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For the 14 crew aboard the Karagöl, a Turkish chemical tanker churning through the lawless waters of the Gulf of Aden, it was the moment all seafarers dread: heavily armed Somali pirates were speeding towards the slow-moving cargo vessel, and there was no chance of escape.
The Turkish sailors were swiftly overpowered and the 5,850-ton tanker was diverted to a port in Somalia, where it was held for two months while its owners negotiated a ransom payment.
What the crew could not know was that their ship had been singled out as a target by a network of informers based several thousand miles away – in London. Security officials say well-placed informants in the British capital, the world centre of shipbroking and insurance, gather so much detail on targets that, in the case of the Karagöl, they not only knew its layout, route and cargo, but had spent several days practising the assault.
The attack on the Turkish ship was a sign that the pirates have turned a regional phenomenon into a global criminal business that now reaches into the heart of London's shipping community.
Originally posted by grover
... which suggests Al Qaeda...
Originally posted by Common Good
Is it just me, or is it everytime this world has a problem, the first thing that they do is blame Al queda ?
Fear of God chills pirates: They're facing backlash: 'Man, these Islamic guys want to cut my hands off' www.thestar.com...
If they do have well placed connections in the shipping and insurance companies of London then by implication the planning for this has been going on for years...
... which suggests Al Qaeda...
Originally posted by xpert11 Al Qaeda may indeed be being funded by the pirates or supporting them in some way as to further cause harm to the global economy .
Islam has absolutely nothing to do with the pirates operating from Somalia, Indonesia or Nigeria, or anywhere else where there is an Islamic community.
Originally posted by KilgoreTrout
Burmah and Shell Oil have both in the past operated as a front for British SIS, particularly MI6.
In more recent times they have been linked to private intelligence enterprises, most notably;
Hakluyt & Company is a British corporate investigation firm. It was founded in 1995 by Christopher James and Mike Reynolds, both former MI6 officers. James retired in mid-2006, stepping up to the firm's advisory board, and was replaced as managing director by another MI6 “old boy”, Keith Craig who has since recruited so many former MI6 officers that it is now believed to be the biggest collection of MI6-trained intelligence officers outside of MI6 itself. Hakluyt even operates in a similar fashion, maintaining a large number of "associates" around the world who form an international network of what are effectively its agents, although it insists that it is an entirely independent business organisation.
In 2001 the Sunday Times reported that documentary film-maker Manfred Schlickenrieder was paid by Hakluyt to investigate Greenpeace on behalf of BP, and other environmental groups on behalf of Shell. Shell believed that ultra-left German activists had infiltrated Greenpeace and were responsible for threats of violence to its staff. Schlickenrieder had previously worked for the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, the German domestic security and intelligence agency.
In 2008 the russian pro-Kremlin news magazine, Profile, reported that Hakluyt & Company was involved in a political plot against former french Prime minister, Dominique de Villepin.
The Sunday Times has seen documents which show that the spy, German-born Manfred Schlickenrieder, was hired by Hakluyt, an agency that operates from offices in London’s West End.Â
Schlickenrieder was known by the code name Camus and had worked for the German foreign intelligence service gathering information about terrorist groups, including the Red Army Faction.
He fronted a film production company called Gruppe 2, based in Munich, but he also worked in London and Zurich. His company was a one-man band with a video camera making rarely seen documentaries. He had been making an unfinished film about Italy’s Red Brigade since 1985. Another of his alleged guises was as a civil servant of the Bavarian conservation agency in charge of listed buildings and monuments.Â
One of his assignments from Hakluyt was to gather information about the movements of the motor vessel Greenpeace in the north Atlantic. Greenpeace claims the scandal has echoes of the Rainbow Warrior affair, when its ship protesting against nuclear testing in the South Pacific was blown up by the French secret service in 1985. A Dutch photographer died in the explosion.Â
‘The company has close links to the oil industry through Sir Peter Cazalet, the former deputy chairman of BP, who helped to establish Hakluyt before he retired, last year, and Sir Peter Holmes, former chairman of Shell, who is president of its foundation.Â
MPs believe the affair poses serious questions about the blurring of the divisions between the secret service, a private intelligence company and the interests of big companies. Hakluyt refutes claims by some in the intelligence community that it was started by MI6 officers to carry out “deniable” operations
Interestingly enough, Frank Wisner, son of Frank Wisner of the CIA, who was involved in the Hungarian and Romanian uprisings in the 50s, is heavily involved in Hakluyt and Co.
After retiring from government service in 1997, Wisner joined the board at a subsidiary of Enron, the former energy company. He is also on the board of Hakluyt & Company, a British corporate investigation firm.
Wisner is an Advisory Board member for the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Security Network.
Not sure if any of the above is relevent, but it does appear to confirm that British SIS effectively have a permanent base for operations in Mumbai. If nothing else.
Originally posted by LenGXV6
To get accurate details of a ship, you just have to subscribe to Lloyd's Register and request details
The above link will take you straight to it.