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Security Implications and the Decline of U.S. Manufacturing

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Globalization, multi-national corporations, off-shore tax havens and governments willing to support them have created a global criminal enterprise designed to pillage nations and peoples for the profit of a very few.  De-industrialization of the United States was orchestrated for this purpose by the “enemies foreign and domestic” that we were warned about. Their plot has now become our national policy, and Congressional concerns will not be made public. – Claudia

Intelligence and the Decline of U.S. Manufacturing

March 28th, 2011           by Steven Aftergood FAS Secrecy News

The U.S. intelligence community will prepare a National Intelligence Estimate on the implications of the continuing decline in U.S. manufacturing capacity, said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) citing recent news reports.

“Last month Forbes reported that the continued erosion of the U.S. manufacturing base has gotten so serious that the Director of National Intelligence has begun preparation of a National Intelligence Estimate… to assess the security implications of the decline of American manufacturing,” said Rep. Schakowsky, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

“Our growing reliance on imports and lack of industrial infrastructure has become a national security concern,” said Rep. Schakowsky.  She spoke at a March 16 news conference (at 28:10) in opposition to the pending U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

The Forbes report referenced by Rep. Schakowsky was “Intelligence Community Fears U.S. Manufacturing Decline,” by Loren Thompson, February 14. The decision to prepare an intelligence estimate was first reported by Richard McCormack in “Intelligence Director Will Look at National Security Implications of U.S. Manufacturing Decline,” Manufacturing & Technology News, February 3.

Rep. Schakowsky told the newsletter Inside U.S. Trade (March 25) that she hopes a “declassified portion” of the NIE will be publicly released.

But according to the Congressional Research Service, that may be unlikely. “There seems to be an emerging consensus that publicly releasing NIEs, or even unclassified summaries, has limitations. Some of the nuances of classified intelligence judgments are lost and there are concerns that public release of an unclassified summary of a complicated situation does not effectively serve the legislative process.” See “Intelligence Estimates: How Useful to Congress?” (pdf), January 6, 2011.

“With 14 million Americans out of a job we should not be considering a trade deal that will ship additional jobs overseas,” said Rep. Schakowsky, referring to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

“Instead, we need to work to rebuild the American manufacturing sector, creating jobs at home. And instead of approving FTAs (free trade agreements) that will offshore more American jobs, we need to establish a trade policy that benefits American workers and the entire American economy,” she said.

The CRS (pdf) cited a study which concluded that overall changes in aggregate U.S. employment attributable to the US-Korea agreement “would be negligible given the much larger size of the U.S. economy compared to the South Korean economy. However, while some sectors, such as livestock producers, would experience increases in employment, others such as textile, wearing apparel, and electronic equipment manufacturers would be expected to experience declines in employment.” Accordingly, the “U.S. beef sector” supports the agreement, while some labor unions oppose it.

See “The Proposed U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA): Provisions and Implications,” Congressional Research Service, March 1, 2011.  See also “Free Trade Agreements: Impact on U.S. Trade and Implications for U.S. Trade Policy,” January 6, 2011.

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  1. If this was not so serious, this comment by the U.S. Intelligence community would be laughable. There is huge growth in the number, incomes and wealth of American intelligence contractors at the expense of manufacturing and infrastructure building.

    Politicians and private (companies/individuals) intelligence lobbyists have led the charge to expand intelligence by scaring Americans about Muslims; and these intelligence companies/individuals have convinced retail companies, government, (and whoever) that these entities need information about what we do, what we buy, what we say, etc. etc. etc.

    George Orwell’s “1984” society is here for many people around the world. I hope American wake up before it’s too late.

    Elaine

    March 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    • It does seem as tho a sizable number of corporate honchos have decided to destroy the USA for profit. They have stashed an enormous amount of cash outside the US and are now extorting government weaklings to allow them to bring it back into the country tax free. After extracting the life savings from millions of Americans, they continue to pay almost no taxes while paying themselves millions.

      This is money laundering on a global scale and represents the triumph of white collar crime over national sovereignty.

      laudyms

      March 29, 2011 at 9:03 am


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