way to go, phil and vince

[…] The firm retained Vincent Cannistraro, a former chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, and earlier one of the government officials responsible for overseeing US support of the Nicaraguan contras, as a consultant at $75,000 a year. “I did due diligence on a couple of customers,” Cannistraro recalls. […] Phil Giraldi, a former CIA officer, was also on the payroll. According to Giraldi, there was not a lot of work for him and Cannistraro. “We would go to a company like Enron and see if they had any issues if they were looking to acquire a company,” he recalled. “See if the [company to be acquired] is connected to the Russia mob. That’s what we were selling. We were not very successful.” Giraldi left the firm in 1999. By then, he had become aware of the firm’s more unconventional activities : “Scooping garbage, trying to get penetrations of companies and environmental groups. I didn’t know a lot of the details.” But, he says, he knew BBI was “working on Greenpeace.” […] BBI fell apart in 2001 amid arguments over the company’s finances. “It was not a happy company,” says Phil Giraldi, adding, “I have worked for a number of security companies. Some are ethical, some are not. Beckett Brown was not especially so.” […]

– from James Ridgeway, Black Ops on Green Groups, Mother Jones

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