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Foreigners under strict surveillance after Raymond Davis episode

The International News Monday March 21, 2011

PESHAWAR: The security agencies across the country have been given the green light to go after suspicious foreigners in their respective areas following reports about the presence of spies in the guise of aid workers and diplomats, a source confided to The News.

Statistics show that at least 2,570 foreigners of 78 different countries, including 1,919 appointed on diplomatic positions, are presently working in foreign missions across Pakistan.

An American national Aaron Mark DeHaven was arrested in Peshawar on February 24 for overstaying in Pakistan as his visa had expired in October last year. He has married a local woman and has been living in the city for many years despite the fact that foreigners were facing threats in Peshawar and rest of the province.

Four other Americans were detained for a couple of hours on March 14 by cops from the University Town police station. The same police station briefly held three other foreigners, including a French national and an Australian, on March 18 but they were released after the investigators were satisfied that they had the required legal documents. Foreigners have also been held in Lahore and other cities of the country.

Please read the entire story here

March 21, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan | , , , , , | Leave a comment

VETERANS TODAY EXCLUSIVE: RAYMOND DAVIS RELEASE – IMRAN KHAN & IJAZUL HAQ INTERVIEWS – THE INSIDE STORY

By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor and Raja Mujtaba, Bureau Chief Veterans Today Islamabad

CIA contractor Raymond Davis was released by Punjab officials after a reported deal was negotiated with the families of the two men he was accused of murdering.  Davis was scheduled to be indicted for murder charges today.  Security forces picked up the families last night.

Despite the late hour, spontaneous demonstrations have materialized around Pakistan.  The US Consulate in Lahore is the scene tonight of violent clashes between police and anti-American demonstrators.  More demonstrations are planned for tomorrow as political parties vie for credibility in light of the public outrage at Davis’ release.

A payment estimated a $2 million was made to secure the release.  The families are still in police custody.  Davis is now at an undisclosed location, rumored to be Bagram Air Force Base in Kabul.

THE REAL STORY

Press stories are largely inaccurate and incomplete.  This is what actually happened according to high ranking sources in the Punjab police and government officials who wish to remain anonymous.

Tonight, Afzal, the uncle of Shumaila, the widow of one of the slain men who had committed suicide, went on Pakistani television.  He told the audience, moments ago:

Family members were told they were being taken to the police station to make statements.  Instead, they were taken to a secret location and held in isolation and told that unless they signed a letter pardoning Davis, “you will never see daylight.”

Ijazul Haq, Pakistan’s former Minister of Religion and son of former Prime Minister Zia al Haq reports, in a VT exclusive, that members of the family and others involved, were given US citizenship to protect them from reprisals.

Please read the entire report with background and Video’s here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues, State Department | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan releases CIA contractor Raymond Davis after ‘blood money’ paid

The Associated Press, NBC, and MSNBC  March 16, 2011

ISLAMABAD — An American CIA contractor facing murder charges in Pakistan has been released after the payment of “blood money” to the relatives of the victims, local officials said Wednesday.

Raymond Allen Davis has been in jail since Jan. 27, seriously straining ties between Pakistan and the United States.

“The family members of the slain men appeared in the court and independently verified they had pardoned him,” provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah told private Geo television, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Sanaullah said Davis was released by the court and was free to go where he wanted.

Chaudhry Mushtaq, superintendent at Kot Lakhpat jail, says Davis had left the jail in the company of U.S. consulate officials.

Pakistani law allows murder suspects to be set free if they compensate the heirs of their victims.

Washington insisted Davis was acting in self-defense against robbers after he shot two men  while he was driving through the eastern city of Lahore. A third Pakistani was killed when struck by a U.S. car rushing to aid the American.  Please read the entire article here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, State Department | , | Leave a comment

Pakistan court indicts CIA contractor Raymond Davis for double murder

By Mubasher Bokhari at Rueters Africa March 16, 2011

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Pakistani court on Wednesday formally charged a CIA contractor on two counts of murder at a hearing held at a prison in Lahore, a police official said, in a move that may further strain relations with the United States.

Raymond Davis, 36, shot dead two Pakistanis in the eastern Punjab city on January 27 following what he described as an attempted armed robbery. He said he acted in self-defence and the United States says he has diplomatic immunity and should be repatriated.

