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    Why bother following the rules?

    on Triple Cannopy:

    Sport shooting

    Triple Canopy is currently the defendant in a lawsuit filed by three former employees who worked for Triple Canopy under a contract for KBR. Former Army Ranger Shane Schmidt and former Marine Charles L. Sheppard III claim in the lawsuit that on July 8, 2004, while en route to the Baghdad airport, their shift leader declared he was "going to kill someone today" and shortly afterwards stepped out of the vehicle and fired rounds of his M4 rifle through the windshield of a stopped truck.

    The suit goes on to claim the shift leader said, "This didn't happen, understand?" Soon after, the shift leader stated he had "never shot anyone with my handgun before" and then fired his handgun through the windshield of a parked taxi, killing the driver.

    When Schmidt and Sheppard reported the incident, they were fired by Triple Canopy. The shift leader was sent back to the United States. Triple Canopy claims has not denied the incident occurred, rather they argue that no violation of Virginia law occurred and that Schmidt and Sheppard were "at-will" employees and could be fired for any reason.

    on DynCorp waste, not surprised at all, they are owned by CSC (computer Sciences Corporation):

    Hill & Knowlton will head "a complex $3.8M PR effort" for the U.S. State Department, "targeting Afghan citizens and stakeholder groups to dissuade Afghan farmers from cultivating poppies and boosting global drug trade." Poppy production has soared since the 2001 U.S. invasion. Afghanistan provided 86 percent of the world's heroin in 2005, and "planting has significantly increased in 2006," according to a State Department official. Hill & Knowlton will "deploy communications through seven Afghan provinces" and "build capability" within the Agriculture, Interior and Counter-narcotics Ministries, by providing "communications professionals" and developing each ministry's own communications office. "Foreign and domestic media will be brought along" on poppy eradication missions, and "alternative livelihood efforts" will be promoted in the PR campaign. Current messages include, "Growing poppies is against Islam and harmful for the reputation of Afghanistan." Previous U.S.-funded PR work, by the Rendon Group and others, has been called costly and ineffective by Afghan officials.

    These guys have been getting away with cowboy tactics worldwide for a long time, and now we notice?

    They all do a risk analysis, will the lawsuit cost more or less than the contract value.  It is a simple algorithm.  If I lose 1M for a 10B contract so be it.  

    Your congressman/woman are voting and approving paying these guys, it is in the appropriations bills for the DOD, DOA, DOJ, USAID, DON, etc...

    the finances for this year are being set right now, the contract season has begun.

    We need to talk with our wallets because no one is listening to our words

    by one pissed off democrat on Tue Oct 23, 2007 at 04:42:22 AM PDT

    •  Increadable. (2+ / 0-)
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      TexDem, Turkana

      From murder to PR, they will find a way to drain The Treasury.

      Picture the PR flacks in Afghanista. Even Stanley Kubrick wouldn't have imagined it.

      "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

      by koNko on Tue Oct 23, 2007 at 05:48:43 AM PDT

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