Thursday, May 08, 2008

General Electric and Iran: CEO Jeffrey Immelt is killing American troops in Iraq

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt admits General Electric is doing business with Iran.

Iran has been sending platter charge improvisational explosive devices, also known as Explosively Formed Penetrators, into Iraq that have been maiming and killing American soldiers and marines since I was there in 2005. They have also made continuing and substantial fiscal contributions in support of anti-American and anti-Iraqi forces.

"It is the policy of the Iranian government, approved to the highest levels of that government, to facilitate the killing of American's in Iraq." - CIA Director General Michael Hayden

Despite such realities, one of America's largest and most respected corporations continues to do business with Iran. Some business even relates to defense technologies.

At GE's annual meeting in Pennsylvania on April 23, 2008, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt was questioned by a shareholder on GE's involvement with Iran:

Investor: GE products are keeping Mr. Ahmadinejad comfy when he's plotting to kill U.S. troops and trying to annihilate Israel. It's just an outrage. And GE is keeping their infrastructure intact... You know, this is kind of blood money and I don't want to be a part of it...

Jeffrey Immelt: Ok let me respond, and I'll respond on behalf of the board. We have stopped taking any orders from Iran in 2005. Our customers with Iran were European oil and gas companies. We decided at that time to fulfill the orders they had committed to us at the time and now that is completed...

Investor: I hope the other shareholders will vote. Do they think we should be selling equipment to Iran? Let's see a show of hands...

Jeffrey Immelt: Dr. Borelli, you've gone on and on, I think you made your point. Thank you.

Mr. Immelt's statement is misleading, considering General Electric is still in business with Iran.

Article III Section 3 of the United States Constitution states, "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or, in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

Bill O'Reilly of Fox News tonight aired a segment on General Electric's continued involvement with Iran, which is where the audio and transcript of the General Electric annual meeting was obtained. Please view an older segment done by O'Reilly on this situation below:

At the annual meeting in Pennsylvania, Jesse Watters, a Fox News producer, spoke to one of the wives of a General Electric executive. "She told me the executives had no idea that the relationship between the Iranian's and GE ever existed until they saw it on (the O'Reilly Factor) and what she used to describe the reaction was complete and utter shock. So now there is a lot of animosity between the GE hierarchy and Immelt, because they felt like they'd been left in the dark."

A bi-partisan congressional investigation of GE's involvement with Iran needs to occur. Regardless of their level of involvement, it needs to discontinue immediately.

If any link is drawn between General Electric and the loss of American life in Iraq, our representatives in Congress are obligated by the United States Constitution to take appropriate action.

More attention needs to be brought to this situation. There has been virtually no coverage of this. Don't take my word for it. Do some research and spread the word.

I would encourage to do what I did this evening and contact your representative in Congress. Make them aware of this situation and let them know how you feel.