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Qtec
02-15-2008, 01:00 PM
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December 27, 2007 Sioux Manufacturing Corporation

Sioux Manufacturing Corporation (SMC) has paid $2 Million Dollars to resolve allegations that it deliberately and systematically shorted an average of more than 10,000 strands of Kevlar from the helmets of U.S. Soldiers.

SMC is a military defense contractor, and corporation which is wholly owned by the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.

SMC contracted to manufacture and provide Kevlar cloth shields which were installed as the sole armor within the helmets of more than 2 million U.S. Soldiers and servicemen.

The Department of Defense (DOD) agreed to the use of Kevlar as the sole armor within the helmets of U.S. Soldiers provided that the Kevlar cloth was woven to a density sufficient to ensure an adequate level of protection for the soldiers.

To ensure such protection, the DOD adopted specifications requiring that such Kevlar cloth be woven to a “minimum” weave density of 35 x 35 strands of Kevlar (or “picks”) per square inch

Such specifications also explicitly stated that a failure to maintain the proper material composition would constitute a “critical” defect in the manufacture of the helmets.

Two of SMC’s former employees commenced a qui tam action against the company, alleging that they were fired for raising objections that SMC was “shorting” the amount of Kevlar in the shields it was providing for the soldiers.

More specifically, the employees alleged that, after SMC was awarded a contract under which it was paid $53 million dollars for such Kevlar shields, the company deliberately and systematically shorted an average of more than 10,000 strands of Kevlar for each helmet, by deliberately setting their weaving looms to weave the Kevlar cloth at densities below the weave density which had been determined to be the “critical minimum” by the Department of Defense.

They further alleged that, despite the fact that SMC’s own internal inspection records reflected that SMC was producing the Kevlar cloth at densities below the “critical minimum” density which had been determined by the Department of Defense, SMC proceeded to ship the Kevlar cloth shields together with false certifications, wherein SMC’s Quality Assurance Department falsely certified that each shipment met the minimum weave specifications.

The two employees who filed the suit included Jeff Kenner, SMC’s weaving supervisor who was responsible for supervising SMC’s weaving operations, and Tamra Elshaug, SMC’s purchasing manager, who was responsible for purchasing the Kevlar with which SMC proceeded to weave the Kevlar shields.

In support of their allegations, Mr. Kenner secured and provided the U.S. Department of Justice with various tape recorded admissions of other SMC employees, including one from SMC’s Quality Assurance Manager, who was responsible for certifying that the Kevlar met the weaving specifications required by the Department of Defense.

In addition, Mr. Kenner and Mrs. Elshaug incorporated into their federal complaint copies of actual internal inspection records of SMC, within which inspectors employed by SMC had inspected the Kevlar cloth being woven by SMC, and recorded weave densities below the minimum which had been set by the Department of Defense.

As part of the settlement, Mr. Kenner and Mrs. Elshaug will receive over $400,000 as a reward for having filed the claims. <hr /></blockquote>

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Last week, the New York Times reported that the Bush Pentagon had agreed to a contract for more Kevlar helmets for our troops from the very company that was being sued for cheating troops out of helmets that met military standards.

For years, Sioux Manufacturing had produced helmets that were far weaker than required by the U.S. Military and covered it up. Again, the New York Times reports:

In a conversation Mr. Kenner secretly taped, Rhea Crane, quality assurance officer, worried "if we ever had someone get killed, and they decided to investigate because they thought maybe the helmet wasn't any good."

"If we ever got audited," she said, "you know what they would do to us. Shut us down and fine us big time. Probably never see another government contract."<hr /></blockquote>
http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/1138/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=335

Why isn't anyone in jail? I don't get this.

Q

bsmutz
02-15-2008, 01:24 PM
Kharma's a b*tch, ain't it? May be their way of getting us back for wiping them out a century and a half ago.

wolfdancer
02-15-2008, 01:39 PM
I'm with you...it's a criminal offense...but they must know how to grease the skids....kick some back towards 1600 Penn.

Bobbyrx
02-15-2008, 02:25 PM
Jail is too good for them. I think the people responsible should have to wear these helmets while our soldiers test them out with live ammo......

Gayle in MD
02-15-2008, 02:27 PM
This is repulsive. I'd love to know who owns that company. Throughout this republisve administration, whistle blowers have been the much maligned heroes.

Gayle in Md.