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Can Royal Dutch Shell be trusted by America?

The information printed below is being circulated by email to senior members of the U.S. government, including President Obama; also to Senators and Congressman.

Royal Dutch Shell has had advance sight of this information and has not challenged its veracity.


From Alfred and John Donovan, owners of the website monitoring the activities of Shell.

Under the circumstances, can this ruthless foreign oil company with a track record of reckless disregard of environmental and safety issues, ethical considerations, and the laws of host countries in which it operates, be trusted to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean?

Mr Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has had advance sight of this email and therefore the opportunity to correct any inaccuracy, or seek an injunction to prevent it being circulated. The fact that you are now reading it means that Shell has not taken action to challenge the facts as stated herein.

Please send any reply or request for further information to: [email protected]

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On 7 October 2010 we published an article under the headline: “U.S. Dept. of Defense Confirms NCIS Espionage Investigation of Shell“. Shell was implicated by their attorneys, the Texas law firm of Vethan and Waldrop. Shell had been attempting to gain unlawful access to technical material that had been classified by the Navy Dept., Office of Naval Research in 2001. This material was the IP of a former employee. Shell was apparently trying to ‘muscle’ their way into gaining ownership of the IP material.

This material was classified under DoE/DoD nuclear weapons classification authorities. The above (alleged) conduct by Shell constitutes a capital crime under US law and there are no statutes of limitations regarding this conduct, for the company or the Shell officials involved. A related U.S.Dept of Defense/Department of the Navy internal Memorandum mentions aircraft, ship, and submarine stealth technology, “Weapon Science”, and nuclear weapon design. Because of the subject matter and possible relevance to U.S. co-operation with the Royal Navy, we notified the British Secret Service – MI6 – of the information supplied to us by our source.

Following our email correspondence with a U.S. intelligence source, and clearance obtained by that source from U.S. Dept. of Defense government attorneys, that source was authorized to confirm that an investigation directed at Shell USA was indeed initiated by the US Department of the Navy, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Acting in his capacity as a senior high level United States Department of Defense investigative officer, this source had instigated the investigation.

The US Navy Department has declined thus far to provide any information relating to the status of the investigation. I have seen current related correspondence involving U.S. government departments, including the FBI.

What seems to have happened is that a former Shell employee invented some ground breaking technology with applications relating to hydrocarbon exploration, and military uses relevant to submarine warfare and nuclear weapons design. Shell knew about the potential civil applications, and perhaps some military applications, but nothing specific about the technology which made the applications possible. This made it impossible for Shell to claim ownership when it could not even explain how the technology worked. Shell allegedly decided to get its hands on the technology by surreptitious means, industrial espionage.

A number of individuals were named in the article as alleged co-conspirators in the alleged industrial espionage. Before publication on 7 October 2010, we sent emails to all named parties, including Shell, inviting comment, correction of any inaccurate stated facts, or denial.

Only Shell has responded, refusing to comment or deny the stated facts. Relevant email correspondence in June 2010 with Mr. Richard Wiseman, the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., is self-explanatory. It was published as part of an earlier article: Shell declines to comment on alleged industrial espionage targeting U.S. Navy Dept”. This was before we received confirmation that a U.S. investigation of alleged industrial espionage by Shell had indeed been instigated. The information from our source was correct.

The subsequent article confirming that an investigation had been initiated was published on 7 October 2010 along with a related historical narration. Several weeks have now passed and still none of the named individuals have contacted us to protest their innocence and deny any involvement.

You may wish to enquire whether there has been a cover-up inside the Dept. of Defense regarding the apparent mishandling of classification issues, as described above, and the possible financial consequences arising from such blunders.

Please send any reply or request for further information to: [email protected]

or by mail to, P.O. Box 10102, Gaithersburg, Maryland  20898-0102

Related issue: Can Royal Dutch Shell be trusted to drill in the Arctic Ocean?

