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Mercenaries for Rhodesia

Mercenaries for Rhodesia

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ECONOMICAND POLITICALWEEKLYMay 22,1976SouthAfricais nowlookingforawiderange andvariety ofmilitaryhardware.Forinstance, Pretoriadoesnotproducejetfighters,but itmanu-factures Atlastransportaircraft.Thecountry seems keentoexchangetheseaircraftforIsraeli ICFRjetfightersand alsotanks. Und.erthelongstand-ingcollaboration in nuclearresearch,South Africa offers TelAvivenricheduraniuminreturn forcounterinsur-gencyequipment.Eventually SouthAfrica willtrytoseek Israeli know-howin theTnanufacture ofnuclearbombs. Sufficientdocumentary evidenceisalsothereto show thatIsrael is atransitstation forSoutn Africannuclearscientists going to%VestGer-many fortraining. Somestolen docu-ments, whichended up inthe handsoftheAfricanNational CongressofSouthAfrica, clearlyshowthatWestGermany hasbeen secretlyco-operat-ing withPretoria indevelopingnuclearrowerforbothpeaceful purposesandfcrmakingbombs.Further,SouthAfrica islearningfrom its friends how to effectively sealthe borders,nowunder the imminentthreat of incursions from Africanguerillas. Apparently Pretoria has ad-mirationforIsraeli methodsofsealingborders asit has doneintheWestBank against Palestinian guerillas.Technical adviser-s from Tel Avivarekeenly awaited by the Vorster regime.Both are obviously drawing upschemes to wardoffthehouroftheirimpending doom. How long they cando it remains to be seen. Meanwhilethe national liberation movementsin1)oth the regions countinue tomakedecisive gains.Rhodesia hasbecome,inthisbilateral deal, a non-issue.Vorster hashisownskin tosave withoutbeingtheknighterrant tothehopelesslylostcauseofIanSmith.Inany case,inthePretoria-Tel Avivaxis,Rhcdesia'sfragile military strength is incon-sequential. Bythismove,Israelin-cidentallyhas lost allchancesofbeingfriendswith blackAfrica, butforSouthAfrica,Israel istheonly cption.
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MercenariesforRhodesia
RameshJaura
"VETERANmilitary personnel wanted:Threatened African nationpaying1,600dollarsmonthly.TaxFree.Travel Paid.Complete information 5dollars(includesMideastMilitaryEmploymentInform.ation).MrRenzi, 2111Francisco,Long Beach,California90806."Advertisements like this havebeenappearinginalmosteveryissue ofofficial AmericanGI newspapers,meantfor theAmerican forcesinEurope.Renzi,whosolicits mercenaries forRhodesia andOman regularlyinthe
C1I
newspaperOverseasWeekly,workshand inhandwithLamprecht, a ma-jorintheRhodesianarmy,whotoohastried toenlist mercenaries byplacingadvertisements in West Ger-mannewspapers. His contactman inWestGermany, Edgar Thelen, whohadinterviewed prospective mercena-ries, wasarrested last year, but wassoonset free afterpaying,as report-ed,afine of4,000 marks.After hisacquittal, he,followedLamprecht toRhodesia.But this isno newdevelopment;even intheAngolan war,US mercena-rieswereinvolved; and according toaUPIreport (March 4)four of themdied.Commenting on the report, offi-cialsinWashingtonsaid: "In casethere really have been Americanmer-cenariesinAngola, theyhave in nocase anythingtodowiththeUSgov-
ernment...The
U
S are in no manner
involved, whether recruitment or train-ingofmercenaries."But these offi-cialdisclaimershave beenexposedasliesinan articleinthe WashingtonStar.OneofthebiggesttrairningcampsformerCenaries situatedinLangley, Virginia, is directly ownedby the CIA. Though it is supervisedby the so-called Veterans OpportunityProject,"theCIAownsthis terrainwhere mercenaries are trained".Oneofthe camp commanders is reportedto have stated: "The recruitmentstartedafewmonths back;somegroups have started with the traininga month ago... Secrecy is absolutelyimportantforthese recruitments,which till now have been made inWashington, Baltimore, Los Angelesand Philadelphia". Special importan-ceisattachedto Vietnam warveterans.Oneoftherecruitingofficers is Ro-bertKBrown,whoheads the so-called"Phoenix Associates" in Denver, Co-lorado.Earlierhe belonged to thenotorious Green Berets. Now his jobis to provide information on how onecan join the Rhodesianmilitary andpolice. Heeven provides tipson thedailylife in Rhodesia."Take yourown whisky and caror motor-bike...Alltheimported goodsareexpensive."Brown findshisrecruits amongreadersof newspaperspublishedbyparamili-tary shootingsocieties in USAlike,
for example,the Shooting Times.
Anothergroupofagents operatesinAnaheim,California,under thecode-name"El LamasEnterprises".Des-cribingtheactivitiesof thisfirm,theSan DiegoTribunerecentlywrote:"The firm enrolsmercenariesas secu-rityexperts forinternational concernsand governments,inordertohelpthemin caseofwarring disputes."Angola,Israel,Rhodesia,LatinAmeri-cawerementionedas"operationareas".Oneoftheofficers ofthisorganisationisJamesAScott.Hewasidentified recently byanotherre-cruitment expertandanti-guerillaspecialist,MajorCarlosWilson,as"aCIA-man,whorepresentsonlyoneamongseveral CIAhireling organisa-tionswhich enlistveteransfordeploy-mentasmercenaries"AccordingtotheSan DiegoTribune,atleast10,000USveteranshavetillnowbeenen-rolledasmercenaries.Reportingabout"CIA-mercenariesfor Rhodesia",Extra-Dienst,abi-week-lyfrom WestBerlinrecentlywrote:"Thefactthat themercenaries areinainly deployedbyracistregimesinSouth AfricaandRhodesia has causedprotestsamongblack US soldiers."Thepaperreported thatit isinpos-sessionofaletterwhich was areplytoafakeapplicationinresponsetoanadvertisementplacedbyarecruitmententerprise inanAmericannewspaper.OneMajorCharles Black
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probablyapseudonym
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wroteon behalfofthe"MilitaryAdvisory CommandIn-ternational-Ladco International (MALI-CI)"inAbington,Post Box 41,Pen-nsylvania 19001:"MALICI isa groupofspecialistsinallfields relatedtothe callingofamercenary: pilots, me-dical doctors, drivers,extras, clandes-tine activities, etc.WVe scertain theneedsand requirementsfor operationsandfor that purposecontact the ne-cessary people.Requiredforthat arevalidUS driving licence,an interna-tionaldriving licence,avalidpassportand a vaccination certificate."The needforabsolute secrecy arisesout ofthefact that"mercenary work"couldeven violatethe US NeutralityAct,particularlyincase ofactioRs"whichareaimedagainst governmentswithwhom the USmaintainsrieTdlyrelations".Onthat pretext,theappli-777

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