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Nurturing a toxic culture and other news

Posted October 14, 2012 By Forseti

…the toxic culture of the military allows “open and blatant sexual harassment to occur on a daily basis,” and retaliates against its opponents…

…While the military claims a zero-tolerance policy and touts systematic reforms regarding rape and sexual assault, “this rhetoric has failed to change the misogynistic culture of the Army and has not resulted in any meaningful reform or reduction in sexual assaults”… – Military Accused of Nursing Culture of Rape & Retaliation

Halliburton senior vice-president and six others nabbed in prostitution sting
Clifford Pugh – (Culture Map) – October 12, 2012 –  A Halliburton senior vice president and six others were arrested Thursday in an undercover prostitution sting in north Harris County. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office vice unit focused on suspects soliciting sex online and set up the sting operation from a motel located off I-45 and FM 1960.

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Defense Scam Alleged in San Diego

Posted August 24, 2012 By Forseti

It appears that Robert Ehnow was a Lt. Col. in the US Marine Corps prior to starting his business enterprise.

Bob Ehnow

Location: Greater San Diego Area
Industry: Wholesale
Current: President at MARDOC Corporation
Past: Aircraft Maintenance Officer at USMC Marine Liaison and Amphibious Ship Readiness at U. S Navy Commander Naval Air Forces COT T-AVB at USMC…

(Courthouse News) – SAN DIEGO  - August 24, 2012 –  Two defense contractors were charged Thursday with conspiring with Navy officials to commit bribery, wire fraud and money laundering, and six felony counts of bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Charged were Robert Ehnow, the owner of L&N Industrial Tool & Supply, of Poway; Joanne Loehr, owner of Centerline Industrial, also of Poway; and Centerline itself.

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(DoJ) – LAS VEGAS – July 17, 2012 – The U.S. Navy SEAL who was convicted last fall of multiple felony weapons charges, including dealing in stolen firearms, was sentenced today to 17½ years in federal prison and three years of supervised release, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Nicholas Bickle, 34, of San Diego, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Roger L. Hunt. Bickle was convicted by a jury in October 2011 of one count of conspiracy to unlawfully receive, transport, possess and transfer machineguns and stolen firearms and to deal in firearms; one count of dealing in firearms without a license; four counts of possession and transfer of machine guns; five counts of possession, concealment, sale and disposition of stolen firearms; one count of receiving, concealing and retaining property of the United States; and one count of transportation by and distribution of explosives to a non-licensee. The judge imposed a greater sentence because of the large number of firearms involved, the types of firearms involved, and because the firearms were stolen and trafficked. Judge Hunt also found that Bickle was a leader or organizer of the offense, and that Bickle had abused his position of trust in order to facilitate the offenses.

“The weapons trafficked in this case were not your ordinary firearms; rather, they were fully-automatic machineguns that likely would have ended up in the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “The defendant’s conduct was serious, and the Court imposed a lengthy prison sentence that should serve as a deterrent to anyone who is considering trafficking in machineguns or other firearms.”

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As part of the conspiracy, defense contractors provided Navy officials with over one million dollars in personal benefits, including cash, checks, retail gift cards, flat screen television sets, luxury massage chairs, home furniture and appliances, bicycles costing thousands of dollars, model airplanes, and home remodeling services. In return, the Navy officials placed millions of dollars in fraudulent orders with the defense contractors.

(DoJ) – March 28, 2012 – United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced today that seven individuals, four Navy officials, Donald Vangundy, Kiet Luc, David Lindsay and Brian Delaney, and three defense contractors, Michael Graven, John Newman, and Paul Grubiss, each pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal in connection with a wide-ranging fraud and corruption scheme at the Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, in Coronado, California.

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Everything including Saddam’s loo & other news

Posted November 13, 2011 By Forseti

Dear Committee: Main Street Says Look at Pensions
Gretchen Morgenson – (New York Times) – November 12, 2011 – The so-called supercommittee in Congress has until Nov. 23 to find more than a trillion dollars of new savings in the federal budget.

Here’s one idea: Stop reimbursing the costs of pensions and other retirement benefits at huge, and hugely profitable, defense contractors. Over 10 years, such a move could save an estimated $30 billion — the amount by which these pensions are collectively underfunded. (That figure could change, depending on pension performance.)

True, that might seem like a drop in the bucket, given that the committee’s 12 members are trying to save $1.2 trillion over all. But examining this longstanding practice seems worthy in lean times.

The government also promises to help defense companies shore up their pension funds when they become underfunded. Many of these funds have lost money in recent years in declining financial markets or on bad investments, so the bill for taxpayers has been growing.

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