From Jim Miller and John Amick in the USA:
Dear Friend —
War Costs is pleased to present a short video to accompany a new report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called Strategic Maneuvers on the revolving door between the government and war profiteering defense contractors.
(Join the dialogue on these war profiteers via the hashtag #4stars4profit on Twitter.
The revolving door phenomenon is not new, yet it continues to play an integral part in the insane money flow from the taxpayer to the Pentagon and into defense contractors’ pockets. Strategic Maneuvers finds that from 2009 to 2011, 70 percent of retiring three- and four-star generals and admirals left the Pentagon to cash in off jobs with contractors and consulting firms, using their knowledge of the Pentagon and Capitol Hill to reap their own immense profits from public coffers. The report includes much more on this age-old process that ultimately perverts public trust in officials holding important positions in the government.
The revolving door is a racket, and it’s a crime that laws erected in a supposed effort to avoid these conflicts of interest are littered with loopholes. How can the American public be expected to trust any official who is likely looking to use his knowledge of our government — and how it uses our money — for their own financial windfall? This process needs more scrutiny, and that pressure must start with us. Demand loopholes in revolving door laws end immediately. Together, we can make a difference.
Thank you for your support.
Jim Miller and John Amick
Brave New Foundation · 10510 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, United States
Thanks to Messy Transparency Laws, the Pentagon’s Revolving Door Still Spins. A new report looks at how ex-government officials land jobs at defense contractors: here.
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