Subject: Wiki: COAST GUARD intelligence agency vs. Lockheed Martin ‘leaker engineer’ Michael DeKort
VIDEO of Michael DeKort’s famous 10 minute narrative exposing Lockheed negligence in Coast Guard operations regarding DEEP WATER mega-project
major whistle blower who belongs in the Hall of Fame
Whistle Blower Michael DeKort -- way back in 2006 he crusaded against Lockheed and Coast Guard shenanigans in their DEEP WATER disaster ties to their extensive spider web – DeKort is currently railing against self driving cars technology, declaring it as EXTREMELY UNSAFE due to industry greed and lack of transparency, not because it is a bad idea.
My name is Michael DeKort. I am a former aerospace systems engineer, engineering and program manager for Lockheed Martin. I worked in aircraft simulation, the Aegis Weapon System, NORAD and on C4ISR for DHS. I received the IEEE Barus Ethics Award for whistleblowing regarding the DHS Deepwater program post 9/11 — http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=4468728
I am also a member of the SAE On-Road Autonomous Driving Validation & Verification Task Force (SAE invited me to this group specifically because of my POV and background).
I believe there are several critical issues with how most AV makers are creating this technology you may be unaware of. Specifically around public shadow driving and the largely unavoidable dangers of L2+/L3.
Impediments to Creating an Autonomous Vehicle
The creation of autonomous technology will result in benefits to humankind. Those benefits may be different than what we think now. But in the end creating this technology will have benefits. Chief among them is lowering the accident rates and the resulting injuries and loss of life. It is imperative that we create this technology not only as soon as possible but also as safely as possible. Unfortunately, there are several processes and practices currently being used by the industry that are so problematic they are making it impossible to get to full level 4 autonomy. These issues will involve so much labor, cost and reputational damage most companies will not be able to bear them. The safety issues are so significant they will soon severely impact the entire industry. Fortunately, all of these issues are technically solvable. Some of this is clearly evidenced by Waymo’s recent paradigm shift to much more simulation and skipping L2+ and L3.
BLACK HAT, cyber intel alliance with FBI, Mossad, Interpol, Homeland Security, much like PROMIS back in the early 2000s, updated for 2018 and way beyond!
BLACK HAT, cyber intel alliance with FBI, Mossad, Interpol
all the many HUNDREDS of global agents & sponsors & speakers (bios provided for some)!
Main Members & Donors
Homeland Security; Raytheon; Lockheed Martin;
FBI; AT&T; CrowdStrike;
Offensive CounterMeasures; DarkMatter; KPMG; Cisco; Carbon Black; Symantec; Accenture; PayPal; MicroSoft; HP; Parsons; IEEE Computer Society; Parsons; and many more....
BLACK HAT review board
and Cleverex are one giant company, they have a contract with Health & Human Services, HHS, who preside over all MEDICARE, NIH, and CDC affairs.
Press Release! HHS account taken by Hyperwave!
Cleverex boasting of doing Health & Human Services & HeadStart data delivery/development, clearly stated on their homepage:
Among Cleverex's very closest partners, you could call it even "intimate", is CSC, Computer Sciences Corp., aka DynCorp, the notorious Pentagon contractor that got CRIMINALLY charged with trafficking slaves and child prostitutes in Bosnia and the Balkans ... here is the report by THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY....click here!
Here is Cleverex's website on Promis
Cleverex Systems (Beijing), Inc.
CLEVEREX!! NEW Golden Dragon Plaza HQ, Suite 1003 De Sheng Meng Wai, Xi San Qi Haidian District, Beijing 100096 P.R. China
Phone: +010-6271-8966 Fax: +010-6271-8988
Cleverex, here to outsource every bit of work in the USA to China, and helping us in the Dept. of Health & Human Services [HHS] too!
Cleverex Systems (Beijing), Inc. Happily Relocated Beijing, China . -- 7/22/2005
-- To cope with the rapid outsourcing of US jobs to China and their rapid expansion of Cleverex Systems (Beijing-Dept. of Homeland Security/HHS), they are moving their Beijing offices to a newly built office building - the Golden Dragon Plaza bordering with "Beijing's Silicon Valley", Shang Di High Tech District.
Cleverex of PROMIS SOFTWARE deeply embedded in the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, is actively marketing its BPM solutions to rapidly exploding numbers of enterprises in China, and still a small few operations in the sleepy and relegated USA.
The other main data delivery/developer for HHS and Head Start is ICF/Caliber-ICF, another huge conglomerate that use to be Kaiser Engineering Global! They use PROMIS too!
Strategic Partners of CLEVEREX--below
Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS-human resources subsidiary of Lockheed missles and main business partner of Cleverex-Hyperwave)
Dallas, TX Computer Science Corporation [CSC-DynCorp Pentagon merchant]
Among Cleverex's very closest partners, you could call it even "intimate", is CSC, Computer Sciences Corp., aka DynCorp, the notorious Pentagon contractor that got CRIMINALLY charged with trafficking slaves and child prostitutes in Bosnia and the Balkans ... here is the report by THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY....click here!
El Segundo, CA & DC Beltway! HYPERWAVE -- click here for Star Wars and Homeland Security contracts!
Cleverex Systems maintains strong and healthy business relationships with all its clients. Although our client base is too large to list each client individually, a representative cross-section of our clients and major business partners is presented below. A full listing of our clients is available on request. Altogether, there over 1,200 client organizations in the U.S.
Oakland, MD HealthSouth Corporation.... read here in the Washington Post about the $2.5 BILLION dollar accounting scandal at HealthSouth!
Washington, DC US Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] MIKE LEAVITT & WADE HORN
WADE HORN OF HHS
Report: Wade Horn of HHS and neocon PR spending --doubling under Bush
USA TODAY | January 28, 2005 By Jim Drinkard
WASHINGTON The Bush administration has more than doubled its spending on outside contracts with public relations firms during the past four years, according to an analysis of federal procurement data by congressional Democrats.
The administration spent at least $88 million in fiscal 2004 on contracts with major public relations firms, the analysis found, compared with $37 million in 2001, Bush's first year in office. In all, the administration spent $250 million on public relations contracts during its first term, compared with $128 million spent for President Clinton between 1997 and 2000. The analysis did not examine what the Clinton administration spent during its first term. The top-spending agency during the past four years, at $94 million, was the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The biggest federal public relations contractor in that period was
with $97 million.
"While not all public relations spending is illegal or inappropriate, this rapid rise in public relations contracts at a time of growing budget deficits raises questions about the priorities of the administration," said the report by the Democratic staff of the House Government Reform Committee.
The administration's public relations efforts have been under scrutiny since USA TODAY reported that the Education Department, through a Ketchum contract, paid $240,000 to conservative commentator Armstrong Williams for helping to promote Bush's No Child Left Behind program.
Bush said Wednesday that he does not think taxpayer money should be used to promote administration policies in that way. "I expect my Cabinet secretaries to make sure that that practice doesn't go forward," he said at a White House news conference. Of the arrangement with Williams, Bush said: "We didn't know about this in the White House" and he noted that there is "new leadership" at the Education Department, where Secretary Rod Paige has been replaced by Margaret Spellings, a former policy aide to Bush at the White House. "We will not be paying commentators to advance our agenda. Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet," he said. On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher, an authority on marriage and family issues, had received two federal contracts totaling $41,500 for writing brochures, a magazine article and a report and briefing government employees in support of the president's marriage initiative. That program called for redirecting welfare funds to pay for premarital counseling and abstinence education.
While doing the work for the departments of Health and Human Services and Justice in 2002 and 2003, Gallagher also wrote several columns supporting Bush's plan. One called the proposal "a no-brainer" because it could help reduce the divorce rate and cut domestic violence. In a statement, Gallagher said her work for the government had no influence on what she wrote in her columns, which reflected her long-held beliefs about marriage. "It was a mistake on my part not to have disclosed any government contract," she wrote. "It will not happen again."
Third Columnist paid by Bush Administration
Raw Story | January 28, 2005
According to a report on Salon.com , another columnist has been paid to promote Bush administration initiatives. Salon claims that the Department of Health and Human Services paid conservative columnist Mark McManus $10,000 to back the Bush marriage agenda. The full registration-restricted article can be found here.
One day after President Bush ordered his Cabinet secretaries to stop hiring commentators to help promote administration initiatives, and one day after the second high-profile conservative pundit was found to be on the federal payroll, a third embarrassing hire has emerged. Salon has confirmed that Michael McManus, a marriage advocate whose syndicated column, Ethics & Religion, appears in 50 newspapers, was hired as a subcontractor by the Department of Health and Human Services to foster a Bush-approved marriage initiative. McManus championed the plan in his columns without disclosing to readers he was being paid to help it succeed.
Responding to the latest revelation, Dr. Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at HHS, announced Thursday that HHS would institute a new policy that forbids the agency from hiring any outside expert or consultant who has any working affiliation with the media. I needed to draw this bright line, Horn tells Salon. The policy is being implemented and were moving forward.
Cleverex occupies more than 4000 square feet of modern office space in Rockville, Maryland, about 20 miles from downtown Washington, DC. Our facilities include a state of the art Computer Training Center. This center is conveniently accessible by metro and other transportation means.
Doing business with Cleverex has never been easier. Cleverex now has numerous contracting vehicles that can be used by our clients. These vehicles include 8(a) certificate, SDB certificate, GSA Schedule for IT Professional Services (SIN 132-51), GSA Schedule for Daily/Short-Term Rental (SIN 132-4), and MBE certificate.
Other Identification Data County Code (3 digit): 031 Congressional District: 08 Metropolitan Statistical Area: 8840 DUNS Number: 049684736 CAGE Code: 1WZY4
Cleverex-Hyperwave handheld partner, Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS-human resources subsidiary of Lockheed missles
ACS ACS ACS ACS -- an IT and Human Resources subsidiary of Lockheed Martin doing our data for Health & Human Services--implicated in Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse along with CACI, a similar kindred "services".... click here
CDS CDS CDS --- aka ACS??? [nearly....!]
Computer Data Systems [CDS] wins hefty contract
Washington Business Journal - February 19, 1997
Rockville, Md.-based Computer Data Systems has won a U.S. government contract with a potential value of $310 million. CDSI Information Technology Solutions, a unit of CDS, won the contract from the General Services Administration to provide risk analysis and security-related information system services.
Where to find ACS, right hand partner of Cleverex, in the DC, CACI Beltway complex?ACS Government Solution 1133 15th St NW (202) 775-0924 Washington, DC 20005 map it!
....and ACS Government Solution Group Inc 1133 15th St NW (202) 775-0920 Washington, DC 20005 map it!
ACS GOV SOLUTION
Affiliated Computer Service Inc. 1133 15th St NW Washington, DC zip code. Phone: (202) 223-4192
Bomb Scare Downtown
posted at 4:10 PM on August 31, 2005
There is a bomb scare downtown - bystanders say there was a bomb threat called in to 1133 15th Street, 11th floor. DC Police have evactuated the area.
Who else rents in the same building as ACS?PRE-ARRANGEMENT INTERMENT ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA 1133 FIFTEENTH ST NW WASHINGTON, DC 20005-2710 Business League [THEY HANDLE CORPSES IN LARGE NUMBERS]
... The Washington Post is DIRECTLY ACROSS the street!
Here is an old excerpt of interest re: the WASHINGTON POST
Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington DC 20071, Tel: 202-334-6000.
The whole world knows the Washington Post, or thinks it does. Among heartland U.S. conservatives, the notion persists that the Post is the "liberal" establishment's media flagship.
And it's true that the Post has been and remains a loyal servitor of the U.S. establishment. Katharine Graham, union-busting "Chairman" (as she styles herself) of the Post's board and possibly the richest woman alive, is on record as saying that the public is best kept in the dark about certain goings-on in the official world. (See Deborah Davis's biography of Graham, indexed in NameBase but successfully suppressed by the Post's lawyers.)
And a small army of Post editors and contributors, including now-retired Ben Bradlee and star reporter Bob Woodward, have murky intelligence-world connections. (See "Silent Coup" by Colodny and Gettlin for the spooky background to the Post's Watergate glory days.)
Alas, the ruling spirit of the Post's editorial pages might best be characterized as "Reaganism with a human face." One-note, soft-issue columnists like Ellen Goodman do appear, but conservatives have a lock on foreign policy, domestic politics, and the economy.
1133 15th St., NW, Suite 400, Wash., D.C. 20005. No calls.
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Inc. (WA), part of the Europ Assistance group the largest and most experienced travel assistance organization in the world. Multilingual WA Professionals are available to provide help when needed most, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. WA is the next best thing to having a friend in more than 200 countries someone with the experience and resources to help with nearly any type of travel emergency. Your CNA Group Accident Plan includes the Travel Assistance Benefit, which pays the costs associated with the following services, when WA arranges them for covered individuals who are traveling 100 miles or more away from their primary homes: Medical evacuation/repatriation
Aeronautical Engineers in Washington, District Of Columbia ... 1133 15th St NW Fl 12 Washington, DC 20005-2710 Phone: (202) 756-5600
They are affiliated with ComSat Drive, Clarksburg, MD branch and Lockheed, Gaithersburg operations.
