Preface: Security



Despite Clinton Pledge, State Dept. to Pay Out Billions More to Mercs | WIRED | SEP 29, 2010

So much for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s one-time campaign pledge to ban “private mercenary firms.”

Neither source would say which private security firms have won the four-year contract or how much it will ultimately be worth. The last Worldwide Protective Services contract, awarded in 2005, went to Blackwater, Triple Canopy and DynCorp. Rough estimates place that contract’s value at $2.2 billion.



Global Strategies Group (Federal), Inc, Global Integrated Security (Usa) Inc and Global Integrated Security (Usa) Inc. $287 million Contract Issued by Other Department of State | INSIDEGOV | SEP 29, 2010



Department of State $231.8m | GOVTRIBE | Global Integrated Security (USA) Inc. Indefinite Delivery Contract

Description
THE WORLDWIDE PROTECTIVE SERVICES (WPS) PROGRAM PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTIVE SECURITY SERVICES TO SUPPORT U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE OPERATIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

 



Exclusive: Blackwater Wins Piece of $10 Billion Mercenary Deal | WIRED | OCT 01, 2010

Eight private security firms have won State’s giant Worldwide Protective Services contract, the big Foggy Bottom partnership to keep embassies and their inhabitants safe. Two of those firms are longtime State contract holders DynCorp and Triple Canopy. The others are newcomers to the big security contract: EOD Technology, SOC, Aegis Defense Services, Global Strategies Group, Torres International Services and International Development Solutions LLC.



FEDS HIRED BRITISH SECURITY FIRM TO PROTECT BENGHAZI CONSULATE | WIRED | SEP 17, 2012

The State Department confirmed to Danger Room on Monday that the firm was Blue Mountain, a British company that provides “close protection; maritime security; surveillance and investigative services; and high risk static guarding and asset protection,” according to its website. Blue Mountain says it has “recently operated in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, the Caribbean and across Europe” and has worked in Libya for several months since last year’s war.

The State Department frequently hires security companies to protect diplomats in conflict zones. It usually is done through what’s known as the Worldwide Protective Services contract, in which a handful of approved firms compete to safeguard specific diplomatic installations. In 2010, State selected eight firms for the most recent contract. Blue Mountain wasn’t among them, and the State Department did not explain why the Benghazi consulate contract did not go to one of those eight firms.


BLUE MOUNTAIN GLOBAL LTD | COMPANY HOUSE UK

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24 Lammas Street, Carmarthen, Camrs, SA31 3AL
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Dissolved
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Private limited Company
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4 April 2012
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THOMAS, David Nigel

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Broadley, Llanybri, Carmarthen, United Kingdom, SA33 5AN
Role
Director
Date of birth
March 1963
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4 April 2012
Nationality
Welsh
Country of residence
Wales
Occupation
Businessman


Benghazi Middleman Tied To Unaoil Bribery Scandal, Source Told FBI | HUFFINGTON POST | OCT 11, 2016

WASHINGTON ― A middleman the State Department relied on to hire unarmed guards at the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, previously worked with a company that’s now at the center of a massive international bribery scandal.

The FBI and law enforcement agencies in at least four other countries are investigating allegations ― first published by The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media― that a Monaco-based company called Unaoil bribed public officials to secure contracts for major corporations in corruption-prone regions. In Libya, Unaoil partnered with a Tripoli-based businessman named Muhannad Alamir. A former Unaoil employee who served as a confidential source for the FBI told investigators that Unaoil and Alamir bribed Libyan officials. Unaoil and Alamir deny they bribed anyone.

Alamir started working with the State Department in early 2012, less than three years after cutting ties with Unaoil. He provided Blue Mountain Group, the small British security firm that won the Benghazi guard contract, with the license it needed to legally operate in Libya.

The State Department hired Alamir and Blue Mountain to recruit the local unarmed guards who were supposed to secure the perimeter of the Benghazi compound on the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.


State Dept Reverses Denial of Hiring British Security Firm in Benghazi | BREITBART | SEP 18, 2012



After Benghazi Attack, Private Security Hovers as an Issue | NEW YORK TIMES | OCT 12, 2012



British firm secured Benghazi consulate contract with little experience | TELEGRAPH UK | OCT 14, 2012

Sources have told the Daily Telegraph that just five unarmed locally hired Libyans were placed on duty at the compound on eight-hour shifts under a deal that fell outside the State Department’s global security contracting system.

Blue Mountain, the Camarthen firm that won a $387,000 (£241,000) one year contract from the US State Department to protect the compound in May, sent just one British employee, recruited from the celebrity bodyguard circuit, to oversee the work.

The compound was overrun by a mob of Islamic extremists on the morning of September 12 in an apparent planned attack that resulted in the death by asphyxiation of the ambassador, Chris Stevens.

Blue Mountain, which is run by a former member of the SAS, received paper work to operate in Libya last year following the collapse of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. It worked on short term contacts to guard an expatriate housing compound and a five-star hotel in Tripoli before landing the prestigious US deal.

