Friday, 29 August 2008

Charles Guthrie

General Charles Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank - Chief o/t Defense Staff; Chief o/t General Staff; Non-executive Director of NM Rothschild & Sons


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General Charles Ronald Llewelyn Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, LVO, OBE, DL (born 17 November 1938) was Chief of the Defence Staff between 1997 and 2001 and Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, between 1994 and 1997. He notably clashed with Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown over military funding.

Army career

Educated at Harrow School and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst he was commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1959.[1]

In 1966 he became a troop commander and then in 1968 a squadron commander with 22 Special Air Service Regiment.[1]

In 1977 he was appointed Commanding Officer of 1 Battalion Welsh Guards. In 1981 he became Brigade Commander of 4th Armoured Brigade and in 1985 General Officer Commanding 2 Division.[1]

In 1987 he became Assistant Chief of the General Staff and in 1989 General Officer Commanding 1st British Corps.[1] In 1992 he took command of the British Army of the Rhine and in 1997 became Chief of the General Staff.

Later career

He is a cross bench member of the House of Lords. He was created a life peer as Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, of Craigiebank in the City of Dundee, after retiring as Chief of the Defence Staff. He was one of the several retired Chiefs of Defence Staff who spoke out in the House of Lords about the risk to servicemen facing liability for their actions - for which politicians are ultimately responsible - before the International Criminal Court, particularly in respect to the invasion of Iraq.[2]

He is a director (non-executive) of N M Rothschild & Sons, Ashley Gardens Block 2 Ltd and Colt Defense LLC, and Chairman (non-executive) of Siboney Ltd.[3]

He is the president of several charities, including Action Medical Research, Army Benevolent Fund, Federation of London Youth Clubs and the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.[3]

Criticism

Guthrie was criticised in 2008 by George Monbiot for an apparent lack of understanding of international law.[4] Monbiot based his argument on Guthrie's September 2002 advocacy of an invasion of Iraq and subsequent comments, in which he appeared to support launching "surprise wars", something forbidden by the United Nations charter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Guthr..._of_Craigiebank
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Knights_of_Malta
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2002 - In December of this year, Pilgrims Society member Lord Guthrie, former chief of the Defense Staff and out of office by then, is send to Turkey to discuss a possible invasion of Iraq via Turkey. He becomes an apologist for the Bush and Blair administrations, and warns the public for biological and nuclear attacks by terrorists. According to him, Syria is one of the largest supporters of terrorism. But who else is Lord Guthrie? He's a member of the Knights of Malta, a patron of the Cardinal Hume centre, a director of N.M. Rothschild & Sons, and represents the latter to the Trilateral Commission since 2002. In the past, Guthrie has been appointed Gold Stick to the Queen and Freeman of the City of London. He was also appointed Aide-de-Camp General to the Queen in 1993.

