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DynCorp Is Something to Watch

The Progressive Review's Investigative Watchdog, Sam Smith Examines the Connections

Introduced by Alan McKay

I am relieved to find others who have harbored the thought that a "homeland conspiracy" may have been behind the events of September 11. In fact I am in the midst of writing an essay entitled "From Pacifist to Paranoid". I began by volunteering to do some internet research for the Concerned Citizens Against Violence, a Vermont peace group. I started by ferreting out articles by Arundhati Roy, Barbara Kingsolver and others who offered an alternative point of view to the flag waving hysteria that surrounded us. The deeper I got into researching the events of 9-11, the more questions were raised as to the veracity of the story the government was trying to tell us.

When it comes to the government and the truth, I am a natural skeptic anyway, having witnessed the Warren Commission, Gulf of Tonkin, and as far down the list of incredulous "official reports" as one would care to go. The most accurate account of the Vietnam War is entitled "The Bright Shining Lie".

As I dug deeper into the story, the more chilling some of the revelations became. I saw too many parallels to the Kennedy assassination investigation to pass off as coincidences. The "magic bullet" theory defies the laws of physics-- as does the tale of two airliners toppling those towers by themselves. Jet fuel is kerosene. Any farmer who has ever thrown a bucket of it on a brush pile will tell you how poorly it burns in an open enviroment. A kerosene fire will not melt steel-- it won't even heat it red hot. Like the witnesses in Dealy Plaza who swore they heard gunshots and saw muzzle flashes from locations other than Oswald's, witnesses all around Ground Zero saw and heard explosions before the towers fell. Fire marshalls are beginning to question the official version. Pilots and flight crews don't believe the story.

The story is massive and probably 95% of the population will think its proponents "crazy." But then that same 95% feel that way about pacifists too, unfortunately.

Who done it? We'll never prove it, that's for sure. Who could have done it? Well, there's one outfit who could have done if they wanted to:

The following material, snipped from the Feb 7 edition of The Progressive Review is appalling. The stories coming back from the fraudulent "drug war" in Columbia are bad enough, but the thought that an organization that has its own military forces is also involved in our civilian agencies, particularly those concerned with chemical and biological weapons and our health care systems is frightening. Why, pray tell, does a private company employ sub-orbital missiles? (see below) To one-up Federal Express? Do we allow mercenaries to launch warheads? In whose name?

Is there any congressionnal oversight over the activities of these armies for hire?

Progressive review
edited by Sam Smith, one of the last of a vanishing breed of old lefties. His daily email column "Undernews" is available: prorev-subscribe@topica.com

From The Progressive Review, Feb. 7, 2002:

The DynCorp Dynasty

CORP WATCH - Former U.S. Green Beret? Retired CIA? Military helicopter pilot or mechanic? If Uncle Sam doesn't want you any more, maybe DynCorp does. As $1.3 billion in mostly military U.S. aid pours into Colombia for an assault on its narcotics industry, firms like DynCorp are providing security forces here with everything from coat-and-tie logistics consultants to helicopter gunship pilots. U.S. officials call it "outsourcing," making it sound as innocuous as contracting a computer adviser. The firms contracted bill themselves as "consultants" or "service companies" - not "mercenaries." If privatization is the trend these days, the argument goes, why not privatize war, too? But Plan Colombia is not a war against drugs: it is a war against people. Its ultimate purpose, as several international observers have pointed out, is to eliminate both leftwing guerrillas and grassroots democratic movements, in order to facilitate the seizure of the country's most valuable land. The US envisages a new inter-oceanic canal through the north of the country, to bypass the congested Panama canal. Its companies have identified billions of dollars' worth of oil and mineral deposits. So, for the past five months, soldiers and paramilitaries have been murdering community leaders and expelling local people. The places identified for economic development by Plan Colombia are the places now being savaged by the paramilitaries.


WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL - One thing is certain for Dyncorp CEO Paul Lombardi these days. . . Lombardi can't discuss most of what Dyncorp is doing for agencies like the FBI, the Armed Forces and other three-letter agencies around the world. But if the past is any indication, they're in the thick of it. Dyncorp has set up telecommunications systems in war zones throughout Africa. It has contractors flying missions over the cocoa fields of Columbia, destroying the plants that produce cocaine. It refuels and runs ground support for the Air Force One fleet, and services all the telecom for the State Department. Indeed, defense contractors like Dyncorp again are the center of attention in the Washington tech scene. And suddenly, dot-com millionaires, stock options and e-commerce plays seem trivial when compared to building bombers, setting up satellite networks and improving wireless phone systems' emergency communications. Since the terrorist attacks, Dyncorp has been asked to take the government emergency telephone system completely wireless. It has been asked by many defense agencies to help come up with contingency plans if there is another attack. Dyncorp provided the crews for the civilian transport ships that cruised into New York Harbor the day of the attacks. The company runs the border stations with Mexico for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and has been asked to tighten security there


||| Paul V. Lombardi, president & CEO of DynCorp, a leading information technology firm with expertise in the biotechnology marketplace, announced that DynCorp subsidiary, DynPort, L.L.C., has been awarded a prime systems integration contract through the Department of Defense Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program. Under JVAP - a $322 million, 10-year program, DynPort will develop, produce, test, and store U.S. Food and Drug Administration licensed vaccines to protect U.S. armed forces against biological warfare agents.

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||| DynCorp, a $1.2 billion information technology and technical services company, announced that it has been awarded a five-year subcontract from Analysis & Technology to provide technical support and next generation engineering for the Undersea Weapons System Program for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. The contract value is estimated at $15 million.

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DynCorp, a leading information technology and outsourcing services firm, announced today that it is one of 12 companies selected to provide information technology services for the U.S. General Services Administration's $25 billion Millennia contract. The program, which is a 10-year, multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, calls for a comprehensive range of IT services to be made available to any office within the GSA's Federal Technology Service, both nationally and internationally. The contract further requires the vendors to incorporate new and emerging technologies into the services offered.

DYNCORP - Space. It's now the affordable frontier. Thanks to an innovative partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia and DynSpace Corporation, the Virginia Space Flight Center at Wallops Island is making access to sub orbital and low earth orbit launches easier, and more economical, than ever before. Strategically located on Virginia's eastern shore and easily accessible by rail, truck and air, VSFC offers a cost-effective and flexible alternative to other launch facilities. It has a prime launch trajectory, access to the NASA Launch Range, two commercial launch pads and several sub orbital rails for true scheduling flexibility and economic benefits that reduce costs like sales tax exemptions and low overhead.

DYNCORP -Aviation Services DI provides clients with end-to-end high technology solutions that range from daily maintenance requirements to extensive modification and overhauls. Additionally, DI provides organizational, intermediate and limited depot level maintenance for any type of aircraft around the globe. The company has supported 32 million flying hours and more than 200 military and commercial types of aircraft to date. Services include: Skilled technicians design, manufacture and execute aircraft modification programs for a broad range of weapons systems and more that 74 engine types, bringing entire fleets into 21st century mission-readiness status.


DYNCORP - Northrup-Grumman is listed among DynCorp's corporate clients. DARPA is one of their public sector clients. Both N-G and DARPA are involved with Global Hawk, remote piloting technology. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense. It manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects for DoD, and pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.

