Gendarmerie Nationale Supporting the terrorist
The embarrassing revelation of Djibouti government
The US State Department assessment about Piggy has been convenient dummy dictator and proxy broker for the US dirty deals in the region. Wikileaks’ latest documents-dump has revealed the complaint made the Yemeni President Saleh about the poor quality of the whiskey smuggled from Djibouti, therevelation is not only embarrassing to Djibouti government, but also It’s shocking to learn that Piggy’s own brother Youssouf Omar Guelleh (YOYAH) IGAD’s Public Relation Officer,is the broker of the bootlegger through his own forwarding company (transit) Okar.
Black Water is another bazaar and interesting Wiki-gate that is making headline from arround the world, Black Water is licensed Private security organizations in US jurisdictions only, but terrorist organization in any other jurisdiction from arround the world. Black Water has no mandate from any legitimate authority to operate as a security provider in the gulf of Aden. This opportunity has been created for Black Water by the CIA click here. If the US Republican presidential hope full call Julian Assange to be charged with high treason, how about Hassan Madoobe(corbeau) who signed an agreement that Djibouti not only to host a terrorist organization, but he gave a green light to operate freely from Djibouti.
According to the US mission in Djibouti the legality of the terrorist ship with US flag that is clear violation of international low, however the connection was made by none other than Ba-fourlabeh family the mafia Mr. Roble Olhaye the UN and US representative for Djibouti, as the cable indicates the initial meeting with the terrorist organization took place Djibouti Embassy in Washington, DC USA., and the subsequent meeting took place in Djibouti between the terrorist organization Black Waqter and Hassan Madoobe (corbeau), off course with blessing of Piggy.
The following is the cable from the US Embassy in Djibouti.
DATE 2009-02-12 16:01:00
SOURCE Embassy Djibouti
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 DJIBOUTI 000113
SIPDIS SIPDISSENSITIVESBU DELIBERATIVE PROCESSDEPARTMENT FOR AF AND AF/ECJTF-HOA AND AFRICOM FOR POLADLONDON, PARIS, ROME FOR AFRICA-WATCHER
E.O. 12958: DECL: 2019-02-12TAGS: PREL, PHSA, MOPS, BEXP, DJ, SO, XASUBJECT: DJIBOUTI APPROVES BLACKWATER FOR COMMERCIAL COUNTER-PIRACYOPERATIONS
REF: a) LONDON 62 (NOTAL)
CLASSIFIED BY: Eric Wong, DCM, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Djibouti; REASON: 1.4(D)
1. (C) SUMMARY. U.S. security firm, Blackwater Worldwide (BW), hasreceived permission from the Government of Djibouti to operate anarmed ship from the port of Djibouti, to protect commercialshipping from pirates off the coast of Somalia. Blackwater’sU.S.-flagged ship is expected to arrive in early March, and willhave a crew of 33 AmCits, including three 6-man armed teams whowill operate in continuous shifts. The Djiboutian Navy will secureBlackwater’s weapons (i.e., .50-caliber machine guns) while ashorein Djibouti. Blackwater does not intend to take any pirates intocustody, but will use lethal force against pirates if necessary; itis developing an SOP that is currently under legal review and willbe shared with the USG. Blackwater’s counter-piracy operation doesnot have any clients yet, but Blackwater expects business todevelop following a public launch in Djibouti in March with GODJofficials. END SUMMARY.
2. (C) On Feb. 8, ex-FSO Robert Emmett Downey, BlackwaterWorldwide’s Development Manager for Africa, provided the followingupdate to Amb. Swan, DCM, and Bob Patterson (TDY from EmbassyNairobi):
a) Hassan Said Khaireh–triple-hatted as Djibouti’s nationalsecurity advisor, head of the security/intelligence service, anddirector of President Guelleh’s Military Office–has given BWpermission to operate its armed ship in Djibouti. BW met withHassan Said on Feb. 7, following an earlier meeting in WashDCbetween BW’s CEO Erik Prince and Cofer Black with Djiboutian Amb.to the U.S. Robleh Olhaye. This is the only such arrangement sofar that BW has made with a host government in the region, but BWwill likely engage Oman and Kenya in the future (e.g., in the eventof a mechanical malfunction, the only facilities capable ofrepairing BW’s ship are located in Mombasa.) Within the USG, BWhas briefed AFRICOM, CENTCOM, and Embassy Nairobi officials.
