The tacit business-as-practice deals of our new modern economies
Military discussion under the radar « Kiss my ass. »
Since a few years, information has emerged in the news that big national companies are reaching profits from arms sales. Policies have been created to prevent private big national companies and tech companies from indirectly contributing to selling weapons to war criminals and gangsters following public outrage.
Recently, an engineer and executive from Bombardier said to me during a random discussion that the company has sold unprepared Challenger private jets to wealthy families (the Challenger is valued 72 millions dollars all furnished) for war.
We were having dinner in a local restaurant by the river near Montreal where he had invited me. He was hitting on me so I presume it is the reason why he answered my question genuinely and maybe with the help of a few drinks, he confessed. He was talking about his job at the company as an engineer which he seemed to have passion for, so I asked :
» – Did you sell private jets for war? », trying not to show my internal tension and holding my breathe.
And after briefly balancing the weight of his disclosure, and opting for, he answered : « We did sell some private jets… unprepared. »
This kind of disclosure always confronts you with the choice and consequence of disclosing it to the public. But as an investigative reporter with an academic background, that’s the kind of information I cannot keep to myself. That’s a too heavy secret. And people needs to know what is occurring.
The fact Bombardier is reconverting into selling private jets is easily understandable.
Bombardier has recently merged with Airbus who bought shares in the company – as well as the Government of Quebec – and is now in charge with the A220 business strategy, as Bombardier is not allowed anymore to sell planes for civil aviation (the market being strongly dominated by Boeing today).
I have been voicing concerns of illegal sales to elected representatives from the French, US, Canadian and Quebecer Defense governments, the CCMM of Montreal, the Urban Community of Grenoble (Head of the Attractivity and Investments pole), various scientific labs (multiple PR from most UMR located in Lyon and Grenoble, the ENSSIB Lyon, the lab PACTE Grenoble and Sophia-Antipolis aviation sector labs, where are located the Airbus offices in France), and representatives deputees and advisors from international institutions such as the EU (notably the Digital Single Market) and the NATO (Aviation and Defense Departments).
They refused to acknowledge and to report the facts to higher authorities that could prevent illegal deals or regulate deals, seemingly covering-up and legitimizing the sell of weapons as fighter jets to dictatures and terrorist organizations like IS (« The wealthy families ») with denial, censure and disinformation. By refusing to take action, institutions are putting people’s life in danger and threatening civic rights as well as exposing informants.
The same person also revealed the company’s close tights with dictators’ families as Khadafi son who is known to organize private parties with lot of prostitutes in Montreal and has been offered a yatch by the executive board of SNC-Lavalin as part of a deal. Deals happen quite in the open air, with huge amounts of money, boose and girls, and almost anyone working in the IT field here as I do has knowledge about it.
But it’s hard to make the truth emerge as officials are enjoying the access to the same kind of lavish lifestyle they cannot afford for free with many events in the IT spheres being provided with free drinks and free entertainments by tech companies for accredited professionnals.
After a few years as an entrepreneur, I am considered a VIP and often receive invitations to tech events that I decline because of precisely this culture of randomization of sexism and war games that you find at such events, even if I could just show up there and get as drunk as a hoe.
When I go to tech or official events, it is the tradition for CEOs to invite the whole staff in a disco and buy it drinks and bottles, so yes we do party to socialize; and even following up in small committee in an hotel room if it pleases you, as a form of retribution for your good work, is acceptable. That’s your life.
But officials not being used to that range of wealth – open bar, private DJs, dancing, gaming and girls : the type of classical casino-like set you find everywhere in tech – are enjoying this culture. It is how they seduce them.
You need to dissociate what is part of the tech culture and what is at stake. More concerning is the fact that some high range representatives are making huge profits with arms or sex deals.
Everything has become unspeakable with the erosion of speech.
I have been myself the target of smearing campaigns filled with sexual connotations, rape threats, retaliations, insults and intimidations by tech practicioners, national executives, elected officials and representatives from the EU and the US Congress involved in hidden processes, as an investigative reporter, following these disclosures (I previously published posts and news about SNC-Lavalin fraud or cybersecurity abuses).
These are very shocking news indeed as we keep being informed of human atrocities and genocides that are enabled with this cover-up. I presume our elected officials might have a certain interest in rape and war if they consider this acceptable deals and therefore contribute to promote a culture of rape and abuse across the world.
Big companies in the aviation and defense sector have been under tight scrutiny from the public eyes since deals have been made with dictatures as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE to colonize and to spoliate Yemen or Syria.
