Sunday, June 3, 2012

U.S. missiles infected with Chinese fakes

Report confirms '84,000 suspect electronic parts installed'

THAADBy F. Michael Maloof / WND

WASHINGTON – Fake electronic components from China have been discovered in thermal weapons sights delivered to the U.S. Army on mission computers for the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missiles and on military aircraft, including several models of helicopters and the P-8A-Poseidon, according to federal investigators.

Suspected electronic parts were found in the Forward Looking InfraRed, or FLIR, Systems being used on the Navy’s SH-60-B. The counterfeit parts were delivered by Raytheon, which alerted the Navy.

The new evidence comes reports that the problem with faked Chinese electronic components being installed in U.S. military systems is far more widespread that originally thought.

The G2Bulletin recently reported a U.S. Senate investigation revealed counterfeit electronics are being found in U.S. defense systems. The parts don’t just come directly from China anymore; they also are coming from suppliers in Britain and Canada who redirect Chinese products.

The Senate panel tracked some 1,800 cases of suspected counterfeit parts through the supply chain. It found that U.S. defense contractors had purchased many of the critical components from U.S. companies who in turn obtained them from Chinese firms but never subjected them to testing before handing them over to the U.S. military as part of their contract.

The Senate unit, whose investigators were denied access to Chinese firms by Chinese authorities, said that the evidence “consistently point(s) to China as the epicenter of the global trade in counterfeits.”

To put the growing problem into perspective, Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, said, “We do not want a $12 million missile defense interceptor’s reliability compromised by a $2 counterfeit part.”

The military aircraft that have been affected include the SH-60B, AH-64 and CH-46 helicopters; and the C-17,  C-130J, C-27J and P-8A Poseidon airplanes.

Investigators said if the component in the FLIR’s Electromagnetic Interference Filter, or EIF, had failed, then the FLIR itself would fail and the SH-60B could not conduct surface warfare missions, which included firing its hellfire missiles.

A FLIR failure also would compromise the pilot’s ability to avoid hazards and identify targets at night, thereby limiting the SH-60B’s night mission capability.

A defense subcontractor in Texas had sold the components to Raytheon. The components prior to that sale traveled through four states and three countries, originating with a company called Huajie Electronics Ltd in Shenzhen, China.

Suspect parts also were found in the C-130J and C-27J, two military cargo planes equipped with display units that provide the pilot information on aircraft performance, engine status, fuel use, location and warning messages, according to documentation from Senate investigators.

The display units were manufactured by L-3 Display Systems, a division of L-3 Communications. L-3 Display Systems manufactures the display units for Lockheed Martin, which is the prime contractor for the C-130J. For the C-27J, L-3 Display Systems manufactures the display units for Alenia Aeronautica, a subcontractor to L-3 Integrated Systems.

Display Systems, however, learned that a memory chip used in the display units was a suspect counterfeit. By the time it was noticed, however, the company had installed counterfeit components in more than 500 display units, including in units for the C-27J, the C-130J and C-17 aircraft, and the CH-46 helicopter used by the Marine Corps.

“Failure of the memory chip could cause a display unit to show a degraded image, lose data, or even go blank,” the Senate report said.

While L-3 Display Systems told Alenia after discovering the problem, neither L-3 nor Alenia told the U.S. Air Force for nearly a year after it was discovered that the C-27Js were affected by the suspect parts.

According to the Senate report, L-3 Display Systems had bought the suspect memory chips from an electronics distributor in California. That distributor had bought the chips from Hong Dark Electronic Trade, a company in Shenzhen, China.

In fact, the Senate investigators had uncovered the fact that L-3 had purchased tens of thousands of Hong Dark electronic components that had entered the U.S. defense supply chain.

According to Senate investigators, the U.S. Air Force had reported that more than 84,000 counterfeit electronic parts purchased from Hong Dark “entered the DOD supply chain and many of these parts have been installed on DOD aircraft.”

Senate investigators said that these counterfeit parts are driving up defense costs, in addition to compromising safety and national security.

For example, the Middle Defense Agency had learned that mission computers for THAAD missiles contained suspect counterfeit memory devices. If the devices had failed, MDA said the THAAD missile itself would have failed.

In this case, the memory devices were purchased by Honeywell from an independent distributor. Honeywell had installed them on mission computers which it sold to Lockheed Martin which in turn supplied them to MDA.

