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Aviation Corporation Corruption
Updates:  08/15-16/2017 page started; AVIATION CORPORATION CORRUPTION   General Dynamics     Ducommun     Lockheed Martin     Northrup Grumman     Raytheon See also Parts Corruption:  Parts  Manufacturer corruption and other issues (on separate page)  General: Times Record News: Opinion. Corruption/conflict of interest - DLA Piper, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon. By Frank Egnoto, Burkburnett (11/02/2016) http://archive.timesrecordnews.com/opinion/corruption-and-conflict-of-interest-283390bf-7e67-6777-e053- 0100007f9495-399577311.html/ Excerpt:  DLA Piper, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are in the news lately. DLA is a law firm. One of their clients is Clinton Foundation. DLA does their tax returns. DLA also performed the first independent audit on the Clinton foundation and the HRC email scandals.Lockheed Martin and Raytheon were granted 17 approval contracts from HRC while she was Secretary of State. These companies were large donors to the Clinton foundation.Bill had a foundation back in 2005, called 'Clinton Global Initiative' (CGI). Doug Band solicited pledges from the wealthy in return for access to Bill Clinton speeches and appointments. These same people are involved in the CGI and Clinton foundations. Corruption, "the abuse of power by a public official for private gain."Corruption starts when cover ups begin. In situations like this, a natural reaction in human survival is called CYA. Adding money and greed solidifies an alliance of people to follow their superior http://archive.timesrecordnews.com/opinion/corruption-and-conflict-of-interest-283390bf-7e67-6777-e053- 0100007f9495-399577311.html/ Ducommun - Ie, Supplier for Boeing Brandeis: Boeing Parts Scandal https://www.brandeis.edu/investigate/political-social-justice/boeing-parts-scandal.html Excerpt: The assembly workers Prewitt observed were not the only ones who noted problems with parts from a key Boeing supplier, AHF Ducommun of Los Angeles. Other workers told her that many pieces had to be shoved or hammered into place. And documents reviewed by The Washington Post show that quality managers reported numerous problems at Ducommun in memos recorded in Boeing's system for monitoring its supplie https://www.brandeis.edu/investigate/political-social-justice/boeing-parts-scandal.html Daily Bulletin: Ducommun Technologies gets second phase of Boeing Contract (04/15/2010) http://www.dailybulletin.com/2010/04/15/ducommun-technologies-gets-second-phase-of-boeing-contract/ LA Times:  Boeing Sued by Three Workers They allege that the plane maker installed defective parts from Ducommun in a range of aircraft and tried to cover up their use.  By Peter Pae (05/28/2005) http://articles.latimes.com/2005/may/28/business/fi-ducommun28 San Diego Union Tribune Court Sides with Boeing in Whistleblower http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-appeals-court-sides-with-boeing-in-whistleblower-2016jun13-story.html Raytheon Corp Research: Raytheon  Note from The Golden River:  seems to be a good website http://www.corp-research.org/raytheon Corporate Watch: Raytheon Corporate Crimes https://corporatewatch.org/company-profiles/raytheon-corporate-crimes The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/apr/01/us-military-researchfunding Habib Siddiqui, Dr. Blogspot.  Raytheon’s corruption in Afghanistan http://drhabibsiddiqui dot blogspot dot com/2016/09/raytheons-corruption-in-afghanistan.html Youtube: Engineer says Raytheon stole his patent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br2239gT2Q4 Book - The Corruption Chronicles: Obama's Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big ... By Tom Fittonexcerpt on Raytheon, Obama admin corrutpion, lobbying, this link takes you to an excerpt on Raytheon https://books.google.com/books?id=foe4AwAAQBAJ&pg=PA145&lpg=PA145&dq=Raytheon+corruption&source=bl&ots =TWndsXju6n&sig=_aA4pObVA8yvIUQEivABjDABSaE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwifhcnSudrVAhWqr1QKHQ5FBG04C hDoAQg7MAY#v=onepage&q=Raytheon%20corruption&f=false Reuters: Raytheon must face billion dollar whistleblower lawsuit. By Jonathan Stempel (03/07/2016) http://www.reuters.com/article/us-raytheon-lawsuit-idUSKCN0W9270 UPI: Raytheon sued by former employee over Afghanistan fraud allegations. Former Raytheon Afghan security forces trainer alleges he was fired after he tried to report instances of fraud, waste and abuse by the defense giant. By Geoff Ziezulewicz    (09/02/2016) https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2016/09/02/Raytheon-sued-by-former-employee-over-Afghanistan-fraud- allegations/6821472821108/ Findlaw: Raytheon beats 1 billion whistleblower suit http://blogs.findlaw.com/in_house/2017/08/raytheon-beats-1-billion-whistleblower-suit.html Law 360: https://www.law360.com/articles/891150/raytheon-ducks-incomprehensible-1b-satellite-fca-suit https://www.law360.com/articles/66079/raytheon-honcho-alleges-race-gender-discrimination Lockheed Martin Corruption/Issues Forbes:  Lockheed fined 4.7 million for fraudulent taxpayer paid lobbying with most corrupt ex-Representative Wilson.  By Charles Tiefer (08/31/2015) Excerpt:   Lockheed is not merely the biggest defense contractor in the world, it has a “chokehold” on the nation’s defense funding. This is a $2.4 billion contract for Sandia to run major parts of the government’s nuclear weapons complex in Albuquerque and Livermore, which were under Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Even by Lockheed standards, it is huge. https://www.forbes.com/sites/charlestiefer/2015/08/31/lockheed-fined-4-7-million-for-fraudulent-taxpayer-paid- lobbying-with-most-corrupt-ex-rep-wilson/#1145b1ee46c0 The Atlantic:   Uncle Sam buys an airplane. How Lockheed Martin beat Boeing. By James Fallows (06/2002 issue) …for the biggest military contract in history—and how that one contract could change the way the military builds and pays for its weapons [notice this is in the year following 9/11; also notice the politicians listed who showed emotional involvement] Excerpt:  The live broadcast from the Pentagon began, and for ten minutes officials seemed to make a game out of delaying the information everyone wanted to hear: whether the JSF contract would go to the team at Lockheed Martin or to a competing team at Boeing. Finally James Roche, the Secretary of the Air Force, took the podium to announce the winner. "Both proposals were very good," he said. "Both demo programs were very good. But on the basis of strengths, weaknesses, and degrees of risk of the program, it is our conclusion ... that the Lockheed Martin team is the winner of the Joint Strike Fighter program on a best-value basis."  