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February 24, 2011

Who Really Controls Raymond Davis' Hyperion Protective Consultants?

On February 17 Jim White, writing at Firedoglake presented documentation under his headline "Does Raymond Davis Recruit Intelligence Agents in US?" of the following:
America's Covert Warriors: Inside the World of Private Military ContractorsBecause the Davis case has all the hallmarks of Davis' being an intelligence operative of some sort, there has been much public speculation about his US business activities.  Not all of the information that is circulating appears to be correct.  For example, many stories state that the Florida version of his business has never been registered with the state.  Here is a partial screenshot from Florida public records indicating that Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC filed registration paperwork in February, 2007 but was then dissolved by the state in September, 2008 for lack of an annual report: [see above link for screen shot]
The registered agent for the business in this filing is Gerald L. Richardson, Jr, who also is listed with the state as registered agent for a clothing business, Grynd Wear, LLC but doing business as Grynd Wear, Unlimited at this website [myspace, which disappears after a few seconds unless you log in].  Grynd Wear and Hyperion listed the same Orlando address for their retail locations, but multiple reports indicate that the storefront is now empty.
An online resume for Richardson notes his association with Hyperion and indicates that before joining Hyperion, he worked as Prevention/Security Manager for a large firm in Orlando.
The Big Picture - Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)From this resume we see that Richardson finished high school in 1989 in Leesburg, FL, followed by four years of college at two separate Florida colleges, where he was in ROTC. Normally, if ROTC pays for the education, the student is expected to go into the military afterward, but Richardson indicates no military service. Instead he became an expert in security compliance and worked from 1996 through 2007 for Transpo -- "the worldwide leader in rectifiers, regulators, ignition modules and other automotive electronic devices with manufacturing in Shanghai China and worldwide distribution in China and Europe (Germany)." 

During his tenure with Transpo, in 1999, Richardson supposedly founded Hyperion, but did not register Hyperion Protective Consultants LLC until 2006. His job description for Hyperion on his resume is to "Manage Security, Health, Safety, Risk and Loss Prevention for all contracted and walk-in customers."

Jim White's article continues:
Although the Florida business has been dissolved by the state [most likely for non-payment of franchise taxes], an entity with a very closely related name is registered and still active in Nevada.  There, it is incorporated as Hyperion Protective Services, LLC and lists Raymond Davis and his wife as Managing Members, unlike the Florida filing,where there is no mention of Davis. The address listed for the business appears to be a post office box in a UPS Store. I have not yet found any definitive information on the Nevada registered agent, who is listed as Rachel Bender.
The address listed for Ms. Bender in Las Vegas is a newish two-story residence in Las Vegas which was recently removed from the market, although an older website indicates she was the owner of the home in 2008.
A very poorly written web description of the Nevada business links to the website of the Florida business, and so there is a direct connection between these similalry named businesses.
The website referred to above, pertaining to the Hyperion branch of the business, located in Las Vegas, says:
The conception of our company came about from the simplest of reasons," Demand". Potential customers requested of our founder Gerald L. Richardson in 1999 to find ways to guide them through the often foggy areas of loss and risk management. Armed with this request he set out to find other like minded professionals to fill this need. The requests more specifically stated can we reduce our dependence on outside entities. Which are costly in the long run, and has many limitations in its effectiveness. The answer was "Yes", and a plan was drafted to bring this method to all safety and cost conscious companies. The protection and service of our client is our business.

The listed phone number-- (520) 401-3133--also turns up the following address:
Hyperion Protective Services, LLC  10839 S Hrtbreak Ridge Place Vail, AZ 85641-2546
and states: "Hyperion Protective Services, LLC in Vail, AZ is a private company categorized under Detective Guard and Armored Car Services. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of 99,000 and employs a staff of approximately 2. Companies like Hyperion Protective Services, LLC usually offer: Criminal Investigative Services, Background Investigation Contract Services, Computer Investigative Services, American Investigative Services and Safety Investigative Services." It shows it to be operated by Rebecca Davis Principal  Vail, AZ is located a few miles southeast of Tucson.
Although Davis has had multiple residences in the US, a Denver television station reported that he was living in the Denver area at the time of his arrest and even interviewed his wife. The Nevada company is registered to operate in Colorado:
 The screenshot attached by Jim White for Hyperion, registered in Denver, is in the name of Shadd Pease.
At this point we have to be becoming more and more amazed by this maze of business, but even more so when we learn who Shadd Pease is.






The Evolution of International Security StudiesAt this point Jim White's article begins discussing the fact that the "International Security program at the University of Denver held a “Global Security Career Fair” last October, where the CIA joined a number of other security agencies in recruiting..." but he seems to miss the real impact of the information revealed by Pease about his venue choice for his masters degree.

Exactly who is Josef Korbel?

The Afghanistan Papers: A Selection of Leaked US Military Field Reports From the Afghan WarIn May of last year at a fundraising event on behalf of The University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies (the graduate program in which Pease was enrolled) presented the 2010 Josef Korbel Outstanding Alumni Award to former W. Bush's Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. The award was presented by "Madeleine Albright, the 64th Secretary of State, who is the daughter of Josef Korbel, who founded the school in 1964." More about Rice and Albright and the women's mentor, Josef Korbel, was written by Linda Minor in 2004. The article traces the history of how such officials, who get appointed to be in charge of America's foreign policy, back to the days of Herbert Hoover. It is quite instructive, especially in the context of who is really in control of these foreign-policy matters.

It is easy to just blame the CIA for the foreign policy, as JimWhite seems to do. Such agents are given extremely wide latitude in their dealings, but we cannot assume they are in control of the planning. Rather, we need to recognize that these people are ultimately following orders, and we need to ask:
"Who is issuing the orders and by whom are they being controlled?"