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Qtec
02-24-2011, 04:19 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">State Stupidities, State Secrets

By Scott Horton

In the years after 9/11, national security agencies in the United States found themselves with a lot of money to lavish on contractors. <u>They spent tens of billions, and there is little evidence so far that all this money did much to enhance national security.</u> On several occasions, they were just plain fleeced. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>One such case involves Dennis Montgomery, a California-based computer programer first revealed in an exposé in Playboy, <u>who played off the imbecilities of the Bush-era national security establishment,</u> convincing senior figures that he could decrypt terrorist communications contained in Al Jazeera broadcasts, for instance.</span> Relying on Montgomery’s predictions, the Bush Administration shut down museums and raised terrorist warnings across the country, tenaciously resisting suggestions that they were being scammed. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Indeed, even after they figured that out, they undertook no serious criminal probe and brought no criminal charges against Montgomery, who is now facing trial in Las Vegas over a completely unrelated charge of trying to pass $1.8 million in bad checks at casinos. In picking upon Uncle Sam and his massive national security apparatus, it seems,<u> Montgomery identified the perfect patsy.</u></span>

Now Eric Lichtblau and James Risen report for the New York Times on how the Justice Department is managing the case against Montgomery and his associates:

Interviews with more than two dozen current and former officials and business associates and a review of documents show that Mr.<span style='font-size: 17pt'> Montgomery and his associates received more than $20 million in government contracts by claiming that software he had developed could help stop Al Qaeda’s next attack on the United States. But the technology appears to have been a hoax,</span> and a series of government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the Air Force, repeatedly missed the warning signs, the records and interviews show.

Mr. Montgomery’s former lawyer, Michael Flynn — who now describes Mr. Montgomery as a “con man” — says he believes that the administration has been shutting off scrutiny of Mr. Montgomery’s business for fear of revealing that the government has been duped. “The Justice Department is trying to cover this up,” Mr. Flynn said. <span style="color: #990000">“If this unravels, all of the evidence, all of the phony terror alerts and all the embarrassment comes up publicly, too. The government knew this technology was bogus, but these guys got paid millions for it.”</span>

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link (http://www.harpers.org/archive/2011/02/hbc-90007998)

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LWW
02-24-2011, 05:06 AM
So why would the Obama AG try to cover this up?

LWW

Gayle in MD
02-25-2011, 12:35 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">State Stupidities, State Secrets

By Scott Horton

In the years after 9/11, national security agencies in the United States found themselves with a lot of money to lavish on contractors. <u>They spent tens of billions, and there is little evidence so far that all this money did much to enhance national security.</u> On several occasions, they were just plain fleeced. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>One such case involves Dennis Montgomery, a California-based computer programer first revealed in an exposé in Playboy, <u>who played off the imbecilities of the Bush-era national security establishment,</u> convincing senior figures that he could decrypt terrorist communications contained in Al Jazeera broadcasts, for instance.</span> Relying on Montgomery’s predictions, the Bush Administration shut down museums and raised terrorist warnings across the country, tenaciously resisting suggestions that they were being scammed. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Indeed, even after they figured that out, they undertook no serious criminal probe and brought no criminal charges against Montgomery, who is now facing trial in Las Vegas over a completely unrelated charge of trying to pass $1.8 million in bad checks at casinos. In picking upon Uncle Sam and his massive national security apparatus, it seems,<u> Montgomery identified the perfect patsy.</u></span>

Now Eric Lichtblau and James Risen report for the New York Times on how the Justice Department is managing the case against Montgomery and his associates:

Interviews with more than two dozen current and former officials and business associates and a review of documents show that Mr.<span style='font-size: 17pt'> Montgomery and his associates received more than $20 million in government contracts by claiming that software he had developed could help stop Al Qaeda’s next attack on the United States. But the technology appears to have been a hoax,</span> and a series of government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the Air Force, repeatedly missed the warning signs, the records and interviews show.

Mr. Montgomery’s former lawyer, Michael Flynn — who now describes Mr. Montgomery as a “con man” — says he believes that the administration has been shutting off scrutiny of Mr. Montgomery’s business for fear of revealing that the government has been duped. “The Justice Department is trying to cover this up,” Mr. Flynn said. <span style="color: #990000">“If this unravels, all of the evidence, all of the phony terror alerts and all the embarrassment comes up publicly, too. The government knew this technology was bogus, but these guys got paid millions for it.”</span>

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link (http://www.harpers.org/archive/2011/02/hbc-90007998)

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I understand investigations are re-opening regarding Rumsfeld...

Interesting.

LWW
02-25-2011, 04:38 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">So why would the Obama AG try to cover this up?

LWW </div></div>

Nobody knows huh?

Imagine that?

LWW