Before the word "Lockheed" was fully out of Roche's mouth, the audience in Fort Worth erupted and drowned out the rest of his remarks. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican from Texas who had come to show her support, leaped into the air and screamed. So did Kay Granger, a former mayor of Fort Worth https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/06/uncle-sam-buys-an-airplane/302509/ Northrup Grumman Corruption Washington Post:  Lockheed Martin pays $4.7 million to settle charges it lobbied for federal contract with federal money. By Lisa Rein (2015) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/08/24/after-allegations-that-it-lobbied-with-federal- money-to-block-competition-lockheed-martin-agrees-to-pay-almost-5-million/?utm_term=.e26dd7ca4faf New York Times: Northrup Grumman wins 21.4 billion Pentagon contract (2015) https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/28/business/northrop-grumman-wins-21-4-billion-pentagon-contract.html Huffington Post: The Real Scandal Involving Generals. By Robert Greenwald (11/19/2012, updated 2013) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-greenwald/once-a-soldier-always-a-s_b_2161490.html Excerpt: What do Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman have in common? Each of these corporations is one of the top five largest defense contractors in the nation. In 2011 alone, the Department of Defense committed to spending nearly $100 billion with just these five companies. To put that in perspective, that is about the same amount spent on the entire federal education budget for 2011.  But these defense contractors have one other interesting statistic in common: Between 2009 and 2011, at least nine of the top-level generals and admirals who retired took positions with these five companies. In fact, 70 percent of the 108 three-and- four star generals and admirals who retired during this time period took jobs with defense contractors or consultants. These startling statistics are just some of the insights revealed in a new report and accompanying short film released yesterday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Brave New Foundation. Entitled Strategic Maneuvers, the report reveals the extent of the Pentagon’s revolving door phenomenon, in which retired high-ranking generals and admirals cash in on their years of military experience by taking lucrative jobs with the defense industry. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-greenwald/once-a-soldier-always-a-s_b_2161490.html Bulletin: Oh, so that’s why we spend billions on corporate welfare https://bulletin.represent.us/wont-believe-corporations-get-away/ Seriously though, this is a very real thing. Let me take you back to the beginning of 2013: Obama calls for a cut in funding for the production of Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles.  Why? Because the Air Force was actively complaining that they were “not only too expensive, but unnecessary.” Seems simple, right? It wasn’t. Both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees went into an uproar and demanded funding for the Global Hawk.Allow me to explain: Bruce Hock was a prominent staff member in the Senate Armed Services Committee at the time of the controversy. Hock’s previous job: executive and lobbyist for defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Oh, did I mention that Northrop Grumman is the corporation that produces the Global Hawk and stood to lose millions if funding dropped? When he made the jump into government:[Hock] received up to $450,000 in bonus and incentive pay from Northrop Grumman… according to disclosures filed with the Ethics Committee.”Hock isn’t alone. On the other side of Capitol Hill, a senior staffer for the House Armed Services Committee who worked for Northrop Grumman as a lobbyist, Thomas Mackenzie, received a similar bonus and severance pay worth $498,334 before assuming his position in 2011.”Let’s review: two of the most vocal proponents of paying a Northrop Grumman millions to produce something that the Air Force itself said it didn’t even want were awarded a combined  $950,000 in “bonuses” from Northrop. Hmm, they’re calling these things bonuses but I can think of another ‘B word’ that would fit here… https://bulletin.represent.us/wont-believe-corporations-get-away/ Bernie Sanders https://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/fraudulent-defense-contractors-paid-1-trillion General Dynamics Corpwatch: General Dunamics - some excerpts regarding Boeing and early history http://www.corpwatch.org/section.php?id=12 Excerpt:  The roots of General Dynamics go back to 1899, when an inventor named John Holland founded Electric Boat Company in an effort to produce the first submarine that could serve as a warship. Holland, an Irish nationalist who hoped his vessels could be used in the struggle against the British, soon lost control of the company to his financial backer Isaac Leopold Rice, but he stayed on as chief engineer.  Excerpt: Later, an investigation concerning the suspicious success of General Dynamics and Grumman in a competition with Boeing on a plane to replace the B-52 was suspended after the assassination of President Kennedy. http://www.corpwatch.org/section.php?id=12 http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/lockheed-martin-general-dynamics-northrop-grumman-boeing-18356
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