McConnell notes that Serco appears to have used telecom lawyer, Miriam Clegg, wife of the Lord President of the Council and U.K. Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, to handle the Westminster pedophile ring and the Emirates jockey-boy files and divert attention from what is essentially a RICO Enterprise which uses child-porn blackmail to control Serco supply chains.
Tom Watson M.P. exposes Westminster paedophile ring
Emirates Airline Orders 150 Boeing 777X Jets
Airline Has Purchase Rights For an Additional 50 Versions of The Jet
July 9, 2014 5:54 a.m. ET
Dubai’s Emirates Airline and Boeing Co. BA -0.21% Wednesday confirmed an order for 150 777X, the plane makers revamped version of its popular wide-bodied jet, in a deal valued at $56 billion at list prices.
The deal for two types of the 777X was first announced at the Dubai air show in November and helped launch the jet, making it the largest product launch in commercial aircraft history. Emirates has ordered 115 777-9X and 35 777-8X. It also holds purchase rights for an additional 50 versions of the jet, which could increase the total deal size to $75 billion at list prices.
Emirates chief Tim Clark said his airline now operates 138 777 aircraft and has 208 Boeing 777s, either the current or revamped versions, pending delivery. “The 777X will offer us operational flexibility in terms of range, more passenger capacity and fuel efficiency,” Mr. Clark said in a statement issued by Boeing.
The more fuel-efficient 777X is expected to begin production in 2017 for delivery in 2020. To date, the aircraft has won 300 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide, including Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, Emirates’ rivals in the Persian Gulf.
“Serco Receives “Supplier of the Year” from Boeing for Enterprise Serco’s Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence is based in Colorado Springs, CO. The team provides a variety of services in support of Boeing’s business units as well as research and development efforts. Serco’s architecture employs object-oriented (OO)/Unified Modeling Language (UML) to define, design and satisfy defense agencies’ mission-critical requirements, including Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I). This approach improves system developer’s understanding of operational requirements and how best to integrate enterprise operations and systems for the optimal fulfillment of C4I and other operational needs.
“Mitchell’s Firm Worked for Dubai Ruler in Jockey Case (Update1)
By Timothy J. Burger – January 27, 2009 12:08 EST
Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — George Mitchell, President Barack Obama’s special Middle East troubleshooter, was chairman of a law firm that was paid about $8 million representing Dubai’s ruler in connection with a child-trafficking lawsuit.
The DLA Piper law firm did legal and lobbying work on the case, which alleged that Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and another official used children kidnapped from other countries to ride as jockeys in camel races. The firm lobbied federal agencies, members of the U.S. House and about two dozen Senate offices, including those of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2006 and 2007, according to Justice Department foreign-agent disclosures.
Mitchell, 75, who isn’t a registered lobbyist, didn’t lobby either on this issue or for Dubai generally. DLA Piper partner Bill Minor said in an e-mail that Mitchell, a former Democratic senator from Maine, mainly focused on growth and management at the firm of almost 4,000 attorneys and 65 offices worldwide, and high-profile projects such as an investigation of steroid use in Major League Baseball.
Mitchell’s firm had extensive lobbying clients and offices in the Middle East ranging from the leader of Dubai to a Kuwait construction firm contracting in Iraq. The firm also has offices in Egypt, Oman, Qatar and Abu Dhabi and has an affiliation with a law firm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mitchell traveled to Dubai and spoke to the press there about the issue.
Suit Thrown Out
The camel-jockey suit was thrown out after the U.S. Justice Department notified a Miami federal judge that it planned to intervene and argue that al-Maktoum was immune from the suit as a foreign leader.
“That he was such a key figure in the firm himself certainly gives the appearance that probably any of the clients that solicited help from the firm may have had a business relationship with him as well,” said Craig Holman, who lobbies for tougher governmental ethics rules for Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group.
In a Jan. 24 telephone interview, Mitchell said he “was generally aware of the case but I had no involvement in it.”
“I visited Dubai. I did not discuss the case with the Sheikh. I had nothing to do with bringing it in,” Mitchell said. “I was merely chairman when it occurred.”
