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Obama Slips Further Down, Yet Again. Obama's 'Blackwater' - Scahill
Obama's Blackwater? Chicago Mercenary Firm Gets Millions for Private "Security" in Israel and Iraq
By Jeremy Scahill, AlterNet
Posted on April 2, 2009, Printed on April 2, 2009

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama's advisers said he "can't rule out [and] won't rule out" using mercenary forces, like Blackwater. Now, it appears that the Obama administration has decided on its hired guns of choice: Triple Canopy, a Chicago company now based in Virginia. It may not have Blackwater's thuggish reputation, but Triple Canopy has its own bloody history in Iraq and a record of hiring mercenaries from countries with atrocious human rights records. What's more, Obama is not just using the company in Iraq, but also as a U.S.-government funded private security force in Israel/Palestine, operating out of Jerusalem.

Beginning May 7th, Triple Canopy will officially take over Xe/Blackwater's mega-contract with the U.S. State Department for guarding occupation officials in Iraq. It's sure to be a lucrative deal: Obama's Iraq plan will inevitably rely on an increased use of private contractors, including an army of mercenaries to protect his surge of diplomats operating out of the monstrous U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

The Iraq contract may come as no surprise. But according to federal contract records obtained by AlterNet, the Obama administration has also paid Triple Canopy millions of dollars to provide "security services" in Israel. In February and March, the Obama administration awarded a "delivery order" to Triple Canopy worth $5.5 million under State Department contract SAQMPD05F5528, which is labeled "PROTECTIVE SERVICES--ISRAEL." According to one government document, the contract is scheduled to run until September 2012. (Another document says September 2009.) The contract is classified as "SECURITY GUARDS AND PATROL SERVICES" in Israel. The total value of the contract was listed at $41,556,969.72. According to a January 2009 State Department document obtained by AlterNet labeled "Sensitive But Unclassified," the Triple Canopy contract is based out of Jerusalem.

According to federal records, the original arrangement with Triple Canopy in Israel appears to date back to at least September 2005 and has been renewed every year since. The company is operating under the State Department's Worldwide Personal Protection Program (WPPS), which provides for private security/military companies to operate on the U.S. government payroll in countries such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, and Israel. Triple Canopy, according to an internal State Department report, also worked under the program in Haiti, though that task order is now listed as "closed." In State Department documents the WPPS program is described as a government initiative to protect U.S. officials as well as "certain foreign government high level officials whenever the need arises." The State Department spent some $2 billion on the WPPS program from 2005-2008.

Triple Canopy's Growing Footprint in Iraq

Triple Canopy is hardly new to the Iraq occupation. Founded in Chicago in 2003 by "U.S. Army Special Forces veterans," the company won its first Iraq contract in 2004. In 2005, with its business expanding, Triple Canopy relocated its corporate headquarters from Obama's home state to Herndon, Virginia, placing it much closer to the center of U.S. war contracting. (On several U.S. government contracts, however, including the Israel security contracts, its Lincolnshire, Illinois address is still used.)

Along with Blackwater and DynCorp, Triple Canopy has had armed operatives deployed in Iraq on a major U.S. government contract since the early stages of the occupation. At one point during this arrangement, Blackwater was responsible for Baghdad (the largest share of the work), DynCorp covered northern Iraq and Triple Canopy southern Iraq. Triple Canopy also worked for KBR and other corporations. As of 2007, Triple Canopy had about 2,000 operatives in Iraq, but only 257 on the State Department contract. However, its new contract, which takes effect May 7, will greatly expand Triple Canopy's government presence in Iraq. (Meanwhile, Blackwater is scheduled to continue to work in Iraq under Obama through its aviation division and in Afghanistan, where it has security and counter-narcotics contracts. It also holds millions of dollars in other U.S. government contracts around the world and in the U.S. In February alone, the Obama administration paid Blackwater nearly $70 million in security contracts.) The Obama administration may have traded Blackwater for Triple Canopy in Iraq, but it is likely that some of Blackwater's operatives, too, will simply jump over to Triple Canopy to keep working as armed security guards for occupation officials.

