08.01.20

Gemini version available ♊︎

IBM and the Bomb – Part III: IBM’s Watson Jr. Rose From Business V.I.P. to U.S. Ambassador in the Soviet Union During the Cold War (Which IBM Profited From)

Posted in IBM, Microsoft at 9:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ever wondered why a nation spends trillions of dollars on nukes that are never used?

Conflict of interest
Wikipedia on business-politics overlap and conflict

Summary: Like his father, who was IBM‘s co-founder and later president of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which helped the Nazis, Watson Jr. entered US and international politics in his later days; recently-declassified documents show us his political legacy

IN our introduction and then in part 1 and in part 2 we highlighted a number of key findings, which are well supported by a number of independent sources, both in the press and the national archives (declassified as recently as a few years ago). IBM played a role in Cold War politics and it also profits to this very day from Cold War politics (armament and modernisation of nuclear stockpiles). IBM isn’t one of those cuddly, peace-loving companies that are mostly mythical; to make matters worse, IBM is among the very worst and it’s a problem to GNU/Linux because IBM controls Red Hat, OIN, the Linux Foundation (many existing and former IBMers are there), OASIS and so on…

I’ve never been against IBM per se; IBM did a lot for GNU/Linux, for OpenDocument Format (ODF) and so much more. This is a matter of public record and it is undeniable. In recent years, however, IBM also lobbied aggressively for patents on software. IBM did this not only in the US; it even did that in India and elsewhere. That’s imperial by nature. Imagine Chinese or Indian companies lecturing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the US Congress about how American law should be shaped. Sounds laughable, right? Well, never underestimate American exceptionalism.

In any event, IBM’s Watson Jr. (son of the founder, who had met Hitler and had profited from the Holocaust and eugenics when it was still 'hip') became a top-level politician. He literally represented the United States in Russia/USSR (Moscow) during the Cold War.

We’ve acquired and downloaded a bunch of documents, some of which more relevant to us than others.

As the following item, declassified 6 years ago, put it:

spain-trip-1

spain-trip-2

spain-trip-3

Here’s the text. They’re taking a private jet to Spain, where the US dropped several atomic bombs — hydrogen bombs even — by accident (and IBM then helped retrieve them over a decade earlier than Watson’s appointment):

1. (C – ENTIRE TEXT)
2. DEPARTMENT WAS JUST INFORMED THAT SENATOR AND MRS. CHARLES PERCY WILL VISIT SPAIN APRIL 18-27 ACCOMPANIED BY MR. AND MRS. THOMAS WATSON (FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, IBM) AND MR. AND MRS. ROBERT GALVAN (CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MOTOROLA). THE PURPOSE OF THE VISIT IS TOURISM.
3. THE GROUP WILL ARRIVE IN MADRID ABOARD A PRIVATE PLANE AT 2200 HRS. APRIL 18 AND WILL STAY AT THE RITZ HOTEL THROUGH THE 22ND (MR. WATSON MAY NOT ARRIVE UNTIL THE 21ST) ON THE 23RD, THEY WILL STAY IN GRANADA AT THE ALHAMBRA PALACE, AND THE 24-27 IN SEVILLE AT THE HOTEL MACAREINA.

CONFIDENTIAL
CONFIDENTIALSTATE 093437

THEY PLAN TO RETURN DIRECTLY TO THE US ON APRIL 27.

4. THE DEPARTMENT HAS FURNISHED SOME UNCLASSIFIED BRIEFING MATERIALS TO SENATOR PERCY’S OFFICE. WE ALSO TOOK THE LIBERTY OF OFFERING THE GROUP AN EMBASSY BRIEFING DURING THEIR STAY IN MADRID. THEY HAVE NOT YET DECIDED WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE BRIEFING, BUT SENATOR PERCY IS EXPECTED TO REQUEST

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

A CALL ON THE AMBASSADOR.
5. BECAUSE OF THEIR CONCERN FOR PERSONAL SECURITY, THE GROUP DOES NOT WANT ANY PUBLICITY AND WOULD LIKE TO HOLD VERY CLOSE THE FACT OF THEIR VISIT.
6. POST WILL BE INFORMED OF ANY SPECIFIC REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM SENATOR PERCY OR THE OTHERS. CHRISTOPHER

CONFIDENTIAL

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

There was also this trip to France (remember that Watson Junior's brother became a politician there after he had paid Nixon). As images:

france-1

france-2

france-3

The underlying text (what’s not redacted) speaks of a private jet again:

1. SENATOR PERCY’S TRIP IS PERSONAL. ARRIVING BORDEAUX

LATE SATURDAY, MAY 28. WILL TOUR BORDEAUX AREA MONDAY AND TUESDAY, LEAVING TUESDAY AFTERNOON MAY 31 FOR DIJON. SOMEONE THERE IS ARRANGING A TOUR OF THE BURGUNDY AREA.

