Scott Horton Interviews William Hartung

Scott Horton, January 14, 2011

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William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, discusses Lockheed Martin‘s close ties to leading neoconservatives and considerable contribution to US militarism; its domestic expansion into TSA agent training and contract work for the IRS, Postal Service, Census Bureau and FBI; Lockheed’s work on the controversial TIA and TALON domestic intelligence gathering programs – going far beyond the role of a typical defense contractor into a big-brother domestic role; its extensive global forays in diplomatic and even peacekeeping missions that has effectively wrought a company-specific foreign policy; the many bought and paid for Washington politicians, including Buck McKeon and Dan Inouye, in Lockheed’s pocket; and how watchdog groups like Project on Government Oversight are working to expose corruption and conflicts of interest.

MP3 here. (19:19)

William D. Hartung is Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation and the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex. His recent Tomdispatch article is “Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You? How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother.”

4 Responses to “William Hartung”

  1. I haven't yet listened to the recording but Lockheed Martin RUNS THE SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM!. They have a contract to handle it's database among other things.
    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/news/press_releases

    One reason we are hearing "social security will be insolvent and should be shut down" is that "they" (Lockheed Martin, Finanacial Industry, Barack Obama) want to move the money from social security so that it can be used for funding corporations instead of assissting people in retirement.

    Barack Obama recently reduced the amount of taxes you pay social security and that weaken it. It's intentional and quite perverse.

    The entire government is being privatized, even the dumbest organization on Earth, the CIA is largely privatized. Everything is "contracted out". Even killings, assassinations are contracted out.

    What does that sound like?

    It sounds like there is a new kind of Mafia and they have been taking over the nation for quite some time.

  2. 'They want to make the revolving door go much more slowly…' That's the best we can hope for, or should I say wish for ? That's our new standard of decency – they can rob us blind, of course, only they should space it out a little, sort of a corruption diet.

  3. Reading this a thought came to mind: what in heavens will all these leashes do when the Empire finally exhales its last breadth? Oh, the mess!

  4. But there is no "money in Social Security".

    There is ledger somewhere in a government cellar saying "Social Security Trust Fund" in which there is a promissory note saying "The Government owes the Social Security Program 2.5 trillion USD and promises to pay (sometime)". That's all.

    Meanwhile, any payouts come from current payins. But there is no coverage for future heavier payouts. Worse, the supposed "fund" has to be clawed back from the taxpayer. Very enjoyable.

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