A private firm, MZM, commits a major crime bribing a Congressman and had major access to top secret government computers. Said Congressman is in jail.
Update: Cunningham Scandal; A White House Link?
Monday, March 26, 2007
Chairman Waxman Requests Information on White House Contract with MZM
As part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation into waste, fraud, and abuse in federal contracting, the Committee has requested information on a $140,000 contract awarded by the Executive Office of the President to MZM, Inc. in July 2002.
The contract with the White House appears to have been MZM’s first prime contract with the federal government. Subsequent investigations of other MZM contracts had uncovered serious irregularities. To date, there has been no examination of the circumstances surrounding the company’s initial contract and the role that White House officials played in the award and execution.---
This book answers the question:
The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught.
It reveals the contract was for was for screening the president's mail.
Imagine that. Criminals reading Bush's mail. The information could be valuable to certain foreign agents, like the Larry Franklins of this world.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning team that uncovered the biggest bribery scandal in congressional history tells the colorfully sordid story of a scandal reaching into the highest levels of the CIA, the Pentagon, and the Congress.
Duke Cunningham was an All-American success story. The Midwestern boy who went off to war, became a hero and rode his fame into Congress, he even bragged that Tom Cruise played him in a popular movie. But the fall of this "Top Gun" was almost as epic and just as cinematic. Today he sits in prison, branded as the most corrupt member of Congress in U.S. history.
To the public, Cunningham was a heroic family man. In reality, he was a hard-drinking, partisan bully with a lavish sense of entitlement and feckless moral compass. In the end, he fed rogues like Brent Wilkes and Mitch Wade millions of dollars in vital post-9/11 contracts in exchange for millions in bribes.
Now, the journalists who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for sending Cunningham to prison uncover new details in a story still unfolding in Washington. The Wrong Stuff chronicles Cunningham's rise and his ignominious fall. It is the saga of a man strong enough to brave enemy fire but too weak to resist the corrupt contractors and lobbyists in the nation's capitol. It is also the story of the dark side of Washington today.
About the Author
The authors were on the team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Jerry Kammer has been a correspondent for Copley News Service since 2002. Marcus Stern has been in Copley's Washington Bureau for twenty-two years. Dean Calbreath has been a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune for more than eight years. George E. Condon Jr. has been Washington bureau chief for Copley since 1984. Stern, Calbreath, and Kammer all received the George Polk award. Stern and Kammer also share the Edgar Poe award.