SENATOR WILL ARRIVE PARIS THURSDAY, JUNE 2; STAYING AT THE RITZ HOTEL.

2. FRIDAY AFTERNOON JUNE 3, AT 3:30 HAS A MEETING SCHEDULED

WITH THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE. LEAVING PARIS SUNDAY MORNING JUNE 5.

3. ACCOMPANYING SENATOR AND MRS. PERCY ARE:

UNCLASSIFIED

UNCLASSIFIED

PAGE 02 STATE 120755

MR. AND MRS. THOMAS WATSON, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF IBM, NOW CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF IBM; AND MR. AND MRS. ROBERT GALVIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF MOTOROLA.

4. TRAVEL IS TOTALLY BY PRIVATE PLANE. MR. GALVIN IS ARRANGING THE TOUR.

5. PERCY REMAINS WILLING AND INTERESTED IN ANY ADDITIONAL

ACTIVITIES EMBASSY MAY FEEL USEFUL, AS SUGGESTED GAMMON-JENKINS TELECON MAY 13. VANCE

UNCLASSIFIED

NNN

Things became more interesting when Mr. VIP Watson started representing the US in deciding on issues like sanctions (in this case against Iran). Here’s another document:

gromyko-1

gromyko-2

gromyko-3

The text:

1. FOLLOWING UPI ITEM, DATELINED MOSCOW, DECEMBER 25, WAS BURIED IN FRONT SECTION OF DECEMBER 26 WASHINGTON POST.
2. BEGIN TEXT.
DIPLOMATS SAY SOVIET STAND ON U.N. SANCTIONS IS UNCLEAR THE SOVIET UNION REFUSED A CHRISTMAS EVE APPEAL BY U.S. AMBASSADOR THOMAS WATSON FOR ASSURANCES THAT MOSCOW WOULD NOT VETO U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN, DIPLOMATIC SOURCES SAID TODAY.
WATSON REQUESTED AND RECEIVED A MEETING WITH SOVIET FOREIGN MINISTER ANDREI GROMYKO LAST NIGHT, AND DIPLOMATS IN MOSCOW SAID HE ASKED FOR A PROMISE THAT MOSCOW WOULD NOT EXERCISE ITS VETO WHEN THE MOTION COMES UP FOR A VOTE.

UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED STATE 331220

GROMYKO, HOWEVER, REFUSED TO MAKE ANY PROMISES AND THE SOURCES SAID THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION WAS STILL NOT SURE IF THE MOTION TO CLAMP ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON IRAN WOULD PASS THE SECURITY COUNCIL.

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

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE U.S. EMBASSY IN MOSCOW REFUSED TO CONFIRM THE TOPIC OF WATSON’S CONVERSATION WITH GROMYKO EXCEPT TO SAY IT INVOLVED “MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST TO BOTH COUNTRIES.” END TEXT.
VANCE

UNCLASSIFIED

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

What we generally have here is the IBM family deciding on US foreign policy and international politics. Maybe one day Bill Gates hopes to do the same thing, just like Robert Gates.

As a lot of the above deals with nuclear weapons, it is imperative that we remember IBM stood to gain a lot from it. This is a subject we’ll explore again in the next part.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 8/12/2021: FreeBSD 12.3, EasyOS 3.1.13, and WordPress 5.9 Beta 2

    Links for the day



  2. [Meme] EU Assurances

    The EPO‘s staff cannot be blamed for losing patience as elected public representatives completely fail to do their job (with few exceptions)



  3. Clare Daly (GUE/NGL) Does What Every Public Official in Europe Should Have Done About EPO Shenanigans

    There’s another (new) push to hold the EPO accountable, seeing that the overseers clearly do not do their job and instead cover up the abuses



  4. Links 7/12/2021: Firefox 96 Beta and Fedora 37 Abandons ARMv7

    Links for the day



  5. Links 7/12/2021: Plasma Mobile Gear 21.12 and Tails 4.25

    Links for the day



  6. All IRC Logs Now Available as GemText Over Gemini Protocol

    Today we've completed the transition from plain text over gemini:// to GemText over gemini:// for IRC logs



  7. IRC Proceedings: Monday, December 06, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, December 06, 2021



  8. [Meme] Rowing to the Bottom of the Ocean

    The EPO‘s Steve Rowan (VP1) is failing EPO staff and sort of “firing” workers during times of crisis (not at all a crisis to the EPO’s coffers)



  9. EPO Gradually Reduced to 'Fee Collection Agency' Which Eliminates Its Very Own Staff

    Mr. Redundancies and Mr. Cloud are outsourcing EPO jobs to Microsoft and Serco as if the EPO is an American corporation, providing no comfort to long-serving EPO staff



  10. Linux Foundation 2021 Annual Report Made on an Apple Mac Using Proprietary Software

    Yes, you’re reading this correctly. They still reject both “Linux” and “Open Source” (no dogfooding). This annual report is badly compressed; each page of the PDF is, on average, almost a megabyte in size (58.8 MB for a report of this scale is unreasonable and discriminates against people in countries with slow Internet connections); notice how they’re milking the brand in the first page (straight after the cover page, the 1991 ‘creation myth’, ignoring GNU); remember that this foundation is named after a trademark which is not even its own!



