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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:09 AM
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U.S. paid $32M for Iraqi base that wasn't built
U.S. paid $32M for Iraqi base that wasn't built
By Matt Kelley, USA TODAY


WASHINGTON The U.S. military paid a Florida company nearly $32 million to build barracks and offices for Iraqi army units even though nothing was ever built, Pentagon investigators reported.

The project had to be abandoned because the Iraqi Defense Ministry couldn't obtain rights to the land where the headquarters were to be built, according to a report released this month by the Defense Department's Office of Inspector General. Contracting records show the buildings would have housed one brigade and three battalions of the Iraqi military in Ramadi, a hotbed of the Sunni Muslim insurgency and capital of Anbar province.

Still, the Air Force agency overseeing the project paid contractor Ellis Environmental Group $31.9 million of the $34.2 million obligated for the project, the report said.

An Air Force spokesman, Michael Hawkins, said in an e-mail that Air Force auditors are reviewing the contract. Although the inspector general's report says the Air Force was considering suing the contractor, Hawkins said any talk of a lawsuit was premature until the Air Force audit is complete.

Ellis Environmental Group spokesman Steve Brownstein said the work was reassigned to Ellis World Alliance Corp., a related company. Bob Smith, of Ellis World Alliance headquarters in Gainesville, Fla., said contracting rules barred any official comment.

The Ramadi construction contract is one of many problems Pentagon investigators cited in this month's report on the military's oversight of $5.2 billion Congress approved in 2005 to help train and equip the Iraqi military and police.

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-12-13-Iraq...
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:11 AM
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1. stealth bases for new and improved stealth Iraqi military.
Wow. Iraq forces will really be high tech.
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Solar_Power Donating Member (422 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:53 PM
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13. Where is the GAO?
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. GAO's work includes oversight of federal programs; insight into ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical and equitable; and foresight of long-term trends and challenges.

http://www.gao.gov/
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 11:50 AM
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17. they have been neutered just like the democrats. like FEMA. like CPSC
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:13 AM
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2. 32 million--that's chump change! No one will miss it!
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 08:13 AM by wienerdoggie
:eyes:
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Strelnikov_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:15 AM
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4. Beat me to it
$8B in shrink wrapped currency, gone, no records where it went, for starters . . .
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:25 AM
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9. I am really, really curious as to how one "loses" pallets of cash--
in the BILLIONS, with a "B"--no one was guarding it? Or was it diverted intentionally? Unbelievable, and I don't think most Americans know or care.
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:26 AM
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10. That one really baffles the mind
In past "Wars" GIs were not allowed to carry American currency and were issued Military Payment Certificates or MPCs for short. Because American currency is the world's currency it is easily used by the enemy to purchase arms from world markets. Why would our government dump eight BILLION dollars in hundred dollar bills in shrink wrapped bundles loaded on pallets and then onto five C-4 Cargo jets and sent to Iraq. 463 tons of cold hard cash and no one knows anything. No records of any sort kept. IMO it is the single largest cash heist in American history and no one wants to investigate...
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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 11:46 AM
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16. $500M to a Polish used car salesman
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:15 AM
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3. Gee Wally, B*shcabal gave its pals 30 million of our tax dollars for no reason? I'm shocked....NOT.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:18 AM
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5. When are we going to get a full accounting of the Bush/Iraq mess
there are literally 1000s of these contract abuses going on and still in continues.

Waxmen is the only one holding any sort of hearings into the corporate raid of National Treasury and not 1 company CEO, Exec. has been indicted. Understandably the corporate media is keeping a lid on this stuff, but this is the type of thing John Q. Public can get behind, end the war and win all 3 branches of government for the Dems.

I firmly believe it has turned into a "Show me the money" campaign issue for many Dem Lawmakers. As long as those same lobbyist come spread around some money they are going to quietly let this one go by. All the while you and me the American tax payer get raped for the next 20 or 30 years paying off the debt
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BeanCounting Donating Member (71 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:23 AM
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6. Amazing, but we're fucking nuts to try to get health care for kids! N/T
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:25 AM
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7. 32 million that didn't go to new orleans. nt
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ellenfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:25 AM
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8. hm-m-m wonder if
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 08:27 AM by ellenfl
john ellis bush (aka 'jeb') has anything to do with that company. he surely had something to do with the florida company getting the contract in the first place. or am i just being paranoid. :evilgrin:

ellen fl
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:05 AM
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12. or Nancy Bush Ellis, Poppy's sister?
Brazen.
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:30 AM
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11. And The Fraud Keeps On Rollin'
When someone gives me shit for calling this a war for profit, these are the stories I love to cite. The US taxpayer has thrown billions down a rathole that fueled a GOOP military-industrial complex welfare system. Whose welfare? Theirs, of course...a healthy bottom line and lots of profits.

The investigations into the abuses by contractors will take years to sort out and we'll never get a thorough accounting of where money went...other than into the pockets of GOOP donors. But there will need to be a close look not only at the contracting process but the overall concept of "outsourcing" the military.
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Solar_Power Donating Member (422 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:00 PM
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14. A picture is worth a 1000 words
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ellenfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 10:45 AM
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15. except that receptacle should have 'halliburton' written on it. eom
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countryjake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 09:55 PM
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18. Gotta keep that funding coming! n/t
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