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More Shenanigans: Company Bribed American Officers for $11M in War Contracts


Business  (tags: bribery, bribes, military, government scandal, Iraq )

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- 4249 days ago - nytimes.com
NY Times report on massive scandal involving American contracting officers who took money from Lee Dynamics International and then awarded them millions in contracts to build warehouses in Iraq



   

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RC deWinter (418)
Friday August 31, 2007, 4:25 am
Gotta love this...our tax dollars at work. War is a killing machine designed to reward thieves, profiteers, speculators and madmen!
 

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Friday August 31, 2007, 4:36 am
It is a free for all as long as criminals sit in power.
 

Dolores H (2)
Friday August 31, 2007, 4:59 am
And who says this is not a "for profit" war.
 

Ratty Ratman (160)
Friday August 31, 2007, 5:37 am
War profiteering is not only immoral, it's treasonous and every single EVERY SINGLE PERSON INVOLVED SHOULD BE TRIED AND HUNG.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2007, 5:46 am
As long as GWB is in office, all the nuts that are in on it will make a profit . Thanks again Cate for this news, very unreal, very not alarming...we all know what they are up to...very sad..
Peace to all...
FreeSpiritRunning...xxxooo
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2007, 6:09 am
noted and read .What really surprises me is that there are not even more people who are against this whole administration for the way they have spent our tax money on this war and the corruption behind it.But there are still those staunch Bush supporters who still think he is a nice guy and that this administration is looking out for their best interest.
 

Mary H (47)
Friday August 31, 2007, 6:28 am
And they don't pay taxes on their employees salaries overseas! Thank you Cate Noted - forwarded
 

Charles C (160)
Friday August 31, 2007, 6:33 am
Too many die hards still believe in Bush. My brother voted for him both times and cursed me out the the other day when I suggested 911 was an inside job. He told me I was F**kin crazy to think that our own government would do such a thing, boy is he in for a rude awakening!!!
Like I said in another post, war has always been about Money, Greed and Power!!! The rich get richer and the poor die. These are scary times we live in!!!
Noted, thanks Cate
 

Beverly L (72)
Friday August 31, 2007, 6:34 am
I can't help but think all of this was the idea from the beginning of Bush's reign - let's steal the White House, start a war and make some bucks!
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Friday August 31, 2007, 6:50 am
It makes sense to me, Bev. This is blood money of the WORST kind! Sad in a way that one officer killed herself, but then death should be the penalty for what she did. She saved the army the cost of a trial.
Thanks, Cate.
noted with disgust.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Friday August 31, 2007, 7:18 am
A business takes on the characteristics of it's owner. Our country is taking on the characteristics of it's "leader" even tho he wasn't elected. The longer he is there, the more we have to repair.
 

Joycey B (750)
Friday August 31, 2007, 7:20 am
Somehow this doesn't surprise me. Thanks Cate.
 

Martin K (80)
Friday August 31, 2007, 8:02 am
Lets see, The Lusitania was purposely sunk killing 1200 souls+WW1, Pearl Harbor-Allowed to happen by FDR,who blockcaded the Japenese, knew 3 weeks before the attack,allowed it to happen=WW11, MacArthur worked for the banking interests, disobeyed a direct order From Truman,=Kores, Gulf of Tonkin a lie =Vietnam, Balkan war= CIA induced Yougaslavia an Serbia+spreading NATO into Russian territory, Gulf Woar 1+ Ambasador Gilespie told Sadam, we would not get involved one Arab state against another for taking back Kuwait,stolen by the British (Ottoman Empire) Gulf War1, Twin Towers used to go after Iraq for the Israeli's. , who wanted us to go into Iran instead, Police state allowed by Congress=Dictatorship, The Central Bank and the Fed, made Trillions of dollars on arms and materials, Want our Country back, Kick every one out of Office, we work and pay 35% taxes for the Federal Bank.

Rockerfellers,Morgans, Bush, Dupont, Harriman.s , traitors to this country with the help of all Secret Socities.
JFK speech before his assasination, etc.etc.

Religion can never reform mankind because Religion is slavery. It empowers those who no the truth to manipulate and control societies.

