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2004's Top War Profiteers

PopulistAmerica.com
January 11, 2005
by Michael Boldin

Recently, the Center for Corporate Responsibility released a report, the Ten Worst War Profiteers of 2004. Although this report was insightful and possibly shocking (with Halliburton coming in at a meager #7), does it really give us the whole story? Tyranny, including foreign entanglements, needs money. Most, if not all, of that money is coming from US Taxpayers, but who is making the profits? Most of the top ten don't provide goods or services to the general public. Although we've heard it for years on numerous issues, a boycott is really in order. Money, at this point in the game, is our only and possibly best weapon. If the US government is going to unrepentingly tax its citizens, and then turn over those tax dollars to their favorite corporations through foreign rebuilding contracts, defense contracts, and the like, we must fight back. They're stealing our money; money that should be used for schools, healthcare, roads, or simply left in our pockets. Yes, it's the old call for a boycott.

The hard thing here, is that in reviewing the top ten war profiteers, what is there to actually boycott? Not too many of us are going to take our jet fighter business away from Lockheed Martin and buy our fancy new F-22 from "the other guy." We still need to be able to hit these corporations - and millions of Americans can do this. Nearly every one of the top ten aren't in business alone. They share (or possibly hide) their profits through Strategic Alliances, Partnerships, Affiliates, Subsidiaries and Parent Companies. When Lockheed, or Halliburton, or any of the others make money from our tax dollars, or the rape and pillage of the Iraqi and Afghani (and who else in the future?) people, a web of other major and minor corporations are profiting as well. For example, Company "X" is in the top ten. Company "X" in turn is owned by Company "B", who's not on the list, who in turn owns Company "H" and Company "T". "H" and "T" then partner with or manage Company "R", and on and on. These relationships are not minor. As we've done research, as we move down the food chain, these top 10 war profiteers expand into a web of thousands of companies. To keep this as logistically simple as possible, we've limited this list to included companies that are related to the top ten, to the 2nd degree of relationship. Even reducing the list to the closest of corporate relationships, we've come up with a total of 94 companies, plus the original ten. You might be surprised at who's profiting from global dominance from behind the scenes.

The task is simple. Boycott all these companies starting today. Get rid of your AT&T service, don't buy gas at Shell, and so on. Sure, it might be an inconvenience, but you're already giving money to these companies with your tax dollars, so why should you pay them twice? Don't buy that Sony tv, get another brand. When flying to London, choose to not use London Luton Airport, as they're managed by a top ten profiteer, and generate more profit for them. We're all slaves to the corporations, but we still do have somewhat of a choice as to whom we'll give all our hard-earned money to, so stop funding the companies that profit from imperialism. Tell your friends what you're doing, and sooner or later we'll make a difference. Maybe they'll even have to find different companies to profit from the war, and then we'll hit them in the pocketbook too.

PopulistAmerica.com 104 War Profiteers:



(Links provided when available)

ABT Engineers & Constructors

Accenture
Acton Burnell
AEGIS
AgustaWestland
Alcatel
Alenia
Alterra Partners
Applied Technology Solutions
APX
Arab African International Bank
ARE Group
AT&T
BAE Systems
Bantrel Co.
Beacon Group - owned by JP Morgan Chase
BearingPoint
Bechtel
Bechtel Bettis
BellSouth
BKSH & Associates
Burson-Marsteller
BWX Technologies
CACI & Titan
California Energy Commission
Callisma
Capgemini
C-Cubed Corporation
Chavez Int. Airport - Peru
Cisco Systems
CITIC Engineering
CMS Information Services
Commercial Space Systems
Cosapi
Curacao Airport - Netherlands
Custer Battles
Dell
Deloitte
Diehl
Digital Systems International Corp
EDS
Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy
Electricity Reliability Council of Texas
Enka Engineering
EPC Global
Ericsson
ESG
ESSI
Halliburton
Hellman & Friedman
HP
Hyperion
IABG
IBM
IDS Scheer
InterGen
Italtel
Izar
Jacobs Engineering
JSM Int. Airport - Costa Rica
KBR
LMC Properties
Lockheed Martin
Lockheed UK
London Luton Airport
Loral Satellite
Marshall Aerospace
Mellon Investor Services
MIC Capital - Mitsubishi Investment
Microsoft
Morgan Stanley
Motorola
MTL Systems
NetworkAppliance
Nexant, Inc
Nth Power
Ogilvy PR Worldwide
Opitz Consulting
Oracle
PECL
Peoplesoft
PGESCo
Premier Technology Group
Qualcomm
Realtech
Rolls-Royce/Allison
SAP
SBC
Shell
Siebel
Siemens
Sigdo Koppers
Sinotech Foundation
SONACA
Sony
Sprint
Steeb
Sun Microsystems
Teradata
Thales
ThruPoint
Turkish Aircraft
WPP Group LLC
Young & Rubicam Brands
 
 


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Re: 2004's Top War Profiteers

what about Boeing?

The Boeing Corporation and Military-Industrial Corruption
corporateswine.net/boeing.html
 

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