#northrop_grumman

  • Se questa è l’Europa. Una cortina di ferro per i migranti

    La Polonia costruirà da dicembre una barriera per fermare il flusso di profughi spinti verso il confine dal governo della Bielorussia. Negli ultimi 50 anni costruiti 65 muri di confine

    Non sarà facile, quando toccherà agli storici, spiegare che l’epoca dei muri non è più solo quella del Vallo di Adriano o il tempo del cinese Qin Shi Huang, l’imperatore padre della Grande Muraglia. Epoche in cui le fortificazioni servivano a proteggersi dalle incursioni armate. Non nel 2021, quando miliardi di euro vengono investiti per respingere nient’altro che persone disarmate.

    Il 60% delle nuove barriere è stato voluto per ostacolare le migrazioni forzate. Negli ultimi 50 anni (1968-2018) sono stati costruiti oltre 65 muri di confine. L’Europa (26%) è seconda solo all’Asia (56%). A oltre trent’anni dalla caduta del muro di Berlino, il 60% della popolazione mondiale (circa 4,7 miliardi di persone) vive in Paesi che hanno costruito un qualche argine contro i flussi di persone.

    Il centro studi ’Transnational Institute’ ha calcolato che solo dal 1990 al 2019 i Paesi Ue dell’area Schengen si sono dotati di oltre mille chilometri di recinzioni. E presto saranno più del doppio. La spesa totale ha sfiorato il miliardo di euro. A cui andranno aggiunti gli stanziamenti per i 508 chilometri di frontiera che la Lituania ha deciso di puntellare con pali d’acciaio e filo spinato. Come la Polonia, del resto, che con i lituani condivide l’affaccio sulla Bielorussia. Ieri la conferma: da dicembre il governo polacco costruirà una nuova barriera al confine. «È sconcertante quanto avviene in più luoghi ai confini dell’Unione. È sorprendente – ha detto ieri il presidente Sergio Mattarella – il divario tra i grandi principi proclamati e il non tener conto della fame e del freddo cui sono esposti esseri umani ai confini dell’Unione» .

    Per venirne a capo bisogna seguire i soldi. Tanti soldi. Si scopre così che il filo spinato e le armi per ricacciare indietro i poveri sono prima di tutto un colossale giro d’affari. A poco servono le inchieste amministrative e quelle penali sulle operazioni condotte da agenzie come Frontex, nata per supportare la sorveglianza dei confini esterni e finita accusata di malversazioni e di aver cooperato nelle operazioni più cruente nei Balcani, nel Canale di Sicilia e nell’Egeo. Entro il 2027 si passerà dagli attuali 1.500 a 10mila effettivi, di cui 7 mila distaccati dalle forze dell’ordine nazionali, e avrà nel bilancio un budget superiore alla maggior parte delle agenzie dell’Unione Europea: circa 5,6 miliardi di euro fino al 2027.

    Direttamente o attraverso consociate, beneficiano dei cospicui investimenti europei le più importanti aziende del comparto difesa: tra cui #Airbus, #Thales, #Leonardo, #Lockheed_Martin, #General_Dynamics, #Northrop_Grumman, #L3_Technologies, #Elbit, #Indra, #Dat-Con, #Csra, #Leidos e #Raytheon. Tra i principali beneficiari degli appalti per i muri le grandi firme dell’industria bellica. C’è #European_Security_Fencing, produttore spagnolo di filo spinato, utilizzato nelle recinzioni al confine con Spagna/Marocco, Ungheria/Serbia, Bulgaria/Turchia, Auanche stria/Slovenia, Regno Unito/ Francia. Poi la società slovena “#Dat-Con” incaricata di costruire barriere in Croazia, a Cipro, in Macedonia, Moldavia, Slovenia e Ucraina.

    E ancora il costruttore navale olandese #Damen, le cui navi sono state utilizzate in operazioni di frontiera da Albania, Belgio, Bulgaria, Portogallo, Paesi Bassi, Romania, Svezia e Regno Unito, oltre che Libia, Marocco, Tunisia e Turchia. I francesi siedono al tavolo dei grandi appalti con “#Sopra_Steria”, il principale contraente per lo sviluppo e la manutenzione del Sistema d’informazione visti ( #Vis), il Sistema d’informazione Schengen (#Sis_II) e Dattiloscopia europea (#Eurodac). Poi di nuovo una compagnia spagnola, la #Gmv incaricata di implementare #Eurosur, il sistema europeo di sorveglianza delle frontiere esterne.

