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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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Cris,

if the trails look like contrails, why should they not be contrails?

Western Queensland is clearly a “jet traffic area”.
Did you follow the links to Flightradar24? There is the evidence you seek.

All the traffic between Shanghai, Beijing in the North-West and Sydney in the Sout-East is going over it, as well as the Brisbane - Singapore route. Among the traffic are many cargo flights which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Then add all those continental connections.

Speaking of evidence: can you provide an original reference where officials or scientists in charge admit that there is ongoing deliberate geoegineering?
All I have seen so far are discussions about the possibilities and the dangers.

I don’t really see where the metals you list are coming into play. Are you referring to water or blood tests on the ground?
If so, then please provide a direct reference to an actual test result. You may be surprised how few you will find. Anyway, just pick one.

As far as I know, nobody has found those metals in contrail samples yet.

Regarding vitamin D deficiency: this article discusses it concisely. Quote:

Even in winter, UVA rays can penetrate cloud cover and rainfall to hit skin

Last remark: I point out missing evidence. How is that censorship?

By Josh on 2014 11 23 - 20:25:19
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Josh
I recommend that you supply plausible evidence that 100 or so trails I saw in on day in my non jet traffic area are all condensation trails.
How many flights can there be?
At times between 3 and 8 in less than 5 minutes?
Geoengineeering has been admitted, at least regarding the so called sunscreening with Barium, Aluminium and Strontium.
Perhaps you can google the necessity for UV?
Perhaps the dangers of Barium to the endocrine system, the soil food web, sodium/potassium pump?
Atrification of the pineal gland with aluminium?
Aluminium toxicity in the soil?
Monsatos’ GM gene that can help a plant survive that toxicity?
The role of UV in patogen cleansing? 
And in the production of D vitamins?
The melatonin/seratonin cycle?
Does any of that get past your censorship?

By Cris on 2014 11 22 - 10:39:13
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Cris,

I recommend to look at this website very critically. There is no explanation about methodology, staff or even what the point is to report “longwave activity”. It can’t be referring to HAARP which had used very short waves to interact with the ionosphere.

On the other hand I found some information about the site owner Kevin Martin. Quite some guy. Read his various forum postings referenced on that page ...

Last but not least: HAARP is inactive since summer 2013 and is currently being dismantled because nobody wanted to pay for its annual bills anymore. Local politicians tried to slow the process.

By Josh on 2014 11 22 - 09:32:48
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

http://www.haarpstatusnetwork.com/2014/11/20/haarp-attack-proof-of-usa-snowstorm-and-arctic-air-attack-planned/

By Cris on 2014 11 22 - 08:50:43
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Cris,

this pilot’s publications were discussed here before. See the first page of comments, below the question from Christine Haynes.

See also Qantas pilot Michael Glynn’s comments when the discussion about “bluenomore” continued on page 11 (close to the bottom),

By Josh on 2014 11 22 - 01:50:22
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

http://www.bluenomore.com/
This bloke is a pilot.

By Cris on 2014 11 20 - 20:08:50
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

“Yes, that’s water vapour from the jet fuel combustion, meeting ice-cold and humid outside air, freezing almost instantly and providing condensation surface for the humidity already present. The ice crystals are blown apart by strong winds and voilà: there is your contrail-induced cirrus cover.

Again - this has been observed and researched many times.”

wow. you can describe the weather conditions for 5 days in a row in my area without even knowing where i am. remarjable. another example of how you dont think before you write.

this is why i dont care for your imbecilic unqualified anonymous opinion.
what part of shut the fuck up do you have trouble understanding?

By Andrew Adams on 2014 11 20 - 10:50:48
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Gday Mr Clampett,
re wasting electrons..
the way j-anonymous and fenton the pretender ignore logic, reason and common sense is laughable.  I dont post here to try and convince these disingenuous idiots of anything, rather to simply highlight the obvious, so that anyone else who may stumble upon this cess pit of insipid unqualified opinion, hypocrisy, disinformation, censorship and lies, that this poor excuse for an alternative news website has zero credibility, and to proceed with caution.

If not for your expertise at playing “whack-a-troll” everytime j-anonymous pokes his ugly mug above the parapet, I doubt I would bother. Love your work.

By Andrew Adams on 2014 11 20 - 10:46:57
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

i think that immigration should be more open in australia, it will make australia stronger. green card

By green card on 2014 11 20 - 08:27:04
From the entry 'The elephant in the room: it's immigration, not asylum seekers!'.

Leonard Clampett,

why are you insisting on calling me ‘Anonymous’? Did you forget my name already?

What is your stance on supersaturation with respect to ice? Does it exists?

Does one tonne of jet fuel generate 1.3 tonnes of water during combustion?

Do you call these fantasies because you refused to accept the facts?

By Josh on 2014 11 20 - 07:25:42
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

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