The List
Some the Public Agencies Buying the Services of Dyncorp,
the folks who bring helicopters to Colombia and profits to some very well connected people

- Center for Disease control - Corporation for National Service - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, National Weather Service - Department of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency - Department of Education - Department of Energy - Department of Health and Human Services - Department of Housing and Urban Development - Department of the Interior, U.S. Park Police - Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Naturalization, U.S. Attorneys, US Marshals - Department of Labor - Department of State - Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration - Department of Justice - Department of Treasury, U.S. Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service - Department of Veteran's Affairs - Environmental Protection Agency - Federal Communications Commission - Federal Networking Council - Food and Drug Administration - Foreign Governments (hyperlink blocked out) - Military Sealift Command - National Aeronautics and Space Administration - National Institute of Health - Office of Management and Budget - Office of National Drug Control Policy - Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation - Tennessee Valley Authority - U.S. Agency for International Development - United Nations - U.S. Air Force - U.S. Army - U.S. Navy - U.S. Postal Service

From The Progressive Review, Feb. 1, 2002

Robber Baron Update

Enron has cultivated deep relationships with the Harvard Business School. Five HBS case studies have touted the Enron model as innovative and worthy of replication. Glowing studies of Enron were produced by HBS as recently as August of 2001, just before the company imploded.

HARVARD WATCH Herbert "Pug" Winokur is a member of the Harvard Corporation, the university's seven-member self-selecting governing body, and a longtime member of the Board of Directors at Enron Corporation. He is currently the chair of the board's finance committee. In this capacity Winokur reportedly approved the creation of more than 3,000 partnerships and subsidiaries which were allegedly used by Enron to hide debt and avoid taxation. Winokur's position on the board's finance committee gave him unique access to Enron's financial structure and should have alerted him to the company's imminent collapse.

- During the period in which Enron executives touted the company's stock to employees, Harvard's main private investment fund - Highfields Capital short sold several million shares of Enron stock for an estimated profit of $50 million. Mr. Winokur's leadership positions at Enron and Harvard raise questions regarding Highfields' massive short-selling transactions, which benefited the Harvard endowment. There has been insufficient investigation into the possibility that Highfields operated with inside information when it short-sold millions of Enron shares.

Highfields Capital manages an estimated $2 billion of Harvard's endowment. Jonothan Jacobson, the co-founder of Highfields Capital, previously worked under Mr. Winokur's directorship at Harvard Management Company. Highfields Capital was founded with $500 million of Harvard's endowment.

- Through financial incentives and personal connections, Enron influenced Harvard's research agenda. Harvard's academic resources were consistently used to support Enron's unsustainable business plan.

- Robert Belfer, a director of Enron and the largest individual shareholder of the company's stock, is a major donor to Harvard, and served on the Committee on University Resources for 9 years and on the Visiting Committee at the Kennedy School of Government. He re-endowed the Kennedy School's Belfer Center, previously called the Center for Science and International Affairs.

- Enron and board members including Winokur and Belfer have contributed millions of dollars to Harvard and have aided in the creation and funding of research centers, which have consistently advocated an agenda of deregulation in the energy industry. The research produced at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government by the Harvard Electric Policy Group, the Environment and Natural Resources Program, and the Belfer Center exemplify Enron's influence over Harvard's research agenda.

- These centers have collaborated with Enron and its consultants and have defended the company and other energy industry monoliths against assertions of price manipulation and other illegal activities. Academic rationales for deregulation produced at Harvard were essential cover for the short-lived success of the Enron business model.

- Enron has cultivated deep relationships with the Harvard Business School. Five HBS case studies have touted the Enron model as innovative and worthy of replication. Glowing studies of Enron were produced by HBS as recently as August of 2001, just before the company imploded.

- HBS professors have received compensation for services provided to Enron. Professors have also co-authored major works on Enron with senior company executives.

- Herbert Winokur, a director of both Enron and Harvard, has also funded several reports recommending privatization of defense services. Winokur is a leading investor in Dyncorp, a major defense contractor, and is the former CEO of DynCorp. The Herbert Winokur Fund at the KSG provides another example of how Winokur influenced Harvard's research agenda for corporate and personal enrichment.

- Mr. Winokur's relationship to Dyncorp has raised concerns among those investigating Enron, since Dyncorp manages e-mail and information systems for many of the leading investigative agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Harvard Watch

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