An Army psychologist concluded that Westhusing struggled with the idea that “monetary values could outweigh moral ones in war.” This, she said, was a flaw.
From T. Westhusing:
Among the 3,096 United States service personnel killed in Iraq is Col. Ted Westhusing.The U.S. Army’s top military ethicist and a full-time professor at West Point, Col. Westhusing volunteered for service in Iraq in order to better teach his cadet charges. He died on June 5, 2005, the victim of a gunshot wound to the head. In Iraq, Col. Westhusing was charged with oversight of the training of Iraq’s new security forces. Among his responsibilities were the investigation of reported contract irregularities by U.S. Investigations Services (USIS)and human rights abuses by its civilian employees. Once a federal agency, USIS became a privatized government contractor growing fat off the trough of Uncle Sam while executives lined their numbered Swiss bank accounts with big bucks off the American taxpayer. The average American would probably never guess who is a Big Time investor in USIS—The Carlyle Group.West Point professor dies in Iraq Army Col Theodore S. Westhusing44, of Dallas; assigned to the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; serving with the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq; died June 5 of non-combat-related injuries in Baghdad.By Shaun SchaferAssociated PressTULSA, Okla. — A West Point professor who volunteered to serve in Iraq has been killed in action, family members said Monday.Col. Ted S. Westhusing, 45, was killed in action on Sunday, family members said Monday. They did not release specifics on how he was killed. Family members received official notification of the death from the military late Sunday.Westhusing, a 1979 graduate of Jenks High School, had doctorates in Russian, philosophy and military strategy, his eldest brother Tim Westhusing of Broken Arrow, said Monday.“He wanted to go over there and make things better,” Tim Westhusing said. “He has a wife and three children. He didn’t have to go…”SNIP…Westhusing graduated from West Point in 1983. He left for Iraq near the end of 2004 and was helping train the Iraqi army, working as counter-terrorism and special operations director under Lt. Gen. David Petraeus.CONTINUED…http://www.militarycity.com/valor/900007.html Some say he committed suicide, but those who know him best say the Colonel would never do that.One thing’s for certain: Col. Westhusing WAS bothered by certain companies making Big Bucks off the war in Iraq.A Journey That Ended in AnguishCol. Ted Westhusing, a military ethicist who volunteered to go to Iraq, was upset by what he saw. His apparent suicide raises questions.by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times November 27th, 2005“War is the hardest place to make moral judgments.”- Col. Ted Westhusing, Journal of Military EthicsEXCERPT…Westhusing, 44, was no ordinary officer. He was one of the Army’s leading scholars of military ethics, a full professor at West Point who volunteered to serve in Iraq to be able to better teach his students. He had a doctorate in philosophy; his dissertation was an extended meditation on the meaning of honor.So it was only natural that Westhusing acted when he learned of possible corruption by U.S. contractors in Iraq. A few weeks before he died, Westhusing received an anonymous complaint that a private security company he oversaw had cheated the U.S. government and committed human rights violations. Westhusing confronted the contractor and reported the concerns to superiors, who launched an investigation.In e-mails to his family, Westhusing seemed especially upset by one conclusion he had reached: that traditional military values such as duty, honor and country had been replaced by profit motives in Iraq, where the U.S. had come to rely heavily on contractors for jobs once done by the military.SNIP…The colonel began to complain to colleagues about “his dislike of the contractors,” who, he said, “were paid too much money by the government,” according to one captain.”The meetings were never easy and always contentious. The contracts were in dispute and always under discussion,” an Army Corps of Engineers official told investigators.SNIP…“I heard something in his voice,” (his wife, recalling a phone conversation,) told investigators, according to a transcript of the interview. “In Ted’s voice, there was fear. He did not like the nighttime and being alone.”SNIP…”He was sick of money-grubbing contractors,” the official recounted. Westhusing said that “he had not come over to Iraq for this.”CONTINUED…http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=9312 Col. Westhusing wasn’t just any old officer. He was the U.S. Army’s top ethicist, a full-time professor at West Point, the United States Military Academy. Colleagues and comrades-in-arms are on-record as saying he was the last person they believed would ever take his own life.Something must have really bothered this man, for him to consider suicide.Perhaps there is something more sinister. Col. Westhusing is reported to have expressed concerns for his life. I’m not sure if it’s mere coincidence that his bodyguard was off on a week’s worth of R&R when the shooting occurred.A few prominent members of the Carlyle Group…Pentagon, Inc. Lambert at Corrente points out the dearth of military honor in Iraq, replaced by profit motive. Quoting from an L.A. Times piece,
- (Col. Ted) Westhusing, 44 was one of the Army’s leading scholars of military ethics, a full professor at West Point who volunteered to serve in Iraq to be able to better teach his students. He had a doctorate in philosophy; his dissertation was an extended meditation on the meaning of honor.