Honeywell and Lockheed Martin informed MDA when they determined the parts were suspect and fixed the problem.

However, the cost to fix the problem, which MDA reimbursed to the two companies, was nearly $2.78 million.

“Counterfeit electronic parts pose long-term reliability problems, and reliability is a major driver in the overall cost of a weapon system,” the Senate report said.

The problem of coping with potentially counterfeit parts stems from a policy decision that was made years ago during the Clinton administration to give priority to off-the-shelf components as a way to reduce cost.

But they also were supposed to be tested and current investigations indicate that such testing isn’t always occurring.

In the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, there are a number of provisions to address weaknesses in the defense supply chain, such as those identified by Senate investigators.

The NDAA has provisions to strengthen the inspection regime for imported electronic parts. The NDAA also has provisions to eliminate purchases from unknown and frequently suspect suppliers, given that counterfeit parts often change hands many times before being purchased by defense contractors.

The Senate report said that aggressive inspection and testing practices are necessary to catch counterfeit parts that make it into the supply chain.

“When suspect counterfeit parts are identified, they must be reported,” the report said. “Failing to do so allows suspect suppliers to operate with impunity and puts everyone at risk.”

The earlier article said the issue appears to be connected to “unvetted independent distributors who supply electronic parts for critical military applications.”

The problem of faked or counterfeit products from China, as well as contaminated products, are issues on which WND has reported for years.

WND columnist Phyllis Schlafly wrote last year about fake computer chips that were being purchased by the U.S. military for use in U.S. warplanes, ships and communications networks.

She wrote that malfunctions traced to the chips were being reported as early as 2005. Targeted were computers aboard U.S. F-15 fighter jets at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.

Even at that point, officials said at least 15 percent of the spare and replacement chips the Pentagon was buying were counterfeit.

Officials in the National Intelligence Agency and the FBI expressed concern then that the fakes could let the Chinese gain access to secure systems inside the United States.

Schlafly wrote at the time: “The U.S. bought 59,000 counterfeit microchips from China for use in our warships, planes, missile and antimissile systems but fortunately were discovered they are fake in time. How many didn’t we catch?”

One Senate investigator even discovered that electronic components had been harvested from “e-waste” and sometimes were sold on public sidewalks and in public markets in China.

There also are whole factories in China with up to 15,000 people employed for the purpose of counterfeiting products.

WND has not been alone in its reporting. DefenseTech also reported on the danger: “You don’t have to be a genius to see the safety nightmare presented by fake parts on incredibly complex systems like submarines, fighter jets and tiltrotors.”

On a related issue, WND has led the way in reporting on contaminated or defective consumer products coming out of China.

During a one-month period, 17 of 28 products recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission were Chinese imports.

They included:
  • Hammock stands that are unstable and cause those who use them to fall to the ground in alarming numbers: About 3,000 imported by Algoma Net Co. of Wisconsin and sold in Kohl’s, Target and other retail outlets have been called back. There have been at least 28 reports of brackets cracking or breaking and consumers falling to the ground.
  • Toy castles that could choke your young child: Some 68,000 Shape Sorting Toy Castles produced by Infantino were recalled after at least four reports of children nearly choking on colored beads that slid off the toy and lodged in their throats.
  • Kids jewelry that could poison them: About 20,000 Essentials for Kids Jewelry Sets have been recalled by the CPSC because of toxic levels of lead in the paint – a frequent problem with products from China.
  • Magnet toys that could perforate your child’s intestines: About 800 Mag Stix Magnetic Building Sets were recalled by the CPSC, which found the plastic sticks can be swallowed or aspirated. The agency found one 8-year-old girl was hospitalized after swallowing loose magnets. Extensive surgery was required to remove the magnets and repair intestinal perforations.
Other products found to have problems were portable baby swings that entrap youngsters, swimming pool ladders that break, faulty baby carriers that result in babies falling out and getting bruised, Easy-Bake Ovens that trap children’s fingers in openings, resulting in burns, oscillating tower fans whose faulty wiring results in fires, exploding air pumps, oil-filled electric heaters that burn down homes, notebook computer batteries that burn up computers and circular saws with faulty blade guards.

Found to have been contaminated in recent years are Chinese products ranging from pet food to seafood intended for humans.

A WND study showed the Food and Drug Administration found products intended for human consumption tainted with pesticides, carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs.

China was found to be raising most of its fish products – intended for the U.S. – in water contaminated with raw sewage and compensating by using dangerous drugs and chemicals, many of which are banned by the Food and Drug Administration.

