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Death Via A Million Cuts – Thousands of United States’ Warplanes, Ships and Missiles Contain Fake Electronic Components from China


It may not be a declared war, however, the recent article by The Telegraph demonstrates that China has been undermining U.S. Military systems by supplying millions of fake parts that are currently installed in warplanes such as the “Boeing C-17 transport jet and the Lockheed Martin C-130J “Super Hercules,” as well as in Boeing’s CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter and the Theatre High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile defense system.”  Fake parts are also entering our nation and being installed in Big Rigs and who knows what else, and in each case, present a clear and present danger for death and bodily harm to American consumers and our military personnel. For those of you who have been following the Solyndra Bankruptcy, that too was caused by China while President Obama takes the heat for his Administration’s support of said company.  It’s sad that Corporate America chooses to manufacture their products in a nation that appears to have no conscience or morals and is hell bent on destroying our economy as well as our military. Supporting such a regime could easily be construed as sedition and treason; time and time again, China has proved itself to be an adversary to the United States – not an ally.

US weapons ‘full of fake Chinese parts’

Thousands of United States’ warplanes, ships and missiles contain fake electronic components from China, leaving them open to malfunction, according to a US Senate committee.

By Malcolm Moore, Shanghai

2:06PM GMT 08 Nov 2011

The US Senate Armed Services Committee said its researchers had uncovered 1,800 cases in which the Pentagon had been sold electronics that may be counterfeit.

In total, the committee said it had found more than a million fake parts had made their way into warplanes such as the Boeing C-17 transport jet and the Lockheed Martin C-130J “Super Hercules”.

It also found fake components in Boeing’s CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter and the Theatre High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile defence system.

“A million parts is surely a huge number. But I want to repeat this: we have only looked at a portion of the defence supply chain. So those 1,800 cases are just the tip of the iceberg,” said Senator Carl Levin. (My Emphasis)

In around seven in 10 cases, the fake parts originated in China, while investigators traced another 20 per cent of cases to the United Kingdom and Canada, known resale points for Chinese counterfeits.

In the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, counterfeit microchips are often smuggled out of factories, or burned off old computer circuit boards before having their identifying marks sanded off and repainted as new.

In Chinese bazaars, “military grade” microchips are openly advertised, although these chips are often commercial chips that have been modified and relabelled.

Military grade chips are designed to withstand far greater extremes of temperature and humidity, and there are fears that the fake Chinese parts could suddenly fail. MUCH MORE

We may not approve of or endorse our nation’s current military misadventures, but we do support those Americans who serve in our military – and to allow them to enter into hostile engagements with sub-standard equipment is a sure sign that Washington and Corporate America have erred in off-shoring critical military components, especially to a country that has a proven track record of supplying the United States with dangerous and counterfeit products, and it’s getting worse, not better:

Nasty Knockoffs: Dangerous Fake Products Enter U.S

In Harlem, New York City, Geoffrey Quinn used to buy $5 packs of untaxed cigarettes on the street. But then he noticed that the Marlboros tasted different and hurt his throat.

In Sanford, N.C., a big-rig driver pulled a just-installed valve to set the brakes. The part broke off and built-up air pressure shot a valve piece out like a bullet, just missing him as it ricocheted through the truck’s cab.

In Detroit, Mich., a couple was hot and heavy, thinking their old reliable Trojan Magnums would protect them from pregnancy. But something was most definitely wrong.

“That damn banana smell just threw me all off,” an angry writer named Soulsistah wrote at allhiphop.com, an urban news site. “The size of the thing was definitely way off and it broke within minutes.”

The cigarettes, dash valves and condoms were defective for the same reason: they were fake. And they are only a few of the record number of counterfeit products on the U.S. market that endanger unwitting consumers.

“Counterfeiting is a rapidly growing problem,” said Rob Calia, director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center. “More and more products are being copied that pose significant risks to consumers, often that they don’t know are fake and dangerous.”

Fakes always cost companies dollars, but today consumers may be paying with their health from a rash of lesser known and potentially dangerous items like counterfeit Lipitor, diabetic test strips and power cords.

Indeed, counterfeiting is big money.

Coupled with piracy, it costs the U.S. economy between $200 billion and $250 billion per year, according to the Chamber. Counterfeiting and piracy also are directly responsible for the loss of more than 750,000 American jobs, it says.

