We noticed a recent Associated Press Dispatch about yet another North Idaho “compound” bristling with firepower and para military types.
The Aryan Nations and the infamous “Rev. Butler” were finally put out of business a couple years ago and the compound was flattened, but only after years of negative publicity in the Panhandle region.
Connected to that sad chapter of our state’s history was the 1992 shootout and siege at Ruby Ridge which brought shame on federal law enforcement and left a mother, child, and a deputy U.S. Marshall dead.
Now a “police and military training organization”–read that MERCENARIES–has purchased a 550 acre dude ranch where it plans to train “clients” from around the world. The site is at the end of a road near Harrison and a spokesman said they want to avoid the public eye and not be seen. Clients will be lodged at the camp during training sessions…The GUARDIAN remembers on-site lodging as a draftee at Fort Knox as well.
The private commercial enterprise calls itself “The Government Training Institute” or GTI for short. They claim to obtain the blessing of the FBI and the U.S. State Department before providing training. The Post Falls police chief was quoted as finding the training “excellent.” He didn’t say if they obtained FBI or State Dept. permission.
GTI must have taken a lesson from those rent-a-cop outfits with names like MERCHANT POLICE, SPECIAL POLICE, SECURITY AGENT, or our favorite for bounty hunters, FUGITIVE RECOVERY AGENTS. No doubt there will be plenty of camo gear and black nylon doodads with velcro straps sold at that location.
Reminds us of all the South and Central American helicopter pilots we saw being trained at an airfield in the Florida Everglades near Miami last February.
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