Also, the deadly contaminant found in Chinese-made toothpaste – diethylene glycol – is a solvent used in antifreeze that killed 107 Americans when it was introduced in an elixir 70 years ago.

A resurgence in lead-poisoning cases in U.S. children was linked to Chinese imports – toys, makeup, glazed pottery and other products that contain significant amounts of lead and are being recalled by the CPSC on a regular basis.

Imports from China were recalled by the CPSC twice as often as products made everywhere else in the world, including the U.S., showed a WND study of 2007 government reports.

WND reported how China was shipping to the U.S. honey tainted with a potentially life-threatening antibiotic as well as adulterating exports with sugar.

F. Michael Maloof, staff writer for WND’s G2Bulletin, is a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He can be contacted at mmaloof@wnd.com.

1001 reasons to vote AGAINST Barack Obama

 
This link will take you to a great site whose title says it all.  This link will also take you to parts 1-4 and any and all parts that come after.
www.conservativedailynews.com/2012/05/1001-reasons-to-vote-against-barack-obama-part-v/
Learn the truth about this traitor to everything our country stands for and holds dear.  And  please share this with everyone you know.  The truth about this man will NOT get out there unless we put it out there, as we all know the media will sure as hell NOT do it. 

Civil rights advocates trying to 'shoot down' drones

Governor warned: U.S. is 'not a battlefield, and citizens are not insurgents'

dronesAmerica is not a battlefield, and its citizens are not “insurgents in need of vanquishing,” argues a civil rights attorney who is urging the governor of Virginia to move forward carefully in the state’s use of the remote-controlled aerial vehicles.

“A rapid adoption of drone technology before properly vetting the safety, privacy and civil liberties issues involved would be a disaster,” said John W. Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, in a letter to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell today.

Whitehead was reacting to a radio interview in which McDonnell said that the use of drones in American skies was “great” and “the right thing to do.”

The governor said the abilities that made drones effective on a battlefield also would make them effective in America.

“What the Commonwealth needs are government leaders who understand that their primary duty is protecting the constitutional rights of its citizens,” Whitehead said in his letter. “These drones – aerial, robotic threats to privacy and security – are being unleashed on the American populace before any real protocols to protect our privacy rights have been put in place.”

WND recently reported the federal government is moving quickly to open the skies over America to drones for commercial and government purposes. Veteran  Washington Post and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer is forecasting “rifles aimed at the sky all across America.”

The comments from Krauthammer, who won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1987 after serving as a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale and then beginning his journalism career at The New Republic, were on the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” with Bret Baier.

“I would predict, I’m not encouraging, but I predict the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that’s been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country,” Krauthammer said.

The conversation arose as the federal government announced it is beginning to allow public safety agencies to fly unmanned aircraft – drones – with fewer and fewer restrictions.

According to a report from Bloomberg, police, fire and other government agencies now are being allowed to fly drones weighing as much as 25 pounds without special approvals previously needed.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on its website that the move was an interim step until the agency finishes rules that will open the door for commercial and government operation of drones.

Congress has adopted the position of encouraging more drone flights, with the “goal of adapting technology used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

But Whitehead’s letter said the beneficial uses for drones easily could be overshadowed by the possibility that “law enforcement agencies will find a whole host of clever and innovative ways to use drones to invade our daily lives and wreak havoc on our freedoms, not the least of which will be traffic enforcement and crowd control.”

He said while drones can help spot forest fires, aid in searches and other specific chores, “without robust safeguards for the privacy and security of citizens … Americans will find themselves operating under a new paradigm marked by round-the-clock surveillance and with little hope of real privacy.”

He said not only can drones spy on people, many of them now are armed.

“Vanguard Defense Industries has confirmed that its Shadowhawk drone, which is already being sold to law enforcement agencies throughout the country, will be outfitted with lethal weapons, including a grenade launcher or a shotgun, and weapons of compliance, such as tear gas and rubber buckshot.

“Such aerial police weapons send a clear and chilling message to those attempting to exercise their First Amendment rights by taking to the streets and protesting government policies – the message: stay home or you will be punished.”

Further are the dangers from malfunctions, breakdowns and other mistakes, including a takeover by a terrorist hacker.

“A rush to adopt this technology before it is properly vetted for safety and privacy concerns will invite the wrath of many Virginians,” he said.

