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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 02, 2013 America's founders would be horrified at this United States of Surveillance: How did we become so fearful and timid that we've given away essential liberties? Some are even afraid to speak up
QUOTE: No one with common sense believes Obama is planning to become a dictator. But...Obama, building on the initiatives of his immediate predecessors, has helped create the foundation for a future police state. This has happened with bipartisan support from patriotic but short-sighted members of Congress and, sad to say, the general public. The American media have played an essential role. For decades, newspaper editors and television programmers, especially local ones, have chased readers and ratings by spewing panic-inducing "journalism" and entertainment that helped foster support for anti-liberty policies.
Guardian Unlimited Dec 24, 2011 Pentagon Finds No Fault in Ties to TV Analysts
QUOTE: A Pentagon public relations program that sought to transform high-profile military analysts into “surrogates” and “message force multipliers” for the Bush administration complied with Defense Department regulations and directives....The inquiry confirmed that Mr. Rumsfeld’s staff frequently provided military analysts with talking points before their network appearances....four military analysts reported that they were ejected from Mr. Rumsfeld’s outreach program “because they were critical” of the Pentagon.
New York Times Nov 11, 2011 Arms and the Corrupt Man
QUOTE: Governments protect corrupt and dangerous arms dealers as long as they need them and then throw them behind bars when they are no longer useful.
New York Times Feb 25, 2011 Huawei Calls on U.S. to Investigate Accusations
QUOTE: ...Huawei complained that its push into the United States had been undermined by false allegations and mistaken suspicions that the company had close ties with the Chinese government and the military and that the privately owned company did not respect intellectual property rights.
New York Times Mar 29, 2010 Afghan corruption: How to follow the money?
QUOTE: a Defense Department contract worth up to $360 million to transport U.S. military goods through some of the most insecure territory in Afghanistan. But his company has no trucks. Instead, Wardak sits atop a murky pyramid of Afghan subcontractors who provide the vehicles and safeguard their passage. U.S. military officials say they are satisfied with the results, but they concede that they have little knowledge or control over where the money ends up.
Washington Post Dec 10, 2009 Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret C.I.A. Raids
QUOTE: Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials.
New York Times Oct 26, 2009 A congressman, a lobbying firm and a swift path to earmarks: Democrat supported funds for tech companies, many of which supported him
QUOTE: Federal investigators are scrutinizing [Representative Peter J.] Visclosky's earmarks and whether a member of his staff tried to raise campaign money by promising funding.
Washington Post Oct 08, 2009 Ex-Staffers Winning Defense Panel Pork, Study Finds
QUOTE: In the coming year's military spending bill, members of a House panel continue to steer lucrative defense contracts to companies represented by their former staffers, who in turn steer generous campaign donations to those lawmakers...
Washington Post Sep 02, 2009 Report Details Misbehavior by Kabul Embassy Guards
QUOTE: Private security contractors who guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul have engaged in lewd behavior and hazed subordinates, demoralizing the undermanned force and posing a "significant threat" to security at a time when the Taliban is intensifying attacks in the Afghan capital, according to an investigation
Washington Post Aug 31, 2009 A Few Good Kids? How the No Child Left Behind Act allowed military recruiters to collect info on millions of unsuspecting teens.
QUOTE: In the past few years, the military has mounted a virtual invasion into the lives of young Americans. Using data mining, stealth websites, career tests, and sophisticated marketing software, the Pentagon is harvesting and analyzing information on everything from high school students' GPAs and SAT scores to which video games they play.
Mother Jones Aug 27, 2009 What’s Next in National Security Pentagon Probes War-Reporter Screening (Danger Room)
QUOTE: The Pentagon is looking into reports that the military’s public affairs apparatus in Afghanistan has been rating reporters according to their degree of sympathy to U.S. war aims.
Wired Aug 22, 2009 Reports Revive Debate on Contractor Use: Lawmakers, Critics Warn That Military, CIA May Rely Too Much on Private Firms
QUOTE: The disclosure that the CIA once hired Blackwater USA for elements of an assassination program has brought back into focus the wide range of intelligence and military activities that are being contracted out to private firms.
