The Pentagon's Revolving Door

Time for another Gooberhead Award – presented periodically to those in the news who have their tongues going 100 miles per hour... but who forgot to put their brains in gear.

Today, I've got a whole nest of Goobers for you – all of whom are nesting in the fraud-ridden Pentagon... except when they fly that coop to feather their nests with top jobs at Lockheed, Boeing, Halliburton, and other corporations that pocket billions in bloated Pentagon contracts. The scam of such Goobers is to work awhile at the Pentagon, gain insider knowledge and contacts, then peddle their insider connections to corporations wanting more fat contracts from us taxpayers.

Take Pete Aldridge, who has made a career of spinning in and out of the revolving door between the Pentagon and military contractors. He was secretary of the air force, then he left to become president of air force contractor McDonnell Douglas. Then George W. brought him back inside to be in charge of all Pentagon purchases. Last year, he left again, this time to become a highly-paid board member at Lockheed – but just before leaving, he personally approved a $3 billion contract for 20 jet-fighters to be made by – you guessed it – Lockheed.

Even while Pete's on Lockheed's payroll, Bush named him chairman of a space exploration commission. Pete's commission recently called for privatizing NASA. Guess what corporation stands to gain the most from such a move? Bingo, if you said Lockheed!

About his glaring conflicts of interest, Pete simply declares that he's in compliance with current ethics laws. But, of course, these laws are shams, written by lobbyists for Goobers like Pete. "Legal" isn't the same as moral.

To learn more about all the Petes now nesting in top jobs with military contractors, call the Project on Government Oversight: 202-347-1122.

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