Jim Davidson takes on the cults of personality, the war mongers in libertarian clothing, and the death industry. Again.
About the campaign for “liberty” is found here:
Jim Davidson takes on the cults of personality, the war mongers in libertarian clothing, and the death industry. Again.
About the campaign for “liberty” is found here:
Over seventy years ago, Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler wrote:
War is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
Sadly, little has changed since Butler penned those words. America continues sending its soldiers into harm’s way, while the likes of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and General Dynamics (GD) continue raking in the dough. Of course, none of this war profiteering would be possible without politicians, whose job it is to trick the public into believing that war, or at least the current war, really is necessary, that if we don’t keep bombing all those defenseless Cambodians or Iraqis or Afghans, then somehow the world won’t be safe for democracy, somehow the things Americans most value will be jeopardized.
Our politicians don’t actually believe that wars will make the world a better place. They start wars, they send other people’s sons and daughters into harm’s way, because they themselves stand to profit. According to an April 2008 study by the Center for Responsive Politics, members of Congress have between $79 million and $196 million of their own money invested in defense firms. (Because lawmakers are “only required to report their assets in broad ranges,” the exact amount is unknown.) The Congressmen with the most money invested are:
• Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): $28,872,067 to $38,209,020
• Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ): $12,081,050 to $49,140,000
• Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC): $9,232,037 to $37,105,000
• Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI): $5,207,668 to $7,612,653
• Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA): $2,684,050 to $6,260,000
• Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI): $2,469,029 to $8,360,000
• Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): $2,000,002
• Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI): $1,365,004 to $5,800,000
Also not surprisingly, the above individuals receive money—lots and lots of money—from defense firms in the form of campaign contributions. For instance, Frelinghuysen’s top donor is Lockheed Martin, and four of Jane Harman’s top five donors are Northrop Grumman (NOC), Raytheon (RTN), Boeing (BA), and SAIC (SAI). The same is true of other congressional warmongers. If you don’t believe me, just go to OpenSecrets.org and look at all the money that such firms as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and General Dynamics have doled out over the years.
Now unless you’re a real idiot, it’s not tough to connect the dots here. Simply put, more war means more money for defense firms, which in turn means more money for members of Congress.
The answer to all this is, first of all, to get pissed, to get really pissed. I mean, let it all out. The system’s a fraud! You’re being used! Your sons and daughters are being sent out to die so a bunch of sleazy politicians can make a buck!
After you’ve gotten this out of your system, you need to do something about it. Follow Jim Davidson’s lead and divest from the death merchants. If you own stocks in any of these companies, sell them. If you have US Savings Bonds, cash them in. And, of course, do all you can to kick these sleazebags out of office.
And then tell others what’s going on. Blog about it, yell it out your window, whatever.
Look, I’m not exactly an optimist. I’m not saying we’re going to end the wars. But we at least have to try.
Hat tip, Tom Knapp and Rational Review/news.
If I treated my dog as viciously as Israel treats the Palestinians, I’d be thrown into prison. And rightly so. For this is a government that regularly bombs civilian neighborhoods, steals water resources, and blocks basic humanitarian goods—things like pasta, school notebooks, and hearing aids—from entering the Gaza Strip.
All this death and destruction is made possible by numerous American corporations. Most of the usual suspects are to blame. For instance, Boeing (NYSE: BA), Raytheon (RTN), and Lockheed Martin (LMT) have long provided Israel with bombs, missiles, fighter jets, and attack helicopters. But there are many other American companies, some which you’d least expect, that also profit from the Israeli War Machine.
For example, there’s Motorola (MOT). Yes, you heard me right Motorola, maker of all those nifty little gadgets for your cell phones. Motorola, it turns out, also makes fuses for bombs. Those cluster bombs which Israel indiscriminately dropped in Lebanon in 2006 (many of which continue killing Lebanese children)—made with Motorola fuses. And those bombs it dropped throughout Gaza during Operation Cast Lead—also made with Motorola fuses.
But more than just making bomb fuses, Motorola, which once supplied South Africa’s apartheid government with mobile radios, supplies Israel’s military with a state-of-the-art communications system. And just as South Africa’s police used their radios to “suppress demonstration against the government,” Israeli soldiers are currently using their fancy “Mountain Rose” system to suppress the nonviolent demonstrations in Bil’in. (Bil’in, in case you don’t know, is a small Palestinian village where activists regularly protest the construction of the Separation Wall.)
