‘Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries Who Got Away with War Crimes’, a new book expected to appear in stores next month, tells readers about powerful mercenary entities “involved in war crimes around the world from Sri Lanka to Nicaragua”.
Keenie Meenie Services (KMS) was established in the 1970s, actively scouting and recruiting military veterans from the elite British Special Air Service (SAS) who had combat experience, according to author and investigative journalist Phil Miller, citing declassified intelligence files.
At the time, KMS is said to have inked special contracts with the UK Foreign Office to protect British diplomatic missions globally, as well as taking care of security for Gulf royals including Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, and Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, who died earlier this month, according to the book.
One UK Foreign Office official declared that “if KMS were legislated away en passant, no comparable substitute protection would be available to the diplomatic service”, according to the book.
The book discloses that some powers inside the UK government had lobbied at the time to keep the mercenaries in an active role around the globe. The research showed that KMS, during the Thatcher-era (1979-1990), gained lucrative contracts in Asia and Latin America, allowing the clandestine private army to collect millions of dollars while orchestrating and engaging in various military operations.