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“When I served four years in the military, it wasn’t so that Bechtel, KBR, Halliburton and all the other corporations could make money and buy politicians to further drag out the war and create policies that support all that,” Bodell said. “I fought for the Constitution, for representation and for freedom of the American people.” ~ Kole Bodell, Salt Lake City, UT

Ex-officer indicted for coercing soldiers
(Windsor Star) – January 21, 2012 – A former Danish officer has been indicted for threatening to send troops under his command to the Afghan front line if they refuse to pay a fine for certain errors, website Politiken said Friday.

The 33-year-old, in charge of a royal guard unit in Afghanistan, “put pressure on a number of soldiers in Afghanistan daily to contribute to a system of illegal financial penalties,” said the website.

“If they refuse, a place awaits them on the front line whenever the unit was to carry out perilous missions in the province of Helmand,” which is torn by unrest, said the website.

Soldiers are required to pay between $200 to $500 in fines if “for example they fall asleep during their watch duties, fire a shot accidentally or forget to shut an armoured vehicle,” said the website. (Click HERE for article)

Boeing to Pay U.S. $4.4 Million to End Chinook Billing Case
Sophia Pearson – (Bloomberg) – January 20, 2012 – Boeing Co., the second-largest defense contractor, agreed to pay the U.S. $4.4 million to resolve allegations that it overbilled the government for work on Chinook military helicopters.

The settlement requires Boeing to retrain its employees and make improvements to software it uses to track its billing, Philadelphia U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said today in a statement. A whistle-blower lawsuit alerted the government to the issue, according to the statement.

“Some of the most important cases begin with a citizen who sees something wrong and speaks up,” Memeger said in the statement. “Whistle-blowers who notify the government of possible fraud allow us both to correct that specific problem and to prevent similar misconduct from recurring in the future.”

The U.S. Defense Department awarded Boeing a contract in 2003 to produce and modify new Chinook helicopters as part of the Army’s effort to modernize its fleet.  More than 100 Chinooks were ordered. (Click HERE for article)

How The Web Killed SOPA and PIPA
Carl Franzen – (TPM) – January 20, 2012 –  Leaders in Congress on Friday effectively killed two pieces of anti-online piracy legislation following the increasingly vocal protests of tens of thousands of websites and millions of Internet users.

That’s right, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate are, for all practical purposes, dead in the water.

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