Other firms in the security industry expressed surprise that Blue Mountain had won a large, high profile contract from the US government. One industry executive said the level of service Blue Mountain provided did not appear adequate to the risks presented by a lawless city.



For Benghazi diplomatic security, U.S. relied on small British firm | REUTERS | OCT 17, 2012



The Welsh Security Contractor Behind America’s Benghazi Consulate Guards | THE ATLANTIC | OCT 18, 2012

Meanwhile, the story of what happened with the consular security in Libya is continuing to come into view as journalists, such as a most excellent team at Reuters, have dug into the practices of Welsh security contractor the Blue Mountain Group, which was brought on by the State Department to oversee the new and potentially temporary consular compound in Benghazi. What the reporters found is astonishing, considering how many armed guards one finds in much less dangerous environs in the United States: “Blue Mountain guards patrolled with flashlights and batons instead of guns.”

According to its website, Blue Mountain, run by a former member of the British special forces named David Nigel Thomas, had “recently operated in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, the Caribbean and across Europe,” and worked with corporate clients, such as “BAT, BG Group, Cadburys, Cannon, CapGemini, DHL, Excel, Google, Jaguar Landrover, Lufthansa, Motorola, Orange, OSCE, Romec, Sealed Air, Sony and Viacom.”



The Benghazi Scandal Just Got Very Interesting Again | BUSINESS INSIDER | DEC 4, 2014

CNN’s Jake Tapper reports that two CIA contractors present at the Benghazi attacks have called a recent House Intelligence Committee report on the subject “full of inaccuracies.”

John Tiegen and Kris Paronto, two contractors who were eyewitnesses to the attack, have issued a statement detailing 13 inaccuracies they say are in the House’s report.

According to Paronto, one of the most serious issues related to the attack was the delay between the State Department building being attacked by a Libyan mob and the response from CIA personnel tasked with providing additional security.

The CIA contractors assert that the delay, which according to Paronto lasted at least 27 minutes — despite the CIA annex being located only 1.2 miles away — “was a severe military tactical mistake made by leadership figures who had little to no military training or experience in combat operations, and the delay cost the lives of Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith due to them dying from smoke inhalation—something that takes time.”



Benghazi Security Officer Warned U.S. Months Before Attack: ‘Everybody’ Will Die | BREITBART | JUN 28, 2016

TEL AVIV – A U.S. government security officer serving at the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi prior to the September 11, 2012 attacks, warned his superiors that lack of adequate security at the compound made serving there a “suicide mission.”

The officer further predicted to his superiors “that there was a very good chance that everybody here was going to die.”

In a devastating indictment, the officer stated that a superior told him “everybody back here in D.C. knows that people are going to die in Benghazi, and nobody cares and nobody is going to care until somebody does die.”

The dramatic testimony was provided to the House Select Committee on Benghazi and contained in a 339-page House Democrat report on Benghazi released on Monday and reviewed in full by Breitbart Jerusalem.  The report was issued prior to the release on Tuesday of the Benghazi Committee’s final report.



Security Contractor Blasts ‘Incompetent’ Hillary For American Deaths In Benghazi | DAILY CALLER | JUN 30, 2016



2010

LIBYAN LEADER COLONEL MUAMMAR GADDAFI IS DEMANDING £4.1BILLION A YEAR FROM THE EU TO STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WHICH ‘THREATENS TO TURN EUROPE BLACK’. | DAILY MAIL | AUG 31, 2010



2011

Security Council imposes sanctions on Libyan authorities in bid to stem violent repression | UN NEWS CENTRE | FEB 26, 2011

US Names Chris Stevens Liaison to Libyan Opposition | ABC NEWS | MAR 14, 2011

U.S. To Transfer Lead In Libya In ‘Days,’ Obama Says | WBUR NEWS | MAR 22, 2011

Arming Libya rebels not allowed by UN resolutions, legal experts warn US | THE GUARDIAN | MAR 30, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA AUTHORIZES SECRET HELP FOR LIBYA REBELS REUTERS MAR 31, 2011

HOW LIBYA KEPT MIGRANTS OUT OF EU – AT ANY COST | THE WEEK UK | APR 5, 2011

Is General Khalifa Hifter The CIA’s Man In Libya? | BUSINESS INSIDER | APR 22, 2011

Counting Qaddafi’s Heat-Seeking Missiles, and Tracking Them Back to their Sources | NEW YORK TIMES | JUL 26, 2011

FRANCE, UK, ET AL, JOCKEYING IN LIBYA/OIL | WIKILEAKS | SEP 16, 2011

NIGHTMARE IN LIBYA: THOUSANDS OF SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES UNACCOUNTED FOR | ABC | SEP 27, 2011

Tiny Kingdom’s Huge Role in Libya Draws Concern | WALL STREET JOURNAL | OCT 17, 2011

A long 8 months in Libya | CNN | OCT 20, 2011



2012

AMERICAN KILLED IN LIBYA WAS ON INTEL MISSION TO TRACK WEAPONS | ABC | SEP 12, 2012

How US Ambassador Chris Stevens May Have Been Linked To Jihadist Rebels In Syria | BUSINESS INSIDER | OCT 19, 2012

