Saturday, February 23, 2008

Woman Caught on Nanny Cam Abusing Infant Twins not Prosecuted

The nanny was caught on video abusing infant twins and the police refuses to press charges. Every parent should be horrified that this kind of treatment by babysitters of children could go on and the criminal justice system fails to punish such shocking behavior:

Hillary Clinton's Plagiarism Hypocrisy

This amusing video shows Hillary Clinton's shameless hypocrisy on the question of plagiarism:

Newspaper Exposes Shocking War Profiteering in Iraq

It was one of the reasons for invading Iraq: Cheney, Bush friends and supporters stood to profit greatly from the war. When all the evidence finally comes out the American people will demand that those two are hung from the gallows. Unfortunately, it's too late to impeach Bush and Cheney. Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for this important story:

Hundreds of pages of recently unsealed court records detail how kickbacks shaped the war's largest troop support contract months before the first wave of U.S. soldiers plunged their boots into Iraqi sand.

The graft continued well beyond the 2004 congressional hearings that first called attention to it. And the massive fraud endangered the health of American soldiers even as it lined contractors' pockets, records show.

Federal prosecutors in Rock Island have indicted four former supervisors from KBR, the giant defense firm that holds the contract, along with a decorated Army officer and five executives from KBR subcontractors based in the U.S. or the Middle East. Those defendants, along with two other KBR employees who have pleaded guilty in Virginia, account for a third of the 36 people indicted to date on Iraq war-contract crimes, Justice Department records show.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Rock Island sentenced the Army official, Chief Warrant Officer Peleti "Pete" Peleti Jr., to 28 months in prison for taking bribes. One Middle Eastern subcontractor treated him to a trip to the 2006 Super Bowl, a defense investigator said.

The worst part of all this, the massive corruption endangered the lives of our troops:
In one case, a freight-shipping subcontractor confessed to giving $25,000 in illegal gratuities to five unnamed KBR employees "to build relationships to get additional business," according to the man's December 2007 statement to a federal judge in the Rock Island court. Separately, Peleti named five military colleagues who allegedly accepted bribes. Prosecutors also have identified three senior KBR executives who allegedly approved inflated bids. None of those 13 people has been charged.

A common thread runs through these cases and other KBR scandals in Iraq, from allegations the firm failed to protect employees sexually assaulted by co-workers to findings that it charged $45 per can of soda: The Pentagon has outsourced crucial troop support jobs while slashing the number of government contract watchdogs.