In Iraq, Col. Westhusing encountered the sort of corruption we’ve all been talking about since the first bombs dropped.
- So it was only natural that Westhusing acted when he learned of possible corruption by U.S. contractors in Iraq. … Westhusing received an anonymous complaint that a private security company he oversaw had cheated the U.S. government and committed human rights violations. Westhusing confronted the contractor and reported the concerns to superiors, who launched an investigation.In e-mails to his family, Westhusing seemed especially upset by one conclusion he had reached: that traditional military values such as duty, honor and country had been replaced by profit motives in Iraq, where the U.S. had come to rely heavily on contractors for jobs once done by the military.In January, Westhusing began work on what the Pentagon considered the most important mission in Iraq: training Iraqi forces to take over security duties from U.S. troops.Westhusing’s task was to oversee a private security company, Virginia-based USIS, which had contracts worth $79 million to train a corps of Iraqi police to conduct special operations.
Carlyle Group = George H.W. Bush, plus other Establishment luminaries, always perfectly placed to profit from war.
- In May, Westhusing received an anonymous four-page letter that contained detailed allegations of wrongdoing by USIS.The writer accused USIS of deliberately shorting the government on the number of trainers to increase its profit margin. More seriously, the writer detailed two incidents in which USIS contractors allegedly had witnessed or participated in the killing of Iraqis. (Hmmm; reminds me of CACI)In a second incident, the letter says, a USIS employee saw Iraqi police trainees kill two innocent Iraqi civilians, then covered it up. A USIS manager “did not want it reported because he thought it would put his contract at risk.”SNIP…About 1 p.m., a USIS manager went looking for Westhusing because he was scheduled for a ride back to the Green Zone. After getting no answer, the manager returned about 15 minutes later. Another USIS employee peeked through a window. He saw Westhusing lying on the floor in a pool of blood.The manager rushed into the trailer and tried to revive Westhusing. The manager told investigators that he picked up the pistol at Westhusing’s feet and tossed it onto the bed.“I knew people would show up,” that manager said later in attempting to explain why he had handled the weapon. “With 30 years from military and law enforcement training, I did not want the weapon to get bumped and go off.”
Sure thing, buddy.
- After a three-month inquiry, investigators declared Westhusing’s death a suicide. A test showed gunpowder residue on his hands. A shell casing in the room bore markings indicating it had been fired from his service revolver.Then there was the note.Investigators found it lying on Westhusing’s bed. The handwriting matched his.Most of the letter is a wrenching account of a struggle for honor in a strange land.“I cannot support a msn that leads to corruption, human rights abuse and liars. I am sullied,” it says. “I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored.“Death before being dishonored any more.”
CONTINUED…http://adreampuppet.blogspot.com/2005_11_01_adreampuppe… MI Complex makes money off of war. Hmmm. What name immediately jumps to mind?Of curse, the Bush Family Evil Empire also kills members of the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, the United States Air Force, the United States Coast Guard and just about every other service, agency and arm of We the People for profit. “Hey!” Poppy Doc and Baby Doc Bush and their cronies say, “It’s your duty.” They think we are nothing more than their cannon fodder. Gee. That’s how kings and NAZIs think, not American Presidents and real Americans. Real Americans think all people are created equal and have equal rights under the law, especially in times of war.<!– google_ad_section_end –> Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Topfooj (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 12:49 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>1. Know your BFEE.<!– google_ad_section_end –>All in the family. Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 01:18 AM Response to Reply #1<!– google_ad_section_start –>5. Hey, Smirko! DU’s on to your gangster ass!<!– google_ad_section_end –>Know your BFEE: War Profiteers“George Bush is a satanic, sadistic, brutal monster.Compared to George Bush, Adolf Hitler was a true gentleman.”– Michael Boren Williams, former Campaign Manager for Senator Gary Hart and Bush murder attempt victim.Beware the Bush Family Evil Empire. Despite what their fine PR agencies say about a “culture of life,” these people make money off of death. It’s nothing personal – it’s strictly business. In World War I, a Bush was head of the Ordnance, Small Arms and Ammunition section of the War Industries Board. GOOGLE SAMUEL-PRESCOTT-BUSH for more. The Bush Empirehttp://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:Jwa-0s82ragJ:www.new… Of course, these predecessors of what today is termed the BFEE – the owners and operators of the Global Military-Intelligence-Industrial-Financial Complex – helped bring about World War II by helping arm Hitler:Timeline of Treason: The Bush Family Connections to the Nazis http://www.country-liberal-party.com/pages/Bush-Nazi-li… … From: http://www.spiritone.com/~gdy52150/timeline.htmlDuring Vietnam, the nation’s military industrial complex helped heat up the Cold War, all around the world. From…Africa.The