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Originally posted by BlueTriangle
Really? I consider her a whacko, but that's just me.
Full StoryThe MILCON subcommittee is not only in charge of supervising military construction, it also oversees "quality of life" issues for veterans, which includes building housing for military families and operating hospitals and clinics for wounded soldiers. Perhaps Feinstein is trying to disassociate herself from MILCON's incredible failure to provide decent medical care for wounded soldiers.
Two years ago, before the Washington Post became belatedly involved, the online magazine Salon.com exposed the horrors of deficient medical care for Iraq war veterans. While leading MILCON, Feinstein had ample warning of the medical-care meltdown. But she was not proactive on veteran's affairs.
Feinstein abandoned MILCON as her ethical problems were surfacing in the media, and as it was becoming clear that her subcommittee left grievously wounded veterans to rot while her family was profiting from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. It turns out that Blum also holds large investments in companies that were selling medical equipment and supplies and real estate leases—often without the benefit of competitive bidding—to the Department of Veterans Affairs, even as the system of medical care for veterans collapsed on his wife's watch.
As of December 2006, according to SEC filings and www.fedspending.org, three corporations in which Blum's financial entities own a total of $1 billion in stock won considerable favor from the budgets of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs:
Boston Scientific Corporation: $17.8 million for medical equipment and supplies; 85 percent of contracts awarded without benefit of competition.
Kinetic Concepts Inc.: $12 million, medical equipment and supplies; 28 percent noncompetitively awarded.
CB Richard Ellis: The Blum-controlled international real estate firm holds congressionally funded contracts to lease office space to the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also is involved in redeveloping military bases turned over to the private sector.
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Feinstein: Santa Susana Field Lab cleanup must meet Superfund ...
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today urged the Department of Energy to offer assurances that the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory meets Superfund standards. The Energy Department is currently in the process of cleaning the site of radioactive and other chemical contaminants.
The following is the text of the letter sent by Senator Feinstein today to Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman:
Feinstein resigns post amid ’conflict of interest’ questions
Acknowledging that the senator has now stepped down from the subcommittee, the NLPC spokesman offers : « I think what’s needed now, though, is a thorough investigation. »
But evidently Boehm does not expect that to happen. He says if the conflict of interest involved a Republican senator, an investigation would likely already be under way and the media would be having a field day. But because Feinstein is a Democrat, he believes there will be no investigation — and he expects the media will continue to ignore the story.
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
I'll stand by what i said earlier. this item is under reported because the liberal news media wants to play partisan protector, and the conservatives will want to save this good ammo for use as we get closer to the primaries.
White House Looked Past Alarms on Kerik
The investigation has put Giuliani's relationship with Kerik back in the spotlight at a time when the former mayor leads the Republican presidential field in national polls. During an appearance in Florida last weekend, Giuliani told reporters that they had a right to question his judgment in putting Kerik in charge of the New York Police Department and recommending him to Bush. "I should have done a better job of investigating him, vetting him," Giuliani said. "It's my responsibility, and I've learned from it."