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Two Areas The “Super Committee” Should Take A Look At!

Here are two stories from todays news that illustrate the warped spending priorities of the US government.  While we debate how much to “reform” Social Security and cut medical aid the black hole that is the military/security complex. Both come to us from CommonDreams.org

The Decade’s Biggest Scam

Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 by Salon.com
by Glenn Greenwald

The Los Angeles Times examines the staggering sums of money expended on patently absurd domestic “homeland security” projects: $75 billion per year for things such as a Zodiac boat with side-scan sonar to respond to a potential attack on a lake in tiny Keith County, Nebraska, and hundreds of “9-ton BearCat armored vehicles, complete with turret” to guard against things like an attack on DreamWorks in Los Angeles.  All of that — which is independent of the exponentially greater sums spent on foreign wars, occupations, bombings, and the vast array of weaponry and private contractors to support it all — is in response to this mammoth, existential, the-single-greatest-challenge-of-our-generation threat:

To read this entire post click here.

Windfalls of War: Pentagon’s No-Bid Contracts Triple in 10 Years of War

Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 by iWatchNews.org
Taxpayer is the loser when Pentagon doesn’t require competition among contractors. “The lack of competition is a scandal,” says one expert.
by Sharon Weinberger

As U.S. military deaths and injuries from roadside bombs escalated after the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon rushed to find solutions.

Competition is normally the cornerstone of better prices and better products, but the urgency of dealing with improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has been cited to justify a number of sole-source contracts to companies promising quick solutions over a decade of war.

One such company was Tucson-based Applied Energetics , which markets a futuristic weapon that shoots beams of lightning to detonate roadside bombs. The company won over $50 million in military contracts for their lightning weapon, all without full and open competition, even though there was another company marketing similar technology. Despite test failures, the company, in part thanks to congressional support, continued to get funding.

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