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DHS Providing Fat "Drug War" Contracts for Board Members

The contract was written such that only a very narrow group of people with very specific Customs and Border Protection experience would qualify. “All facilitators must be recognized experts in CBP’s business processes, operational environments, stakeholder communities, past and present CBP organization missions and strategies.” Three days after Bonner and the other DEA Chiefs wrote their letter to Holder on September 13, the $481,000 contract was awarded to a company called Sentinel HS Group, which describes itself as “a strategic consulting firm providing advice and assistance on homeland security matters to the private and public sectors in the United States and abroad,” and specifically served as “principle adviser”… to the team of Boeing Company employees working on SBInet contract. And who is one of the principles of Sentinal HS Group? Well, that would be one Robert Bonner. Bonner is also the cochair of the PCIP-COMEXI task force, and recently recommended that there needed to be more investment in …um, his shit: Robert Bonner, PCIP-COMEXI task force co-chair, emphasized the need to improve border security at and between ports of entry to better facilitate trade and to weaken and defeat organized crime syndicates and drug trafficking organizations (DTOs). If that’s not quite enough conflict of interest for you, on June 4 2009, Napolitano appointed Bonner to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Southwest Border Task Force. So the bottom line: the Department of Homeland Security is awarding fat contracts to people who serve on its Board of Directors. That’s the kind of stuff that will still raise eyebrows even among corrupt Wall Street oligarchs. It’s very much in Bonner’s financial interest to keep the war at the border going, but he doesn’t disclose that when he’s out there using his DEA pedigree to whip up the Reefer Madness and oppose Prop 19, or demagogue the Arizona immigration law to shake down the administration. Bonner is not alone. He’s just one glaring example. The ex-DEA chiefs are all enriching themselves at taxpayer expense through their association with firms profiteering off of the war with the cartels being waged at the border. They’d all be SOL if it were to suddenly stop. It’s no different than the Pentagon Generals story that the New York Times broke in 2008. How nice of Eric Holder to reassure them that the gravy train will continue.

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