Like Blackwater, Triple Canopy has had its share of bloody incidents, among them allegations that operatives have gone on missions where they shot at civilian vehicles, including one after a briefing where a team leader cocked his M-4 and said to his men, "I want to kill somebody today. ... Because I'm going on vacation tomorrow." (The man in question denied any wrongdoing). While Triple Canopy fired some employees for not reporting shooting incidents in Iraq, none have been criminally prosecuted in Iraq or the U.S. (For a full report on this and other incidents involving Triple Canopy, check out the great work of Washington Post foreign correspondent Steve Fainaru, author of Big Boy Rules.)

Also like Blackwater, Triple Canopy has hired mercenaries from countries with atrocious human rights records and histories of violent counter-insurgencies. Among them: Peru, Chile, Colombia and El Salvador. In fact, in Iraq, Triple Canopy hired far more "Third Country Nationals" than Blackwater and DynCorp and has used more TCNs than US citizens or Iraqis. As I reported in my book, Triple Canopy used the same Chilean recruiter (who served in Augusto Pinochet's military) Blackwater used when it hired Chilean forces, including some "seasoned veterans" of the Pinochet era. In El Salvador, the company reportedly used "a U.S.-trained former paratrooper and officer of the Salvadoran special forces during the country's civil war" where the U.S. backed a brutal right wing dictatorship in a war that took the lives of some 75,000 Salvadorans. A Triple Canopy spokesperson reportedly said of the Salvadorans, "They've got the right background for the type of work we are doing." A Triple Canopy subsidiary in Latin America has also reportedly used a former CIA base in Lepaterique, Honduras as a training center. In the 1980s, the facility was used by the CIA and Argentinian military intelligence in training Contra death squads to attack Nicaragua. The base also served as the headquarters for the notorious Battalion 316, a CIA-trained Honduran military unit responsible for torture and disappearances.

There is also cause for concern about Triple Canopy's attitude towards accountability for its forces in Iraq, particularly in light of new rules which, on paper, give Iraqi courts jurisdiction over contractor crimes. Blackwater has, at times, conspired with the U.S. State Department to whisk its forces out of Iraq when they are facing potential prosecution for alleged crimes committed in the country, as in the case of a drunken Blackwater operative who was alleged to have shot and killed a bodyguard to Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdel-Mahdi on Christmas Eve 2006.

According to one Triple Canopy operative, "We were always told, from the very beginning, if for some reason something happened and the Iraqis were trying to prosecute us, they would put you in the back of a car and sneak you out of the country in the middle of the night." Another Triple Canopy operative said U.S. contractors had their own motto: "What happens here today, stays here today."

The use of mercenaries by Hillary Clinton's State Department stands in stark contrast to her co-sponsorship as a Senator of a bill last year that sought to ban the use of such companies in U.S. war zones, specifically Iraq. Last February Clinton said, "The time to show these contractors the door is long past due." Now, Clinton will be relying on these hired guns for protecting her and her staff in various countries.

It's hardly a surprise that Obama is continuing the use of mercenaries in Iraq and beyond (Triple Canopy itself maintains offices in Abu Dhabi, Nigeria, Peru, Jordan and Uganda); nevertheless, members of Congress -- whose actions when Bush deployed these private armies were too little, too late -- have a responsibility to investigate his use of companies whose profits are intimately linked to a continuation of war. Moreover, Obama's choice of this particular company should be investigated, both by the House and Senate, before May 7th when Obama's mercenaries become the official paramilitary force in Iraq. As for Triple Canopy's role in Israel, Obama's administration should explain exactly what these forces are doing on the U.S. government payroll.

Jeremy Scahill, an independent journalist who reports frequently for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!, has spent extensive time reporting from Iraq and Yugoslavia. He is currently a Puffin Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.
© 2009 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
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Quote:Triple Canopy


Official Website:


Name Occupation Birth Death Known for
Tom Katis
? Co-Founder, Triple Canopy
Barrett Moore
? Triple Canopy founder


Name Occupation Birth Death Known for
Tom Katis
? Co-Founder, Triple Canopy
James Kimsey
1939 AOL's founding CEO

