Bet you didn't know that prisoners are building our military's missiles 

Justin Rohrlich at Minyanville tells an interesting story about one corner of our military-industrial complex:

Right now, federal prison inmates in correctional institutions across America are making parts for Patriot missiles.

They are paid $0.23 an hour to start, and can work their way up to a maximum of $1.15 to manufacture electronics that go into the propulsion, guidance, and targeting systems of Lockheed Martin’s (LMT) PAC-3 guided missile, originally made famous in the first Persian Gulf conflict.

I'm not sure what I think about this all, but it is a bit dizzying that a government-owned company (Unicor, formerly known as Federal Prison Industries) is a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin, which is a contractor for the U.S. Military.

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