Posts Tagged ‘aircraft’

F-35′s Overdue Overhaul

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Hallelujah… Canada’s democracy still works!

Auditor General Michael Ferguson, in a report released today, slammed the Conservative government’s plans to purchase F-35 fighter jets, saying the entire process lacked sufficient oversight and did not exercise due diligence.

National defense officials stand accused of low-balling the costs of the controversial aircraft, and of keeping Canadians in the dark about the true risks of participating in a project beset by delays and cost overruns.

Wow! What is this strange feeling that has overtaken me? It’s some kind of fuzzy, warm reassurance that politics in Canada has not been usurped by the military industrial complex.

The purchase of replacement jets will still continue, only now with more transparency and more accountability. And instead of giving sole responsibility to the Defense department, the big ticket purchase will be shared with Public Works and other branches of office.

Opposition members are going to have a field day with this during question period. My hope is that they set their sights on none other than the Defense Minister himself, Peter MacKay. Who better to take the axe than the guy who vehemently pushed for the buggy and overpriced jets?

Even if MacKay does weasel his way out of this, Canadians can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that, even with a majority government, Conservatives can still brought to bear for their unscrupulous dealings.

Down with Defence Drones

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

When it comes to the militarized use of unmanned aircraft, especially if it involves strapping bombs on them to obliterate people remotely (innocent or not), it is imperative that we protest against the use of drone strikes now. Otherwise protesting against drone strikes could become punishable by drone strike.

Taking that sentiment to heart, Ruben Bolling offers us his clever cartoon on the subject: (more…)

American Drones Comprimised

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Hackers have successfully infiltrated the American government’s favorite tool for discretely murdering people from a distance: unmanned aircraft.  A computer virus infected the computers controlling America’s Predator and Reaper drones, exposing a major security flaw with these remotely flown weapons.

The malicious software seems to resist detection and removal, and could very well be a highly advanced attack orchestrated by foreign agencies, not unlike the Stuxnet virus which successfully delayed Iran’s nuclear efforts.

These drones in the sky, controlled remotely by computers and radio waves, are like sitting flying ducks, ready to be taken over and used for nefarious purposes. (Although what’s more sinister than American’s being slaughtered by their own government?)

Governments are investing billions upon billions into these state-of-the-art weapons, but what’s the point if control can so easily be stripped. All you’re doing is giving more advanced arms to whoever controls the digital space.

So, rather than spend more on war, why not channel these funds into humanitarian causes. For the cost of one of these pilot-less killing machines, you could dig wells for hundreds of thousands of people without access to clean water. Think about it for a second… which route would ultimately bring a more secure world?

Long Distance Murder

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Every single day, tens of millions of people risk being executed by foreign governments who rain down death from thousands of miles away.

It is time for this long distance murder to stop. Take action now!