Board of Directors

* Tom Katis, Co-Chairman
* Matt Mann, Co-Chairman
* Ignacio Balderas, Director (CEO until January 1, 2006)
* James V. Kimsey, joined the board on October 23, 2006; noted as founder Chairman Emeritus of AOL
* John Peters, Director

Executive Team

* Roger A. Young, President; formerly CFO. Previously at iBrite, TRW.
* Lee Van Arsdale, Chief Executive Officer (January 1, 2006)
* Greg "Mo" Mulligan, Chief Operating Officer
* Lane Foster, VP Human Resources
* Dr. Charles K. Pickar, SVP of Business Development
* Alan Ptak, SVP Government Relations
* Ray Randall, SVP Operations
* Juliet Simpson, VP and General Counsel

Strategic Advisory Board

* Dan Bannister (former Chairman and CEO of DynCorp)
* David Binney (former Deputy Director of the FBI and former Director of Security for IBM)
* BGEN Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.) (currently the Chief Operating Officer for Business Executives for National Security (BENS))
* Catherine Lotrionte Yoran (former Assistant General Counsel with the Central Intelligence Agency and an Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Law Center)

My emphasis in bold below:

Quote:Tom Katis

AKA Thomas Katis

Born: ?

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Military, Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Founder, Triple Canopy

Military service: US Army (Special Forces)

University: BA, Yale University (1994)

RebelVox CEO (2007-)
Member of the Board of Triple Canopy Co-Chairman (2003-)
Triple Canopy Cofounder
Netcentives VP Business Development (1999-2001)
Citigroup Vice President (1994-99)
Bronze Star
Combat Infantryman Badge

Quote:Barrett Moore

AKA Barrett H. Moore

Born: ?

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Triple Canopy founder

Military service: US Army (intelligence)

University: BA, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
University: MBA, University of Chicago

Triple Canopy
Sovereign Deed
Member of the Board of Trifus
Arbitage Imports
Bush-Cheney '04
Knight International
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth contributed $500 (11-Oct-2004)
Bankruptcy 1998

Bush-Cheney 04 was the key neocon supporters list.

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth was the dirty tricks psyop against John Kerry.

Quote:James V. Kimsey

"Lieutenant Kimsey served as an airborne ranger in the United States Army. He participated in the U.S. intervention in the Dominican Republic and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he acquired a working knowledge of the Vietnamese language and a lifelong affection for the Vietnamese people.

"During his first tour in Vietnam, from 1965 to 1966, Kimsey -- now a Captain -- commanded a District Advisory Team in the village of Duc Pho, in Quang Ngai province. The previous team had been wiped out by Vietcong guerrillas. In memory of his late predecessor, the young Captain supervised the construction and operation of an orphanage, which he has continued to support for over 30 years, long after the area fell to the Communists in 1975.

"During his second tour of duty from 1968 to 1969, Captain -- now Major -- Kimsey served as Assistant to the Commanding General of Special Operations at Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) Although he left the service in 1969, James Kimsey maintains an active interest in America's national security through his membership in the Joint Special Operations Forces Institute Advisory Board.

"On his return to the United States, Kimsey embarked on a business career, investing in restaurants, financial service companies, information technology and real estate. He was one of the founders of United Financial Companies whose subsidiaries include The Business Bank.

"In 1985 he founded Quantum Computer Services. He enlisted the services of Steve Case in running the company, and in 1990 changed the name of the operation to America Online, Inc. ... For the first decade, James Kimsey served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AOL, but in 1995, he turned over day-to-day responsibility for AOL's operations to Steve Case.

"In addition to his work for America Online, Kimsey serves on the boards of Capital One Bank, EduCap, Inc., the advisory boards of Batterson Venture Partners, Lafayette Equity Fund, and is a consultant to Nanophase Technologies Corporation.

"In 1997, James Kimsey resigned from the Board of Directors of AOL to run the AOL Foundation, a new philanthropic organization with AOL backing. At the time. Kimsey still owned more than a million shares of AOL stock, worth more than $78.8 million. The Foundation provides money to parents and educators for online learning and supports nonprofit organizations for which AOL employees serve as volunteers. ...