Washington Post Aug 20, 2009 CIA Hired Firm for Assassin Program: Blackwater Missions Against Al-Qaeda Never Began, Ex-Officials Say
QUOTE: A secret CIA program to kill top al-Qaeda leaders with assassination teams was outsourced in 2004 to Blackwater USA...
Washington Post Aug 12, 2009 DynCorp Billed U.S. $50 Million Beyond Costs in Defense Contract
QUOTE: A Defense Department auditor testified Tuesday that DynCorp International billed the government $50 million more than the amount specified in a contract to provide dining facilities and living quarters for military personnel in Kuwait.
Washington Post Aug 07, 2009 A $191 Million Question: How a relationship between an Army official and a private contractor led to allegations of collusion and impropriety
QUOTE: Reforms a decade ago, intended to make the system [procurement system] more efficient and entrepreneurial, had unintended consequences: insufficient oversight, conflicts of interest, unprecedented outsourcing and an endlessly revolving door that leads government officials into the offices of contractors.
Washington Post Jul 31, 2009 Ethics and Appropriations Make Strange Bedfellows
QUOTE: Members of the House ethics committee, who are investigating a pattern of lawmakers steering federal funds to generous defense contractors, have just had their own pet military projects approved by the same committee whose activities they are probing.
Washington Post Jul 27, 2009 'Multiple' failures led to Iraq electrocution, Pentagon says
QUOTE: Nine of 18 electrocution deaths reported in Iraq were caused by "improper grounding or faulty equipment," including the January 2008 death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, the Defense Department's inspector-general found.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 22, 2009 Blackwater Seeks Gag Order
QUOTE: On July 20, the company's [Blackwater] high-powered lawyers from Mayer Brown... filed a motion in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to impose a gag order on Iraqi civilians suing the company.
Nation Jul 16, 2009 Afghanistan: Oversight AWOL?
QUOTE: Even as the Obama administration steps up spending in Afghanistan, it's shortchanging the government auditors responsible for ensuring that taxpayer dollars don't wind up in the pockets of swindlers and opportunists.
Mother Jones Jul 15, 2009 Air Force Project Being Probed Is Linked to Murtha: Lawmaker Arranged Earmark for It
QUOTE: The research effort at the Pensacola Air Force base fell apart, however, when investigators found evidence that it was used to improperly pay a series of companies linked to [Rep. John P.] Murtha.
Washington Post Jul 07, 2009 Employee: Military Health System was unethical in awarding contract
QUOTE: The Military Health System has engaged in unethical contracting with a technology company that is developing one of government's most complex and high-profile computer networks...
Jul 06, 2009 Report Faults Performance Bonuses for Contractors: Some Agencies 'Unaware' of Policy
QUOTE: Federal agencies have awarded billions in bonuses to contractors regardless of whether the work was deemed satisfactory...
Washington Post Jun 27, 2009 A Sickening Situation
QUOTE: Since hearing [Josh] Eller's story, lawyer Elizabeth Burke has signed on 190 additional clients with complaints about burn pits at 18 military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. Burke was shocked to learn what her clients saw incinerated [at the garbage pits] : Humvees, batteries, unexploded ordnance, gas cans, mattresses, rocket pods, and plastic and medical waste...
Newsweek Mar 06, 2009 Why 10,000 Ugandans are eagerly serving in Iraq: Thousands of men and women from poverty-stricken Uganda risk their lives for $600 a month in Iraq.
QUOTE: the Ugandan government says there are more than 10,000 men and women... working as private security guards in Iraq. ...they risk their lives seeking fortunes protecting US Army bases, airports, and oil firms.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 02, 2009 Blackwater's New Frontier: Their Own Private Africa:
QUOTE: [in Africa] security contractors have gained broader acceptance. But serious concerns remain about the role they might play in their old stomping grounds.