Mitchell’s name heads a list on DLA Piper’s Web site of a team advising clients “on opportunities and risks associated with doing business in Iraq and the Middle East generally.” In addition to legal work, the Web site says DLA Piper has “experience working with relevant decision makers in the United States and the region.”
Altogether, DLA Piper billed Dubai-related entities about $9.5 million on this and other issues while Mitchell was chairman from 2005 through the end of 2008.
Other lobbying clients located or primarily interested in the Middle East — and one focused on Iran — paid DLA Piper an additional $2.29 million.
Mitchell, who is traveling in the Middle East this week, may need a waiver from Obama’s new policy on ethics and lobbying, which says government officials must wait two years before working on matters “directly and substantially” related to pre-government employers or clients even if they weren’t registered lobbyists, said Stefan Passantino, head of the Washington-based political law group for McKenna Long & Aldridge.
“It is a perception dynamic that has to be managed very carefully,” said Passantino, who helped represent former House Speaker Newt Gingrich during a congressional ethics case.
Asked if he’s going to have to recuse himself from anything at the State Department, Mitchell said, “I haven’t made any judgment on that.”
“I have to wait and see,” Mitchell said. “I will be resigning from the firm and terminating all private business activities.”
White House spokesman Bill Burton referred questions to the State Department, where spokesman Gordon Duguid declined comment and referred questions to Mitchell’s office. A voicemail left at the U.A.E. embassy in Washington wasn’t returned.
Habib Al-Mulla, a Dubai-based lawyer for Sheikh Mohammad, also said Mitchell “played no role in the litigation or efforts that led to the quashing of the lawsuit.” Al-Mulla said the sheikh was satisfied with the outcome of the case.
Mitchell, a former U.S. Senate majority leader and onetime federal judge, was quoted by the Emirates News Agency in January 2007 defending the United Arab Emirates’ efforts to rescue “underage camel jockeys.”
Mitchell led efforts in Northern Ireland that resulted in the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. In 2000 and 2001, he was chairman of a fact-finding panel examining the crisis in the Middle East.
In 2002, congressional Democrats tapped Mitchell as vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission. Mitchell and Henry Kissinger, then-President George W. Bush’s pick as chairman, quit the commission’s top posts after Congress required members to disclose financial information and suggested Mitchell may have to sever ties to his law firm.
The camel jockey lawsuit in September 2006, a class-action lawsuit filed by Mount Pleasant, South Carolina-based Motley Rice LLC by the children’s parents, accused al-Maktoum and others of enslaving boys from Africa and South Asia who were brought to Dubai as jockeys for camel racing, a popular sport in some parts of the Arab world.
DLA Piper picked up the case two weeks after the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. on behalf of underage camel jockeys. It set up meetings with Biden’s Senate staff on Nov. 29, 2006, followed by a Dec. 15 meeting with Obama’s staff. On Jan. 4, 2007, the firm arranged a meeting with Clinton and other senators and their aides, according to Justice Department Foreign Agent Registration Act filings.
A February 2005 report on the U.S. State Department Web site says that in the United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, “trafficking of young, noncitizen boys employed as camel jockeys continued to be a serious problem, although the Government has pledged to eliminate this practice for boys under the age of 15.” The report cited an estimate by the Ansar Burney Welfare Trust International, a Pakistan-based civil rights group, that 5,000 boys were working as camel jockeys.
The U.A.E. introduced the use of robots as riders on the camels and two years ago set up an $8 million fund to compensate former child jockeys. Human rights organizations have condemned the use of children as camel jockeys, saying the boys, mostly from Pakistan and Bangladesh and some as young as 4 years old, are abducted, sexually abused and underfed.
Mitchell was quoted by the state-owned Emirates News Agency in January 2007 as praising the United Arab Emirates and Dubai for a “remarkable partnership with UNICEF to locate, care for and repatriate underage camel jockeys. This program has been justly praised by the international community as a model solution to a serious problem.”