    Prima di oggi le imprese hanno beneficiato del budget di 1,7 miliardi di euro del Fondo per le frontiere esterne della Commissione europea (2007-2013) e del Fondo per la sicurezza interna – frontiere (2014-2020) di 2,76 miliardi di euro. Per il nuovo bilancio Ue (20212027), la Commissione europea ha stanziato 8,02 miliardi di euro al Fondo per la gestione integrata delle frontiere; 11,27 miliardi di euro a Frontex (di cui 2,2 miliardi di euro saranno utilizzati per acquisire e gestire mezzi aerei, marittimi e terrestri) e almeno 1,9 miliardi di euro di spesa totale (20002027) per le sue banche dati di identità e Eurosur (il sistema europeo di sorveglianza delle frontiere).

    Commentando le ultime notizie dalla frontiera orientale, il presidente della commissione Cei per i migranti, il vescovo Giancarlo Perego, ha usato parole che ben riassumono la deriva del continente dei muri: «Una sconfitta dell’umanesimo su cui si fonda l’Europa, una sconfitta della democrazia. L’Europa dei muri è un’Europa che dimostra di cedere alla paura, un’Europa in difesa da un mondo che cammina». Oppure, per dirla con Papa Francesco, le moderne muraglie sono «una cosa insensata, che separa e contrappone i popoli».

    https://www.avvenire.it/attualita/pagine/una-cortina-di-ferro-per-i-migranti

    #murs #barrières_frontalières #migrations #asile #réfugiés #frontières #complexe_militaro-industriel #business

  • Stanley McChrystal and other generals who led in Afghanistan now thrive in the private sector - The Washington Post
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/04/mcchrystal-afghanistan-navistar-consulting-generals

    Last year, retired Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who commanded American forces in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014, joined the board of #Lockheed_Martin, the Pentagon’s biggest defense contractor. Retired Gen. John R. Allen, who preceded him in Afghanistan, is president of the Brookings Institution, which has received as much as $1.5 million over the last three years from #Northrop_Grumman, another defense giant. David H. Petraeus, who preceded Allen and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for providing classified materials to a former mistress and biographer, is a partner at #KKR, a private equity firm, and director of its #Global_Institute.
    Petraeus said several firms “aggressively sought” him for his military and CIA experience. As for his leadership in Afghanistan, he said, “I stand by what we did and how I reported it during my time.” Dunford said he pushed no policy in Afghanistan but “did exactly what the president directed me to do,” and that 80 percent of his time now is devoted to nonprofits, several serving veterans. Allen, through a spokeswoman, declined to comment.

    McChrystal is the runaway corporate leader. A board member or adviser for at least 10 companies since 2010, according to corporate filings and news releases, he also leverages his experience to secure lucrative consulting contracts on topics distant from defense work, such as managing the coronavirus pandemic for state and local governments. The general, who was dismissed after being quoted in 2010 disparaging then-Vice President Joe Biden, has made millions from corporations, governments and universities, commanding six-figure salaries for some of his board positions and high five-figure speaking fees.

    #gagnants #guerre #l’important #porte_tournante

  • #Biden and the Border Security-Industrial Complex

    Successive administrations have poured money into the business of militarizing immigration control—and lobbyists have returned the favors. Will this president stop the juggernaut?

    There are many ways I wish I’d spent my last days of freedom before the coronavirus’s inexorable and deadly advance through the US began last year, but attending the 2020 Border Security Expo was not one of them. On March 9, 2020, President Trump told us the flu was more deadly than coronavirus and that nothing would be shut down. “Think about that!” he tweeted. On March 13, he declared the pandemic a national emergency. In the days between, I flew to San Antonio, Texas, to attend the Expo in an attempt to better understand the border security industry and its links to government. I soon found myself squeezing through dozens of suited men with buzz cuts clapping each other on the back and scarfing bagels at the catering table, with scant mention of the coming catastrophe.

    Instead, the focus was on how best to spend the ever-increasing budgets of the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which had discretionary spending allocations that totaled $27 billion. Together, that was up 20 percent on the previous year’s budgets; and for decades now, under Democrats and Republicans alike, the border security industry has generally received more and more money each year. For the first time in years, the agencies’ latest combined budget records a modest reduction, of $1.5 billion (though the expenditure on ICE continues to grow unchecked).

    President Biden is working to undo some of the most violent anti-immigrant policies of his predecessor, including lifting the travel ban on thirteen nations, almost all in the Middle East or Africa, and working to end the Migrant Protection Protocols, which forced some 25,000 asylum seekers to stay in Mexico as they awaited their day in court. He has also created a task force to reunite families separated at the US–Mexico border and has already sent a comprehensive immigration reform bill to lawmakers. And he has halted construction of Donald Trump’s notorious border wall.