“He has been indicted,” a police investigator assigned to the case told Reuters from inside Kot Lakhpat prison, where the trial is being held under tight security.

If convicted, Davis could face the death penalty.  Please read the entire article here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, State Department | , , , | Leave a comment

Raymond Davis to be arraigned tomorrow

Pakistan Security Brief – March 15, 2011 at Critical Threats

The News reports that U.S.-contractor Raymond Davis will be arraigned on murder charges on Wednesday. Legal experts reported that the formal trial would begin in the next hearing. Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also argued that the U.S. should present proof of its claims of diplomatic immunity for Raymond Davis. Qureshi stated that, “It is my stand that Davis dose not enjoy immunity and I took this stand after a briefing from senior officers of the Foreign Office.”

March 15, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Politics, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan insists tough stance on Raymond Davis issue

English.news.cn 2011-03-07 22:05:13

ISLAMABAD, March 7 (Xinhua) — While the United States once again called for immediate release of Raymond Davis who shot dead two Pakistanis, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Monday that the decision on whether Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity will be made by the court.

During a meeting with U.S. special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman, Gilani said that Pakistan’s stance on this issue is based on principles and there can be no negotiations on it, according to local TV channel DAWN news.

He said that the decision regarding Davis’ immunity will be made by the court and it should not affect bilateral ties between Pakistan and the U.S..

Gilani also urged the U.S. to provide the remaining amount of aid for Pakistan through the coalition support fund.

Gilani said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan and suggestions for sustainable peace in the region would be welcomed.

Grossman told the prime minister that the stalled aid for Pakistan will be provided very soon. He also appealed to Gilani to release Davis.  Please read the entire story here

March 7, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Politics, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , | Leave a comment

Possible Diyat “Blood Money” Deal for Raymond Davis

American experts arrive in Pak to provide legal aid to Davis

Islamabad March 5, 2011

Two American experts arrived in Pakistan today to provide legal aid to a US embassy official on trial for shooting and killing two armed men in Lahore in January, according to media reports.

The detention of private security contractor Raymond Davis triggered a serious diplomatic row between Pakistan and the US and ties between intelligence agencies of the two countries have plunged to a new low.

The US hired three Pakistani lawyers to defend Davis, whose claim of diplomatic immunity has been rejected by a court in Lahore. Sensing that Pakistani courts will proceed against Davis, the US has now sent two legal experts to aid him, TV news channels reported.

The American experts will meet Davis at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, where he is being held, and discuss the cases against him, the reports said. In addition, the experts will hold a meeting with the families of the men killed by Davis, the reports said.

The US is reportedly trying to seek a solution to Davis’ case under Islamic laws, which allow such matters to be settled through a “blood money” deal, sources close the families said.

The US diplomats have reportedly contacted the families and offered ‘diyat’ or compensation paid to the heirs of a dead person. The Pakistan government is under pressure from the US to free Davis but it is also facing internal pressure as opposition parties have demanded that he should be punished.  Please read the entire story here

March 5, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan: Court gives go-ahead for Raymond Davis CIA contractor murder trial

ADNKronos International  March 3, 2011

Lahore, 3 March (AKI) -The murder trial in Pakistan for American CIA contractor Raymond Davis will proceed even though the United States claims that he is covered by international conventions that should grant him diplomatic immunity, according to a Pakistani court in Lahore.

The court’s decision is a setback to US efforts to seek his early release.
Davis was arrested on 27 January after he shot dead two Pakistani men in the eastern city, he claims in self-defence. He is also suspected of spying. He was an employee of the American consulate in Lahore, and worked for a private security firm before he went to Pakistan but holds a diplomatic passport.
The hearing Davis took place amid high security in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore where he is being held. The court will next convene on 8 March.
The case has increased anti-American sentiment in Pakistan strained the relationship between Pakistan and the US. Davis, a former US special forces officer, has been charged with double-murder and faces possible execution.
Under international laws, embassy diplomats have full diplomatic immunity whereas consular officials are liable for detention in case of grave crimes.  Please see the original story here

March 3, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , | 1 Comment

“RAYMOND DAVIS” – CAN IMRAN KHAN SAVE AMERICA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH PAKSITAN?

