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Originally posted by marg6043
On Monday the company my husband works for warn the employees that another subsidiary that keep the records of all the employees with the security clearances and personal information (it took over a year for the security investigation on my husband was done) was breach by thief and all the records has been stolen from the computers not physically but by breaching the net security.
Now this are the records for all the security levels in the company.
Further showing the ethics-challenged revolving door,this time involving Boeing,is the case of Darleen Druyun who was one of the Air Force's top contract officers,and who was offered & secured a $250,000 executive position at Boeing from Boeing Chief Financial Officer Michael Sears while she was reviewing whether Boeing should get a $23 billion contract to provide new refueling tankers to the Air Force.Not to mention her daughter being hired by Boeing during this time.
Druyun was just unfortunate to get caught...an isolated incident? I think not,rather a mere crumb of the MGI pie.
A former top Boeing Co. executive was sentenced to four months in prison Friday for illegally negotiating a $250,000-a-year job for an Air Force contracting officer while she held sway over a potential multibillion-dollar contract sought by the huge aircraft manufacturer.
One-time Boeing chief financial officer Michael Sears, 57, pleaded guilty in November to a single count of aiding and abetting illegal employment negotiations. Specifically, Sears negotiated to hire Darleen Druyun at the same time she was reviewing Boeing's bid for a $20 billion contract from the Air Force for refueling tankers.
Sears' lawyer, Ted Poulos, said his client was put in a bad spot by Druyun, who had already negotiated a job deal with a Boeing competitor even though she was still overseeing the tanker contract. Because of Druyun's clout in the Air Force procurement process, she was considered an ideal job recruit by numerous contractors.
Druyun admitted to investigators after she failed a lie detector test that she gave Boeing an inflated price on the tanker contract as a "parting gift" to Boeing before she retired from the military and took her job with them.
She also admitted giving preferential treatment to Boeing on other contracts through the years because the company had given her daughter a job.
The Pentagon subsequently canceled Boeing's tanker contract and is reviewing other contracts in which Druyun may have acted illegally. Prosecutors say that the investigations alone have cost the government about $2.5 million.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said Sears "had the choice of putting the interests of the Boeing Co. ahead of the taxpayers. He put Boeing's interests first and that was the wrong choice."
McNulty said the investigation into Boeing was continuing and he announced after Sears' sentencing the creation of a multi-agency task force to ferret out similar instances of fraud.
"The senior management of Boeing did not confront the obvious legal and ethical issues presented by these employment negotiations," prosecutors wrote. "Rather than reacting with concern to a questionable 'non-meeting' with a senior government official these Boeing executives appear to have accepted the negotiations as business as usual."
McNulty said Friday that those comments do not necessarily indicate any criminal intent on the part of Boeing management other than Sears.
Wow, I'm sure the pentagon-Boeing investigation was most exhaustive.After all,friends have much incentive kicking one another off the free-fare carousel.
He said the investigation "will proceed one step at a time as the facts and the law allow us to go."
Maybe they can stonewall this till the next war or election to prevent another CEO having to make getaway plans,since Druyun's/Sear's misdeeds occurred in 2001,taking over 3 years,Resultruyun=9 months in club fem / Sears=4 months in club fed.
Also on Friday, congressional investigators upheld a protest by a Boeing competitor on a contract Boeing received to build small diameter bombs
It's mine, no it's mine...Is there no end?Another sad chapter for the taxpayer.
The GAO upheld the appeal by Lockheed Martin Corp., and recommended the Air Force hold a new competition for additional small diameter bomb work and that Lockheed be reimbursed for the costs of filing its protest.
However, the GAO also raised questions about Lockheed's hiring record, specifically its "handling of post-employment restrictions with respect to a retired senior Air Force official, who is currently employed at Lockheed Martin."
Another playa? Who figured?
Another Oldie but a Goodie-Not To BeMISSED
Yet Another CEO's Narrow Escape aka The One That Got Away
December 2nd, 2003
Boeing Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Philip M. Condit unexpectedly resigned...
Condit had been employeed at Boeing since 1965.
Although Boeing asserted that Condit hadn't been forced out, its board of directors made clear that it was comfortable with his decision, saying that a "new structure for the leadership ... was needed to restore the company's reputation."
Condit's resignation came as the Pentagon stepped up an investigation into allegations that Boeing's then-chief financial officer, Michael Sears, began recruiting a top Defense Department procurement official to join the company at the same time it was bidding on an $18-billion contract for aerial refueling tankers. Boeing eventually hired the Pentagon official, Darleen Druyun.
Boeing has denied wrongdoing in the hard-fought competition for the tanker pact.
Beyond the controversy over the air tankers, Boeing has seen its reputation tarnished by a Pentagon inquiry that found two Boeing employees had illicitly obtained proprietary documents from its rival, Lockheed Martin Corp., to win a lucrative rocket-launching contract.
Condit "created a culture where this type of activity was routine," said Steve Ellis, vice president of programs for Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group that has been critical of Boeing's tanker deal. While Condit might have not been directly responsible, Ellis said, the executive "oversaw a career's worth of scandals in just one year."
"By accepting the hasty resignation," Ellis added, the Boeing board "is finally admitting that ... the company has to change the way it does business."
"It was time for Condit to go," said Loren Thompson, chief operating officer for the Lexington Institute, an Arlington, Va., defense think thank. "It's unfortunate because the company will benefit from the business he built, and will benefit for years to come."
Condit, in an interview Monday, said the allegations against Sears were "a critical factor" in his decision to resign -- a move that he insisted was "entirely voluntary."
"I ultimately concluded it was the best decision for the good of the company," Condit said. "The controversies and distractions of the past year were obscuring the great accomplishments and performance of this company."
Condit Rides Into The Sunset
Being the only reason any investigation was ever even done to uncover these crimes was due to Lockheed (Boeing's jealous step-brother) feeling denied it's 'bigger' piece of the pie. Really makes one wonder how many other violations of:
Title 18, United States Code, Section 208(a) and 216(a)(2) which states:
[To knowingly, intentionally and willfully participate personally and substantially as a government employee through decision, approval, recommendation, the rendering of advice, investigation and otherwise, in a contract and other particular matter, in which to their knowledge the named Company, a company with whom they are negotiating concerning prospective employment, had a financial interest]
are/have occurred,like whispers in the wind,remaining forever in the shadows,obscured from public scrutiny.Cloaked patriots of convenience building a seemingly illustrious career just in order to secure a 'trusted' position of authority to further advance themselves,relatives,& friends,while deceiving public trust at the expense of the taxpayer in a most unAmerican fashion,or is this duplicitous ethics-challenged morally-bankrupt self-aggrandizing voracious appetite for personal greed what we can expect as the new mindset for America's present & future 'officials' of defense procurement?Backscratcher or backstabber?
The original filing of this case.
...with the press seemingly unwilling to publicize the war profiteering aspects of the war in Iraq, the formation of New Bridge basically went unnoticed by the American public and only briefly showed up in the headlines
"a unique company that was created specifically with the aim of assisting clients to evaluate and take advantage of business opportunities in the Middle East following the conclusion of the U.S.-led war in Iraq."
Who is Joe Allbaugh?
He was part of the inner circle in Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, along with Karl Rove and Karen Hughes. In January 2001, when Bush took over the White House, he put Allbaugh in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which dispenses disaster money and loans after hurricanes, floods and fires.
He should be a fortune teller, because somehow he knew a couple of weeks before Bush declared war on Iraq, that he should quit his government job and go into the business of helping wealthy clients secure Iraqi reconstruction contracts.
When he announced his resignation from FEMA on March 1, 2003 he said, "Now I am going to take the opportunity to spend some time with my wife and children." Well his family could not have enjoyed too much quality with Joe because in a matter of weeks he opened a new firm called New Bridge Strategies.
New Bridge is actually an outgrowth of Haley Barbour’s lobbying firm, Barbour Griffith & Rogers (BGR). Josh says he came to this conclusion after he learned that both firms were located in the same office space. And also because Griffith is the CEO of New Bridge and Rogers is the vice president. Sounds to me like he reached the right conclusion.
Although its connections to the administration may not have received much attention in the media, the company itself was not shy about advertising its contacts. Its web site as much as brags about the company's links to Bush, by specifically pointing out that Allbaugh was "chief of staff to then-Gov. Bush of Texas and was the national campaign manager for the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign."
So here's the setup. Bush’s main man Joe, quits FEMA to spend time with his family, right before the bombs start falling in Iraq. He then moves into the offices of one of the biggest and most politically connected GOP lobbying firms in Washington and starts advertising services to clients who want to win reconstruction contracts in Iraq. How could it possibly get any sweeter than this?
Initially, it said, "the opportunities evolving in Iraq today are of such an unprecedented nature and scope that no other existing firm has the necessary skills and experience to be effective both in Washington, D.C., and on the ground in Iraq." But someone must have warned Allbaugh that that particular sentence was a little over the top because that particular phrasing has since been changed on the web site.
Allbaugh himself, didn't seem to give his ties to the administration a second thought. According to a Sept 30, 2003 article in Mother Jones, he claimed, "It's beneficial to clients that I know who the players are and I know who the decision makers are." Apparently he forgot to mention that because of all these friends in high places, he has insider knowledge of how much money the government will spend and when it will become available.
Allbaugh denied having any improper motives. "The stories I've seen have been couched as if people are trying to game the system, and that's not what we're about," he said. "We are trying to help Iraq become a capitalist country, and a leader throughout the Middle East. Iraqis themselves are asking for help,"
Joe seems baffled that anyone would question his assertion about wanting to help the poor Iraqis. "We fought a war, we displaced a horrible, horrible regime, and as a part of that we have an obligation to help Iraqis," he said. "We can't just leave in the middle of the night."
don't quit your government job before the president even admits he's taking the country to war, set up shop and start advertising to get contracts for work in a country that you somehow know we're about to destroy.
Its clear that BGR was instrumental in bringing other companies into New Bridge's fold, including Diligence, a security firm set up by former US and British intelligence officers.
On Oct 6, 2003, Allbaugh told the NYTs, that "As part of his package for clients ... he offered security in the form of yet another new company, Diligence Iraq, which worked hand-in-hand with New Bridge. New Bridge is a minority partner in Diligence Iraq, which is just opening up in Baghdad.Mike Baker, the head of Diligence Iraq, serves as an advisory board member of New Bridge."
Diligence, is now headed by Richard Burt, former US Ambassador to Germany and a consultant in the Carlyle Group. Whitley Bruner, formerly head of the CIA Baghdad station, is now director of the Iraq branch of Diligence.
And guess what? The deputy chairman of Diligence is none other than Joe Allbaugh.
On Dec 11, 2003, The Financial Times of London reported that, "Two businessmen instrumental in setting up New Bridge Strategies, a well-connected Washington firm designed to help clients win contracts in Iraq, have previously used an association with Neil, the younger brother of President Bush, to seek business in the Middle East."
That would be New Bridge president John Howland and Jamal Daniel, a principal. As it turns out, Neil landed a $60,000 a year consultant contract, for which according to his testimony in a divorce deposition, he is required to take phone messages for about 3 hours a week.
However, Neil is being far too modest about his consultant work. According to the Times, he is doing much more than answering phones. Three people contacted by the Financial Times said they have seen letters written by Neil that recommend business ventures promoted by New Bridges in the Middle East. So in a nutshell, Neil is being paid an annual fee to "help companies secure contracts in Iraq," the Times reports.
"before the fires from the “shock and awe” military onslaught were even extinguished, Bremer unleashed his shock therapy, pushing through more wrenching changes in one sweltering summer than the International Monetary Fund has managed to enact over three decades in Latin America.”
In his first major act on the job, Bremer "fired 500,000 state workers, most of them soldiers, but also doctors, nurses, teachers, publishers, and printers. Next, he flung open the country’s borders to absolutely unrestricted imports: no tariffs, no duties, no inspections, no taxes. Iraq, Bremer declared was “open for business,”
Before the war, Iraq’s non-oil-related economy consisted of 200 state-owned companies, that produced everything from cement to paper to washing machines. In June, Bremer attended an economic summit in Jordan and announced that the firms would be privatized immediately. “Getting inefficient state enterprises into private hands,” he said, “is essential for Iraq’s economic recovery,"
n September, to entice investors to buy the state-owned companies, Bremer enacted a new set of laws. For example, Order 37 lowered Iraq’s corporate tax rate from roughly 40% to a flat 15%. Order 39 allowed foreign companies to own 100% of Iraqi assets outside of the natural-resource sector.
Investors could take 100% of the profits they made in Iraq out of the country. They would not be required to reinvest and would not be taxed. Under Order 39, they could sign leases and contracts that would last for forty years. Order 40 welcomed foreign banks to Iraq under the same favorable terms
"Iraqis, reeling from violence both military and economic, were far too busy staying alive to mount a political response to Bremer’s campaign. Worrying about the privatization of the sewage system was an unimaginable luxury with half the population lacking access to clean drinking water; the debate over the flat tax would have to wait until the lights were back on,"
The Economist described Iraq under Bremer as “a capitalist dream,” and a flurry of new consulting firms were launched promising to help companies get access to the Iraqi market, their boards of directors stacked with well-connected Republicans,
the most prominent was New Bridge and it was absolutely jubilant over the potential opportunities in Iraq. “Getting the rights to distribute Procter & Gamble products can be a gold mine,” one of the company’s partners enthused. “One well-stocked 7-Eleven could knock out thirty Iraqi stores; a Wal-Mart could take over the country,”
However none of that came to pass. For good reason. Klein explained that Bremer's illegal changes to Iraqi law may have made the country the most friendly in the world to corporations, but they were the least useful to Iraqi workers suffering an unemployment rate over 60%.
During the past year and a half, the whole world has watched as the Iraqis refused to hand over their country to Bremer and the plan for privatization went right down the tubes.
But don't worry about old Joe. Things may not have went as planned in Iraq, but he's branching out and finding other ways to cash in on the war. According to the Sept 30, 2004 Fairfield County Weekly, Allbaugh started yet another consulting company with Andrew Lundquist, the former director of Dick Cheney's secretive energy policy task force. The firm's first client? Lockheed Martin, one of the country's largest defense contractors.
Originally posted by marg6043
I guess when you are “friend” of the bush family business, you get away with all kind of corruption.
Paul Bremer was audited for widespread corruption in postwar Iraq, he “lost” 9 billion dollars for reconstruction funds.
But what he got for the allegations, well it seems that bush, decided to give his fellow Carlyle group member the medal of Freedom, the nation’s higest civilian honor, And the 9 billion were still missing.