since NATO invaded Tripoli and placed it's rebel puppets to take as
many photographs on the streets as they can, kill as many Jamahiriya and
Gaddafi supporters as they could manage, loot their homes and threaten
their families, we are witnessing anxious vultures
from Britain, Italy and France striving to "tie the knot" with
whatever fraction of NTC they were courting these nine months or more.
So...this week, upon receiving news about Heritage Oil PLC claiming
it has struck a deal with Sahara Oil Services Holding Ltd. and now owns
a controlling stake of 51% in it, we thought to research it a bit more.
First page of Google Search is full of articles regarding the takeover,
one very much like the other, but it didn't take much digging to find
something interesting about the particular vulture. First we will
introduce You to one of the usual articles reporting about the takeover,
and then, one by one, we will introduce you to the key players of this
By ALEXIS FLYNN And BENOIT FAUCON
"LONDON—U.K. independent oil and gas explorer Heritage Oil PLC
Tuesday became the first new foreign firm to strike a deal to enter the
Libyan oil sector following the war through its acquisition of a
Benghazi-based oil services company.
Although incumbent majors like Total SA and ENI SpA
have resumed some production in Libya, new oil companies are salivating
at the prospect of joining them in exploring the country with the
largest oil reserves in Africa following the fall of Col. Moammar
Gadhafi in August.
said its 51% controlling stake in Sahara Oil Services Holdings Ltd.,
which it is buying for $19.5 million in cash, means the firm will be
"well placed to play a significant role in the future oil and gas
industry in Libya."
Sahara has permits and licenses to provide onshore and offshore oil
field services in Libya, as well as the right to bid for and operate oil
and gas licenses in the country.
two senior members of the state's oil sector cautioned that it was
premature to talk of fresh production licensing rounds.
The deal comes after Heritage said it has spent the past five months in Benghazi, former capital and stronghold of the National Transitional Council that overthrew Gadhafi's regime in August.
company has a track record of going into volatile environments with a
view to gaining an early advantage over larger competitors. Chief
Executive Anthony Buckingham , a former North Sea diver, founded
Heritage in 1993 to explore offshore oil and gas interests in Angola.
Controversially, it engaged private military contractors to defeat Unita
rebels who had overrun its installations there.
said it had established a dialogue with senior NTC members during this
time, discussions which it said are continuing through Sahara,
"with Heritage exploring ways to assist the NTC and the state oil
companies rehabilitate certain of their existing fields and recommence
it remains unclear how welcome Heritage will be in Libya. Two of the
country's most senior oil officials—Nuri Berruien, the head of Libya's
National Oil Co. and Omar Shakmak, the deputy oil minister—said that
they hadn't been informed by Heritage of its plans to take over Sahara.
Heritage spokesman stressed that the deal with Sahara came with oil
field services licenses, not exploration and production permits, for
which he said Heritage would still have to bid. He said Heritage had
received legal advice on the matter and that there were no regulatory
approvals still pending on the deal.
Shokri Ghanem, who was Libya's oil head until he defected from the
former regime in May, said the transfer of oil-services licenses to a
new foreign player in Libya's oil services sector would require approval
from the ministry of economy under the country's laws.
Heritage has no branch in Libya, it needs to apply to the ministry of
economy" to clear its right to operate in the country through the
acquisition of Sahara Oil Services, he said.
Mr. Berruien and Mr. Shakmak said no new oil and gas exploration and
production licenses would be granted until a final government is
Although the NTC made new appointments Monday it has insisted it is
only a caretaker government until the whole country is liberated.
Bank of Scotland analyst Phil Corbett said that while he was inclined
to see the move positively, the country remains in a state of flux and
that significant changes to the sector in terms of contracts and
regulations was still a possibility."
Now, let's see who is behind Heritage Oil PLC
"Anthony Leslie Rowland "Tony" Buckingham
is an oil industry executive with a significant share holding in
Heritage Oil Corporation. Heritage is listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange since 1999. Recently,[when?] Heritage listed on the London Stock Exchange. Buckingham's direct and indirect share holding is estimated to represent 33% of Heritage. This share was reduced in November 2007 via a share placement made through JP Morgan and Canaccord.