Mother Jones May 23, 2008 Iraq Spending Ignored Rules, Pentagon Says
QUOTE: The new report is especially significant because while other federal auditors have severely criticized the way the United States has handled payments to contractors in Iraq, this is the first time that the Pentagon itself has acknowledged the mismanagement on anything resembling this scale.
New York Times May 03, 2008 Despite Alert, Flawed Wiring Still Kills G.I.’s
QUOTE: The accidental [electrocution] deaths and close calls, which are being investigated by Congress and the Defense Department’s inspector general, raise new questions about the oversight of contractors in the war zone, where unjustified killings by security guards, shoddy reconstruction projects and fraud involving military supplies have spurred previous inquiries.
New York Times Mar 11, 2008 Blackwater's Employment Investigated
QUOTE: ...[Henry] Waxman (D-Calif.) questioned Blackwater's classification of its workers as "independent contractors" rather than employees. That designation, which the government has questioned in the past, has allowed the company to obtain $144 million in contracts set aside for small businesses and to avoid paying as much as $50 million in withholding taxes under State Department contracts, he said.
Washington Post Aug 31, 2007 U.S. Says Company Bribed Officers for Work in Iraq
QUOTE: Lee Dynamics appears to be emblematic of scores of companies formed since the Iraqi government fell to take advantage of billions of dollars in contracts to clothe, feed and arm American troops in Kuwait and to sustain Iraq security forces in Iraq.
New York Times Jul 21, 2007 Bribery Network to Bloat War Costs Is Alleged
QUOTE: Federal investigators have uncovered what they describe as a sweeping network of kickbacks, bribes and fraud involving at least eight employees and subcontractors of KBR, the former Halliburton subsidiary, in a scheme to inflate charges for flying freight into Iraq in support of the war...
New York Times Jul 18, 2007 Silent surge in contractor 'armies': A key support for US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, civilians have little oversight and, back home, little help.
QUOTE: Everything from who controls their activities to who cares for them when wounded remains unresolved, say experts in and out of the military. This has led to protests from families in the United States as well as concerns in military ranks about how contractors fit into the chain of command.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 17, 2007 Imprisoned Cunningham outlines depths of corruption to FBI
QUOTE: In two days of prison interviews with federal agents this year, disgraced former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham described a level of corruption on his part more extensive than previously known...
San Diego Union-Tribune Jul 12, 2007 Armored Vehicles Chronically Late: Inspector General Faults No-Bid Deals
QUOTE: The Pentagon inspector general's office has found that a program to deliver special armored vehicles to protect military personnel in Iraq from roadside bombs has been marred by delays and questionable contracting practices that may have endangered troops.
Washington Post Jun 13, 2007 Setback for Ill Workers at Nuclear Bomb Plant
QUOTE: A federal advisory panel recommended Tuesday that thousands of former workers at a nuclear weapons plant be denied immediate government compensation for illnesses that they say result from years of radiation exposure there.
New York Times Jun 07, 2007 Navy, GSA Say Contract Led to Waste, Maybe Fraud
QUOTE: An effort to buy floating barriers to protect the nation's fleet from attacks several years ago led to millions of dollars in waste and may have involved criminal fraud by a government employee and contractor...
Washington Post Jun 07, 2007 Contractor Says Army Unfairly Closed Bidding
QUOTE: A British firm said the U.S. military improperly excluded it from bidding on the largest security contract in Iraq, blaming the U.S. government for what it calls an "arbitrary and capricious" decision that could cause "harm to U.S. policy and goodwill" in Iraq, according to newly released court documents.
Washington Post May 24, 2007 Rules Skirted, Millions Wasted on Navy Boat Barriers
QUOTE: auditors concluded that NCIS hired companies that did little or no significant work on the boat barriers yet collected millions of dollars in fees.
Washington Post May 23, 2007 Changes Spurred Buying, Abuses: Taxpayers Overcharged Millions in Sun Deal, Auditor Says
QUOTE: [Renewing the contract with Sun Microsystems] meant the government's leading contracting agency would be able to continue collecting millions of dollars in what are called industrial funding fees from Sun under rules that permit the GSA to take a percentage of every sale made to the government. It also meant that taxpayers would pay millions more than necessary, according to congressional investigators.
Washington Post Feb 08, 2007 Coast Guard Failed to Properly Oversee Contracts, Officials Say: Questions Rise About Contractors Handling National Defense Business
QUOTE: Even as contractors built patrol boats with buckling hulls and a large new cutter with structural flaws, a U.S. Coast Guard review gave their performance high marks last year, extended their deal for nearly four years and paid them a multimillion-dollar bonus, government investigators said.
Washington Post Jan 15, 2007 New Law Could Subject Civilians to Military Trial: Provision Aimed at Contractors, but Some Fear It Will Sweep Up Other Workers
QUOTE: Private contractors and other civilians serving with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan could be subject for the first time to military courts-martial under a new federal provision...intended to close a long-standing loophole that critics say puts contractors in war zones above the law. But the provision also could affect others accompanying U.S. forces in the field, including civilian government employees and embedded journalists.
Washington Post Dec 17, 2005 Job Rules Clarify Reservist Rights: Pre-Service Status Must Be Preserved
QUOTE: The Labor Department released final regulations yesterday clarifying a 1994 law that protects the employment and re-employment rights and benefits of members of the armed forces....service members will be able to return to their jobs at the same pay and benefits as if they had never been deployed.
Washington Post Dec 15, 2005 Panel Suggests Changes in Pentagon Procurement
QUOTE: Combat commanders should play more of a role in setting requirements for future weapons systems, and timely delivery should be as important a requirement as performance in judging when weapons are ready to use, according to an outside panel studying Pentagon procurement practices.
Washington Post Dec 01, 2005 U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers
QUOTE: But far from being the heartfelt opinion of an Iraqi writer, as its language implied, the article was prepared by the United States military as part of a multimillion-dollar covert campaign to plant paid propaganda in the Iraqi news media and pay friendly Iraqi journalists monthly stipends
New York Times Aug 29, 2005 Army Contract Official Critical of Halliburton Pact Is Demoted
QUOTE: A top Army contracting official who criticized a large, noncompetitive contract with the Halliburton Company for work in Iraq was demoted Saturday for what the Army called poor job performance.
New York Times Jun 07, 2005 E-Mails Detail Air Force Push for Boeing Deal: Pentagon Official Called Proposed Lease of Tankers a 'Bailout,' Report Finds
QUOTE: ...new report details...how Air Force leaders and Boeing officials jointly manipulated legislation to authorize the deal and later sought to suppress dissenting opinion throughout the Pentagon.
Washington Post Mar 15, 2005 Pentagon Audit Questions Halliburton's Costs in Iraq
QUOTE: Pentagon auditors found more than $100 million in questionable costs in one section of a massive, no-bid Halliburton Co. contract for delivering fuel to Iraq...
Washington Post Feb 21, 2005 Congress Growing Impatient With Longtime 'High Risk' Areas of Financial Waste
QUOTE: ...troubled federal programs and projects that are vulnerable to waste, fraud and mismanagement. Many problem areas are complex and seem to defy remedy.
Washington Post Feb 17, 2005 Lawmakers Want to Ease the Loss of Income After Call-Ups
QUOTE: A bipartisan group of House members and a Democratic senator announced plans yesterday to push for legislation that would ease shortfalls in salary when government and private-sector employees are called to active duty in the National Guard and the Reserves.
Washington Post Feb 15, 2005 Jailed Ex-Official Linked To More Defense Contracts
QUOTE: Darleen A. Druyun, the former Air Force procurement official who admitted showing Boeing Co. favoritism on contracts, may have unduly influenced eight other contracts worth about $3 billion, including four awarded to other companies...
Washington Post Feb 04, 2005 Halliburton Payments Won't Be Withheld
QUOTE: In a departure from normal policy, the Army said yesterday it will not withhold future payments to Halliburton Co., despite audit reports last summer that said the giant logistical contractor had not properly accounted for a wide variety of work in Iraq and Kuwait.
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