Saturday, June 23, 2007

BAe Deal Gets Green Light Despite Bandar-Gate

By Cernig

How is it possible for a House committee to approve the purchase of Armor Holdings - makers of armored Hummers and the current G.I. issue body armor - by BAe as not being a threat to national security when the British company is under a cloud of allegations and coverups regarding the bribing of Prince Bandar bin Sultan to the tune of $2 billion? Yet that is what happened, without fanfare, on Thursday.

Surely such an alleged corrupt relationship with someone who is the current head of a foreign power's National Security Council and has been tied to other corruption cases, if true, is a de facto threat to national security. Why wasn't the decision postponed until after the allegations were properly investigated?

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