At the same time, some companies have been prevented from selling weaponry to warriors in occupied territories and war countries, but not all of them. Big nations draw a topology of terror, as it occurs with the US, Canada, France, Germany, UK, Russia, India, China, Australia or even the State of Israel, where embargo sales or arms sales are now used as a way to pressure foreign countries on deals and foreign politics.
This extricated, layered and embedded situation has enabled another process to take place in which war fighters are diverting these policies to buy private jets to owners that they use against civilians for repression and war. Our public debate is now being diverted with the issues of privacy to accuse data science, but it is not what is at stake currently as data science is not the main expertise involved.
Actually, they are not interested into the end process very much, as you imagine.
What we observe in fact is the process of delocalizing and virtualizing the means of production by transferring tacit knowledge and science to other countries and abusive powers that are less scrutinized than our western economies in order to sell the core of their expertise which is building weapons.
The art of war is a much complex process than a simple modelling, as the type that you could use to build a house or say an app. Building and maintaining sophisticated weapons implies to acquire and develop a set of skills composed of engineering, measurements and simulations that is called « science ».
This science is the expertise of crafting high tech materials and technological capabilities together in order to make these mechanics fly and behave accordingly to instructions for the safety of the pilot, team and land, that is highly valued in this process. This factory lab is then being sold by our engineers and scientists to offer not only the sole primary mechanics, but also the how-to use command-and-control features and high range human-machine interfaces to novice end-users, as it’s been explained to me.
But this science is not made acceptable if we ignore the purpose. Because this process is made invisible and secret, it has become almost impossible to identify and to denounce by concerned citizens and human rights advocates. Ready-to-use virtual simulations allowing the workforce to plug any type of weaponry – such as missiles, anti air-craft missiles or radars – or intelligence on to jets and trucks, that can thus be controlled at a distance to verify how planes behave in the air, are being shared anonymously and secretively.
From my knowledge, other tech companies are involved into the process of testing materials, procuring the adequate equipments for the given machine, making it fit the apparatus and automating the soft science behind that makes it works, in order to provide a professional knowledge used by third parties to lead military campaigns against rebels, as it’s been done in the Balkans, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya or against the Islamic State.
That’s the way our western economies have enabled the offshoring of the production of war and the business of war at-a-large beyond the radar, taking side with big nationals and tech corporations, flatly.
As mentioned, some academics are also involved into researching ways of making these tools undetectable by governments or international agencies. This new mode of production is reducing costs and risks and maximizing profits from war business, which is why it has been so easily adopted and generalized. It is the new economic big deal of our times based on the principles of the rational economy.
Business-as-practice has allowed this production to grow and to become very lucrative as specialized companies are selling jets legally to owners via B-to-B or C-to-C processes that they merely advertise online to build military relationships and to « seal the deal ».
Following the law, owners are free to resell or to make a private use of these products for human trafficking and sexual trafficking, dissent repression, mass surveillance or targeted and mass killing. Pretty little do we know about it. So it becomes the personal responsibility of the owner and States are cleared from the process, which allows them to publicly oppose them while privately enabling sales.
Unless it is difficult to obtain a clear picture and extensive knowledge, as agents of disinformation are constantly blurring lines and blocking access with the use of violent harassment and intimidation forcing investigators to withdraw, we can re-assemble disparate pieces of information to make a whole, which is what I advocate as a process for producing and sharing news in a toxic context to counter institutional and media silence (Debaveye; 2012, 2015). I am published in a scientific format, there is my name on it and I am still here, saying and resaying it, so to say.
Without claiming that there is nothing to do about the issue of selling fighter jets and war crafts to criminals giving that they would argue that it is creating jobs and sustaining economy – and it is true that it is doing – it is very complicated to advocate between what is considered an acceptable deal as selling private jets and what isn’t acceptable as infringing women’s rights with rape as weapon or target killing of civilians within technology transfers with abusive states.
Foreign interferences as US interventions and NATO regulations destroy the ecology of the local struggles, enabling the use and spread of sexual violence and violent abuses against civilians by silencing the voices of civilians and dismissing the views of local human right activists on these yet crucial issues.
It is certain that we cannot claim ourselves living in modern democracies until we contribute to actually make the world a better place to live for everyone by denouncing the multiple infringements of human and civic rights, and by hacking the military discussion to actually raise awareness about what is going on so we don’t become war machines or targets of their social engineering.
Apart of not regulating deals and raising huge profits form their ties with big war corporations, most international institutions and authorities have no idea of what they’re talking about.