Security Company Recruiting Former Special Forces To ‘Guard’ Polling Sites In MN
A security company in Tennessee is recruiting former Special Forces soldiers to “guard” Minnesota polling sites on Election Day, The Washington Post reports.
The recruiting effort is being done by Atlas Aegis, a private security company based in Tennessee that was formed last year and is run by U.S. military veterans, including people with Special Operations experience, according to its website.
- The security company’s chairman said the effort’s goal is “to make sure that the Antifas don’t try to destroy the election sites.”
- Per The Post, the company is looking for former Special Operations forces to place in “security positions in Minnesota during the November Election and beyond to protect election polls, local businesses and residences from looting and destruction.”
The prospect of armed guards outside election sites alarmed election officials in the state. It is illegal in Minnesota for people other than voters and elections staff — or those people meeting the requirements to be a registered election “challenger”— to be within 100 feet of polling sites.
There are also laws against voter intimidation that could prevent armed civilians from being in the area even if outside the buffer, according to election officials in Minnesota.
- Atlas Aegis chairman and co-founder Anthony Caudle told The Post that no voters will be intimidated because no one will ever know the soldiers are there: “These people are going to be never even seen unless there’s an issue. So it’s not like they’re going to be standing around and only allowing certain people in.”
- Caudle also said the rationale for seeking those with Special Operations experience is because “they have a better understanding of how to defuse a situation," rather than merely resorting to violence.
- The Post noted that the job posting "specifically seeks people with 'Tier 1 and Tier 2' Special Operations experience, classifications for elite forces including units that have conducted kill-and-capturemissions in the Iraq and Afghan wars."
- President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that the upcoming election will be rife with fraud, particularly focusing on mail-in ballots. But he also called on his supporters to keep watch at polling sites on Election Day.