The British Mercenaries Who Got Away with War Crimes
An explosive account of a secret group of mercenaries based on newly declassified documents
Like its mysterious name, Keenie Meenie Services escaped definition and to this day has evaded sanctions. Now explosive new evidence - only recently declassified - exposes the extent of these war crimes, and the British government's tacit support for the company's operations. Including testimonies from SAS veterans, spy chiefs and diplomats, we hear from key figures battle-hardened by the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the Iranian Embassy siege. Investigative journalist Phil Miller asks, who were these mercenaries: heroes, terrorists, freedom fighters or war criminals?
This book presents the first ever comprehensive case against Keenie Meenie Services, providing long overdue evidence on the crimes of the people who make a killing from killing.
Phil Miller is an investigative journalist and producer. His reporting on British special forces has triggered two government probes. He has worked for Corporate Watch and Reprieve, and written freelance pieces for many publications including Private Eye, Vice, Guardian and The Times. He is currently a staff reporter for Declassified UK, an investigations unit focusing on British foreign policy.
'Miller pilots you into a twilight world, where the pioneers of a rapacious industry blaze a trail of death and destruction across the continents, with a nod and a wink from Whitehall. This is the riveting story of HMG's dirty secret service: an investigative tour de force' - Jonathan Miller, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News
'Phil Miller is the UK's most important investigative journalist. This fascinating, unique and brilliantly researched book is one of the most important to be written on the UK's post-war foreign policy' - Mark Curtis, Author and Historian
‘What distinguishes Miller’s book is the depth of research. Investigative reporters often have to rely on personal information from anonymous sources, but Miller has also done extensive documentary research... This is why Miller’s achievement is so welcome: a book that contains close to 500 references and footnotes yet is thoroughly readable throughout.’ - Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford
'The pace and narrative are Le Carre-esque, but made even more compelling by the fact that the events are true' - Joe Glenton, ForcesWatch
'Lifts the lid on KMS's activities and the men behind it' - Daily Mail
'Very, very explosive' - Qasa Alom, BBC Asian Network
'An excellent book' - Military History Matters
'Draws forensic inferences to create leads and story-trails' - Irish Times
'Compelling and accessible' - Counterfire
Introduction: Return of the Privateers
1. White Sultan of Oman
2. Bodyguards and Business Building
3. Teenage Rebellions
4. The Upside Down Jeep
5. Oliver North's British Mercenary
6. The Exploding Hospital
7. Mercenaries and Mujahideen
8. The English Pilot
9. Grenades in Wine Glasses
10. Bugger off my Land!
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745340784
eBook ISBN: 9781786805843
129mm x 198mm