|USA: M.I.T. Studies Accused of Covering-Up Flaws in Antimissile System|
by William J. Broad, New York Times
January 2nd, 2003
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is looking into accusations that its premier laboratory lied to cover up serious problems with the technology at the heart of the administration's proposed antimissile defense system.
|US: Seeking Nashville Kurds|
December 31st, 2002
Kurdish immigrants in Nashville are among those being recruited in three cities to work as translators for Army troops and personnel in case of war in Iraq.
|US: Arms Factories Pollute Drinking Water|
by Peter Waldman, Wall Street Journal
December 16th, 2002
Five years ago, the Voetsches learned that the home they bought in 1970 lies on the edge of a so-called plume of underground water polluted with waste from a nearby missile factory. Among the chemicals found in local drinking wells is perchlorate, the main ingredient of solid rocket fuel and a known toxin. The Voetsches believe it was in their water and, they suspect, their garden soil. "We lived off the land and never thought twice about it," Mr. Voetsch says.
|Russia: Oil Giants Try to Beat US to Iraqi Reserves|
by Nick Paton Walsh, The Guardian
December 11th, 2002
Russian oil companies are trying to secure new contracts with Baghdad in an attempt to dominate Iraq's huge reserves and hold Washington to its promise of respecting Moscow's economic interests in the event of a regime change.
|UK: BP Chief Fears US Will Carve up Iraqi Oil Riches|
by Terry Macalister, The Guardian
October 30th, 2002
Lord Browne, chief executive of BP and one of New Labour's favourite industrialists, has warned Washington not to carve up Iraq for its own oil companies in the aftermath of any future war.
|US: Thousands March on Capital to Condemn Iraq War|
by Katherine Stapp, InterPress Service
October 27th, 2002
In the largest U.S. anti-war protest in recent memory, at least 75,000 demonstrators encircled the White House on Saturday to demand a diplomatic solution to escalating tensions with Iraq.
|USA: Feds Pushing Toxic Anthrax Drug?|
by Elliot Borin, Wired.com
October 24th, 2002
Many veterans' advocates believe a certain anthrax vaccine to be a major cause of Gulf War sickness. The company manufacturing it has launched a massive lobbying campaign to persuade the Bush administration to stockpile the controversial drug so it can be administered to civilians.
|US: The Breast Cancer Money-Go-Round|
by Lynn Landes, Alternet
October 23rd, 2002
Most of the well-financed breast cancer organizations make little or no mention of the non-genetic causes of breast cancer. Go to their websites. Read their literature. These organizations don't focus on the environmental and pharmacological causes of this epidemic because it's a dank dark alley that leads right to their corporate sponsors.
|US: GAO Won't Touch WorldCom Defense Deal|
by Renae Merle, Washington Post
October 10th, 2002
The General Accounting Office (GAO) dismissed protests by two competitors to WorldCom Corp.'s $450 million Defense Department contract, despite acknowledging that the agency "relied on grossly inaccurate financial information" in making the award.
|US: A Wartime Bonanza|
by Michelle Ciarrocca, AlterNet
September 30th, 2002
President Bush's military budget increase and the war time "unity" on Capitol Hill have created an environment in which weapons makers can enjoy the best of both worlds – continuing to make money on the weapons systems of the cold war while reaping the benefits of a war time bonanza of new defense contracts.
|US: Nuclear Reactor Guards Feel Vulnerable to Attack|
by Cat lazaroff, Environment News Service
September 12th, 2002
Security guards protecting 24 of the nation's nuclear reactors, located at 13 power plants across the U.S., have little confidence that they could defeat a determined terrorist attack, finds a new report by a nonprofit nuclear watchdog group. The guards told interviewers that their morale is very low, and that they are under equipped, understaffed, and underpaid.
|WORLD: International Criminal Court Unlikely to Prosecute Environmental Crime|
Environment News Service
September 9th, 2002
The International Criminal Court is not likely to prosecute environmental crimes due to military actions, a new report prepared for the U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute concludes. It examines the possibilities of environmental damage during military action becoming a criminal liability for military personnel and/or their contractors before the newly formed International Criminal Court (ICC).
|US: Government Secrecy and Corporate Crime|
by Stephen Pizzo, Daily Enron
August 27th, 2002
What began with Vice President Dick Cheney's refusal 15 months ago to make his energy task force documents public expanded quickly to include policy making at virtually every level of government. And, after September 11, the blanket of secrecy - which had until then only covered the brass breasts of the DOJ's Lady Justice statue - darkened some of America's most valued constitutional protections.
|UK: Chief of United Technologies Talks About Truth and Accounting |
by Oliver Morgan, Observer (London)
July 28th, 2002
George David, the quintessentially American chairman and CEO in question - at the head of US industrial combine United Technologies Corporation - expands the point. 'Accounting summarises the judgements of hundreds, if not thousands of people. UTC has activities at 500 locations in the world. People make judgements in all these locations.' He adds: 'I am choosing my words very carefully.'
|US: In Tough Times, a Company Finds Profits in Terror War|
by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., New York Times
July 12th, 2002
The Halliburton Company, the Dallas oil services company bedeviled lately by an array of accounting and business issues, is benefiting very directly from the United States efforts to combat terrorism.From building cells for detainees at Guantnamo Bay in Cuba to feeding American troops in Uzbekistan, the Pentagon is increasingly relying on a unit of Halliburton called KBR, sometimes referred to as Kellogg Brown & Root.
|US: Tech Industry Pushes Homeland Security Legislation|
by D. Ian Hopper, Associated Press
July 10th, 2002
The companies making new homeland security devices, such as bomb detectors and biological weapon alarms, want the government to pick up the tab if their products fail and they are sued.
|USA: Northrop to Purchase TRW for $7.8 Billion|
by Renae Merle, Washington Post
July 2nd, 2002
Northrop Grumman Corp. agreed to pay $7.8 billion in stock for TRW Inc. yesterday in a deal that would complete its transformation from a struggling defense contractor to the second-largest force in the industry.
|South America: Countries Worry Plan Colombia Will Spillover|
by Lucien O. Chauvin, LatinAmerica Press
May 30th, 2002
In one highland city in the Andes, it's hard to walk a single block without coming across graffiti denouncing the U.S.-backed Plan Colombia: ''Stop spraying,'' ''Yankees go home,'' ''No military buildup.''