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Enron in Space--Missile Defense (english)
08 Oct 2002
"Pigs in Space" ads on DC Metro trains and Boston’s "T" criticize Star Wars missile defense
WASHINGTON, DC - Starting on Monday October 7th, three hundred and fifty DC Metro rail cars and one hundred "T" stops in Boston will be displaying ads that compare the administration’s Star Wars missile defense program with Enron—the name that the general public equates with corporate scandal and malfeasance.

The "Missile Defense (a.k.a. Star Wars) is Enron in Space" ads feature a graphic that shows three pink pigs whose effluent is blasting them through space with the blue orb of earth below (ad can be viewed at ). The ad text opens with, "The same greed, dishonesty and deception that shocked America in the Enron scandal is rampant in the $238-billion Pentagon Pig-Out called National Missile Defense." This unique advertising campaign developed by Avenging Angels, Inc. of NYC.

Shelagh Foreman of Massachusetts Peace Action said, "the Bush
administration's Star Wars missile defense plan, which recklessly throws other's money—taxpayer's—at schemes that benefit only a select few, closely resembles the swindles that the President's friend Kenneth Lay perpetrated as the head of Enron. Many of the elements that were found at Enron were, or are, present in the Star Wars program that Bush champions—cooked books, oversight stripped out of the regulatory process, insider access bought with campaign dollars and, of course, the taxpayers and the little guy picking up the tab."

The ads also feature a box with items that the two scandals have in common. After each item there is a checkmark for both Star Wars and Enron. The items are: 1. Bad News Shredded, Fictional Success Concocted 2. Books Cooked, Oversight Stripped Away 3. Whistle-blowers Silenced, Critics Fired 4. Taxpayers Bilked, Insiders Enriched 5. White House Influence Bought with Campaign $$ (background information on these points is available at

The ad text concludes with, "This 'well-orchestrated fraud' is widely
denounced by serious scientists. Over $100-billion has already been wasted on what all experts agree is, since 9/11, America's least likely threat! Add your voice to the outrage: Join Peace Action's campaign to end this boondoggle."

"As Bush and his administration make their push for war, they are, in true Enron style, simultaneously distracting attention from Star Wars and their many other scandals, making a grab for more assets in the form of Iraq's oil, and attempting to enlarge their influence in the government by increasing Republican seats in the Congress. It is indeed Enron writ large. A scandal that is, at its core, a gigantic betrayal of public trust. Our ads are intended to be a well-timed wake-up call to Congress and the public," concluded Peace Action Executive Director Kevin Martin.

Peace Action (the merger of Sane and The Nuclear Freeze) is the nation's largest peace and disarmament organization.

Scott Lynch
Communications Director
Peace Action National Office
Phone: 202.862.9740x3030
Fax: 202.862.9762
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