Report: Body Scanner Makers Doubled Lobbying Cash Over 5 Years
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08-12-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Report: Body Scanner Makers Doubled Lobbying Cash Over 5 Years
By Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — The companies with multimillion-dollar contracts to supply American airports with body-scanning machines more than doubled their spending on lobbying in the past five years and hired several high-profile former government officials to advance their causes in Washington, government records show.

L-3 Communications, which has sold $39.7 million worth of the machines to the federal government, spent $4.3 million trying to influence Congress and federal agencies during the first nine months of this year, up from $2.1 million in 2005, lobbying data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show. Its lobbyists include Linda Daschle, a former Federal Aviation Administration official. (USA Today Continues)


So scanner companies buy Senators who force body scanning upon us, in the name of security from terrorism. Lovely!

Invest in politics, buy the Legislature! Angry
And how does this sell out work? History and those who paid attention and took notes!

"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Hermann Goering, Hitler's Reichsmarschall . Off the record and in private to Gustave Gilbert, a German-speaking intelligence officer and psychologist at the Nuremberg Trials, who debriefed all accused Nazi officers. (Goering committed suicide by cyanide tablet while in custody. It is thought his guard sneaked the pill to him so he could die by his own act, rather than being killed by the enemy)
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08-12-2010, 03:53 PM
RE: Report: Body Scanner Makers Doubled Lobbying Cash Over 5 Years
I'm fairly certain I made this point here a few weeks ago. As Nick Santoro put it so eloquently in "Casino", "Always the dollars. Always the fucking dollars."

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08-12-2010, 04:06 PM
 
RE: Report: Body Scanner Makers Doubled Lobbying Cash Over 5 Years
(08-12-2010 03:53 PM)BnW Wrote:  I'm fairly certain I made this point here a few weeks ago. As Nick Santoro put it so eloquently in "Casino", "Always the dollars. Always the fucking dollars."

True enough. I was watching something the other night and it put it all into perspective. This guy was talking to a teenager about the current state of affairs and the economy and he said, I remember when this was a free country. When we even got to watch TV for free.

That put it about right.
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