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> A military-governmental-industrial conspiracy?

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Posted: Jan 10 2005, 07:05 AM
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Everybody's selling out. Governments are just corporate schills.
A military-governmental-industrial conspiracy?

The role of U.S. envoy will position McKenna to play handmaiden to corporate aspirations in Canada, including Canadian-based subcontracts for the U.S. military.

>by Daron Letts
January 10, 2005

Frank McKenna's appointment as Canadian ambassador to the U.S. is a boon to the corporate world. During his decade as premier of New Brunswick, McKenna was heralded as a neo-liberal golden boy. Back then, his magic bullet for the struggling Maritime economy was call centres.

In the years since, McKenna has served on numerous corporate boards and he is still heralded as a neo-liberal golden boy. However, today it can be said that McKenna's magic bullet is bullets.

McKenna chairs the Canadian advisory board to The Carlyle Group, which bills itself as the world's largest private equity-investment firm. Carlyle's US$18.9 billion in assets include heavy investments in munitions and weapons systems manufacturing. Among its most profitable military interests is United Defense Industries Incorporated — the U.S. army's fifth-largest contractor and builder of armoured vehicles, missile launchers, artillery, defence electronics and naval guns.

McKenna will presumably step down from the Carlyle Board to assume the ambassadorship. However, he remains a part of that revolving door connecting political office and arms manufacturers foreshadowed by Dwight D. Eisenhower as the “military industrial complex.”

Carlyle employs a who's who of ex-politicos, some of whom had cameos in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. These include former U.S. secretary of state, James A. Baker III; former British prime minister, John Major; former president of the Philippines, Fidel Ramos; and a phalanx of other Washington hawks. Carlyle's past chairman, former defence secretary to Ronald Reagan and former deputy director of the CIA, Frank Carlucci, was a college classmate of Donald Rumsfeld.

Other Canadians involved in Carlyle include Peter Lougheed, the former premier of Alberta; Paul Desmarais, of Power Corp., Bombardier's Laurent Beaudoin, and former Canadian ambassador to the United States, Allan Gotlieb.

Carlyle wields the clout of its celebrity payroll and extensive network to secure military contracts and other deals around the world. In appreciation, the former politicians are paid in equity cuts on corporate contracts.

McKenna has stated that he wants to see more Canadian investment in Carlyle while pitching military production as an economic stimulator for his home province. Despite criticism from organizations such as the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Labour Congress, McKenna defends the Canada Pension Plan's investment of US$60 million of Canadians' accumulated pension contributions into a Carlyle venture fund.

The role of U.S. envoy will position McKenna to play handmaiden to corporate aspirations in Canada, including Canadian-based subcontracts for the U.S. military. The result will be a deeper corporate integration on the continent and a further drift away from any distinction between Canadian sovereignty and American manifest destiny.

McKenna's shift from Carlyle employee back to Canadian public servant is a conflict of interest, of course. But Carlyle is no stranger to conflict of interest.

Carlyle's investors once included the Bin Laden Group, the $5 billion construction firm run by Osama Bin Laden's estranged family. Following requests from other shareholders, Carlyle closed its connection with the family on October 26, 2001, but there was a window during which the family stood to profit from the war against their notorious son.

In the summer of 2002, McKenna hosted a Carlyle meeting in Moncton attended by former president George Bush Sr., who chaired Carlyle's Asian advisory board at the time. Some of Canada's largest corporate players sat at the table during the closed-door meetings.

During his press conference, McKenna dismissed concerns about Carlyle's reputation for weapons investments greased by political connections. “We're not here to try and talk about some military-governmental-industrial conspiracy or globalization,” he told reporters. “We're just here to try to help contribute to the Atlantic economy. No more. No less.”


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Posted: Jan 23 2005, 08:29 PM
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Yeah, we know.

And you know when it all started?

When corporations gained the same legal rights as individuals have, so that individuals no longer had any recourse against them.

That milestone decision changed the playing field a century ago, so people could no longer stand up to corporations.

I should really get you better specifics on this. Okay, Tomorrow.


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