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Swamp Critters Galore: Death Merchant Guy to Head Up Trump’s Bureau of Industry and Security

Published: June 16, 2017
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And creatures from the corporatist black lagoon just keep on coming.

In May, the Donald nominated Richard Ashooh to head up the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Commerce for Export Administration.

Here’s a little background on Ashooh:

In 1995, Ashooh joined New Hampshire defense contractor Sanders, which manufactured electronics for the military, working his way up to be vice president of government relations—a lobbyist. Sanders was purchased by Lockheed, which later spun it off to BAE Systems, with Ashooh remaining with the company. In 2001, he was director of public affairs in BAE Systems North America’s Information and Electronic Warfare Systems division. In January 2003, he moved from New Hampshire to Maryland as BAE’s vice president of legislative affairs to take advantage of his lobbying experience. Back in New Hampshire, he was the company’s vice president of strategic relations and homeland security.

Remember Trump’s lobbying ban?

That was then, this is now.

Back in April, Trump installed Benjamin Cassidy as assistant secretary for legislative affairs. Cassidy previously worked as a senior executive at Boeing’s international business sector and marketed Boeing military products abroad.

Then there’s Jonathan Rath Hoffman, a member of the New Hampshire steering committee for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. He was named assistant secretary for public affairs. Hoffman worked as a consultant to the Chertoff Group, the Homeland Security consulting firm. You can thank Chertoff the next time you go to the airport and are marched through a naked body radiation scanner. Hoffman is another Bush administration retread scooped up by Trump and crew. He’s connected to Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security, a death merchant lobbying group comprised of former officials from Raytheon, BAE Systems, SAIC, and other major defense contractors.

In March, Trump selected Pat Shanahan as deputy secretary of defense. Shanahan is a vice president at Boeing and formerly led the company’s missile defense subsidiary.

Let’s not forget former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson. She worked as a consultant to a Lockheed Martin subsidiary. Then there’s Elaine Duke, the nominee for deputy secretary of homeland security. She previously consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, and the Columbia Group.

It’s one big happy death merchant family.

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