DLA Piper billed the Dubai government about $8 million, according to Justice Department filings. This included almost $2.5 million between Aug. 6, 2006, and Feb. 28, 2007. Over the next six months, the firm billed Dubai over $1.2 million, as it held more than 70 meetings with senior officials at the White House, the State and Justice departments, and Congress, seeking a “statement of interest” by the U.S. government for their client.
The Justice Department on July 26, 2007, informed U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga it would file a motion seeking “head of state immunity” for al-Maktoum. The judge dismissed the case days later, citing other jurisdictional issues.
A similar case was filed in Kentucky, omitting Dubai’s ruler as a defendant, and was also dismissed in November. John Eubanks, one of the lawyers who filed the cases, said the matter appears to be closed as far as U.S. courts are concerned.
She is considered an expert on European Union law and co-authored the book Regulatory Aspects of the WTO Telecoms Agreements.
Since October 2013 she has been the President of Canning House in London (the home of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council).
“Westminster paedophile ring ‘cover-up’: Home Office chief says 114 child sex files ‘probably’ destroyed
Civil servant Mark Sedwill admitted he was “concerned” by the missing files but insisted people “should not assume there was anything sinister” about it
The Home Office’s top civil servant today told MPs that 114 files detailing allegations of child sex abuse in Westminster were probably destroyed.
Mark Sedwill admitted he was “concerned” but insisted people “should not assume there was anything sinister” about them going missing.
He said: “I am concerned, frankly, about the 114. I am concerned about all the material we cannot find.”
He also confessed he did not know the titles or the content of the documents, which dated from 1979 to 99.
Mr Sedwill admitted Home Secretary Theresa May has not read a report he commissioned into the missing files and was not even told they had vanished.
He was also unable to say whether basic checks were made before an investigator concluded the Home Office had not given taxpayers’ cash to the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange.
Last summer Home Office permanent secretary Mr Sedwill ordered an unnamed iinvestigator to look into the missing files and claims that the department funded PIE – a group that lobbied to legalise child sex.
Speaking to the Commons home affairs committee, Mr Sedwill said at the time Home Office documents were destroyed after two years.”
“Building a State-of-the-Practice Data Communications Network To create a state-of-the-practice data communications network required Serco to engineer different solutions for each of the AFSCN’s unique locations. Each ground station around the world had to be surveyed in order to develop detailed installation plans, project support agreements and testing plans. Furthermore, to assure communications reliability between the ground station and the operational control nodes, Serco also had to conduct a complete circuit testing exercise.
In developing this enhanced voice and data communications network, Serco’s team engineered and implemented an ATM backbone and secure voice system for each of the AFSCN ground stations. The installed network was based on a Wide Area Network (WAN) architecture utilizing IP based network capabilities and proprietary secure communication technologies such as KG-75s, KG-84S and KIV-7s. In addition, Serco ensured Defense Red Switch Network connectivity and operations throughout the AFSCN”
“Serco Wins Skynet5 Support Services Contract
Date : 24 October 2003
Serco Group plc (“Serco”) has today signed a £220 million support services contract with Paradigm Services Limited as part of the £2.5bn Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative (“PFI”) contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (“MOD”) to deliver secure global military satellite communications to the UK armed forces.
Serco will play an important role in this key government program me providing network and facilities management services, including spacecraft and network operations, network maintenance, training, supply management and through-life buildings and facilities maintenance.
From 30 May 2003, in preparation for the signature of the Skynet 5 Contract, Serco has been providing Operation and Maintenance of the Skynet 4 system at the former RAF sites at Oakhanger, Colerne, Hawthorn and QinetiQ Defford as well as Operation and Maintenance of TCS Oakhanger. Serco has a proven track record in delivering these services in support of Skynet 4, and will continue to deliver high quality services in support of Skynet 5.
By choosing this highly flexible and cost effective service provision solution, the MOD will retain guaranteed, secure communications whenever and wherever required, eliminating the risks of managing the space system and benefiting from evolving technologies and increasing capacity.”
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