Thursday, May 12, 2011

US Prison Labor builds Missiles Fired at Libya

Defense Contractors Using Prison Labor to Build High-Tech Weapons Systems by Mike Elk, Alternet

It is a little known fact of the attack on Libya that some of the components of the cruise missiles being launched into the country mayl have been made by prisoners in the United States. According to its website, UNICOR, which is the organization that represents Federal Prison Industries, “supplies numerous electronic components and service for guided missiles, including the Patriot Advanced Capability Missile (PAC-3)”.
In addition to constructing electronic components for missiles, prison labor in the United States is used to make electronic cables for defense items like “the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing (BA) F-15, the General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16, Bell/Textron’s (TXT) Cobra helicopter, as well as electro-optical equipment for the BAE Systems”.

Let see, one of the reasons we are told that China is evil is because the Chinese Red Army uses prison labor in its industries.

So, the bastion of freedom and the shining beacon on the hill not only locks up more of its population than anywhere else, but now they use those prisoners as cheap labor to build missile components.

During WWII, the slaves working in German factories used to deliberately sabotage the armaments they were tasked with building. So, for the soldiers on the front lines, using prison labor to built armaments isn't such a good idea. But then again, its been obvious for a long time that the welfare of the frontline soldiers isn't the highest priority. Profits for the merchants of death are the highest priority. To the point where now we use our slaves to build our weapons.

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