Following the New Orleans disaster, a lot of us were wondering where all that money for "homeland security" went, since not much securing of the homeland seems to have taken place. I think I'm beginning to understand.
Have a look at this:
Consultants Advisory Group (CAG) specializes in:
- Anti-Terrorism & Terrorism Incident Response;
- Special Agency Services and Representation;
- Strategic Intelligence Management;
- High Risk Operations Management;
- Risk & Crisis Management;
- Business Continuity Management (BCM);
- Emergency & Disaster Management;
- NFPA 1600 2004 Compliance Audits.
CAG provides services under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) classifications:
541611 General Management Consulting Services
541618 Other Management Consulting Services
561210 Facilities Support Services
CAG consistently delivers creative and enduring total business solutions. CAG enjoys the highest possible credit rating and is capable of servicing classified contracts.
So how long has this venerable company, boasting of the highest possible credit rating and the capability of servicing classified contracts been around? I'll have you know, its been around an entire week!
Though they don't give their address on their web site, a whois lookup provides some interesting information:
So are these guys with the great credit rating and the security clearances really sharing a P O Box with any number of phishing schemes and other dubious businesses in EmeryVille, California? Or do they just have really bad taste in domain registration privacy services? (For you Panix customers, the registering ISP is Melbourne IT, the company that approved the Panix domain hijacking. As a Panix customer who lost a couple of days of email over that, I have to wonder why Melbourne IT is still in business.)
How many more of these dubious security companies are there, anyway?
UPDATE: I have had a correspondence with a representative from CAG who has the affect of someone with a background in sales. CAG Internacional, S.A. is a Panama City, Republic of Panama registered corporation and is staffed exclusively with former military and "agency" personnel. It has no public address ostensibly because it is "a virtual company, a model developed by the Harvard Business School." CAG wishes to be perceived as a "management consulting" company, not a security or private military company. They claim to be receiving no moneys from US government sources:
CAG is not a recipient of any US public funds so we are entitled to privacy as anyone else is. How could our work be against the best interest of the United States?
Though I had made no mention of Top Cat in our exchange, my CAG correspondent volunteered that CAG is not selling Top Cat Marine Security's predator style Cobra boats to Haiti, but only recommending their purchase.
As far as I know, neither Top Cat nor CAG are registered with or licensed by the Department of State to export items covered the US Munitions list, as the boats in question are. I was not informed who the intended export broker was to be.
The subject of Top Cat having been raised, I asked two of my unanswered questions to which I thought my correspondent might know the answer: Who are the executives of Top Cat? Who owns it? My CAG correspondent replied:
That is not public information.
I find it extremely interesting that there seems to be a whole emergent little industry of companies like Top Cat and CAG for whom the very concept of transparency is an abomination.
A relevant quote from another topic:
At the least, a dummy company ought to create the appearance of activity, with an office and a valid mailing address, he said. "A cover that falls apart on first inspection isn't very good. What you want is a cover that actually holds up . . . and this one certainly doesn't."