RIGHT FOR AMERICA, RIGHT FOR PAKISTAN

By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

IMRAN KHAN

The standoff between the United States and Pakistan over the arrest of contractor Raymond Davis is not going to be solved unless both nations take a step into that “no man’s land” of trust and honesty.

There is no question about diplomatic status, this was a clumsy mistake made by State Department officials in Washington who had little or no understanding of the legal and political issues at stake.  Recent admissions that Davis is “CIA” mean nothing.  Nobody knows what “CIA” means anymore, not since the wave of privatization that has spread to many of America’s critical security functions.

Were America honest in this, it would admit the truth.  The CIA and State Department leaders had no idea Davis was in Pakistan or what he was doing.  During the Bush era, duplicate lines of command were created that are still in place.  Projects are “green lighted” and funded without oversight, projects that were and are not in the best interests of the United States.  Evidence thus far gives a strong indication that Raymond Davis was employed in such a capacity.  Moreover, he was obviously ill suited for his task and is dangerously unstable. There is little question of this anymore

Please read the entire post here

February 27, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Raymond Davis Trial begins in Pakistan

LAHORE: Raymond Davis refused to sign a charge sheet in court Friday and insisted he had diplomatic immunity, lawyers said.

The International Herald Tribune

The hearing in the murder case against Raymond Davis took place amid high security in Kot Lakphat jail in Lahore where he is being held, and was adjourned until March 3.

“Davis refused to sign the copy insisting that he be released and claiming that he enjoys immunity,” public prosecutor Abdul Samad told AFP.

Samad said that Davis, who claimed he acted in self-defence when he shot the men in a busy Lahore street last month, was handcuffed during the hearing which was guarded by more than 300 armed police officers in and around the prison.

Police have said they recovered a Glock pistol, four loaded magazines, a GPS navigation system and a small telescope from Davis’ car after the January 27 shooting.

US Consul General Carmela Conroy and other American officials were present at Friday’s hearing.

Asad Manzoor Butt, lawyer for the families of the men who were shot dead, rejected the American’s immunity claim.  Read the entire article here

February 25, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, State Department | , , , , | Leave a comment

Veterans Today: “IF RAYMOND DAVIS IS RELEASED, PAKISTAN’S GOVERNMENT WILL FALL

Posted by Gordon Duff at Veterans Today

VTTV February 20, 2011 with Gordon Duff and Raja Mujtaba

The diplomatic standoff between the United States and Pakistan over the arrest of State Department security contractor Raymond Davis for murder continues while the courts in the state of Punjab consider their options.

The American government has, since the incident, listed Davis as a diplomat and is demanding his release.  Please read the entire story at Veterans Today.

February 21, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GORDON DUFF: RAYMOND DAVIS-HILLARY’S DIPLOMATIC THUG

DIPLOMAT, DRUG MULE OR TERRORIST?

American diplomats have special black passports, titles like “attache” or “consul general,” and hardly ever shoot anyone, except on TV.

by Gordon Duff  Staff Writer Senior Editor at Veterans Today

HILLARY'S NEW "DIPLOMATS?"

Diplomats don’t carry guns. They aren’t supposed to drive around in cars, shooting and running people over.

We have seen this behavior a lot recently, part of a pattern of organized banditry, terrorism and mayhem America used to call the Global War on Terror. That war is over, written off as a joke.  The behaviors are there, the killings, the drones, the torture.

We now call it diplomacy and the thugs are “diplomats.”

We can only imagine what they do.  We have seen their parties, gay sex orgies in Kabul.  We have seen the photos from Abu Ghraib.  We have seen the bodies, children, women, the aged, anyone unable to duck gunfire from the window of a Humvee or black Chevy Tahoe.

Now our own State Department claims these thugs are diplomats?  What could they be thinking?  Even the dullest witted mainstream news monkey has to know the reason for America’s bluster.

One of the “holy warriors” used to keep the world aflame has been caught and Hillary Clinton will go to any extreme to cover her tracks.

