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Friday, January 23, 2009

Holy Murtha of God!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 3:55 PM

This just in from the folks at Politico: Federal contractors with close ties to US Rep. Jack Murtha have been raided by the feds:

Federal agents on Thursday raided the offices of a Pennsylvania government contractor with close ties to Rep. John P. Murtha, chairman of the powerful Defense panel on the House Appropriations Committee.

Agents from the FBI, IRS and Defense Criminal Investigative Service searched the offices of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems in three different locations in Pennsylvania.

Over the last several years, Murtha, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, has helped steer more than $100 million in contracts to Kuchera, a government contractor founded in 1985 by Bill Kuchera. The company and its employees have donated more than $65,000 dollars to Murtha’s reelection campaign and leadership political action committe.

It's not exactly what you'd call surprising, is it? Murtha has been dogged by ethics questions ever since being caught up (but never charged) in the ABSCAM scandal. And who is conducting this investigation? Why, it's none other than our very own scourge of popular-but-controversial Western Pennsylvania Democrats -- Mary Beth Buchanan

I'd say everything is in place for a nice judicial shitstorm, wouldn't you?

Speaking of investigations involving federal contractors, I'd like to flag this story for special attention:

Army investigators say a Green Beret from Shaler was electrocuted at his barracks in Iraq because of substandard work by a U.S. military contractor.

The Army called the death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth "negligent homicide," concluding that KBR Inc. did not make sure qualified electricians and plumbers worked on the barracks.

I first wrote about Maseth's death here. KBR, you'll recall, is owned by Haliburton, the firm once headed by former vice president Dick Cheney. 

"Former Vice President Dick Cheney" has a nice ring to it. Too bad the pain he and his cronies caused will linger long after his departure from Washington.

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