Also raising concerns is the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which has told the FAA there needs to be transparency and accountability in drone operations.

The organization has recommended the development of privacy protections before drones are used widely in the nation’s air spaces.

EPIC said it was part of a coalition of more than 100 organizations, experts and others who petitioned the FAA to conduct a formal rule-making procedure on the privacy implications of domestic drone use.

Several members of Congress also have expressed to the FAA their concerns about the privacy implications of drone use. In a letter to the FAA, the congressmen said, “There is … potential for drone technology to enable invasive and pervasive surveillance without adequate privacy protections.”

EPIC noted that because of the design and technology, drone surveillance “often occurs without the knowledge of the individual being monitored.”

“These vehicles can gather detailed information on individuals,” the organization said.

The federal government already has issued 78 certificates for commercial drone operations, along with 273 active government licenses.

Among the specifics, EPIC reported: “The Miami-Dade Police Department in Florida used federal grant money to purchase a small drone vehicle. Reports dating back to 2008 explain that Miami was seeking to use a small drone … ‘to gather real time information in situations which may be too dangerous for officers.’

However, police have admitted that the drone can be used to look into houses.”

EPIC said that “the increased use of drones poses an ongoing threat to every person residing within the United States.”

“Companies are developing ‘paparazzi drones’ in order to follow and photograph celebrities,” the group said. “Private detectives are starting to use drones to track their targets. Google, Inc., has deployed street-level drones in other countries to supplement the images of Street View. Criminals and others may use drones for purposes of stalking and harassment.”

Obama’s War Of Economic Armageddon

                             
My point in this article is to bring some sanity to the current economic situation that Obama and the Democrats have foisted on this nation since they usurped the White House in 2008 to complete the triumvirate to include the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Since then, they have taken an orderly process of budgetary constraint and turned it on its head.  The scurrilous series of “Girls Gone Wild” videos has nothing on these Democrats as they have refined the art of wanton behavior and turned spending on its ear.  Words simply cannot do justice to the train wreck they have created and must be seen to be appreciated.   So to that end pictures, will be used with sparse comments so that even liberals, progressives, socialists, Marxists, and Democrats can understand the dire economic condition they have created.

Heritage 1 Obamas War of Economic Armageddon  
(Note: all graphs are courtesy of heritage.org of the Heritage Network; the full story can be seen with this link in their article The Truth about Obama’s Budget Deficits, in Pictures.)


The above graph tells the entire story about how the Democrats started the reckless spending without any approved budgets or budgetary constraints for the last four years.  Obama’s last budget for 2013 was defeated in both houses of Congress without a single vote in favor of it from either party.  However, both the Republicans and the Democrats have tacitly approved of these budgets by passing “continuing resolutions” to keep spending at the 2009 level since we have not had an approved budget for 1,128 days.

The last time the Senate passed a budget was on April 29, 2009; since then, the budgetary process has been completely stopped by Harry Reid in the Senate.

The current spending shown in the graph is at a rate that is 600% greater than Bush could ever imagine as his average deficits were only $250 billion per year versus Obama’s and the Democrats staggering average of 1.25 trillion (that is 1,250,000,000,000 or twelve placeholders to the left of zero, way to the “left” of zero.)

Our next graph shows the outline on what Obama feels is important with a preposterous 58% of the annual budget simply being given over to other Americans in the form of entitlement payments.  Deficit spending is done by borrowing money by the sale of Treasury Notes on the open market for revenue shortfalls that are not collected by the Treasury.

Today, approximately 43 to 45 cents of every dollar spent by the Treasury is borrowed; this deficit spending then is added to the National Debt if it is not re-paid in the year it is borrowed, ballooning our debt and deficits at the same time.

Only 51% of our nation’s citizens pay any federal taxes; we can quickly see how his budget proposal is meant to swamp whatever is left of the productive members of our society with onerous taxes, which are then just lavished on our nation’s citizens.  It is not as if these funds will purchase military hardware with a certain life expectancy; no, these payments go on day after day and year after year in perpetuity or bankruptcy, whichever occurs first.  Clearly, Obama intends on “buying” as many votes as he can while he can. This is not governance; this is electioneering on a grand and perpetual scale.

heritage 2 Obamas War of Economic Armageddon

In the next graph, we can see Obama and the Democrats’ end game to literally swamp and bankrupt this nation with entitlement spending to bring about their socialist utopia of some woebegone pipe-dream of the left.

