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The freighter sat low in the water as it steamed out of Long Beach
Harbor. My uncle, a shot up World War I vet who drank a lot of cheap
California wine, to drive away the demons of war, told me, “There goes
another boatload of scrap iron to feed the Japanese war machine.”

He took a long pull from his ‘brown paper bag wrapped’ bottle and said
“The varmints did the same thing in my war.”

His war was the “War to End All Wars,” fought 20 years before in
France and Germany.

He lamented on how in the Civil War his blue-uniformed father was
shot at by Yankee cannon balls sold to the Rebels by Northern
manufacturers more into making a buck than doing the right thing for the
United States of America.

“Cuz money is what war’s really all about” Uncle Roy said. “130,000
Americans died in my war. For what, to make big companies richer?”

At age 15, on Guam, I got to see firsthand what that scrap metal had
done. Though the fighting had stopped, there were knocked-out Japanese
tanks, artillery pieces and ugly chunks of shrapnel littering the
island. And most were made from the junk that came from ships that
sailed out of our harbors in the 1930s.

A lot of the Marines and soldiers I spoke to on that blood-soaked
island said they were permanently wearing shards of steel that
enterprising American businessmen had sold to Japan to sharpen their
bottom-lines; and a lot of their buddies had been stuffed in mattress
covers and buried under neat white rows of crosses and stars because
U.S. entrepreneurs put profit over country.

Many of these battle-hardened vets wore that thousand-yard stare, the
same one Uncle Roy toted around, and they all seemed just as bitter.

During the last half of the 20th Century, U.S. arms merchants have
brokered deals with most of the world’s top rats. They’ve outfitted
death squads in Latin America, provided Saddam Hussein and Company with
the best killing machines money could buy and are now busily supplying
Bosnian fanatics not only with top weaponry, but also with American
mercenaries to train their pet killers.

Almost 60 years after I watched those ships sail to Japan, Bill
Clinton and close aides are accused of helping China become the next
Evil Empire.

This is the same China that gave the world the rape of Tibet and the
blood bath of Tiananmen Square. The same China that the CIA says has
nuclear tipped missiles aimed at our cities.

Experts say Loral Space engineers provided missile guidance
technology that will allow those missiles to strike with pinpoint
accuracy anywhere in the USA.

The boss man of Loral Space and Communications, Bernard Schwartz, has
slipped $2 million into Democrat coffers since Clinton entered the Oval
office. Donations that greased the skids for Schwartz, one of America’s
highest-paid CEOs, to travel aboard a U.S. Air Force aircraft to China
with the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, Mr. Clinton’s Mr. Fix it.

Brown — who was close to being indicted for wheeling and dealing
just before he met his mysterious death on a hillside in Croatia — saw
to it that Schwartz ended up with a $250 million deal with China, a
future Super Power who will soon challenge America militarily.

When you look at the business Schwartz sleazed in as a result of his
$2 million plane trip, his first-class ticket to sell America down the
drain starts looking more and more like mere petty cash.

When the Pentagon protested that if Loral provided China with an
improved missile system it would threaten America, their warnings were
dismissed by Clinton. Re-election, it seems, was more important to the
president and his top economic advisors than missiles aimed at Main
Street USA.

It’s become the American way — both for Democrats and Republicans –
to make huge profits out of war and the threat of war. But today the
risks are bigger than ever. We’re no longer talking shells made from
American scrap iron raining down on our soldiers far, far away on other
country’s battlefields. We’re talking Chinese nuclear missiles –
equipped with Loral guidance systems — taking out your hometown before
you can say, “SHOW ME THE MONEY. “

Hack Notes

Global Hot and Skinny

This is a very good wrap-up of the world situation from LTG Patrick
Hughes, a top intel guy. A spook friend, whom I trust implicitly, worked
for Hughes in Korea and says: ” Hughes is very bright, very original
thinker, willing to look at things from entirely different perspectives.
He’s very tough, but not mean nor petty.”

Hughes’ Conclusions:

  • US will remain the world’s dominant power.
  • The global threats are diminished by the end of the Cold War.
  • The world remains a very dangerous place.
  • There is no relief from the high tempo of operational activity
    short of war.
  • Unless we make progress in preventing espionage and stopping the
    unauthorized public disclosure of classified information, we should
    anticipate a steady erosion of confidence in our abilities and the real
    loss of advantage to our adversaries.
  • A number of rogue nations like North Korea and Iraq retain
    capabilities to directly threaten US interests.
  • Various trans-national threats — weapons smuggling, terrorism,
    drug trafficking and other criminal activity pose the most direct daily
    threat to US citizens, force, property and interests.
  • The changing nature of future warfare presents a constant
    challenge for US strategy, doctrine, force structure and material
    development.
  • The continuing proliferation of WMD, missiles and related
    technologies, will result in a broadly increasing threat to stability
    and a specific direct threat to US military forces.

What Hughes is saying is that sh– will continue to happen, not on a
“we’re going to bomb you back to the stone age” basis, but more like
what’s going on now in ex-Yugoslavia as well as future terrorist strikes
similar to what happened in Japan with Saran.

My guess is the main danger will be from WMD, which I reckon will
happen in the streets of the USA within the next few years. The FBI says
“It’s not a matter of if, but when.” This activity will make Montana in
40 degrees below in January look pretty damn good.

The MICC is now hopping aboard this WMD horse as they see it as the
new Pentagon growth industry. Already two National Guard colonels in
Washington, D.C. have been caught trying to steal big time from the anti
WMD cash register. Someday soon, expect every congressperson to be
lobbying for a gas mask factory in their hometown.

Speaking of MICC thieves: Doing a big story on MPRI and want to
interview folks — off the record — who worked for that Virginia-based
gang of mercenaries in Croatia and Bosnia. Please contact me ASAP.
Confidentiality assured

If only we could kill or at least hobble the MICC. They’re the root
of all evil. HAZARDOUS DUTY tries and it has been a wake up call to
many. But too often we’re mainly preaching to the converted. A friend
suggested making every congressperson read it. It is now available in
paperback. If you feels like twisting the devil’s tail, send a copy to a
congressperson with a letter that demands they read it and give you a
book report.

You can demand. They work for you.

KEEP Five Yards, Hack

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