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    An Irish Security company, IRMS, founded in 2004 is within a few years involved in a joint venture in Kenya. I was wondering why Kenya and I could find no particular connection between the IRMS principals and Kenya. So the question remained, why Kenya and not Trinidad or the Philippines. Why anywhere overseas ... it is not like Irish Security companies have a history of expansion abroad, least of all Asia, Africa or Latin America.

    And, of course, at the back of my mind was the IRMS connection with Shell and the fact that several IRMS employees turned up in Bolivia, where a progressive president had nationalised oil and gas ventures, with the aim of furthering a secessionist movement. One of these, Michael Dwyer was shot dead by Bolivian security forces.

    The reason IRMS is in Kenya we are told is to develop a security transit business with KK Security, one of the biggest security operations in Africa, called KK Lodgit. This puzzled me because the IRMS principals, while apparently having some experience in global freight security, have no apparent background in cash transit. It is not like they have been moving money around Ireland, or anywhere else, successfully for decades. So what exactly were Farrell and Downes bringing in terms of expertise to KK Security that would see the latter embarking on a joint venture? Furthermore there appear to be several well established (for decades) and successful businesses in Kenya in the market that KK Lodgit is apparently aimed at including, significantly, G4S (formerly securicor Kenya) a subsidiary of an huge international operation.

    So my curiosity aroused I did some internet searched on IRMS Africa which I presume is the subsidiary of IRMS involved in the joint venture. Nothing. Then I did some searches on KK Lodgit. Very little, though it does appear that there are some vehicles being uparmoured in some way and equipped with safes. Then I searched on Paul Rees who we are told is the guy running KK Lodgit. Again very little thought he may have worked for Securicor in Kenya in the past.

    What did interest me, however, was that the name Paul Rees did appear as part of a Kenyan public/private delegation to southern Sudan arranged through the auspices of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army in 2005. In a report on the mission he is described as the Managing Director of Rockland Kenya, Ltd. Rockland Kenya is a ruby mining operation. Internet searches throw up many links to it but I could not find any associating a Paul Rees with this company. The current Managing Director appear to be Ms Alice Muthama.

    http://www.kepsa.or.ke/pdf/kenya_mission_to_sudan.pdf

    Then of course it was brought to light that one of the Board of Directors of KK Security is a member of Sudan People's Liberation Army:

    Machar Bading Jageah Gien, Director - Sudan - Machar is a serving officer in the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA). A military intelligence officer, he is also a logistics officer and a special VP of the Government of Southern Sudan Escort and Security. Machar holds a Diploma in Military Law from Defence Staff Training College, Nairobi.

    So with Sudan popping up it struck me that possibly this was the real reason IRMS was in Africa.

    We know that Sudan is oil rich.

    We know that the Chinese are in there in a big way, particularly in the oil business.

    We know that the US would like to change this.

    We know that in the previous civil wars in Sudan the CIA provided the Sudan People's Liberation Army with arms, etc.

    We know that there was a peace deal brokered a few years ago which ended the fighting and gave the SPLM/A places in the Sudanese government, but that subsequently the SPLM/A has pulled out of the government.

    So is it possible that things are about to kick off again in South Sudan and that the CIA and companies like Shell are in there stirring things? Wasn't there some story about a shipment of tanks recently seized by pirates being bound for South Sudan by way of Kenya?

    So following on secessionist adventures by it's employees in Boliva, and it's links to big oil, is it possible that the real reason IRMS is in Kenya is to do with south Sudan? Are they there to funnel mercs into the conflict or some such thing?



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    Good work Sam - threads like this are putting Irelands corporate media to shame

    No wonder IRMS were hired by FF/Shell to do their dirty work over here

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    ******************************ing hell, these fellows are everywhere. Why is there always the whiff of the mercenary with this shower and how much do FF know about it?...

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    It appears the KK Security currently has the biggest security contract in Kenya.

