On that putative money-laundering operation

Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but drop addresses and missing or empty websites don’t confirm anything except that something is odd. The assumption of fraud–without real proof of fraud–is a dangerous one. Despite some very lax accounting at the DoD in the last few years, every contract has an identifying number. Every contract has a contract manager. During the course of all contracts, there are progress reviews and reports, and expenditures over $2500 have to have competitive bids from suppliers and subcontractors. When a contract is renewed or closed, there should be an audit. That is the paper trail that has to be tracked down.

One of the assumptions that Cannon has made that may be leading him astray is that there seem not to be actual companies in some locations. All it takes is one principal company receiving the contract and it can then be subcontracted out to an extraordinary number of levels (I’ve counted at least five on just one Halliburton contract for Katrina clean-up). The top-level company need only apply whatever minimum amount of oversight of subcontractors required to satisfy the contract and rake off their percentage from the top.

The very important thing to do is to stop concentrating on websites and company addresses and get the contract details for any and all contracts related to Wilkes’ companies, Wilkes company officers or to Wilkes himself. The Center of Public Integrity’s database may help and they should be contacted, as should POGO, as well. But, in truth, Wilkes contracts may actually not add up to a sufficient amount to even show up on those NGO databases. FOIAs to the DoD–and the GSA–must be made to obtain the contract details, and one has to have the help of a cooperative media organization because it will inevitably involve artificial delays and the likely necessity of a suit to force the issue. And, if any of those contracts involve intelligence, you can forget it. You won’t get the info, and without the info, there’s no real proof.

I’d hate to see anyone get sued for libel by jumping the gun and describing non-evidence of fraud as fraud. I’d like to see these sleazy bastards’ hides nailed to the wall once and for all, but, frankly, Cannon doesn’t have the goods on `em.

He’s got an hypothesis.


Roswell, NM

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