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War Profiteer of the Month-G4S

30 Aug 2012 — javier at War Resistors International

G4S plc (formerly Group 4 Securicor) is a British multinational security services company headquartered in Crawley, United Kingdom. It is the world’s largest security company measured by revenues and has operations in around 125 countries. G4S was founded in 2004 by the merger of the UK-based Securicor plc with the Denmark-based Group 4 Falck.

In 2004 G4S bought private military and security company (PMSC) ArmorGroup and in doing so joined the shadowy world of privatised war. PMSCs have been accused of profiting from war, conflict, and political instability at the expense of security and human rights.

The British government has already played a large role in the growth of this industry by endorsing its widespread use in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the three years 2007-2009 the industry earned £62.8 million in contracts from the UK government. Almost all of the Foreign Office’s contracts have gone to ArmorGroup, now part of G4S. In June this year, defence secretary Philip Hammond, announced 30,000 Army jobs would go amid spending cuts, citing the need to use “more systematically the skills available in the reserve and from our contractors”.

Please read the history of G4S and more here

August 31, 2012 - Posted by | ArmorGroup, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Follow the Money, G4S, Ronco, Wackenhut | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on MisBehaved Woman and commented:
    In the USA, G4S is the parent of GEO private prisons…nice to know some corporations never miss a chance to turn unnecessary misery & violence into profit, eh?

    Comment by MisBehaved Woman | August 31, 2012 | Reply

  2. Well not to worry…they made a complete hash of guarding our Olympic Games and kindly gave us all the chance to see the non-killing machine human side of our armed forces🙂 Every cloud has a silver lining!😉

    Comment by europasicewolf | September 1, 2012 | Reply


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