'NITA' ---- GOVERNMENT WIRELESS & BROAD BAND
National Telecommunications and Information Administration [NITA]
PART of NOAA and U.S. Commerce Dept. satellites !!
Mr. Nick Gumer Rate Case Manager DC-OPC 1133-15th St. NW Suite 500 Washington DC 20005 http://www.ntia.doc.gov/
PROMIS, the End Game of Humanity
PROMIS SATANISTS --- THE PROGRAMMERS TAKE TIME OFF FOR A FEAST....
Today, it seems like every other movie you see, some guy makes the joke to a very pretty young lady: "Who's Your Daddy" to the young sexy starlet.
The question for you and I should be......
"Who's your software 'trapdoor,' daddy?"
--------- The NIH and CDC and HHS are planning on having all Americans' Medical Records online via PROMIS --- can anybody stand the wait? In God We Trust is written on our currency! Why doubt it? God and Country, what could be more reliable!
The PHRMA pharmaceutical industry lobby is 1000% behind this PROMIS all knowing omnipresent software development, also!
NED/CIA ... N.E.D. ==>> National Endowment for Democracy | 1101 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 700 | Washington DC, 20005 | 202/293-9072 | Fax 202/223-6042
OUR REAL CIA FRIENDS, FIGHT'N FOR ALL US HOMELANDERS!!!
CARLYLE GROUP and CARR Real Estate, here is a player that was/is a pitcher for BOTH!
Fund : U.S. Real Estate Industry : Real Estate
Marilyn Lucas is a Vice President focused on U.S. real estate opportunities. She is based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining
... Ms. Lucas was a Senior Associate in the Investments group at CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, where she was involved in various transactions totaling more than $1.2 billion. Prior to CarrAmerica, Ms. Lucas was a Vice President in the Capital Markets group at Combined Properties, Inc., where she managed a loan portfolio of $450 million. Ms. Lucas received her master's degree in urban planning and real estate development from The George Washington University, where she was an Oliver T. Carr Fellow. She received a B.S. from Brigham Young University.
By Paolo Angulo Date Published: February 2000
HSFIS, the Head Start Family Information System, is a fully automated, standardized software package designed by Head Start for Head Start. It supports a case management information system approach to needs assessment and service delivery.
Information in the HSFIS system can help Head Start programs determine eligibility for enrollment, identify family service needs, provide program-level demographic statistics, and track delivery of services to Head Start families. HSFIS is also intended to assist Head Start programs in meeting local and federal reporting requirements.
HSFIS is available free of charge to Head Start programs. The software can be downloaded from the
Cleverex technical assistance Web site
To receive software updates, training and technical assistance, and to be placed on a special HSFIS mailing list, programs should notify their Regional Office or Quality Improvement Center (QIC) HSFIS liaison as soon as they become HSFIS users.
IBM PLM offices in Israel
IBM Israel Yona Riven IBM House 2 Weizman Street Tel-Aviv 61336 Israel Tel: (972) 3 697 8586 Fax: (972) 3 697 8313 e-mail: email@example.com
Paolo Angulo was a Team Leader, Training and Technical Support Division, at Cleverex. For more information, please visit our HSFIS Information Web site at http://hsfis.cleverex.com or email us at
MOTOROLA heads up HHS/GAO Comptroller General Committee on Health
National Endowment for Democracy | 1101 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 700 | Washington DC, 20005 | 202/293-9072 | Fax 202/223-6042
OUR REAL CIA FRIENDS, FIGHT'N FOR ALL US HOMELANDERS!!!
 BIG NED BIGSHOTS ... even our unions are little pussy hairs within the PROMIS/CIA network....
MOTOROLA -- sending your job to China, you bet! Motorola's Randall L. Johnson of Naperville, Illinois, now a NED executive, has more than 30 years of experience in corporate benefits. For the last 22 years, he has worked at Motorola, where he led the design of health care benefits for Motorola employees, retirees, and their families. He has been Motorola's director of human resources strategic initiatives since 2000 and has acted as the company's spokesperson on human resources matters. Johnson has served on the boards of the ERISA Industry Committee and the American Benefits Council and is a member of various Business Roundtable committees. He has also worked with the Human Resources Policy Association Affordable Coalition, whose goal is to extend coverage to the uninsured, and has served as an employer advisor to the Wye River Group, which seeks solutions to extend, improve, and market health care coverage. Johnson holds a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin.
AFL-CIO sleeping with NED
AFL-CIO Joseph T. Hansen of Washington, D.C., joins NED, as a high executive, and is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents more than 1.4 million employees in the retail, meat packing, poultry, food processing, manufacturing, and health-care industries and the garment, textile, and distillery trades. The union negotiates hundreds of employment contracts each year involving wages, health care, and pension benefits. Hansen serves on the AFL-CIO Executive Committee on Immigrant Workers and is the president-elect of the Union Network International, a federation of global unions.
IBM Israel Yona Riven IBM House 2 Weizman Street
Tel-Aviv 61336 Israel
Tel: (972) 3 697 8586 Fax: (972) 3 697 8313 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
IBM central Innovation Centers for Business - Israel
Our main global IBM center is located in the Azorim High-Tech Industrial Park, Petach-Tikva. It is 20 minutes from Tel-Aviv and about 30 minutes from the Ben Gurion International Airport. Israeli developers using our center have the advantage of being able to get access to a wide range of IBM hardware, middleware and technologies without having to leave Israel.
WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2006 -
ICF Consulting announced today that the company's Synergy Biomedical subsidiary now will be known as ICF Biomedical. Synergy Biomedical, a California-based biomedical consulting firm, was acquired in 2005 by ICF Consulting. An overview of ICF Biomedical's services can be found on the Web at http://www.icfconsulting.com/biomedical.
ICF will help Medicare and Medicaid, with HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt's help, to spend nearly a trillion taxpayers' dollars on something like PROMIS, if not in fact on PROMIS itself. Let's wait and see and study this very interesting development!
Big Brother's PROMIS to us All ! HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt welcomes military-corporatists contractors one and all, just as long as they OUTSOURCE us all to HELL, and that is his PROMIS!Structural Change and Spatial Dynamics of the U.S. Software Industry Ted Egan, Ph.D. ICF Kaiser International, Inc.
