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L-3: the $15 billion defence contractor that will be scanning us

27 February 2012 (Original: 2012-02-08) | Source | Permalink | comments: 0
By Bernard Keane

Categories: [ Full Body Scanners ]

Part two of a report by Crikey political correspondent Bernard Keane on the awarding of an airport body scanner contract by the Australian Government without conducting a risk analysis

So who is the real beneficiary of the government’s decision to impose body-scanning technology on international passengers?

Step forward L-3 Communications, a key member of the US defence establishment and one with links to some of the worst scandals of the past decade.

The company will reap $28 million dollars from the government’s obsession with security theatre that has no demonstrated security benefits, through its provision of body scanners.

L-3 began as an orphan company after a Lockheed merger saw several business units sold off to two former Loral executives funded by Lehman Brothers, which still has a big stake in the company and a board seat. Since then, L-3 has grown into one of the top 10 US defence contractors. The company earned nearly a billion dollars in profit in 2010, from revenues of more than $15 billion.

Along the way, it has been involved in some of the US’ biggest defence and procurement scandals. In the late 1990s, the company’s lobbyist Linda Daschle helped the company get a Federal Aviation Authority contract to supply airport baggage scanners courtesy of legislation passed by her husband, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. The scanners were later revealed to be faulty, but the FAA was obliged by Daschle’s legislation to continue to purchase them.

The company later acquired defence contractor Titan, which has been implicated in several procurement scandals. Titan provided “interpreters” at the US Army’s Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and the company was sued by a victims of US torture and abuse there, until the US Supreme Court finally dismissed the case in 2011. In 2010, a division of the company was suspended from providing any services to the US government after it was found using US government networks to spy on competitors. There have also been several lesser procurement scandals typical of the US defence industry.

But even as the US looks to cut back defence spending, with flow-on effects for big suppliers such as L-3, the fertile field of security theatre has opened up as a revenue source — there’s little or no political will to cut war-on-terror funding. By 2010, the company had provided nearly $US40 million worth of body scanners following the “underwear bomber”, having massively ramped up its lobbying effort. Not unhelpful is the fact that several US congressional representatives have big L-3 shareholdings, including former 2004 Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry.

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From the entry 'Count me out of the Sandy Hook truther movement!'.

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By Josh on 2015 01 23 - 06:11:00
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Leonard Clampett wrote:

“You have never refuted any claims you have simply disagreed with them.”

Are you saying you have not checked the references I provided?


“Saturation of a parcel of air is 100% moisture when the temperature is at dew point”

Again you are ignoring saturation with respect to ice which is not the same as saturation with respect to water. You want to look at the frost point, not the dew point.

Supersaturation with respect to ice can be reached at RH levels of 70 percent and less. Have a look at this table - are you saying it’s wrong?


“The burning of carbon based fuels does not create water, the water is there all the time”

You are leaving the ground of school-grade chemistry. I have already provided you twice with the chemical equation for kerosene combustion in a jet engine.

For the third time:

2 * C12H26 + 37 * O2—-> 24 * CO2 + 26 * H2O

By the way, here is the benzene combustion in your car - every time the engine runs it creates water:

2 * C6H6 + 15 * O2—-> 12 * CO2 + 6 * H2O

In case you did not notice, the H2O molecules are water. Which is newly created by the combustion.
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“If you cannot tell the difference in altitude between an aircraft flying at 30,000 feet and one at 15,000 feet you should really see an optometrist”

That’s not what you have claimed. You described a contrail at around 10 degrees above the horizon and said you determined the altitude to be 10000 feet - with your bare eyes. You did not mention any plane.

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“[...] I took 4 [photographs] today at midday showing two distinct chemtrails at about 10,000 feet near our home at Enoggera near Brisbane, which were about 2,000 feet above some scattered fair weather cumulus cloud”

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From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

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By Nancy Barratt on 2015 01 23 - 04:35:03
From the entry 'For those who are on the fence about "No Planes" & "Video Fakery" Theories'.

Leonard Clampett wrote about me:
As an amateur he claims to be more informed than I, as a professional
As I have said several times before - credentials are irrelevant if you don’t get your facts straight. You still have not issued any comments regarding your earlier claims after I have refuted them.
Did you change your stance on supersaturation with respect to ice?
Does it exist and is it a commonly occurring phenomenon as atmospheric science says?
Does one tonne of jet fuel generate roughly 1.3 tonnes of water when combusted?
Isn’t it basic chemistry that burning of any hydrocarbon fuel creates water?
Have you accepted that you can’t determine the altitude of a contrail just by using your stereoscopic view?
By Josh on 2014 12 30 - 08:22:05

Credentials from scientists therefore cannot be relevant if you don’t believe their facts are correct. Is that correct Joshnonymous? Who is the arbiter?
You have never refuted any claims you have simply disagreed with them. You are not right simply because you think you are.
Saturation of a parcel of air is when cloud forms. You can see this occurring in the sky above you on most days. Saturation of a parcel of air is 100% moisture when the temperature is at dew point. Supersaturation in clear air can occur when the water in exhaust emissions from an aircraft at altitude, in the right ambient conditions, condense after being turned to gas in the high temperatures in the can (combustion chamber). When this condensate is left to its own devices it takes up the temperature of the surrounding air and evaporates as the water content fuses into the surrounding drier air. This can take a few minutes but certainly not linger and become cloud as you claim. Otherwise we need just fly a few aircraft around to make cloud and dispense with droughts. That has been tried and does not work for obvious scientific reasons. If the surrounding air was saturated their would be cloud already. The difference between contrails that disappear within a kilometre or two behind an aircraft and those that remain for many minutes is caused by the variance in the humidity. You never see the contrails emitted in cloud do you? Meteorology 101. You get to understand all this in the senior examination studies but not in the hobby pilot exams.
The burning of carbon based fuels does not create water, the water is there all the time, and the aircraft does not carry 1.3 times its fuel load into the upper atmosphere. Weight and balance tables will tell you that. Load data sheets tell you that. The operations crew who load and fuel the aircraft will tell you that. The pilots know that because they do not take off overweight, otherwise their TOLD cards would be wrong every time. The extra water comes from the air masses that are compressed by the engines as they fly through the air masses.
If you cannot tell the difference in altitude between an aircraft flying at 30,000 feet and one at 15,000 feet you should really see an optometrist, or better still an ophthalmologist, the ones I see every year to have my eyes thoroughly checked in accordance with the legislation so provided.
Have a good day.

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From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

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