Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Corruption and War

art by Angela Burks...courtesy of Twist Art Gallery of Nashville

From the small time...
Captain with 101st charged with taking bribes in Iraq

By Bill Theobald • Tennessean • August 18, 2009

A captain with the 101st Airborne Division has been indicted on charges of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for steering business to two contractors while serving as a procurement officer in Iraq, the U.S. attorney's office in the southern district of New York announced Monday.

Capt. Bryant Williams, 38, of Clarksville, Tenn., was charged with one count of fraud and one count of bribery. He surrendered to authorities in Manhattan and was to be arraigned in federal court later in the day.

Starting in October 2005, the indictment says, he asked two contractors — not identified in the indictment — to pay him a percentage of the contracts they received.When the two received contracts through other procurement officers, Williams brandished his firearm and threatened them with "physical injury," the indictment alleges. {more}

On up to the big boys...
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1 comment:

  1. In the immortal words of general Smedley Butler;

    How To Smash This Racket!

    Well, it's a racket, all right. A few profit – and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.

    The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted. One month before the Government can conscript the young men of the nation – it must conscript capital and industry and labor. Let the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of our armament factories and our munitions makers and our shipbuilders and our airplane builders and the manufacturers of all the other things that provide profit in war time as well as the bankers and the speculators, be conscripted – to get $30 a month, the same wage as the lads in the trenches get.

    Let the workers in these plants get the same wages – all the workers, all presidents, all executives, all directors, all managers, all bankers – yes, and all generals and all admirals and all officers and all politicians and all government office holders – everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly income not to exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!

    Let all these kings and tycoons and masters of business and all those workers in industry and all our senators and governors and majors pay half of their monthly $30 wage to their families and pay war risk insurance and buy Liberty Bonds. Why shouldn't they? They aren't running any risk of being killed or of having their bodies mangled or their minds shattered. They aren't sleeping in muddy trenches. They aren't hungry. The soldiers are! Give capital and industry and labor thirty days to think it over and you will find, by that time, there will be no war. That will smash the war racket – that and nothing else.