Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Laws Are For Little People

Washington Post (06.20.06), via Eschaton:
"The topic was the largest defense procurement scandal in recent decades, and the two investigators for the Pentagon's inspector general in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office on April 1, 2005, asked the secretary to raise his hand and swear to tell the truth. Rumsfeld agreed but complained. 'I find it strange,' he said to the investigators, on the grounds that as a government official 'the laws apply to me' anyway." Tanker Inquiry Finds Rumsfeld's Attention Was Elsewhere
"It was a bumpy start to an odd interview, as Rumsfeld cited poor memory, loose office procedures, and a general distraction with 'the wars' in Iraq and Afghanistan to explain why he was unsure how his department came to nearly squander $30 billion leasing several hundred new tanker aircraft that its own experts had decided were not needed." He was unsure how they lost $30 billion. They robbed the old man blind. Not only that, none of his testimony was of any use to anyone. "Then-Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz, who resigned last year to take a job with a defense contractor, told senators at a June 2005 hearing that the transcript of Rumsfeld's interview was deleted from his 256-page report on the tanker lease scandal because Rumsfeld had not said anything relevant."


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