Paper Presented for Sloan Foundation Globalization Workshop Duke University
ICF-CALIBER CONSULTING = ICF Kaiser Consultants, partners in contracts with Health & Human Services, HHS, Mike Leavitt's golden goose!
ICF Consulting has long worked with Caliber Consulting and the HHS! They hold in their fists the most unbreakable contracts with Mike Leavitt and the Medicare trillions of dollars!
Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Web Site U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance
Caliber, an ICF Consulting Company, developed and maintains the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Web site. The Web site is designed to facilitate the transfer of information among states, counties, and localities, and to establish linkages among organizations serving the needs of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families recipients. The Web site provides a dynamic and interactive environment to foster communication among network participants and features e-mail alerts (summary of new Web site content), an interactive Q&A forum, on-line technical assistance request, on-line event registration, a calendar, site search, and live chat. In addition, ICF Caliber has provided Web site management and support, including identifying new relevant content, moderating on-line discussion forums and requests, and providing programming support for new content and enhancements.
ICF--as noted by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, one-fifth of America's children go hungry or are at risk of being hungry. Close to two million children have a parent in prison.
Founded in 1969, ICF Consulting began by assisting minority startup businesses to seek funds from venture capitalists. In the early 1970s, ICF Consulting began its long history of supporting federal programs and initiatives. Today, ICF Consulting works across more than 20 federal departments and agencies including the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
Health and Human Services (HHS),
Justice (DOJ), and Labor (DOL), and with hundreds of state and local governments and nonprofit organizations, and especially CALIBER CONSULTING.
We provide technical assistance, training, and conference support that helps thousands of professionals who work every day to reduce homelessness and provide safe, affordable housing and economic development opportunities for the nationâ€™s poorest citizens.
What Is PROMIS? scroll down a little further for new info!https://www.angelfire.com/blog/promis/
The NIH and CDC and HHS are planning on having all Americans' Medical Records online via PROMIS --- can anybody stand the wait? In God We Trust is written on our currency! Why doubt it? God and Country, what could be more reliable, especially today!
The PHRMA pharmaceutical industry lobby is 1000% behind this PROMIS all knowing omnipresent software development.
SAVE THE DATE !
September 11-13, 2006
Building Tomorrow's Patient-
Reported Outcome Measure's : The Inaugural PROMIS Conference September 11-13, 2006 Gaithersburg
Marriott Mormon Washingtonian Center Gaithersburg, Maryland
What Is PROMIS?
The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) initiative establishes a collaborative relationship between NIH and individual research teams through a cooperative agreement (U01) mechanism. The broad objectives of the PROMIS network are to: Develop and test a large bank of items measuring patient-reported outcomes Create a computerized adaptive testing system that allows for efficient, psychometrically robust assessment of patient-reported outcomes in clinical research involving a wide range of chronic diseases Create a publicly available system that can be added to and modified periodically and that allows clinical researchers to access a common repository of items and computerized adaptive tests.
The network will collaborate on the collection of self-reported data from diverse populations of individuals with a variety of chronic diseases, using agreed-upon methods, modes, and questionnaires.
NIH & PROMIS
Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System
Welcome to PROMIS!
In late 2004, a group of outcomes scientists from seven institutions and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) formed a cooperative network funded under the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research Initiative to re-engineer the clinical research enterprise.
This initiative the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)aims to revolutionize the way patient-reported outcome tools are selected and employed in clinical research and practice evaluation. It will also establish a national resource for accurate and efficient measurement of patient-reported symptoms and other health outcomes in clinical practice.
As part of the NIH Roadmap, NIH funded six primary research sites and a statistical coordinating center as the PROMIS network. PROMIS aims to develop ways to measure patient-reported symptoms, such as pain and fatigue, and aspects of health-related quality of life across a wide variety of chronic diseases and conditions. "There is a pressing need to better quantify clinically important symptoms and outcomes that are now difficult to measure," says NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, MD. "Our clinical research communities would benefit greatly from efficient, consistent, well-validated approaches to measuring these and other subjective outcomes."
Clinical outcome measures, such as x-rays and lab tests, have minimally immediate relevance to the day-to-day functioning of patients with chronic diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and asthma, as well as chronic pain conditions. Often, the best way patients can judge the effectiveness of treatments is by perceived changes in symptoms. One main goal of the PROMIS initiative is to develop a set of publicly available computerized adaptive tests for the clinical research community.
The NIH Roadmap is a series of far-reaching initiatives designed to transform the Nations medical research capabilities and speed the movement of research discoveries from the bench to the bedside. It provides a framework of the priorities NIH must address to optimize its entire research portfolio, and it lays out a vision for a more efficient and productive system of medical research. For more information about the NIH Roadmap, please visit the Web site at http://www.nihroadmap.nih.gov.
NIH---PROMIS -- HHS
NIH to Develop Network for Quantifying Patient-Reported Outcomes
As part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], provided approximately $6 million in fiscal year 2004 to fund six primary research sites and a statistical coordinating center for a Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) network. This trans-NIH initiative, managed by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), aims to develop ways to measure patient-reported symptoms such as pain and fatigue and aspects of health-related quality of life across a wide variety of chronic diseases and conditions.
David Cella, Ph.D., of Northwestern University will run the statistical coordinating center. The principal investigators for the six primary research sites are: Dagmar Amtmann, Ph.D., of the University of Washington in Seattle; James Fries, M.D., of Stanford University; Harry Guess, M.D., of University of North Carolina; Paul Pilkonis, Ph.D., of University of Pittsburgh; Kevin Schulman, M.D., of Duke University; and Arthur Stone, Ph.D., of the Stony Brook School of Medicine. These investigators will work together to develop measurement instruments to meet the needs of clinical researchers across a wide variety of chronic conditions.
THE FBI FAILURE Regarding PROMIS
Posted: JUN 11, 2005 07:19:29 AM
I am following news about FBIs efforts to modernize their computer-based information exchange technology for at least 2 years. I have also studied in depth some previous VCM systems, including the PROMIS software (the one from the 1980s and a new Promis developed by Inslaw Inc. in Washinton,DC in the 1990s. It seems that a huge corporation (SAIC) had not enough expertize in the VCF and client/server systems. They turned to INSLAW INC. for help at some time but political considerations prevented the hiring of Inslaw Inc. for the job, as a subcontractor. It seems to be a good time now for the FBI IT chief to seek a cooperation of Inslaw Inc. in order to develop a workable VCF system, based on the NEW PROMIS software.
