Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Wal-Mart...greedy bastards & port security....

Wal-Mart and its Washington, D.C., lobbyist, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), have systematically undermined America’s security by working to defeat or weaken new rules to make America’s seaports and supply chains safe from terrorist attacks.

A new report by the AFL-CIO’s Jason Judd, Unchecked: How Wal-Mart Uses Its Might to Block Port Security, documents the company's efforts since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to ensure that “security requirements should not become a barrier to trade.”
Click here to read the report (PDF).

Unchecked: How Wal-Mart Uses Its Might to Block Port Security shows how Wal-Mart and RILA have lobbied in Congress against increased inspections of containers and other new rules to keep our ports safe.

With $11.2 billion in profits last year, Wal-Mart is the most powerful member of RILA, which has used its influence to thwart important requirements for “smart containers” and electronic seals on cargo coming into the United States.

RILA also has lobbied against independent and regular examinations of supply chain security practices, container-handling fees to finance port security and requirements that would let Customs and Border Protection know what’s being shipped and where it’s coming from.

These are all measures that would help protect us against terrorism, and Wal-Mart and its Washington lobbyists are standing in the way. Read our full report to learn more, and please help us spread the word by passing this email to your friends and family.
Click here to read the report (PDF).


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