Voices of the Nation
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
||| 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
||| 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.
||| 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
||| 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.
Some the Public Agencies Buying the Services of Dyncorp,
the folks who bring helicopters to Colombia and profits to some very well connected
- 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
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
- 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
- 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