"James Kimsey continues to make his home in the Washington, DC area, where he was born and raised. His other activities in the charitable sector include participation in the boards of Innisfree, a community for adults with mental disabilities, the National Stroke Association, Big Brothers of the National Capital Area, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Campaign to Rebuild Education in Washington." [1]

James is also on the Advisory Council of the American Ditchley Foundation, is a director of Triple Canopy Inc. and Business Executives for National Security, id an Emeritus Director of Refugees International, and sits on the advisory board of the Children's Scholarship Fund.

* Trustee, American Film Institute
* Commissioner, International Commission on Missing Persons [1]
* Member, Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Latin America [2]

Quote:Ignacio "Iggy" Balderas, CEO of Triple Canopy Inc. since April 2004, has been "elevated to the Board of Directors and Chief Development Officer, Lee Van Arsdale, will assume the duties of CEO for the company effective January 1, 2006." [1]

Balderas was named CEO after previously serving as Triple Canopy's Director of Operations. He has over two decades of experience in the U.S. Special Forces, serving as Command Major of one of the most elite units in the military, answering to the National Command Authority on issues of training and policy/procedure implementation, and he has participated in every publicly-known combat operation in the last twenty years. He has also briefed the offices of the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, as well as four star officers. [2]

Balderas was among several leaders in the PMC field to alert Secretary of State Colin Powell of their views on the Coalition Provisional Authority's Memo 17 regarding regulating private firms in Iraq in the summer of 2004. [3]

Change we can believe in....

"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
Actually, it looks like Barrett Moore didn't last too long @ Triple Canopy.... :dancing2:

Quote:Contractor Made Millions Claiming Army Stripes

By Eartha Jane Melzer 01/17/2008

Syndicated from Michigan Messenger

In December 2003, the founders of Triple Canopy, a private security firm in Baghdad, caught their first big break, signing a contract with the Coalition Provisional Authority governing Iraq. Within four months, Triple Canopy had signed six contracts worth more than $28 million to guard U.S. facilities throughout Iraq.

For Triple Canopy chief executive officer Barrett H. Moore and the military veterans who founded the company, these agreements launched the company on the path to become what it is today: one of the leading private military contractors, sharing a $1 billion contract with Blackwater USA and DynCorps to guard U.S. personnel in the Middle East.

Moore, 43, a Chicago businessman, now presents himself as a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and business “visionary” who revolutionized the private security market but an Army spokesman said Moore was never an officer and never had intelligence training. Moore, fired by Triple Canopy in 2004, has launched a new private security firm called Sovereign Deed. He has parlayed his Triple Canopy success into political influence, persuading Republican and Democratic state officials to rewrite state law so that Sovereign Deed can receive $10 million in tax abatements to establish a base of operations in northern Michigan.

In promoting Sovereign Deed, Moore has emphasized the military expertise of himself and the company’s top officials. On the company’s Web site, Moore states that he “served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, specializing in issues related to the non-proliferation of biological weapons and related weapons of mass destruction (WMD).”

What Moore’s Pentagon patrons and political allies in Michigan have not known is the true story of Moore’s military service. According to U.S. Army record keepers, Moore never completed his Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in college and was discharged from an inactive branch of the Reserves in 1994 without ever having gone through basic training. Contrary to the claims on Sovereign Deed’s Web site, Moore never served as an Army intelligence officer, or in any other branch of the country’s armed forces.

Moore’s brushes with law enforcement also escape detection. He was convicted of three counts of criminal fraud in Australia in 1992 and served time in prison, according to court records there. An appeals court later reversed Moore’s conviction. But in a related criminal trial, Moore acknowledged participating in an “illegal enterprise” to smuggle cars from Chicago to Melbourne and admitted fabricating documents as part of the operation.

Moore did not return phone calls requesting comment.

Moore’s story is another chapter in the remarkable emergence of private military contractors since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Caught shorthanded after the U.S. invasion in 2003, the American authorities scrambled to find protection for U.S. facilities and personnel with few procedures for vetting their background or controlling their activities. As contractors like Triple Canopy and Blackwater USA grew, their armed employees became embroiled in unprovoked shooting incidents and the killing of Iraqi civilians, and Congress and the State Department launched investigations that are still ongoing.

