Young Guns (298)

Right, so here’s the set up. A young democracy needs weapons to keep the bad guys from taking control again. So what does bAdmin. do? It gives the contract for supplying weapons to a bunch of young people. Who in turn give the young democracy really old weapons and ammo (via The New York Times):

But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur.

I might lay a small wager that Jeff “The Cannon” Gannon on the Board of Directors. But wait, there’s more! Of course there’s more.

With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces.

Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging … Much of the ammunition comes from the aging stockpiles of the old Communist bloc, including stockpiles that the State Department and NATO have determined to be unreliable and obsolete, and have spent millions of dollars to have destroyed.

Dude, like whatever! Like, our founding fathers fought for their freedom and stuff with, like, sticks or somethin’. Those ragheads are lucky we gave them this much.

But this is all just an innocent mistake made by young eager people eager to do their part to spread freedom n’ democracy into the darkest corners of the world, right?

Wake. The. Fuck. Up:

In purchasing munitions, the contractor has also worked with middlemen and a shell company on a federal list of entities suspected of illegal arms trafficking.

Moreover, tens of millions of the rifle and machine-gun cartridges were manufactured in China, making their procurement a possible violation of American law. The company’s president, Efraim E. Diveroli, was also secretly recorded in a conversation that suggested corruption in his company’s purchase of more than 100 million aging rounds in Albania, according to audio files of the conversation.

This week, after repeated inquiries about AEY’s performance by The Times, the Army suspended the company from any future federal contracting, citing shipments of Chinese ammunition and claiming that Mr. Diveroli misled the Army by saying the munitions were Hungarian.

Corruption, dealing with dodgy characters and endangering the lives of our allies to make a fast buck? Say it isn’t so! I felt rather petty last night when I dug up that GAO report and suggested that Lurita Doan be subjected to thumbscrews. Nice to know the instincts are still good. But forget about the thumbscrews. She should have her ears bobbed.

What else?

Several military officers and government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the investigations, questioned how Mr. Diveroli, and a small group of men principally in their 20s and without extensive military or procurement experiences, landed so much vital government work.

I know, I know! They must have passed bAdmin’s super hard two-tier test for vital jobs in the government:

1. They think Roe v. Wade was the worst Supreme Court decision ever.

2. They hate gay people.

As an added bonus, Efraim Diveroli, the president of AEY knows how to treat a lady!

Once, according to the file, his behavior included “shoving her to the ground and refusing to allow her to leave during a verbal dispute.” Other times, she reported, Mr. Diveroli arrived at her home unannounced and intoxicated “going about the exterior, banging on windows and doors.”

Mr. Diveroli sought court delays on national security grounds. “I am the President and only official employee of my business,” he wrote to the judge on Dec. 8, 2005. “My business is currently of great importance to the country as I am licensed Defense Contractor to the United States Government in the fight against terrorism in Iraq and I am doing my very best to provide our troops with all their equipment needs on pending critical contracts.”

“Waaah. Please yer honor. If I’m forced to stop scaring the shit out of this woman the terrists will win!”

Jesus fucking Christ. bAdmin must find the really old barrels and scrape the bottoms hard to keep digging up these shit heads.

And keep in mind that I only had time to skim through the first 4 “pages” of the article. Enjoy!

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