Royal Dutch Shell is pressing hard to commence deepwater drilling in the Arctic Ocean despite warnings of the dire risks involved, as revealed in recent news articles e.g.

Arctic Drilling Poses Untold Risks, Study Concludes (New York Times 11 November 2010)

Arctic oil spill clean-up plans are ‘thoroughly inadequate’, industry warned (The Guardian 14 November 2010)

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, though disastrous in consequence, was an accident. Even if it occurred as a result of gross  negligence, or even criminal negligence, it was not a deliberate act.

Contrast this with the horrific pollution in the Niger Delta resulting from gas flaring by Shell, which has been in progress not for months, or even years, but for decades. This is despite Shell’s repeated empty promises to bring it to an end. Shell’s track record of corruption, plunder and pollution in Nigeria is atrocious. In June 2009, Shell settled for $15.5 million a related US court action alleging its association with human rights abuses and torture.

Separately, the SEC has recently imposed a criminal fine of $30 million on Shell, which has also agreed to to relinquish about $18 million in profits and interest, arising from bribery and corruption in Nigeria.

A remarkable article – Unlovable Shell, the Goddess of Oil – published in the Guardian newspaper in 1997, had this dramatic sub headline:

For a century, Shell has explored the Earth to make our lives more comfortable. But in its wake, says Andrew Rowell, lies corruption, despoliation and death

The same article also covered Shell’s toxic legacy in the USA, including the fallout from Shell’s manufacture of pesticides and herbicides on a site at Rocky Mountain near Denver. Shell employees at a drins’ production plant were used as guinea pigs in a related study of carcinogenic properties carried out by the Royal Dutch Group


Shell was also the sponsor of sex, drugs and corruption in a scandal involving the Minerals Management Service.

Another controversy surrounds former U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the award of potentially highly lucrative oil shale leases to Shell Oil, which subsequently became her employer. One moment Norton was the head of a U.S. government department negotiating multibillion-dollar agreements with Shell, very shortly thereafter, she was working for Shell Oil as General Counsel in the division dealing with oil shale. We were approached by Federal investigators conducting an investigation and provided them with Shell internal documents supplied to us by Shell insiders.


The One World Trust, an independent research organization affiliated with the UK Houses of Parliament and the United Nations, has publicly recognized the success of our “watchdog function” on the activities of Shell. Evidence we supplied from Shell insiders to the WWF has been published by a House of Commons Select Committee. This was in respect of alleged Shell corruption and other misdeeds in Russia on the Sakhalin2 project. The Russian government forced Shell to surrender its majority stake in the venture as a direct result of the evident we supplied in the form of incriminating Shell internal emails.


In July 2007, we collaborated with Mr Bill Campbell, a former Health & Safety Group Auditor of Shell International, in a whistleblower email, in his name, that we sent to every UK MP concerning the Shell Brent Bravo production platform explosion in the North Sea. Mr Campbell had exposed a “Touch F*** All” safety culture on Shell North Sea platforms. Safety records were routinely falsified and repairs bodged. The email garnered cross party support which led to an investigation of alleged corruption involving Shell and officials of the UK Health & Safety Executive. The Scottish legal authority, the Procurator Fiscal, is currently deciding whether to bring a criminal prosecution.  Evidence shows that Shell’s safety record is abominable.


Shell has its own formidable internal security intent on preventing whistleblower activity. A retired senior FBI official, Richard T. Garcia, is Global Security Manager for Shell Americas. A former senior MI6 officer of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), Ian Forbes McCredie OBE is head of Shell Corporate Affairs Security (CAS).

The Sunday Times published a front page lead story on Shell espionage operations conducted on an international basis against its perceived enemies. Shell used a private intelligence firm Hakluyt & Co Ltd in which titled Shell directors were major shareholders, directors and the ultimate spymasters. (pdf of original Sunday Times article)

Shell espionage operations have also been conducted in the USA.

