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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:00 PM
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"Cronies at the Till "
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http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/27/opinion/27tue1.html?t...
Cronies at the Till

Published: September 27, 2005

The first results are in on who is set to profit from the Katrina cleanup, and - surprise - many of the firms winning major contracts have big political connections. Congressional investigators are already looking into AshBritt, a Pompano Beach, Fla., company with ties to Mississippi's governor, Haley Barbour - the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. AshBritt has nabbed $568 million in contracts for trash removal. Questions have also been raised about the political connections of two other major contractors: the Shaw Group, and Kellogg, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton. Both companies have been represented by Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency - although Mr. Allbaugh says he does not help any of his clients obtain federal contracts.

And there's more. An article in yesterday's Times by Eric Lipton and Ron Nixon reports that more than 80 percent of the $1.5 billion in contracts signed by FEMA for Katrina work were awarded without bidding or with limited competition. The Times article even finds a federal employee - Richard Skinner, the inspector general for the Homeland Security Department - willing to go on the record with his concern, saying, "We are very apprehensive about what we are seeing."

So are we. The government is spending more than a quarter of a billion dollars every day on rescue, relief and reconstruction along the Gulf Coast. Anyone who pays taxes in America should be concerned about how the money is being spent and who is profiting. We think that when Congress appropriates money for disaster relief, the advantage should be maximized for the victims, not for the same cast of characters that have been profiting from no-bid contracts in Iraq. Kellogg, Brown & Root, Americans may recall, is the company that came up with those $100-per-bag laundry bills for work in Iraq.

All of this comes back to cronyism. The resignation of the FEMA chief, Michael Brown, was only one of the recent departures. The head of federal procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget resigned just before he was arrested on charges of lying to federal investigators, and the Pentagon's former inspector general has left for the private sector but remains the target of a Congressional inquiry.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:09 PM
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1. The real fun will begin when the MSM vet every Administration action
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:14 PM
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2. will they? n/t
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Real Time Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:21 PM
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3. More to know.
This is for everyone who wants to know the TRUTH.

Please go to justacitizen.com and sign the petition requesting our government/Bush Admin to release the DOJ-IG Report.

"Sibel Edmonds"
The most gagged person in America.

www.justacitizen.com /

The ACLU is also asking the Supreme Court to reverse the D.C. appeals court's decision to exclude the press and public from the court hearing of Edmonds' case in April. The appeals court closed the hearing at the eleventh hour without any specific findings that secrecy was necessary. In fact, the government had agreed to argue the case in public. A media consortium that included The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN intervened in the case to object to the closure.

Edmonds, a former Middle Eastern language specialist hired by the FBI shortly after 9/11, was fired in 2002 and filed a lawsuit later that year challenging the retaliatory dismissal.

It is way past time for a little bit of critical thinking. The Attorney General cites two reasons to justify the unconstitutional and panic driven assault.

Reason one: To protect certain diplomatic relations - not named since obviously our officials are ashamed of admitting to these relations.

Reason two: To protect certain U.S. foreign business relations. Lets take each one and dissect it (I have given up on our mass media to do that for us!) For reason one, since when is the Department of Justice, the FBI, in the business of protecting US sensitive diplomatic relations? They appear to be acting as a mouthpiece for the Department of State. Now, thats one entity that has strong reasons to cover up, for its own self, what will end up being a blunder of mammoth scale. Not internationally; not really; it is the American people and their outrage they must be worried about; they wouldnt want to have a few of their widely recognized officials being held criminally liable; would they?

I am doing all I can to get Sibel story out for, "us" The American Peaple.

The truth will set us free!!!!
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:48 PM
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6. welcome to DU Real Time
:hi:
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:48 PM
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4. No! Just dreaming
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:51 PM
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5. thought so n/t
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