heritage 3 Obamas War of Economic Armageddon

Finally, we can see the real intent of Obama to saddle and bankrupt the nation and the pitifully small percentage (51%) of the nation’s taxpayers, the productive members of our society, with an ever-increasing share of the tax burdens if they are not stopped in their tracks by the next election.

heritage 4 Obamas War of Economic Armageddon
(Note: the graph above shows inflation adjusted dollars for 2010, we can only guess if this trend is not stopped what inflation will do to these projections; the 2050 estimate of $279,738 could be many factors times this amount if swift action is not taken now)

For the sake of our children’s future, these economic traitors must be brought to justice for Obama’s and the Democrat’s war on the nation’s taxpayers; this type of fiscal mismanagement is wantonly criminal and must be stopped at all costs!  This ruinous spending is destroying our “Capitalist Free Market” system, and we can only guess what economic system they want to replace it with, socialism would be my guess.  What is your guess?
Op-ed:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz...the antithesis of what a Congressperson should be
By: Diane Sori


It’s very obvious as we head into the November elections that it’s not just Barack Hussein Obama that must go...we also have to rid the House and Senate of his allies and lackies.  We have to send those packing who, like Obama, defame, dishonor, and refuse to govern by our Constitution, and who refuse to hear the voices or heed the wants of ‘We the People.’

While there are many that fit that description, the one that stands out the most in my mind as being NOT only counter to everything our Constitution says an elected official should be, but also is just a vile, nasty, little creature, is none other than the Democratic National Chair...the infamous Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

To start with, DWS, as the DNC’s chair, is Obama’s and the Democratic Party’s prime mouthpiece.  Among other things, DWS voted for ObamaCare; she voted ‘yea’ on every bill proposed that could raise our taxes; she supports Obama’s plan to ‘redistribute’ our wealth; she opposes extending the Bush tax cuts; she wants to add even more regulations to thwart the growth of private sector business; she supports blanket amnesty for ILLEGALS; she supports ALL Obama’s freebies and handouts; she is NO friend to our military and voted in favor of ALL defense cuts proposed by Obama; she said that because Republicans support requiring ID to vote that they want to take the nation back to the days of Jim Crow; and she is FOR gender selective abortion, as just having voted ‘nay’ on H.R. 3541: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012, commonly referred to as the Anti-Gender Selective Abortion Bill.

Add to that that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is NO friend of Israel, and is a traitor to her heritage, as she supports the so-called Palestinians quest for a two-state solution, and supports Barack Hussein Obama in having Israel return to her pre-67 borders.  How any Jewish person or ANY person who loves and supports Israel could ever support her is just beyond the whelm of comprehension.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s hero, the woman in whose footsteps she wants to follow, is none other than Nancy Pelosi.  Nancy Pelosi...one of the most hated women in America is her hero!  Nancy Pelosi...whose famous words, ‘we need to pass the bill before we can see what’s in it’...THAT Nancy Pelosi!

And here’s another kicker...Debby Wasserman Schultz wants to head HHS (Health and Human Services) in a second Obama administration, and if this was to ever happen you have the makings of a total and complete collapse of any sense of sanity whatsoever.  The woman who finds nothing wrong with aborting a child simply because of its sex wants to head the very department responsible for the health of our children.  I find something so inherently wrong and vile about this.

Bottom line...Debbie Wasserman Schultz buys into the whole Obama driven, Marxist Democrat rhetoric... hook, line, and, pardon the pun, but we in her district are the ones she is sinking.

In an election year where character is so important, especially after the trash we currently have living in the White House, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the wannabe Nancy Pelosi clone, just adds insult to injury to a Congress already laden with immoral miscreants who neither value nor respect our Constitution, and who turn their backs on ‘We the People.’

Thankfully, in her home district, and sorry to say but Debbie Wasserman Schultz is my Congresswoman (insert gagging here), we do have a number of Republicans vying for her seat, each with their own brand of conservatism to bring to the table.  However, one shines above all the others, and that is KAREN HARRINGTON, a true patriot who loves this country and is willing to bring true conservatism back to the halls of Congress, along with the likes of Allen West, Paul Ryan, Michelle Bachmann, and a few others.

So come November, I hope everyone remembers that it’s just NOT Barack Hussein Obama that must go, but it’s also the Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s from all across this country who chose NOT to do the job ‘We the People’ elected them to do...it’s high time to send them ALL packing.