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photo from Senator's website
US Senators John McCain, Barbara Mikulski, and John Barrasso continue to rub shoulders with dubious types as they travel the world feeding from the same trough funded by some highly questionable corporate sponsors.
All three Senators were guest speakers to about 250 paticipants from over 50 countries at last November's 4th Halifax International Forum, a Canadian weekend security 'love-in' for 'has beens, political rejects, & passed use-by date' politicians.
We don't know how much our elected representatives were paid for this particular jolly but it surely can't be much less than fellow speaker and British Member of Parliament, Liam Fox. According to the register of MP's interests, Mr. Fox accepted 'return flights, internal transportation, accommodation and some meals with a total value of 3,228-12 Pounds Sterling' - that's about $5,200 in real money.
Fox, McCain, Mikulski, & Barrasso were listed among approximately 100 speakers at the
What the 'lamestream' media actually failed to report was that the forum was partly funded by the huge
It may be recalled that in 2008 General Dynamics agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the US Government claiming a GD unit had fraudulently billed the government for defectively manufactured parts used in US military aircraft and submarines. This was just the latest incident in a series going back decades to the early 1940s when the company was the target of Congressional investigations into profiteering and unethical business practices, but that probe was cut short as the country started to ramp up military output.
DynCorp might be a more familiar name to readers who recall the company received some notoriety for losing an unfair dismissal case brought in the
More recently DynCorp has been chastised for its dismal performance in managing a multimillion-dollar contract to train police in post-war
You would think our Senators could choose better colleagues and less embarrassing corporate sponsors?