Angolan Civil War and U.S. Policyhttp://www.globalpolicy.org/empire/history/2002/0413ang… During the Cold War, they backed Team B and those intelligence analysts who called the Soviet Union a colossus ready to destroy America, even when knowing the USSR was bankrupt and corrupt.Team B: The Trillion Dollar Experiment http://www.thebulletin.org/article.php?art_ofn=apr93cah…Reflections on the GAO Triad Report on the Nuclear Triadhttp://www.calpoly.edu/~dhafemei/triaddh.htmlBFEE underlings like un-Admirable Poindexter and the Traitor Oliver North dealt with the terrorist loving Ayatollah Khomeini (bankrolled the murder of 241 US service members in Beirut) while helping arm Saddam Hussein during Iran-Iraq war.The crisis in Washington: what history tells ushttp://www.wsws.org/news/1998/apr1998/scan-a4.shtmlGave green light to Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait, then declared war on the guy, even though he said he’d withdraw from Kuwait. Excerpts From Iraqi Document on Meeting with U.S. Envoyhttp://www.dvmx.com/glaspie.htmlBFEE-linked turds like Richard “PNAC” Perle are friends with Iran-Contra/October Surprise Action Figure Adnan Khashoggi (who even turns up in Selection 2000, but that’s another story).Lunch with the Chairmanhttp://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?030317fa_factBFEE, likewise, has its mits in money to be made off of the Iraq war. The little turd from Crawford had the gall to warn other countries off of the idea of making money off rebuilding and looting Iraq: “If you don’t send troops, you can’t expect to do bidniss.”Nader: Bush family profited from Iraq Warhttp://www.washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050224-05… The Smoking Gun? Oil in Iraq as a Motive for War.http://www.threemonkeysonline.com/threemon_articlesmoki… Now where does that leave us today? The BFEE really are – not the nation’s super-wealthy – but the world’s super-wealthy: The Military-Industrial Complex, Wall Street, the Petro-States, the NAZIs, the Mafia, Drugs, Inc., and assorted scum who give satan worshippers a bad name, the BFEE really don’t care what happens to the world and its people, as long as they got theirs.A Government of Thieveshttp://www.e-book.com.au/electionspecial04.htmEver hear of the Carlyle Group? The Bushes and the bin Ladens BANKED there, together – investing MILLIONS we know about, the tip of what Greg Palast calls the cashberg:Bush Watch: Bush Moneyhttp://www.bushnews.com/bushmoney.htmhttp://www.gregpalast.com /Thanks, fooj! Appreciate your friendship and all you do to get the truth out to We the People.Original DU Thread with loads of excellent responses…http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph… Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
babylonsister (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 12:50 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>2. Thank you, octafish. Because I know better, I really wonder.<!– google_ad_section_end –> Gawd, this makes me ill. Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 01:23 AM Response to Reply #2<!– google_ad_section_start –>6. You’re welcome, babylonsister. What Nietzsche said…<!– google_ad_section_end –>…helps me focus:“When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” — Friedrich NietzscheMonstrous to contemplate, their crimes and murders and treasons are so many that we need computers to just number them.Thanks for caring, babylonsister. Truly appreciate all you do.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
H2O Man (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 08:54 AM Response to Reply #6<!– google_ad_section_start –>14. Good quote.<!– google_ad_section_end –>Great thread. Thank you.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
bridgit (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 02:12 PM Response to Reply #6<!– google_ad_section_start –>28. yep, enter the heart of darkness…<!– google_ad_section_end –>Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Straight Shooter (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 12:56 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>3. A man like Westhusing would not kill himself. It would go completely against his grain.<!– google_ad_section_end –>It would absolutely violate his sense of honor, duty, and ethics. He would never abandon his family, nor his country.We all know to whom the modus operandi of “unexplained suicide” is a tried-and-true standby.Thank you, Octafish, for relentlessly shedding light on the darkness which threatens to overtake our country, if not the world.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 01:33 AM Response to Reply #3<!– google_ad_section_start –>7. Agree 100 percent, Straight Shooter. Here’s the Army’s spin…<!– google_ad_section_end –>Col. Westhusing was due home in three weeks. He told others he was worried for his personal safety. He was shocked at what he discovered, but could not talk about. His bodyguard was relieved just when he needed him most. So, of course the Pentagon said he was not going nuts, just thinking too rigidly.Patriots and profiteers: the case of Ted WesthusingDecember 02, 2005Journalist John Rapley has an important insight on the rise of Private military companies:
- Scholars have been watching Iraq carefully as a test-case for what many see as a new form of warfare. Up until the late eighteenth century, fighting in Europe had been a business. Noblemen ran mercenary armies whose services they would sell to kingdoms whenever the latter went to war. But in the nationalist period – widely seen to have begun in the French Revolution – things changed. A new doctrine emerged. It held that armies should henceforth be patriotic. That is to say, they would be drawn from among the citizens of the nation, who should be motivated by duty rather than profit. (Jamaica Gleaner)
