Friday, August 27, 2004

Follow the Money

Headline in today's security news:
The United States led the world in the sale of conventional weapons
for the eighth year in a row, according to a report yesterday from
the Congressional Research Service.

"From 2000-2003, the United States made $35.8 billion in arms
transfer agreements with developing nations, in constant 2003
dollars," according to the report, which also noted that overall
arms sales declined substantially in 2003.

The CRS report, authored by analyst Richard F. Grimmett, is revised
and published annually. It is based in part on unspecified U.S.
government data.

"Grimmett's annual report is a definitive source for basic statistics
and analysis of trends in global arms transfers," said Matthew
Schroeder of the FAS [Federation of American Scientists] Arms Sales Monitoring Project.

CRS reports are not made directly available to the public. A copy
was obtained by FAS.

See "Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1996-2003,"
August 26, 2004 (94 pages, 2.4 MB PDF file):

VIA Project on Government Secrecy by the Federation of American Scientists.

Let's connect the dots. Who stands to gain financially by destabilizing global politics and aggravating terrorism?