#2168: Marine Links Serco’s Dirty-Banker Private Finance to Airbus Telemetry, ISIS Snuff Command
Plum City – (AbelDanger.net): United States Marine Field McConnell has linked HSBC – Serco’s dirty banker – to the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) which it has allegedly used to deploy Serco operatives through the Airbus Telemetry and Command Station, Oakhanger, UK, and backhaul images of ISIS murders on command for an HSBC snuff-film archive at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London.
McConnell believes HSBC has paid Serco’s Gary Butcher and Bob Coulling to set up the Airbus PFI facility at Oakhanger with an Advanced Extremely High Frequency (‘AEHF’) protected communications satellite system to conceal its role in laundering money for the principal investors in the global drugs and weapons trades and human trafficking.
McConnell alleges that HSBC is using Airbus telemetry and Serco operatives to bypass lawful commands of Her Majesty’s Government and to direct unwitting or compromised troops in the field to backhaul ISIS snuff-film images so that the bank can extort the leaders of Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Libya and thereby recover its assets confiscated during nationalization of those countries’ banking sectors in the 1960s and 1970s.
McConnell believes that HSBC has retained D2-Banking – Data custody and Digital banking – a subsidiary of mi2g Ltd, 29th Floor, One Canada Square, London, E14 5DY, tel +44 (0) 20 7712 firstname.lastname@example.org) as the Canada Square custodian of the medical records and snuff-film archives needed to extort private-finance asset recovery from the leaders of targeted states.
McConnell invites any un-compromised individuals in the entities below to investigate Serco’s Airbus Telemetry and Command Station Manager at Oakhanger, Gary Butcher, and the 32-year veteran PFI manager Bob Coulling and check the tradecraft skills needed to build an HSBC-ISIS snuff-film archive, especially in electronic warfare, tagging, private-finance asset recovery and paedophile image analysis for MOD, GCHQ, CESG, Police, Home Office, Serious Organised Crime Agency, Ministry of Justice and Customs and Revenue and Immigration Service.
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FBI says it has identified masked terrorist known as ‘Jihadi John’ who speaks with British accent in ISIS videos
Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | September 25, 2014 | Last Updated: Sep 25 3:26 PM ET
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The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says.
Peter Oborne: Why this war on ISIS will backfire on the West
Barely 12 months have passed since the U.K.’s Prime Minister asked MPs to support air strikes against President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in Syria, a proposition that the House of Commons very sensibly rejected. On Friday, David Cameron will return to the Commons and once again ask permission for British bombing raids in the Middle East.
On the face of things, this new request looks a great deal more reasonable. Last year, the Prime Minister was determined to intervene on the side of the Syrian opposition – which was already dominated by the murderous band of fanatics now known as ISIS – with the long-term ambition of bringing down Assad.
Since then, a great deal of water has passed under the bridge. Mr. Cameron, whose grasp of Middle Eastern politics is negligible, has changed sides. Attacking Assad is no longer his priority. He now wants to intervene on the side of the Syrian government, against that same murderous band of fanatics. This makes a bit more sense.
FBI Director James Comey told reporters at its headquarters he would not reveal the man’s name or nationality.
Comey did not address whether the U.S. believes the man actually carried out the killings himself. The beheadings are not shown in the videos.
In the three videos, the man speaks British-accented English. He holds a long knife and appears to begin cutting the three men, American reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines.
The masked man has been dubbed “Jihadi John” because he reportedly calls himself John. He is the ring-leader of a group of three British jihadists dubbed “The Beatles,” according to testimony from a hostage released by ISIS kidnappers.
Earlier this week, British foreign secretary Philip Hammond reportedly claimed that U.K. intelligence agencies were “getting warm” and “narrowing down the field.7
In late August, British Ambassador Peter Westmacott said his country was close to identifying the ISIS militant.
“I do know from my colleagues at home that we are close,” he said. “But forgive me if I can’t go much further than that at this point.”
Westmacott said investigators were trying to match the killer’s voice against recordings of known British militants now in Syria and Iraq.’
