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KEENIE MEENIE

BRITAIN'S PRIVATE ARMY

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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."

WATCH THE TRAILER

"Keenie Meenie means under the counter"

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

 

THE BOOk

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

 
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reviews

"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

Book reviews and interviews

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TAKE ACTION

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.

 

EVENTS

  • Online release
    Declassified UK
    Oct 08, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Declassified UK
    Watch the world premiere on Declassified UK!
  • Toronto Tamil Film Festival
    Toronto
    Sep 10, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
    Carmarthen
    May 17, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Carmarthen, Carmarthen SA31, UK
  • Norway Tamil Film Festival
    Oslo
    Apr 30, 2020, 7:00 PM – May 03, 2020, 11:00 PM
    Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    Join us at the Norway Tamil Film Festival for the first screening of Keenie Meenie!
  • Belfast talk [Postponed]
    Áras Uí Chonghaile James Connolly Visito
    Mar 18, 2020, 6:00 PM
    Áras Uí Chonghaile James Connolly Visito, 374 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6DG, UK
    with Anne Cadwallader
  • Author evening
    The Frontline Club
    Mar 11, 2020, 7:00 PM
    The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Pl, Paddington, London W2 1QJ, UK
    In conversation with Nalini Sivathasan from BBC Asian Network and Lou Macnamara from Yardstick Films
  • Panel discussion
    SOAS University of London
    Mar 06, 2020, 6:00 PM
    SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh St, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG, UK
    with Dr Rachel Seoighe, Dr Vino Kanapathipillai, Dr Sutha Nadarajah and Dr Mark Laffey
  • Human rights festival talk
    Kingston University London Penrhyn Road
    Feb 28, 2020, 12:00 PM
    Kingston University London Penrhyn Road , Penrhyn Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE, UK
  • Book signing
    Imperial War Museum
    Feb 27, 2020, 11:00 AM
    Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, UK
  • Panel discussion
    Kings College London Bush House
    Feb 21, 2020, 1:00 PM
    Kings College London Bush House, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON - HOSPITALITY BUSH HOUSE 8TH FLOOR KITCHEN, London WC2B 4BG, UK
    with Professor Richard Aldrich (author of GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain's Most Secret Intelligence Agency) at the Study Group on Intelligence
  • Panel discussion
    YMCA Indian Student Hostel
    Feb 09, 2020, 2:20 PM
    YMCA Indian Student Hostel, 6EY, 41 Fitzroy Square, Bloomsbury, London W1T 6AQ, UK
    with Meena Kandasamy, hosted by Tamil Information Centre and Tamil Solidarity
  • Book launch
    Garden Court Chambers
    Jan 28, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A 3LJ, UK
    With Dr Sorcha Macleod from the UN Working Group on Mercenaries, Omani exile Khalfan al-Badwawi, criminologist Dr Rachel Seoighe and chaired by barrister Taimour Lay
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BONUS CONTENT

  • 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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