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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:28 PM
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Could D.C. Bribery Have Cost Troop Lives?
Source: CBS News

Exclusive: In Finding How IED Targeting Went Awry, Investigator Found Trail Of Gifts And Earmarks


(CBS) The No. 1 killer of troops in Iraq is the roadside bomb, called IED's, short for "Improvised Explosive Device." By 2004, the top request from the U.S. command in Iraq was the ability to target IED networks.

Congress poured in tens of millions of dollars to a company called MZM - but deaths and injuries continued to soar, CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports for Follow the Money.

It was the job of intelligence officer Maj. Eric Egland to find out why.

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In an exclusive interview, Egland told us he discovered stunning lapses on the part of MZM, which only hird a third of the employees they were paid for

...

With American lives at stake, Egland couldn't imagine how a company like MZM got such a crucial contract. His next assignment took him to a place where he could find the answer: The Pentagon.

There, Egland did some digging and found MZM had gotten millions in Defense contracts - courtesy of Rep. Duke Cunningham, R-Calif., in the form of earmarks, grants of money without the normal public review.




Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/18/cbsnews_inves...
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:32 PM
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1. If this is true....
Cunningham and Wilkes should be shot at Dawn.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:34 PM
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2. We need a special prosecutor to look at this
RICO prosecutions all around.
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Captain Angry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:36 PM
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3. I am not a supporter of capital punishment.
So they should just be strapped to the front or side of vehicles in Iraq to act as a buffer. (Think the bumper of Lord Humongous' vehicle in Road Warrior)
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pennylane100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 08:36 PM
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4. The sleeze and corruption of this government
never seems to hit bottom. I get so angry about what they have done to this country that I am becoming immune to them, just as a means of preserving my sanity. If they manage to win the next presidential election, we should all think about taking to the streets.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 09:03 PM
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5. Oops . . . there's that name again . . Duke Cunningham . . . R/CA . . .
Edited on Fri Jul-18-08 09:04 PM by defendandprotect
I wonder if they've asked former AG Carol Lam what she might know about this . . . ?
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 09:21 PM
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6. Back when we actually had a responsive government
this kind of war profiteering would have gotten people shot for treason.

I miss those days. Wonder how much the Duke would blubber as he was being blindfolded and shoed up against the wall.
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bluesmail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 10:09 PM
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7. Traitors. Each and every one of them. Traitors
:kick:
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 10:28 PM
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8. IED and bulletproof vests links to Cunningham, Wilkes, etc. were there at the onset. nt
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 10:47 PM
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9. "Traitor" is such a strong word
Gosh people, let's all be civil here, shall we? Let's save our anger for unproven accusations against 15-year-olds, mmmkay? Sure, some guys probably died in Iraq who should have survived, but come on! There was this heueueuege stream of billions of dollars flowing out of the U.S. Treasury without any kind of review or auditing whatsoever. It would be positively unamerican not to siphon off a little somethin'. For the kids, you know? So a few more coffins got filled. Just back off.
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Loudmxr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 05:46 AM
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12. I prefer treasonous succubus myself
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 11:30 PM
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10. Was Duncan Hunter involved in this too?
He's retiring but his son is running to take daddy's place. Would be nice to know. If anyone has leads, please email editor@eastcountymagazine.org .
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 02:24 AM
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11. Yes. Next question.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 08:02 AM
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13. People don't use the term "war profiteer" in warm and fuzzy tones for a reason
It's blood money - and not just because war itself brings death.

The greed, the corruption, the theft, the bribery, the crony contracts, the intentional shoddy work, etc..
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 08:33 AM
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14. Will Egland be looking in Dusty Foggo and the CIA, too?
Contracting probe could extend to CIA

Federal investigators in San Diego have made it clear that while just-resigned Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pled guilty last week to taking bribes from defense contractors, their public corruption probe will not stop at Cunningham. Numerous current and retired CIA officials say they will not be surprised if the investigation touches the CIA in general, and its third-ranking official in particular.

"Though everyone has been talking about what Cunningham did for contractors from his position on Defense Appropriations , you also have to remember that he had a seat on Intelligence too, which is also a good position to help contractors from, particularly if they want to do business with the CIA," says a veteran CIA officer. "But the real question I think is, if those contractors were doing business with the CIA, did they need Cunningham? And even if they didn't, the question is, even if he didn't do anything, did one the highest-ranking agency officials have any idea what his friends were up to?"

According to past and present CIA officials interviewed over the past month, CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo--whose career duties have encompassed letting CIA contracts--has had a long, close personal relationship with two contractors identified (though not explicitly named) in court papers as bribing Cunningham: Brent Wilkes of the Wilkes Corp., whose subsidiaries include defense contractor ADCS; and former ADCS consultant Mitchell Wade, until recently president of defense contractor MZM, Inc. It is a relationship, the CIA officials say (with some putting a particular emphasis on Wilkes), that has increasingly been of concern.

One current and two retired senior CIA officials told Government Executive that (as noted last week by reporter Laura Rozen in The American Prospect's TAPPED blog) the relationship of Wilkes and Foggo--who the CIA's Web site declares is "under cover and cannot be named at this time," even though he is pictured and identified on a federal charity web page--has been a subject of increasing concern by some at Langley.

Another recently-retired senior agency official, while not naming Wilkes or Wade by name, also noted concerns borne out of both personal experience with and reports from colleagues about Foggo. "If you were a case officer and worked with him, you'd be saying to yourself, 'I've got to watch this guy,'" says the former official. "There is one contractor with whom he enjoys a very, very, very close relationship."

According to several of the officers interviewed for this article, Foggo and Wilkes have been friends since at least their college years at San Diego State University in the 1970s, where they were roommates. According to several regulars at Washington's Capital Grille, the two jointly lease one of the restaurant's private wine lockers.
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 09:06 AM
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15. The breadcrumbs of 'our' outsourced intelligence agencies leads back to intelligence committees
The corporate takeover of U.S. intelligence

The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms -- with zero public accountability.

On May 14, at an industry conference in Colorado sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. government revealed for the first time how much of its classified intelligence budget is spent on private contracts: a whopping 70 percent.


Felon Randy Cunningham is seeking a Bush Pardon.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 02:05 PM
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16. Seriously, fuck all those involved.
Not only were too many young people were sent to risk their lives in a war based on lies - but it seems that some were denied basic protection because crooks wanted to make a profit.

It reminds me a bit of that Arthur Miller play, "All My Sons". Sadly, some things (like corruption) don't change.
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