November 27, 2006, - 11:46 am

Pimp My Ride, Jihad Edition: Ford Motor Did Biz w/ Syria, Iran, Sudan

By Debbie Schlussel
Shame on Ford Motor Company. The auto company–in an economic nadir and possibly soon to be bankrupt–is slashing American jobs left and right. And, yet, it has “business operations” in terror-host states Syria, Iran, and Sudan.
In a July letter released to the public Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission asked Ford to provide information regarding its and its subsidiary, Mazda’s, operations in those three countries. The SEC asked whether Ford’s investments “constitute a material investment risk” for Ford shareholders.

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Ford Motor Company: “Pimp My Ride” to Terrorists

Ford admitted doing about $50 million in business with Syria, Sudan, and Iran in 2005 alone. And Ford also had the chutzpah to claim that its involvement in Syria and Sudan does not violate U.S. trade sanctions because it claims that Mazda (of which Ford owns one-third) is a separate legal entity. Ford gives the same excuse for Land Rover, Volvo, and Jaguar, wholly-owned Ford subsidiaries which each have car dealerships in Syria.
Uh-huh. That’s the same excuse Dick Cheney used when, as CEO of Halliburton, he used its British subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), to do business with Iran, Saddam’s Iraq, and Libya (where KBR built a steel pipeline 14 feet in diameter across Libya–wide enough for vehicles and troop movements and impervious to our satellites).
Ford claimed its operations in those countries are legal and not material to investors.
Oh, really? There are plenty of Ford shareholders who would beg to differ. Some of them might actually not want to help terrorists and provide them with transportation and jobs.
More:

The Securities and Exchange Commission, in a letter to Ford dated July 5 but not released until Friday by the agency, said it appeared from Ford’s Web site and news media accounts that the company has operations in Sudan and Syria. It also said that Mazda Motor Corp., which is part-owned by Ford, has a presence in Iran and Syria.
“Your annual report does not include any information about these operations,” SEC Division of Corporation Finance Branch Chief David R. Humphrey said in the letter to Ford Chief Financial Officer Don Leclair.
The letter asks the company to describe its past, current and future operations in the countries and whether Ford believes contacts there “constitute a material investment risk for your security holders.”
Ford responded in a letter dated July 18 that it has one authorized dealership in Syria, which opened in May. Ford contended it is legally allowed to sell products in Syria that contain less than 10 percent of U.S.-originated content, and it legally can do business with Syrian nationals who are not government officials.
Treasury Department spokeswoman Molly Millerwise said there is no general prohibition on a U.S. company doing business in Syria. American companies cannot do business in Iran or Sudan unless licensed or exempted from economic sanctions, she said.
The letter noted that several U.S. government officials attended the grand opening of the Ford dealership in Syria, including representatives from the embassy in Damascus.

If trading with our enemies is what they mean by “Built Ford Tough,” apparently, Ford isn’t built too tough at all.
It doesn’t provide Americans any jobs when 90% of a Ford product in Syria is made by Syrians in Syria. And we’ll never beat terrorists if our corporations continue to go around the laws designed to stop them. They are the living embodiment of the V. I. Lenin pronouncement about us selling our enemies the rope on which to hang ourselves.
Kudos to the SEC’s David R. Humphrey for pressing Ford on this very important issue.

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5 Responses

Yes, Ford endorses terrorism! Let us not forget that its new model, the Ford Mondeo, was heavily featured in the new James Bond film, Casino Royale. And, guess what? The new James Bond film opened FIRST in all the terrorist Muslim nations. Therefore, by default, Ford endorses terrorism!
Release dates: http://imdb.com/title/tt0381061/releaseinfo
My six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon skills are better than yours, Debbie!
NO, ACTUALLY, YOU HAVE NO SKILLS, AND YOU’RE JUST AN IDIOT. SINCE YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH FORD DOING BIZ WITH TERROR HOST STATES AND VIOLATING OUR LAWS AGAINST TRADE WITH SUDAN AND IRAN, PERHAPS YOU’D HAVE APPROVED FORD DEALING WITH APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA OR THE NAZIS OR EVEN BIN LADEN, HIMSELF. ONLY AN ASS WOULD MAKE SUCH AN ASININE COMMENT AS YOUR STUPID BOND COMPARISON (JUST LIKE YOUR ANTI-AMERICAN THANKSGIVING ABSURDITIES).
YET, YOU KEEP TROLLING MY SITE. IT’S LIKE REVERSE DUMPSTER DIVING. YOU AND YOUR “INTELLECT” LIVE IN THE DUMPSTER AND YOU DIVE OUT INTO THE SANE WORLD TO TRY TO FIND MAKE-BELIEVE GARBAGE IN THE SANITY OF IT.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

mxmat2 on November 27, 2006 at 12:58 pm

Debbie, my friend…when did I ever say I approved of Ford violating embargo laws with Sudan and Iran? When did I say that? I was just being pithy with you. And it obviously worked!
I’m still a fan first and a critic second.

mxmat2 on November 27, 2006 at 1:34 pm

And ford wonders why they are losing money and no one is buying their automobiles…

Squirrel3D on November 27, 2006 at 3:15 pm

Ford is on the wrong end of so many things it is mind boggling. It will take a lot for Ford NOT to go bankrupt—so far they only get worse (kind of like the Detroit Lions, owned by Bill Ford–a perennial laughingstock of the NFL for over 40 years).
Ford has decided to actively partner with the gay rights crowd and advertise in gay mags and causes. Ford is under “boycott” from the American Family Association–with many members. I pass on that fight as “a cause,”–but I have heard that several people will not buy Ford right now because of this reason.
Doing business with terror states now too, it’s all par for the Ford course today. It only seemed proper that they woud go running to the French and Renault after GM said, sayanara to Renault.

BB on November 27, 2006 at 5:45 pm

Dear All, kudos to Debbie for posting about this. The problem is deeper than we think. Giving Syria and Iran access to technology to make cars is like giving them access to smart bombs to use against our troops. I blogged about this today with some links on the subject that you will find highly useful
http://islamthreat.blogspot.com/2006/11/jihadi-cars-send-message-to-ford-now.html#links

stevedecatur on November 28, 2006 at 12:14 pm

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