dec 272012
 

MPs say decision is ‘unbelievable’ and they should be banned after London 2012 fiasco G4S failed to recruit enough staff and more than 10,000 troops had to be drafted in at the last minute Bosses say decision proves Government recognises they can ‘still win business’ Bungling Olympic security firm G4S is set to be offered another gold-plated Government contract despite its failure to provide enough staff for London 2012. The company, which MPs want blacklisted from taxpayer-funded deals because the [lees verder]

dec 162012
 

Student campaigners created stickers imitating G4S’ logo to raise awareness on campus. (Photo courtesey of Palestine Committee at the University of Oslo) In a major success for the campaign against Israeli prison contractor G4S, the University of Oslo has announced that it will terminate its contract with the company in July 2013. G4S is a private security company that has a contract to provide equipment and services to Israeli prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners, including child prisoners, are detained [lees verder]

dec 162012
 

G4S will face its “next big test” of government support as early as next month after it was stripped of a key prison contract in the wake of the company’s Olympics security shambles. FTSE 100 security group is waiting to hear whether it will be reappointed on a contract to provide electronic tagging of offenders. MPs stopped short of calling for the resignation of chief executive Nick Buckles after the Olympics fiasco. The FTSE 100 security group is waiting to [lees verder]

dec 162012
 

Another shambles as security giant leaves asylum seeker living in squalor An asylum seeker with a five-month-old baby claims she was placed in a property by the private contractor G4S that was infested with cockroaches and slugs. The woman, who was trafficked to the UK and sold into prostitution before seeking asylum, claims she and her baby were left in the house for weeks before the local council intervened to ensure they were rehoused. Leeds City Council contacted G4S, and [lees verder]

dec 072012
 

More than a year after French carmaker Renault found itself embroiled in an industrial espionage scandal, new documents show that the company had prepared statements in the event that the three employees blamed in the case committed suicide. More than one year ago, French carmaker Renault found itself embroiled in a high-profile industrial espionage scandal. Three executives were fired, but the case turned out to be bogus, and in a desperate attempt to put the whole sordid affair behind them, [lees verder]

dec 072012
 

Nachdem 1969 erstmals ein SPD-Politiker Bundeskanzler wurde, bauten CDU- und CSU-Anhänger einen eigenen Nachrichtendienst auf. Ein unglaublicher Spionagefall Dies ist die erstaunliche Geschichte einer Verschwörung. Sie begann im Herbst 1969 und endete Mitte der achtziger Jahre, sie spielt nicht irgendwo, sondern im Herzen der politischen Landschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, tief verankert in den konservativen Parteien CDU und CSU. Es geht dabei um nicht weniger als um die Gründung eines eigenen Nachrichtendienstes, abseits der Öffentlichkeit und jeder parlamentarischen Kontrolle. Verschiedene Geheimdienstfiguren [lees verder]

dec 072012
 

Conservative politicians in Cold-War West Germany set up an illegal domestic intelligence agency in order to spy on their political rivals, a forthcoming book claims. In Destroy After Reading: The Secret Intelligence Service of the CDU and CSU, German journalist Stefanie Waske exposes what she says was an elaborate plot to undermine West Germany’s rapprochement with Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. The book, which is scheduled for publication in February of 2013, claims that the illegal intelligence agency, known as ‘the Little [lees verder]

dec 072012
 

West Germany’s Christian Democrats ran a intelligence service staffed by aristocrats and former Nazis during the 1970s, hoping to undermine Chancellor Willy Brandt’s policy of engagement with the communist East. Israeli premier arrives in Berlin for tense talks (5 Dec 12) Conservatives reject tax equality for gay couples (5 Dec 12) Merkel: only I can steer Germany in rough seas (4 Dec 12) The shadowy network had close ties with US President Richard Nixon’s foreign policy Svengali Henry Kissinger, who [lees verder]

nov 302012
 

Companies making use of offshore secrecy include firm that supplied surveillance software used by repressive regimes. A number of so-called nominee directors of companies registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) have connections to military or intelligence activities, an investigation has revealed. In the past, the British arms giant BAE was the most notorious user of offshore secrecy. The Guardian in 2003 revealed the firm had set up a pair of covert BVI entities. The undeclared subsidiaries were used to [lees verder]

