Army's chief ethics expert was murdered, according to Carlyle Group
According an informed source within The Carlyle Group business consortium,
Col. Ted Westhusing, the Army's top military ethicist and professor at West
Point, did not commit suicide in a Baghdad trailer in June 2005 as was widely
reported in the mainstream media five months later. At the time of his death,
Westhusing was investigating contract violations and human rights abuses by
US Investigations Services (USIS), formerly a federal agency, the Office of
Federal Investigations (OFI), which operated under the Office of Personnel Management
Col. Ted Westhusing: Chalk up another victim of the Bush crime family
In 1996, OFI, which conducted background investigations for civil service personnel,
was privatized. The 700 government employees of OFI became employee-owners as
part of USIS. In January 2003, the New York investment firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson,
and Stowe, described by a Carlyle insider as a virtual shadow operation for
The Carlyle Group, bought USIS for $545 million. With 5000 current and former
employees of USIS sharing $500 million, the deal made them wealthy with the
stroke of a pen. However, upper management within USIS became much wealthier
than the rank-and-file. Insiders report that the twelve top managers at USIS
became multimillionaires as a result of their cashing in of their Employee Stock
Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Many of these instant millionaires already had a close
relationship with The Carlyle Group.
Carlyle had been a shareholder in USIS since 1999 and with the buy-out deal
via the Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe deal, Carlyle became the major shareholder.
USIS continues to have a virtual exclusivity deal to perform background security
investigations for OPM. The company bills itself as "one of the largest
Intelligence and Security Services companies in North America.”
With the Iraq invasion, USIS obtained lucrative Pentagon private security contracts
in Iraq. At a 2004 job fair in Falls Church, Virginia, USIS was advertising
for "interrogators" and "protection specialists" for "overseas
assignments." While he was in Iraq training Iraqi police and overseeing
the USIS contract to train police as part of the Pentagon's Civilian Police
Assistance Training Team, Westhusing received an anonymous letter that reported
USIS's Private Services Division (PSD) was engaged in fraudulent activities
in Iraq, including over-billing the government. In addition, the letter reported
that USIS security personnel had murdered innocent Iraqis. After demanding answers
from USIS, Westhusing reported the problems up the chain of command. After an
"investigation," the Army found no evidence of wrongdoing by USIS.
That decision signed Col. Westhusing's death sentence. USIS and Carlyle have
powerful allies in the administration, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
the Princeton roommate of Carlyle Chairman Emeritus and former Defense Secretary
Frank Carlucci. Former President George H. W. Bush, former Secretary of State
James Baker, and former British Prime Minister John Major are Carlyle international
advisers. George W. Bush was formerly employed by a Carlyle subsidiary and the
Bin Laden business cartel was a one-time investor in the firm.
Westhusing, who, according to friends and colleagues, showed no signs of depression,
left a suicide note the Army concluded was in his handwriting. However, Westhusing's
family and friends have thrown cold water on the Army's investigation.
WMR can report that based on information obtained from Carlyle insiders, Col.
Westhusing's death was not caused by suicide. The fact that Westhusing was investigating
one of the most politically and financially powerful firms in the world resulted
in higher-ups wanting him out of the way. According to the Los Angeles Times,
all of the witnesses who claimed Westhusing shot himself were USIS employees.
In addition, a USIS manager interfered with the crime scene, including handling
Westhusing's service revolver. The USIS manager was not tested for gunpowder residue
on his hands.
Westhusing's investigation threatened to unearth a network of fraudsters looting
the US Treasury that included the Bush family and some of their closest financial
partners. After Westhusing's murder, USIS management sent a vaguely-worded memo
to employees about how to respond to derogatory information in the media or
rumors about USIS. Management's attention, described as "psychotic"
in nature, was on USIS's upcoming IPO (initial public offering), according to
a well-placed source.
USIS also owns Total Information Services of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a commercial
personal data mining operation.
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