http://www.gnosticliberationfront.com/pilgrims_society.htm

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General Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank. Educated at Harrow School and went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1957. Commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1959. Served with his Regiment as a young officer in the United Kingdom, Libya, Germany and Aden. Joined the SAS in 1966 and served in the Middle East, Malaysia and East Africa. Returned to the Welsh Guards in 1970 and for two years commanded an armoured infantry company in Germany. After a year as a student at the Staff College, he served in the Ministry of Defence as the Assistant to the Head of the Army, the Chief of the General Staff. Brigade Major of the Household Division 1975-1977. Commanded the Welsh Guards in Berlin and Northern Ireland 1977-1980. Appointed as a Colonel to the branch overseeing operations worldwide and during his time there became briefly the Commander British Forces New Hebrides (Vanuatu). In this function he recaptured the island of Espirito Santo, which had been taken over by insurgents. Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1980. Appointed Commander of the 4th Armoured Brigade in Munster, West Germany, in 1981. Chief of Staff, Headquarters 1st British Corps in Bielefeld, early 1980s. Became the General Officer Commanding the 2nd Infantry Division and North East District in 1985. In 1986, he became Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps. Knighted in 1990. Appointed Aide-de-Camp General to the Queen in 1993. Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath 1994. After a further tour in the Ministry of Defence he became in succession the Commander of the 1st British Corps, the Northern Army Group, the British Army of the Rhine before becoming the Chief of the General Staff and finally the Chief of the Defence Staff (1997-2001). CFR/MORI report 2001: "In his valedictory speech to the Pilgrims Society in London in May of this year, the outgoing Chief of the British Defence Staff, Field Marshall Lord Guthrie, stated that the USA was the most important ally Britain had ever had, and that NATO was its most important alliance." Became a Colonel of the Life Guards and Gold Stick to the Queen in 1999. Colonel Commandant of the SAS in 2000. Became Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank in June 2001. Special adviser to Aon Special Risks, the market leading Counter-Terrorism, Political Risks, Kidnap and Ransom insurance broker and risk consultant. Non-executive director of Advanced Interactive Systems Inc. and Colt Defense LLC. Joined N.M. Rothschild & Sons as a non-executive director at the latest in 2002. Annual visitor of the Trilateral Commission since 2002. Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Member of the steering committee of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). Member of the European Council of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In December 2002, Blair sent Lord Guthrie and Jack Straw to Turkey as an unofficial military envoy to shore up support for an invasion of Iraq and to discuss plans to remove Saddam Hussein from power. In November 2003, he was honoured by the catholic Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George and the Royal Order of Francis I. Became a non-executive special advisor of Aon Special Risks in 2004, a leading Counter-Terrorism, Political Risks and Kidnap and Ransom insurance broker and risk consultant. Freeman of the City of London. Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Patron of the Order of Malta's Care Trust. Patron of the (Catholic) Cardinal Hume Centre. Vice-president of the Trinity Institute for Christianity and Culture. Commander of the Legion of Merit USA. Member of the House of Lords. In May 2004, Guthrie said at a conference on terrorism that terrorists might kill millions in the future due to biological or even nuclear weapons. He also said that he did not think that Iraq had nuclear weapons, but that this was an understandable mistake of the Bush Administration. In that same year he stated that Syria was one of the largest supporters of terrorism and has been exploiting Lebanon for a long time. Attended a discussion of the Windsor Leadership Trust in 2005. October 7, 2001, The Observer: "Lord Guthrie, the suave former British Chief of Defence Staff, has been a close friend of [Pakistani president] Musharraf for more than 20 years." Visited Oman as a paid advisor between 9 to 11 January 2004 and 10-12 January 2005. Made two 1-day visits to Libya, 4 April, 2004 and 27 June 2004, which was paid for by Government of Libya. Patron of the The Second World War Experience Centre, together with the 7th Marquess of Salisbury (Robert Gascoyne-Cecil), who is a member of Le Cercle. Sits on the board of the Ben Gurion University in Israel. Ben-Gurion was the initial premier of Israel and a close friend to the Rothschilds. Sits on the board of the Moscow School of Political Studies, which receives grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Council Member of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies and a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Patron of the UK Defence Forum. Vice patron of the Atlantic Council Partnership for Peace. Knight Commander of Justice and member of the Council of the British and Irish Delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George (catholic). The wife of Guthrie and the Duchess of Norfolk are dames of this order.

http://www.gnosticliberationfront.com/pilgrims_society.htm

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GUTHRIE OF CRAIGIEBANK, Lord

*12(e) Remunerated directorships

Non-executive Director, N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd
Non-executive Director, Ashley Gardens Block 2 Ltd
Non-executive Director, Colt Defense LLC
Non-executive Director, Sciens Capital
Non-executive Chairman, Siboney Ltd

*12(i) Visits

Visit (10-12 January 2005) to Oman as an Advisor - paid for by the Government of Oman
Visit to Oman (6-9 January 2006) as an Advisor - paid for by the Government of Oman
Visit to Oman (5-7 January 2007) as an Advisor - paid for by the Government of Oman

15(a) Membership of public bodies

Hon Fellow and visiting Professor, King's College, London
Board, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Board, Moscow School of Political Studies

15(b) Trusteeships of cultural bodies

Trustee Weidenfeld Institute

15(d) Office-holder in voluntary organisations

Colonel Commandant, Special Air Service
Colonel, Life Guards
Council Member, Institute of International and Strategic Studies
Member of Advisory Board, Arrábida Conflict Prevention Initiative
President, Action Medical Research
President, Army Benevolent Fund
President, Federation of London Youth Clubs
President, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association
President, Jubilee Action: Turkana Appeal
Vice-President, Trinity Institute for Christianity and Culture
Governor, Charterhouse, Clerkenwell
Chairman of Trustees, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College
Patron, Order of Malta's Care Trust

16(b) Voluntary organisations

Vice President and Knight of Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Patron, Cardinal Hume Centre
Patron, UK Defence Forum
Patron, Oratory School
Patron, Second World War Experience Centre
Vice Patron, Atlantic Council "Partnership for Peace"

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldreg/reg10.htm (Proof Positive)
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Married with two grown up sons, Lord Guthrie is a practicing Catholic and a Knight of Malta. He is involved in several Catholic charities as well as being President of the Army Benevolent Fund; Action Research; Federation of London Youth Clubs and a Governor of The Charterhouse, Clerkenwell.

http://www.jesuit.org.uk/latest/070118.htm (Proof Positive II)

Social Network Diagram:

http://www.namebase.org/cgi-bin/nb06?_GUTHR...RAL%20LORD%20GUTHRIE%29
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GUTHRIE CHARLES (GENERAL LORD GUTHRIE)
Britain 1996-2005

* Intelligence (Paris) 1996-11-04 (20)
* Intelligence (Paris) 2001-10-29 (8)
* Trilateral Commission. List of Members. 2002-01 (3)
* Trilateral Commission. List of Members. 2005-01 (3)

pages cited this search: 4

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