nov 302012
 

Companies making use of offshore secrecy include firm that supplied surveillance software used by repressive regimes Bahraini protesters flee teargas. Activists’ computers in the country were infected with Finfisher spying software. Photograph: Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images A number of nominee directors of companies registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) have connections to military or intelligence activities, an investigation has revealed. In the past, the British arms giant BAE was the most notorious user of offshore secrecy. The Guardian in 2003 [lees verder]

okt 262012
 

Disclosure in first report of prisons inspector on UK Border Agency’s ‘family-friendly’ Cedars unit near Gatwick G4S staff manage security and the facilities at Cedars, the UK Border Agency’s holding centre near Gatwick for families facing deportation. Photograph: David Jones/PA A pregnant woman in a wheelchair was tipped up and had her feet held by staff from G4S, the firm behind the Olympics security shambles, as she was forcibly removed from the country. The disclosure comes in the first report [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

After CIA director Leon Panetta revealed last summer that private contractor Blackwater was part of a covert CIA hit squad, tasked with summary killings and assassinations of al-Qaeda operatives, the CIA vowed to sever its contacts with the trigger-happy security firm. But did it do so? It doesn’t look like it. Last November, it became known that the company, (recently renamed Xe Services) remains part of a covert CIA program in Pakistan that includes planned assassinations and kidnappings of Taliban [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for next month. Lashing back at his critics, the wealthy former navy seal takes the author inside his operation in the U.S. and Afghanistan, revealing the role he’s been playing in America’s war on terror. Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

In the eyes of many, the United States-based security firm formerly known as Blackwater is synonymous with ‘scandal’. Founded in 1997 by self-confessed CIA agent Erik Prince, the company was awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in non-competitive contract bids by the Bush administration, to provide wide-ranging security services in Iraq. But the company’s ‘shoot-first-ask-questions-later’ attitude resulted in numerous bloody incidents in the country, including the 2007 Nisur Square massacre, in which at least 14 Iraqi civilians were killed by [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

Ex-employees Tell ABC News the Firm Used Dog Food Sacks to Smuggle Unauthorized Weapons to Iraq A federal grand jury in North Carolina is investigating allegations the controversial private security firm Blackwater illegally shipped assault weapons and silencers to Iraq, hidden in large sacks of dog food, ABCNews.com has learned. Under State Department rules, Blackwater is prohibited from using certain assault weapons and silencers in Iraq because they are considered “offensive” weapons inappropriate for Blackwater’s role as a private security [lees verder]

okt 192012
 

Last week I gave a live television interview to the main news program of RT, about the company formerly known as Blackwater. As intelNews reported on August 8, the private military outfit, which rebranded itself to Academi in late 2011, agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle no fewer than 17 violations of United States federal laws, including several charges of illegal weapons exports. This was hardly the first time that the scandal-prone company made headlines for breaking the law. [lees verder]

okt 032012
 

Security firm G4S was sent warnings not to employ an armed guard in Iraq just days before he murdered two colleagues, a BBC investigation has found. Private security guard Paul McGuigan, from the Scottish Borders, was shot dead by Danny Fitzsimons in 2009 in Baghdad while on a protection contract. Another man, Australian Darren Hoare, was also killed. All were working for UK contractor G4S, which was operating under the name ArmorGroup in the region. Violent criminal In a BBC [lees verder]

okt 032012
 

Danny Fitzsimons avoids death sentence but family say his PTSD meant he should never had been employed in a war zone Danny Fitzsimons is escorted out of court after his sentencing in Baghdad. Photograph: Karim Kadim/AP A former British soldier who claims to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder has been jailed for 20 years in Iraq for the murder of two fellow security contractors during a whisky-fuelled argument, becoming the first westerner convicted in the country since the 2003 [lees verder]

okt 032012
 

The sun never sets on the UK’s armies of private security firms (Image via Shutterstock) In the wake of the Olympic Games vetting scandal, private security company G4S may have hoped that its period on the public rack had come to an end. But G4S’s vetting, it appears, is fraught with failure abroad just as it is in East London – only with far deadlier consequences. Tonight on BBC Scotland, reporter Samantha Poling investigates the the deaths of private security [lees verder]

okt 032012
 

Danny Fitzsimons, 31, was sentenced to 20 years in 2011 for killing Scot Paul McGuigan, 37, and Australian Darren Hoare, 37, in Baghdad in 2009 All were working for UK security firm G4S, operating as ArmorGroup A BBC probe claims a G4S whistleblower warned them about Fitzsimons’ previous convictions and unstable behaviour before his posting G4S claim nobody ever saw the email warnings Victims’ families call for G4S to be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter It comes a week after it [lees verder]