“HSBC ‘sorry’ for aiding Mexican drugs lords, rogue states and terrorists
Executive quits in front of US Senate as bank faces massive fines for ‘horrific’ lapses that resulted in laundering money for drugs cartels and pariah states
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US senators hear humiliating apologies from executives from HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank
Link to video: HSBC admits laundering money for drug cartels, terrorists and rogue states
Executives with Europe’s biggest bank, HSBC, were subjected to a humiliating onslaught from US senators on Tuesday over revelations that staff at its global subsidiaries laundered billions of dollars for drug cartels, terrorists and pariah states.
Lawmakers hammered the British-based bank over the scandal, demanding to know how and why its affiliates had exposed it to the proceeds of drug trafficking and terrorist financing in a “pervasively polluted” culture that persisted for years.
A report compiled for the committee detailed how HSBC’s subsidiaries transported billions of dollars of cash in armoured vehicles, cleared suspicious travellers’ cheques worth billions, and allowed Mexican drug lords buy to planes with money laundered through Cayman Islands accounts.
Other subsidiaries moved money from Iran, Syria and other countries on US sanctions lists, and helped a Saudi bank linked to al-Qaida to shift money to the US.
David Bagley, HSBC’s head of compliance since 2002, and who had worked with the bank for more than 20 years, resigned before the committee.
“Despite the best efforts and intentions of many dedicated professionals, HSBC has fallen short of our own expectations and the expectations of our regulators,” he said.
The bank has been under investigation for nearly a decade, and faces a massive fine from the US justice department for lapses in its safeguards. Senators Carl Levin and Tom Coburn, who conducted the hearing, said the permanent subcommittee of investigations had examined 1.4m documents as part of its review and thanked the bank for its co-operation.
The bank has apologised for its lapses and said reforms had been put in place. Paul Thurston, chief executive of retail banking and wealth management, who was sent in to try and clear up HSBC’s Mexican banking business in 2007, said he was “horrified” by what he found.
“I should add that the external environment in Mexico was as challenging as any I had ever experienced. Bank employees faced very real risks of being targeted for bribery, extortion, and kidnapping – in fact, multiple kidnappings occurred throughout my tenure,” he said.
The committee had released a damning report on Monday, which detailed a collapse in HSBC’s compliance standards. The report showed executives at the bank has consistently warned of problems. At its Mexican subsidiary, one executive had warned the bank was “rubber-stamping unacceptable risks”, according to one email gathered by the committee.
HSBC’s Mexican operations moved $7bn into the bank’s US operations, and according to its own staff, much of that money was tied to drug traffickers. Before the bank executives testified, the committee heard from Leigh Winchell, assistant director for investigative programs at US immigration & customs enforcement. He said 47,000 people had lost their lives since 2006 as a result of Mexican drug traffickers.
The senators highlighted testimony from Leopoldo Barroso, a former HSBC anti money-laundering director, who told company officials in an exit interview that he was concerned about “allegations of 60% to 70% of laundered proceeds in Mexico” going through HSBC’s affiliate.
“In hindsight,” said Bagley, “I think we all sometimes allowed a focus on what was lawful and compliant rather than what should have been best practices.”
Levin and Coburn directed particular ire at a Cayman Islands subsidiary set up by the Mexico division of HSBC. That bank handled 50,000 client accounts and $2.1bn in holdings, but had no staff or offices. Money from the Cayman Islands was used to buy planes for Mexican drug traffickers, said the senators. Bagley said those accounts were all now in the process of being closed.
“Forget hindsight,” said Levin. “Is there any way that should have been allowed to happen?”
“No, senator,” said Thurston.
Levin repeatedly said that HSBC must have been aware of the problems. “This is something that people knew was going on at the bank,” he said.
Bagley and Thurston said that HSBC’s compliance had been fragmented and that oversight had been poor. They said that had now been changed. The bank has now adopted a global compliance structure and doubled the amount of money it is spending on oversight.
“Criminals operate globally and if we are to combat them and stop them from accessing and abusing the financial system, we must look at issues from a global perspective. Institutions which operate internationally, like HSBC, will be targeted by these criminals, and our experience in Mexico vividly demonstrates that you are no stronger than your weakest link,” said Thurston.
