Levin Catches Blackwater in Contracting Lie

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) got Fred Roitz of Blackwater — sorry, “Xe Services,” the new name for the company — to say that Blackwater shell company “Paravant” came into existence shortly before “Paravant” got a subcontract from defense giant Raytheon to train Afghan security forces. But then Levin read from the contract submission: “Paravant has many years of experience identifying and selecting top candidates for training.” How could that possibly be true? Levin asked.

Roitz first tried to parry that the language referred to “recruiting and vetting functions service [within] all the companies” controlled by Blackwater. Levin wasn’t having it: “Your proposal says something that is not true.” Roitz backed down, saying the proposal “could have been better worded.” Levin rejoindered that Roitz’s answer could have been better worded. Finally, when Levin kept pressing him that Paravant’s claim of “years of experience” could not in any straightforward way be true, he conceded, “That is true.”

But not before he pointed his finger at Raytheon. “Raytheon specifically knew who in fact they were contracting with,” Roitz said. “They did not want to name Blackwater.” Levin pressed: Who at Raytheon told him that? “I don’t know.”

I have a call out to Raytheon officials on this; let’s see what they say.

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chrisjay
Comment posted February 24, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

We can call out Prince and his Black Army all day long—their lies & crimes could fill the ocean: when are we going to DO something about them?


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dickerson3870
Comment posted February 25, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

Raytheon? The world's largest producer of guided missiles? The manufacturer of the Patriot missile™? The Raytheon that pleaded guilty in 1990 to the felony of illegally obtaining classified Air Force budget and planning documents so as to gain an unfair advantage against its competitors in bidding for weapons contracts? The Raytheon that paid $3.7 million in 1993 to settle allegations that it misled the U.S. Defense Department by overstating the labor costs involved in manufacturing Patriot missiles? The Raytheon that contributed nearly a million dollars to various defense-related political campaigns in the presidential election year of 2004, spending much more than that on lobbying expenses? The Raytheon awarded $152 million dollars in grants by the National Science Foundation in the Fiscal Year 2007 (more than to any other institution and organization in the country)? THAT RAYTHEON? If so, then Senator Levin had damn well better 'watch his step'!
SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raytheon


dickerson3870
Comment posted February 25, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

RE: “I have a call out to Raytheon officials on this…” – Attackerman
MY CONCERN: Raytheon? The world's largest producer of guided missiles? The manufacturer of the Patriot missile™? The Raytheon that pleaded guilty in 1990 to the felony of illegally obtaining classified Air Force budget and planning documents so as to gain an unfair advantage against its competitors in bidding for weapons contracts? The Raytheon that paid $3.7 million in 1993 to settle allegations that it misled the U.S. Defense Department by overstating the labor costs involved in manufacturing Patriot missiles? The Raytheon that contributed nearly a million dollars to various defense-related political campaigns in the presidential election year of 2004, spending much more than that on lobbying expenses? The Raytheon awarded $152 million dollars in grants by the National Science Foundation in the Fiscal Year 2007 (more than to any other institution and organization in the country)? THAT RAYTHEON? If so, then you had damn well better 'watch your step', young man!
SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raytheon


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