Le site Bellaciao: coloré, multiple, ou le meilleur cotoie fort heureusement le pire, mélangé, bizarre, picabien et dadaîste, explorant toutes sortes de registres et de régimes rhétoriques, drole et polémiqueur, surréaliste: rencontre d'un parapluie et d'une machine à coudre sur une table de dissection, têtes de Lénine sur le clavier d'un piano Steinway ou Bosendorfer...
FR
ES
Senal en Vivo
VIDEO
RADIO
FRIENDS SITES
with Bellaciao
Bellaciao hosted by
To rebel is right, to disobey is a duty, to act is necessary !
Bellaciao  mobile version   |   Home  |   About us   |   Donation  |   Links  |   Contact  |   Search
— GOP-connected contractor Custer Battles e-mail talks of Filipino house maids, fashion queens

by : UNDERDOG
Sunday March 19, 2006 - 20:56
1 comment

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/ March 19, 2006— GOP-connected contractor Custer Battles e-mail talks of Filipino house maids, fashion queens (in the manner of former FEMA Nordstrom shirt aficionado Michael Brown), and, more importantly, raising a $100 million fund to pursue non-government contracting work with "a lot less risk." Later, Custer Battles did attempt to negotiate a $100 million infusion from an unknown firm in Dubai after receiving $15 million in seed money from the benefactor. Custer Battles, Inc. was formed by former US Army Ranger Mike Battles and Scott Custer from a firm called Blue Sky. The firm soon became enmeshed in major contracting fraud in Iraq (see March 18 and 15 stories below for more on Custer Battles court testimony in Alexandria, Virginia).

Battles was an unsuccessful GOP House candidate in Rhode Island in 2002. Battles was also active with the conservative Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA), a group that advocated regime change in Iran, supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and argued that the Vietnam war was winnable. One of its board members was Lee Wolosky, who served in the National Security Council for both the first Bush and Clinton.

The Iraq invasion offered up the possibility for windfall financial gains for Battles and his partner Custer. WMR has obtained a September 10, 2003 e-mail from Custer to Battles that identifies two of the firm’s close contacts within the Bush administration — Al Kampanen, the White House representative at the Department of Defense, and Douglas Combs, the acting Undersecretary of the Navy. Combs was the Secretary of the Navy’s Special Assistant for Business and Strategic Initiatives. These two Bush administration officials were discussing helping Custer Battles obtain contracts outside of Iraq after the firm’s dubious accounting and billing practices attracted the attention of Coalition Provisional Authority and Department of Defense investigators and auditors.

The e-mail from Custer to Battles states, "I know you can’t handle any more BD (business development) right now and I understand but we have to start planning for work outside Iraq. Al Kampanen, the White House rep at the Pentagon, who works directly for Rumsfeld, has asked me to come down and talk to him about our ability to work in Liberia and Afghanistan. He also is interested in our ability to do high risk embassy support. Doug Combs, now acting Undersecretary of the Navy, also called to see if he could ’help us grow’ outside of Iraq."

JPEG - 18.7 kb

Republicans in Iraq: tales of contract fraud, money laundering, Filipino house maids and massages, close White House and Pentagon friends, and a guy "too sexy for his shirt."

Custer also informs Battles, "I would rather work the big business deals, relationships and concentrate on raising a $100 million dollar fund which will make us more money than we could ever make in govt [government] contracting with a lot less risk." According to the January 25, 2004 Providence Journal, Custer Battles received $15 million in seed money from a Dubai venture capital firm. The firm hoped to raise an additional $100 million for Custer Battles ventures in Iraq. Battles refused to disclose the name of the Dubai firm to the Journal.

The e-mail also discussed potential Custer Battles work for the US Agency for International Development (USAID). It states, "A final issue is HR [human resources]. Do we need to hire an HR person or HR shop here in the states? I have zero confidence in Tony’s ability to handle the staffing issues going forward especially if we get Basra, Mosul and/or USAID."

