Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ex-CEO David Brooks (Rat Bastard) of Body Armor Supplier Sentenced to 17 Years for Fraud -DOJ - WSJ

By Kristin Jones
The founder of a company that supplied body armor to the U.S. military was sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in a $200 million fraud scheme, the Justice Department said.

David H. Brooks was formerly chief executive of DHB Industries Inc., a Long Island-based company that also supplied armor to law enforcement agencies. He was convicted in Sept. 2010 on charges that he overstated the company's financial performance and misappropriated corporate funds for his own use.

An attorney representing Mr. Brooks wasn't immediately available for comment. Mr. Brooks, who was convicted of 14 criminal charges, including conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud and obstruction of justice, was also ordered to pay a fine of $8.7 million, and to forfeit $65 million in ill-gotten gains.

 "DHB Industries made body armor that protected the men and women of the U.S. military, who risk their lives to keep us safe," said U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch. "To David Brooks, it was merely a vehicle for plunder and a means to feed his own greed."

Mr. Brooks was convicted of stealing more than $6 million from the company to finance a horse-racing business, and to buy a luxury car, plastic surgery for his wife, a burial plot for his mother, $40,000 in leather-bound invitations to his son's bar mitzvah, and a $101,000 belt buckle adorned with diamonds, sapphires and rubies.

He was also found guilty of accounting fraud intended to increase DHB's profits and inflate the value of its inventory, the Justice Department said. After the company filed reports based on his manipulations, Mr. Brooks sold shares before the stock price plummeted and the company was delisted from the American Stock Exchange, the Justice Department said. Mr. Brooks left the company in 2006. DHB Industries has since changed its name to Point Blank Solutions Inc. (PBSOQ), and moved to Florida. The company said its policy is not to comment on Mr. Brooks or anyone else no longer affiliated with the organization.

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-bth: David Brooks was convicted of financial crimes, but at the heart of this was the fact that  he was making defective body armor and faking the QA process allowing the defects to be fielded with soldier and marines in combat. Since this was known for probably at least six months by the government, I suspect this is why he was not charged on this matter. What happened though is that his failure to adjust his inventory to account for the defects caused an overstatement of earnings (financial) and in that period between when this mess was detected by the government and actually when they did something about it (marines did something army continued) the financial malfeasance continued and he dumped his stock leaving his shareholders to face near bankruptcy when the news finally broke, but he had pocketed around $185 MM. After ten years I guess we can say justice was partially served. I wonder how many kids are buried over at Arlington because of him?

Compare And Contrast: Public Vs Private Retiree Underfunding In One Chart

Compare And Contrast: Public Vs Private Retiree Underfunding In One Chart | Zero Hedge

The NSA's New Spy Facilities are 7 Times Bigger Than the Pentagon - DefenseOne

The NSA's New Spy Facilities are 7 Times Bigger Than the Pentagon - Defense One

He works at one of the three-letter intelligence agencies and oversees construction of a $1.2 billion surveillance data center in Utah that is 15 times the size of MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets. Long Island native Harvey Davis, a top National Security Agency official, needs that commanding presence. His role is to supervise infrastructure construction worldwide for NSA, which is part of the Defense Department. That involves tending to logistics, military installations, as well as power, space and cooling for all NSA data centers. 

In May, crews broke ground on a $792 million computing center at the agency’s headquarters near Baltimore that will complement the Utah site. Together the Utah center and Maryland’s 28-acre computer farm span 228 acres—more than seven times the size of the Pentagon. 

During an interview with Government Executive in June, amid the uproar over leaked details of NSA’s domestic espionage activities, Davis describes the 200-acre Utah facility as very transparent: “Only brick and mortar.” A data center just provides energy and chills machines, he says. 

About 6,500 contractors, along with more than 150 Army Corps of Engineers and NSA workers, including some with special needs, are assigned to the project. Davis perks up when he talks about the hundreds of individuals with disabilities he has steered into NSA.

But ask him why the facility is so big and what’s inside, and he is less forthcoming. “I think we’re crossing into content. It’s big because it’s required to be big,” says Davis, a 30-year veteran of the spy agency....

Egyptian security forces arrest brother of al-Qaeda's top leader Ayman al-Zawahri - Daily Mail

BREAKING NEWS: Egyptian security arrest brother of al-Qaeda's top leader Ayman al-Zawahri | Mail Online

The brother of a Ayman al-Zawahri, the veteran terrorist leader of al-Qaeda has been arrested according to Egyptian security forces.

A security official said that Mohammed al-Zawahri, leader of the ultraconservative Jihadi Salafist group, was detained at a checkpoint in Giza, the city across the Nile from Cairo. 

Ayman al-Zawahri is credited by many as having been the 'operational brains' behind the 9/11 suicide attacks on the U.S. and to have approved the co-ordinated bombings on London’s transport system in in 2005 that left 52 innocent people dead.

Mohammed Al-Zawahri's group espouses a hard-line ideology but was not clandestine prior to Egypt's July 3 coup.

He was allied with ousted President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist, whose supporters are now taking to the streets to protest the killings of its supporters in a security crackdown last week.

Authorities said earlier that al-Zawahri had commanded insurgents in Sinai Peninsula....

Friday, August 16, 2013

Secret Court Chief Judge Says Surveillance Program Oversight Powers Are Limited - Thing Progress

Secret Court Chief Judge Says Surveillance Program Oversight Powers Are Limited | ThinkProgress

The chief judge of the secret court that overseas the U.S. government’s surveillance programs said on Thursday that his court is limited in its oversight abilities and that it is resigned to trusting government reports when it improperly spies on Americans....
-bth: so where does the oversight exist?  It doesn't exist with Congress which is kept in the dark.  It doesn't exist according to the judge in the know in the courts and the Executive branch cannot oversee itself?

Report: DHS spends $600,000 to buy $100,000 homes - WaTimes

DHS spends $600,000 to buy $100,000 homes: Report - Washington Times

The Homeland Security Department spent $600,000 apiece to build houses in Arizona that would have gone for less than $100,000, according to a report in the Arizona Republic that’s raising questions in Congress.

“This type of spending is irresponsible as our nation faces significant budget deficits and the men and women in the Border Patrol face cuts in overtime that are essential to their mission,” Rep. Ron Barber, the Arizona Democrat in whose district the homes were built, said in a statement Friday....

Police State Too Much?

bth: We need to dial down the militarization of US law enforcement. Use of armored vehicles for examples might be useful in a siege or barricade situation once in a blue moon. But these events are few and far between and regional equipment can me utilized when needed instead of moving to a town or small city level. We are just over doing it and need to think about the type of police force we really need - and more to the point, what we really want.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Iranian woman blinded by acid attack pardons assailant as he faces same fate - The Guardian

Iranian woman blinded by acid attack pardons assailant as he faces same fate | World news | The Guardian

A woman blinded with acid in Iran has pardoned her attacker, a man who was scheduled to lose his sight in an eye for an eye punishment on Sunday.

Majid Movahedi, 30, had been taken to Tehran's judiciary hospital to be blinded with acid after being rendered unconscious, but Ameneh Bahrami, his victim, spared him at the last minute, Iran's semi-official Isna news agency reported.

Iran's judiciary had given the green light to the administration for the retributive punishment, which would have been the first blinding of a convict in the country, but human rights groups across the world called on Bahrami, who had asked for eye for an eye justice in the court, to pardon him.

Bahrami, who had refused to marry Movahedi, was disfigured and blinded by him when he threw a jar of acid in her face while she was returning home from work in 2004....