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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

You And I Are in the Wrong Business

Morning, kiddos --

Been digging through the TOP 50 CONSERVATIVE SONGS and will have a report soon - after I put my brain back together - because it hurts.

'Til then...

You and I are in the wrong business.

Former Antiterror Officials Find Industry Pays Better


In the old days, men went to Washington, figured out where the freeways were goin,' left Washington, bought land, and cashed in. Now?
WASHINGTON, June 17 — Dozens of members of the Bush administration's domestic security team, assembled after the 2001 terrorist attacks, are now collecting bigger paychecks in different roles: working on behalf of companies that sell domestic security products, many directly to the federal agencies the officials once helped run.
"Domestic Security projects."

Ha!
At least 90 officials at the Department of Homeland Security or the White House Office of Homeland Security — including the department's former secretary, Tom Ridge; the former deputy secretary, Adm. James M. Loy; and the former under secretary, Asa Hutchinson — are executives, consultants or lobbyists for companies that collectively do billions of dollars' worth of domestic security business.
Well...

They know what part of th' "domestic" needs security.

"It would be cool if we had a laser."

"How much should we spend on that?"

"Kazillions."

"Good. I quit and...I'll call you tomorrow! I know a guy!"
More than two-thirds of the department's most senior executives in its first years have moved through the revolving door. That pattern raises questions for some former officials.
Gee, ya think?
Mr. Ridge, the former secretary, stands to profit handsomely now that Savi Technology, a maker of radio frequency identification equipment that the department pushed while he was secretary, is being bought by Lockheed Martin. He was appointed to the Savi board three months after resigning from the department and has been compensated with an undisclosed number of stock options that Lockheed will presumably need to buy back. In the coming weeks, Mr. Ridge says he plans to open his own domestic security and crisis management consulting firm.
A good gig if you can get it.

Read the whole piece.

More later...

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