Tomorrow at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, racing driver A J Nealey will be competing in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup. ---You can spot his car easily - it boasts in big letters the name Brimtek. Nealey sent me an e-mail explaining he was promoting awareness of the Wounded Warrior project, to help veterans struggling with war injuries.
All well and good you might argue. Nealey brings a couple of local Iraqi veterans to promote their cause to each of the races he attends throughout this season across the country. He asked Andy Figorski, a former CW cover story subject in Bitter Tears and a veterans' and anti-war activist to join him but Figorski declined. Look at Brimtek and you see why.
Brimtek is, according to its web site, "the leading provider of technical surveillance products and solutions to the United States Government." This includes covert surveillance and more importantly aerial, ie the drone-mounted cameras that have wrecked such havoc in the Middle East.
For Nealey to promote Brimtek as his sponsor is one thing. But tying a corporation that has clearly benefited from America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and no doubt has all sorts of dark tales to tell about the espionage world to men who have served their country and returned with the scars to prove it seems to my mind highly questionable.
For the conspiracy-minded, Brimtek's Virginia [naturally] address is Red Rum Drive.