Worse, some of the profits from counterfeit sales may have gone to fund terror. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing was partly financed through the sale of fake clothes like Nike t-shirts and an Al-Qaeda training manual recommended the sale of fake goods as a financing source, according to Interpol, the international police force.

Like cigarettes, counterfeit automotive parts are on the U.S. market in record numbers. They include brake linings made of compressed grass, sawdust or cardboard that wear out quickly; spark plugs that overheat and can lead to fires; and gas caps that can leak after rollover accidents.

The value of auto components seized by customs officials was $845,094, but that’s only a fraction of the fakes that make it onto shelves and into cars and trucks. Between 2001 and 2006, General Motors alone conducted 1,000 investigations and seized $44 million in counterfeit auto parts. Despite their efforts, millions of knockoff components enter the country each year, according to the industry, costing it $12 billion annually.  MUCH MORE

To say or infer that China is undermining our economy and National Security would be a gross understatement. China’s response to charges of supplying our military with fake parts was disingenuous at best, and pure political rhetoric and defense of their stranglehold on manufacturing, however they did shed light on exactly why we are experiencing these problems, and until the United States brings the bulk of our manufacturing back into the Continental United States, it will get worse, not better:

However, Song Xiaojun, a former Peoples’ Liberation Army officer who has become a nationalistic commentator in the Chinese media said the US had “got itself into the position it is in”.

“The US has been dismantling its factories since the 1960s,” he said. “And since the Clinton government, the US has turned a blind eye towards military requisitioning. As it keeps cutting its procurement budget, weapons dealers will keep providing cheaper quality products,” he added. “This attack on China is political, given the forthcoming elections. But it should not be blaming China, this is a free market issue. The only solution the US has is to buy its components from Korea or Japan instead, but then its costs will rise a hundredfold.” LINK

How safe do Americans feel knowing that millions of fake parts from China are installed in key military components, some of our Big Rigs that traverse American roads, and brake pads that are made out of grass or cardboard are installed on how many U.S. automobiles? As Senator Carl Levin stated in regard the military’s issue with sub-standard and fake parts, this is  “just the tip of the iceberg.” We agree that this issue is far from being exposed in its entirety and question where more counterfeit parts and control systems are installed in critical U.S. infrastructure such as Nuclear Power Plants, our electric grid, radar systems, delicate medical equipment and a host of other critical systems that we as Americans reply upon on a daily basis. Are you willing to stake your life on sub-standard parts being bought from China?

And then, as we examine the Solyndra Bankruptcy, in addition to all of the above, how much is it costing the American economy to continue doing business with China? How much will it cost the military to find and replace millions of fake parts in our aircraft, ships, and missile systems? How much is it costing American businesses via counterfeiting and fake parts that Corporate America is purchasing in their unmitigated greed and need to strengthen their bottom line while endangering the National Security of this nation as well as the health and welfare of our entire citizenry? This is not a new issue facing the American public. We warned that outsourcing our manufacturing to China would eventually collapse our economy and pose a grave threat to our national security as far back as 2004 and nobody listened… We then published that “China Poses A Clear And Present Danger To U.S. National Security” in February of 2010, way before these additional facts were publicized by The Telegraph and other Alternative News sources; that an issue of this magnitude would arise between the United States and China was obvious to anyone that understood the severe risk to our National Security via outsourcing critical segments of our manufacturing, and now our prediction(s) have become fact, and we take no joy in being correct – only sad and disgusted that a mere layman in economics and national security could effectively predict what Corporate America and Washington have so far refused to properly address.

Ah, but I digress; Let’s examine an article posted by RAW Story that delves into the Solyndra Bankruptcy which was directly caused by China.  Solyndra has not been the only U.S. Company to fail because of China’s undervalued currency and slave labor rates that target American industry, constantly underselling their products to cause financial distress and insolvency within our nation:

China ‘deeply concerned’ over U.S. solar ruling

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, December 4, 2011

BEIJING — China said it was “deeply concerned” after a US trade panel ruled that Chinese companies have harmed the US solar panel industry by selling products at unfairly cheap prices.

The US International Trade Commission voted unanimously on Friday that there was a “reasonable indication” that Chinese solar cell and panel imports have harmed or threatened to harm the US industry.

“China is deeply concerned about the decision which does not tally with facts and highlights the United States’ strong tendency for trade protectionism,” the commerce ministry said in a statement late Saturday.

