Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ethics-Schmethics. I took the damned class 8 times!

In connection with the Randy "Duke" Cunningham case, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, until recently the third highest ranking official at the CIA, has been indicted for stearing contracts to a company he had investments in. Here is an interesting part:
Foggo, who retired last year as the third-ranking CIA official, served two years as a "deputy ethics official" and sat through ethics training eight times, according to the federal grand jury indictment handed down last week in San Diego. But Foggo covered up gifts and a job offer he received from his alleged co-conspirator, the indictment asserts. And it quotes an e-mail in which he seems to suggest ethics reporting requirements are burdensome.[Snip]

The 11-count indictment, to which Foggo and Wilkes pleaded not guilty, alleges that Foggo set up meetings for Wilkes with other CIA officials and contractors to grease the skids for Wilkes' companies to receive contracts, including at least one case in which Wilkes wasn't the low bidder. The grand jury charges Foggo expected and received expensive meals and gifts from Wilkes, as well as vacations to Scotland and Hawaii.

Also in 2002, Wilkes offered Foggo a "high-level, high-paying position" with one of Wilkes' companies, where he reserved an office for Foggo in the executive suite, according to the indictment.

Foggo didn't mentioned Wilkes' gifts or job offer on two mandatory annual financial disclosure forms asking about gifts, trips and "future employment," according to the indictment. It says Foggo in an e-mail, where he attached one such completed form, wrote to the ethics officer processing the forms: "Having been the 'Ethic's Guy' in both the (Directorate of Science and Technology) and the (Directorate of Administration), I wish you the best with this annual exercise."
I mean, he submitted the damned ethics paperwork, even though it was an interference with his work. What more could a poor oppressed Republican do?

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