Why are Israeli firms providing the most sensitive security in the US?
By Brenda Norrell
ARIVACA, Ariz. -- Censored Blog reported this summer that Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense contractor working on the Apartheid Wall in Palestine, was subcontracted by Boeing to provide security systems for the spy towers at the Arizona/Mexico border. Those nine spy towers located on Tohono O'odham tribal land and around the towns of Arivaca and Sasabe, still aren't functioning.
Now, Magal Security Systems, a private company which grew out of Israeli government security, is receiving contracts to secure nuclear power plants and other sensitive areas of the U.S. Also, Magal markets border security as among its specialties.
On Sept. 19, Magal received a $1.5 million contract for U.S. security, but isn't revealing for what.
Further, the buses waiting to deport migrants at the US/Mexico border are not owned by a US company either. Wackenhut Transportation, whose drivers deport migrants, is owned by G4S global security, traded on the stock exchanges in England and Denmark.
With all the jargon in Washington about "securing the nation's borders" against foreigners, you would think those corporations carrying out border security and deportation would be US companies.
Read from the news:
Sept 19, 2007
NEW YORK - Magal Security Systems Ltd., an Israeli maker of computerized security systems, said Wednesday that its U.S.-based subsidiary received a $1.5 million order from an unidentified customer to upgrade existing equipment.
MSN (2001 Newsweek)
While others experienced financial losses after 9/11, "Magal Security Systems, an Israeli company, saw its share price double that day. Best known for its 'smart' fences, the company was created in the 1960s in response to an Israel Defense Forces request for a method of securing the country’s borders. Founded as a unit of Israel Aircraft Industries, it was spun off and now has a market cap of $70 million and 2001 revenues estimated at $40 million.
Israel’s borders with its Arab neighbors are secured with Magal fencing—though not the West Bank, because of uncertainty about where to draw the borders. The company installed security systems at Buckingham Palace, is just completing work at Chicago’s O’Hare airport and has installed equipment at more than 400 U.S. correctional facilities. ... They can track an interloper’s movements, using such sensing systems as motion detectors, vibration detectors and microphonic cable disturbance. Magal also builds night-vision systems and offers fences that can secure waterways and sewer pipes."
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Being “Guarded” by Israel
"Magal's American outreach is expected to increase substantially, especially now that firm has set up a Washington, D.C. office which will promote its products to federal agencies and to the members of Congress who provide funding for federally-supervised security projects across the country at all levels: local, state and national.
And with current U.S. Homeland Security Chief, Michael Chertoff, not only a strong supporter of Israel but also the son of a woman who has strong Israeli ties-even including service with El Al, the national airline of Israel-Magal, owned in party by Israeli Aircraft Industries-will be a clear-cut favorite in the eyes of the power brokers in official Washington who have the power to grant lucrative security contracts.
At the moment, Magal has four U.S.-based subsidiaries: two in California, Stellar Security Products, Inc. and Perimeter Products Inc., as well as the New York-based Smart Interactive Systems, Inc., and the Virginia-based Dominion Wireless, Inc.
All told, the Israeli company holds a 40% share in the worldwide market in perimeter intrusion detection systems and is working to expand its business in the protection of oil pipelines.
Magal is also said to be quite interested in guarding water lines around the globe, particularly in the United States. In fact, Magal may have an inside shot at getting a monopoly in guarding America's water supplies.
On July 19, the Bush administration's Environmental Protection Agency announced a "partnership" with the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructures to improve what they called "water supply system security in the United States and Israel." Since Magal is so highly respected in Israel, it's an even bet that Magal will soon be guarding the U.S. water supply. "
Magal Reports the Acquisition of a European Security Systems Integration Company
Acquisition Expected to Contribute to Improved Revenues and Income
September 05, 2007: 07:00 AM EST
YAHUD, Israel, September 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Magal Security Systems, Ltd. (TASE: MAGS), today announced the acquisition of a European company involved in the installation and integration of security systems. The consideration consists of a cash payment of 6.8 million Euros and additional consideration that will be based on performance and will be payable over the next five years. The acquired company is active in geographic areas where Magal has limited activity.
About Magal Security Systems, Ltd.:
Magal Security Systems Ltd. is engaged in the development, manufacturing and marketing of computerized security systems, which automatically detect, locate and identify the nature of unauthorized intrusions. Magal also supplies video monitoring services through Smart Interactive Systems, Inc., a subsidiary in the U.S. The Company's products are currently used in more than 70 countries worldwide to protect national borders, airports, correctional facilities, nuclear power stations and other sensitive facilities from terrorism, theft and other threats.
Magal trades under the symbol MAGS in the U.S. on the NASDAQ Global Market and in Israel on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).
Censored Blog exclusive: Maps of the federal spy tower locations on Tohono O'odham tribal land
These maps are from the Boeing/US environmental impact statement for the Secure Border Initiative at the Arivaca library: