Cultocracy note :
As stated many times in this blog the ‘War on Terror’ was simply a war for profits . Corruption appears to be endemic in the whole of the military and intelligence structure in the UK , not surprising when you realise that it is largely controlled by the establishment . Phony contracts are dished out like confetti , mercenary crime gangs get rich , the taxpayer gets poor , the unfortunates in the targeted countries get dead . The contracting companies are likely formed by racketeers further up the food chain , the larger defence and aerospace companies are particularly afflicted by the cancer of corruption .
Mattis: Criminal charges likely amid probe into intelligence contract
Defense Secretary James Mattis told lawmakers Thursday it’s probable that federal officials will file criminal charges as part of an ongoing investigation into a series of contracts the Army issued to help establish security forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The contracts were supposed to be used to help those nations build their own intelligence gathering capabilities, but audits thus far have pointed to tens of millions of dollars in potential fraud connected to at least one vendor, including for luxury vehicles and six-figure salaries paid to its employees who performed no discernible work.
The ongoing criminal investigation involves a series of agreements, beginning in 2007, that wound up costing $458 million.
According to an audit the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction published in July, the lion’s share of those funds went to a single subcontractor, New Century Consulting (NCC). But SIGAR concluded that because of poor recordkeeping and a reliance on vendors to grade their own performance, it’s almost impossible to determine whether the contracts’ objectives were ever met.
And new details from a separate audit appear to show NCC charged the government for at least $51 million in unsupportable expenses. That audit, performed by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), reportedly found the bills DoD paid included high salaries for NCC employees and the purchase of Bentleys, Porsches, Aston Martins and other luxury cars for the company’s executives.
DCAA never releases its audits to the public, but some of its findings relating to NCC were disclosed Thursday in a report by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
She said the problems could have been averted by proper oversight.
“We wouldn’t have the CEO and the COO’s wives getting salaries averaging $190,000 a year, with absolutely no evidence of them doing any work,” she said. “The subcontractor not only directed the Pentagon towards this contract, they got most of the work under the contract, and there was involvement in the Pentagon in helping steer this contract to the subcontractor.”
Testifying at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on DoD’s annual budget, Mattis said he could not comment on the particulars because of an ongoing investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Command. However, he appeared to endorse the report’s conclusions.
“Because of the investigation – which will likely result in criminal charges – we can’t go into a lot of detail in public. We’re not supposed to do that when something’s under an investigation,” he said. “But there’s not a word you just said that I would take issue with, senator.”
Read the full article here at federalnewsradio.com
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