  11. Links 7/12/2021: OpenIndiana Hipster 2021.10 and AppStream 0.15

    Links for the day



  12. Microsoft “Defender” Pretender Attacks Random Software That Uses NSIS for installation; “Super Duper Secure Mode” for Edge is a Laugh

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  13. Links 6/12/2021: LibreOffice Maintenance Releases, Firefox 95 Finalised

    Links for the day



  14. “Wintel” “Secure” uEFI Firmware Used to Store Persistent Malware, and Security Theater Boot is Worthless

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  15. No Linux Foundation IRS Disclosures Since 2018

    The publicly-available records or IRS information about the Linux Foundation is suspiciously behind; compared to other organisations with a "tax-exempt" status the Linux Foundation is one year behind already



  16. Jim Zemlin Has Deleted All of His Tweets

    The Linux Foundation‘s Jim Zemlin seems to have become rather publicity-shy (screenshots above are self-explanatory; latest snapshot), but years ago he could not contain his excitement about Microsoft, which he said was "loved" by what it was attacking. Days ago it became apparent that Microsoft’s patent troll is still attacking Linux with patents and Zemlin’s decision to appoint Microsoft as the At-Large Director (in effect bossing Linus Torvalds) at the ‘Linux’ Foundation’s Board of Directors is already backfiring. She not only gets her whole salary from Microsoft but also allegedly protects sexual predators who assault women… by hiring them despite repeated warnings; if the leadership of the ‘Linux’ Foundation protects sexual predators who strangle women (even paying them a salary and giving them management positions), how can the ‘Linux’ Foundation ever claim to represent inclusion and diversity?



  17. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IX — Microsoft's Chief Architect of GitHub Copilot Sought to be Arrested One Day After Techrights Article About Him

    Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley has warrant for his arrest, albeit only after a lot of harm and damage had already been done (to multiple people) and Microsoft started paying him



  18. The Committee on Patent Law (PLC) Informed About Overlooked Issues “Which Might Have a Bearing on the Validity of EPO Patents.”

    In a publication circulated or prepared last week the Central Staff Committee (CSC) of the EPO explains a situation never explored in so-called 'media' (the very little that's left of it)



  19. Links 6/12/2021: HowTos and Patents

    Links for the day



  20. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, December 05, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, December 05, 2021



  21. Gemini Space/Protocol: Taking IRC Logs to the Next Level

    Tonight we begin the migration to GemText for our daily IRC logs, having already made them available over gemini://



  22. Links 6/12/2021: Gnuastro 0.16 and Linux 5.16 RC4

    Links for the day



  23. Links 5/12/2021: Touchpad Gestures in XWayland

    Links for the day



  24. Society Needs to Take Back Computing, Data, and Networks

    Why GemText needs to become 'the new HTML' (but remain very simple) in order for cyberspace to be taken away from state-connected and military-funded corporations that spy on people and abuse society at large



  25. [Meme] Meanwhile in Austria...

    With lobbyists-led leadership one might be led to believe that a treaty strictly requiring ratification by the UK is somehow feasible (even if technically and legally it's moot already)



  26. The EPO's Web Site is a Parade of Endless Lies and Celebration of Gross Violations of the Law

    The EPO's noise site (formerly it had a "news" section, but it has not been honest for about a decade) is a torrent of lies, cover-up, and promotion of crimes; maybe the lies are obvious for everybody to see (at least EPO insiders), but nevertheless a rebuttal seems necessary



  27. The Letter EPO Management Does Not Want Applicants to See (or Respond to)

    A letter from the Munich Staff Committee at the EPO highlights the worrying extent of neglect of patent quality under Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos; the management of the EPO did not even bother replying to that letter (instead it was busy outsourcing the EPO to Microsoft)



  28. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, December 04, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, December 04, 2021



  29. EPO-Bribed IAM 'Media' Has Praised Quality, Which Even EPO Staff (Examiners) Does Not Praise

    It's easy to see something is terribly wrong when the people who do the actual work do not agree with the media's praise of their work (a praise motivated by a nefarious, alternate agenda)



  30. Tux Machines is 17.5 Years Old Today

    Tux Machines -- our 'sister site' for GNU/Linux news -- started in 2004. We're soon entering 2022.


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts