C2i is the operating name. Berners Street in the pricier end of London W1 is their base and "Command+Control+Intelligence=Security" is their strap line.
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C2i’s specialists are drawn from commerce, the military and government agencies. They include internationally recognised authorities on special risk management, industrial espionage and law enforcement, and senior personnel from Special Forces and Special Operations, London Metropolitan Police.
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Well viation activists at Plane Stupid got to know one quite well. After last year's Camp for Climate Action new activists began turning up to London Plane Stupid meetings. Most were perfectly normal people angry at the expansion of Heathrow airport. One newbie didn't fit in with the rest - Ken Tobias, an Oxford graduate who claimed to have just got back from China. Tamsin Omond thought something about him just wasn't right. It wasn't
Piecing together evidence including photographs, reports from fellow students at Oxford and bebo website profiles, Plane Stupid discovered the kefaliyah wearing, baseball capped, jeans wearing punctual attender at meetings agent who used the name 'Ken Tobias' is in fact Toby Kendall who was captain of the athletics team at Wadham College, Oxford.
Kendall - who lists Top Gun as his favourite film on his Bebo social networking profile - made elementary errors as his career as a secret agent faltered at the first hurdle - due to his poorly constructed back-story and appalling acting skills. When Plane Stupid fed Kendall false information it was just 48 hours before sources in the aviation industry confirmed that the plans had been reported back to them. They discovered that he wasn’t on the electoral register for Fulham , the area in which he claimed to live. The rugby club which he said he played for held no record of a ‘Ken Tobias’ either.
After his outing he sent Tamsin an e-mail .Tamsin who graced our TV screens from the top of the Houses of Parliament outed him in the pages of the Mail on Sunday.Plane Stupid have a nice video of the superspy here.
Curiously a Toby Kendall featured in an article in the Daily Telegraph April 29th 2003 about gap year travel about a company Objective Gap Safety, tag lined "Cutting loose, staying safe", is run by two soldiers - Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, MVO MBE who served in the SAS, and Charlie McGrath, MBE who has travelled the world with the Irish Guards.
Oddly enough there was a US outfit called Beckett Brown International who infiltrated Grenpeace in the late 1990's - full story here at Mother Jones 11th April 2008. Even odder they later changed their name ...to S2i
Toby Kendall attended a course recently in preparation for a four-month trip to South-East Asia and Australia. He admits that he had been sceptical, but found it "very worthwhile". "A lot of it is common sense, like knowing your
blood group, but you wouldn't necessarily think of these things," he says.
"I also found it very helpful for packing. I know now what to take, what not to take and where to store it." One piece of equipment that Toby, who will read Chinese at Oxford when he returns, is taking abroad is a toothbrush cover. "Without the course, I'd never have thought of it," he says.
Even odder ... one of BBI's bosses, Richard Beckett is now CEO of Maryland-based Global Security Services, which, apparently provides bodyguard services to Senator Barack Obama.