Caterpillar (CAT) also profits from Israeli death and destruction. For years now the Israeli army has used [.pdf] Caterpillar bulldozers in its major military operations. A bulldozer, you see, is the perfect weapon for leveling Palestinian orchards and homes. It also comes in handy if you ever need to mow down a peace activist. It was with a Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer, you might remember, that the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) killed American Rachel Corrie in 2003 while she tried to stop a Palestinian home from being destroyed.
For several years now, and especially since Corrie’s death, numerous human rights organizations have petitioned Caterpillar to stop selling this equipment to Israel. Not surprisingly, Caterpillar has refused, claiming that it has “neither the legal right nor the means to police individual use of that equipment.” What this really means, of course, is that it has neither the will nor decency to stop doing business with what very well might be its most lucrative client.
Next on the list is Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), followed by Ingersoll Rand (IR) and L-3 Communications (LLL). Hewlett-Packard’s subsidiary EDS-Israel built and continues to maintain biometric access control systems at several Israeli checkpoints, while the latter two companies have worked on various components for the systems. (See here for more about Ingersoll Rand, here for L-3 Communications.) Israel claims that it needs this technology to keep terrorists out, but the truth is that it’s been keeping all sorts of people out—including patients needing urgent medical care and law-abiding individuals trying to be reunited with their spouses.
Israel has even prevented many Palestinians who’ve been traveling abroad from returning to their homes in the Occupied Territories. And why, you might be wondering, would it do that? Because it seems to believes that all the land between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea belongs to it. Thus, it continues building settlements in the West Bank. Bad news if you’re an Arab. Not such bad news if you’re a RE/MAX broker selling one of the many beautiful properties available in Occupied East Jerusalem. (RE/MAX is not publicly traded).
Other US companies that profit from the settlements include Celcom (CEL), Cemex (CX), General Mills (GIS), Unilever (UN), and Veolia Environnement (VE). For a complete list, see WhoProfits.Org.
These companies sell death. We believe they sell the capability to slaughter children in foreign countries to the United States government. We ask that you divest from them. We have identified their stock symbols and the markets on which they are traded. As we get more information, we expect to indicate mutual funds and 401K management companies that invest in these stocks, so you can divest from those, as well.
End the wars, divest from death.
For purposes of this listing, the word corporation or incorporated has been replaced with “corpse,” the word “public” has been replaced with “pubic” and the term “death deals” refers to contracts with the baby killers at the United States department of defense, including any branch of the military. Figures have been rounded up or down to the nearest tenth of a billion.
Lockheed Martin Corpse $27.3 billion in 2007 death deals. New York Stock Exchange symbol LMT. Total worldwide sales of death by government $43 billion in 2008 making them the worst vermin in the world in terms of dollar sales of massacre machines. They made profits of $5 billion on the deaths of children. The names of their blood-soaked senior executives including detailed pages on some are available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin
Boeing Corpse $20.9 billion in 2007 death deals. New York Stock Exchange and Dow Jones Industrial Average component, symbol BA. Revenues dealing in death for 2008, $61 billion. Net income, including profits from death, $2.7 billion. Senior executives and facts and figures on how much they profit from death (and how much from building airplanes for the commercial airline cartel that operates in restraint of trade) found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_Company
Northrup Grumman Corpse $16.8 billion in 2007 death deals. New York Stock Exchange symbol NOC. Their 2008 net income was negative $1.2 billion. More information on their role in building ships and planes for the purpose of slaughtering children found here:
General Dynamics Corpse $11.5 billion in 2007 death deals. NYSE symbol GD. Their 2008 revenues were $29.3 billion on which they made about $2.5 billion net income – profits from death. “Old men covered in blood. It never touched them but they’re drowning in it.” GD makes all kinds of electric boats (e.g., submarines) and fighters like the F16. They also make armored vehicles like the M1 tank. In addition to selling death to the USA military, they sell various products to foreign governments for slaughtering civilians and keeping the masses in perpetual slavery.
Raytheon Corpse $10.4 billion in 2007 death deals. NYSE symbol RTN. On $23.2 billion in 2008 revenues they made about $1.7 billion profits. These guys make actual missiles to actually slaughter civilians. And, you know, incoming missiles, the occasional military target. Maybe some little children when they get the opportunity. They also have an intelligence systems division that does spy equipment for the perverts who are watching you masturbate.
KBR Corpse $6 billion in 2007 death deals. NYSE symbol KBR.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KBR_(company) Looks like they made $319 million profit on 2008 revenues of $11.6 billion. (So, not very well managed for shareholders.)
These scum are actually slavers. They are accused of human trafficking in a case involving more than a dozen men, many of whom died in the care of KBR’s subcontractor. They are the filth that built the camp at Guantanamo to illegally and unconstitutionally detain and torture to death captives of the USA military.