Old and New Testemets plagerized from Egyptian,Babalonian, Greek and Hindu mythologies. Christianity alon with all other Theolistic systems is the fraud of the age,serves to detach people from the naturasl world and each other.
A myth while widely believed is FALSE.. Come on people regognize that the Bible is an Astrological Literary Hybrid..
 

Dave Kane (308)
Friday August 31, 2007, 8:14 am
Business as usual -- just more extreme under Bushco : (
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2007, 8:30 am
NOTED!!
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Friday August 31, 2007, 8:38 am
Seems like defrauding the government is never going to end. First Halliburton, and now this. Gee, I wonder wha'ts going to pop up next? But it doesn't surprise me with the greed these contractors are afflicted with..
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2007, 9:03 am
Down on your luck? Job outsourced, family left, friends, gone, living on the street? Join a Christian fundamentalist group, accept Jesus into your heart as your personal saviour, and they'll help you get a job either with a military contractor or with the government. Look what they did for Bush! Jesus loves you and wants you to be on His gravy train--just keep your mouth shut, go along to get along, and don't rock the boat.

Show me one military contract that was NOT obtained through bribes and corruption. Why would people who make a career in the arms business or the military, both of which could be called the genocide-for-profit-industry, balk at taking bribes or lying? This country was founded on genocide, slavery and spin (spin means saying that we're a democracy and that we have a voice in government) and has never deviated from that way of doing things, although sometimes it is done covertly these days.

Charles, is or was your brother a Christian fundamentalist, in the military, or does he work for a defense contractor, the government, or have defense stocks in his investment portfolio? Since Bush took office, shares in the military-industrial complex have doubled and tripled in value every year. Those who have benefitted from these gains (for example someone who works for or has stock in a company that manufactures instruments of torture) are fierce defenders of Bush. More than 90% of Congress Members have defense stocks in their portfolios. They'll never vote against the war or impeach Bush, and the first thing the next President, Democrat or Republican will do, is pardon everyone in the Bush administration.

Just because we care, doesn't mean we shouldn't have a head for business. This isn't conspiracy, this is business as usual, the same old business of the military-industrial complex that Ike warned about. Nothing different, nothing new, just good old American capitalism at work. Try not to step in the blood.
 

Marian E (152)
Friday August 31, 2007, 9:16 am
Beverly, you are so right on the money on this one. cheney owes a lot to the people that took him from a nobody lineman who drank too much, and made him what he is today, and helping out his crones to get their hands on mideast oil is a way of paying them back. Profit is what this man has been about since he was led into politics. bush is just the idiot front man.

Thanks for this news post Cate.
 

Jonathan Katz (262)
Friday August 31, 2007, 10:28 am
What else is new that is good old United States Capitalism. After world war two , Dwight Eisenhower warned that are greatest enemy was not the Soviets but The American Military Complex. War is always good for business.
 

Charles C (160)
Friday August 31, 2007, 10:52 am
No Mark, none of the above, he is just a die hard Republican, like too many I know. The only thing that will convince them of all that Bushco has and is doing would be seeing them on the news, impeached and tried for treason. Then they will say "Man, can you believe that".......my response, "No s**t Sherlock, what's your next case"? Guess it comes from them watching news like Fox....they never see the real news and wouldn't believe it if they did!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2007, 11:47 am
So True So True...whats a man to do?? Charles you are a man after my own heart...summed it up in very few words...couldn't have done it better myself! Robin
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2007, 12:47 pm
An excellent point Charles. You won't hear this stuff on Right Wing Radio either. It would never be brought out on the air waves.
 

Charles C (160)
Friday August 31, 2007, 1:38 pm
Formal education plus being a graduate of the University of the Streets, plus being a prodigy of the '60's, did instill some wisdom....lol.
I don't know why they call it the News when it is rarely ever the truth in/on much of the media.
All these bribes for contracts are a part of war and have gone on for a long time, and will continue to until wars are abolished (nice dream from a hopeful dreamer)!!! For the 10 they make an example of, a 1000 or more will get away with the money they made from war, surely a very conservative estimate.....
 

Carolyn T (234)
Friday August 31, 2007, 1:41 pm
Noted, Cate. Sizzling mad!!!! Going to walk some of this off. Maybe I can compose myself enough to dash off some hot mail, though right now using the paper to make airplanes would be a better use of that resource--recycled paper, but--hey--why waste it writing DC now?
 