Custer also talk of including former Lebanese Shia Amal official Mohammed Darwish, the owner of Cyprus-based Laru, Ltd., into the Custer Battles organization and decision making process. "You are right that we need to figure out the Mohamed [Darwish] relationship. He does a lot of work that we don’t have visibility over and he would do a bad job of keeping others in the loop. I know Mohamed is frustrated by the lack of organization and clearly outlined roles and responsibility. We have to remember that we could not be in Iraq if it were not for Mohamed’s help on the first two trips. All and all it will come down to the fact that we can’t back out on our deal with him and we have to integrate him into our team in a meaningful way." In January 2004, Darwish and Michel Mukattaf, a son-in-law of former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel and owner of a Lebanese currency exchange company, and Richard Jreisati, a former Lebanese military officer, were arrested by Lebanese authorities for attempting to smuggle a cache of 164 million in 25,000 Iraqi dinar notes into Lebanon from Baghdad Airport. Custer Battles had the Iraqi Currency Exchange (ICE) contract with the Coalition Provisional Authority and a major security contract for Baghdad Airport.

Custer also tells Battles, "We actually ordered 5 Filipino house workers, one for each bedroom! I’m actually not joking, except the bedroom part. Getting very concerned about the security situation, and while I have total confidence in Mort’s staff I would not have any confidence in our new staff. We are going to bring in Flips [a pejorative term for Filipinos] to man the inside of the house, with the Sudanese and Iraqis being outside. Otherwise, we’d literally have to clear the house of boobytraps every time we left the house. Plus it will be great for parties, and Mercy can run herd." Custer concludes the e-mail, "As a reminder please send the RI [Rhode Island] water stuff and the rotation schedule so I can plan my return. Thanks again I know how hard you are working. Can I sleep in your bed while you are gone? Did you order my Pilipino masseuse?"

The e-mail continues to reveal the party atmosphere among the Custer Battles crew in Iraq. "I think we have a great brand in some young guys who just make things happen. There is no way that Fred (CAG [Civil Affairs Group] is now Project Right Said Fred for "I’m too sexy for my shirt" and shortened to Fred) would deal with Baumann [retired Brig. Gen. Charles Baumann, Custer Battles’ contract director in Iraq] like they are with us . . ."

Click here http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/cu...for additional testimony in the Custer Battles case in US Federal Court in Alexandria, Virginia.


March 18, 2006 — More testimony on Custer Battles fraud in Iraq involving the Iraqi Currency Exchange (ICE) project. Testimony of retired General Hugh Tant and others prove damaging to GOP-linked contracting firm. Details of Custer Battles Enron-like offshore subsidiaries revealed. A tangled web of shady firms with names like Laru, Custer Battles Levant, Relief Solutions, Blue Sky, Red Sea Cabins, Saudi Arabian Trading Company (SATCO), MT Holdings, and a relationship between Custer Battles and Bearing Point are outlined. There is even a case in which Custer Battles stole forklifts from Iraqi Airways, repainted them, and sold them to the U.S. government at a handsome profit. Things went well until a fuel leak washed away the blue paint on one forklift revealing the original Iraqi Airways colors and logo. Click here http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/cu...for Feb. 2006 abridged testimony Custer Battles repainted stolen Iraqi Airways forklifts and sold them to the US government. Things went well until the blue re-paint job washed away revealing the Iraqi Airways logo



Leave a comment
Print this article


Commentaires de l'article
 

> — GOP-connected contractor Custer Battles e-mail talks of Filipino house maids, fashion queens
Monday March 20 - 00:42 - Posted by af62e6912a956fa9...

DO YOU SEE WHY THE CESSPOOL IN DC NEEDS TO BE FLUSHED? tHAT IS : OF ALL REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS NOW IN OFFICE, AND TO BEGIN FROM SQUARE ONE WITH NO PRO POLITICIANS! DON’T COUNT YOUR EGGS, THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
AMERICANS ARE ON THEIR WAY OUT.







