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Duke Cunningham Explains The MZM Code!

not really, no, and how do you feel about all that?

This is Dark Cloud on Wednesday, November 30, 2005.

I vaguely know people who sell high end, high tech medical equipment used in brain and heart surgery. They come with the equipment for indefinite duration, don surgical robes and masks, and attend the usage of the machine in the operating room, in what manner isn’t always specified. They are not doctors, they have taken no oath, and it is upon their competence and assurances with the machine that it is used, or sometimes even the reason doctors greenlight operations.

But what if this sales rep at your surgeon’s elbow bribed someone in hospital administration to buy the machine? And the machine may or may not function as advertised, or even be needed, but was bought at the expense of something needed, but your surgery is helping pay for it either way. Hold that thought. And if that bothers you, how do you feel about Pentagon software purchases for their secret operations of another sort achieved by bribe?

Duke Cunningham, the California GOP Congressman who admitted to taking huge cash bribes this week, took the money to get the Pentagon to give a contract to MZM, a corporation which gave campaign contributions to Congressmen and the national GOP, and provided a plane for Congressmen to use through a third party known for his corruptions.

What is it MZM does that would make it of interest to the Pentagon and specifically that portion involved in secret works? MZM provides computer software programs and “analysts”. And MZM was hired and apparently provided these products and skills upon which the lives of men and women and, of course, our nation depend. To the tune of about $200 million a year. Included in that are programs the Pentagon never even asked for. These were appended to the appropriations bill by Congressman Virgil Goode of Virginia. Goode also received MZM campaign funds.

So far, so pretty blasé case about greed and power, but forgetting your own political feelings and prejudices for a moment, if you’re in charge of protecting a nation or anything, how comfy are you with the idea that something as crucial as the computer software is outsourced to those who bribed to get the deal? How comfy are you that in the purchase of this stuff, we become dependent upon it, and to a degree Congress has violated its oath? Don’t forget, it’s your money. And Congress made you buy it.

It’s to be doubted that a battleship design in the past, or a fighter plane in the present, was chosen due to bribes, or at least merely due to bribes, given the wide range of people who’d have to take part and who’d have to be able to repair and fix everything. Too many people would suspect and eventually raise the issue, and a real lemon would show early. But a software program. How many in Congress or the Pentagon are really riding the wave of high tech info and can even carry on conversations of value about computer programs?

What that means is, I’d think, we have lots of outsourced software programs handling all sorts of things from private military information on personnel to god knows what which has never or only notionally been tested for security issues as it should have been. If we haven’t been fed viruses and other horrors, like independent program bots, it’s only a matter of time.

I am an unrepentant Capitalist. I don’t hate socialism, but I certainly realize its impressive limitations to provide what is needed, its elevation of the mediocre beyond the norm, and its record of success overall is not high. This is important because our military is a class example of socialism funded by capitalism, and in our society, peace or war, it lives in its own epicycle of existence rotating around our private economy. A mighty planet, no doubt, but a planet nonetheless. Socialism fails in competition with capitalism unless it mounts a coup, and where the two meet in this country is in the Pentagon and the Pentagon is funded by Congress. Which is us, don’t forget.

We are currently in a position where a Congressman who, on his best day, couldn’t decipher a line of even HTML programming taking the word and money of people who maybe can, voting and encouraging others to vote on the floor of our Congress and in Committee to purchase military needs without really understanding how the product works or what it is it does. Apparently, even in programs it ordered the military doesn’t feel it needs to worry about that too much, hence the private sector analysts that come with the contract.

Marvin Ott, who specializes in congressional intelligence issues at the National War College, said in USA Today: "The amount of effort in looking at classified programs is very small…. We don't have the manpower or time to look into this, so we take it on faith that all of the companies working the black world are basically honest."

Hold THAT thought. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the guy standing next to your surgeon…..