not cool at all

September 19, 2004

if ever any company was evil incarnate, Dyncorp (now owned by CSC) is that company. this jewel of the devil has brought humankind such wonderful gifts as agent orange and whatever the hell they are really killing the rainforests with. i had read about them a while back, but this news tidbit popped something in my head.

i have been wanting to post this for some time but have been missing one critical piece. but i found it! as mentioned in the last post, go read this. the point is that Dyncorp makes chemical weapons.

Still, who knows if Fort Worth is far enough? It has been in the past, for those seeking asylum from the military and paramilitary groups that have been fighting a civil war in Colombia for decades. But these new refugees cannot be so sure. After all, only a few minutes as the crow flies from Rondon’s office, the name of one of their attackers is emblazoned high above a busy Fort Worth freeway — DynCorp, the company whose planes have rained down poison on their animals and fields and homes. And DynCorp’s partner and employer in such attacks is the same entity whom these refugees must now ask for asylum — the United States government. More than that, Texas is home to many of those who have lobbied for these onslaughts, the companies that would like to develop the rich fields that lie below now-poisoned farms.


and that is not all. no, the company also protects people. and by protect i mean sell as sex slaves.

According to the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) lawsuit filed in Texas on behalf of the former DynCorp aircraft mechanic, “in the latter part of 1999 Johnston learned that employees and supervisors from DynCorp were engaging in perverse, illegal and inhumane behavior [and] were purchasing illegal weapons, women, forged passports and [participating in] other immoral acts. Johnston witnessed coworkers and supervisors literally buying and selling women for their own personal enjoyment, and employees would brag about the various ages and talents of the individual slaves they had purchased.”

Rather than acknowledge and reward Johnston’s effort to get this behavior stopped, DynCorp fired him, forcing him into protective custody by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) until the investigators could get him safely out of Kosovo and returned to the United States. That departure from the war-torn country was a far cry from what Johnston imagined a year earlier when he arrived in Bosnia to begin a three-year U.S. Air Force contract with DynCorp as an aircraft-maintenance technician for Apache and Blackhawk helicopters.

but they are just one of countless companies involved deeply with our government.

THE use of military contractors raises other troubling questions as well. In peace, they can act as a secret army outside of public view. In war, while providing functions crucial to the combat effort, they are not soldiers. Private contractors are not obligated to take orders or to follow military codes of conduct. Their legal obligation is solely to an employment contract, not to their country.

its all just scandalous. on a lighter note, our government has been working on an even more wonderful surprise for, well, everyone. named the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, this exercise in population control is an attempt to make weapons that are “a little less deadly.” you know, so we can us them and still feel good inside.

first, i found was this paper from R. STEELE General, U.S. Marine Corps. basically a here is what we want kinda thing.

then, there are the brainy guys who get together and make it happen.

FENTON IS TALKING ABOUT �ACTIVE DENIAL TECHNOLOGY�, WHICH INVOLVES TRANSMITTING MICROWAVE ENERGY TO RAPIDLY HEAT WATER MOLECULES ON THE SURFACE OF HUMAN SKIN. IT CREATES A BURNING SENSATION SIMILAR TO THAT CAUSED BY TOUCHING A HOT LIGHT BULB. HOWEVER, THE SKIN IS NOT BURNED, AND THE SENSATION ENDS AS SOON AS THE TRANSMITTER IS TURNED OFF� OR THE RECIPIENT MOVES AWAY FROM THE BEAM. THE MILITARY HAS TESTED THE SYSTEM ON PEOPLE, BUT IT IS YET TO BE DEPLOYED.
THE TECHNOLOGY BEING DEVELOPED AT U-N-H IS MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD AND LESS EXCITING.
U-N-H�S �NON-LETHAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTER� WAS FOUNDED LAST YEAR WITH A DEFENSE DEPARTMENT GRANT SECURED BY U-S SENATOR BOB SMITH. GLENN SHWAERY DIRECTS THE CENTER, BETTER KNOWN AS IN-TECH.

and there are other surprises in store. how about sorta deadly chemical weapons? they are being considered too, if not being made and deployed right now. the arguement against them (as if one is needed).

Arguing that technological advances have outpaced treaties, some analysts believe that the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) should reverse tack and be amended to allow the use of riot control agents (RCAs) in a theater of war. With some caveats, like banning the use of RCAs in a warlike manner, registering them by state parties, and using them domestically, adherents to this school of thought feel that RCAs could bring a lot to ensuring civil order in a dicey war situation. They also think that this amendment would not irrevocably harm the CWC. They are wrong.

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More recently, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called the CWC a �straitjacket� while explaining to the House Armed Services Committee on Feb. 5, 2003, that he and Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Richard Myers were attempting to write rules of engagement which would allow U.S. troops to use non-lethal tear gas as RCAs. He gave two examples of circumstances which may force American soldiers to use RCAs in Iraq: if human shields were used by Iraqi troops or if women and children were trapped in caves with Iraqi soldiers. By the beginning of March 2003, the U.S. Marine Corps had admitted that pepper spray and tear gas had been shipped to troops in the Iraqi theater and that combat field commanders would be allowed to decide whether or not to use them. This put coalition partner United Kingdom in an awkward position as its policy was that its troops could not be involved in operations where RCAs were used.

you know, the same fucker who was shaking Saddam’s hand while chemical weapons were being used against the iranians.

Five years before Saddam Hussein�s now infamous 1988 gassing of the Kurds, a key meeting took place in Baghdad that would play a significant role in forging close ties between Saddam Hussein and Washington. It happened at a time when Saddam was first alleged to have used chemical weapons. The meeting in late December 1983 paved the way for an official restoration of relations between Iraq and the US, which had been severed since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

With the Iran-Iraq war escalating, President Ronald Reagan dispatched his Middle East envoy, a former secretary of defense, to Baghdad with a hand-written letter to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and a message that Washington was willing at any moment to resume diplomatic relations.

That envoy was Donald Rumsfeld.

too much to think about. more later.

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