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Directors: Phil Miller & Lou Macnamara
Release date: 8 October 2020

Full transcript available here.

Advance praise from Ken Loach:
"Important, dangerous and must be screened.
 It deals with those charged with war crimes – and they are in our midst.
I look forward to seeing it with an audience."


"Keenie Meenie means under the counter"

Lt Col Richard Holworthy - Former British Defence Attache in Sri Lanka



Keenie Meenie Services - the most powerful mercenary company you've never heard of - was involved in war crimes around the world from Sri Lanka to Nicaragua for which its shadowy directors have never been held accountable. 

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?

Phil Miller's book presents the first ever comprehensive case against Keenie Meenie Service
s, providing long overdue evidence on the crimes of the people who make a killing from killing.

Published by Pluto Press

January 2020

Paperback £12.99



"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

For publicity enquiries, please contact Pluto Press

Kieran O'Connor | kierano@plutobooks.com | 0208 374 6424

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Do you live in the UK and want to raise the issue of Keenie Meenie Services (KMS) with your elected representatives? Then enter your postcode in the envelope below to get their contact details.

  • Your local MP can ask the Foreign Secretary and Culture Minister to stop censoring files about KMS and release them in full to the National Archives.

  • If you live in London, your London Assemby Member can ask the Mayor for updates on the investigation into KMS by the Metropolitan Police war crimes team.

  • If you live in Scotland, your MSP can ask the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to stop Police Scotland from working with Sri Lankan officers.

Please keep your correspondence with politicians courteous and polite.



Online release
Declassified UK
Toronto Tamil Film Festival
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
Norway Tamil Film Festival
Belfast talk [Postponed]
Áras Uí Chonghaile James Connolly Visito
Author evening
The Frontline Club
Panel discussion
SOAS University of London
Human rights festival talk
Kingston University London Penrhyn Road
Book signing
Imperial War Museum
Panel discussion
Kings College London Bush House
Panel discussion
YMCA Indian Student Hostel
Book launch
Garden Court Chambers


  • Read our full interview with SAS veteran Robin Horsfall about his time in KMS - download here.


  • Read the freedom of information responses we received from Police Scotland - download here.

Special thanks to all our supporters and advisers including Garden Court Chambers, Trust For Research And Education on the Arms Trade, University of Middlesex, Declassified UK, Callum Macrae, Bashana Abeywardane and Vairamuttu Varadakumar.
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