James W. Colonis Montville
I wholeheartedly agree with the author of the letter published July 2, "UTC executives guilty of treasonous acts." The letter details how UTC pled guilty to illegally exporting security controlled U.S. technology software to China, and providing misleading information to the U.S. government, agreeing to a settlement of $75 million plus in fines.
The information provided to the Chinese enabled them to develop their first military attack helicopter. UTC's motivation was the hope that they could become the sole supplier for a Chinese military attack helicopter program projected to yield profits of $2 billion.
My entire working life was spent in the defense industry and I am thoroughly indoctrinated, and believe in, the importance of protecting classified information. I can't believe the disparate treatment of violations of security regulations that permits unidentified corporate executives to commit wholesale security violations with personal impunity, while regular workers would be held individually responsible and held accountable for far less egregious violations. They would justifiably be personally identified and charged with espionage and/or treason.
Why aren't corporate executives held to the same standards?