We are aware from internal documents Shell was compelled to supply to us as a result of a legal process, that Shell set up a global spying operation against its own employees specifically in an attempt to cut off the flow of whistleblower information reaching us. The resources of the specialist cyber-crime unit – the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), partly staffed and funded by the FBI, have been utilized in the Shell espionage operation. This was all reported by Reuters.

Thus we found ourselves in the unusual situation of being praised by one USA investigative agency for our help in supplying Shell internal documents, while another USA investigative agency is investigating the leakage of such information to us.


The Shell espionage operation seems to have been prompted by information we sent to Bill O’Reilly at Fox News concerning Shell’s continued trading with Iran, irrespective of sanctions. Shell used subterfuge to disguise shipping movements (see extracts from articles below). Shell clearly places a higher priority on its relationship with the fanatical Iranian regime than any public concern over the Iranian supply of road side bombs, which are maiming and killing American and British soldiers.

Europe’s oil firms resist US over Iran

Shell increases oil trade with Iran – despite sanctions

Pennsylvania votes to divest firms tied to Iran

Alleged Shell violation of U.S. Export Restrictions

U.S. House Proposes Penalty on Firms With Iran Oil Deals: (Extract: “Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that some companies, including Shell, have been disguising some of those Iranian purchases, according to shipping records, even though they remain perfectly legal.”)

Oil Trade With Iran Thrives, Discreetly (Extract: “FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates—An oil tanker named Front Page, chartered by Royal Dutch Shell PLC, left this port on March 17 and reported it was going to another U.A.E. port, then on to Saudi Arabia, ship-tracking data show. But the tracking information reveals that Front Page also made an unreported stop—to the coast of Iran. There it loaded Iranian oil, according to records obtained by oil traders and shipping sources.”)

Shell is also in bed with the Libyan regime after dictating a letter that Tony Blair sent to Gaddafi, the dictator behind the Lockerbie outrage.

Looking further back into the history of Royal Dutch Shell, we recently published a 9 part article containing voluminous evidence from independent reputable sources. It reveals that the Royal Dutch Shell Group, now known as Royal Dutch Shell Plc, used to be in bed with I.G. Farben and the Nazis, and was arguably indirectly responsible for over 30 million deaths in World War. The Shell Group, and its Dutch founder Sir Henri Deterding, had financed the Nazi party when it was in danger of going bust. Shell continued to finance the Nazis in a variety of ways, including huge injections of cash, massive donations of food and invaluable long term oil credits. Shell conspired directly with Hitler, sold out its own employees to the Nazis, instructing employees in the Netherlands to complete a form giving particulars about their descent, which for some, amounted to a self-declared death warrant. It also engaged in anti-Semitic policies against its own employees. In a Boston Globe article report about “Newly declassified United States intelligence records”, Royal Dutch Shell is described as “a Nazi collaborator that used Hitler’s slave laborers.”

Royal Dutch Shell is once again funding an odious fanatical regime intent on the extermination of the Jewish people. Iran is bent on developing nuclear weapons to destroy Israel, finishing the job that Shell’s former Nazi partners embarked upon, killing millions of Jews in the Holocaust.


We recently reported to the Irish Police (The Garda) death threats allegedly made against Shell employees who have leaked many Shell internal documents to us relating to the controversial Corrib Gas Project in Ireland.  The alleged death threats stem from an investigation of the leaks by Shell, which has a sinister 170-strong security operation to force the project on the local population, irrespective of legitimate concerns.


There is a volume of evidence confirming Shell’s track record of IP theft, industrial espionage, threats, corruption, fraud and reckless disregard of environment issues and safety concerns. Only a few years ago, Royal Dutch Shell was responsible for one of the biggest securities frauds in corporate history and was fined accordingly by the SEC.

Would it be wise to trust this unscrupulous, foreign owned oil giant, with a badly flawed safety record, to drill in the Arctic Ocean?


Please send any reply to [email protected]

or by mail to, P.O. Box 10102, Gaithersburg, Maryland  20898-0102

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