As the Barrett Moore story illustrates, the rise of the privatized security came at the expense of accountability. When Michigan Messenger reconstructed his career, the returning war zone entrepreneur who boasted to Michigan residents and politicians of an Army Intelligence career turns out to have more experience as a used car salesman.

Selling Military Expertise

According to interviews and public records, Barrett Holloway Moore, 43, is a creative businessman whose audacious style has won admirers and alienated former business partners.


In 1995 he made headlines in Chicago when he successfully proposed marriage to lawyer Mary Szews by hiring a helicopter to wave a banner outside the window of her office on the 73rd story of the Sears Tower. Last year, Moore registered more trademarks with government on behalf of Sovereign Deed than all but five U.S. corporations.

Moore has been sued for fraud three times since 2005, according to court records. One of the lawsuits has been settled, one went to arbitration with unknown results, and a third is still pending in Illinois state court.

Moore and his associates at Sovereign Deed have emphasized military experience as a key feature of the company. The firm’s spokesman in northern Michigan is retired Brigadier General Richard Mills, a former deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

In community meetings about Sovereign Deed’s plans in November, Mills received hearty applause when he was introduced as a 30-year military veteran. He said he was proud to associate with veterans whom he called “the most magnificent of people.”

In a phone interview Mills said that Moore was among the people who brought military experience to Sovereign Deed, adding he knew people who had served with him. He declined to provide any names.

But a spokesman for the National Personnel Records Service in St. Louis, which maintains records on all armed service personnel, said the NPRS has no record of Moore’s service. Another search by the Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., determined that Moore never completed his college ROTC training at DePauw University in Indiana in 1985-86, had never gone into basic training or been on active duty or had intelligence responsibilities.

In response to questions from Michigan Messenger, a Sovereign Deed official stressed the accusation, if true, was quite serious.

“Stating that one has falsified military service goes to the very core of pride, honor, and integrity of those who have served," wrote Glenn Collins, the chief operating officer of Sovereign Deed, in an email.

Collins provided three documents that he said supported Moore’s claims to have served in U.S. Army Intelligence.

The first document Sovereign Deed provided was a letter, dated September 11, 1985, from Col. Nicholas Fritsch who served as the lieutenant commander of the 476th Military Intelligence Detachment in Indianapolis. As a member of ROTC, Moore served in the unit under Fritsch’s command.

“Cadet Moore is one of the most impressive service members with whom I have served throughout my career,” Fritsch wrote in recommending Moore for commission as a military intelligence officer,” “…[He] has shown the personal traits and skills of a natural leader.”

In a telephone interview with Michigan Messenger, Fritsch, now retired and living in Florida, recalled Moore as “a high school all-star type, …good looking…, …smart, possibly athletic, a person of tremendous capability.”

Fritsch said that Moore’s claim of Army intelligence service was “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”

At the level of Moore’s service he would have no first-line connection to high-ranking intelligence," Fritsch said. He added that he thought public boasting about intelligence work was inappropriate because it could compromise security.


The second document provided by Sovereign Deed was a May 1986 letter notifying Moore of his transfer to a U.S. Army Reserve unit until his expected graduation later in the year. The third document was an honorable discharge certificate dated April 21, 1994. Moore’s rank at the time of discharge was blacked out on the copy of the document provided by Sovereign Deed.

The records confirm that Moore participated in the ROTC program as an undergraduate but provide no evidence of active duty intelligence work. Documents available at Michigan Messenger.

Moore’s intelligence work is not part of the public record, Collins stated in his email. “Mr. Moore worked for various agencies during his military service such that his records are kept outside of the NPRS,” he wrote.

“I hear that all the time,” replied Master Sergeant Keith O’Donnell, a spokesman for the Army Human Resources Command. O’Donnell said he checked the Army’s classified holdings and protected data bases that log the educational records of enlisted and commissioned personnel. Moore’s record shows none of the training that would be required of an Army intelligence officer, he said.

O’Donnell pointed out that service personnel are retired at their highest rank, and Moore was discharged from the Reserves as a grade of sergeant (E5), meaning he was never an officer.

“He never went anywhere with a military career,” O’Donnell said.

