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You’re dismissed and other news

By Mel Bochner

Defense attorneys were critical of the FBI’s reliance on the informant [Richard Bistrong], an executive of a Florida body armor company [Armor Holdings] who they called a sociopathic liar with a devious mind. They said he was able to persuade federal agents to let him plead guilty to a single bribery count for more than $4.4 million in bribes to officials at the United Nations and overseas even though he had a history of bribery, embezzlement, tax evasion, drug use and solicitation of prostitutes. ~Justice gives up sting case over foreign bribes

Reliance on contractors in Afghanistan draws continuing scrutiny
Charles S. Clark  - (GovExec) – February 24, 2012 – The use of contractors in the decade-long U.S. effort to train Afghanistan’s army and police forces continues to raise policy questions as the Obama administration struggles to meet its goal of winding down the American troop presence in the volatile region.

The Government Accountability Office on Thursday reported that the Defense Department — after it took over from the State Department in 2009 the task of training and equipping Afghan security forces — hired a contracting firm without first weighing the advantages and disadvantages of assigning U.S. government personnel to train the war-torn country’s national police.

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Three Former Directors at Military Body Armor Supplier Settle SEC Charges

(SEC) – Washington, D.C. – November 10, 2011 – The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that three former directors have agreed to more than $1.6 million in monetary sanctions to settle charges that they were involved in an accounting fraud at a major supplier of body armor to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies.

The settlements agreed to by Cary Chasin, Jerome Krantz and Gary Nadelman – former members of the board of directors at Pompano Beach, Fla.-based DHB Industries – would impose permanent officer-and-director bars in addition to the monetary sanctions. The settlements are subject to court approval.

“These directors failed to comply with their responsibilities by ignoring the repeated red flags of the massive accounting fraud that senior management orchestrated at DHB,” said Eric I. Bustillo, Director of the SEC’s Miami Regional Office. “While we won’t second guess the good-faith efforts of most company directors, we will hold accountable those who completely abdicate the duties they owe to the companies and shareholders they represent.”

Earlier this year, the SEC separately charged DHB Industries and Chasin, Krantz and Nadelman. The SEC previously charged former DHB CEO David Brooks as well as two other former DHB senior officers for their roles in the fraud. DHB Industries is now known as Point Blank Solutions.

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DoJ settlement $1 million, new US Government contract $30 million & the deterrent is???

Point Blank settles with DOJ for $1 million – court filing

Point Blank Solutions, Inc. (otc-bb:PBSO), a leader in the field of protective body armor, today announced that Point Blank Body Armor, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, has received multiple orders totaling approximately $30 million for the production of Outer Tactical Vest (“OTV”) ballistic panel kits and related ballistic components. Products produced by the Company will be used to support U.S. Military and Government operations and the Company expects to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2011. ~October 5, 2011 – Point Blank Solutions, Press Release

(Reuters) – October 25, 2011 – Point Blank, the bankrupt body armor company, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a civil suit lodged last year by the Department of Justice, according to court documents filed on Monday.

Point Blank, whose chief executive officer David Brooks was convicted of cheating his company out of $200 million, supplies body armor to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies. The company was formerly known as DHB Industries.

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David H. Brooks puts another conviction under his 100k belt (buckle)

Three tax counts were separated from the other charges he was convicted of, including insider-trading, fraud and obstruction of justice. He has asked for a new trial on those charges.

“We are channeling our efforts into the other counts,” Brooks’s lawyer Gerald L. Shargel said in a phone interview today.
~ Ex-Point Blank Chief to Plead to Tax Charges, Lawyer Says – Bloomberg  August 9, 2011

Former Point Blank Solutions Chief Brooks Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges

David H. Brooks & Sandra Hatfield

Thom Weidlich – (Bloomberg) – August 10, 2011 – David Brooks, the Point Blank Solutions Inc. (PBSOQ) founder convicted by a jury last year of committing a $185 million fraud and looting the military contractor, pleaded guilty to tax charges.

Brooks entered the plea today in federal court in Central Islip, New York, according to Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in Brooklyn.

Brooks, 56, a former chief executive officer, and former Chief Operating Officer Sandra Hatfield were convicted last September in Central Islip on charges of insider trading, fraud and obstruction of justice. Point Blank, which makes body armor for the military and police, filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2010. The company was formerly called DHB Industries Inc.

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The naked truth about transparency and other news…

If transparency—including public access to past performance information—were added to the process, maybe the government would be deterred from awarding taxpayer dollars to risky contractors and the contractors would improve their performance. But then again, maybe these contractors are too big too fail. –  Scott Amey, General Counsel Project On Government Oversight (POGO)

The Dog Ate My Performance Report

In brig, WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning ordered to sleep without clothing
Ellen Nakashima – (Washington Post) – March 6, 2011 – Military jailers are forcing Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old soldier accused of passing classified documents to WikiLeaks.org, to strip naked in his cell at night and sleep without clothing, a requirement his attorney says was imposed after Manning made a “sarcastic quip” about his confinement.

For most of the past eight months, Manning has been required to sleep wearing only boxer shorts, because of his status as a detainee under “prevention of injury watch,” said 1st Lt. Brian Villiard, a spokesman for the military detention facility, or “brig,” in Quantico. Beginning Wednesday night, the facility commander ordered that Manning turn over his boxers, too.

“The intention is not to cause any sort of humiliation or embarrassment,” Villiard said. “The intention is to ensure the safety and security of the detainee and make sure he is able to stand trial.”

Villiard said he could not explain how Manning might harm himself if he were allowed to keep his underwear, citing rules to protect detainees’ privacy. All he could say was that “circumstances warranted” the measure, which was ordered by the brig commander, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Denise Barnes. The requirement will remain in effect until a review next week, he said.

But Manning’s attorney, David E. Coombs, said he thought the order was “punitive” under the “guise of being concerned” about Manning’s welfare. (Click HERE for article)

Lawmakers criticize military funeral protesters
Ben Terris – (National Journal) – March 4, 2011 – Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who won a Supreme Court ruling this week supporting their right to protest military funerals, are misusing their right to free speech, say Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska.

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