b) BW’s ship is the ‘McArthur,” a U.S.-flagged 183-foot ex-NOAAvessel. While it has landing space for two helicopters, it willhave an unarmed UAV, but no helicopters (which BW considers tooexpensive). The ship will be armed with .50-caliber machine guns,and is able to protect a 3-ship convoy. The Djiboutian Navy willsecure BW’s weapons, once ashore, and will inspect BW’s weaponslockers. According to Downey, BW’s business concept–having itsarmed ship escort other ships requiring protection–is consistentwith recent IMO/industry recommendations discouraging the carriageof firearms, or the presence of embarked armed security teams,aboard commercial ships themselves (e.g., see reftel, on the 85thsession of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee). The ‘McArthur’ willdock in Djibouti for 36-72 hours every 30 days, to replenish itsstores. According to Downey, BW is the only such firm with its ownship.
c) All personnel on BW’s ship will be U.S. citizens: comprising 15crew and 18 armed security personnel (three 6-man teams who willoperate in continuous 8-hour shifts). These 33 “operators” willrotate every 60 days. For medical contingencies, BW hasarranged–through its local agent in Djibouti, Inchcape(London-based international shipper with numerous businessactivities in Djibouti)–access to Bouffard, the French militaryhospital in Djibouti. The ‘McArthur” will arrive in Djibouti inearly March, after transitting Gilbraltar and Acaba, Jordan. BWCEO Erik Prince plans to travel to DJ for its public launch.
d) Downey underscored BW’s emphasis on compliance with U.S. laws,including defense trade controls: BW has a VP for exportcompliance, and depends on the USG (DOD) for contracts. BW’s ship,the ‘McArthur”, will have video cameras to record BW counter-piracyactivities.
e) BW has no intention of taking any pirates into custody. Whilethe French have previously put pirates ashore in Puntland, Downeysaid BW had no plans to do so, either in Somalia or Kenya (notingthat Kenya’s bilateral PUC agreements with the USG and HMG weregovernment-to-government). BW will share its SOP with EmbassiesDjibouti and Nairobi once approved; SOP is currently under legalreview, as there is “no precedent for a paramilitary operation in apurely commercial environment.” While asserting that internationalmaritime law allows the use of lethal force against pirates, BW
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also recognizes the need to respect international humanitarianobligations. Of concern, for example, is whether BW would beresponsible for assisting injured pirates, if doing so endangeredBW’s ability to protect its client(s).
f) BW’s local agent in Djibouti is Inchcape. Bruno Pardigon,general manager of the newly formed “Djibouti Maritime SecurityServices” (DMSS), will provide BW with a license, followingcompletion of an MOU with DMSS. Downey was unsure whether DMSS wasa parastatal or a quasi-government agency of the GODJ. [COMMENT:Pardigon is favorably known to the Embassy as a French-Djiboutianbusinessman and marine conservationist who runs a diving operationin Djibouti.] While Downey will remain in Djibouti until March2009, BW has no plans now to establish an office in Djibouti.
g) While protection is estimated to cost less than $200,000 pertrip, BW’s Djibouti operation has no contracts yet for clients.Downey commented that the shipping industry may assess that piracyis declining: only 3 ships were pirated in January 2009; there areat least 4 foreign naval vessels currently docked in Djibouticonducting counter-piracy operations; and the EU’s OperationAtalanta is providing military escort of ships.
3. (U) COMMENT. Djibouti’s decision to permit Blackwater to begincounter-piracy operations follows ongoing GODJ efforts aimed ataddressing the piracy threat. Djibouti recently hosted an IMOconference on Somali piracy that, inter alia, recommended Djiboutiserve as a center for maritime training. Numerous foreign militarycounter-piracy operations are based in Djibouti–involving unitsfrom Spain, France, the UK, the Netherlands, and other EU members.Japan (septel) and Korea are also considering military deploymentsto Djibouti to support counter-piracy efforts. Djibouti is afounding member of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast ofSomalia (CGPCS) and has offered to host the group’s plannedCounter-Piracy Coordination Cell.
4. (C) COMMENT CONTINUED. Blackwater’s presence in Djibouti wouldmake it one of the largest U.S. businesses operating in thecountry. As the host of the only U.S. military base in Africa, aswell as a country with extensive commercial port facilities,Djibouti has a commercial interest in supporting foreign investors,including U.S. contractors. Blackwater executives seek to involveboth Djiboutian and USG principals in a high-profile March 2009launch; Post would appreciate Department’s guidance on theappropriate level of engagement with Blackwater, while alsofulfilling the USG’s commercial advocacy responsibilities tosupport U.S. firms. END COMMENT.SWAN
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