David M. Dastych journalist, agency owner David's Media Agency
OUR MAN FROM PROMIS software -- Mike Leavitt, HHS
... We all trusted GW Bush with our armies, our reservists, our Fannie Mae home loan mortgage funding [nearly 1.5 trillion dollars in debt, most of it to the Chinese via our Treasury Bonds, our No Child nor Katrina Victim Left Behind, our 'humming' factories and colleges, and our belovedly efficient public elementary and high schools, now, the Dept. of Health and Human Services [HHS] is happy to announce, our wise and noble leader will further benefit us with electronic data online Promis Software support of our medical records and prescription data...to go global database with the help of Mike Leavitt, Secretary of HHS.
In the next 500 days the Secretary Mike Leavitt [HHS manages Medicare, NIH, CDC, and Head Start] will concentrate on the following for ALL of us in the USA ...
Creating an integrated PROMIS electronic network of privacy-protected population electronic data and medical records, genetic information and medical records to accelerate discoveries that will define an individuals risk of disease, response to treatment and likelihood of a side effect.
Building PROMIS interdisciplinary research teams that combine skills and knowledge from the biological, physical and social sciences to yield biomedical insights that could not have been achieved by a single-discipline non-PROMIS approach.
Improving the clinical research network to advance better prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Implementing a comprehensive plan for obesity research that will maximize collaboration among HHS stakeholders.
In 5,000 days, the Secretary sees a nation in which PROMIS SOFTWARE will...
Medications are safer and more effective because they are chosen based on the patients personal PROMIS online medical data characteristics. Research results more quickly benefit people and healthcare needs more quickly become research leads. Secretary Leavitt's 500-Day Plan
for the PROMIS SOFTWARE Healthcare System
In 5,000 days, the Secretary sees a nation in which ... Nearly all health records can be linked through an PROMIS interoperable system that 'protects' privacy as it connects patients, providers and payers resulting in fewer medical mistakes, less hassle, lower costs and better health, perhaps as well as our national health care superstructure looks after us today!
Consumers are better informed and have more choices. Wellness and prevention are sought as rigorously as treatment.
New drugs and innovation are rapidly approved and continually monitored afterwards, and new PROMIS information is proactively communicated to providers and patients. Payers reward providers for healthy outcomes as well as quantity of care and services.
12-14 million more Americans have health insurance. Inequalities in health care are eliminated. Common sense medical liability reform makes health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. In the next 500 days the Secretary will concentrate on ...
Expressing a clear vision of health information technology that conveys the PROMIS benefits to patients, providers and payers.
Convening a national PROMIS SOFTWARE collaboration to further develop, set and certify health information technology standards and outcomes for interoperability, privacy and data exchange.
Realizing the near-term benefits of health information technology in the focused areas of adverse drug-incident reporting, e-prescribing, lab and claims-sharing data, clinic registrations and insurance forms.
Creating a drug safety board to monitor and respond to post-market adverse drug incidents.
Fulfilling the Presidents goals for PROMIS community health center expansion. Enabling state insurance pools, association health plans and tax credits for workers unable to afford insurance.
Supporting PROMIS community-based approaches to closing the healthcare gap, particularly among racial and ethnic minority populations, including American Indians and Alaska Natives. Pushing for medical liability reform.
WHAT IS PROMIS 2 AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
PROMIS 2 stands for Prosecutor's Management Information System.
In the late 1970s the legal system of the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) was comprised of more than thirty semi-autonomous regional U.S. Attorneys (USA) offices. Each had a computer system to track case management for prosecutions,
investigations, and civil litigations. The problem was that they used as many as seven different programming languages. This made the transmission and sharing of information between offices virtually impossible. The computers in the USA's office in San Francisco could not read files sent from the USA in New York.
The genius of Hamilton and Inslaw was to create a software program that could access files in any number of databases and programming languages and translate and then unify them into one consistent file. Promis was the Rosetta stone of computer languages.
Inslaw won a $10 million, three-year contract in March 1982 to install a 16-bit architecture version of Promis, which the government had the right to use but not the right to modify without paying license fees to Inslaw, on government computers in the 22 largest U.S. Attorneys' Offices. In April 1983, the second year of the three-year contract, the government modified Inslaw's contract in order to obtain delivery of a 32-bit architecture version of Promis, which the government could not even use without paying license fees. In modifying the contract, the government promised to pay license fees if it decided to substitute the 32-bit version for the 16-bit version. In May 1983, the month following Inslaw's delivery of the 32-bit version of Promis, the government reneged on its contractual agreement to pay license fees and simultaneously began to find fault with Inslaw's implementation services as justification for withholding services payments.
The Justice Department thereafter withheld $1.77 million in services payments forcing Inslaw to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 1985. In January 1988, following several weeks of trial in 1987, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued fully litigated findings of fact that the Justice Department "took, converted, stole" the 32-bit version of Promis "through trickery, fraud and deceit," implemented the 32-bit version of Promis in the 44 largest U.S. Attorneys Offices, and then tried to force INSLAW out of business in order to incapacitate INSLAW from litigating the Justice Department's theft of Promis. The Bankruptcy Court imposed a compulsory license on the 44 largest U.S. Attorneys Offices for the perpetual use of the 32-bit version of Promis and issued a permanent injunction against any further dissemination of Promis by the government except under license from Inslaw.
Subsequent appeals by the government saw the original rulings overturned on legal, not factual, grounds. Legal actions in the case continue to this day. Hamilton told FTW that none of the uses described above had anything to do with any licensing agreements for the software's use to track terrorists, intelligence matters or worldwide financial transactions.
The paper tracking of the refinements in Promis after the legal dispute erupted between INSLAW and the Reagan administration, verifies that at least one version of Promis was given to Martin Marietta, now Lockheed-Martin, which is now the nation's second largest defense contractor.
Mr. & Mrs. Vice President, the CHENEYS, and we don't mean Lon Chaney
Until late 2000, Lynne Cheney, the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney sat on Lockheed's board of directors. Research conducted by many investigative journalists has indicated that Promis has spread widely throughout the defense contractor network. FTW has received multiple reports of Promis use by companies and institutions like DynCorp, Raytheon, Boeing, SAIC and the Harvard Endowment as well as by government agencies such as the Financial Criminal Enforcement Network (FINCEN) and the U.S. Treasury.
Here's how powerful the software is.