Buckingham is a former partner of the mercenary provider or private military company Executive Outcomes. He has had no involvement with such organizations since 1999 and has focused his time on running Heritage."
"In the 1990s he ( Anthony Buckingham) was a “security consultant” and partner of private military provider Executive Outcomes."
Buckingham is also a former associate of Simon Mann – the mercenary and
heir to the Watney Mann brewing fortune who was jailed for more than 34
years for leading an attempt to oust Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the
president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea."
Although his company PR seems to be keen to leave that particular link behind him, saying:
Buckingham has had no substantive business contact with Simon Mann
since 1998 and no contact of any nature with him since 2000"
In the conclusion of Telegraph's article there is a spooky remark about this mercenary-turned oil baron, describing his remarkable way of "fighting his way out of difficult situations" that
doesn't rub well on those of us who had suspicions about the
involvement of foreign mercenaries in triggering of he bloodshed in
Libya by firing on the people and causing the panic and the exchange of
accusations as to who started the shooting.
For example, the videos from the mentioned protests proved that targets
were Gaddafi's supporters waving green flags. Official statements from
the police and the military of Libya insisted that they were forbidden
to fire at people. We see, or hear shooting on those videos, and nobody
is able to determine from where. Western media and Al Jazeera presented
it as though Gaddafi's forces shot at the rebels (which was a big false
flag lie, used to start a NATO intervention). In fact, from what we
hear, the ones shooting at the pro-Gaddafi rally were some foreign
mercenaries. There are so many unresolved crimes in Libya in which
foreign mercenaries were involved, that it is difficult not to get
suspicious about each and every individual who has that kind of history
to his name, and is also involved in Libyan oil deals. But lets not go
too far with our assumptions."
statements from the police and the military of Libya insisted that they
were forbidden to fire at people, but still, we see, or hear shooting
on those videos, and nobody is able to determine from where. Western
media and Al Jazeera presented it as though Gaddafi's forces shot at
the rebels (which was a big false flag lie, used to start a NATO
intervention). In fact, from what we hear, the ones shooting at the
pro-Gaddafi and anti-Gaddafi rallies were some foreign mercenaries.
There are so many unresolved crimes in Libya in which foreign
mercenaries were involved, that it is difficult not to get suspicious
about each and every individual who has that kind of history attached to
his name, and is also involved in Libyan oil deals. But lets not go too
far with our assumptions.
In this article from "The center for public integrity" By Duncan Campbell , titled "Marketing
the New 'Dogs of War" that originally investigates "Tim Spicer- a man
simultaneously at the center of a number of scandals provoked by his
global mercenary activities and of an effort to legitimize the status
and sanitize the image of the country's "dogs of war" – soldiers of
fortune who have mounted coups, guarded British, U.S. and Arabian
dignitaries and ambassadors, engaged in civil wars, and run sabotage and
terror activities from behind hostile lines. From the Contra campaign
in Nicaragua to organizing and training Afghan or Kosovar insurgents,
British mercenary operators have been employed by the CIA, the Drug
Enforcement Agency and the U.S. State Department, as well as by
Britain's own Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)." we find something
about both Anthony Buckingham and his former buddy Simon Mann:
was the scion of a wealthy brewing family, and the fifth generation in
his family to attend Britain's top private school, Eton College. His
upbringing put him at the center of the British establishment. He could
not have been better endowed with connections in the military,
diplomatic, intelligence and financial world.
After leaving the SAS
in 1985, Mann's first commercial venture was not as a mercenary, but in
the new field of computer security. Mann joined forces with a former
insurance broker who had pioneered computer insurance and had been a
manager for Control Risks, a large and reputable risk assessment
consultancy that was founded by ex-SAS officers. They raised finance and
founded a company called Data Integrity. Mann's role was to sell new
lines of computer insurance policies against accidents and hackers. The
company did well, but not well enough for the venture capitalists who
had funded it. It began to drift, and Mann began to lose interest.
