The Algerian Terror Attack

Algerian Hitchhikers (Signs of a bad neighborhood)



By Michael Shrimpton


A most interesting article in the London Daily Telegraph this week by Alex Spillius.  He’s a bit of an idiot, no offense intended – he even thinks Barack Obama was born in Honolulu!  At least he says he does. 

However even the most ill-informed journalists occasionally get it right.  Spillius reported from Algiers that “BP and its gas production partners were warned by the Algerian authorities that a relation of an al-Qaeda leader worked in a senior position in a company that provided transport at the In Amenas site.”  Precisely so.

The Algerian security services are efficient, and tend to have an appropriate regard for suspects’ rights.  I am quite sure the failure to act on their warning raised eyebrows in Algiers.

It is now perfectly clear that the In Amenas attackers had inside help.  They also needed some one at GCHQ to cover the tracks by suppressing satellite intelligence (SATINT) of the highly visible progress of their convoy through Niger and Libya.

A convoy of Toyota Landcruisers and ‘mechanicals’ moving at speed across the desert would stand out more than a sensible minister in the Coalition Government.  This would apply even more after the sun went down – the Saharan desert gets pretty cold at night.  Just ask any old Africa hand.  The thermal images created by the engines would have stood out very nicely against the cold desert.

Al Qaeda don’t have any people at GCHQ, or at Fort Meade, for that matter.  Chaps with beards, clutching Korans and AK-47’s, muttering Allahu Akbar, tend not to get past the first interview, even with GCHQ’s diversity policy.  It takes a super-agency with real pulling power to boss GCHQ around.  Step up the DVD.

Hopefully David Cameron is now better informed about the DVD, having popped over to Algiers for a quiet chit chat.  They might even have told him why they couldn’t trust London.  Had they been really helpful and desirous of helping Britain the Algerians might have arranged to have had the Prime Minister kidnapped.  You can’t have everything, however.

Con Coughlin suggests in today’s Telegraph that lives would have been saved had the Algerians allowed the SAS to mount the raid.  No they wouldn’t.  The raid would have been betrayed by GO2 (DVD’s London operation) assets in the Cabinet Office.  The SAS would have abseiled into a trap.  There are also serious questions about their resources.  The Cabinet Office and the Treasury have been waging war on our Special Forces, and they have been seriously weakened by cuts and legal guerrilla warfare, such as the crazy prosecution of Sgt. Nightingale.  Setting up an ambush would have suited the GO2 boys in the Cabinet Office quite nicely.

In Amenas is a huge site – in fact it’s three sites.  Quite a large force was needed to secure it.  Since the defenders, who were talking directly to the Cabinet Office, would have been alerted, the losses amongst the hostages would not been any lower.  Algiers is more secure than London and the liberators had the advantage of surprise.  The Algerians also had the advantage, with respect, of having a sensible Prime Minister.  Lucky country.

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Michael Shrimpton is a barrister, currently suspended of course, called to the Bar in London in 1983. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counterterrorism. He has wide ranging connections both in Western Intelligence agencies and amongst ex-Soviet Bloc agencies. The late Generaloberst Markus Wolf, of the Stasi and DVD, was one of his contacts. Michael has earned respect in the intelligence community for his analysis of previously unacknowledged post-WWII covert operations against the West by the German DVD organization based in Dachau, near Munich, Germany, and its British, French and American client agencies. These continue to the present day, as politicians and the media are too nervous of standing up to them.

Michael was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies in the Department of National Security, Intelligence and Space Studies at the American Military University, teaching intelligence subjects at Masters level to inter alia serving intelligence officers. He has represented US and Israeli intelligence officers in law and briefed in staffers on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9-11. In the wake of that murderous attack he addressed panels on terrorism in Washington DC and Los Angeles organized by the respected Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Fellow panelists included a former head of Special Operations Command and a former Commander of the US Atlantic Fleet.

Michael's active assistance to Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies in the Global War on Terror produced some notable successes, including the exposure of the Abu Ghraib 'hood' photograph as a fake. His work on strategic intelligence took him to the Pentagon and he has also met with senior advisors to the President of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, in November 2005. He participated in the Global Strategic Review conference in Geneva in 2005 and was a speaker at both the Intelligence Conference (Intelcon) in 2005, and the Intelligence Summit in 2006, each at Crystal City.

In 2006 he was flown out to, and flew off from, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as part of the US Navy's Distinguished Visitor Program. She was then working up her air group off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, before operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. It is comparatively unusual for a foreign civilian to complete a carrier landing and launch cycle.

Michael's ground-breaking, 700 page intelligence text "Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence" was published in England by June Press in April 2014. It features on a number of intelligence syllabuses, as does intelligence analysis prepared by Michael, e.g. on the brutal 2003 assassination of British weapons scientist Dr David Kelly CMG.

In their unlawful raid on Michael’s home in Wendover, Buckinghamshire in April 2012 Thames Valley Police officers seized the manuscript of Spyhunter and all of Michael’s onshore backups. Publication was only possible because the draft had been backed up offshore. The police hung onto the seized copies long after it was decided not to use them as evidence.

In November 2014 Michael was convicted at Southwark Crown Court by a tampered-with jury panel on two bogus bomb-hoax charges. Prior to bringing in the police the British Ministry of Defence, after consulting with the Cabinet Office, destroyed their recordings of Michael’s initial contact and qualified intelligence briefing re a DVD operation to target the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics using a stolen Russian SS-N-19 warhead.

Happily the NSA intercepted both Michael’s call to MOD and their call to him (on a number he had provided) and the intercepts are now in the hands of MI5.

As Michael’s distinguished Veterans Today colleagues Gordon Duff and Ben Fulford have confirmed on this website, his intelligence briefing to MOD was substantially correct and two warheads, both off an SS-19, were recovered by the US. After inspection the Department of Energy estimated their yield at 20KT.