May 8, 2013 by History in a Hurry
The prophet Eisenhower
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his January 1961 farewell address, warned Americans about the growing power of the military-industrial complex. Turns out, the president and five-star WWII general was prophetic. Doesn’t this famous 2-minute clip from his speech help to explain why the United States has been involved in wars for most of the last 50 years (even when national security wasn’t at stake)? Aren’t we living through exactly what he foresaw: “the acquisition of unwarranted influence … by the military-industrial complex” and “the disastrous rise of misplaced power”?
10 companies profiting the most from war
Samuel Weigley, 24/7 Wall St.6:17 p.m. EDT March 10, 2013
The business of war is profitable. In 2011, the 100 largest contractors sold $410 billion in arms and military services. Just 10 of those companies sold over $208 billion. Based on a list of the top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in 2011 compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 companies with the most military sales worldwide.
Here is one domestic consequence of the power of the military-industrial complex — the growing U.S. police state — as explained in a 4-minute clip by Constitutional lawyer John Whitehead.
On Target Pressure Points: Militarized Police
by John W. Whitehead
In conjunction with the upcoming release of his new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, John W. Whitehead sits down to discuss several “pressure points” that are threatening the Bill of Rights and undermining our essential freedoms. In part one of this special series, Whitehead examines the increased presence of militarized police.