While much of the hearing focused on Mexico, the senators also slammed the bank for dealings in Iran, Syria, Cuba, and other countries on US sanctions lists. HSBC executives continued to so business with Al Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia, even after it emerged that its owners had links to organizations financing terrorism and that one of the bank’s founders was an early financial benefactor of al-Qaida.
While Coburn was unsparing of his criticism of HSBC, he thanked the bank for its co-operation and said there were issues at other institutions including Citigroup, Wachovia and Western Union.
But the report comes at a highly sensitive moment for British banks in the US. Following Barclays fine in the Libor-interest rate scandal and the massive losses at JP Morgan Chase’s London offices US politicians have become increasingly critical of the UK’s financial services sector.
At a recent hearing into the JP Morgan losses, Carolyn Maloney, a Democratic representative from New York, said: “It seems to be that every big trading disaster happens in London.””
“The history of HSBC in the Middle East
Origins: In 1959, HSBC acquired The British Bank of the Middle East. Founded in London in 1889, the British Bank established banking in the region and for decades it was the only banking establishment dedicated to supporting the area.
Diversification: The 1950’s saw a time of great transformation; the decline and closure of operations in Iran (in 1952) and growth in the Arabian peninsula and the Levant.
The Bank lead the way for banking in the Arab Gulf states (now referred to collectively as the Gulf Cooperation Council countries), opening branches in Kuwait (1942), Bahrain (1944), Dubai (1946), Muscat (1948), and Saudi Arabia (Jeddah and Alkhobar 1950).
Similarly, branches were opened in the cities of the ‘fertile crescent’ – Beirut (1946), Damascus (1947), Tripoli (1948), Amman (1949), and Aleppo (1951).
An adjustment in regional focus in 1949 was reflected in the changing of the institution’s name to the British Bank of Iran and the Middle East. When operations in Iran were halted in 1952, the name was once again shortened to “The British Bank of the Middle East.”
Regional expansion: By 1959, when the bank was acquired by the HSBC Group, more offices had been opened in Aden, Sharjah, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Abu Dhabi.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, nationalisation of the banking sector saw the bank end its presence in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Libya.
The bank also entered into local alliances. During 1978, the bank’s business in Saudi Arabia was transferred to a new bank, the Saudi British Bank, where the Group took a 40% shareholding. The Group also took a 40% share in the Hong Kong Egyptian Bank S.A.E, when it was established in 1982.
HSBC in Qatar: HSBC has been operating in Qatar since 1954. With an unrivalled global network and a rich heritage in Qatar, HSBC is well positioned to play a leading role in the development of the local economy and continue its commitment to the country’s development . The diverse workforce of international banking professionals combined with local Qatari talent offer HSBC customers the best in international knowledge and understanding of the local market dynamics.
The new state-of-the-art main office officially opened its doors on 11 February 2010 and forms part of the branch network that includes branches in the popular shopping mall City Center Doha and Salwa Road. The bank offers a full range of cross border banking products and services from commercial and global banking to retail banking and wealth management and offshore banking.”
Alastair Lyons CBE*
Leonard V. Broese van Groenou*
Christopher Hyman CBE [On 47th floor of WTC#1 on 9/11; resigned after offender tagging scandal; shares collapsed; Churchill grandson Rupert Soames CEO as of April 1, 2014!]
^Senior Independent Director
16 Bartley Wood Business Park
Serco Group plc is registered in England and Wales, No. 2048608
HSBC Bank PLC [Dirty bank – Paid $1.9 billion fine into DOJ Asset Forfeiture Fund]
8 Canada Square [Alleged Sidley snuff film archive at D2 Banking, 1 Canada Square]
“Old RAF Oakhanger 1001 Signals Unit (now staffed by Paradigm Services, a private commercial technology company). It is now home to military communications experts, working on the Government’s new “Skynet 5” satellite project. The original RAF signals site is now Paradigm’s “TCS” – Telemetry and Command Station.
Skynet is a family of military satellites, operated by the UK Ministry of Defence, which provide strategic communication services to the three branches of the UK Armed Forces.”
“The Paradigm Team is led by Paradigm Secure Communications. Paradigm Services are contracted to deliver the full Skynet 5 Service and EADS Astrium to design and manufacture the Skynet 5 satellites and ground systems. These three key players are all wholly owned by EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, and form part of the EADS Space Division.
