Rumsfeld's lie that it was an employee and not a company problem highlighted
by recent developments
Almost a year after Representative Cynthia McKinney was told by Donald Rumsfeld
that it was not the policy of the Bush administration to reward companies that
engage in human trafficking with government contracts, the scandal continues
to sweep up innocent children who are sold into a life of slavery at the behest
of Halliburton, Dyncorp and other transnational corporations with close ties
to the establishment elite.
On March 11th 2005, McKinney grilled Secretary Rumsfeld and General Myers on
the Dyncorp scandal.
"Mr. Secretary, I watched President Bush deliver a moving speech at the
United Nations in September 2003, in which he mentioned the crisis of the sex
trade. The President called for the punishment of those involved in this horrible
business. But at the very moment of that speech, DynCorp was exposed for having
been involved in the buying and selling of young women and children. While all
of this was going on, DynCorp kept the Pentagon contract to administer the smallpox
and anthrax vaccines, and is now working on a plague vaccine through the Joint
Vaccine Acquisition Program. Mr. Secretary, is it [the] policy of the U.S. Government
to reward companies that traffic in women and little girls?"
The response and McKinney's comeback was as follows.
Rumsfeld: "Thank you, Representative. First, the answer to your first
question is, is, no, absolutely not, the policy of the United States Government
is clear, unambiguous, and opposed to the activities that you described. The
McKinney: "Well how do you explain the fact that DynCorp and its successor
companies have received and continue to receive government contracts?"
Rumsfeld: "I would have to go and find the facts, but there are laws and
rules and regulations with respect to government contracts, and there are times
that corporations do things they should not do, in which case they tend to be
suspended for some period; there are times then that the - under the laws and
the rules and regulations for the - passed by the Congress and implemented by
the Executive branch - that corporations can get off of - out of the penalty
box if you will, and be permitted to engage in contracts with the government.
They're generally not barred in perpetuity."
McKinney: "This contract - this company - was never in the penalty box."
Rumsfeld: "I'm advised by DR. Chu that it was not the corporation that
was engaged in the activities you characterized but I'm told it was an employee
of the corporation, and it was some years ago in the Balkans that that took
Watch the video here.
Rumsfeld's effort to shift the blame away from the hierarchy at Dyncorp and
onto the Dyncorp employees was a blatant attempt to hide the fact that human
trafficking and sex slavery is a program directive embraced by companies like
Dyncorp and Halliburton.
What else are we to assume in light of recent revelations cited
in the Chicago Tribune that Halliburton subsidiary KBR and Dyncorp lobbyists
are working in tandem with the Pentagon to stall legislation that would specifically
ban trafficking in humans for forced labor and prostitution by U.S. contractors?
Three years has now elapsed since President Bush's promise to bring an end to
this disgrace and the Pentagon is still yet to actually bar the practice.
And it the employees themselves that are burned for blowing the whistle, like
Kathryn Bolkovac who
was sacked for reporting on Dyncorp officials who were involved in the Bosnian
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is one of very few representatives in high
office aside from Cynthia McKinney to demand
answers on this issue.
What has happened to the children who were sold into slavery and forced to
satisfy the demands of sick pedophiles working on behalf of the US government?
Where were the investigations and convictions in other
cases of establishment orchestrated child slavery and prostitution? Like
officials responsible for the mushrooming of child prostitution in Kosovo?
What happened to UN officials identified as using a ship charted for 'peacekeepers'
young girls from Thailand to East Timor as prostitutes?
In addition, we received an E mail from a person claiming to be a Dyncorp employee
stating that Robert Hahn, Director of Middle East Operations for DynCorp, is
breaking the law by accepting payment from the US government and in turn the
American taxpayer by falsifying timesheets and claiming pay for hours not worked.
The contact states that this was repeatedly brought to the attention of DynCorp
program managers William Wright and Robert Brown by Dyncorp employees but they
were told it was "none of their business."
It is important to stress that at the moment these are allegations and we have
no proof of this other than the validity of the e mail. The e mail can be read
in full here.
The e mail is a reminder that we should always consider the fact that the vast
majority of Dyncorp employees are just doing their jobs and have nothing to
do with this scandal. It is a small faction at the head of the hydra that have
authorized and engaged in these horrors.
We have a government that says it doesn't advocate torture and yet tries to block
a law that would end torture. We have a government that repeatedly burns lower
level minions to wash its hands of every major scandal that encompasses policies
directly administered by the government itself, as in the case of Abu Ghraib and
the Dyncorp sex scandal.
A government that covers-up for those who force children into prostitution
and slavery is a clear danger to our very way of life.
We must demand answers and finally put an end to a process that exploits and
wreaks terror on the lives of the most innocent and vulnerable members of society,
whether they be in the Balkans, East Timor or here at home.
Our own children.