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SAIC Banks Billions from Top Secret America, Millions to Put DHS in an Asylum

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

SAIC Banks Billions from Top Secret America, Millions to Put DHS in an Asylum

The Terrorism Industrial Complex a.k.a. “Top Secret America” may sound like tin foil hat conspiracy to some, but many of you will remember it as the name of an extensive investigation by the Washington Post, whose editors’ intro says:  “[This] is a project nearly two years in the making that describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks…  When it comes to national security, all too often no expense is spared and few questions are asked – with the result an enterprise so massive that nobody in government has a full understanding of it.  It is, as Dana Priest and William M. Arkin have found, ubiquitous, often inefficient and mostly invisible to the people it is meant to protect and who fund it.”

Short of storming the Beltway, the American people may never learn just how much of their money has been pillaged, plundered and simply wasted in the name of “national security” since 9/11, but our research suggests it could easily be an amount that exceeds not only the billions in bailout bucks given to the Banksters since 2008 but the trillions paid to the War Profiteers since 2001.  In fact, just as the money being squandered on militarily useless F-22 and F-35 fighter jets  will probably exceed our $1.3 trillion federal deficit (see our previous reports), the often untraceable trillions poured into the post-9/11 “too big to fail”, “war on terrorism”, “homeland security” and “black ops” troughs by our corporate-owned politicians and well-lobbied bureaucrats might easily approximate our $15 trillion national debt.

One of the hundreds of “security contractors” feeding at those troughs is SAIC – formerly Science Applications International Corporation.  Headquartered in McLean VA, SAIC is “a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company working in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health”.  The company’s 46,000+ employees serve the Department of Defense (DoD), the intelligence community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal government agencies.  SAIC had revenue of $11.1 billion for its fiscal year 2010.

Since 1995 SAIC has contributed over $3.8 million to political campaigns, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, with Barack Obama and John McCain being the top recipients.  That amount is eclipsed by the more than $24 million they’ve invested in lobbying since 1997.  And over that same period, SAIC’s penalties for federal contractor misconduct have far exceeded their pay-to-play payola:  SAIC paid a $24.9 million settlement for rigging bids on General Services Administration (GSA) contracts, $5 million to the Air Force for false claims and defective pricing, and all told over $32 million for a dozen different instances of government fraud, ethics and other violations.  Of course, all their penalties and payola combined is chump change compared to the more than $63 billion in defense, security and other federal contracts SAIC has bagged over the past ten years.

Apparently its all forgive and forget at the GSA, because just last week they awarded SAIC a $5 billion telecom systems contract – forgiving their history of bid-rigging, and forgetting that the City of New York recently demanded a $600 million refund on the botched and corruption-riddled “CityTime” system that SAIC installed for them.

SAIC will also be getting at least a $90 million bite out of the $4 billion or so that’s been budgeted to relocate the Department of Homeland Security to what was once St. Elizabeths Hospital, an insane asylum.  Conceived in the Mad Hatter days of Bush-Cheney, the megabucks DHS relocation boondoggle is yet another fiscal insanity that has continued unaffected by any imagined wave of “Change” in 2008.  SAIC’s piece is to implement a “secure and scalable” IT infrastructure.

Why SAIC would be trusted to provide DHS with a “secure” anything for their new 4.5 million square foot Ministry of Truth facility is a mystery to me.  After all, it was only a few weeks ago that they acknowledged the theft of tapes containing the confidential personal information of 4.9 million Tricare military beneficiaries that were allegedly sitting in the car of one of their employees.

Anyway…  False flag op or not, there can be no debate that since 11 September 2001 trillions of taxpayer dollars have been spent to beat the boogeymen, real or contrived.  Has it been worth it?  Do you think Americans are “safer” today than we were ten years ago?  If so, has any security gained been worth the cost, and the personal privacy and freedoms lost?

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Bayer Behind BPA Study That Preserves Their Profits By Prolonging Your Risks

November 27, 2011 1 comment

Bayer Behind BPA Study That Preserves Their Profits By Prolonging Your Risks

Bayer Group (Bayer AG) is a German holding company that ranks #147 on the Forbes Global 2000 and #1 on the Toxic 100 Air Polluters list:

With more than 111,000 employees and over $47 billion in annual revenues, the company’s (dirty) business operations are organized into three subgroups: HealthCare, CropScience and MaterialScience, supported by the service companies Bayer Business Services, Bayer Technology Services and Currenta.  Bayer HealthCare is involved in the research, development and manufacture of health products for “people and animals”.  Bayer CropScience is engaged in crop protection and “non-agricultural” pest control.  Bayer MaterialScience supplies polymers for a wide range of applications.  Bayer AG operates through numerous subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures located in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, North America as well as the Asia/Pacific region, e.g. Bayer Chemicals AG in Germany, Cotton Growers Services Pty. Limited in Australia and Polygal 1998 Ltd. in Israel, among others.