Approximately two weeks after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the History Channel aired a documentary entitled "The History of Terrorism." In that documentary, a law enforcement officer described some of the methods used to track terrorist movements. He stated that "computers" were able to track such things as credit card purchases, entry and exits visas, telephone and utility usage etc. It was implied that these diverse data base files could be integrated into one unified table. He gave an example that through the use of such a system it would be possible to determine that if a suspected terrorist entered the country and was going to hide out, that by monitoring the water and electrical consumption of all possible suspects in a given cell, it would be possible to determine where the terrorist was hiding out by seeing whose utility use increased. Conversely, it would be possible to determine if a terrorist was on the move if his utility consumption declined or his local shopping patterns were interrupted. Aren't those "club" cards from your supermarket handy?
This is but the barest glimpse of what Promis can do. Mated with artificial intelligence it is capable of analyzing not only an individual's, but also a community's entire life, in real time. It is also capable of issuing warnings when irregularities appear and of predicting future movements based upon past behavior.
In the financial arena Promis is even more formidable. Not only is it capable of predicting movements in financial markets and tracking trades in real time. It has been reported, on a number of occasions, to have been used, via the "back door" to enter secret bank accounts, including accounts in Switzerland and then remove the money in those accounts without being traced. Court documents filed in the various INSLAW trials include documentation of this ability as well as affidavits and declarations from Israeli intelligence officers and assets.
The one essential weakness of Promis is that it must be physically installed on a targeted computer for it to be effective. Hence, if Osama bin Laden is able to penetrate a U.S. Government system it must mean that Promis is there.
FTW has previously reported that the CIA uses Promis to track stock trades in real time. Thus, as described in FTW stories on insider trading directly connected to the September 11 attacks, the Agency had the ability to determine that immediate impending attacks were planned against both American and United Air Lines. The Israeli Herzliyya Institute for Counterterrorism was able to publish a detailed accounting of the trades within days of the attacks and their report underscores the connection between counterterrorist efforts and the monitoring of financial markets.
[See FTW Vol. IV, No 7 - Oct. 15, 2001] Suspicions of CIA advance knowledge of the attacks were heightened when FTW disclosed that the current Executive Director of the CIA, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard was, until 1998, the CEO of A.B. Brown, the company which handled many of the suspicious trades.
All of these abilities were a given when this writer met with members of the RCMP National Security Investigation Section in the summer of 2000. Our meetings were reported in the Toronto Star and are described in the previously referenced issue of FTW. A key question that lingered after the meetings with the RCMP was how many versions of the software had the CIA and the U.S. government given out and might they not have been also using a back door against "friendly" nations for economic motives to give advantage to U.S. companies. It was not a question that the RCMP dismissed as unlikely. In another mind boggling development, on November 10 The Calgary Sun reported: U.S. police said many of the suspected al-Qaida terrorists were nabbed through the use of a state-of-the-art computer software program called Promis. The system interfaces with any database and can provide information on credit card, banking, pension, tax, criminal and immigration records. Police can input an alleged terrorist name or credit card and the software will provide details of the person's movements through purchases or phone records." After so many years of denials these public confirmations that Promis is widely in use must come as a relief to Hamilton who now can walk into court and reopen his case. But they also indicate that newer generations of PROMIS software have likely replaced the legendary program that has been connected with so much death, intrigue and mystery.
The FOX story reported that Osama bin Laden once boasted that his youth "knew the wrinkles of the world's financial markets like the back of their hands and that his money would never be frozen." He may be right. And an administration so lost in covering up criminal conduct - no less than the conduct of the ones which preceded it -- while trying to fight a war at the same time -- might find itself doubly wounded by the software of Bill Hamilton and Inslaw.
Modernize Medicare and Medicaid the HHS Mike Leavitt Hyperwave-DynCorp Way...as in Guantanamo!
In 5,000 days, the HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt sees a nation in which ... Medicare and Medicaid are modernized to provide high-quality health care in a financially sustainable way. The beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid are cost-conscious consumers with expanded choices of plans and treatments.
At their option, seniors and people with disabilities can be cared for in their home or community. Medicaid is flexible and nimble enough to tailor benefits to need, allowing millions more to obtain insurance.
Medicare and Medicaid are viewed as leaders in the collaborative development and use of health information technology, quality measurement and pay for performance.
In the next 500 days the Secretary will concentrate on ...
Implementing the Medicare Modernization Act successfully by energizing broad participation, emphasizing preventive care, reaching out to those eligible for low-income subsidies and stimulating a competitive market.
Modernizing Medicaid to ensure program dollars are used appropriately, to make consumers more cost-conscious, to tailor benefits to need, to allow home and community care for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and to stop inappropriate intergovernmental transfers.
Creating workable methods of rewarding health providers for positive outcomes. Positioning HHS at the forefront of the health information PROMIS technology interoperability movement.
PROMIS -- ZOG
Problem-Oriented Medical Information System
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Problem-Oriented Medical Information System, or PROMIS, was a hypertext system specially designed for maintaining health care records. PROMIS was developed at the University of Vermont in 1976, primarily by Jan Schultz and Dr. Larry Weed. Apparently, the developers of Carnegie Mellon University's
ZOG systemwere so impressed with PROMIS that it reinspired them to return to their own work.
PROMIS was an interactive, touch screen system that allowed users to access a medical record within a large body of medical knowledge. At its peak, the PROMIS system had over 60,000 frames of knowledge. PROMIS was also known for its fast responsiveness, especially for its time.
SAIC -- Science Applications International Corp. 10260 Campus Point Drive -- ZOG & PROMIS San Diego, CA 92121 Phone: (858) 826-6000 Fax: (800) 430-7629 http://www.saic.com
Science Applications International Corp., or SAIC as it is commonly known, is owned by its 40,000 or so employees. It is the country's largest employee-owned research and engineering company, chalking up revenue of $5.9 billion in 2002.
SAIC's largest customer by far is the U.S. government, which accounts for 69 percent of its business, according to its SEC filings. The company also derives a sizeable chunk of its revenue from state, local and foreign governments.
The company has worked on a large number of high-profile government projects. SAIC had engineers on the ground in New York the day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, deploying point-to-point microwave systems to restore communications to government offices.
The company also built the security command center for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Other high-profile projects SAIC has been involved in include the 1993 World Trade Center bombing investigation, the cleanups after the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster and the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the first Gulf War, and space missions including the Voyager mission to Mars and the Hubble Space Telescope.
A lower profile, but potentially lucrative, project the company is working on for the Army is called the Future Combat Systems program. SAIC teamed up with Boeing to win the right to be lead system integrator on that project, which could have a total value of $4 billion. The program is supposed to completely retool and transform the entire Army to better respond to future threats, including everything from weapons systems to troop training.