TRUMP, JONES, THE NFL, AND THE NEW MCCARTHYISM
Tuesday 10 - 23:14
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Catalonia referendum: 90% voted for independence, say officials (video)
Monday 2 - 09:55
Catalonia referendum: ’Spanish authorities are the criminals’ (video)
Monday 2 - 09:47
If I was truly evil
Tuesday 12 - 14:22
Yves Bouvier Faces Swiss Tax Investigation
Saturday 9 - 03:27
by lishk
The Polisario front suspected of double-play around humanitarian aid hijacking
Friday 8 - 21:44
by NathanT
The Polisario front suspected of double-play around humanitarian aid hijacking
Friday 8 - 21:37
by Nathan Taylor
AMERICA’S JUDASES
Sunday 27 - 20:02
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
What happend to Soraya and Hussein Khashoggi?
Friday 25 - 20:38
by Perseus
The falling Max Ehrich
Thursday 17 - 19:40
by celbbetty
DAMN THE NFL
Wednesday 16 - 01:44
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Overplaying your hand
Thursday 10 - 12:36
Gujarat Flood 2017 Devastation- Inevitable or Orchestrated in Dhanera ?
Thursday 3 - 06:19
by Dwarika Nath Rath
Multiple citizenship & Zionist subversion of America, Australia, India, Humanity
Wednesday 2 - 03:10
by Dr Gideon Polya
I’M AN IDIOT AND I VOTE
Thursday 27 - 23:23
by David R. Hoffman
The Top Ten Art Scandals That Have Rocked the World
Tuesday 18 - 15:48
by Curtis Judge
John Pilger slams Mainstream silence re Apartheid Israel crimes: Free Palestine
Thursday 13 - 02:43
by Dr Gideon Polya
RUSSIAN MAFIA – NOW IN DUBAI?
Monday 3 - 14:52
by James Dolay
THE NFL IS RACIST
Saturday 1 - 00:31
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Australian Finkel Review has dirty energy for 50 years & ignores 25 key issues
Monday 19 - 03:37
by Dr Gideon Polya
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: JUSTICE FOR PHILANDO CASTILE
Sunday 18 - 01:03
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Find out what is true and false about climate change - Kenneth Pouchet
Friday 16 - 17:43
by Kenneth Pouchet
Freedom For Me, But Not You
Wednesday 31 - 02:17
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Post-Apartheid, non-racist, One State, democratic Palestine can happen tomorrow
Tuesday 30 - 08:21
by Dr Gideon Polya
A Review of Gilad Atzmon’s new book, “Being In Time: The Post-Political Manifes
Wednesday 17 - 21:23
by June Terpstra
Avoiding Another War in North Korea
Sunday 14 - 18:27
by William John Cox
Judah Ben Hur for President 2020
Saturday 13 - 16:15
by William Morgan
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FOR DONALD J. TRUMP
Saturday 13 - 02:33
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
As War Party shadow boxes, its agenda surges unopposed
Friday 12 - 14:28
by Daniel Patrick Welch
Yves Bouvier caught in a real estate bankruptcy
Thursday 11 - 20:19
by Pierre Gove
Book: This Is How The State Fucks Your Mind
Tuesday 9 - 19:16
by OAF
ISRAEL’S 1967 ATTACK ON INTELLIGENCE SHIP U.S.S. LIBERTY - THE ONLY MYSTERY
Thursday 20 - 20:06
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Denmark eaten down to the bone, what’s next?
Wednesday 19 - 16:22
by Henrik Petersen
A Financial Toll Tax: Transform, Not Reform, the U.S. Tax System
Monday 17 - 22:55
by William John Cox
COMPLETE DEGRADATION OF A SELF-STYLED GREAT NATION
Saturday 8 - 16:35
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
ATTACKING PEOPLE WITH FLEETS OF MISSILES BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY FACTS
Friday 7 - 20:34
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official
Thursday 6 - 23:09
by Shaun Waterman
TRUMP’S FRIGHTENING TURNAROUND ON SYRIA – A STRONG SIGNAL ABOUT WHO REALLY RUNS
Thursday 6 - 17:22
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
AMERICA’S POLITICS WITHOUT MEANING - THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COUNTRY
Thursday 30 - 17:37
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
ISIS THREATENS IRAN FOR A HILARIOUS REASON – WHAT ISIS AND AL-NUSRA REALLY ARE
Wednesday 29 - 18:56
by JOHN CHUCKMAN

home | webmaster



Follow-up of the site's activity
RSS Bellaciao En


rss FR / rss IT / rss ES



Bellaciao hosted by DRI

It is the responsibility of the intellectual to speak the truth and to expose lies. Noam Chomsky
Facebook Twitter Google+
DAZIBAO
I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
read more...
Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
2 comments
The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
read more...
Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
1 comment
President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
read more...
International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
read more...
THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
7 comments
At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
read more...
I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
read more...
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
read more...
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
read more...
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
read more...
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
read more...
ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
3 comments
If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
read more...
HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
6 comments
How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
read more...
DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
1 comment
Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
read more...
DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
4 comments
LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
read more...
PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
2 comments
A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
read more...