Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BAE Systems, maker of pepper spray used on Occupy UC Davis students, now blackballing Medal of Honor winner who refused to continue working for firm

Recently, Medal of Honor winner Sgt. Dakota Meyer quit his job at BAE Systems, a British defense contractor with substantial US interests, because it was trying to sell advanced thermal optic scopes to the Pakistani military, which Meyer thinks is tantamount to stabbing US Marines in the back.

Now, Meyer can't return to his former employer, Ausgar Technologies, because BAE systems claims he has a drinking problem and is mentally unstable. Meyer says it's retaliation. His former employer says this:
"He exhibited a maturity for his age and an insightful capability to get the job done and provide recommendations to improve on what we are doing. I was very impressed while he was working for us. He was an outstanding employee," Tom Grant, a retired military naval officer and a senior program manager at Ausgar Technologies, told ABC News.
Under a plea bargain with the US Department of Justice BAE Systems was convicted of felony conspiracy to defraud the United States government and sentenced in March 2010 by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates to pay a $400 million fine, one of the largest fines in the history of the DOJ.

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BAE's Wyoming subsidiary, Defense Technology, manufactures MK-9, the pepper spray used by Lt. John Pike on UC Davis demonstrators who were sitting down when dosed. In 2005 The Guardian reported that BAE Systems paid former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet $1,000,000.

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