‘A tissue of lies and deception’

Moore did not go into the military after graduating from college, according to fraternity brothers and former business associates. They say Moore moved to Australia after graduation from DePauw in December 1986. By March 1988 he was working as an equity options trader at a bank in Sydney and moonlighting for a company called Eurotek that imported and resold used cars.


Court records show that the Australian customs service raided Eurotek’s office in May 1989, seizing five cars and documents that showed Moore had kept two sets of records, one of which systematically undervalued the imported cars. According to the judge in the case, Moore admitted that his actions “were aimed at defrauding the revenue authorities and at misleading a prospective financier.” (Documents available at Michigan Messenger.)

In February 1992 Moore was convicted of deceptively obtaining over $300,000 in connection with the used car business, according to court records. He was sentenced to a 16-month prison term. He was released after serving a portion of his sentence. In 1993 he testified against his former Eurotek associate in a related criminal trial in Sydney.

The judge in the second case described Moore as a key figure in the enterprise which procured used Rolls Royces and Porsches in the Chicago area and shipped them to Australia with fraudulent documentation of their value. The cars were then resold at a profit. While accepting some of Moore’s testimony, Judge J. Byrne said Moore was “a man who had so enshrouded himself in a tissue of lies and deception as to be a witness whose credit is of little value.”

Byrne ruled that Moore’s associate, an Indonesian man named Hiran Jayakody, was “the moving spirit” behind Eurtotek. Jayakody was ordered to pay a fine of approximately a million dollars. At the date of Moore’s discharge from the U.S. Army Reserves in April 1994, he was still fighting legal charges in Australia.

In December 1994 Moore’s 1992 conviction was reversed. Though Moore had admitted that he acted to defraud Australian customs agency, the Eurotek trial raised doubts about the evidence used to convict him and his conviction was struck from the record.

In 1995 Moore enrolled in the University of Chicago business school. He received his Master’s of Business Administration in 1997, according to school records. A year later he filed for bankruptcy in Chicago, declaring that he was $2.7 million in debt and his two companies, Arbitrage Imports International and Knight International, were insolvent.

In a biography submitted last year to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in support of his bid for state tax incentives, Moore stated that Knight International Holdings, “was sold upon reaching revenue in the $50M range.”

‘Best Business Practices’

Moore was operating a software company in Chicago in the summer of 2002 when he first made contact with the men behind Triple Canopy. According to a court filing submitted by Moore’s attorneys in the pending Illinois fraud lawsuit, Moore entered email discussions with Matthew Mann, a former Delta Force veteran, about establishing a private security firm, Mann is listed on the Triple Canopy Web site as a co-founder of the company with a Special Forces veteran named Tom Fortis. Mann and Fortis declined to be interviewed for this article.

The company was founded in Chicago in 2003, according to its Web site. Moore was involved with the company by July 2003 when he applied to register trademarks for “Triple Canopy Group” and 90 other related names with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

After Triple Canopy started winning contracts in Iraq in late 2003, Moore presented himself as a leader in the burgeoning industry of private military contractors. In February 2004, he represented the company at a $1,000-a-seat business forum held at the National Press Club in Washington. He recommended that firms looking to do business in Iraq should find a local partner.

“You are in a position to mentor them and help them with perhaps best business practices from your country or your world and at the same time, you’re in a position to try to offer a series of services or products that don’t exist in Iraq,” Moore said.

In March 2004, Moore donated $2,000 to George Bush’s reelection committee and identified himself as the CEO of Triple Canopy, according to federal election records.

Less than a month later, he was fired by Triple Canopy’s board of directors. In a lawsuit filed in May 2004, the company charged him with fraud, with raiding the company treasury for his own profit, and seizing control of the company’s Web addresses and communications infrastructure as a bargaining chip in negotiations of a severance package.

Moore denied the charges, saying he used company funds for business expenses with the knowledge of his colleagues. The lawsuit was settled out of court in September 2005. The terms of the agreement are confidential but according to bank records filed in the Illinois fraud lawsuit, Moore received a $6 million payment in March 2006 identified as “Triple Canopy settlement.”

Why did Moore’s legal problems in Australia, his bankruptcy and his apparent misrepresentation of his military background not surface when it came to gaining millions of dollars in security contracts with the U.S. government?

