G4S mercenaries’ Guantanamo torture scandal

This video says about itself:

19 August 2014

The U.S. has signed a 110 million dollar contract with the British security firm G4S to service the Guantanamo Bay prison.

It’s the world’s largest security company which operates in more than 120 countries. The firm specializes in the provision of security services and solutions.

But the U.S. move’s drawn criticism, with many questioning the professionalism of the company based on its significant failures in the past. It suffered a fiasco at the Olympic Games in London back in 2012 failing to deliver the promised numbers of security personnel and surpassing the initial cost 8 times over. Next – the firm has a murky history when it comes to the treatment of detainees, receiving hundreds of complaints over racism and assaults. And G4S lost its deportation contract after an Angolan man died after being restrained by the firm’s guards. The company managed to lose the keys to a prison it ran. That trapped dozens of inmates in their cells. And finally a UN watchdog blasted the firm as a military contractor for its lack of competence.

Michael Raddie from a London-based anti-war group said this list could go on and on.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

G4S silent in face of torture accusations

Saturday 8th November 2014

Controversial British security firm G4S has been accused of “stonewalling” over concerns regarding its involvement in the running of the US gulag at Guantanamo Bay.

Human rights charity Reprieve submitted a complaint to the British government earlier this year, arguing that G4S has breached Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines with its contract to supply “base support operating services” at Guantanamo.

The nature of the services provided by G4S are not made clear, and the company has allegedly refused to give further details about the $113 million (£71m) contract, prompting concerns that G4S could be involved with the abuse of detainees at the prison.

148 men remain held at Guantanamo, including British resident Shaker Aamer.

Mr Aamer has twice been cleared for release from Guantanamo, where he says he has suffered appalling torture and abuse, yet he remains detained without charge or trial.

G4S, a long-standing contractor for the British government, has been embroiled in a number of controversies in recent years including repeated allegations of the use of excessive force by employees during deportation removals.

Kevin Lo, an investigator at Reprieve, said: “G4S is deeply involved in running the legal black hole that is Guantanamo Bay, and the British public deserves better than the company’s stonewalling of questions. For the UK government to show that its condemnation of Guantanamo is more than just talk, the UK national contact point needs to press G4S for accountability and transparency.”

Britain: PROTESTERS threatened with violence by G4S security staff at a local jobcentre have vowed to continue their fight against benefit cuts and sanctions today: here.

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