Australian news, and some related international items

The murderous drone technology – and its Australian connection

General Atomics makes big money out of weapons and nuclear power, and especially, lately, out of drones (unmanned strike planes) . Australia’s Beverley uranium mine is owned by Heathgate Resources − a 100 per cent-owned subsidiary of General Atomics (GA) , which also partially owns  the adjacent Beverley Four Mile mine.  GA / Heathgate has employed at least one private investigator to infiltrate environment groups in Australia.  – C.M. 

War business booming: Pentagon orders $531 million worth of dronesTECHNOLOGY, JULY 20, 2012  Business booming for Pentagon’s war on terror contractors As Americans slide further down the rough path of service cuts, unprecedented surveillance and other related human rights abuses, the Pentagon has had defense spending spree this week, $24.5 billion over five days on defense contracts including $531 million worth of drones, a situation requiring more from lawmakers, Congressman Michael McCaul toldHomeland Security.

“General Atomics, the people behind the wildly successful Predator and Reaper drones, just scored two huge contracts this week,” reportsBusiness Insider Military & Defense on Friday.

“One contract is $411 million for Gray Eagle systems, a derivative of the Predator drone. The second contract is for $120.6 million and will buy MQ-9 Reaper spares for the Air Force. They’ll also get ground support systems and spares.”

Business Insider says, “America … enjoy your latest purchases.”

This week, the 2013 Defense Appropriations bill passed in Congress with 326 “Yea” and 90 “Nay.”

DHS drones to dominate U.S. skies in two and a half years Plans exist to allow the widespread use of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in civilian airspace,violating numerous human rights that prompted experts and members of the U.S. Congress told a House committee this week that lawmakers must do more to protect privacy and reduce the likelihood of sabotage….

In May, a young Pakistani filmmaker of the award-winning movie about drones, The Other Side,was denied entry into the United States to receive his prestigious award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle. His film follows a child whose entire family was killed by a drone.


August 4, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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