One reason, according to the Office of Defense Trade Controls (ODCT) is that officers of companies applying for Iraq contracts need only swear that they have not been convicted of violations of the U.S. defense export laws.

“We might want to look at changing that,” said Dave Trimble, chief of ODTC’s compliance and registration division. “We have broad authority to take any derogatory information into account.”

The Industry’s Future.

Moore’s latest venture in northern Michigan has won official support while stirring local opposition.

Moore’s colleagues say he is eager to commercialize the market for privatized disaster response. Rick Johnson, the former speaker of the Michigan Legislature who now serves as Sovereign Deed’s lobbyist, said Moore is “taking the industry where it needs to go next.”

A community group calling itself We Don’t Need Sovereign Deed says the company’s claims of economic benefits are unsupported and that the idea of privatizing disaster response is undemocratic.

Moore’s proposal to establish an operational center in the town of Pellston has been endorsed by a bipartisan cast of state officials. Earlier this year, Democratic state Senator Gary MacDowell and Republican state Senator Jason Allen drafted a bill to grant tax abatements to encourage Sovereign Deed to locate on 700 acres of municipal property adjacent to an airport. The state Legislature unanimously approved the bill, which was signed into law by Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Opponents have asked questions about a proposed long-term lease of 700 acres of municipal property and the construction of a hangar to accommodate army cargo planes in Sovereign Deed operations. Elected officials in Pellston have declined to answer the questions, citing confidentiality agreements with the firm.

“Moore’s smart,” said resident Tim Boyko said. “He set it up so people cannot question, and it’s like these local officials’ brains short out when they get around retired generals and homeland security-type people.“

Eartha Jane Melzer is a reporter for Michigan Messenger. All of Michigan Messenger’s coverage of Sovereign Deed is available here.
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
From 2005:

Quote:Triple Canopy Introduces Strategic Advisory Board
Friday December 2, 9:22 am ET
Expert Advisors to Steer Fast-Paced Security Solutions Leader

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 2 PRNewswire -- Triple Canopy, Inc., a security solutions company, today announced the formation of its Strategic Advisory Board. "We are fortunate to have individuals with such incredible experience join our team," said Ignacio "Iggy" Balderas, CEO of Triple Canopy. "When we set out to create our Strategic Advisory Board, we only imagined a team like this."

The objective of forming a Strategic Advisory Board is to tap into a seasoned group of outside advisors who know how to manage fast growth intelligently and who add value by focusing on the longer-term effects of Triple Canopy corporate decisions.

Joining the Board are
Dan Bannister, former Chairman and CEO of DynCorp;
David Binney, former Deputy Director of the FBI and former Director of Security for IBM; BGEN
Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.) currently the Chief Operating Officer for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), member CFR
Catherine Lotrionte Yoran, former Assistant General Counsel with the Central Intelligence Agency and an Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Law Center.

"Our goal was to create a Board that will counsel, question and support an aggressive, competitive, management team as it moves through the often extreme changes that affect a company during a period of rapid growth," said Tom Katis, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Triple Canopy. "With this group we have found that dynamic."

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Triple Canopy presents a check for $50,000 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation at a reception held at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. From left to right: Cathe Kaohi, Ray Randall, Julie Simpson, Tom Katis, SOWF Director Dick Davis, Gregg Mulligan, Nick Etten, Triple Canopy President, Iggy Balderas, Brandon Seabolt.

Triple Canopy plans to add additional members to the Board in the future, to assist the Company in defined areas such as International, Technology, Marketing and Finance.

"I'm excited to formalize my relationship with Triple Canopy," stated Dan Bannister, former Chairman and CEO of DynCorp. "I've encountered challenges, success, difficulty and excitement during my 50 year career with DynCorp. Triple Canopy is a highly motivated group of individuals performing difficult and critical missions. I hope my experiences can serve to help them succeed on their journey."

About Triple Canopy

Founded in 2003, Triple Canopy delivers security and protection solutions to governments and private corporations worldwide. The company integrates security solutions to secure success for its clients. Triple Canopy's services include security assessment and analysis, technical surveillance countermeasures, tactical training, and full-scale security and protection operations.
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
Stephen A Cheney does not appear to be related to Dick.
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war

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