'Once again EDO boss Paul Hills has been forced to angle grind his way through his own fence to get his workers back to their murderous production line. Today's action has been taken in protest against EDO/ITT's complicity in civilian deaths in the US' war of aggression in Afghanistan, and to show EDO that wherever in the world they profit from death and misery, we'll be here in Brighton to fight back'.
14th December 2010
For details contact Andrew Beckett or Chloe Marsh on 07538093930 or
Early this morning a group of anti arms trade activists attached
themselves to the gates of the EDO/ITT weapons factory in Brighton. The
action was taken in protest against the company's supply of arms
components being used by the US military against civilians in Afghanistan.
EDO is currently working on a contract, worth US$5 million, for supply
umbilical connectors to the US air force A-10 and F-16 aircraft. Paul
managing director, has described the function of the connector as "to provide
coordinates to the guidance unit... on the weapon."
These American aircraft are being used in war crimes against the people of
EDO's connector systems have already resulted in civilian deaths in
2009 Royal Dutch Air Force F-16s, equipped with EDO's FRCS connectors,
civilians in a bombing raid in Helmand.
Smash EDO press spokesperson Chloe Marsh said "The government's spending
only perfunctory cuts to the defence budget. Every job in the arms trade
massively subsidised by the state. The exports made by EDO benefit only
CEOs. All this at the same time as the government is cutting the education
health budgets and hammering ordinary people's pensions and benefits."
The arms industry makes its money through destroying the lives of
whilst the budget cuts target the most vulnerable people here. We say that
obvious where the budget cuts should be focused - on an arms trade that only
benefits the corporations.
Notes For Journalists
 The contract can be viewed at http://bit.ly/8Y8jbq
Mr Hills made this comment during his five day long cross-examination
trial of the six 'decommissioners' who had broken into his factory during
2009 massacre in Gaza - see http://bit.ly/95hlzW , pp 37. For a full
his evidence see www.smashedo.org.uk/resources.htm
 In an interview with the British journalist Joe Plomin the Dutch
asked "Were the Dutch F-16s which provided air support to soldiers from
International Security Assistance Force in Kandahar on the 30th of
fitted with Field Replaceable Connector Systems (FRCS)?" The Dutch
replied: "We are
using these connectors. It's confirmed."  http://bit.ly/9meosr
Watch this space for upcoming anti arms action and events, and don't forget the noise demos in the new year.