Rapley notes the recent death of Colonel Ted Westhusing, a soldier and scholar who had written about military honour, and who had been assigned to oversee a private military company. The Los Angeles Times has more on the case:
- A psychologist reviewed Westhusing’s e-mails and interviewed colleagues. She concluded that the anonymous letter had been the “most difficult and probably most painful stressor.”She said that Westhusing had placed too much pressure on himself to succeed and that he was unusually rigid in his thinking. Westhusing struggled with the idea that monetary values could outweigh moral ones in war. This, she said, was a flaw.”Despite his intelligence, his ability to grasp the idea that profit is an important goal for people working in the private sector was surprisingly limited,” wrote Lt. Col. Lisa Breitenbach. “He could not shift his mind-set from the military notion of completing a mission irrespective of cost, nor could he change his belief that doing the right thing because it was the right thing to do should be the sole motivator for businesses.” (La Times)
SOURCE:http://tomgriffin.typepad.com/the_green_ribbon/2005/12/… The Lt. Col.above sure knows what side of the bread gets the MI Complex butter. For the lesser spirited, to get along, they gotta go along.Thanks for giving a damn, Straight Shooter. Really appreciate all you do.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Karenina (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 05:56 AM Response to Reply #7<!– google_ad_section_start –>9. “This, she said, was a flaw.”<!– google_ad_section_end –>Pardon me, I think I’m gonna Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Straight Shooter (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 10:44 AM Response to Reply #7<!– google_ad_section_start –>19. I will always give a damn about people like Westhusing, Octafish.<!– google_ad_section_end –>This case really bothers me. It’s much worse than the Pat Tillman “friendly fire” incident, which I also find suspicious. There is nothing quite like the theater of war to cover up crimes, especially when it is one individual homicide at a time.Breitenbach may well learn what little use money is one day, if poetic justice ever comes knocking on her door.The thanks goes to you, Octafish, for all you do. Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
countmyvote4real (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 01:18 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>4. Where is the ‘in the pocket’ MSM on this story?<!– google_ad_section_end –>Safely hidden ‘in the pocket.’Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 01:37 AM Response to Reply #4<!– google_ad_section_start –>8. Certainly haven’t been too many reports…<!– google_ad_section_end –>Edited on Mon Feb-05-07 01:40 AM by Octafish…Going by how few people I know who’ve even heard of Col. Westhusing it’s a good bet ABCNNBCBSFixedNoiseNutwork and NYTWaPoTribGannett haven’t been doing much real journalism these days.Here’s what passes for news:Washington Whispers USN&WRAlmost as Good as Being in BaghdadWhen Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus got the Iraq assignment, it meant another star, and his wife had a very special plan. The daughter of a four-star herself, she’d pin her dad’s fourth star on her hubby. One prob: The change-of-command ceremony happens in Baghdad. Well, thanks to a suggestion from the previous Iraq team of Gens. John Abizaid and George Casey, Petraeus has crafted a pretty good backup plan: a video link of the promotion ceremony, the morning of the change of command, with his family back home. “They can share the occasion,” Petraeus tells us, “and that will be nice.”http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/articles… Of course, Gen. Petraeus, briefed about what Col. Westhusing found, was later surprised to hear he was mentioned in the alleged suicide note.EDIT: Forgot to say, “Thanks, countmyvote4real!” Really appreciate you caring and all you do to get the word out about these traitors.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
blm (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 12:27 PM Response to Reply #4<!– google_ad_section_start –>23. They always fail to give coverage to BushInc’s underlying crime network.<!– google_ad_section_end –>This is standard procedure for them.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
rman (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 06:51 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>10. k&r<!– google_ad_section_end –> Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 07:33 PM Response to Reply #10<!– google_ad_section_start –>32. From Afghanistan to Iraq: Connecting the Dots with Oil<!– google_ad_section_end –>All the oil in the world isn’t worth one human life.From Afghanistan to Iraq: Connecting the Dots with OilAn in-depth look at the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the events leading up to them, and the players who made them possible. By Richard W. Behan, AlterNetPosted on February 5, 2007, Printed on February 5, 2007In the Caspian Basin and beneath the deserts of Iraq, as many as 783 billion barrels of oil are waiting to be pumped. Anyone controlling that much oil stands a good chance of breaking OPEC’s stranglehold overnight, and any nation seeking to dominate the world would have to go after it.The long-held suspicions about George Bush’s wars are well-placed. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not prompted by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. They were not waged to spread democracy in the Middle East or enhance security at home. They were conceived and planned in secret long before September 11, 2001 and they were undertaken to control petroleum resources.The “global war on terror” began as a fraud and a smokescreen and remains so today, a product of the Bush Administration’s deliberate and successful distortion of public perception. The fragmented accounts in the mainstream media reflect this warping of reality, but another more accurate version of recent history is available in contemporary books and the vast information pool of the Internet. When told start to finish, the story becomes clear, the dots easier to connect.Both appalling and masterful, the lies that led us into war and keep us there today show the people of the Bush Administration to be devious, dangerous and far from stupid.The following is an in-depth look at the oil wars, the events leading up to them, and the players who made them possible.http://www.alternet.org/story/47489 /Thanks, rman! Appreciate very much you giving a damn.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
OmmmSweetOmmm (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 08:11 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>11. Thank you Octafish for bringing this to the light of DU. I didn’t know about this.<!– google_ad_section_end –>Another brave person suicided… Of course recommended.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 11:13 PM Response to Reply #11<!– google_ad_section_start –>35. Col. Westhusing was an expert on military ethics — the furthest thing from Bushco possible.<!– google_ad_section_end –>Col. Westhusing also was concerned about privatization of jobs once performed by the military:An American Death: Col. Ted WesthusingRJ EskowHuffingtonPost.comThe apparent suicide of Col. Ted Westhusing, as reported in the Los Angeles Times, resonates with loss, tragedy, and meaning. He was a professional ethicist, specializing in the concept of a soldier’s honor, who was assigned to supervise a civilian military contractor in Iraq. Col. Westhusing saw everything he believed in trashed by civilian leadership that understood neither ethics nor honor, under a Republican government that disrespects and mistreats its military.Sound like a facile interpretation? Then listen to the facts.Westhusing, reports the Times, “was one of the Army’s leading scholars of military ethics … His dissertation (for a Ph.D. in philosophy) was an extended meditation on the meaning of honor.” Once in Iraq, Westhusing received an anonymous complaint that the contractor he oversaw, USIS, had been cheating the government – and that it concealed gross human rights violations to protect its contracts. Writes the Times:
- “In e-mails to his family, Westhusing seemed especially upset by one conclusion he had reached: that traditional military values such as duty, honor and country had been replaced by profit motives in Iraq, where the U.S. had come to rely heavily on contractors for jobs once done by the military.”
CONTINUED…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/an-american-deat… This throws into a new light the reports of Halliburton and friends charging the Pentagon $45 for a case of soda pop and who knows how much for what else.Thank you for caring, OmmmSweetOmmm. Thanks also for all you do to oppose these traitors.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
conscious evolution (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 08:16 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>12. K & R<!– google_ad_section_end –>More must read Octafish.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreTue Feb-06-07 12:08 AM Response to Reply #12<!– google_ad_section_start –>37. The Bush Family’s War Profiteering<!– google_ad_section_end –>Thanks, my Friend. Here’s a bit of light on a few other members of the Family:The Bush Family’s War ProfiteeringWritten by Administrator Thursday, 24 February 2005 The extent of Iraq contracts going to corporations which involve members of President George W. Bush’s family is widespread and extensive involving hundreds of millions of dollars. Often these firms receive contracts where the corporations have no expertise and certainly the Bush family members have no expertise or experience in these areas. It is a world not of know how but of know who, marinated in campaign contributions. It seems like Bush family and friends are trading on their relationship to the President. The matrix of government contracts and Bush related corporations invites further investigation by the media and Congress – inquiries that are long overdue.Below are examples of Bush Family members who have profited from the war and occupation of Iraq. These issues have not been examined or reported by the mainstream media. Neil Mallon Bush the younger brother of the President, infamous for his involvement in the Silverado S and L scandal, has been hired by Crest Investment Company as a consultant for $60,000 per year to assist with their efforts to serve as a middleman to advise other companies that seek taxpayer-financed business in Iraq. Working with Crest puts Neil Bush at the center of multiple organizations profiting from the war and occupation in close alliance with long-term