When you hear the name “Bayer” you may think immediately of their flagship product, but Aspirin is only one of many brands you’ll find on their Products A-to-Z List:

Notably missing from this list is Bisphenol-A, or “BPA”, of which Bayer is the world’s largest producer.  In the U.S., the only 5 companies producing it are Bayer, Dow, Momentive Specialty Chemicals (formerly Hexion), SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics), and Sunoco, “collectively bringing in $6 billion a year in revenue from BPA alone.”

And just what is BPA?  Some sources define it as an “organic compound”, while others say it is “made from petroleum”.  And guess what?  They’re both correct!  Just like Con-Agra can legally label genetically-modified foods as “All Natural” – in the United States at least – it is acceptable in many circles to refer to petroleum as “organic”.  That should make it easy for Big Oil to “Go Green”, since it’s all just a matter of packaging:

And in the U.S. food and beverage industry, that’s just how Bisphenol-A is used.  BPA, an estrogen-mimicking chemical, is used to make plastic containers like baby bottles and to line food and drink cans.  Thousands of BPA studies have been conducted over the years, and many of them have linked the chemical to breast cancer, early puberty, infertility, obesity and a whole host of other health problems.  That was enough for the Canadian government to declare Bisphenol-A to be a toxic substance last year:

That has not been enough, however, for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration or our food and beverage companies to follow suit.  One reason is that some “scientific” studies of the effects of BPA exposure and consumption by people and animals have reported different results.  Studies like this recent one, which concluded that “…the available evidence indicates that BPA exposure represents no noteworthy risk to the health of the human population, including newborns and babies”:

And what other conclusion would one expect from such a study, when BPA producers like Bayer AG were behind it?  As disclosed:

“Four authors of a new report concluding that bisphenol A is safe have ties to companies and groups that benefit from the controversial chemical.  Two of the researchers – Hermann Schweinfurth and Wolfgang Volkel – reported their affiliations in the report’s ‘declaration of interest.’  Two others – Werner Lilienblum and Peter-Jurgen Kramer – have professional websites linking them to the chemical industry…  Schweinfurth acknowledged in his declaration that he works for Bayer Schering Pharma AG, the largest producer of bisphenol A, or BPA, in Europe.  Volkel reported receiving funding from the international industry group BPA Global in the past.  Lilienblum runs a ‘consultancy for the industry.’  And Kramer describes himself as a ‘leading toxicologist in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry’ who is currently ‘developing and shaping’ toxicology in Germany and throughout Europe.”

Using the tainted conclusions of Bayer-sponsored “research” like this as an excuse, profit-before-people corporations like Coca-Cola continue lining their cans with a toxic chemical that they claim to be safe while at the same time assuring the public that they are actively pursuing alternatives.  The obvious inconsistency should give you pause.  After all, if BPA is as safe as they say, then why are they looking for alternatives?

BPA is not the first product Bayer continued to push on the public long after they knew it was a health hazard:

“A division of the pharmaceutical company Bayer sold millions of dollars of blood-clotting medicine for hemophiliacs – medicine that carried a high risk of transmitting AIDS – to Asia and Latin America in the mid-1980’s while selling a new, safer product in the West, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.”

Actually, Bayer AG has a long history of knowingly selling chemicals that kill people.  During World War II, for example, the company was “…part of IG Farben, a conglomerate of German chemical industries that formed a part of the financial core of the German Nazi regime.  IG Farben owned 42.5% of the company that manufactured Zyklon B, a chemical used in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and other extermination camps.”

You can follow the more recent atrocities of the Bayer Group at the “Coalition Against Bayer Dangers” website:

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Mighty Monsanto, King Corn & The End of Family Farms

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Mighty Monsanto, King Corn & The End of Family Farms

Video 1 of 3: The World According to Monsanto

“Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE [genetically engineered] seeds used by the US market. Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.”

Video 2 of 3: The Future of Food

“Patenting of life is now permitted, no labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) in food is required, research is conducted on these issues by universities beholden to the “agri-corps” who fund them, and the major regulatory agencies are run by former execs from these very companies.”

Video 3 of 3: King Corn

“The film shows how the perception of industrialization in corn has all but eliminated the image of the family farm, which is being replaced by larger industrial farms. Cheney and Ellis suggest that this trend reflects a larger industrialization of the North American food system.”–Wikipedia

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