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LOCKHEED MARTIN:
THE WORLD'S LARGEST WAR PROFITEER

Lockheed-Martin has the dubious distinction of being the world's largest weapons manufacturer, with 2002 sales of $26.6 billion and a backlog of more than $70 billion, according to their website (www.lockheedmartin.com). Clearly, this is a corporation with a vested interest in the heightened efficiency of the death, destruction, terror, and mayhem of modern warfare.

The most famous Lockheed Martin tools of massacre (a remarkably incomplete list):

CRUISE MISSILE "PAYLOAD DELIVERY SYSTEM": the cruise missile is usually the first weapon launched when combat begins. The Pentagon war-plan in Iraq includes what is called Operation Shock and Awe, a barrage that calls for 800 Cruise Missiles to be launched in 48 hours—more than twice the number that were used in the entire 40-day bombing campaign in the first Gulf War. Each Cruise Missile is packed with 1,000-pounds of explosives and is priced at more than $1 million dollars a piece: 48 hours, 800,000 pounds of cruise missiles, at $800 million in hardware. Lockheed-Martin couldn't be happier.

F16 FIGHTER JET - The world's most popular combat aircraft has rained mayhem from the skies for the past 25 years. The F-16 is the workhorse of the United States Airforce—logging over 100,000 combat hours over Iraq, Serbia and Afghanistan. It has, and will continue to, play a significant role in American attacks on Iraq.

F35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER - The shared $400 billion contract to build the jet fighter was the richest contract ever awarded by the Pentagon.

C130 HERCULES CARGO PLANE - Besides carrying troops and tanks, the C130 was used in Afghanistan to drop the 15,000-pound Daisy Cutter bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon available.

BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEM: The most popular tank-armoured personnel carrier will get maximum use during the war in Iraq, as it did in 1991:

"The US Army division that broke through Saddam Hussein’s defensive frontline used plows mounted on tanks and combat earthmovers to bury thousands of Iraqi soldiers – some still alive firing their weapons – in more than 70 miles of trenches, according to US Army officials… The unprecedented tactic has been hidden from public view… Not a single American was killed during the attack that made an Iraqi body count impossible… Bradley Fighting Vehicles carriers straddled the trench lines and fired into Iraqi soldiers as the tanks covered them with mounds of sand. “I came through right after the lead company. What you saw was a bunch of buried trenches with peoples’ arms and things sticking out of them,” said Col. Anthony Moreno. [General Norman] Schwarzkopf’s staff has privately estimated that between 50,000 and 75,000 Iraqis were killed in their trenches.” - Newsday (NY) 12 September 1991 p.1

COMMITTEE FOR THE LIBERATION OF IRAQ:

The CLI is a group of war hawks who have been lobbying for the bombing and overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The Committee chairman is Bruce P. Jackson, a former vice president at Lockheed Martin from 1993-2001. Jackson chaired the Republican Party Platform's subcommittee for National Security and Foreign Policy when Bush ran for president in 2000. Jackson was also big on expanding the role of NATO -- think of all the new weapons that will be required -- and headed up a campaign to get Congress to ratify NATO's eastward expansion. “I wrote the Republican Party’s foreign policy platform,” declared Bruce Jackson. Jackson said that he was selected to be “the overall chairman of the Foreign Policy Platform Committee” at the Republican National Convention, at which he was a delegate.

The revolving door from the White House/Pentagon to the largest weapons manufacturer is transparent: 8 senior policy officials in the Bush Administration had ties to Lockheed Martin before joining the administration – including war criminal Otto Reich and Vice President Dick Cheney, whose wife Lynne Cheney served on the Lockheed Martin board from 1994-2001.

ACT NOW! NO WAR FOR PROFIT!

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