As the company wound down during 1990, Mann's
old-boy network had put him in touch with oil entrepreneur Anthony
Buckingham. Buckingham, also ex-military, has been described in some
press accounts as a former member of Britain's naval special forces, the
Special Boat Service, although the description has never been
confirmed. After working in the North Sea oil industry as a
diver, Buckingham moved into the oil industry, working initially with
Ranger Oil of Canada.
Buckingham later founded his own company, Heritage Oil, which he ran from the modern, glass-fronted "Plaza" building at 535 King's Road, Chelsea.
A first floor suite in the building provided offices for Buckingham's
management company, "Plaza 107" – named for the number of his rented
suite, 1.07. Inside,
a single receptionist handled incoming calls to more than 18 different
companies. From the Plaza suite, Buckingham, Mann and others ran
businesses that included oil, gold and diamond mining, a chartered
accountancy practice, and offshore financial management services"
Now we come to some interesting details, have patience and read it all, although it is a rather long excerpt.
May 1993, UNITA rebels opposing the Angolan government of President
Jose Eduardo dos Santos had seized Heritage's oil installations in Soyo
and shut down the oilfield. After losing control of Soyo, the Angolan
government asked for more mercenary help. Their request was directed to
Ranger Oil, which ran Angola's offshore oilfields. The approach led
Buckingham to hire what had been up to that time an exclusively South
African mercenary group, Executive Outcomes.
to a classified 1995 British Defense Intelligence Staff (DIS) report,
Ranger then gave Buckingham and Mann a $30 million contract to set up a
defense force. On Sept. 7, 1993, according to the intelligence report,
Mann and Buckingham registered Executive Outcomes as a U.K. company to
run the joint venture with the South African EO. The British
intelligence report on Executive Outcomes is classified "Secret U.K.
Eyes Alpha," a special security designation indicating that it should
not be given to or seen by U.S. or any other friendly intelligence
Sections of the report are based on South African intelligence service
reports of the same era, which could have been obtained through
bilateral exchange or through secret operations.
The report stated that South African intelligence suggested "so
successful has EO [Executive Outcomes] proved itself to be, the OAU
[Organization of African Unity] may be forced to … perhaps offer EO a
contract for the management of peace-keeping continent-wide."
British intelligence's assessment of the situation also described the
rise of Executive Outcome's "widespread activities" as a "cause for
about the real owners of Executive Outcomes (U.K.) does not appear on
British company records. According to these public records, the owners
and directors of EO were Eeben Barlow and his wife Sue.
The names of Buckingham and Mann are not listed. Barlow was a former
officer of the South African Defense Forces (SADF), who helped found the
original South African Executive Outcomes in 1989. Barlow and his wife
gave an address in Alton, Hampshire, England. But Barlow's real location
was Pretoria from where, together with fellow ex-SADF officer Lafras
Luitingh, he directed his company's forces in their battle against
UNITA. He recruited 500 men, "mostly ex-members of the SADF special
forces," according to the intelligence report. At least 24 SADF officers
were also persuaded to resign and join Executive Outcomes. Troops were
ferried to Angola from a small airport near Johannesburg.
also recruited a former British secret service "friend" – that is, a
former SIS intelligence officer – to support his activities that could
embarrass those establishment connections. Rupert Bowen, whose overt
career as a British diplomat in Europe and Namibia was later identified
as cover for Secret Intelligence Service work, left his post in Namibia
and joined Buckingham's growing oil and military empire at the start of
1995, the presence of the South African mercenaries in Angola had made a
significant impact on the war between government and UNITA forces. Soyo
and its oil installations were recovered, and a peace protocol
Buckingham and Executive Outcomes were moving in on Sierra Leone. In
May 1995, the Freetown government confidentially advised the British and
American ambassadors that the country had contracted for South African
military assistance. Subsequently, Bowen disclosed that the government
was hiring Executive Outcomes. Thus began a two-year Executive Outcomes
operation to "pacify" Sierra Leone, which ended in February 1997."
