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Prison Planet: Sovereign Deed, Rainwater’s Military Contractor, Is Another Criminal Enterprise

… As the money man behind private military contractor Sovereign Deed, which is now in the process of building a base of operations in Pellston, Mich., it looks like Rainwater is preparing to profit again by moving from Fortune to Soldier of Fortune. …
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Petoskey News: Sovereign Deed: Pellston project remains goal

More than a year since Sovereign Deed's last dialogue with local officials about its plans for a Pellston response center, the private civil defense company's chief executive officer still hopes to pursue the project.
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Projectvote.org (blog): Jim Lynch and Gordon Trowbridge, The Detroit News

One political blog accuses him of hatching “the most evil plan in modern Republican history.” Other activists say he’s trying to steal votes and disenfranchise African-American voters.
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World Net Daily (WND): Who ya gonna call when disaster strikes? For those who don't trust feds, now there's a 'privatized FEMA'

Funding for national civil defense was gutted in the 1970s as the ethos that “no one can survive a nuclear war” became prevalent. Today, facing the new threats and the old ones, Americans are on their own – or are they? Into the fray steps a new company called Sovereign Deed. It has been described as a “privatized FEMA” and “private civil defense.” But the people who started the company like to call it a service providing “life continuity.”
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Newsletter: Emmet Association of Realtors: Buying Low and Selling High in Northern Michigan

One of the more interesting flash points in northern Michigan is the proposal by Sovereign Deed, LLC. Perhaps this could best be described as a private FEMA for those who chose to purchase emergency disaster relief. Call it signs of the times, but as the best location for an emerging new industry, Pellston has been selected for a $79 million center that would help people across the nation needing emergency response. The plan calls for an estimated 671+/- full time jobs in the region. These include both direct and indirect jobs, according to a study for the Northwest Council of Governments. Having 700 acres around the airport to develop emergency response capability, plus being able to operate from a disaster free zone, helped Pellston in the selection process.
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News With Views (blog): Pork for Pellston or Sovereign Deed?

While reviewing recent pork dished out by three of Michigan’s federal bacon slingers, yours truly took time to research some places that Rep. Bart Stupak, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Carl Levin gifted with taxpayer money.
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Deep Politics Forum (blog): Obama's Blackwater? Chicago Mercenary Firm Gets Millions for Private "Security" in Israel and Iraq

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama's advisers said he "can't rule out [and] won't rule out" using mercenary forces, like Blackwater. Now, it appears that the Obama administration has decided on its hired guns of choice: Triple Canopy, a Chicago company now based in Virginia. It may not have Blackwater's thuggish reputation, but Triple Canopy has its own bloody history in Iraq and a record of hiring mercenaries from countries with atrocious human rights records.
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Deep Politics Forum (blog): Obama Slips Further Down, Yet Again. Obama's 'Blackwater'

Triple Canopy will officially take over Xe/Blackwater's mega-contract with the U.S. State Department for guarding occupation officials in Iraq. It's sure to be a lucrative deal: Obama's Iraq plan will inevitably rely on an increased use of private contractors, including an army of mercenaries to protect his surge of diplomats operating out of the monstrous U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
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Alternet (blog): Do America's Rich Now Have Their Own Disaster Response System?

With disaster services being privatized, the rich are buying their way out of catastrophe. Like so many private disaster companies, Sovereign Deed is selling escape from climate change and the failed state–by touting the security clearance and connections its executives amassed while working for that same state.
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Traverse City Record Eagle Startup's own survival uncertain

The thrill is mostly gone over the prospect of a new private civil defense company's plan to build a $79 million facility in this economically challenged community.
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Nation Magazine: Rapture Rescue 911: Disaster Response for the Chosen

I used to worry that the United States was in the grip of extremists who sincerely believed that the Apocalypse was coming and that they and their friends would be airlifted to heavenly safety. I have since reconsidered. The country is indeed in the grip of extremists who are determined to act out the biblical climax–the saving of the chosen and the burning of the masses–but without any divine intervention. Heaven can wait. Thanks to the booming business of privatized disaster services, we’re getting the Rapture right here on earth.
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Petoskey News: Retired Brig. Gen. Richard Mills leaves Sovereign Deed

Retired Brig. Gen. Richard W. Mills, the Sovereign Deed executive in charge of the private civil defense company's plan to develop a national response center in Pellston, has resigned for personal reasons, the company announced Wednesday.
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Citizens’ Oversight Project (blog):” Fear and failure haunted Sovereign Deed, say ex-employees

When Sovereign Deed LLC came to Emmet County last year advertising a plan to invest millions and create jobs with a privatized disaster-response service, state legislators and the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance put together a tax-financed incentive package worth $19 million.
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Petoskey News: Sovereign Deed questions must be answered

Six months ago the News-Review opined that while the promise of hundreds of new jobs coming to Pellston sounds like manna from heaven, officials ought to make sure it really isn't just raining frogs.
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USA Today: Michigan town split over disaster firm

Officials in this small, job-starved community hope disaster pays.
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