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"When I got the advice from Mr. L. I thought it was very odd and contrary to what the company wanted and contrary to the documents I had read elsewhere, that Mr. L. was advising me not to advise anyone further including our own Intel officer and not to report on the matter."
"Failures to adequately vet, train and supervise armed security personnel have been wide spread among DOD Private Security Contractors, posing a grave risk to U.S. and coalition troops as well as Afghan civilians."
Indeed, the utter lack of knowing who you hired, armed and allowed on to an ISAF Base populated by U.S. and other coalition military personnel would pose a grave threat. How do you know who is and who is not a member of the Taliban? How do you know who is or is not sympathetic to the Taliban? You don't. Throw in the aspect of un accounted for RPGs rolling out the gate for good measure and you have a perfect storm of "grave danger".
"This aspect of RPG’s being stored, transported, and distributed was just a few of the problems which were all noted to the ROM and his Assistant Regional Operations Manager (AROM,) Mr. D. (also a New Zealand National) where I was instructed, don’t investigate or report anything and move onto things more meaningful."
"on the 3rd February, after Mr. L. instructed me not to, I did advise other pertinent staff, specifically of the RPG'S."
"Late that afternoon I was called into his office. He told me my contract was terminated. I was told to hand over my weapons. Mr. L. and another person whose name I don't remember took me back to my room. Mr. L. asked for my ID, which I said was in the vehicle. They went through the room and confiscated other equipment that I had. When they left Mr. L. said I couldn't leave my room and told me not to go anywhere.
They then came back with more staff and went through my room again and took the company laptop, documents and reports. They pulled the internet cable.
I was isolated.
Mr. L. and Mr. D.M. then came back a third time. They went through things again and confiscated my personal laptop and documents. At this time I had a discussion with Mr. L. that the laptop was my personal item and they were not taking it. Mr. L. told me that we can do it the easy way or the hard way.
I requested to be taken to military police. Mr. L. advised me “this was a civilian post and we don't answer to the military and the police are not coming”.
" Immediately after that I asked to speak to the supervisors. I was taken to the Military Police and I asked to speak to the Commanding Officer. I was taken to a staff sergeant. She was the head official at the time. Her first name was S. I cannot remember her last name.
I believe she was Military Police Royal Airforce. I told S. what had happened and what I had found. I explained to her that I needed to be on a plane in 15 minutes. Compass had booked me on a plane to Dubai, which is normal procedure, to meet with head officials at Compass.
I gave her details of whom and what was involved (being the illegal weapons and my detainment back at Supreme). S. took the details and advised me that she would contact me once I arrived back in New Zealand."
" Normally staff flies from Bastion to Dubai, however Mr. Mc., who is the Country Manager for Compass changed my flight where instead I flew from Bastion to Kandahar. From memory it was Mr. L. who told me that Mr. Mc. wanted to meet me in Kandahar before I went on to Dubai.
I understood that I was meant to have a meeting with Mr. Mc. in Dubai on the 17th. I do not understand why he needed to fly from Dubai to Kandahar then back to Dubai with me.
I flew into Kandahar on 16th February and was picked up by an individual at about 12.46pm and taken to another Compass employee named J., who was a New Zealand National. J. was assigned at another Supreme Group complex that was just three or four minutes drive from the Kandahar airport."
" When I got there J. informed me that I was to meet Mr. Mc. the next day here in Kandahar. I stayed isolated on sight at the Supreme complex. I was not given access to phone or internet and on questioning J. why, J. replied he was instructed by Mr. Mc. not to give me access. I was kept in isolation in a room that was well away from everyone. I appeared to be in someone else's room of which was away on holiday.
At about 8:06pm I asked J. where the nearest Military Police post was and he refused to take me there. He further said that it was a 1/2 hour walk and that he did not have a phone number for them.
At about 8:30pm J. entered my room with an armed guard and informed me that he was posting the guard at the door so that I did not leave and further said “if I attempted to leave that he (J.) would forcibly put me put back in my room.
