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IBM and the Bomb – Part I: How IBM Played a Technical and Diplomatic Role in the Cold War

Posted in IBM at 5:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Not a bombshell, but certainly a lesson in diplomacy and history (recently declassified, as our introduction noted)

Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
Thomas J. Watson, Jr., IBM chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), then U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 1979 to 1981. Public Domain, American Embassy, Moscow.

Summary: IBM’s role in US (domestic) and international politics, especially in light of political appointments acquired by Thomas Watson (the father) and his two sons

THE BIGGEST money is to be found where the government invests the most. In the United States nothing has a budget anywhere near as high as the military’s. Historically this has been the case because of the World Wars and imperialism; some US Presidents warned about this. The ‘death industry’ (Department of War rebranded “Defence”) does not just willfully shrink itself or goes away. It is always looking to grow, expand, to influence and control everything it can. One need not be a cynic to grasp all this.

“…speaking of self-serving charities, the IBM Watsons have their own.”IBM was highly involved in the Cold War and it became rich in the process. Contrary to the PR slant (1% of the profits etc.), IBM loves war and segregation; it has long profited from US imperialism in particular. One might as well swap the “I” in IBM with “Imperialist” (not “International”). When corporations and governments are almost inseparable it is inevitable that oftentimes businesspeople (active or ‘retired’) will enter politics, representing their own interests/ideologies and/or business interests. Money (profit) and policy (rules of power) are closely connected, for one can be leveraged to attain the other. We see a lot of that in Bill Gates, who for over a decade disrupted politics all around the world for personal agenda; he has investments to which he wishes to funnel taxpayers’ money in every country. It’s a racket. It’s not a charity, it is only disguised as such. And speaking of self-serving charities, the IBM Watsons have their own. In fact, formed in 1979 was the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs (coinciding with the political career of Thomas J. Watson, Jr.).

Watson’s political career wasn’t without opposition. Consider the following (notice the subject in particular):

watson-opposition

In early 1979 he was already meeting with Soviet officials (it used to be classified “SECRET”).

watson-meeting

It may all seem shallow and boring. Some of it remains “SECRET” and the following has redactions labeled “SECRET” (still, to present):

plenary-watson-1

plenary-watson-2

Here’s the text:

1. ON FEBRUARY 2, 1979, THOMAS WATSON, CHAIRMAN OF GENERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ARMS CONTROL AND DISARMAMENT AND WILLIAM JACKSON, GAC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, VISITED EMBASSY BERN, CALLED ON DCM CROWLEY, JOINED ASAT DELEGATION IN WORK IN PREPARATION FOR AFTERNOON PLENARY, AND DISCUSSED STATUS OF ASAT TALKS WITH
SECRET
SECRET

PAGE 02

BERN 00682 051005Z

BUCHHEIM AND BRADBURN.

2. WATSON, JACKSON, BUCHHEIM AND BRADBURN WERE JOINED AT LUNCH BY KHLESTOV. CONVERSATION WAS GENERAL IN NATURE. CROWLEY

Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014

Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014
SECRET

NNN

Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014

Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014

Page 2 is still all blanked out. Notice the decaption and disposition dates. Those are still considered too sensitive (even half a decade ago).

plenary-watson-3

In short, what we have here is the IBM dynasty meeting Soviet officials and deciding at a diplomatic capacity how to handle the Cold War.

“In short, what we have here is the IBM dynasty meeting Soviet officials and deciding at a diplomatic capacity how to handle the Cold War.”This sort of matters because nowadays Microsoft is the same. “Bill [Gates] has high political ambitions for his cult,” a person told yesterday, “and staying out of the [police] report was just one small maneuver, as was avoiding having Microsoft testify in congress this week.”

Ever noticed how “GAFA” gets grilled but Microsoft is miraculously absent? As if Apple is a monopolist and Microsoft is not?

“At the moment the US President is enriching himself through his businesses and partners, blatantly misusing public office for personal gain. There’s no lack of examples.”“He can’t position himself as candidate for VP this time,” the person continued, “but my money is on him trying to run for the top office next round. Keep in mind he already even travels in convoys with decoy cars.”

At the moment the US President is enriching himself through his businesses and partners, blatantly misusing public office for personal gain. There’s no lack of examples.

The next part will talk about nepotism, perhaps even bribery, as we already know that Gates bribes a lot of politicians all around the world and we also know that the Watsons paid presidential candidates.

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