Monday, February 4, 2008

Abraxas Names Former CIA Official to Advisers Group

Abraxas Corp. is a private contractor in McLean, Va., founded by a group of CIA veterans. The use of contractors is routine at the CIA ...

"Abraxas Corp Allegedly Engaged in War Crimes - Abraxas Corp is allegedly engaged in war crimes, and has allegedly materially contributed to the illegal support of CIA Geneva violations in Eastern Europe. Abraxas Corp records should lawfully be seized and provided to the Congress and the International War Crimes tribunal investigating American war crimes in Eastern Europe."

The firm's CEO is the CIA's Richard H. Helms:

"During a career in the Central Intelligence Agency, Helms had many responsibilities including serving in the Middle East and as head of the European and National Resources Divisions in the Directorate of Operations.

"In the wake of 9/11, Helms founded Abraxas Corporation to address the need for risk-mitigation services in both the national security and private sectors."

It's a private CIA-for-hire: "'Intelligence professionals,' R.J. Hillhouse wrote July 8, 2007, in the Washington Post, 'tell me that more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) -- the heart, brains and soul of the CIA -- has been outsourced to private firms such as Abraxas, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.'"

Tom Ridge is there:

" ... Abraxas Corporation, a risk mitigation technology company based in Northern Virginia, today announced that Tom Ridge, the former Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Pennsylvania, has joined its Board of Advisors. ... "

Also the CIA's Mary Nayak, per James Bamford:

"Abraxas expert, Mary Nayak, formerly ran the Directorate of Intelligence's South Asia group; now she's been hired as a consultant to the CIA's review group on Sept. 11. ... "

The firm, located near the Agency in McLean, Virginia, and home to many former CIA veterans, creates false identities and cover stories for an "elite" group of overseas case officers. Abraxas is also the developer ot TrapWire. From the company web site:

"Abraxas Corporation has developed TrapWire™, a proprietary software application designed to prevent terrorist attacks. Abraxas recently concluded a two-year development effort and plans to begin deploying TrapWire this year and throughout 2006 at government and private sector facilities. TrapWire was developed by intelligence officers with extensive experience in counterterrorism operations, surveillance and surveillance detection techniques, and intelligence analysis. TrapWire leverages existing security resources to identify terrorist pre-attack preparations and directs specific responses designed to prevent the attack. TrapWire also generates information that can be shared with law enforcement agencies to facilitate the apprehension of those involved in planning the attack."
Abraxas Names Former CIA Official to Advisers Group
Washington Business Journal
by Erin Killian

Abraxas Corp. said Monday it appointed a former CIA chief information officer to its board of advisers.

The McLean-based software company, which specializes in technology for national security, added Alan Wade for his expertise in technical security as the company prepares to roll out new products.

Wade joins other big name advisory board members including former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge; retired general and presidential adviser John Gordon, former federal judge Eugene Sullivan and former chief executive of Vienna-based GRC International Inc. Jim Roth.

Wade retired from the CIA in 2005 after 35 years with the agency. He had been CIO since 2001.

Abraxas, a private company, has been on the Washington Business Journal's fastest growing companies list since 2005, notching the 26th slot on the 2007 list with a 62.4 percent average annual growth between 2004 and 2006.

The company, founded in 2002, brought in $46.9 million in revenue in 2006, according to Washington Business Journal research.

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