Grant Sarver October 8, 2020

A plot to overthrow the government of Michigan and kidnap its governor, Gretchen Whitmer, was foiled on Thursday. Six men were charged by the FBI in connection to the plot. They planned on overthrowing state governments that they believed were violating the U.S. Constitution. It underlines the increased polarization in politics that the U.S. has been experiencing the past few years. 

So much money is spent on protecting government property and politicians because they have been chosen by the American people for special purposes. Citizens willed that these people be in office, so the government takes precautions to protect citizens, elected leaders, and democracy. As such, governments put out contracts for the private sector to aid in these protection services.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is requesting bids for, “removing and replacing the existing video surveillance system and customizing, installing and maintaining a campus-wide audio/video security solution,” at the Arizona State Hospital. The 93-acre hospital cares for persons who have been court-ordered to receive psychiatric treatment. Bids for this opportunity are due October 26.


Bristol, Connecticut, is soliciting bids for access control systems throughout the city. Access control systems generally regulate who is allowed in a building and when; unauthorized personnel are unable to rooms or entire buildings. Work will be done at City Hall, the Police Department, Fire Stations, and Public Works Facilities. Bids for this opportunity are due October 16.

The plot against Governor Whitmer is a stark reminder of the sometimes deadly consequences of politics. This is why government security is so important. Not every contract involves undercover missions to thwart secret attacks against high-level officials, but every bit is needed to ensure the safe function of our government.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.