    Does this all signify that he is ready to consider taming the vast militarized machine that is the border security industry? Or will he, like Democratic presidents before him, quietly continue to expand it?

    (#paywall)

    https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2021/03/02/biden-and-the-border-security-industrial-complex

    #USA #complexe_militaro-industriel #Etats-Unis #migrations #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #business #réfugiés #migrations #militarisation_des_frontières #Joe_Biden #Customs_and_Border_Protection_agency (#CBP) #Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement (#ICE)

    • Biden’s Border. The industry, the Democrats and the 2020 elections

      This briefing profiles the leading US border security contractors, their related financial campaign contributions during the 2020 elections, and how they have shaped a bipartisan approach in favor of border militarization for more than three decades. It suggests that a real change in border and immigration policies will require the Democrats to break with the industry that helps finance them.

      Key findings:

      – Early into his presidency, Joe Biden has already indicated through 10 executive orders that he wants to end the brutality associated with Trump’s border and immigration policies. However undoing all the harmful dimensions of the US border regime will require substantial structural change and an end to the close ties between the Democrats and the border industry.

      - The border security and immigration detention industry has boomed in the last decades thanks to constant increases in government spending by both parties—Democrats and Republicans. Between 2008 and 2020, CBP and ICE issued 105,997 contracts worth $55.1 billion to private corporations.The industry is now deeply embedded in US government bodies and decision-making, with close financial ties to strategic politicians.

      – 13 companies play a pivotal role in the US border industry: #CoreCivic, #Deloitte, #Elbit_Systems, #GEO_Group, #General_Atomics, #General_Dynamics, #G4S, #IBM, #Leidos, #Lockheed_Martin, #L3Harris, #Northrop_Grumman, and #Palantir. Some of the firms also provide other services and products to the US government, but border and detention contracts have been a consistently growing part of all of their portfolios.

      - These top border contractors through individual donations and their #Political_Action_Committees (PACs) gave more than $40 million during the 2020 electoral cycle to the two parties ($40,333,427). Democrats overall received more contributions from the big border contractors than the Republicans (55 percent versus 45 percent). This is a swing back to the Democrats, as over the last 10 years contributions from 11 of the 13 companies have favored Republicans. It suggests an intention by the border industry to hedge their political bets and ensure that border security policies are not rolled back to the detriment of future profits.

      – The 13 border security companies’ executives and top employees contributed three times more to Joe Biden ($5,364,994) than to Donald Trump ($1,730,435).

      - A few border security companies show preferences towards one political party. Detention-related companies, in particular CoreCivic, G4S and GEO Group, strongly favor Republicans along with military contractors Elbit Systems and General Atomics, while auditing and IT companies Deloitte, IBM and Palantir overwhelmingly favor the Democrats.

      – The 13 companies have contributed $10 million ($9,674,911) in the 2020 electoral cycle to members of strategic legislative committees that design and fund border security policies: the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and the House Homeland Security Committee. The biggest contributors are Deloitte, General Dynamics, L3Harris, Leidos, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, and nearly all donate substantially to both parties, with a preference for Republican candidates. Democrat Senator Jack Reed ($426,413), Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger ($442,406) and Republican Senator Richard Shelby ($430,150) all received more than $400,000 in 2020.

      – Biden is opposed to the wall-building of Trump, but has along with many Democrats voiced public support for a more hidden ‘virtual wall’ and ‘smart borders’, deploying surveillance technologies that will be both more lucrative for the industry and more hidden in terms of the abuses they perpetrate.

      - Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas developed and implemented DACA under Obama’s administration, but also as a lawyer with the firm WilmerHale between 2018 and 2020 earned $3.3 million representing companies including border contractors Northrop Grumman and Leidos.

      - Over the last 40 years, Biden has a mixed voting record on border policy, showing some support for immigrant rights on several occasions but also approving legislation (the 1996 Illegal Immigration and Immigration Reform Act) that enabled the mass deportations under Obama, and the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which extended the wall long before Trump’s election.

      – The Democrat Party as a whole also has a mixed record. Under President Bill Clinton, the Democrats approved the 1994 Prevention through Deterrence national border strategy and implemented the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act that dramatically increased the pace of border militarization as well as deportations. Later Obama became the first president to deport nearly 3 million people during his eight-year term.