Paradigm Secure Communications
Paradigm Secure Communications under contract to the UK MOD for Skynet 5 is, for the first time delivering secure global military satellite communications (milsatcoms) to the UK armed forces in the form of a service provision contract. Worth around 2.5 billion over the 15 year period, this service is being procured under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Paradigm is able to offer similar services to other armed forces and organisations. Paradigm is delivering similar services to Armed Forces and other organizations including NATO.”
“Paradigm, Serco Announce Skynet 5 Tie-Up
By Staff Writer | August 17, 2005 | Uncategorized
Paradigm Services signed a deal with its Skynet 5 partner, Serco, for a new operations building on the Paradigm Services Hawthorn site in the United Kingdom.
The operations building is scheduled for completion in February. The new building at Paradigm’s Main Operations Centre will accommodate Paradigm Services and its subcontracted staff, together with Defense Communications and Services Agency staff managing the Skynet 5 contract. Paradigm won the GBP2.5 billion ($4.5 billion) contract with the U.K. Ministry of Defense in 2003 for the provision of military satellite services until 2018.”
“Paradigm to provide secure communications
18 June 2009
Stevenage, 18 June 2009 – Paradigm Secure Communications, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space Services, has entered a service agreement with the Ministry of Defence, on behalf of the Cabinet Office. Paradigm will supply Cabinet Office crisis management facilities and key crisis management centres across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a High Integrity Telecommunications System (HITS).
The service has been developed to support Responders in fulfilling their obligations within the Civil Contingencies Act and significantly increases the Government’s preparedness to support regional / local government in the event of short / no notice disruptions to the national telecommunications infrastructure.
High Integrity Telecommunications across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Resilient communications not reliant on the Public Switched Telephone Network
The service capitalises on the successful Skynet 5 satellite communications PFI programme and marks the start of a new phase for Paradigm under which it is able to offer enhanced services to civil government departments and agencies. Keith Norton, Managing Director Paradigm said: “Up until this year, Paradigm’s focus was entirely on rolling out the new Skynet infrastructure and delivering first class service to MoD as our foundation customer. Now that the infrastructure is bedded in, including three new state of the art satellites and an upgraded ground network, we are able to turn more attention to exploring ways of expanding the use of this unique asset in the national interest.”
The HITS service comprises a satellite communications overlay, complemented by terrestrial links, and will provide a resilient communications capability that is not reliant on the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). To supplement flexibility the service includes a number of satellite communications terminals. The terminals are distributed across the country enabling them to be dispatched anywhere at very short notice by land or air. The use of open standards allows interconnection of the HITS with other current and future UK Government IT systems.
The HITS service will be fully managed on behalf of the Cabinet Office from Paradigm’s 24/7 fully redundant operational headquarters in Wiltshire. Paradigm will support the regional sites from a number of Airbus Defence and Space and other partner operational centres across the UK to ensure a rapid response to any local problems with the infrastructure.
The service will begin operation with the first sites going live in Q4 2009, with all sites and transportable terminals fully operational by 2012.
Keith Norton, Managing Director Paradigm said: “This demonstrates how excellence in service delivery within an MOD/PFI contractual environment, can be exploited by other government departments to provide best in class service and value for money.””
“Serco supported the AFSCN communications support squadron in partnering with military and government contractors to supervise an Air Force Satellite Control Network test effort at Oakhanger, United Kingdom. Their innovative test procedures and creative solutions provided a viable implementation plan designed to improve communications capability .. The team’s outstanding support and will bring new capabilities and enhanced services to our critical warfighting mission.” –Maj Gen Dale W. Meyerrose, Air Force Space Command Director of Communications and Information
“Ultra-Secure AEHF Satellites Connect United Kingdom Users for First Time
U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, U.K. Begin Coalition Testing
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 10, 2014 – All partner nations are now using the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communications satellite system after the United Kingdom connected earlier this year. Four nations will use the Lockheed Martin-produced [NYSE: LMT] satellites for their most important transmissions, from commanders-in-chief to troops in the field.
The U.K. connection follows Canada’s first successful call in May, 2013, and The Netherlands’ initial connection came two months later. Over the past year AEHF facilitated many connections between international users, and U.S.-led tests in April included all four partners.
