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phoebe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 12:03 PM
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Massive military contractor's media mess (SAIC)
Edited on Sat Aug-16-03 12:12 PM by phoebe
Remember these guys are going to test voting machines for the states of Maryland and Ohio...

WASHINGTON - It is no secret that US defense and construction companies - particularly those with close ties to the administration of President George W Bush - are making a lot of money in the post-war rush for contracts in Iraq.


Less well known is San Diego-based Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC), one of the Pentagon's largest, most lucrative and politically connected contractors. Of the six billion dollars it earned in revenue last year, about two thirds came from the US Treasury, mostly from the defense budget.

SAIC is among the most mysterious and feared of the big 10 defense giants - feared because of its ruthlessness in procuring contracts, says the Washington Post; mysterious, in part because, as an employee-owned company, it does not have to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and because its press officers are notorious for not providing information. Indeed, for this article, SAIC press officers referred all questions to the Pentagon's general press office.

SAIC, which specializes in advanced technologies that can be applied to the battlefield, particularly in command and control systems, is now deeply involved in the Pentagon's most important operations in Iraq.

They also have a contract to build Floridas integrated criminal history system. The initial phase is to be ready in October 2004 - JUST BEFORE THE ELECTION

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ahimsa Donating Member (279 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 12:21 PM
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1. oh, and they are auditing the electronic voting machines
for Maryland (and I think one other state)
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 04:30 PM
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5. Hi ahimsa!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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dixiechiken Donating Member (133 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 12:23 PM
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2. Why does absolutely EVERYTHING to do with this administration ...
...have to be so damned incestuous??? There's never more than ONE degree of separation between the players and the blood they spill. I swear to god it's like f***ing your sister with these guys ...

I need a shower.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 12:52 PM
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3. Why do you think they call it a "sweetheart deal"?
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 12:58 PM
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4. SAIC IS the new govt of Iraq-
Edited on Sat Aug-16-03 01:00 PM by party_line
It's also here, from a NYT article -even when the information is reported, nothing seems to come of it:

WASHINGTON, April 25 The Pentagon has begun sending a team of Iraqi exiles to Baghdad to be part of a temporary American-led government there, senior administration officials said today.

The exiles, most of whom are said by officials to have a background in administration, are supposed to take up positions at each of 23 Iraqi ministries, where they will work closely with American and British officials under Jay Garner, the retired lieutenant general who is serving as Iraq's day-to-day administrator.

The group of technocrats was assembled two months ago and has been working from an office in suburban Virginia.

The team of Iraqi technocrats was selected by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz but is officially employed by a defense contractor, SAIC, the officials said. The team is headed by Emad Dhia, an engineer who left Iraq 21 years ago and who will become the top Iraqi adviser to General Garner. As head of the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, General Garner is functioning as Iraq's civil administrator.

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schultzee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 06:02 PM
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6. We are all shouting and no one is listening. Is it over? Bloodless coup?
in Florida and now the parasites are in control?
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