27 July 2006

Bushwhacked, vol. MXMVII

A couple more ways BushCo has screwed America:

Contracts meant for small businesses were given to large corporations instead.

At least $12 billion in contracts the government claimed it gave to small companies last year wound up instead in the coffers of large corporations such as Microsoft and Rolls Royce, greatly inflating the Bush administration’s record of help to small businesses...

When small-business contracts with large companies are excluded, the government missed for a sixth straight year a requirement that 23 percent of its $314 billion in annual contracts go to small businesses...

Beneficiaries included Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart, Google and Lockheed Martin.

Bush personally put the kibosh on Justice Dept. investigation into NSA surveillance.

In response to a question from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., Gonzales disclosed that President Bush personally intervened and blocked a Justice Department probe into the administration’s domestic surveillance program...

Bush put the kibosh on the investigation by denying security clearances to lawyers with the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

The office is charged with being the agency’s ethical watchdog, and it was in the process of investigating whether Justice Department lawyers who reviewed the controversial surveillance program had acted properly. After hitting a brick wall from the White House, the office shut down its investigation.

Gonzales did not explain why Bush blocked the ethics probe.

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