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A public perception of massive corruption concerning U.S. Department of Defense fuel-supply contracts has now helped bring down the government of Kyrgyzstan twice–in 2005, and again two weeks ago. Was the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act violated by U.S. government actors and their contractors and subcontractors? Did the Department of Justice actually take note of these massive bribery operations and give them a wink and a nod? A good deal of information is coming to the surface now that suggests the answer to both questions will be “yes.” Here’s my testimony [PDF] delivered this morning before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the course of a hearing looking into these issues. And here’s Aram Roston’s important new article, which moves us closer to the conclusion that Red Star and Mina, two unheard-of phantom companies that hold $1 billion plus in fuel-supply contracts for the Pentagon, are actually just government shells created to avoid having the Pentagon contract directly with entities controlled by local government officials, in likely violation of the anti-bribery laws.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Number of mine-detecting monkeys erroneously reported to have been given to the United States by Morocco in March:
The Pacific trade winds are weakening as a result of global warming.
In the United States, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was advanced by the House Ways and Means Committee after 18 hours of deliberation, during which time the Republican members of Congress passed around candy.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."