Scott Horton Interviews William Hartung
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.”