Thursday, November 30, 2006

Our Military Industrial Complex

Our military industrial simplex.

It goes from the like of Olver to Pole1 to Pole2 to Phoney1.

Britain's level of defence spending isn't related to real threats we face, but the needs of our military-industrial complex.

Blair was eager not to antagonise British arms companies, and BAE Systems in particular, which developed extremely close relationships with senior figures in Downing Street." A Downing Street aide reported that whenever the head of BAE encountered a problem, "he'd be straight on the phone to No 10 and it would get sorted".

We don't know what Blair's proposed new nuclear missiles are for, but after the money has been spent a justification is bound to emerge.

Some body must have some WMD somewhere, surely.

Secret payments of millions of pounds from BAE have been found in Swiss accounts.

Blair is said to be the beneficiary of some of those funds.

Details from the accounts would help to establish whether money was channelled to people close to him, sources said.

BEA wants the SFO to abandon the investigation before anything else comes to light.
Speculation over the progress of the inquiry led to a dip in the company's share price earlier this week.

But the SFO appears determined to focus on the accounts and their links to people close to Blair and Peter Mandelson.

Though he is not regarded himself as a target of the inquiry - BAE acknowledges that the inquiry is aimed at the company and Mr. Mandelson.

Both the Swiss legal authorities in Bern, and the SFO director, Robert Wardle, have been keeping their moves secret.

Swiss authorities said yesterday: "The office of the attorney general of Switzerland confirms being in charge of the execution of a request for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters from the UK serious fraud office relating to this case." They and the SFO refuse to give any further details. The MoD, which is negotiating the deal to sell Eurofighters, remained silent.

The only person with the power to halt joint SFO-MoD police inquiries is the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith who is a close friend of Blair.. But Britain is party to an OECD agreement, under which national economic interests are not allowed to stand in the way of efforts to stamp out bribery.

BAE said: "BAE Systems is not obstructing the investigation and continues to fully co-operate with the SFO." Their spokesman said: "We will not be commenting on any point of substance. This cannot be taken as any kind of admission."


Blogger RoseCovered Glasses said...

You make many good points in your article. I would like to supplement them with some information:

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

If you are interested in a view of the inside of the Pentagon procurement process from Vietnam to Iraq please check the posting at my blog entitled, “Odyssey of Armements”

The Pentagon is a giant,incredibly complex establishment,budgeted in excess of $500B per year. The Rumsfelds, the Adminisitrations and the Congressmen come and go but the real machinery of policy and procurement keeps grinding away, presenting the politicos who arrive with detail and alternatives slanted to perpetuate itself.

How can any newcomer, be he a President, a Congressman or even the Sec. Def. to be - Mr. Gates- understand such complexity, particulary if heretofore he has not had the clearance to get the full details?

Answer- he can’t. Therefor he accepts the alternatives provided by the career establishment that never goes away and he hopes he makes the right choices. Or he is influenced by a lobbyist or two representing companies in his district or special interest groups.

From a practical standpoint, policy and war decisions are made far below the levels of the talking heads who take the heat or the credit for the results.

This situation is unfortunate but it is ablsolute fact. Take it from one who has been to war and worked in the establishment.

This giant policy making and war machine will eventually come apart and have to be put back together to operate smaller, leaner and on less fuel. But that won’t happen unitil it hits a brick wall at high speed.

We will then have to run a Volkswagon instead of a Caddy and get along somehow. We better start practicing now and get off our high horse. Our golden aura in the world is beginning to dull from arrogance.

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