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11. Hidden Agendas (Book review) [Lobster #35 (Summer 1998)]
... sugar and bauxite. That was a busy year. The elected nationalist government in Iran met the same fate; claiming ownership of the nation's oil resources was beyond the pale.(24) British governments supported repression and killing in Uganda, Chile and South Africa. In Vietnam in the 1960s, unknown to Parliament and the public, British SAS troops fought alongside American "special forces".' Pilger's footnote refers the reader to a section of William Blum's The CIA: a Forgotten History, on the Iran coup. But what are the 'official records' which tell us about 'British and CIA terrorism' in British Guiana in 1953? My initial reaction to this was, I ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 70  -  01 Jun 1998  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue35/lob35-17.htm
... church, hospitalising fourteen of them in the process. He transferred to Special Branch early in 1979, joining E4, the department specialising in surveillance, as a detective inspector. From the beginning, he wanted to put the organisation on a more military footing and was always concerned to work as closely as possible with the Army, particularly the SAS. Phoenix, we are told, favoured 'a more aggressive counter-terror policy'. By then the security forces' surveillance methods were so effective that they had accurate profiles of the PIRA's main activists and forewarning of many of their operations. Operation Judy, the Loughall ambush of 7 May 1987 in which eight PIRA volunteers were killed, was ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 69  -  01 Jun 1997  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue33/lob33-11.htm
... at Lisburn, Craig Smellie, and a complete office at Laneside, and reported directly to Century House (ie MI6 London base) When MI5 gained control of the overall intelligence operation they tried to replace those who were already in key posts with others with total loyalty to them. For example, in 1974 there was an attempt to use SAS personnel to replace the normal Army SMIU men.* This was a total disaster. Not only did MI5 have much less experience of running agents in a hostile environment than SIS, the SAS at that time had no experience of Northern Ireland-type operations- they had been prohibited from taking an active part (officially at least) for purely ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 65  -  01 Apr 1986  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue11/lob11-16.htm
... was fully digital and based on the 'five-figure-grouping' numbers system of encoding.22 One of the primary 'on-the-ground' sources of intelligence on the Order of Battle and movements of Soviet forces, which would have given an early warning of any possible invasion, was the British Commander-in-Chief's Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany (BRIXMIS) .2 3 Former 22 SAS soldier Ken Connor was a Warrant Officer in BRIXMIS in the mid-1980s, during the final phase of his service with UK Special Forces (UKSF) although he was badged as Royal Signals whilst with BRIXMIS.2 4 Copies of the Special Air Service Regimental journal Mars and Minerva that I have read often include accounts of previous military exercises that both ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 61  -  30 Jun 2016  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster72/lob72-western-union.pdf
15. The Angolan hostages episode, and more ... [Lobster #5 (Aug 1984)]
... strange affair takes on a new light when one learns that four of the hostages were DSI employees, and three of the four ex-SAS: Budd Sanders (of Croft Road, Hereford); Ken Moffat (of Elgin Road, Hereford); Alfred Tasker (of Greencroft, Redhill, Hereford), all said to have retired from active SAS service five years ago. The fourth was Martin Dougherty, a former Irish Guardsman (Westminster Road, Swindon). There are two curious points in all this. DSI's spokesman, David Abbot (also from Hereford), said that the men had been unarmed- which could be true if someone knew they would be captured. Secondly ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 57  -  01 Aug 1984  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue05/lob05-05.htm
16. Kitson revisited [Lobster #43 (Summer 2002)]
... specialist saw him go to Military Operations at the War Office after Malaya, with a brief that covered Aden, Kuwait and the Oman. He was involved in establishing an internal security headquarters in Aden, where the political situation was already deteriorating. This failed to prevent Britain's most humiliating postwar defeat. He was also involved in setting up an SAS operation against insurgents in Oman in 1958-59, an operation that arguably saved the SAS from disbandment. Certainly this is what Kitson believed. (6) In 1962 he took part in peace-keeping operations in Cyprus, which involved close contact with former EOKA fighters. In his account of this episode, he discusses EOKA campaigns against the British, ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 52  -  01 Jun 2002  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue43/lob43-15.htm
17. Bean counters and empire [Lobster #46 (Winter 2003)]
... spending. The result of the Muscat and Oman fighting in 1958-1959, which ended successfully for the British, was that, in the words of the author,'....the oil company was delighted....'; and'....the most important effect of the campaign was that it ensured the continued existence of the SAS....' To put it another way Britain saved some oil rich desert using a regiment the SAS that the accountants back home were looking to scrap in the Treasury defence cuts that followed the 1957 White Paper. While one appreciates that the military professionals were pleased at saving the SAS, what is striking is the ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 46  -  01 Dec 2003  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue46/lob46-30.htm
18. Armed and Dangerous: the corporate origins of war with Iran (Summer 2012) [Lobster #63 (Summer 2012) (free)] [Free Issue]
... links with al-Qaida. (Risen, 2006, pp. 173-191) As with the Taliban, these Saudi-al-Qaida links had their origins in the CIA's covert war against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan from 1980. Despite a concerted media campaign, in the UK to deny this, the evidence suggests that British mercenaries recruited through the 23rd Airborne, territorial SAS (otherwise known as R-Squadron) played a major role in this campaign and especially in training future Taliban and al- Qaida. (Carew, 2001) Much of what we know of this campaign comes from the publication of the memoir of one of the British soldiers involved, Philip Anthony Sessargo (writing as Tom Carew), who ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 46  -  07 Apr 2012  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster63/lob63-armed-dangerous.pdf
... in Zambia and worked for the Institute. Nairac Linked to Killing of IRA Members in Republic? Security forces in Ulster are investigating claims (or looking the other way) that Capt. Robert Nairac was involved in the killing of IRA members in the Republic during the mid-seventies. (Sunday News 27th November 1983) Capt. Nairac, the SAS officer who was abducted and killed by the Provisional IRA, has been linked with three murders by a former British Military Intelligence Officer( 'X'). Nairac's ex-colleague maintains that the SAS man enlisted the help of some members of the UDA and RUC in carrying out plans to eliminate Provo suspects who were operating from bases in the ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 45  -  01 Apr 1984  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue04/lob04-06.htm
... robbing a bank.(2) However there is a rather interesting section on pp. 226 and 227 about the undercover army units in Northern Ireland. 'Within a year [of the uncovering of the Four Square Laundry operation in October 1972] the Army was mounting new covert operations. This time they were developed with the aid of the SAS....the soldiers involved were recruited from a variety of units and originally operated under cover as Royal Engineers. A variety of cover-names followed- most famously 14 Int.- but within the limited circle of soldiers familiar with the unit's activities it became known as 'the Det'...the SAS...was heavily involved ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 44  -  01 Jun 1997  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue33/lob33-14.htm
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