Do they have any openings? What could be better than to be outside, with your toys, not working for the government and getting paid?


37 posted on 07/09/2013 1:11:39 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Sopater

Looks like a silencer on his weapon. Cool.


38 posted on 07/09/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Hardraade; cripplecreek

Taconite is indeed a form of iron ore. It is a sedimentary rock consisting of microscopic particles of iron oxides interspersed with various silicate and carbonate minerals. It’s sort of silvery-grey in color, and fairly hard. It is found in commercially extremely significant quantities near Lake Superior.


39 posted on 07/09/2013 1:13:35 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I reject that construct of the political spectrum.

The reality is that on one side you have total state control and on the other you have total individual liberty. You can’t have so much individual liberty that you end up with authoritarianism.

All forms of totalitarianism is on the Left. State control is state control, everthing else is just methodology and justification.


40 posted on 07/09/2013 1:14:17 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Cuttnhorse
Geez, must be some pretty wimpy drillers...in my 30+ years of dealing with drillers, this would normally result in multiple visits to the local hospital.

They're not paying the drillers to beat up eco-freaks. They're paying the drillers to drill. They're paying the security people to make sure that the drillers can spend their time drilling.

41 posted on 07/09/2013 1:15:43 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Sopater

I’d hire security people if others were illegally on my business property damaging equipment. If they are scary looking it may stop others from coming onto the property without incident. works for LEOs.


42 posted on 07/09/2013 1:16:59 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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“These kinds of security forces are common in Third World countries...And what difference are these assholes drawing? WE ARE a Thirld World Country now. I worked for a diamond mine in RHODESIA for the same reason. Keeping the assholes out.


43 posted on 07/09/2013 1:19:03 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: MrB

I can actually remember a time when liberals were at least somewhat pro-liberty and would be appalled at all the surveillance and IRA attacking groups because of their political beliefs.


44 posted on 07/09/2013 1:19:09 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: wideawake

how did jouch come to a determination it is excessive force? What excessive force has actually been used to this point?

Jouch is really a democrat. If you follow WI state politics he likes to be the McCain of the WI state senators here.


45 posted on 07/09/2013 1:20:00 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: cripplecreek

Hey...they hunt turkey’s in Florida...and California too!! : )


46 posted on 07/09/2013 1:20:39 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Sic semper evello mortem Tyrannis)
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To: MrB

appears to be masked...Looks like a black dude to me.


47 posted on 07/09/2013 1:20:41 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

Kinda like the homos and the muslims that way...

want tolerance of all points of view (theirs) until they get the power to be intolerant.


48 posted on 07/09/2013 1:21:05 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Safetgiver

Just like the cut up Zimmerman phone call.


49 posted on 07/09/2013 1:21:41 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: rockrr

Private industry protecting itself doesn’t bother ...I sincerely believe they won’t take your property or disenfrenchified your vote, but I dunno know.


50 posted on 07/09/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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