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
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 government had multiple, multi-million dollar contracts with well-known security firms, yet, in Benghazi, they used a no-name outfit. Why?
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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.
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
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.