Saturday, May 8, 2010

Stick This in Your Pipe and Smoke it

KBR to Get No-Bid Army Work as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks

By Tony Capaccio

May 6 (Bloomberg) -- KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq [under the Obama administration], the Army said.

The Army [whose Commander-in-Chief is Barack Obama] announced its decision yesterday only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work. The Army also awarded the work to KBR over objections from members of Congress, who have pushed the Pentagon to seek bids for further logistics contracts.

The Justice Department said the government will join a suit filed by whistleblowers alleging that two freight-forwarding firms gave KBR transportation department employees kickbacks in the form of meals, drinks, sports tickets and golf outings. [Continued]

Plausible deniability is not just for international spooks anymore. It's for the Obama administration to look more leftist than it actually is.