Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Austin suicide pilot Joe Stack kept some very interesting company as far as the client list for his software programming company is concerned, including a defense contractor with NSA and Homeland Security connections that ironically dealt with air defense systems.
The Georgetown Airport hanger in which Stack's ill-fated Piper Cherokee was kept was jointly leased by Stack and a man called John Podolak, records show.
The Of Goats and Men blog highlights the fact that Podolak was appointed in 2004 to manage L-3 Avisys' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Counter-MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems) initiative.
L-3 Avisys is a defense contractor with its main headquarters based in Austin Texas which sells products and works closely with the Department of Defense and unnamed "U.S. Government intelligence agencies".
Podolak was hired to "oversee a strong team of more than 10 IRCM defense suppliers who will perform research studies and lead the transition of the team's proposed CAPS (Commercial Airliner Protection System) technology to the airline industry."
L-3 was also a key client for Stack's software programming business. Stack helped develop a GPS-based Fight Management System for IEC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3.
L-3 was also investigated by the SEC for its role in the suspicious number of "put options" on United and American Airlines, speculation that a company's stock will fall, in the days before 9/11