Bush Family allies. SNIP…William H.T. (“Bucky”) Bush, an uncle of George W. Bush, joined the board of directors of the St. Louis based company Engineered Support Systems in March 2000. (See: http://www.engineeredsupport.com /) Bucky Bush was one the Bush “Pioneers,” the campaign contributors who raised more than $100,000 in the 2000 presidential election. Engineered Support Systems has three areas: light military support equipment, heavy military support equipment, and electronics/automation systems. Since 2000, following the presidential election and the 9-11 attacks, the company’s federal contracts, revenues and its stock value have all gone up. Engineered Support Systems has been in the top 100 contractors with the DoD since 2001. It’s contracts with the U.S. military have totaled over $1 billion. SNIP…Marvin P. Bush, the youngest brother of George W. Bush, shares an interest in federal contracts held by companies in his firm’s portfolio. Marvin Bush is also an adviser at HCC Insurance, formerly called the Houston Casualty Company, one of the biggest insurance carriers for the World Trade Center. Bush was a director at HCC, which has benefited financially from the 9-11 insurance bailout legislation passed by Congress at the instigation of the White House. The departure of Marvin from the HCC board was announced the same day, November 22, 2002, as the passage of the bill.SNIP…http://www.democracyrising.us/content/view/57/81 / Thank you, conscious evolution for caring, and for all you do to fight these treasonous warmongers.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
conscious evolution (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreTue Feb-06-07 07:34 AM Response to Reply #37<!– google_ad_section_start –>46. no problem octafish<!– google_ad_section_end –>Have you ever looked into the bfee involvment in State Street Bank?Acording to a couple of other DUers they are supposed to be a very bushy bank.Definitely worthy of your attention.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
mod mom (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 08:51 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>13. I remember hearing this on AAR, but never knew about the privatized USIS w ties<!– google_ad_section_end –>to The caryle Group.There can not be an honorable man/woman who supports these evil bastards! This is such a horrible story. They squash honorable men, like Col Westhusen, with no remorse. His final note:“I cannot support a msn that leads to corruption, human rights abuse and liars. I am sullied,” it says. “I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored.“Death before being dishonored any more.”How heart wrenching. This is what McCain and other Republicans support? Shame on them.Thanks Octafish for these EXCELLENT posts. I share these with my networks. I also post this information w links on different OH political blogs, so that it reaches more people. I really think you should write a book. Two words, my friend: Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreTue Feb-06-07 12:25 AM Response to Reply #13<!– google_ad_section_start –>39. Bush Sr lobbies China for Citigroup (with Carlyle) bid<!– google_ad_section_end –>It gets worse. The Bush Family Evil Empire ISAmerica’s foothold in China:Bush Sr lobbies China for Citigroup bidFormer US president George Bush has pressed Beijing to support a bid by a consortium to purchase a stake in the country’s Guangdong Development Bank.A consortium, led by Citibank and including venture capital firm the Carlyle Group, is keen to buy a 24.1 billion yuan ($3 billion) share of the bank, the Chinese 21st Century Business Herald reports.If ministers in Beijing approve the deal, the consortium will own 85 per cent of the troubled Guangdong Development Bank. Current Chinese rules state that no single foreign investor can own more than 20 per cent of any domestic bank and there is a 25 per cent cap on combined foreign investment.George Bush Senior addressed a letter to the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs, stating: “On my personal behalf, I vigorously ask the Chinese government to support the US companies’ efforts to buy into Guangdong Development Bank. “I sincerely believe that the deal would be conducive to the overall development of the Sino-US relationship.”CONTINUED… http://www.bobsguide.com/guide/news/12910.html Guess which bid got the bank?Thank you for understanding, Mod Mom. I am honored you share the truth about these gangsters.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
wildbilln864 (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 09:22 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>15. Another excellent post Octafish!<!– google_ad_section_end –>Thanks! Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreTue Feb-06-07 12:32 AM Response to Reply #15<!– google_ad_section_start –>40. Dick Cheney: War Profiteer<!