      – Nearly 8,000 bodies have been recovered in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands between 1998 and 2019 as a result of policies by both parties. The organization No More Deaths has estimated that three to ten times as many people may have died or disappeared since today’s border-enforcement strategy was implemented. The border industrial complex’s profits are based on border and immmigration policies that have deadly consequences.

      https://www.tni.org/en/bidensborder

      #rapport #TNI #murs #barrières_frontalières #démocrates #républicains #industrie_frontalière #smart_borders #murs_virtuels #technologie #morts #décès #mortalité

  • 6 out of 10 people worldwide live in a country that has built border walls

    Days after the drawn-out U.S. elections, a new report reveals that the wall sold by Trump as a supposed achievement of his administration is just one of more than 63 new border walls built along borders or in occupied territories worldwide.

    Today, 31 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we find ourselves in a world with more walls than ever. 4.679 billion people in the world (60.98%) live in a country that has built one of these walls on its borders, concludes the report “Walled world: towards Global Apartheid” co published by the Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau, Transnational Institute, Stop Wapenhandel and Stop the Wal Campaign.

    Beyond the surge in physical walls, many more countries have militarized their frontiers through the deployment of troops, ships, aircraft, drones, and digital surveillance, patrolling land, sea and air. If we counted these ‘walls’, they would number hundreds. As a result, it is now more dangerous and deadly than ever to cross borders for people fleeing poverty and violence.

    In addition, the research highlights that, as in the United States, immigration and terrorism are the main reasons given by states for the construction of walls, both justifications together represent 50%, half of the world’s walls.

    Israel tops the list of countries that have built the most walls, with a total of 6. It is followed by Morocco, Iran and India with 3 walls each. Countries with 2 border walls are South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Hungary and Lithuania.

    “The global trend in border management policies is to build a world in which segregation and inequality are reinforced. In this walled world, commerce and capital are not restricted, yet it increasingly excludes people based on their class and origin”, states Ainhoa ​​Ruiz Benedicto, co-author of the report and researcher at the Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau.

    The report focuses on a few specific walls in different regions, highlighting the following:

    Four of the five countries bordering Syria have built walls: Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.
    India has built 6,540 km of barriers against its neighboring countries, covering 43% of its borders.
    Morocco built an occupation wall with Western Sahara considered “the greatest functional military barrier in the world”, 2,720 km long.

    In addition to physical walls, the militarization of border areas continues to increase, in which walls are just one means of stopping people crossing territories.. The report highlights two cases:

    Mexico has notably militarized its border with Guatemala with equipment and financing through the US funded Frontera Sur program.
    Australia has turned the sea into a barrier with the deployment of its armed forces and the Maritime Border Command of the Australian Border Force, in addition to an offshore detention system that violates human rights.

    The business of building walls

    Finally, the report analyzes the industry that profits from this surge in wall-building and the criminalization of people fleeing poverty and violence. The report concludes that the border security industry is diverse, as shown by the number of companies involved in the construction of Israel’s walls, with more than 30 companies from the military, security, technology and construction sectors.

    “Many walls and fences are built by local construction companies or by state entities, such as the military. However, the walls are invariably accompanied by a range of technological systems, such as monitoring, detection and identification equipment, vehicles, aircraft and arms, which military and security firms provide”, explains Mark Akkerman, co-author of the report and researcher at Stop Wapenhandel. Companies such as Airbus, Thales, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and L3 Technologies are the main beneficiaries of border contracts - in particular providing the technology that accompanies the walls in both the US and in EU member states. In the specific cases studied in the report, companies such as Elbit, Indra, Dat-Con, CSRA, Leidos and Raytheon also stand out as key contractors.

    “Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is extremely sad that the wall has become the symbol of our time. Not only is it a betrayal of people’s hopes in 1989, but it also locks us into a fortress with no way out in which we lose our very humanity. All the research tells us that we can expect more migration in the coming decades. Therefore, it is of profound importance to seek other dignified and humane ways to respond to the needs of people who are forced to flee their homes for reasons of poverty, violence and climate change”, warns Nick Buxton, co-editor of the report and researcher at TNI.

    https://www.tni.org/en/article/6-out-of-10-people-worldwide-live-in-a-country-that-has-built-border-walls

    #murs #barrières_frontalières #cartographie #visualisation #frontières #business #complexe_militaro-industriel #migrations #asile #réfugiés #Airbus #Thales #Leonardo #Lockheed_Martin #General_Dynamics #Northrop_Grumman #L3_Technologies #Elbit #Indra #Dat-Con #CSRA #Leidos #Raytheon #chiffres #statistiques #militarisation_des_frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #terrorisme #anti-terrorisme #Israël #Maroc #Inde #Iran #ségrégation #monde_ségrégué #monde_muré #technologie

    #rapport #TNI

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