“AEHF is a keystone in global security. It is the only system that can provide highly-protected communications, circumventing our adversaries’ jammers in most wartime operations,” said Mark Calassa, vice president of Protected Communication Systems at Lockheed Martin. “We are committed to driving this capability forward. All four partners are connected, and we are marching steadily toward Multi-Service Operational Test and Evaluation.”
U.K. armed forces started to connect over the course of several weeks beginning Feb. 25. They used two terminal variants to communicate with AEHF-2: One made for connections on land and another designed for users at sea. Service members contacted the satellite at Colerne Airfield, Wiltshire, with the shore variant of the Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT). In separate tests, U.K. users connected via the NMT ship variant from [Airbus] Telemetry & Command Station Oakhanger, Hampshire.
“AEHF not only delivers higher-bandwidth communications for the U.K., it makes communications with allies faster and easier,” Calassa said. “AEHF is showing it can handle the demands of protected coalition communications at high speeds, connecting nations with their own users and allied users across the globe.”
The four-nation AEHF program is led by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver the Mission Control Segment and six AEHF satellites, which are assembled at the company’s Sunnyvale, California, facility.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.”
“SIDLEY TEAMS WITH LONGTIME CLIENT AIRBUS TO PREVAIL IN WTO RULING
In what has become a long-running duel of epic proportions, Sidley recently achieved an important legal victory for the European Union and longtime client Airbus, Europe’s aircraft-making leader. Judges from the World Trade Organization (WTO) recently upheld an earlier ruling that Airbus’s rival, Boeing Co., received billions of dollars of government subsidies to compete with Airbus, ultimately causing harm to the latter’s sales and market share.
This result was unprecedented. In 2011, for the first time in the decades-long history of this fight over government subsidies, Airbus secured a multilateral finding that the United States was providing illegal subsidies that caused serious commercial harm to Airbus. The ruling enabled the European Union to request authorization to take retaliatory action against U.S. exports for $12 billion annually, to counter the illegal U.S. practices.
This result was achieved through the coordinated efforts of Sidley’s International Trade group and Airbus, which have worked together for nearly 13 years. The Sidley team, led by Todd Friedbacher, a partner in Sidley’s Geneva office, consisted of dozens of professionals from the firm’s offices in Geneva, Brussels, London and Washington, D.C. Lawyers in D.C. focused on various support measures for Boeing under U.S. law, while lawyers in Brussels and Geneva focused on measures for Airbus from France, Germany and Spain. Colleagues in London advised on matters pertaining to English law. Close coordination among these offices facilitated the alignment of arguments—without close coordination, it would not have been possible to manage the complexities of WTO cases alleging harmful subsidies to each manufacturer.
The history of the subsidies fight between Airbus and Boeing spans decades since the 1960s, with each manufacturer and their respective governments accusing the other of providing and receiving unfair trade subsidies. Friedbacher puts the scale of the disputes in context, saying they are by far the biggest the WTO has ever handled since its inception in 1995. “Boeing and Airbus are the United States’ and the European Union’s largest exporters. If things go poorly for either company, it can affect hundreds of thousands of jobs and their national economies.”
“You really have to get inside the machine and form a cohesive team with the client and other stakeholders in a case like this,” says Friedbacher, who, together with his group, works with numerous departments inside Airbus’ global enterprise, including its legal, finance, sales and procurement divisions. Moreover, Sidley’s team has unparalleled experience with the substantive elements of WTO law, and the unique procedural challenges of WTO dispute settlement needed to work effectively before the WTO courts. As WTO dispute settlement is a government-to-government exercise, the Sidley team assists the EU, on behalf of Airbus, in the preparation of EU submissions before the WTO courts, and also works with the four principal EU member States hosting Airbus — France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.
In terms of the volume of economic activity at stake, said Friedbacher, “The 20-year outlook for large civil aircraft sales exceeds $2.6 trillion—not even mentioning Airbus parent EADS’ and Boeing’s lucrative defense businesses. Our goal is to ensure that our client gets a fair shot at securing as much of that market as possible, by using global trade rules to ensure a level playing field.””
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