– google_ad_section_end –>These guys are the worst. They are warmongers:Dick Cheney: War ProfiteerPosted on Friday, November 18 @ 09:38:22 ESTTom Turnipseed, Common DreamsQuestions persist about Vice-President Cheney’s role in the ongoing investigation and scandal swirling about the White House. His chief of staff and confidante Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice. Let’s take a look at some personal incentives for Cheney’s selling war to our country.Cheney has pursued a political and corporate career to make himself very rich and powerful. He is the personification of a war profiteer who slid through the revolving door connecting the public and private sectors of the defense establishment on two occasions in a career that has served his relentless quest for power and profits.As Defense Secretary, Mr. Cheney commissioned a study for the U.S. Department of Defense by Brown and Root Services (now Kellogg, Brown and Root), a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton. The study recommended that private firms like Halliburton should take over logistical support programs for U.S. military operations around the world. Just two years after he was Secretary of Defense, Cheney stepped through the revolving door linking the Department of Defense with defense contractors and became CEO of Halliburton. Halliburton was the principal beneficiary of Cheney’s privatization efforts for our military’s logistical support and Cheney was paid $44 million for five year’s work with them before he slipped back through the revolving door of war profiteering to become Vice-President of the United States. When asked about the money he received from Halliburton, Cheney said. “I tell you that the government had absolutely nothing to do with it.”The Bush administration has dished out lucrative reconstruction contracts in Iraq to favored U.S. based corporations including Halliburton and denied contracts to many Iraqi and foreign based companies. To the conquerors go the spoils was the message on December 11, 2003 when Bush said, “The taxpayers understand why it makes sense for countries that risk lives to participate in the contracts in Iraq, It’s very simple. Our people risk their lives, friendly coalition folks risk their lives, and therefore the contracting is going to reflect that.”Bush’s statement is a stunning admission of how much corrupt corporations control our foreign policy. Under Cheney’s leadership Halliburton out did Enron in using offshore subsidiaries as tax shelters to hide profits to bilk U.S. taxpayers. Halliburton also utilized off-shore subsidiaries to contract for services and sell banned equipment to rogue states like Iran, Iraq and Libya. This would be illegal if done directly by Halliburton.SNIP…Halliburton has been more closely associated with the invasion of Iraq than any other corporation. Before the Iraq War began, it was 19th on the U.S. Army’s list of top contractors and zoomed to number 1 in 2003. In 2003 Halliburton made $4.2 billion from the U.S. government. Cheney stated he had , “severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest.”SNIP…Calling on Cheney to sever his financial ties to Halliburton, Lautenberg points out that the company has already raked in more than $10 billion for work in Iraq, and was handed some of the first Katrina contracts. The company has been criticized by auditors for its handling of no-bid contacts in Iraq, and there have been numerous allegations of over charging for services. Auditors found the firm marked up meal prices for troops and inflated gas prices in a deal with a Kuwaiti supplier. The company also built the American prison at Guantanamo Bay. Lautenberg said, “It is unseemly for the Vice President to continue to benefit from this company at the same time his Administration funnels billions of dollars to it.”CONTINUED…Source: Common Dreamshttp://www.commondreams.org/views05/1117-22.htmThanks for the kind words, wildbilln864. Thanks also for all you do to spread the word on these bedwetting merchants of death.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
lonestarnot (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreMon Feb-05-07 09:25 AM Response to Original message<!– google_ad_section_start –>16. Bloody bushitler!<!– google_ad_section_end –>Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
Octafish (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | IgnoreTue Feb-06-07 12:43 AM Response to Reply #16<!– google_ad_section_start –>42. The Carlyle Group: Crony Capitalism without Borders<!– google_ad_section_end –>The writer asks, “How much are you making on the war, Daddy?”Dick Cheney and the Self-Licking Ice Cream ConeThe Carlyle Group: Crony Capitalism without Bordersexcerpted from the bookHow Much Are You Making On The War Daddy?A Quick and Dirty Guide to War Profiteering in the Bush Administration by William D. HartungNation Books, 2003, paperEXCERPT…p27The revolving door between the government and weapons contractors isn’t new, but it has reached new heights (monetarily) and depths (ethically), in recent years. Cheney’s relationship with Halliburton is a perfect case study of all that is wrong with the relationship between our democratic form of government and the corporations that finance our elections and feed at the government trough on a daily basis.p29Halliburton’s biggest “cash cow” during his tenure was definitely in the area of military support services, and the company’s ability to earn so much in this area was directly tied to a decision Cheney had made back when he was secretary of defense in the first Bush administration. It was under Cheney’s watch that the decision was made to privatize not only specific services in support of U.S. troops overseas-such as food services, or doing the laundry, or repairing vehicles-but to privatize the actual planning process that went into providing logistics for U.S. troops when they had to be sent into an inhospitable foreign hot spot on short notice.In 1992, near the end of Cheney’s tenure as defense secretary, Halliburton won a contract from the U.S. Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP), which P.W. Singer has described as a deal to “work with the military in planning the logistical side of contingency operations.” Singer notes that “it was the first time the U.S. military had ever contracted such global planning to a private organization.” In a pattern that would mark both Halliburton’s and Cheney’s business paths, the firm got the LOGCAP contract after conducting a top secret $3.9 million report for the Pentagon on how private companies could essentially provide the bulk of the logistics involved in major U.S. contingency deployments, from transportation and base-building to cooking the food and doing the laundry. The initial study contract called for a plan for how a private company could bear the bulk of the logistical burden for deploying 20,000 troops to 5 separate bases overseas within a 1 80-day period. Later in the year, Halliburton got a $5 million follow-on study contract to outline how a private firm might supply logistics for a series of more specific contingencies. By the end of the year, Halliburton had been selected to receive a five-year contract to be the U.S. Army’s “on call” private logistics arm.The work started almost immediately. Halliburton was called upon to provide support services for U.S. forces deployed to Somalia as part of “Operation Restore Hope,” an operation that began at the end of the Bush administration and carried over into the first Clinton term. As Singer notes, “Brown and Root employees arrived in Mogadishu just 24 hours after the first U.S. troops arrived and stayed until the final withdrawal in March 1995, when its employees left with the last U.S. marines.” The company did everything from hiring local women to hand wash Army laundry to importing “a mortician to clean up the bodies of killed UN peacekeepers before shipping them out of the country.” Singer notes that for a good portion of its time in country, Halliburton was “the largest employer in Somalia, with some 2,500 local employees.”The Somalia operation led to additional, more limited work on behalf of smaller U.S. deployments to Rwanda and Haiti. But the big payoff came in the Balkans, where Halliburton’s Brown and Root Services unit started out supplying logistical support for Operation Deny Flight, the United Nations-mandated no-fly zone in Bosnia, and ended up building and operating bases and refugee camps in Croatia, Bosnia, and, most lucratively of all, in KOSOVO. The firm’s Balkan adventures started during the same year that Cheney took over as CEO of the company, and accounted for a good deal of the company’s growth on the military side of its operations during his five-year tenure at the head of the firm.The Army contract to provide logistical support for 20,000 U.S. troops deployed as part of the NATO IFOR forces in Bosnia came in at a cool $546 million, and it resulted in Halliburton doing work on behalf of U.S. and allied forces in Hungary, Bosnia, and Croatia. Just as it seemed that Halliburton had struck pure gold, there was a setback in 1997 when the company lost in its bid to renew its overall LOGCAP contract with the Army to a competitor, DynCorp, who had underbid them for the next round of work. But the sting was taken out of the loss when the Army decided to remove the BaIkans work from the larger LOGCAP contract, allowing Halliburton to go full speed ahead on its lucrative support operations there.The Bosnia work set the stage for an even bigger role for Halliburton in Kosovo, where the company was involved in everything from building make-shift refugee quarters to building two major Army bases from scratch. The company’s contract for its first year in Kosovo alone ballooned from the base level fee of $180 million to $1 billion. During its first three months in Kosovo alone, Singer reports that the company did the following: “built 192 barracks . . . thirteen helipads, two aviation-maintenance facilities, twelve mess-kitchen dining facilities, two large base dining facilities, and 37 temporary bathing facilities,” even as it was delivering over I million meals, providing more than 55 million gallons of water, supplying over 383,000 gallons of diesel fuel, collecting over 89,000 cubic meters of trash, and loading and off-loading over 4,200 containers with needed supplies.Halliburton’s growth under Cheney’s leadership is nothing compared to what it has done since he became vice president. In 2001, it won back the Army’s LOGCAP contract, just in time to cash in on the logistical bonanza involved in providing facilities and provisions for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, and all the other far-flung outposts of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism. The company is also in charge of making the cages used to house Taliban members and terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A late August 2003 analysis in the Washington Post estimated that Halliburton had raked in $1.7 billion in military contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond since the start of the Bush administration. The company’s biggest prize-which it was awarded on a no-bid basis by the Army Corps of Engineers after Halliburton officials had helped the Defense Department write the specs for the contract-was an open-ended, two year contract worth up to $7 billion for putting out oil fires and repairing oil infrastructure in Iraq.It was only after dogged questioning from Rep. Henry Waxman that it was revealed that the no-bid Halliburton contract was not merely for putting out oil fires, but for rebuilding and operating Iraq’s extensive oil infrastructure.Printer Friendly | Permalink | | Top
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