Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Corruption in this Administration is Overwhelming

People complain, 'what is congress doing? what is taking up their time when it seems to us they aren't getting anything done?'. Well I'm not happy with the way congress has handled some large issues lately but I do understand what keeps them busy.

I don't think the general public understands the amount of corruption and incompetence that has gone on unchecked in the Bush administration, on every level, in every department, for the last 7 years. These are all on their own, huge scandals, huge pieces of corruption and incompetence, but they get no media coverage because 1) our tv media is incompetent and doesn't feed the simpletons tuned in hardline news stories, and 2) there are so damned many of these cases, where do they begin?

This is just one, only one example of something that should be considered a huge story, but it gets lost in the shuffle of chaos that is the Bush White House administration.

FBI Investigates State Dept Inspector General

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before the FBI opened an investigation into shady State Department inspector general Howard "Cookie" Krongard. House oversight committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) has accused Krongard both of quashing numerous inquiries into corruption in Iraq and retaliating against employees who alerted committee staff to the problem. Now, National Journal reports (not available online), the FBI wants to ask Krongard's former employees some questions:
FBI agents recently interviewed a former senior official at the State Department's Office of the Inspector General as part of a preliminary inquiry by a federal oversight group into charges that the department's IG, Howard Krongard, blocked investigations of suspected fraud and waste by contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ralph McNamara, who was a deputy assistant inspector general at State, was forced out of his job over the summer after raising concerns that Krongard had thwarted investigations into the safety of the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which is still under construction. McNamara said in an interview that he met with the agents at FBI headquarters in September for about an hour and answered questions about Krongard...The FBI's interview with McNamara signals new potential headaches for Krongard, who has been the subject of complaints by six other current and former staffers in the IG's office of impeding investigations into contract fraud and waste in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of those aides have received protection from retaliation under the federal whistle-blower statute. TPM
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