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Department of Defense Report Outlines Contractor Fraud

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More than 100 military contractors providing everything from aircraft to wrist cuffs for gloves committed civil or criminal fraud between 2007 and 2009, according to a report from the Department of Defense, yet many continued to receive funds from the dep


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Past Member (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 8:51 am
Shine that light, Cal! Eisenhower was so right.

patricia lasek (317)
Friday February 4, 2011, 11:27 am
And they wonder why we have a deficit. But oh no, you can't touch that sacred cow- defense spending.

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday February 4, 2011, 4:09 pm
Noted with many thanks Cal. Well I hope they do what they said at the bottom of the article, in making this information public.Too many crooked contractors have been getting away with fraud for too long.

Dale Erickson (2)
Friday February 4, 2011, 4:15 pm
Seems like there should be some accountability from the people in the defense department who administer the contracts, as well.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 9:40 pm
I personally worked in this very aspect of the "industry" and it was rampant, KNOWN and ignored, unless some reporter caught it and made an example of someone.....and the stockholders got upset. i.e. $500 hammer and $1000 toilet seat.

Jae A (316)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 3:55 am
Oh but hell yes..lets cut out medicare and pensions in order to continue to give to the greedy and crimanal and let all this slide OK. What the ____________ is wrong with this picture other than plenty ! They need a 'kill switch' on these contractors contracts.

Esther Z (94)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 7:38 am
I'm sure Halliburton should be in from of the line!

Sharon F (0)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 1:08 pm
Yes, indeed. It is time to expose all the fraud involved in the blooooated incompetent military.

ewoud k (68)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 1:51 pm
War is good for some: the providers.


Kathlene Lentz (30)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 3:17 pm
Anyone who looks at the numbers when it comes to contractors doing business on the Public's dime will know that they are over inflating costs. A local community has a group wanting to renovate a warming house for a skating rink at a park. The estimates they have put the cost at $350,000.00. That is downright ridiculous. They could build 5 new houses and furnish them for that price! So why the high estimate? Because the contractors know that they can get away with it. Give them the ability to steal legally and they will take it every time.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 4:11 pm
nooooooo! Not OUR government! We haven't a clue what is going on with the humble "rebuilding of Iraq" that we are doing to "help the common people". With subcontractors signing gag contracts, it'll be a chilly day in Hell when we do find out. All in the name of greed...oops, I meant-" national security"!! (hit the wrong keys-uh huh)
If Halliburton becomes a "person", can we sue them/him/--it? Doesn't that work in real life?

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 4:41 pm
This is no suprise. It has been going on for decades. It will never stop I believe too many politicians are involved for anything to be done. This corruption will go on forever.

Audrey L (37)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 4:58 pm
Politicians being paid and campaigns supported by these crooks, Halliburton for years has been No 1 in rip offs, Dick Cheney one of the big receivers of money from them. I think the rule should be if any company has any connection with anyone in Congress they can't bid. They think we are so stupid .

Jean M (3)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 5:02 pm
What can you expect it's the US Deoartment of Defense. Who is hiring the crooked contractors?

Shirley A (96)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 5:39 pm
THIS CANNOT be a SURPRISE to the majority of us. This greed and corruption has been going on and increasing by leaps and bounds for decades and the American Taxpayer has been robbed and "duped" by the very small and the very largest companies, US and foreign alike. This being done over and over, all in the name of obtaining as much of the all mighty taxpayer buck as possible and through the "legal" aspect of the "government contract." We have been spending billions and billions for product that should only cost a fraction of what was awarded. What a bunch of morons we are to put up with it and for being so damn apathetic about it all this time. My hope is that we get SOMEONE to oversee this graft and greed, get it stopped once and for all and put some REAL REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS on ALL Government Contracts AND clearly define just how OUR money is spent and for what. We Can't blame ANYBODY ELSE when we've had our busy little heads in the sand and when it's been plain as the nose on our faces that we are getting robbed and receiving a swift kick in the "budget butt" for years. SHINE A HUGE SPOTLIGHT YES, PUT A STOP TO IT NOW AND ABSOLUTELY. When we have the horrid problem with our education funding going down the drain and our schools literally falling apart, how in the hell can ANYONE justify the horrendous graft and greed spent on these "legal" and ill-gotten "government contracts." What a bunch of ignorant little sheep we have been to put up with it and over look it all this time. UM???? What are those words again, OVERSIGHT AND TRANSPARENCY and UH, oh yeah, HONEST REPRESENTATION. GEEZUS, WE"VE got to get a grip and get a handle on this and demand an accounting and open procedures on ALL money leaving OUR "checkbook" if this Country really thinks we can CHANGE things. I for one am certainly glad and welcome ALL investigation and exposure in this matter FINALLY and there is ALOT FURTHER TO GO TO CLEAN IT UP AND CLEAN IT OUT. This robbery has been going on and ignorantly ignored by US far, far too long. WHAT A INCREDIBLE WASTE. It could certainly come back into the taxpayer's pockets and help this economy climb out of this mess or put it into REAL social programs that enhance and encourage the best use of OUR MONEY for OUR COUNTRY.Do the words of warning from a few decades ago "military industrial complex" ring a bell??????????????

Charlene Rush (2)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 8:19 pm

No doubt, fraud has been going on for a long time; but, why do we keep voting thses same crooks, back into office? Are we simply, afraid of change?

Give me change, every time. New members of Congress, need a little time to find methods to cheat us; the older members are pros and have prefected the art.

We have two years, to make a sincere effort to 'fix' PART of the problem, but will we do it? That is the question.
President Obama needs more Democrats to help him enact his policies. Let's get on the ball!

Robert O (12)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 10:45 pm
Par for the course.

William Y (54)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 11:49 pm
What hurts is this has been going on for years ie back in the 70s the $3000 toilet seats. This was no myth, it was right in price list of of military supplies, I, myself saw it when I worked in an Army supply platoon, while looking up prices.

William R (20)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 2:14 pm
I'll bet they are all repub run businesses out to gouge the American public like Halliburton did in Iraq. Time to get new faces in the pentagon and get rid of the butt kissers who support the congressmens hometown factorys. We should be able to get back some of the money these companies cheated us out of. These companies should be shutdown and CEOs jailed for fraud.

DAN h (6)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 2:27 pm
Ibet halliburton, was just as clean as a baby's bottom, i was one of the welders, on the rectangle box the patriot missile was shot out of, in a little town in missouri, and after what i seen in this small plant, of cost plus, and overcharging, and bidding man hours, it was a joke. There were people that worked at this place, and called the GOV. and turned it in, to them, and the next day the company would know all that was said, and who called it in. This was when daddy bush was pres. they always layoff when a democrat, is in the White House. But if a republican, is in the White House, they stay busy, and hire people for extra work they have. seen with my own two eyes!!!

Alicia todd (3)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 7:23 pm
Americans and our service men and women deserve better.

Marıanna M. (0)
Monday February 7, 2011, 4:13 am
its embarracing

Edward M (8)
Monday February 7, 2011, 6:35 am
A severe slap on the wrist should put a stop to this sort of misbehaviour.
Some company directors may even suffer the indignity of being unsparingly reprimanded for the unforgiveable 'faux pax' of getting caught whilst operating within such a carefree and unguarded environment.
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