The Sunday Times reports that Declan Ganley has stepped down from his military contracting Rivada networks and appointed several senior ex-military heavy-hitters to take up the slack.
The move may confirm his intention to run in the Euroean elections. However there is a stiong possibility that the scrutiny the firm and its activities have come under since Ganley launched his political activities may also be a factor in Ganley's steeping down.
According to the The Sunday Times, Ganley appointmented of John Kelly, a former president of Bell Aerospace and a current Rivada director, to succeed him and appointed four new members to the company’s board. Baron Guthrie, the former British Chief of Defence Staff, and General Richard Myers , a former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff during the invasions of Afgahistan and Iraq were appointed as were Michael Jackson, a former deputy secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, and George Forseman, a former under-secretary were also appointed. The Times states:
The appointments of personnel with military links may intensify claims by Ganley’s opponents that America’s military-industrial complex are linked to his opposition to the Lisbon treatyThe fact that Ganley has appointed two men who held the most senior positions in the military in both Britain and the United States of America ceratinly raises this bloggers eyebrows. It would seem that Ganley made some friends in high places while he scrambled for military contacts in post Invasion Iraq. His Tigris Staffing company was opertating from Baghdad within months of the 2003 invasion. Ganley's motives and funding are unkown. His connections with the military and the US Dept of Homeland Security are well documented.
It is clear that Libertas have a slush fund from which they recently offered a Swedish political party 1 mil euro to change their name to Libertas. This purchase of policial parties in an effort to brand Libertas is a cynical and sinister development from which our democracies will have to defend itself against.
There must be an urgent investigation of Libertas's finaces on a country by country and central basis. laws regarding funding in all EU astates must be utilised to probe this menace to basic freedoms that Ganley ironically named Libertas.
Richard Meyrs was one of George W. Bush's key men in his invasion of Iraq. In 2005 the Boston Post reported
The last throes of truth in Iraq
Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers was asked on ABC's ''Good Morning America" about the deaths. ''Myers said, 'Well, first of all, the number of incidents is actually down 25 percent since the highs of last November, during the election period. So, overall, numbers of incidents are down. Lethality, as you mentioned, is up. . . . I think what's causing it is a realization that Iraq is marching inevitably toward democracy."
Do not even think of bringing up Amnesty International. The human rights group published its annual report last week, a report in which the organization's secretary general, Irene Khan, said, ''The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has become the gulag of our times, entrenching the practice of arbitrary and indefinite detention in violation of international law."
To that, Bush cried, ''Absurd." Cheney said, ''I was offended." Myers said, ''absolutely irresponsible."
All that is missing is a banner behind them saying, ''Misinformation Accomplished."
Bush, Cheney, and Myers are saying all these things as their invasion of Iraq is closing in on a dubious milestone. The number of soldiers who died in the invasion and occupation, 858, is about to be passed by the number killed after the United States handed over sovereignty to hand-picked Iraqi leaders. The latter number just crossed the 800 mark. Read full article Here
Ganley leaves job for Libertas
Declan Ganley is leaving his role as chief executive of Rivada Networks to campaign for the European elections
Declan Ganley, the head of Libertas, has said he is quitting his role as chief executive of Rivada Networks, his communications technology company, to concentrate on campaigning in the European elections.
Ganley, who has yet to declare if he will be a candidate in the North West constituency, is to remain as chairman of the firm, which has secured US military contracts worth up to $240m (€190m).
Ganley has appointed John Kelly, a former president of Bell Aerospace and a current Rivada director, to succeed him and appointed four new members to the company’s board, including Lord Guthrie, the former British chief of defence staff, and General Richard Myers, a former chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff.
The other new directors are Michael Jackson, a former deputy secretary of the US department of homeland security, and George Forseman, a former under-secretary.
The appointments of personnel with military links may intensify claims by Ganley’s opponents that America’s military-industrial complex are linked to his opposition to the Lisbon treaty. Ganley has been accused of receiving funding from the US military establishment, which he has denied.
The Libertas leader is trying to recruit candidates across the EU in an attempt to make the June elections a “proxy referendum” on the Lisbon treaty. He claims to be happy with the progress Libertas is making, despite controversies over its application for funding and recognition as a political party.
Some of the MEPs on a Libertas document submitted to the European parliament denied they had signed it.
Libertas claimed political pressure had been applied to force the signatories to withdraw their support, which in turn was denied.
Libertas may also have been the target of the Irish government when it announced changes in the donations system designed to clamp down on campaign groups.