On Wednesday, March 19, at approximately 8:30 am, over 30 young activists from the Anti-Profiteering Spirit Squad staged a massive nonviolent blockade in New York City at the international headquarters of the sixth largest war profiteer and defense contractor in the United States, L-3 Communications Corporation, at 3rd Ave. and 40th St.

Eight activists chained themselves to a set of revolving doors and a single side-entrance and were arrested after almost an hour of successfully barring entrance into the building. This protest was met by a large and vocal contingent of supporters and passersby, as well as a formidable police presence. One protestor's shoulder was dislocated when officers forcibly loaded him into a police van.

L-3 was targeted to expose the corporation's involvement in key aspects of the United States' military industrial complex, including intelligence, surveillance, aerospace, and "homeland security" services. L-3 has infamously supplied the government with its own interrogators and translators from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo and CIA prisons around the world, where they have actively participated in torture.

With $4.7 billion in defense contracts in 2005 alone, L-3 has made a killing off the war in Iraq. On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, almost 4,000 US troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian have lost their lives so that companies like L-3 Communications can make a profit.

The Anti-Profiteering Spirit Squad is a collaborative project of activists from New York City Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and other local groups.