ALEC Experimental Privatization Agenda: Public Policy Failure, Corporate Success

While ALEC legislators still insist on implementing ALEC experimental policies and legislation claiming they are cost effective.  But, at the same time, the public is being inundated with more and more research that privatization of governmental agencies does not benefit anyone – except the ALEC corporate profit sector member who gets the state contract or buys state assets.

Two of the on-going experimental legislative projects that ALEC has pushed for several decades include:

  •     Privatization of governmental goods and services
      “government cannot provide goods or services as cheaply as the private sector can.”


  •     Turn Capital Assets into Financial Assets: Sell or Lease Government Assets and Enterprises
    states own over $226 billion in infrastructure assets that could be sold to the private sector.”

A current case in point is the on-going privatization issue: More →

Activists, including nun, pull off ‘shocking’ security breach at nuclear weapons plant

Spin this as they will, this is a very significant breach of our National Security, enabled by a company that had a history of inadequate security performance.

In what one expert is calling the most significant security breach of a U.S. nuclear weapons facility in the country’s history, three peace activists, including an 82-year-old nun, were able to cut through several perimeter fences and reach a building containing highly enriched uranium before being stopped by security forces.

Joshua McConaha, a spokesperson for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), confirmed for Security Director News that the activists were able to cut through four perimeter fences—not three as other news outlets have previously reported—to access the facility grounds and reach the outer wall of the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge…

…The contractor that provides the people tasked with securing the Y-12 facility is WSI Oak Ridge, a division of G4S Government Solutions (formerly Wackenhut Services Inc.).

Stockton said this is not the first time Wackenhut, which was acquired by G4S in 2002, has been under scrutiny for its contracts guarding nuclear facilities. In 2007, security guards at a Pennsylvania plant were caught napping on the job, costing G4S that contract.

For more information about this breach of National Security allowed by ALEC member Wackenhut Corrections (now G4S), the owner of Prison Privateer GEO please click here

There is also video which you can watch if you click here

Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor

Based on “The Hidden History of ALEC & Prison Labor.” By Mike Elk and Bob Sloan (The Nation, August 1, 2011) which you can read here.

“Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. Now a new exposé reveals ALEC has paved the way for states and corporations to replace unionized workers with prison labor. We speak with Mike Elk, contributing labor reporter at The Nation magazine. He says ALEC and private prison companies “put a mass amount of people in jail, and then they created a situation where they could exploit that.” Elk notes that in 2005 more than 14 million pounds of beef infected with rat feces processed by inmates were not recalled, in order to avoid drawing attention to how many products are made by prison labor.:

This is the most complete interview I have seen to date.  It runs from about 27:00 to 46:17 of the video.  To watch this really interesting interview–and learn a lot about prison privatization and prison labor, please click here.