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    I worked for the government as a career diplomat for 27 years.  In that time, I had oversight responsibility for several contracts.

    I can give one simple example.  We had a contract to install a satellite tv reception dish for my Cultural Center in Jakarta.  The contract was written in the standard way, which was that the contracting officer -- me -- had to sign a statement saying that the work had been done to my satisfaction before the contractor was paid.

    They put in the dish, and came to my office.  They turned on the tv, and there was the picture -- full of snow.  I said, "That's a lousy picture.  You can do better than that."  They said, "that's the best we can get it," and left Jakarta.  I got a call from our admin officer several weeks later, asking why I hadn't signed the completion statement and returned it.  I told him that in my opinion, the job had not been completed, and I would not sign the statement until it was.

    The next week, a worker from the contracting company showed up, adjusted the tracting on the dish three degrees, and the snow disappeared; the picture was fine.  I signed the statement and they got paid.

    This kind of thing goes on all the time, but the contracting companies don't like it.  It holds them accountable for their work.  So, especially for DoD, they go around it with the help of officials and officers that they then hire after they retire.  Contracts are written with "cost plus" provisions.  Contracting officers play golf with the contractors, and know that if they play ball, they'll have well-paid, cushy jobs when they retire.

    The only difference with the Bush regime is that of scope.  They haved raised no-bid, no-review, no-performance contracts to an art form, and wasted billions in the process.  They have done so without any thought of getting caught, because they know that their boys are in the inspectors office, the justice department, and the White House, and there's no penalty to be paid for playing with the big boys.

    We know -- the Libby case has proven it -- that there will be no justice, no prosecution, no accountability as long as these criminals are in office pulling the strings.  And we know that if they aren't impeached, the next administration -- Republican or Democrat -- will do the same thing.

    The only way to save the country is to impeach Bush, Cheney, and Gonzales, and then to bring charges against them and dozens of their co-conspirators, including RICO confiscation of their assets, funds, and property.

    Which means we're screwed.  That ain't gonna happen.

    "A judicious questioning of the obvious may well be a mark of genius." David Lindley

    by Noziglia on Thu Jul 05, 2007 at 11:51:14 AM PDT

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