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Ken Jordan on Sun, 22 Dec 2002 07:53:16 +0100 (CET)


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Posted on Truthout:

(*Editors Note | How can our White House go before the UN Security Council
holding in one hand an accusation against Iraq of deception for failure to
be forthcoming and in the other hand a report edited to protect US and other
Western Corporations from scrutiny for roles in arming Iraq. It is absolute
hypocrisy. How can our government hope to retain any credibility? Why is the
White House protecting these corporations. How can we support war on these
terms? -- ma.)

List Of US Firms That Armed Iraq Household Names
Democracy Now!

Wednesday, 18 December, 2002

Top-secret Iraq Report Reveals U.S. Corporations, Gov't Agencies and Nuclear
Labs Helped Illegally Arm Iraq


Hewlett Packard, Dupont, Honeywell and other major U.S. corporations, as
well as governmental agencies including the Department of Defense and the
nation s nuclear labs, all illegally helped Iraq to build its biological,
chemical and nuclear weapons programs.

On Wednesday, December 18, Geneva-based reporter Andreas Zumach broke the
story on the US national listener-sponsored radio and television show
Democracy Now! Zumach's Berlin-based paper Die Tageszeitung plans to soon
publish a full list of companies and nations who have aided Iraq. The paper
first reported on Tuesday that German and U.S. companies had extensive ties
to Iraq but didn t list names.

Zumach obtained top-secret portions of Iraq's 12,000-page weapons
declaration that the US had redacted from the version made available to the
non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.

We have 24 major U.S. companies listed in the report who gave very
substantial support especially to the biological weapons program but also to
the missile and nuclear weapons program, Zumach said. Pretty much everything
was illegal in the case of nuclear and biological weapons. Every form of
cooperation and supplies was outlawed in the 1970s.

The list of U.S. corporations listed in Iraq's report include Hewlett
Packard, DuPont, Honeywell, Rockwell, Tectronics, Bechtel, International
Computer Systems, Unisys, Sperry and TI Coating.

Zumach also said the U.S. Departments of Energy, Defense, Commerce, and
Agriculture quietly helped arm Iraq. U.S. government nuclear weapons
laboratories Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia trained traveling
Iraqi nuclear scientists and gave non-fissile material for construction of a
nuclear bomb.

There has never been this kind of comprehensive layout and listing like we
have now in the Iraqi report to the Security Council so this is quite new
and this is especially new for the U.S. involvement, which has been even
more suppressed in the public domain and the U.S. population, Zumach said.

The names of companies were supposed to be top secret. Two weeks ago Iraq
provided two copies of its full 12,000-page report, one to the International
Atomic Energy Agency in Geneva, and one to the United Nations in New York.
Zumach said the U.S. broke an agreement of the Security Council and
blackmailed Colombia, which at the time was presiding over the Council, to
take possession of the UN s only copy. The U.S. then proceeded to make
copies of the report for the other four permanent Security Council nations,
Britain, France, Russia and China. Only yesterday did the remaining members
of the Security Council receive their copies. By then, all references to
foreign companies had been removed.

According to Zumach, only Germany had more business ties to Iraq than the
U.S. As many as 80 German companies are also listed in Iraq's report. The
paper reported that some German companies continued to do business with Iraq
until last year.



US Corporations named in Iraqi Report :

1 Honeywell

2 Spectra Physics

3 Semetex

4 TI Coating

5 Unisys

6 Sperry Corp.

7 Tektronix

8 Rockwell

9 Leybold Vacuum Systems

10 Finnigan-MAT-US

11 Hewlett-Packard

12 Dupont

13 Eastman Kodak

14 American Type Culture Collection

15 Alcolac International

16 Consarc

17 Carl Zeiss

18 Cerberus

19 Electronic Associates

20 International Computer Systems

21 Bechtel

22 EZ Logic Data Systems, Inc.

23 Canberra Industries Inc.

24 Axel Electronics Inc.



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