Culture of Corruption is alive and well, just under new management…

1 12 2006

Cross Posted by Morning Coffee

From Fox News 

WASHINGTON —  House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi has chosen a Border-Patrol-agent-turned-congressman to lead the House Intelligence Committee, according to congressional aides.

Democratic leaders are contacting congressional and other political officials to tell them Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, will be the new chairman of the committee when Democrats take over in January, said the two aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they considered it an internal party issue.

Remember this quote from Nancy Pelosi

“Last week, in a stunning display of democracy, the American people voted for change,” said Pelosi.  “Today, House Democrats have elected the leaders who will help take our nation in a New Direction.  We will work together to lead the House of Representatives with a commitment to integrity, to civility, and to fiscal responsibility.  This leadership team will create the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history.”

And this article from the Washington Post:

Probe Faults System for Monitoring U.S. Borders 

A critical network of cameras and sensors installed for the U.S. Border Patrol along the Mexican and Canadian borders has been hobbled for years by defective equipment that was poorly installed, and by lax oversight by government officials who failed to properly supervise the project’s contractor, according to government reports and public and industry officials.

The problems with the $239 million Integrated Surveillance Intelligence System (ISIS), which U.S. officials call crucial to defending the country against terrorist infiltrators, are under investigation by the inspector general of the General Services Administration.

That probe, into whether government officials allowed the contractor to cut corners on the project and receive huge overcharges during its eight-year lifetime, could lead to administrative or criminal charges, the officials said. Perhaps tens of millions of dollars were wasted, the GSA suggested.

Many irregularities were documented in a scathing GSA inspector general’s report, released in December, which cited millions of dollars in potential overcharges by the contractor, International Microwave Corp. (IMC), as well as the record of U.S. officials paying for work never performed.

The investigation focuses in part on IMC’s employment of the daughter of Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.), a former Border Patrol official and key backer of the system of 12,000 sensors and several hundred cameras installed for the Border Patrol between 1998 and last year, officials said.

It is very clear the Culture of Corruption is alive and well, just under new management…

Hat Tip Michelle Malkin

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