10.24.11

Thug security fluorishes when the princes worry

Posted in Decline and Fall at 11:12 am by George Smith


One wonders if this is noted in some NYC goon security firm dossier. Click it up a few times dear readers, perhaps every one makes them take notes and snapshots for their PowerPoint presentations.

When the masters of the universe think the paupers are finally out to get them, they make calls to the local private goons.

Wanted to get to this last week, however, still not too late, from the NY Times:

The ultra-rich bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity executives of New York City have long enlisted private security firms to help safeguard them and their wealth. But as the mood on Main Street turns increasingly hostile, New York’s financial titans are cranking their security measures up to 11. For the high-end security firms that provide the moneyed elite with specialty services like around-the-clock bodyguards and elaborate home security systems, Occupy Wall Street has been a stimulus package all its own.

“Executive protection, as the guard-the-rich industry is known, got an initial jolt from the financial crisis of 2008. Lloyd C. Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, got permission from a local review board to build a six-foot-high security gate outside his Hamptons house in April 2008, the month after Bear Stearns collapsed,” the story adds.

Other vignettes:

Another client, a C-suite executive at a large Wall Street firm, recently asked [Mr. Viollis, a security for the plutocrats man] to send undercover agents to Zuccotti Park to find out if the protesters were planning to harm him or his colleagues. (Mr. Viollis said he would probably decline the request.)


One executive contacted Insite requesting help planning his escape from the United States in the event the federal government was overthrown, said Howard A. Shapiro, Insite’s chief technology officer. The executive wanted to know how much gold to keep on hand and how to escape the United States by submarine in the event of a major incident.

Ex-CIA, ex-Secret Service, and military men populate the field of goon security for the wealthy. It’s a bit of a scientific business, notes the story.

An ex-Secret Service man makes the observation that the presence of so much public resentment and crowds make it an easier step for someone to begin a more focused research job aimed at ferreting out the habits and locations of the banksters.

It’s worth adding that crowds with pitchforks, historically (and very recently) don’t seize people they don’t know on sight or who aren’t in uniforms designated for select treatment.

Which still leaves out all of Wall Street. None of the Blankfeins and Jamie Dimons of this country have the face recognition of a Moe Ghadafi. (It’s interesting to note that the habits of such, which usually involve plastering their pics everywhere in country, becomes a serious liability when the iron hand of internal security disappears.)

Until you have such recognition, chances are you’ll be pulled from a culvert or waylaid on the way to the limousine are probably remote. Which also explains why the white trash commonly seen ad nauseam in US televised criminal proceedings inevitably require police protection post courthouse.

Logically, public figures — people constantly on television and in magazines — have much more to worry about from crowd-source menaces.

Which goes back to the interpretation of that, elucidated in the Lloyd Blankfein Rule.: If no one knows your name, and many still don’t, you still retain some security based on anonymity no matter the level of general rage directed at your profession.

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