What real authority do you need to be a security guard or on a PSD? A license? A credit recognition if it is from another state?
I don't know, but I don't like the idea of mercenaries with ill-defined authorities taking it upon themselves to use lethal force "if we deem necessary." What's to stop these guys from labeling preppers "non-compliant forces" if they patrol their property or neighborhoods and refuse to turn over their firearms or supplies? The Katrina precedent, especially the arbitrary disarmament of law-abiding gun owners, is unsettling, but you'd better be thinking about it if you're in the preparedness community. I for one don't have a warm fuzzy about a bunch of juiced-up, trigger-happy badasses with no proper LE training or authorities in charge of security in my AO, if it comes down to that.
Oh yeah, per the mod, gotta say what I'm doing to prepare for Ferguson. I re-read my copy of the pocket-sized Constitution I keep in my BoB.
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/ ... ne-katrina
It started immediately after the storm and flood hit, when civilian aid was scarce—but private security forces already had boots on the ground. Some, like Blackwater (which has since redubbed itself Xe), were under federal contract, while a host of others answered to wealthy residents and businessmen who had departed well before Katrina and needed help protecting their property from the suffering masses left behind. According Jeremy Scahill's reporting in The Nation, Blackwater set up an HQ in downtown New Orleans. Armed as they would be in Iraq, with automatic rifles, guns strapped to legs, and pockets overflowing with ammo, Blackwater contractors drove around in SUVs and unmarked cars with no license plates.
"When asked what authority they were operating under,'' Scahill reported, "one guy said, 'We're on contract with the Department of Homeland Security.' Then, pointing to one of his comrades, he said, 'He was even deputized by the governor of the state of Louisiana. We can make arrests and use lethal force if we deem it necessary.' The man then held up the gold Louisiana law enforcement badge he wore around his neck.''
The Blackwater operators described their mission in New Orleans as "securing neighborhoods," as if they were talking about Sadr City. When National Guard troops descended on the city, the Army Times described their role as fighting "the insurgency in the city." Brigadier Gen. Gary Jones, who commanded the Louisiana National Guard's Joint Task Force, told the paper, "This place is going to look like Little Somalia. We're going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control."
And then there's this:
The local police superintendent ordered all weapons, including legally registered firearms, confiscated from civilians. But as the Times noted, that order didn't "apply to hundreds of security guards hired by businesses and some wealthy individuals to protect property…
[who] openly carry M-16's and other assault rifles." Scahill spoke to Michael Montgomery, the chief of security for one wealthy businessman who said his men came under fire from "black gangbangers" near the Ninth Ward. Armed with AR-15s and Glocks, Montgomery and his men "unleashed a barrage of bullets in the general direction of the alleged shooters on the overpass. 'After that, all I heard was moaning and screaming, and the shooting stopped. That was it. Enough said.'"