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Group.png Eatsco
(Business, CIA front companySourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Founder• Thomas G. Clines
• Hussein K. Salem
A CIA front company that plead guilty in 1984 to overcharging the Pentagon by $8 million for delivering arms to Egypt

The Egyptian-American Transport and Services Corporation (Eatsco) was a CIA front company which plead guilty in 1984 to overcharging the Pentagon by $8 million for delivering arms to Egypt.[1] The company was used in several covert CIA weapons supply operations.


Edwin Wilson provided the funding for EATSCO. It was incorporated in Delaware in 1979 by Thomas G. Clines and Hussein K. Salem and offices were opened in Falls Church, Virginia, and Egypt. The company was formed after the peace accords announced between Israel and Egypt at Camp David. Shortly after it was formed, EATSCO was given an exclusive contract by the Egyptian Government to ship several billion dollars worth of military equipment purchased in the United States. [2]

EATSCO was owned by former Clines, Richard Secord and Theodore Shackley, all "former" CIA.[3] All three were active in the Iran-contra affair.

In 1982 Thomas G. Clines, a former senior official in the Central Intelligence Agency, sold his 49% stake in Eatsco to Hussein K. Salem. In an interview in 1981, Clines acknowledged that while he was director of training for the CIA's clandestine services, a company was established for him by Wilson.[2]

Clines, as well as Oliver North, Wilson and Richard Secord, were involved in the conspiracy to provide arms to the Contras against a prohibition from the US Congress, and Clines himself as a key player[4] in the web of business operations founded by Secord and Iranian arms dealer Albert Hakim known as the "Enterprise".

Global International Airways was a CIA front company owned by Farhad Azima, an Iranian emigrant who's family had close ties to the Shah.Global ran weapons out of Dallas to the contras and cocaine back into the US. Global's biggest customer was EATSCO. [5]


Michael Best has had a FOIA request ongoing about Eatsco since January 2016.[1]

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