A car full of armed men travels at high speed on an Iraqi road.
When another car tries to pass it, a machine gun appears from the
window of the first car and it starts shooting a burst of machine-gun
until the second car stops.
The operation recurs more and more times,
on the road side an increasing number of cars and wounded people stand
still. They are the "contractors" of "Aegis",
the British company, who try to defend themselves from the risk of
attacks. The video has been broadcast by the British tv station Channel
4 with the comment of a former Aegis soldier.
The "task force Iraq" of the Italian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs will deploy Aegis to defend the technicians and the Italian
aid workers in Nassiriya with a contract of about 3.348 million Euros. "But
why has the Italian Government chosen this company?",
wonders the mother of a 19 -year old boy killed in Belfast in 1992
by two soldiers under the command of Tim Spicer, who is now at the
top of Aegis. "If this is what Tom Spicer did here in Belfast
in the Nineties, what could he do in Iraq where there is no rule
of law, the tribunals do not work, the police does not exist and
where he is the commander of armed people?
The report also refers to the accusations against Aegis for the
violation of the UN arm embargo in 1998 when Spicer sent 35 tons
of Bulgarian weapons to Sierra Leone where he intervened as the head
of a group of mercenaries in exchange of a licence to exploit diamond
The report also refers to the accusations for another scandal against
the head of Aegis, Tim Spicer, when he tried to intervene leading
a group of mercenaries against the rebels of the isalnds of Bouganville.
A company in the "war business" that many US outstanding
politicians such as Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama and Ted Kennedy
Why didn't the Italian Foreign minister choose other "contractors" that
were already operating in the south? Why did he decide to use Aegis?
the officials of the Foreign Ministry deny any comment, because first
of all they will have to answer to the questions in Parliament about
The report will be broadcast on Friday April 20 at 9.36 a.m. and
at 2.10 p.m. and it will be available on Rainews24 web site in
the section "Inchieste".