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What are IRMS up tp in Africa?


Sam Lord

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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?



 

Ecoguy

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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:mad:
 

Sam Lord

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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.
 

Sam Lord

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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.
 

Ecoguy

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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.
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.
 

Ecoguy

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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.
Could you wallow in your ignorance somewhere else t*sser?:)
 

Kev408

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Could you wallow in your ignorance somewhere else t*sser?:)
I could but I won't. You two muppets surface at this hour every night. For all your nature-loving shyte you seem to have forgotten about the time difference between various countries and continents. I find you guys amusing and hope you continue to post.
 

Ecoguy

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I could but I won't. You two muppets surface at this hour every night. For all your nature-loving shyte you seem to have forgotten about the time difference between various countries and continents. I find you guys amusing and hope you continue to post.
I'm suggest you seek professional help for whatever appears to be warping your sad little mind - feel free not to reply since its not my area of expertise:)
 

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I could but I won't. You two muppets surface at this hour every night. For all your nature-loving shyte you seem to have forgotten about the time difference between various countries and continents. I find you guys amusing and hope you continue to post.
So you aren't at all concerned about multinationals and right wing extremists recruiting mercenaries, trained in Ireland by former elite 26C army career soldiers in collusion with the 26C govt?
 

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Keep losing a long post, so I'll try sending some short ones. Firstly, I was reading today about arms going through Kenya to Southern Sudan, and that US strategy was "balkanisation" of the Sudan.
 
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Yeah, Sudan is very interesting. The involvement of the French and the Israelis, while not very well known, is fascinating, if worrying.

Abdul Wahid Mohamed al Nur, leader of the Sudanese Liberation Army, resides in France.

He visited Israel earlier this year with a delegation of prominent French Jews:
Al-Nur came to Israel earlier this month at his own initiative, to attend the annual Herzliya Conference. He came with a group of European Jews, most of them French, who have been active on behalf of the Darfur refugees. He did not speak at any of the sessions, but did observe several.

At the conference, he was introduced to the senior official, and the two arranged a meeting, which took place a few days later.

The Defense Ministry responded, "In the interests of national security, various and sundry meetings are held. We are not in the habit of giving responses after each of these meetings."

Darfur rebel leader visited Israel - Haaretz - Israel News

Meanwhile, Israel has granted citizenship to hundreds of asylum seekers from Darfur:
Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit said he would work with the United Nations to set a quota for granting citizenship to Darfurian refugees in Israel, who number between 300 and 500.

"Israel, with its history, must offer assistance," Mr. Sheetrit told a gathering of activists in Petach Tikva, near Tel Aviv. "It can't stand by and shut its eyes. But a quota must be set."

Advocacy groups say that up to 1,700 refugees and economic migrants from Sudan are now in Israel – about 1,200 of whom have come in during the past six months alone across the loosely guarded border between Egypt and Israel.

Israel's decision was met with praise from groups that have come to the aid of the refugees. But most expressed concern that the decision was limited to those from Darfur, and that Israel was not examining all its applicants for refugee status individually.

Israel to grant Darfur refugees citizenship | csmonitor.com

The SLM now has an office in Israel:
February 25, 2008 (PARIS) A Darfur rebel group announced today that they
have inaugurated an office in Israel, according to a press release received
today by Sudan Tribune.

We are telling our people that we opened Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)
office in Israel the statement read. The SLM faction led by Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur
praised the Israeli government for protecting Darfur youth from genocide
Al-Nur, speaking to Sudan Tribune by phone from Paris, confirmed the
inauguration of the office.

Bismillah [IslamCity] Darfur rebel group inaugurates local office in Isr

Hell... the Israelis even launched an air strike on Sudan earlier this year, killing over one hundred people. They claimed they struck a convoy carrying arms to Hamas. How, in the name of God, these people in Sudan were meant to get this massive convoy of arms into Palestine is anyone's guess:
A Sudanese government minister has confirmed reports of an air raid in eastern Sudan earlier this year.

The minister, Mabrook Mubarak Saleem, told an Arabic news channel that many people had been killed in the strike, said to have taken place last month.

Israeli officials have not commented publicly on reports that their planes may have been involved.

Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, did not confirm any raid but said Israel hit everywhere to stop terror.


The spokesman admits that those killed were civilians.
BBC NEWS | Africa | Mystery over Sudan 'air strike'

Kev... you're contributing nothing to this thread. Why don't you find a topic you're interested in and post on it instead?
 
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I see the I-RMS website is still out of commission.

These are some boys, eh? Linked with all kinds of nasty, Fascist, war-profiteers!

Time to picket their offices?
 

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. 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.
You are correct, I don't see the damage. What exactly are you on about?
 

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I was correct in my recollection that the tanks and other weaponry on the Faina was headed for south Sudan. Something is definitely stirring there.

I can't see the current regime in the Ukraine supplying this sort of weaponry without the go ahead of the US.

Would be interesting to find out more about the owners of the Faina.

"On 25 September 2008, the Faina was hijacked[11] by approximately 50 Somali pirates, including a 14-year-old boy [6][12] calling themselves the Central Regional Coast Guard.[13] The ship was allegedly heading to Mombasa, Kenya, from Ukraine with 33 Soviet-made T-72 tanks, weapons (including rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns)[6] and ammunition on board, when it was seized.[14] The pirates said they were unaware of the ship's cargo before they captured it.[15] However, the pirates claim that documents found onboard indicate that the arms cargo was destined for Juba, Southern Sudan, instead of Kenya, as originally understood.[3] The claim was confirmed by U.S. Navy and several other intelligence groups, although the Kenyan government denies the allegation.[16]

A ransom of US$3,200,000 was paid on February 4, 2009 by the ship's mysterious owners. The pirates left the vessel early next day stating that the release had been delayed for one hour, but the ship was eventually released.[10]. The ship arrived to its destination, the Port of Mombasa, on February 12, 2009, where the cargo was unloaded [39]"

So we have the IRMS popping up in Bolivia where the US is involved in trying to break away the province of Santa Cruz. Then we have the IRMS popping up in Kenya were US efforts to balkanise Sudan are centered.

Could be all a coincidence but hmmmm ..... I dunno..
 

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Keep losing a long post, so I'll try sending some short ones. Firstly, I was reading today about arms going through Kenya to Southern Sudan, and that US strategy was "balkanisation" of the Sudan.
Can you link this for us?
 

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Can you link this for us?
Trying to find it. It says very similar to the post above about the Faina.

The south is of course where the mineral/oil resources are.

It looks very much like another Santa Cruz, but without a Chavez or Morales to put some shape on things.

Obama was in Kenya in 2006 backing a wealthy opposition "change" candidate, Odinga, with Moslem connections. His intervention was complained about by the Government. When the elections were held, he lost, challenged the result on the basis of some minor monitors criticisms of the voting, after which there were dreadful killings by his supporters including 50 people (Christians) burned to death in a church.

Stuff on the internet describes the incumbent Kenyan government as US backed.
Odinga has visited Iran recently and met Ahmadinejad.

I'm sure Obama acts 100% on US message- so what was going on there?
 
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