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  •  crooked and lazy (9+ / 0-)

    It would be so easy for Halliburton to take the government's money, make a fortune, and still actually provide decent services to our troops and the Iraqis. It would have been so easy for the Interceptor people to keep their exclusive contracts and develop a Dragon Skin knock-off that did a decent job protecting our troops.

    The Republicans have no shame. They could have had everything they wanted, or almost everything, if they had just combined their crookedness with basic competence. But what are thousands of lives when a percent or two of profit margin is at stake?

    Speaking of stakes, the sooner all these guys are impaled on them, the better.

    •  More than a few people close (6+ / 0-)

      to the issue think reverse engineering of the Dragon Skin system is exactly what the Pentagon has had in mind. Of course, it's a patented system, so that might be difficult.

      I'm not so much for the "impaling" part, though. I'll settle for being held to account by the legal process.

      As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. - Justice William O. Douglas

      by occams hatchet on Thu May 17, 2007 at 06:29:02 AM PDT

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      •  A patent is no obstacle... (2+ / 0-)
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        occams hatchet, JVolvo

        ...if the DOD wants a patent they automatically get use of it ("expropriation for the national defense") without any licensing fees required. And they can even prevent the inventor from licensing it to anyone else.

        And, of course, they need it manufactured, so they can give the patent to another company to manufacture it.

        This dates back to the Civil War, where it made some sense. It made some sense in WWII, but it has been greatly abused since then. Big aerospace basically can have any patent it wants by asking the government to expropriate it for them.

        "What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite." - Bertrand Russell

        by Mad Dog Rackham on Thu May 17, 2007 at 04:29:46 PM PDT

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