At this stage I was detained and kept incommunicado again."
” While we were driving through the back streets of Kandahar, which did not appear to be a direct route, not knowing where I was being taken, or for what reason, when the vehicle stopped at a well lit military check point, I immediately exited the vehicle, by choice. The guard who were sitting in the back seat with me grabbed my vest from behind and then I could hear him on his radio calling for assistance.
The military guard at the check point had come out at this point. I called for assistance to the guard saying "help I've been kidnapped". Straight after that I was surrounded by the Compass Force Protection crew which emanated from the other Compass support vehicles.
As I was surrounded still standing outside the vehicle the (Compass) guard on the back gets out from the left side, comes around to my position on the right hand side and started kicking the sides of my legs, trying to get me to get back in the vehicle.That didn't have any affect so he started to bash me on the back of my head. While my head was down the back of my hand, which was holding onto the top of the door frame to the vehicle was also hit several times.
At some point another guard entered the back of the vehicle and he was pulling me into the vehicle. There were approximately 5 people that were pulling me and hitting me and I ended up being forcibly put back into the vehicle. This was witnessed by the guards at the checkpoint."
" Mr. B. was very concerned about the RPG’s. He outlined that if what I told him was true that those involved would be sacked without question, irrespective of who or what they are. He also went into detail that in the last few years he had been personally involved in the confiscation and destruction of such weapons as per required by regulation and mentioned a drawer full of certificates of verification of destruction."
"I believe this is when I found out that Mr. Mc. was flying in from Dubai in the morning to meet with me, which seemed odd, given that I was meant to be going to Dubai to see him and why risk my safety flying me to Kandahar then forcibly take me out of a secured spot and move to another location through a hotspot, only to be brought back to the safe location in the morning!
I still didn't understand why he would be flying to Kandahar to meet me only to fly with me back to Dubai"
" At about 11am Mr. D. arrives back into my room and said that Mr. Mc. had arrived. At about 11:30 I am escorted to Mr. Mc.'s office (on foot). I was taken down a long corridor and I am waiting outside his office. Mr. Mc. comes to the door.
Inside the office were Mr. B. and Mr. Mc.. Mr. Mc. see's me, takes his phone out of his pocket and then closes his door, leaving me standing with Mr. D. and another couple of guards outside the office. I could hear him talking, what appeared to be on the phone for a short time.
I was left waiting outside his office door for about 20 minutes.
The door opened, Mr. D. instructed me to go inside.
I was sitting in front of Mr. Mc.. He advised me that we were going to Dubai after lunch and that I can tell my story to Compass Legal. This was the all important meeting in a nut shell start and finish. I didn't say anything to him apart from Yes when he asked me if I understood.
He instructed Mr. D. to take me to the dining facility to have some lunch before I get on the plane. I left the office; go down the corridor, straight across the open covered walkway was the dining room. Mr. D. instructed me to walk towards that direction which was to the dining area. I said that I wasn't hungry and continued to walk back toward my room.
Mr. D. told me to stop walking. I said I didn't want anything to eat.
He then got on the radio. He told me to wait for a few minutes. I was then taken back to my room.
On my way to my room I noticed St., who had been in the vehicle at the previous mentioned check point, and was part of the assault, standing out in the open towards my room. I passed St. and turned down the alley way towards my room. There were a lot of guards standing outside my room.
I went into my room and found all my personal items and equipment strewn all over my room. It was obvious that it was been rummaged through and thrown everywhere. I asked what was going on. Mr. D. told me that he was instructed by Mr. Mc. to go through my gear while I was at the meeting with him.I believe they were still doing this while I was meant to go and have lunch. But because I didn't want to eat they were caught short of time and in the middle of the search hence Mr. D. instructing me to stop walking."
”I was then escorted to the Kandahar airport by Will and the guard named St. who was also part of the armed guards who uplifted me from my initial location in Kandahar 16 Feb 9.00 pm and who restrained me during the assault at the military check point."
" From the 10th February to the 14th February I had tried to contact Compass through phone and emails about the compliance issues but received no replies. Now, 17 Feb, they wanted to know about the issues after I contacted Supreme."
The complaint you filed was investigated by my office and other
authorities. I have read the file and had oversight into the
investigation. It was determined the allegations filed by you were
deemed to be unfounded, meaning did not occur, specifically those
involving illegal weapons trafficking. I'm assuming this was a
misunderstanding on your part, and not an intentional false report.
Additionally, the allegations you filed involved an foreign company,
owned and operated by a foreign nationals (NON-US Citizens), and was not
operating under a US Contract, therefore they are outside of the
investigative responsibility and authority of the US Army Criminal
Investigation Command. I recommend filing a criminal complaint with the
Federal Law Enforcement Agency from the companies country of origin.
Mr. TIMMINS, I'm not going to debate with you the merits of our
investigation nor try to explain to you our jurisdictional and
investigative limits. I'm sorry you do not agree with our finds or the
There was absolutely no mistake on my part and I now have independent
eye witnesses so your finding of the multiple complaints now seem
inaccurate partly because others who participated, witnessed and knew
about these events were never questioned unlike the perpetrators who
naturally denied these events for reasons of self preservation in
regards to criminal prosecution and to falsely preserve the company's
Before I relinquish the new information regarding the witnesses for your
verification I respectfully request a copy of the report you refer to in
your email so I can accurately address and correct your mistake.
Also and with respect, there seems a conflict in your comments as the
company and personnel involved in the crimes, some American, were
accompanying US forces in an AO controlled by US command and were
funded, as a subcontractor, by US taxpayers, therefore accountable under
varying US legislation.
Dear Senator redacted
Thank you for your correspondence 17 June 2011. My name in Benjamin Timmins, I live at redacted, New Zealand.
I am hoping to contact someone who is able to help in relation to Contractor abuse Gross Negligence and illegal activities in of an Australian owned Private Security Company (PSC) involved with US Funded contracts in Afghanistan.
This particular Contractor concerned is Compass ISS and is registered as a supplier of security services to the US Government with a Central Contractor Registration (DUNS: 561680427).
This involves.. Illegal weapons as deemed by ISAF and the Afghan MOI being used, stored, transported, and distributed by an Australian owned Private Security Company (PSC) operating in Afghanistan and the use of US and UK staff to Illegally detain, keep incommunicado then Kidnapped and assaulted one of its own managers who is New Zealand National and retired military personal because he was attempting to report to the authorities accounts of illegal weapons, company abuse and Illegal activities of the PSC and Safety concerning personnel, ISAF convoys and its forces, Taliban infiltration and a raft of other concerns in and near camp Bastion.
There has also been Gross negligence of ISAF and the British Military Police because instead of investigating pursuant to varying Military directives, referred the matters involving illegal detainment, kidnapping and Assault, illegal weapons, Taliban staff and insurgents and illegal activities back to a civilian Logistic company who supplies NATO/ ISAF/ DoD with logistical necessities needed to maintain is operations but has no lawful jurisdiction and who hires the specific PSC who are the main offenders.
This also involves a Military Technical Agreement which has frustrated the Authorities because the Contractors involved are unable to be held accountable for their actions and where the same PSC has previously been arrested and investigated for the same and similar offences 2007, 2009 and in 2010 was investigated by the US Armed Services Committee but what I encountered was the same but occurred Feb 2011...
The attached documents outlines briefly the details and I respectfully ask you to view these documents and then please advise.
A report (PDF) from the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) shows that 92 percent of those surveyed had never heard of the coordinated multiple attacks on US soil on September 11, 2001.
It also shows that four in 10 Afghans believe the US is on their soil in order to "destroy Islam or occupy Afghanistan."