Private Security Firm Gets Control Of Empty Jail In Small Montana Town


A shadowy private security company that has no known clients but claims to have helped foreign governments combat terrorism and will protect anything from cruise ships to Pakistani convoys has taken over a jail in a small Montana town, with plans to build a law enforcement training facility on the property.

The state legislature is looking into the matter and residents of Hardin, MT, were alarmed last week when executives from the firm, American Police Force, showed up in the town, which does not have its own police department, with Mercedes SUVs bearing "City Of Hardin Police Department" decals.

And the town has had to tamp down reports on conspiracy Web sites that APF plans to impose experimental H1N1 vaccines on residents under threat of quarantine in the jail.

Under a lease signed with Hardin, APF, based in Santa Ana, California, and incorporated just six months ago, is now in control of a 400-bed detention facility the town built a few years ago but never used, a town official confirmed to TPMmuckraker today. The town reportedly stands to make over $2 million per year.

Now, this is their hilariously ominous-looking website. You'll note, the PR Director, Becky Shay, also has the byline for this article about the Prison and so on.

So, this is probably a hoax, since I can't imagine a more generically named group, but why? Or, what if it's really real? Do we need to start looking out for anyone named "Wesker"?

Special edition P&C *cough*