Saturday, May 12, 2007

defense contractors and Turkey

ewastud in the comments:
"This may seem a bit off-topic, but I just spotted this story about new developments in possible corruption story concerning Nevada governor Jim Gibbons on TPM with a link to MSNBC and a related story that should interest all you concerned with American defense contractors and Turkey:

Lawyers for Governor Jim Gibbons say they won't release documents that they say show the governor and his wife paid their share of a vacation the couple took with a federal defense contractor to Turkey.

A spokesman for the lawyers confirmed Gibbons and his wife Dawn traveled to Turkey in 2000 with three other couples, including Fatih and Eren Ozmen.

The Ozmens own a military defense firm that sought millions in federal contracts while Gibbons was a congressman serving on the House armed services and intelligence committees.


Here is the link to the original MSNBC story about a curious luxury cruise trip paid for by a Mr. Trepp.

and here is the related story about Turkey from the above story's sidebar.

I wonder whether Gibbons figures in any way with what Sibel Edmonds has uncovered from her short work for the FBI?"
thnx ewastud!

from the sidebar story:
"Lawyers for Governor Jim Gibbons say they won't release documents that they say show the governor and his wife paid their share of a vacation the couple took with a federal defense contractor to Turkey.

A spokesman for the lawyers confirmed Gibbons and his wife Dawn traveled to Turkey in 2000 with three other couples, including Fatih and Eren Ozmen.

The Ozmens own a military defense firm that sought millions in federal contracts while Gibbons was a congressman serving on the House armed services and intelligence committees.

Less than a year before the Turkey trip, the Ozmens' company, Sierra Nevada Corporation, received a $12 million contract to build an aircraft landing system for the US Marine Corps.

The company later paid Dawn Gibbons about $35,000 for public relations consulting work. Gibbons' relationship with another defense contractor, Reno-based eTreppid Technologies, has been the subject of the federal corruption probe."
i wish i was on the Appropiations Committee. i need a holiday.

2 comments:

steven andresen said...

I appreciate the connections that we can point out to one another. Some of us don't have the time, or see as much.

This came up,

"Influenced by the European anti-religious movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Turkish secularist elite views religion as a pre-modern myth, one that must be extinguished for modernity to blossom," notes Mustafa Akyol, deputy editor of the Turkish Daily News. "The outcome of this mindset is an authoritarian strategy: Political power is to remain in the hands of the secularist elite. Thus the ‘secular republic' equals the ‘republic of seculars' -- not the republic of all citizens."

found here:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=194021

The article discusses some of the background to Turkish politics, something that I know very little about.

Sometimes I get lost thinking about what your informant Sibel claims because I don't see the background context very well.

I suspect that most people who one might think of as part of the mass, or the crowd, don't pay much attention, because they do not understand the general story of what's going on in Turkey, or the rest of the world, and how it could possibly relate to them.

I suspect news organizations cut out a lot of their foreign coverage in order to make people pay less attention.

«—U®Anu§—» said...

That's a great point. It's unclear whether the cause is prior restraint, the budgetary consideration of doing in-depth news reporting or both. Ewastud remains a world-class scholar who asks probing questions and finds answers.

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