Who Was Really In Charge Of Wtc Security?, Cerberus?

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WTC1 security desk picture of CERBERUS:

*note: a "cerberus" is a 3-headed beast (usually dog) from greek/roman mythology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerberus

Cerberus (Greek: Κέρβερος, Kérberos) is the name given to the entity which, in Greek and Roman mythology, is a multi-headed dog which guards the gates of Hades, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping...

(a modern rendition of a cerberus)

(a classical rendition of a cerberus)

Cerberus was the son of Echidna, a hybrid half-woman, half-serpent and Typhon, a fire-breathing giant whom even the Olympian gods feared. His brother is Orthrus, always depicted as a two-headed hellhound.[6] The common depiction of Cerberus in Greek mythology and art is as having three heads, a mane of live serpents (similar to Medusa's hair) and a dragon's tail. In most works the three-heads each respectively see and represent the past, the present and the time yet to come, while other sources suggest the heads represent birth, youth and old age.[7] Each of Cerberus' heads is said to have an appetite only for live meat and thus allow the spirits of the dead to freely enter the underworld, but allow none to leave.[8] Cerberus was always employed as Hades' loyal watchdog, and guarded the gates that granted access and exit to the underworld (also called Hades).[9]

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CERBERUS, the company profile:

Cerberus Security Services redefines the role of security -- both corporate and private -- in an intense, sometimes unsettling environment, in which success and safety are increasingly at risk. A small, specialized firm based in New York City, Cerberus delivers security with speed, flexibility and with customized detail. Cerberus creates effective and responsive security protection programs without the bureaucracy, frustrations and layers of hierarchy that often bedevil business with large security firms. Cerberus will never offer a client a prefabricated security program. Our mission is to craft for each client a unique security plan, one that begins by analyzing every aspect of the client's area of concern, assessing risk and creating effective...

cerberus company senior members:;cd=3&gl=us

Cerberus Senior Management
Stephen Hollowell, President
Timothy Ross Gansrow, Vice President and Co-Founder
Peter Winski, Managing Director
Keith Rauscher, Senior Supervisor

The senior management team of Cerberus Security Services combines extensive expertise and experience in local, national, and international law enforcement and corporate security. Our senior managers draw on years of service with the New York Police Department, federal and state law enforcement divisions, New York City Emergency Division, New Scotland Yard as well as senior security positions in well-known New York City institutions and corporations, such as Kroll, Inc. Their network of contacts offers the highest level of strategic partnerships in personal security including drivers specifically trained in executive protection defensive driving, canine handlers, and security systems integration.

Our protection team also consists of skilled professionals with years of experience in counter-terrorism and executive protection, working on behalf of government figures, foreign and domestic business leaders, royalty and world-renowned entertainers.

.: .: Stephen Hollowell, President
Stephen Hollowell, CPP, is the President and Founder of Cerberus Security Services, a New York City-based firm that provides a full range of security services specializing in comprehensive threat assessments for corporations and high-net worth individuals, special events and executive protection. Mr. Hollowell brings more than 25 years of international experience in security management and law enforcement.

Previous to Cerberus, Mr. Hollowell worked at Kroll, Inc.'s Corporate Security Group, where he employed his expertise in a wide range of security services including the development and implementation of complete security programs that involve physical security reviews, executive protection programs, special events, security policies and procedures, crisis and emergency management plans, loss prevention and criminal and civil investigations.

Mr. Hollowell was the Director of Security and Safety at the American Museum of Natural History, where he modernized the security department and established the first integrated access control system. He developed and implemented the Museum's first crisis management plan and established the first operational policies and procedures for the security and safety of employees, priceless artifacts and visitors. Mr. Hollowell coordinated numerous sensitive V.I.P events for international and domestic dignitaries.

Previously, Mr. Hollowell worked at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as the Director of Security, and at Mount Sinai Medical Center as Director of Investigations.

In England Mr. Hollowell worked for the Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard, where as a Detective Sergeant he handled many varied and sensitive assignments, including organizing and providing security for major public events.

Mr. Hollowell has extensive experience designing and managing security programs like the following:

High Rise Corporate Office Buildings, Executive Residences, Hotels, Schools, Museums, Cultural Institutions, Airports, Train and Bus Stations, Bridges and Tunnels, Industrial Parks, Warehouses and Parking Facilities

Mr. Hollowell graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he received his B.S. summa cum laude in Security Management with a minor in Law.

Mr. Stephen Hollowell is a Certified Protection Professional, CPP and an expert in Security Systems Design and Application. He is a certified Fire Safety Director and a NY Security Guard Act Instructor. He is also certified in the Advanced Course on the Reid Technique of Interview and Interrogation.

Mr. Hollowell is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and Association of Threat Assessment Professional (ATAP).

.: .: Timothy Ross Gansrow, Vice President and Co-Founder
Timothy Ross Gansrow, Vice President of Cerberus Security Services, is a founding partner of the company. He develops and implements strategies for the protection of high-net worth individuals and corporate executives; assists in the development and operational oversight of numerous special events for corporations and wealthy private citizens; conducts criminal investigations for Fortune 500 companies; and tenders operational oversight in such areas as threat assessment and site management.