What is Raymond Davis?  Does he look like a terrorist?  He certainly quacks like one.  Governments have always given spies “cover” as diplomats.  We see them on TV all the time, the action hero at the embassy ball, tuxedo, champagne glass, continually touching his ear or talking into his sleeve.

They always carry the title of “Cultural Attache” but everyone understands.  That is the movies, fiction, the truth has taken on a nasty turn.

Please read more of this article here

February 18, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues, State Department | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistani Taliban demands death for Raymond Davis

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban on Sunday demanded that the country’s government execute a US official who shot dead two men in broad daylight, or hand him over to the Islamist militant group.

“We demand that the Pakistani government hang Raymond Davis or otherwise hand him over to us. We will decide his fate,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Tariq claimed that Davis, whose exact role in Pakistan has been unclear, was a spy.

“He was here for spying. He is an American spy. We will kill all those people and will target them who will help him (Davis) or try to set him free,” Tariq said.

“He is a killer, he has killed two innocent Pakistanis. We will take revenge for them,” he added.

The shooting has sparked a diplomatic crisis between Washington and Islamabad after the US demanded that Davis, who shot two Pakistani motorcyclists on January 27, be freed on the grounds of diplomatic immunity.

Please read the entire article here

February 13, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Pakistan, Private Security Contractor, State Department, Taliban | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Deepening Mystery of Raymond Davis and Two Slain Pakistani Motorcyclists

By Dave Lindorff Special to Counter Punch

The mystery of American Raymond A. Davis, currently imprisoned in the custody of local police in Lahore, Pakistan and charged with the Jan. 27 murder of two young men, whom he allegedly shot eight times with pinpoint accuracy through his car windshield, is growing increasingly murky.

Also growing is the anger among Pakistanis that the US is trying to spring him from a Punjab jail by claiming diplomatic immunity. On Feb. 4, there were massive demonstrations, especially in Lahore, demanding that Davis be held for trial, an indication of the level of public anger at talk of granting him immunity.

Davis (whose identity was first denied and later confirmed by the US Embassy in Islamabad), and the embassy have claimed that he was hired as an employee of a US security company called Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, which was said to be located at 5100 North Lane in Orlando, Florida. Business cards for Hyperion were found on Davis by arresting officers.

However CounterPunch has investigated and discovered the following information:

First, there is not and never has been any such company located at the 5100 North Lane address. It is only an empty storefront, with empty shelves along one wall and an empty counter on the opposite wall, with just a lone used Coke cup sitting on it. A leasing agency sign is on the window.  A receptionist at the IB Green & Associates rental agency located in Leesburg, Florida, said that her agency, which handles the property, part of a desolate-looking strip mall of mostly empty storefronts, has never leased to a Hyperion Protective Consultants. She added, “In fact, until recently, we had for several years occupied that address ourselves.”

The Florida Secretary of State’s office, meanwhile, which requires all Florida companies, including LLSs  (limited liability partnerships), to register, has no record, current or lapsed, of a Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, and there is only one company with the name Hyperion registered at all in the state. It is Hyperion Communications, a company based in W. Palm Beach, that has no connection with Davis or with security-related activities.

The non-existent Hyperion Protective Consultants does have a website (www.hyperion-protective.com),

(this website was taken down but you can see the text from it here) but one of the phone numbers listed doesn’t work, an 800 number produces a recorded answer offering information about how to deal with or fend off bank foreclosures, and a third number with an Orlando exchange goes to a recording giving Hyperion’s corporate name and asking the caller to leave a message. Efforts to contact anyone on that line were unsuccessful. The local phone company says there is no public listing for Hyperion Protective Consultants–a rather unusual situation for a legitimate business operation.

Pakistani journalists have been speculating that Davis is either a CIA agent or is working as a contractor for some private mercenary firm–possibly Xe, the reincarnation of Blackwater. They are not alone in their suspicions. Jeff Stein, writing in the Washington Post on January 27, suggested after interviewing Fred Burton, a veteran of the State Department’s counter-terrorism Security Service, that Davis may have been involved in intelligence activity, either as a CIA employee under embassy cover or as a contract worker at the time of the shootings. Burton, who currently works with Stratfor, an Austin, TX-based “global intelligence” firm,  even speculates that the shootings may have been a “spy meeting gone awry,”  and not, as US Embassy and State Department officials are claiming, a case of an attempted robbery or car-jacking.

