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Stevan Nathan Ringo, Ex-Army sgt, sentenced in fuel theft plot Afghanistan

Associated Press at Beaumont Enterprise

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former U.S. Army staff sergeant has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a fuel theft scheme to solicit bribes from a government contractor in Afghanistan.

Twenty-six-year-old Stevan Nathan Ringo of Marrero, La., was also ordered at sentencing on Friday to forfeit the proceeds of the scheme, more than $400,000.

Ringo pleaded guilty in September to bribery.

According to court documents, Ringo was stationed in Afghanistan when he accepted cash from a government contractor in exchange for creating and submitting fraudulent paperwork permitting that contractor to steal fuel.

Prosecutors say the paperwork allowed the contractor to steal $1.4 million worth of fuel.  Please see the original here

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Government Contractor, Pentagon | , , , | Leave a comment

IG finds Army mismanaged contingency operations support contract

Logistics Civil Augementation Program Support Contract Needs to Comply with Aquisition Rules

by Robert Brodsky at Goverment Exec

Army procurement officials failed to properly manage a key support contract for contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, awarding millions of dollars of work without competition and disclosing bidders’ proprietary information without their knowledge or consent, according to a watchdog’s new report.

The report by the Defense Department inspector general found scores of internal control weaknesses associated with the Army Sustainment Command’s management of a support contract for the massive Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, which provides a host of services and in-theatre assistance to soldiers. Three firms — DynCorp International, Fluor Corp. and KBR — compete for task orders on the LOGCAP IV contract.

Serco Inc. of Vienna, Va., in February 2007 won a $117 million support contract to help the Army plan and estimate costs of task orders on the LOGCAP IV contract. But, according to auditors, Army officials allowed the scope of Serco’s contract to expand to non-LOGCAP requirements without taking the proper steps to ensure competition and prevent conflicts of interest.

Please read the entire article by Robert Brodsky here

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Contract Awards, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, DynCorp, Fluor, Government Contractor, Iraq, KBR, LOGCAP, Pentagon | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Body of US military Bio weapons Expert found in Delaware landfill

Associated Press at Yahoo

DOVER, Del. – The body of a military expert who served in three Republican administrations was found dumped in a landfill over the holiday weekend, and investigators said Monday they do not know who might have killed him.

John Wheeler III, 66, was last seen Dec. 28 on an Amtrak train from Washington to Wilmington. His body was found three days later, on New Year’s Eve, as a garbage truck emptied its contents at the Cherry Island landfill. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Wheeler, who served in Vietnam, helped lead efforts to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington.

The former Army officer lived in New Castle and worked as a consultant for The Mitre Corporation, a nonprofit based in Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va., that operates federally funded research and development centers.

Police have determined that all the stops made Friday by the garbage truck before it arrived at the landfill involved large commercial disposal bins in Newark, several miles from Wheeler’s home.

“He was just not the sort of person who would wind up in a landfill,” said Bayard Marin, an attorney who was representing Wheeler in a dispute over a couple’s plans to build a new home in the historic district of Old New Castle where the victim lived.

Wheeler, the son of a decorated Army officer, was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He retired from the military in 1971.

Wheeler, the son of a decorated Army officer, was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He retired from the military in 1971.

Wheeler served as a special assistant to the secretary of the Air Force under President George W. Bush, and in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He also was the first chief executive of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

As the first chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Wheeler led the multimillion-dollar fundraising effort to create the memorial on Washington’s National Mall.

Fund founder and president Jan Scruggs said Wheeler dedicated himself to ensuring that service members were given the respect they deserve.

“I know how passionate he was about honoring all who serve their nation, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Scruggs said in a statement released Monday.

In a forward for the book, “Reflections On The Wall: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” Wheeler wrote that the beauty of the wall photos in the book comes from the black granite’s reflective quality.

“Before construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, those of us working on the project knew the wall would be shiny and reflective,” he wrote. “But no one anticipated the sharp, true, and expansive mirror quality of the wall. The high polish of the black granite surface reflects blue sky, green trees, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Dome, the Lincoln Memorial, and the expressive faces of visitors who approach the Wall.”

Wheeler’s military career included serving in the office of the secretary of defense and writing a manual on the effectiveness of biological and chemical weapons, which recommended that the United States not use biological weapons.

“He was a very humble kind of guy, actually,” Marin said. “He was never the kind of person who would talk about all the wonderful things he did in his life.”

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized, Veterans | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Watch for the coming collapse of Monsanto

Natural News Opinion
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In what appears to be a move to bring diversity to its holdings, Monsanto has quietly purchased a controlling share of Xe Services.
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Xe Services is the new name for what used to be called Blackwater. In a clear case of Evil consolidating with Evil, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified food crops has teamed up with the world’s largest producer of private corporate terrorism. Interestingly enough, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation purchased a huge number of shares in Monsanto ($23 million worth).4 Another case of Evil consolidation, maybe?

With all of this, the GMO corporation’s losses are still large. Their stocks have dropped by 42% this year.

Please read the entire article here

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Follow the Money, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , | 3 Comments