SAIC recently had a management change. Founder and chairman Robert Beyster, who had run the company since its beginning in 1969, announced plans to retire in 2004. In October 2003, Kenneth Dahlberg, a vice president at General Dynamics and now head of SAIC [he was also a major player in the WATERGATE SCANDAL], joined the company as CEO. There has also been speculation that, following Beyster's retirement, the company might go public.
Since February 2003, SAIC has been in charge of the Iraqi Reconstruction and Development Council, a Pentagon-sanctioned group made up of Iraqis that is effectively functioning as the country's temporary government. The senior members of IRDC hold positions at each of 23 Iraqi ministries, where they work closely with U.S. and British officials, including L. Paul Bremer, head of the Coalition Provisional Authority. The Council's official task is to rebuild the structures of a government that are expected to eventually be handed over to an independent Iraqi authority. Members of the IRDC are officially employed by SAIC.
Another Pentagon contract calls for SAIC to, in effect, rebuild Iraq's mass media, including television stations, radio stations and newspapers. SAIC runs the "Voice of the New Iraq," the radio station established in April 2003 at Umm Qasr that is funded by the U.S. government.
Just how the company is going about the task of rebuilding Iraq's media and the overall cost remains a mystery, however. The Pentagon has steadfastly refused to release any specific information on SAIC's media reconstruction work, which has been dubbed the Iraqi Media Network. What little information that has leaked out about the SAIC effort has come mainly from disgruntled employees and press freedom advocates, who have charged the company has bungled the job badly. One report said SAIC had ordered equipment that was incompatible with existing systems in Iraq.
SAIC, which appears to have little experience in mass media, was also reported to have been caught flat-footed on programming for the reconstructed network. Its initial solution was to enlist Voice of America, the foreign language broadcasting service of the U.S. government, to patch together a short nightly news show made up entirely of dubbed stories from U.S. television network news shows. There have also been widespread complaints from press freedom organizations about the SAIC effort, including charges of military censorship and cronyism, and of embedded agents in the Dept. of Health & Human Services [HHS--Mike Leavitt].
SAIC has been awarded seven contracts by the Defense Department to provide experts and advisers on development of representative government in Iraq; restore and upgrade the country's broadcast media; and provide a group of Iraqi expatriates to assist coalition officials working in the country.
The value of the contracts, which were obtained by the Center for Public Integrity under the Freedom of Information Act, was blacked out in copies provided by the Defense Department. A Pentagon FOIA officer said keeping the information secret "was an appropriate way to avoid substantial competitive harm to the contractor" and was "due to the sensitive nature of the Iraqi contracts." SAIC officials referred all media calls to the Pentagon. The value of the SAIC media contract in Iraq is $38 million for the current calendar year and could be worth an additional $90 million next year, according to a congressional source. The value of SAIC's six other contracts in Iraq could not be determined. Government ties David Kay, the former U.N. weapons inspector who was hired by the CIA to track down weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, is a former vice president of SAIC. Kay left SAIC, where he oversaw homeland security and counterterrorism work, in October 2002.
Christopher "Ryan" Henry left a senior position at SAIC in February 2003 to become principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for policy. In that role, Henry provides advice and assistance to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other top Pentagon officials on national security policy, military strategy and defense policy. At SAIC, he was vice president for strategic assessment and development. Executive vice president for Federal Business and director Duane P. Andrews served as assistant secretary of Defense from 1989 to 1993, when he joined SAIC.
From October 2001 to July 2002, board member W.A. Downing served as deputy assistant director for international counter-terrorism initiatives on the National Security Council, where he advised President Bush on terrorism and homeland security issues. Downing retired from the United States Army with the rank of general in 1996 and joined SAIC as a part-time employee in March of that year as an adviser on a wide variety of matters, including the company's long-term strategy for domestic and international business development.
Bobby Ray Inman resigned from SAIC's board
in October 2003 after reaching the company's mandatory retirement age of 72. He had served on the board since 1982, when he retired as an admiral in the U.S. Navy. While on active duty, Inman served as director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of Central Intelligence. President Clinton nominated Inman to be defense secretary in December 1993, but Inman later withdrew his name from consideration for the post.
After retiring from the Navy, Inman was chairman and chief executive officer of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation in Austin, Texas, for four years and chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Westmark Systems Inc., a privately owned electronics industry holding company, for three years. Inman also served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990. His primary activity since 1990 has been investing in start-up technology companies, where he is a managing partner with Gefinor Ventures. He is also a member of the board of directors of
(which has contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan), Massey Energy Company, SBC Communications and Temple Inland. From 1993 to 1997, board member Anita K. Jones was director of Defense Research and Engineering for the Pentagon.
FBI's Trilogy Program Draws Senate Ire
By Roy Mark
January 29, 2003: With cost overruns already at 50 percent, Senate Appropriations Committee chairman calls data mining project 'gold-plated disaster.' A projected 50 percent cost overrun in the FBI's IT infrastructure upgrade program has prompted the Senate Appropriations Committee to order the FBI to try again in its 2003 budget request. The $458 million project, known as Trilogy, was criticized last month by the Department of Justice's inspector general for its sharply rising costs and the management of the program.
Trilogy, which is being designed by Dyncorp of Reston, Va., and San Diego-based SAIC, Science Applications International , is expected to allow FBI agents to receive multi-media case files at their desks and to link various law enforcement agency databases. Once completed, the FBI hopes to detect patterns in the large volume of information it collects. According to FBI, more than half of the information the agency currently collects is not scanned.
The cost overruns, however, have not impressed Congress. Sen. Judd Gregg (R.-N.H.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has called the program a "disaster," adding "Programs such as Trilogy do not need more money. What they need is more management."
Further reflecting Congress' disenchantment with the FBI's technology efforts, the Senate last week slashed $100 million in funding to FBI high-tech projects for 2003. The cuts must still be reconciled with the House budget efforts.
"FBI software and hardware contracts for Trilogy have essentially become gold-plated. The cost is soaring. The schedule is out of control," Gregg recently said in a floor debate.
After the FBI reported it had used all of a $100 million supplemental fund for Trilogy, a Senate appropriation report filed earlier this month on the cost overruns stated, "This is not a surprise. The attempt to make up for 20 years of neglect in two frenzied years of spending was destined to fail. The FBI chose to squander this reserve. So when the funds are needed, none are available."
L-3 Communications, formerly a large Canadian company that made Canadians proud [they did lots of outsourcing work for our NASA shuttles and some NSA contract work--the poor Canadians sadly sold themselves out and divested this national gem to U.S. military-corporatist contractors]
L3, now headquartered in New York City, removed from Toronto, its former HQ
L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components. L-3 also supports a variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors.