Even the information about what actually transpired is sketchy at this point. American media reports have Davis driving in Mozang, a busy commercial section of Lahore, and being approached by two threatening men on motorcycles. The US says he fired in self-defense, through his windshield with his Beretta pistol, remarkably hitting both men four times and killing both. He then exited his car and photographed both victims with his cell phone, before being arrested by local Lahore police. Davis, 36, reportedly a former Special Forces officer, was promptly jailed on two counts of murder, and despite protests by the US Embassy and the State Department that he  is a “consular official” responsible for “security,” he continues to be held pending trial.

What has not been reported in the US media, but which reporter Shaukat Qadir of the Pakistani Express Tribune, says has been stated by Lahore police authorities, is that the two dead motorcyclists were each shot two times, “probably the fatal shots,” in the back by Davis. They were also both shot twice from the front. Such ballistics don’t mesh nicely with a protestation of self-defense.

Also left unmentioned in the US media is what else was found in Davis’ possession. Lahore police say that in addition to the Beretta he was still holding, and three cell phones retrieved from his pockets, they found a loaded Glock pistol in his car, along with three full magazines, and a “small telescope.”  Again, heavy arms for a consular security officer not even in the act of guarding any embassy personnel, and what’s with the telescope?  Also unmentioned in US accounts: his car was not an embassy vehicle, but was a local rental car.

American news reports say that a “consular vehicle” sped to Davis’ aid after the shooting incident and killed another motorcyclist enroute, before speeding away. The driver of that car is being sought by Lahore prosecutors but has not been identified or produced by US Embassy officials. According to Lahore police, however, the car in question, rather than coming to Davis’s aid, actually had been accompanying Davis’s sedan, and when the shooting happened, it “sped away,” killing the third motorcyclist as it raced off. Again a substantially different story that raises more questions about what this drive into the Mozang district was all about.

Davis has so far not said why he was driving, heavily armed, without anyone else in his vehicle, in a private rental car in a business section of Lahore where foreign embassy staff would not normally be seen. He is reportedly remaining silent and is leaving all statements to the US Embassy.

The US claim that Davis has diplomatic immunity hinges first and foremost on whether he is actually a “functionary” of the consulate.  According to Lahore police investigators, he was arrested carrying a regular US passport, which had a business visa, not a diplomatic visa. The US reportedly only later supplied a diplomatic passport carrying a diplomatic visa that had been obtained not in the US before his departure, but in Islamabad, the country’s capital.

(Note: It is not unusual, though it is not publicly advertised, for the US State Department to issue duplicate passports to certain Americans. When I was working for Business Week magazine in Hong Kong in the early 1990s, and was dispatched often into China on reporting assignments, my bureau chief advised me that I could take a letter signed by her to the US Consulate in Hong Kong and request a second passport. One would be used exclusively to enter China posing as a tourist. The other would be used for going in officially as a journalist. The reason for this subterfuge, which was supported by the State Department, was that  once Chinese visa officials have spotted a Chinese “journalist” visa stamped in a passport, they would never again allow that person to enter the country without first obtaining such a visa. The problem is that a journalist visa places strict limits on a reporter’s independent travel and access to sources. As a tourist, however, the same reporter could – illegally — travel freely and report without being accompanied by meddling foreign affairs office “handlers.”)

Considerable US pressure is currently being brought to bear on the Pakistani national government to hand over Davis to the US, and the country’s Interior Minister yesterday issued a statement accepting that Davis was a consular official as claimed by the US.  But Punjab state authorities are not cooperating, and so far the national government is saying it is up to local authorities and the courts to decide whether his alleged crime of murder would, even if he is a legitimate consular employee, override a claim of diplomatic immunity.

Under Pakistani law, only actual consular functionaries, not service workers at embassy and consulate, have diplomatic status. Furthermore, no immunity would apply in the case of “serious” crimes–and certainly murder is as serious as it gets.

The US media have been uncritically quoting the State Department as saying that Pakistan is “violating” the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 by holding Davis in jail on murder charges. Those reporters should check the actual document.

Section II, Article 41 of the treaty, in its first paragraph regarding the “Personal inviolability of consular officers,” states:

“Consular officers shall not be liable to arrest or detention pending trial, except in the case of a grave crime and pursuant to a decision by the competent judicial authority.”

In other words, the prosecutorial, police and judicial authorities in Lahore and the state of Punjab are doing exactly what they are supposed to do in holding Davis on murder charges, pending a judicial determination concerning whether or not he can properly claim diplomatic immunity.

The US claim that Pakistan is violating the convention is simply nonsense.

There is also the matter of double standards. The US routinely violates the Vienna Diplomatic Accord that governs international diplomatic rights. For example, the same convention requires countries that arrest, jail and prosecute foreigners for crimes to promptly notify the person’s home country embassy, and to grant that embassy the right to provide legal counsel. Yet the US has arrested, charged with murder, and executed many foreign nationals without ever notifying their embassies of their legal jeopardy, and has, on a number of occasions, even gone ahead with executions after a convict’s home country has learned of the situation and requested a stay and a retrial with an embassy-provided defense attorney.  The US, in 1997, also prosecuted, over the objections of the government of Georgia, a Georgian embassy diplomat charged with the murder of a 16-year-old girl.

Apparently diplomatic immunity has more to do with the relative power of the government in question and of the embassy in question than with the simple words in a treaty.

It remains to be seen whether Davis will ever actually stand trial in Pakistan. The US is pushing hard in Islamabad for his release. On the other hand, his arrest and detention, and the pressure by the US Embassy to spring him, are leading to an outpouring of rage among Pakistanis at a very volatile time, with the Middle East facing a wave of popular uprisings against US-backed autocracies, and with Pakistan itself, increasingly a powder keg, being bombed by US rocket-firing pilotless drone aircraft.

Some Pakistani publications, meanwhile, are speculating that Davis, beyond simple spying, may have been involved in subversive activities in the country, possibly linked to the wave of terror bombings that have been destabilizing the central government. They note that both of the slain motorcyclists (the third dead man appears to have been an innocent victim of the incident) were themselves armed with pistols, though neither had apparently drawn his weapon.

A State Department official, contacted by Counterpunch, refused to provide any details about the nature of Davis’ employment, or to offer an explanation for Hyperion Protective Consultants LLC’s fictitious address, and its lack of registration with the Florida Secretary of State’s office.

Davis is currently scheduled for a court date on Feb. 11 to consider the issue of whether or not he has immunity from prosecution.  Please see the original here

February 8, 2011 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Legal Jurisdictions, NATO, Pakistan, Pentagon, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How much pressure can Pakistan bear on release of Raymond Davis

The Islamabad Globe

It has been a couple of weeks and the US Ambassador to Pakistan (aka Pakistani Ambassador to US) Mr. Hussein Haqqani is in panic because the State Department has has restricted diplomatic contact with the Pakistani Embassy. This supposedly is the first step in the pressure. A woman of Pakistani origin was given a life sentence in New York and is being kept in solitary confinement for attempted murder of a US Marine after being gang raped for years and being forced to watch her children being raped ad nauseum. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is given a life sentence.

A US contractor whole regular civilian passport has been shown on Pakistani Television shoots two Pakistani citizens in the back, and there is pressure to release him without a trial. According to press reports, the US is threatening stopping all military and economic aid to Pakistan if Mr. Raymond Davis or whatever his name is not released immediately.

According to the Pakistani press, “Mr. Davis” seems to have worked simultaneously in Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi. According to Ahmed Qureshi a respected journalist in Pakistan, Mr. “Davis” was on a business visa and that does give him any diplomatic immunity in Pakistan. The Vienna Conventions clearly state that Diplomatic Immunity cannot be used to escape from Criminal activity.

Press Reports from Pakistan indicate that he was involved in  “sensitive activities” working as a “contractor” for U.S. Department of Defence and CIA.  In plain English this means that he was part of a Blackwater type of Organization. Pakistani Officials have warned the US that since the case is in the court it would be highly unpopular for the Federal or Provincial government to intervene and release the American and risk public backlash.

Please read the entire article here

February 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Pakistan, Pentagon, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , | 1 Comment