War profiteering

We can't count on our own representatives to lead the charge against war-profiteering by Blackwater USA, we can at least be grateful that someone in the House of Representatives is trying to do something to shine light on the Prince of Darknesss

Erik Prince testified last October before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee where Murphy and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., raised questions about the profits the company earned from its large government contracts. Prince responded by noting that Blackwater, a privately held corporation, was not compelled to release its profits.

"I can give approximate numbers, but we are a private company," Prince said. "We are a private company, and there is a key word there, private."

Murphy suggested that taxpayers, who provided 90 percent of Blackwater's work, might hold a different view about what should be public information. "My bill seeks one simple thing transparency. If there are people out there making millions off of government contracts, profiting off of this war, we should know about it," Murphy said.

This is a no-brainer, and it would be easy as pie to implement. Simply build the reporting in the contract itself, with a requirement for a third-party auditor to affirm the information. And maybe while they're at it, Congress can add in another provision - one that prohibits contractors from carrying weapons. That would shut down half the war-profiteering business overnight.

Don't worry, Erik. It won't happen. Too many of our honorables are making too much money investing in the war machine. Your greedy ass is safe. For now.


This is not Blackwater-related

per se, but before I joined BlueNC I posted this thread over at AW.

If you scroll down you can see where I came back a few times to update folks. It is not very inspiring.

I have the feeling our congressional leaders know what you say!

While we all know the powers the Feds have, (like Al Capone, etc)there is so much cash floating around with this contracting, nobody is watching the hen house. I thought that 2006 would 'change' something, but we just 'refilled the swamp', as Pelosi used the term.

What's wrong with this picture?

It seems to me that after the Democratic Party took back the Leadership(?) of Congress in '06, just the exact opposite of this has been happening...


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