Thousands demonstrate against U.S. drone strikes

These thousands of protestors do not hate us “because we are free; they hate us because we are killing their kids, wives, brothers, cousins, and friends; they hate us because we are putting absolutely no pressure on the Pakistani government to deal with the fundamental core problems that country is facing.

These include massive corruption, a failing infrastructure, lack of education, and lack of meaningful work. To those with nothing left to lose, insurgency can appear attractive.

Read the story HERE…

Defense Contractor Money Fueling Push to Militarize the US-Mexico Border

After months of prodding from anti-immigration politicians, the entire US-Mexico border is now being watched by the Predator B unmanned surveillance aircraft commonly known as Predator drones. The news may comfort residents of border states where the details of Mexico’s brutal drug war continue to make headlines, but here’s some more comforting news: violent crime in US border states has decreased during the past decade, and some big border cities are the safest in the nation.

Read the story HERE

U.S. still undecided on joining landmines treaty

The United States has still not decided whether it will sign a 1997 global treaty to ban land mines but said on Tuesday it has invested heavily to help mitigate the impact the weapons have around the world.

The United States has not signed the Mine Ban Treaty or a global treaty banning cluster munitions, despite what it says are world-leading efforts to provide assistance for the clearance of landmines as well as the destruction of unsecured weapons and munitions.

Activists and groups of U.S. senators have urged the Obama administration to sign the Mine Ban Treaty which bars the use, stockpiling, production or transfer of antipersonnel mines. It has been endorsed by 158 countries, but the United States, Russia, China and India are among the countries that have not adopted it.

Source: Reuters

Cluster Bomb Manufacturers

Hi,
several people have asked whether Raytheon actually manufactures cluster bombs.

In discussing these it is necessary to distinguish between individual “bomblets” and delivery systems – the cluster bombs or missile wareheads. Different contractors manufacture bomblets and delivery systems.

Here are some descriptions of cluster bombs:

I took as my starting point for investigating Raytheon’s involvement with cluster bombs this Indymedia article

The article identified Raytheon Tamahawk and the JSOW AGM-154 missile as delivery vehicles for the BLU/97B bomblet.

The BLU/97B is a bomblet hundreds of which are packed together to create a cluster bomb.

Description of bomblet is at http://www.designation-systems.net/usmilav/asetds/u-b.html

It is manufactured by Alliant Techsystems.
The evidence for this is here (see half way down page, find on page: BLU 97/B)
also see here (just over half way down page, find in page: Alliant Techsystems).

The BLU/97B is used as payload in the following cluster bombs and guided missiles

I think this shows conclusively that Raytheon manufactures missiles with cluster bomb warheads which deploy the BLU/97B bomblet.

Julius

Source: This World Is Not For Sale

Profile: General Atomics

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Type Private
Founded 1955
Headquarters San Diego, California, U.S.
Key people Neal Blue
Linden Blue
Website www.ga.com

General Atomics is a nuclear physics and defense contractor headquartered in San Diego, California. General Atomics’ research into fission and fusion matured into competencies in related technologies, allowing the company to expand into other fields of research. General Atomics and its affiliated companies are a leading resource for systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely operated surveillance aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, provides unmanned aerial vehicles and radar solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company’s Aircraft Systems Group is a leading designer and manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including the Predator, Predator B, Sky Warrior and Predator C. The Reconnaissance Systems Group designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)/GMTI radar into both manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as the CLAW sensor control and image analysis software, and integrates sensor and communications equipment into manned ISR aircraft.

MQ-9 Reaper in Afghanistan.

source: Wikipedia