"As its activities became increasingly controversial in the mid 1990s, EO blended into Sandline International.The companies operated from the same glitzy, glass-fronted offices Buckingham maintained in King's Road, Chelsea. The
military companies operated interchangeably, within the premises
operated by Heritage Oil and Gas, and Branch Energy, the oil and mineral
companies run by Buckingham."
Please read the rest of this revealing article here.
Now that we have learned some more about Buckingham's connection to Executive Outcomes and Sandline International, I feel compelled to dig some more...
Outcomes' famous contracts in Angola and Sierre Leone were coordinated
by SAS veteran Tony Buckingham with EO's Eeben Barlow. Buckingham
had been set up with a pocket oil company, Heritage Oil and Gas in
Oman, a traditional British Intelligence/SAS staging point.
George Bush's intelligence shadow, Theodore Shackley, worked closely
with the British and the Lord Cayzer freight/shipping empire apparatus
out of Oman. Shackley supervised Dutchman John Deuss's oil smuggling to
South Africa, which was supplied in large part from Oman. Sitting on the
board of Heritage was Privy Council member David Steel. Steel spent his
teenage years at the Prince of Wales school in colonial Nairobi,
Kenya--in the middle of the so-called Mau Mau rebellion--where his
father was head of the Church of Scotland."
is most likely that EO, basically a several man office with a computer
data base, will operate in the shadow of such London SAS firms like
Defence Systems Limited (DSL), which has been insidiously digging itself
into every disintegrating region and nation of the world--like a
maggots into rotting flesh. The more serious question than EO per se, is just
how much of the Afrikaner establishment has signed on board to the
British game of decimating Africa, it's nations and population, and
recolonising with WWF style game preserves and mining domains, heavily
protected by private security, as zones of stability in the midst of
Terra Incognita of death and conflict. This question goes
equally for the ANC and Nelson Mandela. Numerous reports point to the
South African government tolerating opportunistically the foreign combat
deployments of Executive Outcomes. Although the government is currently
drafting legislation against mercenary deployments by South Africans,
it will probably only mean that the cartels must train "natives" to do
the dirty work." Note: Anti-mercenary laws were passed in South Africa in 1998, one year after this article has been published.
OK, so now we have come to know some facts about the man behind the Heritage Oil PLC and I can not help but wonder - With so many skeletons in their closet, why did the company rush to make an announcement of the takeover,
when the regime change in Libya is clearly not over and Libya is in the
middle of a civil war, with TNC members fighting among themselves? Maybe
the internal conflict among the TNC members is the reason, so every
vulture is hurrying to secure his promised spoils of war, in fear that
tomorrow the scenery within TNC and Libya itself might change and they
would be left out of the deal? They are aware that the situation on the
ground has nothing to do with the way it is portrayed in the western
media. As our sources say The Green army is advancing well and all over
Libya. Three more eastern tribes have turned against the rebels and are
now supporting Gaddafi.
night before last, there was a scheduled meeting of ENI (oil company)
representatives with the TNC people in the Rixos Hotel, that is they
were supposed to come to a meeting with the NTC to be storm their
discontent for the TNC failure to defend ENI's oil fields, which were
destroyed by Gaddafi loyalists in recent actions. ENI people did not
appear at the meeting, and the NTC-people began to dispute among
themselves and there was even some shooting at Rixos Hotel.
As Mutassim Billah al Gaddafi said in his speech yesterday:
"The next phase is striking of foreign oil interests in the whole of Libya. Who can protect the pipe network and oil installations which
are extended or located in the desert, no one can claim that they could
be protected! Command has issued orders to target all oil installations
or tankers both on land or at sea!"
The ground is shaking under the TNC feet and they know it.
TNC have to announce- soon, that they have "captured Sirte", because
the western media has made the public believe that Sirte is the only
place held by Gaddafi loyalists, which is very deceitful. If -in media-
Sirte falls, it will appear as if the whole Libya fell, and then they
can lie and deceive investors, big oil companies which invested a great
load of money in the overthrowing of Gaddafi and are impatient to see
results, like so many other disgruntled investors and participants of
this war. They have to lie.
All4Peace & Libya S.O.S.