The following is a statement from Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch regarding evidence that a security firm hired by Gogebic Taconite has been violating Wisconsin law.
July 10, 2013
State officials confirmed that Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) hired a security company, Bulletproof Securities from Arizona, that is not registered in Wisconsin and therefore has been illegally providing services, perhaps for weeks, according to statements made by GTAC spokesperson Bob Seitz.
These actions demonstrate that GTAC has no respect for the public and no regard for the law. Had GTAC not been in such a hurry to hire a militia that’s armed more for war than defense of property, they could have hired a legally licensed Wisconsin firm and provided Wisconsin workers the opportunity to provide a safe working environment at the job site.
GTAC continually plays the victim but in fact they have no one to blame but themselves for hiring a security firm that has not complied with Wisconsin law.
Click here to read the July 8, 2013, letter from Sen. Jauch and Wisconsin State Rep. Janet Bewley to GTAC President Bill Williams, asking him to to remove the heavily armed masked commando security forces (mentioned in the statement above) hired to protect GTAC's property in the Penokee Hills.
Click here to see a video on Indian Country TV, "Hired Guns in the Penokee Mountains."