Which US corporations are the naughtiest?

16 Oct

Project Government on Oversight (POGO) has set up a website, Federal Contractor Misconduct Database, ranking and documenting the number of misconducts by multinational corporations that have been awarded US governmental contracts.

Compiling their results from 1995, the most naughty contractor is none other than Lockheed Martin which chalked up 47 cases in all. These misconducts range from age discrimination to violating nuclear safety regulations. Other military contractors on the list includes Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Haliburton/ KBR and Raytheon.

These contractors are also most likely to profit from the Iraqi invasion. According to Hossein- Zadeh, the growth of the Pentagon budget since President George W. Bush arrived in the White House [has]… grown by more than 50 percent, from nearly $300 billion in 2001 to almost $455 billion in 2007. (These figures do not include the Homeland Security budget, which is $33 billion for the 2007 fiscal year alone, and the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which are fast approaching $400 billion)’

The writer, who was trying to point out that Iraq was a money- making opportunity for these corporations, also listed the various sinister relationships between the management and the Bush Administration.

For example, I quote again, ‘Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey… mixing his business interests with what he contends are the country’s strategic interests’.

It is reported that a draft agreement between Iraq and US has been agreed upon which will allow US troops to stay until 2011 (subject to Iraqi government approval once the UN mandate expires). It appears that these military contractors have at least three more years to exploit the situation… …

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