August 09, 2006
Two Other Ones Bite the Dust

The last article I read before bedtime was by The Man, Walter Pincus:

David A. Burtt II, director of the Counterintelligence Field Activity, the Defense Department’s newest intelligence agency whose contracts based on congressional earmarks are under investigation by the Pentagon and federal prosecutors, told his staff yesterday that he and his deputy director will resign at the end of the month.

Why would the top two guys in CIFA resign at the same time? Well, maybe they’re looking at some technical violations of the privacy and bribery statutes.

The agency was criticized in December after it was revealed that a database managed by CIFA contained unverified, raw threat information on Americans who were peacefully protesting the war in Iraq at defense facilities, including recruiting offices.

Last March, as a result of the continuing federal investigations arising out of charges against former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.), prosecutors said they were reviewing CIFA contracts that went to MZM Inc., a company run by Mitchell J. Wade, who had pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to bribe Cunningham.

The article says that a counterintelligence official estimated that CIFA had 400 full-time employees and 800 to 900 contractors working for it. In other words, it was another Bush ATM.

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Posted by Chuck Dupree at August 09, 2006 11:58 PM
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