US Army major in court over $9m bribery claim

#1
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2138171,00.html

A US army major is scheduled to appear in court today charged with what a Congressional investigator describes as the biggest bribery case to come out of Iraq since the US took over four years ago.
Major John Cockerham, 41, who was arrested last week, is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen who had contracts in Iraq and Kuwait.
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The biggest bribery case in relation to Iraq reconstruction so far has been $4m.
 
#2
I wouldn't get out of bed for less than $9m! Look, okay yes it is a blah-blah-blah travesty of the "Honor Code", sham, blah, disrepute of the US Army, blah-blah et cetera. Fine...but if you pay even the most honourable people you can select in peanuts, expect some of them to go down when faced with cash. Lots of cash. Now your GI rights would require a substantial bribe in order to face losing them and $9m seems almost about right. Personally I think $10m is a nice round number...

We are all potentially corrupt, we just all have different tipping points, boat-floating conditions and so on.
 
#3
Gosh, look, another new thread on an interesting topic!...no, wait, it's just the latest incarnation of Sergey's anti-American/anti-Israeli neurosis.

Change the station Sergey, it's boring and predictable.
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#4
Well, not to p!ss on anyones fire or anything, but: How much has been paid in backhanders and 'campaign' funds to US congressmen? Big oil contract anyone?

Or how about (and yes KGB, this one is for you): Russian soldiers selling their own weapons to Mujahideen in Afghan for some smack, only to have them used against them once they'd had their fix.

Go bleat your cr@p somewhere else.
 
#5
Cuddles said:
I wouldn't get out of bed for less than $9m! Look, okay yes it is a blah-blah-blah travesty of the "Honor Code", sham, blah, disrepute of the US Army, blah-blah et cetera. Fine...but if you pay even the most honourable people you can select in peanuts, expect some of them to go down when faced with cash. Lots of cash. Now your GI rights would require a substantial bribe in order to face losing them and $9m seems almost about right. Personally I think $10m is a nice round number...

We are all potentially corrupt, we just all have different tipping points, boat-floating conditions and so on.
Clear my overdraft and a pack of Tunnocks tea cakes. Or them Caramel wafer thingies.

Any advance on that? :wink:
 
#6
Heedthebaw said:
Cuddles said:
I wouldn't get out of bed for less than $9m! Look, okay yes it is a blah-blah-blah travesty of the "Honor Code", sham, blah, disrepute of the US Army, blah-blah et cetera. Fine...but if you pay even the most honourable people you can select in peanuts, expect some of them to go down when faced with cash. Lots of cash. Now your GI rights would require a substantial bribe in order to face losing them and $9m seems almost about right. Personally I think $10m is a nice round number...

We are all potentially corrupt, we just all have different tipping points, boat-floating conditions and so on.
Clear my overdraft and a pack of Tunnocks tea cakes. Or them Caramel wafer thingies.

Any advance on that? :wink:
A guaranteed P coy pass, a sackful of magic beans and spartacus's loincloth
 

B_AND_T

MIA
Book Reviewer
#8
I think I had an E-Mail from that Maj once asking for my bank details, for a 50/50 split, in return for helping him move it out of the country.
 
#9
gallowglass said:
Gosh, look, another new thread on an interesting topic!...no, wait, it's just the latest incarnation of Sergey's anti-American/anti-Israeli neurosis.

Change the station Sergey, it's boring and predictable.
I guess that military corruption is an interesting theme to be discussed. Please, join it Gallowglass.

http://www.turkishweekly.net/news.php?id=46953

FM Gul: US military corruption behind weapons in PKK's Hands
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The US Department of Defense has launched an investigation into US-registered weapons sent to the Iraqi army ending up in the hands the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) based in northern Iraq, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül said on Thursday.

It has been revealed that certain US soldiers were involved in corrupt acts related to the issue of weapons ending up in PKK hands, Gül told reporters at a press conference during an election campaign trip to the central Anatolian province of Kayseri.
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Former members of the PKK escaping from mountain camps in northern Iraq recently gave testimony in which they told security authorities and prosecutors they had seen US trucks delivering arms to PKK camps.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/16/news/bribes.php

A U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who received the Bronze Star for her wartime service in Iraq has been arrested and charged with taking bribes in a growing corruption scandal involving the Iraq reconstruction program.
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The officer, Lieutenant Colonel Debra Harrison, a reservist in a civil affairs unit based in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is the fourth person and the second senior army officer to be arrested and charged in the scandal. She was arrested on Thursday.
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She is charged with receiving cash bribes of $80,000 to $100,000, a Cadillac Escalade
And situation in other armies (including Russian) is the same

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=13547

Poland declares war on corruption in army
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2005/10/19/2003276410

Public indifference, corruption dog the nation's military
http://www.indiaenews.com/india/20061101/27049.htm

An alarming rise in the number of Indian military officers charged with corruption...
http://www.voanews.com/english/2004-1-16voa6.cfm

A Philippine Army general has gone on trial for corruption...
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He is accused of amassing some $2 million in cash and real estate on a $600 monthly salary.
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/12/24/203609.shtml

U.S. officials and analysts say there are new signs that drug corruption is spreading within the Mexican military
http://www.rferl.org/features/featu...=2004&id=3CAB44EC-DA1D-4A9A-9366-D66C2381C27C

Analysis: Russia -- Between Terror And Corruption
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If there is a single factor that determines the ineffectiveness of the Russian security services, it is corruption...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N30424544.htm

Colombia admits high-level military corruption
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200602/10/eng20060210_241517.html

China speeds up anti-corruption efforts in military forces
 
#10
Brilliant, the only Army not currently taking bribes is the British Army. We need to get on this bandwagon, their must be people out there willing to pay the British Army to do (or not do) things?!
 
#11
The_Goon said:
Brilliant, the only Army not currently taking bribes is the British Army. We need to get on this bandwagon, their must be people out there willing to pay the British Army to do (or not do) things?!
There once was a company called Astra who attempted to pervert the course of mortar ammunition procurement...
 
#12
The_Goon said:
Brilliant, the only Army not currently taking bribes is the British Army. We need to get on this bandwagon, their must be people out there willing to pay the British Army to do (or not do) things?!
Indeed I believe that cases of corruption in British military are very rare. They are rather isolated cases.
 

B_AND_T

MIA
Book Reviewer
#13
Send me a tenner and I'll let you know.
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#14
Anybody wanna buy some SA80 parts?
 

B_AND_T

MIA
Book Reviewer
#15
Biped said:
Anybody wanna buy some SA80 parts?
I'll swap for a CVR(T).
 
#16
surely the MOD handles all the corruption for the british armed forces?
 
#17
Nah, garbage exchange rate for the US$ nowadays. Probably only last you a week in DisneyWorld provided you didn't "go large" on the burger and fries. Certainly wouldn't have got you a knighthood when Toe Knee was in charge.
 

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