By John Donovan
We have in recent years published a number of articles drawing attention to Shell getting into bed with the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was presented as being a reformed character, despite his notorious track record as the principal financier of international terrorism.
Gaddafi financed the Black September Movement, which carried out the massacre in Munich at the 1972 Summer Olympics and also financed “Carlos the Jackal”.
Currently Shell is engaged in an evacuation plan to extract employees who otherwise might end up as hostages held by the supposedly benevolent dictator.
Basically, Shell demonstrated once again that it is willing to deal with the devil incarnate, whether in the guise of Hitler, or the corrupt Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abachato, or “Mad Dog” Gaddafi, to get its hands on hydrocarbon reserves, irrespective of moral considerations, or the potential dire consequences to its employees and contractors plunged into a crisis situation.
As will be seen from the various articles, Royal Dutch Shell Executive Malcolm (TFA) Brinded (above left) played a key role in the intrigue and controversy surrounding Shell’s reprehensible dealings with Gaddafi which have brought shame to the UK.
Our warnings that Gaddafi had not really changed were ignored.
Extracts from some of the articles we have authored and published…
FROM: Trading with the enemy
While Royal Dutch Shell support for the Nazi all those years ago has no link to current Shell management, there is a link to current activities, with Shell supporting *yet another evil dictator. Access to oil and gas is the reason why Shell has signed contracts in questionable circumstances with the supposedly reformed Libyan mass murderer, Gaddafi,(15) handing over billions of dollars to a regime which may well end up funding future terrorist atrocities, as it has in the past. In addition to the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Gaddafi was also responsible for arming the IRA, another terrorist organisation.
In 1984 police constable Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside the Libyan Embassy in London while policing an anti-Gaddafi protest. Machine-gun fired from within the Embassy was suspected of killing her, but Libyan diplomats asserted diplomatic immunity.
…as the senator seems to have realized, the stench is not just emanating from the Gulf, but from evil deeds involving ethically challenged UK Prime Minsters Blair and Brown falling over themselves to assist Big Oil, and the Libyan dictator and supposedly reformed sponsor of state terrorism, Muammar (Loony Tunes) Gaddafi (above right). Even members of the British royal family The Prince of Wales and his brother Prince Andrew, were recruited in the cause.
However there is even more damning evidence pointing at another foreign owned oil company involved in the conspiracy to release the Pan Am bomber Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, in exchange for access to Libyan oil. I refer to the recent revelation that the then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, sent a letter to Gaddafi, which was actually drafted by Shell.
Blair in secret talks with Gaddafi: Lockerbie families fury as ex-Premier is treated like a brother by dictator just days after denying links with Libya (see Daily Mail article in links below)
Documents released under a Freedom of Information Act request show the scale of the effort to win commercial advantage in Libya. The details raise questions about whether it is possible the Scottish decision to release the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi last week could have been done without the acquiescence of the British government as it insists it was.
At least 11, but possibly as many as 26, meetings took place many in Tripoli between Shell executives and high-ranking ministers or mandarins in a period between 2004 and 2007. The Foreign Office has yet to provide details of what exactly was discussed at the meetings, but the request asked for any discussions with Shell on either Libya or Egypt, the latter being of much less political or potential commercial importance to the oil company.
Miliband met Malcolm Brinded, the Shell exploration director, in October 2007 while James Smith, the Shell UK chairman, met Jack Straw when he was foreign secretary in July 2003.
The Guardian: Shell signs $200m Libya deal: 25 March 2004
The Guardian: Shell gas deal worth up to $1b: 26 March 2004
The Independent: Shell first off blocks in race to cash in on UK’s new friendship: 26 March 2004
New York Times: Libya Signs Energy Exploration Deal With Shell: 26 March 2004
Telegraph: Shell fills its boots in the desert sun: 27 March 2004
afrol News: Shell secures Libya deal during Blair’s visit: 26 March 2004
Telegraph: Shell signs first major deal in Libya for 30 years: 3 May 2005
The Guardian: Shell steps on the gas as Libya comes in from the cold: 4 May 2005
Entrepreneur: LIBYA – The Shell Deal: 16 July 2007
Shell’s Executive Director for E&P Malcolm Brinded then said: “We are delighted to be back in Libya and honoured to work together with NOC to develop a modern LNG industry, and explore for and develop gas in the prolific Sirte Basin. Libya’s integrated gas industry has enormous potential, based on its large gas resources and favourable geographic location. I look forward to our co-operation and believe that this is the beginning of a new lasting and fruitful partnership with Libya”.
(NOC = “The National Oil Corporation of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya”)
Royaldutchshellplc.com: Shells Malcolm Brinded lustful friend of Libya: 22 August 2009
The Guardian: Secret documents uncover UK’s interest in Libyan oil: 30 August 2009
Documents obtained by the Observer show ministers and senior civil servants met Shell to discuss the company’s oil interests in Libya on at least 11 occasions and perhaps as many as 26 times in less than four years.
Foreign secretary David Miliband and the former Labour leader Lord Kinnock were involved in the meetings with Shell about its business in Libya or Egypt.
A deal was signed by Shell on 25 March 2004 covering the establishment of a “long-term strategic partnership” between the oil company and the local state-owned energy group. It was penned during a ground-breaking visit by the then prime minister, Tony Blair, and was followed up by meetings during July between Shell and foreign minister Baroness Symons and then the foreign secretary at the time, Jack Straw.
In October, Malcolm Brinded, the head of exploration at Shell who signed the deal to explore for oil and redevelop a gas export terminal in Libya, met another foreign minister, Douglas Alexander, with a particular focus on trade. In February 2005, Kinnock was involved in a reception at which Shell was present and North African oil interests were raised.
The Observer: Revealed: how Shell won the fight for Libyan gas and oil: 30 August 2009
International Business Times: Shell says appraising Libya gas discovery: 23 December 2010