It warned the ruling, which allows the US Commerce Department to continue its probe into complaints by US solar firms that China was dumping solar cells and panels in the US market, could hurt trade ties between the two countries.

“The United States should avoid abusing trade remedies which will affect bilateral trade and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and US enterprises in the new energy sector,” the statement said.

It added that China hoped the United States would “objectively analyze” the real reason US companies lacked competitiveness.  MORE

If China had not undervalued their solar panels and dumped them in The United States, would Solyndra have succeeded or still gone into bankruptcy? We believe that the answer is they would have succeeded, and we also believe that China is working to undermine other key U.S. industries that still exist yet are rapidly disappearing while our Congress and Presidency “hem and haw” rather than taking effective action, all the while Corporate America is still busy outsourcing more manufacturing and high-tech jobs to nations that pay slave wages and have no effective quality control, a factor that made the United States a manufacturing giant. You get what you pay for – and it’s that simple.

China has also stated that the United States is advocating “Protectionism” and is not adhering to “Free Trade” agreements. China’s arguments border on fantasy and deceit. So-called “Free Trade” is nothing more than a buzz-word for Globalization, and it’s Globalization that is destroying America’s economic future as well as our National Security. The United States  contains less than 25% of the world’s population yet we are the largest purchaser of consumer goods in the world. Please read that last sentence again – and understand the financial ramifications of that statement. What this means is that Corporate America, if they brought their manufacturing back home and our government pursued an aggressive “Buy American Campaign,” our economy would again flourish and other nations would be standing in line to purchase quality products without the danger of buying Chinese manufactured goods that present a constant threat to human health and safety. The Chinese, by and through their greed and political ambitions to dominate the global markets have sorely hurt their reputation and as a whole and people are awakening to the fact that purchasing goods from China can be dangerous to any nations consumers as well as a direct threat to their individual economies. Since China is now the second largest purchaser of luxury items in the world, let them manufacture goods for their own people – if they can gain the trust of their own citizenry. A critical thinking individual would be suspect of any nation that has maimed and killed so many of their own citizens because of greed and lack of quality control in their manufacturing and the people of China are aware that their government/manufacturing is taking every short-cut they can, all the while polluting the environment and displacing huge numbers of their population to further their goals of corralling global manufacturing and obtaining financial dominance over the entire Global Community.

The facts are in and we are no longer speculating about the dangers of doing business with China. If you are a corporation within the United States and are doing business with China, you risk the health and safety of the American people. If you are a consumer, buy American as much as you can and constantly petition the government and Corporate America to bring back our jobs. Our lives and the future of our children and grandchildren very well could hinge upon “Buying American” again, and if Washington and Corporate America won’t listen, it’s up to the people themselves to effectuate change in any non-violent way that we can, especially via a General Strike. Nothing will motivate the politicians whom are bought and paid for by Corporate America than a complete shut-down of ALL American businesses except those that are critical to our infrastructure and health system(s), and even then, we will be threatened and jailed until the powers that be listen to the people and begin investing in our own nation rather than supporting a communist regime that is taking direct aim at the survival of our nation.

What if you only bought American made products?

Modern Corporate Globalism & Old World Colonialism

High Tech Research Moves from U.S. to China

Auto Jobs moving south of the Border

American Protectionism – 30 Years Too Late

Revisiting NAFTA

Free Trade Is A Misnomer; So-Called Protectionism Is A Matter of Self Survival

 

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  • SACMAN

    This should have been on the front page of every American paper & news site. Non-mil spec parts, although functional when installed, could fail at anytime, particularly under adverse conditions when needed most. The inspection process has failed or been corrupted. Inexcusable! 
    Your ol’ pal – SACMAN

    • http://thepoliticalbandit.com/ William Cormier

       Sacman;

      Good Grief it’s good to know that you’re still alive and well. I guess it’s been years since we’ve communicated, probably as far back as when RAW Story was running their discussion forums.

      We have been having some serious financial and health issues, but through it all have somehow managed to keep the site open. I’d like to write more, especially as it concerns the real “China Syndrome” as I see it as described above. This article expressly demonstrates the danger of buying ANY of our military hardware from China – and that should go double or triple as it concerns our entire manufacturing and outsourcing agenda which is placing the entire country at risk.

      Good to hear from you again my friend and hope that you’re still up on exactly what is happening to the once great United States of America. Now that we belong to Corporate America, where do we go from here?

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