Stupidity rules, ok?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

What's a little fascism between friends anyway?

All BAE Systems' employees are required to act with honesty, integrity and fairness. We will not tolerate bribery or other attempts to improperly influence the decisions of customers or suppliers. We are committed to conduct our business to the highest ethical standards. We comply with the law in all countries where we operate.

This is the statement issued by British arms dealer BAE when it was made public that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was on their secret payroll. By means of hidden offshore accounts in the Caymans and secret "slush funds" the BAE paid over £1m to Pinochet, who is still a major player in the Chilean military with lots of important connections. So why did the BAE pay the old fascist? But be sure, it wasn't bribes of any kind. No no, BAE is a good and moral company. And so are the external parties they pay. Come on, what's a little fascism between friends anyway?

Stupidity rules corporate morality, ok?

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