Was Syrian weapons shipment factor in ambassador’s Benghazi visit? | FOX NEWS | OCT 25, 2012

Libyan charity’s ship implicated in Benghazi attack on US ambassador | MALTA TODAY | OCT 31, 2012

There’s A Reason Why All Of The Reports About Benghazi Are So Confusing | BUSINESS INSIDER | NOV 3, 2012

U.S.-APPROVED ARMS FOR LIBYA REBELS FELL INTO JIHADIS’ HANDS | NEW YORK TIMES | DEC 5, 2012

US OK’d sending arms to Libya | BOSTON GLOBE | DEC 6, 2012

REPORT: The US Is Openly Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels | BUSINESS INSIDER | DEC 9, 2012

Covert US plan to arm rebels | THE SUNDAY TIMES | DEC 9, 2012



2013

Turkey fights to stem arms smuggling | THE NATIONAL | MAY 27, 2013

In Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons | NEW YORK TIMES | JUN 21, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood Official, Former Clinton Foundation Employee Arrested | FREE BEACON | SEP 18, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood official, former Clinton Foundation employee arrested in Cairo | WASHINGTON TIMES | SEP 18, 2013



2014

‘Abandoned’ barrels containing deadly sarin seized in rebel-held Syria | RT | JUL 8, 2014

How Qatar is funding the rise of Islamist extremists | TELEGRAPH | SEP 20, 2014



2015

American Among Nearly 40 Sentenced to Life in Prison for Egypt Protests | NEW YORK TIMES | APR 11, 2015

Was The 2011 Libya Intervention A Mistake | THE WORLD POST | MAR 7, 2015

The king of Morocco, the Clintons and a problem that just won’t go away | POLITICO | MAY 15, 2015

Controversial Clinton-Tied Moroccan Mining Firm Supported by Ex-Im Bank | FREE BEACON | MAY 15, 2015

Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance | JUDICIAL WATCH | MAY 18, 2015

Military intel predicted rise of ISIS in 2012, detailed arms shipments from Benghazi to Syria | FOX NEWS | MAY 18, 2015

Hillary Clinton Knew BACK IN 2011 About US Weapons Shipments from Libya to Syria | GATEWAY PUNDIT | MAY 27, 2015

Clinton’s Man in Morocco | FREE BEACON | JUL 17, 2015

Clinton State Department approved U.S. weapons shipment to Libya despite ban | REUTERS | OCT 20, 2015

Weapons shipments highlight the ambiguous roles of Qatar and Turkey in the fight against Islamic militants | ITALY 24 | DEC 02, 2015

Sarin materials brought via Turkey & mixed in Syrian ISIS camps – Turkish MP to RT | RT | DEC 14, 2015



2016

LIBYAN FORCES SEIZE LAST STRONGHOLD OF ISLAMIC STATE IN SIRTE | LA TIMES

TOP IS COMMANDERS ‘TAKING REFUGE’ IN LIBYA | BBC NEWS | FEB 4, 2016

WHY LIBYA MATTERS – AGAIN | FOREIGN POLICY | FEB 12, 2016

‘Real armed commando’: Police bust ISIS terror cell preparing ‘chemical attack’ in Morocco | RT | FEB 20, 2016

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels | STRATEGIC CULTURE | APR 28, 2016

U.N. approves high seas crackdown on Libya arms smuggling | REUTERS | JUN 14, 2016

DRUG AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN ‘LAWLESS’ LIBYA IS FUNDING ISIS | IB TIMES | JULY 16, 2016

US air raids in Libya: Who really benefits? | RT | AUG 2, 2016

LAWLESS AND CHAOTIC LIBYA IS SOURCE OF EUROPE’S MIGRANT CRISIS | SKY NEWS | AUG 30, 2016

CALM SEAS, LIBYA’S LAWLESS STATE OPEN DOOR FOR MIGRANT FLOWS | REUTERS | AUG 31, 2016

WHY IS LIBYA SO LAWLESS? | BBC NEWS | SEP 14, 2016

OBAMA DOJ DROPS CHARGES AGAINST ALLEGED BROKER OF LIBYAN WEAPONS | POLITICO | OCT 4, 2016

Hillary’s Benghazi Coverup Threatens Terror Prosecutions | NATIONAL REVIEW | OCT 7, 2016

Arms dealer says Clinton and Obama accidentally gave guns to ISIS, Al Qaeda and Benghazi attackers – then tried to scapegoat him for their screw-up with failed $10m felony case | DAILY MAIL | OCT 12, 2016

Malta’s Contribution for the destruction of Libya’s Chemical Weapons Precursors recognized by the OPCW | MALTA FOREIGN AFFAIRS | DEC 2 2016



2017

Libya’s UN-backed government and central bank to work together | THE NATIONAL | JAN 1, 2017

Khalifa Haftar says Russia ‘to fight Libyan arms embargo’ | THE NATIONAL | JAN 3, 2017