    Full marks to those who guessed the US Embassy.
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    Depressing that an area as wildlife rich as the Sudd(inland delta on the Nile in Southern Sudan) looks set to be the next Niger Delta when the usual shower of corporate crooks in the oil business get going there

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    They probably base themselves in Kenya for geographical and infrastructural reasons, essentially using it as a hub to disperse their mercenaries throughout Africa.

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    It appears that outsourcing is the name of the game in the CIA these day. Found this article in the Washington Post.

    "Over the past five years (some say almost a decade), there has been a revolution in the intelligence community toward wide-scale outsourcing. Private companies now perform key intelligence-agency functions, to the tune, I'm told, of more than $42 billion a year. Intelligence professionals tell me that more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) -- the heart, brains and soul of the CIA -- has been outsourced to private firms such as Abraxas, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

    These firms recruit spies, create non-official cover identities and control the movements of CIA case officers. They also provide case officers and watch officers at crisis centers and regional desk officers who control clandestine operations worldwide. As the Los Angeles Times first reported last October, more than half the workforce in two key CIA stations in the fight against terrorism -- Baghdad and Islamabad, Pakistan -- is made up of industrial contractors, or "green badgers," in CIA parlance.

    Intelligence insiders say that entire branches of the NCS have been outsourced to private industry. These branches are still managed by U.S. government employees ("blue badgers") who are accountable to the agency's chain of command. But beneath them, insiders say, is a supervisory structure that's controlled entirely by contractors; in some cases, green badgers are managing green badgers from other corporations."

    Who Runs the CIA? Outsiders for Hire. - washingtonpost.com

    Raytheon is one name I recognised in the article.

    Given the whole extraordinary Bolivia story and and also the curious appearance of IRMS in East Africa I am wondering if IRMS may have some sort of working relationship with the CIA.
    Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Lord View Post
    It appears that outsourcing is the name of the game in the CIA these day. Found this article in the Washington Post.

    "Over the past five years (some say almost a decade), there has been a revolution in the intelligence community toward wide-scale outsourcing. Private companies now perform key intelligence-agency functions, to the tune, I'm told, of more than $42 billion a year. Intelligence professionals tell me that more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) -- the heart, brains and soul of the CIA -- has been outsourced to private firms such as Abraxas, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

    These firms recruit spies, create non-official cover identities and control the movements of CIA case officers. They also provide case officers and watch officers at crisis centers and regional desk officers who control clandestine operations worldwide. As the Los Angeles Times first reported last October, more than half the workforce in two key CIA stations in the fight against terrorism -- Baghdad and Islamabad, Pakistan -- is made up of industrial contractors, or "green badgers," in CIA parlance.

    Intelligence insiders say that entire branches of the NCS have been outsourced to private industry. These branches are still managed by U.S. government employees ("blue badgers") who are accountable to the agency's chain of command. But beneath them, insiders say, is a supervisory structure that's controlled entirely by contractors; in some cases, green badgers are managing green badgers from other corporations."

    Who Runs the CIA? Outsiders for Hire. - washingtonpost.com

    Raytheon is one name I recognised in the article.

    Given the whole extraordinary Bolivia story and and also the curious appearance of IRMS in East Africa I am wondering if IRMS may have some sort of working relationship with the CIA.
    Good work Sam. Makes sense really that IRMS would be the natural choice for a company like Shell who have hired ex-secret service types in the past to spy on activists and work as agent sabatours an issue which has recent raised its ugly head in the Niger Delta according to a recent article on royaldutchshellplc.com.

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    Same bunch of twats shyting on about a country they don't even live in. Meh...one or two will bite, the rest of us know to actually lean towards the complete opposite stance ecoguy and sam lord spout forth. I think this might be a case of irony superbly highlighted by the fact that these guys don't even see the damage they are doing to their own cause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev408 View Post
    Same bunch of twats shyting on about a country they don't even live in. Meh...one or two will bite, the rest of us know to actually lean towards the complete opposite stance ecoguy and sam lord spout forth. I think this might be a case of irony superbly highlighted by the fact that these guys don't even see the damage they are doing to their own cause.
    Could you wallow in your ignorance somewhere else t*sser?

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