Action Alert: Cancel the Aegis Contract–Lobby Obama
The following action alert was issued by the Pat Finucane Centre in remembrance of the anniversary of Peter McBride’s murder:
Peter Mc Bride Anniversary Action Alert-Lobby Barack Obama
Last year a supporter of the PFC in the US contacted Senator Barack Obama regarding the controversial Pentagon contract with LT Col Spicer, the former Scots Guards officer whose troops murdered Peter Mc Bride – see excerpt below from Obama’s response – today- September 4 is the anniversary of Peter’s murder. We urge supporters to contact Senator Obama and call on the presidential candidate to keep his promise if elected and
Cancel the Aegis Contract !
“…As you know, the CEO of Aegis Defense Services Tim Spicer has been implicated in a variety of human rights abuses around the globe. Given his history, I agree that the United States should consider rescinding its contract with his company.”-Barack Obama, United States Senator and Presidential candidate
“If Irish America responds to this appeal we could make the cancelling of this contract Presidential policy. Please help! Please forward this email to friends and family. Don’t do business with those who justify murder. Cancel the Aegis contract !”–Jean Mc Bride (mother of Peter)
Senator Obama has appointed a high level advisory panel on Irish issues, comprised of seven well known Irish American politicans. The group is comprised of Senators George Mitchell (retired, Maine), Chris Dodd (Connecticut), Edward Kennedy (Massachusetts) and Pat Leahy (Vermont), Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Congressmen Joe Crowley (New York) and Richard Neal (Massachusetts). Again we would urge supporters to contact all or any of the above and call for the Aegis contract to be cancelled. Please cc responses to us.
See here for extensive background on the Aegis private security contract in Iraq and Spicer’s role in the case of the murder of 18 year old teenager Peter Mc Bride who was murdered on September 4 1992 by soldiers under his command.