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  • fred.james48 fred.james48 Jan 14, 2008 1:00 AM Flag

    Boeing Tanker problems

    I simply cannot believe that one person, acting alone, can rip off taxpayers out of billions of dollars," said McCain and McCain said that top Air Force officials have recently been trying to "delude the American people" into believing that a single person is responsible for misconduct in the $30 billion leasing plan -- namely, Darleen A. Druyun, the Air Force contracting official who pleaded guilty two months ago to overpricing the tankers as a "parting gift" to Boeing before she became one of the firm's executives. In fact, tankers have never come up in either the President�s budget or the Defense Department�s unfunded priority list In one successful effort, John McCain saved the taxpayers up to $2 billion in wasteful and corrupt spending in the Boeing tanker deal. The Armed Forces Journal said McCain �virtually single-handedly killed� the Boeing tanker deal. McCain�s investigation led to criminal convictions and exposed the largest Pentagon weapons scandal in 20 years.
    Boeing fired Sears, one of the Chicago-based company's top four executives, for discussing potential employment with Darleen Druyun, 56, a top Air Force procurement official, while she was negotiating a proposed tanker contract between Boeing and the Air Force.
    Bain tallied the severe sanctions he said are possible from two major scandals on Boeing's defense side and for alleged breaches of export laws. Boeing faces possible indictment by U.S. attorneys on both coasts, and the Department of Justice's assessment of damages exceeds $5 billion, he said. Boeing, the second- largest U.S. military contractor, has agreed to pay $615 million under a tentative deal with federal prosecutors While avoiding criminal charges, Boeing will agree to "accept responsibility," One case involved the theft of proprietary data from the largest military contractor, Lockheed Martin. The other involved Boeing's hiring of a former air force official who had overseen Boeing contracts at the Pentagon.
    Boeing employees were found to have stolen thousands of pages of proprietary documents from Lockheed in the late 1990s and used them to help bid for government rocket-launch business. The Pentagon penalized Boeing by stripping it of $1 billion in rocket launch business in 2004.

    This is the history of the 767 tanker deal, a plane that Condit tried to push on the taxpayer without the Air Force statement that they actually need a new tanker!

    This 767 tanker was a prok barrel made deal for the friends of Boeing not the Air Force, they never said we need it.

    So for all your internet attack dogs and Boeing friends drop it.

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