Pamela R (159)
Friday August 31, 2007, 2:29 pm
I wish I could say I was shocked!
 

Pamela R (159)
Friday August 31, 2007, 2:29 pm
I wish I could say I was shocked!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2007, 7:40 pm
Noted/thanks/
 

Denice G (45)
Saturday September 1, 2007, 1:23 am
Noted thanks Cate
 

Timothy Brown (1)
Saturday September 1, 2007, 11:36 am
I knew this administration & halliburton & friends could teach the iraqis besides creative democracy
 

MIRIAM F R (50)
Saturday September 1, 2007, 8:24 pm
Noted.
 

Elle J (276)
Sunday September 2, 2007, 4:21 am
Noted! Not surprised but disgusted nevertheless.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday September 3, 2007, 7:13 pm
"Court documents filed in the case say the Army took action because the company was suspected of paying hundreds of thousands in bribes to Army officers to secure contracts to build, operate and maintain warehouses in Iraq that stored weapons, uniforms, vehicles and other matériel for Iraqi forces in 2004 and 2005.

A lawyer for the company denied the accusations.

One of the officers, Maj. Gloria D. Davis, a contracting official in Kuwait, shot and killed herself in Baghdad in December 2006. Government officials say the suicide occurred a day after she admitted to an Army investigator that she had accepted at least $225,000 in bribes from the company. The United States has begun proceedings to seize Major Davis’s assets, a move her heirs are contesting."
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My first thought: did Major Davis really "commit suicide", or was she SUICIDED, so she wouldn't talk? Yes, ANOTHER officer has MADE A DEAL to TALK; but maybe he is AVOIDING TALKING ABOUT THE WRONG PEOPLE, i.e., DICK CHENEY et al.
These people wouldn't STICK FOR A MINUTE at committing another random MURDER or two or three, to cover their asses.
Second thought: these warehouses in Iraq FULL OF STUFF WE TAXPAYERS HAVE PAID FOR, are apparently WIDE OPEN FOR THE IRAQI RESISTANCE TO WALTZ IN AND JUST HELP THEMSELVES TO ANYTHING THEY FANCY; including UNIFORMS, so they can masquerade as ANYBODY.
NO DOUBT THEY USE BRIBERY TOO.

At least ONE-THIIRD OF ALL WAR MATERIIEL THE PENTAGON AND OUR TAX DOLLARS HAVE SUPPLIED TO IRAQ, IS, QUOTE, "UNACCOUNTED FOR".
That MEANS, in case it takes a rocket scientist to figure it out, that ONE-THIRD OF ALL WAR MATERIEL THE PENTAGON HAS SHIPPED TO IRAQ, ENDS UP IN THE HANDS OF THE IRAQI RESISTANCE, AND IS USED TO KILL AND MAIM AND INJURE AMERICAN TROOPS.

But the WAR PROFITEERS SUCH AS CHENEY, DON'T CARE!!!! When THEY are making money, no matter WHO gets killed or maimed! Iraqi child or teenage girl or American soldier! IT'S ALL GRAVY TO BUSH AND TO CHENEY AND TO THE WAR PROFITEERS!!!!!!!!!!

BE SURE TO TELL YOUR CONGRESSCRITTER, THAT THE FUNDS HE OR SHE VOTED FOR BUSH'S WAR, WENT DIRECTLY TO THE IRAQI RESISTANCE FOR WEAPONS AIMED AT AMERICAN SONS AND DAUGHTERS.
Tell SOLDIERS' FAMILIES that.
And, TELL THE SOLDIERS THAT,TOO. TELL THE SOLDIERS DIRECTLY THAT THEIR AMERICAN MOTHERS AND FATHERS AND CONGRESSPERSONS, ARE SUPPLYING THE WEAPONS DIRECTLY TO THE IRAQI RESISTANCE, THAT ARE AIMED AT THEIR UNPROTECTED BODIES.
In other words, in case it takes a rocket scientist to figure it out, TELL THE TROOPS TO MUTINY IF THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL STOP THIS IMMORAL WAR.

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday September 15, 2007, 3:25 pm
What does a war without mercy or justification do to the young men and women who are obliged to fight it

 
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