Mr. Gansrow has worked in the private security sector for over 13 years, including six years as a Security Supervisor at Kroll, Inc. under the management of Stephen Hollowell, Senior Director.

Mr. Gansrow is a former Detective First Class in the New York Police Department's Anti-Crime Unit, Manhattan North Narcotics Division, Manhattan North Narcotics Homicide Unit, and Organized Crime Investigation Division.

He was also a member of the NYPD Intelligence Division, Dignitary Protection Unit, Special Operations Group, working cooperatively with the U.S. Secret Service and State Department to provide executive protection for heads of state and dignitaries visiting New York City, including Vice President Dick Cheney; Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon; former Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu; foreign Minister of the State of Qatar, Surya Bahadur Thepa; and the former Joint Chief of Staff, General Thomas Franks.

Mr. Gansrow was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and is currently assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Mr. Gansrow's commendations and distinctions include:

Medal for Valor
Eight Excellence in Police Duty Awards
Two Meritorious Awards
An Honorable Merit Award
Commendation for Investigation Excellence
Dignitary Protection Certification
Cult/Occult Certification
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency Certification
Organized Crime Control Bureau Narcotics Interdiction Training
Counterterrorism Training
CIC Investigators Course

.: .: Peter Winski, Managing Director
Peter Winski, Managing Director of Cerberus Security Services, assists in the management and implementation of executive protection projects and corporate crisis management plans for executive and high-net worth clients; manages the day-to-day operations for numerous special events for dignitaries both domestic and international; and conducts numerous successful short-term and long-term criminal investigations of high-profile clients.

Mr. Winski is a Deputy Inspector with the New York City Police Department and currently the Commanding Officer of the 30th Precinct. In his 18 years with the NYPD, Mr. Winski has worked in a variety of assignments including as the Special Operations Coordinator in the Street Crime Unit, where his duties involved implementing and preserving crime scenes and conducting Police involved shooting investigations.

Mr. Winski has been the Platoon Commander of the 103rd Precinct and the Executive Officer of Midtown South Precinct, when he was a Captain, with responsibilities for all police action within these areas. He then was the Commanding Officer of the First Precinct, which covers all of Lower Manhattan including the Financial District and the World Trade Center, during the attacks of September 11, 2001. He has extensive experience in emergency situations and has learned firsthand what security features have proven reliable. As a Deputy Inspector he is part of the Citywide Incident Management System, which involves all Counter-Terrorism and Emergency response and recovery in New York City.

Mr. Winski has extensive law enforcement experience and training in executive protection and special event coordination.

Mr. Winski's additional training and certification include:

Hostage Negotiation and Response
Counter-Terrorism Prevention/Response/Mitigation/Recovery Training
Search Warrant Application and Execution Training
Hazardous Material Responder Certification
Citywide Incident Management Certification
Police Involved Shootings and Crime Scene Investigations
Integrity and Internal Investigations
Unconventional Threats to Homeland Security
Advanced Technology in Homeland Security
Homeland Security Intelligence

Mr. Winski has a Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is currently enrolled in the Master's Degree Program in Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism at the Naval Postgraduate School: Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

.: .: Keith Rauscher, Senior Supervisor
Keith E. Rauscher, Senior Supervisor of Cerberus Security Services, conducts numerous successful short-term and long-term criminal investigations for high-profile clients.

Mr. Rauscher also assists in the implementation of Executive Protection projects and oversight of corporate crisis management plans for executive and high-net worth clients, and assists in the day-to-day operations for numerous special events for dignitaries both domestic and international. Prior to that, Mr. Rauscher operated as a Protection Specialist under the management of Stephen Hollowell, Senior Director, at Kroll Associates Incorporated.

Mr. Rauscher is a former Detective first class with the New York City Police Department. In his 20 years with the NYPD, Mr. Rauscher supervised police officers and detectives and worked in the anti-crime unit dealing with armed robberies.

Mr. Rauscher investigated New York police corruption while attached to the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Mr. Rauscher was also the case officer of long-term and extremely successful investigations involving organized crime members from the Gambino and Luchese families.

Mr. Rauscher was granted US Marshall's status in order to pursue targeted criminals worldwide and worked extensively with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Rauscher has extensive law enforcement experience and training in executive protection and special event coordination.

Commendations and Distinctions:

Two Distinguished Duty Medals
Six Excellence In Police Duty Medals
Four Honorable Merit Awards
Commendation for Investigative Excellence
Cult / Occult Certification
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Certification
NYSPIN Certification
Counter Terrorism Training
Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device Certification
Criminal Investigation Courses
Federal Bureau of Investigation Surveillance Certification
New York City Police Department Photographic Training
New York City Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau Certification


so who was really in charge of security at the WTC's? was Cerberus just the name of some software or system and is that why its name was on that security panel in the pic? or was that a company tasked with building security at the wtc's? if so, who are these guys? and how come no one has ever mentioned them before?

any help in researching more about them would be much appreciated, thanks!

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post Feb 17 2009, 12:40 PM
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So where does this put Stratesec/Securacom?

I do not intend to be obtuse here as these links come up with familiar information:

Alito helped Stratesec

WTC Security

but then, as we would expect this site throws cold water on those ideas:

9/11 Myths myths
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