KBR employees including Americans and those from other countries are deliberately put in harm’s way by the filthy scum who manage KBR. The management have gotten 81 of their people killed and 380 wounded as of June 2008.
The Army has charged KBR with shoddy electrical work apparently involved in the death by electrocution of some soldiers. KBR management revel in their role in slaughtering, judging by their conduct in these cases. Since they inspected a building and found electrical problems eleven months before one of the deaths, we must suppose that the KBR management wanted to leave the opportunity to kill a soldier by electrocution available as a possibility. Or maybe not killing anyone didn’t get their attention?
These filthy KBR scum were deeply connected to vicious tyrant Lyndon Johnson who slaughtered millions of people in Southeast Asia. KBR was there to screw over the soldier and enjoy profits from sketchy military contracts, judging by the results. They also have had a cushy relationship with vile villain Dick Cheney.
A KBR employee was gang raped in Iraq in 2005 according to sworn testimony before Congress. We must suppose that management knew of this incident and condoned it, judging by the character of their death dealing, mass murder supporting, civilian torturing and other vile sin related contracts.
As if a stunning array of bad behavior wasn’t already demonstrated, KBR was charged in 2009 with bribing Nigerian officials. Apparently they got involved in some scam where they were promised a $7.5 billion deal and all they had to do was bribe some key people with tens of millions of dollars. Weren’t they smart enough to click “delete” on the Nigerian scam e-mail? Guess not. They were convicted and order to pay over $400 million in fines. Nigeria has been butchering Christians, again. Isn’t that zany? Your tax dollars prop up a scum bag company like KBR that bribes Nigerians who use their power to slaughter religious minorities in their country, it seems.
Maybe the management of KBR should be put on trial for treason, for making war on the United States, for fraud, perjury, murder, manslaughter, rape, and other crimes against humanity. If convicted, the penalty of death by firing squad seems about right. Or let some trap doors fall open. Snap.
L3 Communist Holdings $5 billion in 2007 death deals. Oops, that should be L3 Communications. NYSE symbol LLL. $14 billion in 2007 revenues selling spy stuff to the USA equivalent of the Stasi, KGB, etc. One of the Ls stands for now-defunct Lehman Brothers. This conglomerate of spy agency contracts resulted from the huge merger of Lockheed and Martin back in 1997. Selling death since then. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-3_Communications_Holdings,_Inc.
General Electric Corpse $2.9 billion in 2007 death deals.
Computer Sciences Corpse $2.8 billion in 2007 death deals. NYSE symbol CSC. Their 2008 revenue overall was $16.7 billion. More details here:
Humana Inc. $2.6 billion in 2007 death deals.
Health Net Corpse $2.1 billion in 2007 death deals.
Triwest Healthcare Alliance Corpse $2 billion in 2007 death deals
EDS $2 billion in 2007 death deals.
Pubic Warehousing Corpse KSC $1.8 billion in 2007 death deals.
ITT $1.7 billion in 2007 death deals.
Textron Corpse $1.7 billion in 2007 death deals.
Honeywell Corpse $1.5 billion in 2007 death deals.
URS Corpse $1.5 billion in 2007 death deals.
Harris Corpse $1.3 billion in 2007 death deals
Amerisource Bergen Corpse $1.3 billion in 2007 death deals.
Bechtel Group Corpse $1.3 billion in 2007 death deals.
FedEx Corpse $1.3 billion in 2007 death deals.
Alliant Techsystems Corpse $1.3 billion in 2007 death deals.
Booz Allen Hamilton Corpse $1.2 billion in 2007 death deals. We believe BAH, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a CIA contractor, as well as a defense death merchant. Privately held. If you work for them, quit. If you don’t quit, you have no honor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booz_Allen_Hamilton
BP PLCorpse $1.2 billion in 2007 death deals.
DRS Technologies Corpse $1.2 billion in 2007 death deals.
Exxon Mobil Corpse $1.2 billion in 2007 death deals.
Kuwait National Petroleum Corpse $1 billion in 2007 death deals.
The Alliance Contractor Team $1 billion in 2007 death deals.
Renco Corpse $1 billion in 2007 death deals.
MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings $1 billion in 2007 death deals.
The above 34 companies represent about $148 billion in sales to the defense department baby killing death machine. This figure is a bit less than half the $306 billion sold by the top 100 death merchants. I stopped here when the number ran below a billion (rounding up to the nearest tenth of a billion).
We’ll get the rest of those top 100, and others, on the blog as time goes on. Feel free to comment on any of these companies here, or on companies you think we should investigate for their involvement in bombing villages and slaughtering children in foreign countries – or in this one.