On yet another front, the Justice Department continues to decline to join a whistle-blower case against a security contractor called Custer Battles, despite a March 9 jury verdict that found the company had defrauded the U.S. government out of millions of dollars in Iraq. In a statement issued after the verdict, Senator Grassley noted that “war profiteering is what led President Lincoln to support the original False Claims Act,” under which the Custer Battles case was pursued. Typically, the U.S. government will back the efforts of whistle-blowers—in this case two former executives of Custer Battles who were appalled by the fraud—but the Bush administration has maintained its silence. “I remain concerned as to why the Justice Department chose not to join this case,” Grassley said. Justice Department spokeswoman Cynthia Magnuson, asked to respond, said, “I don’t have anything immediately for you.”Bush would have us believe that criticism of the war effort gives aid and comfort to the enemy. But how much aid and comfort does the enemy get from war profiteering, incompetent management of military operations, a tax on military widows, poorly equipped military forces, incompetent diplomacy, violation of the Powell Doctrine, the unilateral withdrawal from treaties like the Geneva Conventions, and the corresponding loss of U.S. credibility?
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Aid and Comfort
Bush should resign for supporting war profiteers: