A KBR spokesman has confirmed to the Times its interest in the West Midlands/Surrey contract: "KBR is not involved in policing, our objective in the privatisation of the police force is to get more police doing actual police work while KBR brings operational efficiencies to the back office with the objective of achieving an overall lower cost of service while improving service levels," said a spokesman. "We are an operational support company whose capabilities are transferable to critical, uniformed, command-led environments such as the police."
At first glance, the Brightwood neighborhood in this central New England city would seem to have little in common with war-torn villages in Iraq or Afghanistan. But when two Massachusetts state troopers, Michael Cutone and Thomas Sarrouf, returned to their jobs here after deployments with a Green Beret unit in Iraq, they noticed troubling parallels.... So in 2009, when gang violence spiked and community leaders and the city police were eager to develop new tactics, the troopers proposed trying the counterinsurgency strategies they had been trained to use in Iraq.
100 years ago there was more than one political party. Now all three are stuffed with private school elites and backroom dealing. It's not a choice between neoliberalism and socialism, but how fast you want neoliberalism to happen, and how openly corrupt you want your politicians to be. I suppose the Tories are at least honest with their hate for anybody but themselves.
This is playbook stuff, thoroughly documented by Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine. In this case, the top economic tier creates the crisis, then exploits it. Repeat.
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