Frank C. Lanza Chairman and CEO
VINCE FOSTER & PROMIS
Vince Foster, the NSA, and Banking Transactions Spying, Part XXVII by J. Orlin Grabbe
Ross Perot made many of his millions by selling computer services to the government. In 1969 his company EDS contracted with the California State Physicians Service, the state MEDICAID processing agent, to take over some of their computer processing responsibilities.
The contract needed the approval of Earl Braine, a combat physician who served in a unit providing air support for Operation Phoenix and who then became health and welfare secretary [the former name of HHS, Health & Human Services, the name today and headed by Mike Leavitt and Wade Horn, two neocons], in the cabinet of California Governor Ronald Reagan, in which capacity Braine later authored a couple of papers (Position paper on Department of Health reorganization and related health boards and commissions, Sacramento, 1973; California's Med-Cal copayment experiment, with Stephen F. Gibbons, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1974). After leaving this post to run for the Senate against Alan Cranston, and losing, Braine became President of a high-tech company called Xonics, which was accused by the SEC of fraud and manipulating the price of its stock. Braine left Xonics in October 1977 without being charged with any wrongdoing, or--unlike four other Xonics officers--being required to sign an SEC consent decree. A number of former Xonics officers went on to form a company called Hadron.
In 1980 Briane formed a company called Biotech Capital Corp (renamed Infotechnology in 1987), one of whose investors was Ed Meese's wife Ursula, who got a loan to buy Biotech stock from Meese advisor Edwin Thomas. Briane also acquired control of a Canadian company called Clinical Sciences.
Briane at some point worked on projects with Michael Riconosciuto and Robert Booth Nichols at the Cabazon Indian Reservation, projects administered "jointly" by the Wackenhut Corporation. On September 10, 1981, for example, Briane was seen by the Riverside Sheriff's Department at a weapons demonstration at Lake Cauchilla gun range at Indio, CA.
After the Reagan administration took office, Briane was given a White House post related to health-care issues under Ed Meese. Briane is alleged to have said to Meese, "I'm going to be the Ross Perot of the Reagan administration, and you can be the Earl Briane." If this conversation actually took place, it apparently meant that Briane intended to make money by selling software to the U.S. government--purchases which Ed Meese would be in a position to approve.
One of the ways Briane apparently fulfilled this dream was by marketing the PROMIS software, created and modified by contract between the U.S. Department of Justice and Inslaw, Inc.--a Washington, D.C. based software firm. At the time, Brian's company Biotech Capital Corp (later renamed Infotechnology) controlled Hadron, which attempted a buyout of Inslaw. When Brian was not able to obtain property rights to the software this way, Inslaw was driven into bankruptcy and the software stolen by "trickery, deceit, and fraud", according to federal bankruptcy Judge George Bason. Brian had perhaps seen the potential for intelligence agency use of this type of software from his days in Vietnam in connection with Operation Phoenix. Operation Phoenix (run by the CIA's William Colby) used computers to track political enemies, many of which were targeted for assassination.
At first Briane marketed the PROMIS software to intelligence organizations, including Israel and Iraq (the latter deal facilitated by arms dealer Carlos Cardoen). In February 1983 Brian sent Rafi Eitan over to the Inslaw offices for a demonstration of the PROMIS software. Rafi Eitan was to later head up LAKAM, Israel's scientific and technological espionage agency which oversaw the Jonathan Pollard spying operation.
Later, in Brazil, Brian acquired the nickname "Cash", allegedly based on a perception of his mercenary approach to life. In offering to sell the software to the Brazilian government, Brian wasn't entirely freelancing. During an official meeting Brian placed a phone call to the U.S. to obtain the approval of Ed Meese. More information on the Brazilian sale may be found in a redacted part of the Bua report. An affidavit on the matter was even signed by Figueiredo, the Brazilian president.
Judge Bua in his report ignored Justice Department complicity in the theft of the PROMIS software and accepted Brian's testimony at face value, saying he found him a trustworthy fellow. Brian is now under indictment in California, while the allegedly corrupt Judge Bua is plea bargaining with prosecutors. The California indictment of Earl W. Brian was announced in September 1995. The indictment concerns ten of millions of dollars of fraudulent lease transactions, while Earl Brian was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of three separate companies: Infotechology, Financial News Network (FNN), and United Press International (UPI). The indictment claims that Brian and his co-conspirators engaged in some trick financing (worthy of Billy Sol Estes). In 1988 FNN (now CNBC) was losing money, so to hide that fact from its lending banks and from the investing public, Brian generated some extra "income" through false charges. First FNN charged UPI $29 million to use a technology called the "vertical blanking interval". Next FNN charged another Infotechnology- related company called Institutional Research Network (IRN) millions of dollars (above actual costs) for a news product called FNN:PRO. Payments for these charges topped up FNN's income nicely.
But since neither UPI nor IRN had money to pay for these charges, the money had to come from somewhere else. The money came from leasing and finance companies, who bought broadcast and communications equipment from two affiliates of FNN, Telecommunications Industries and Micro Research Industries. (The equipment either did not exist or was sold to more than one leasing company at the same time, or was previously sold to customers of the FNN subsidiary Data Broadcasting Company.) The purchase price of the non- existent equipment was paid to FNN, who then made lease payments to the leasing and finance companies.
The indictment says that Brian also siphoned off $300,000 of the lease money to himself, by submitting a "bill" to FNN from another company he controlled, called Alton, Inc.
If you steal from a thief, can he holler 'Cop!'? The indictment says one of the co-conspirators, a fellow named Bolen, caused a fraudulent $1 million to be paid to the offshore bank account of a company called Centerpoint, Inc., as a payment to himself.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Earl Brian indictment is the date: June 1994. The indictment was sat on for more than a year, while an incredibly corrupt Justice Department prepared its own rebuttal to Inslaw's Rebuttal to the Bua Report.
The Justice Department is never in any rush when it's preoccupied with covering up its own crimes.
WHY NEWT GINGRICH IS A PUNK ASS
Despite that Chuck Schumer and Barney Frank virtually spawned the whole Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac global swindle in home mortgage loans that drained the US Treasury --as it borrowed more and more trillions from the better financed CHINESE -- Robert Zoeller and Newt Gingrich administrated tons of the dealings of Fannie Mae, so this opaque and non-transparent huge sucking sound of U.S. citizens capital in the Treasury being flushed to the South China Sea, was a bi-partisan cooperation, not a partisan Democrats monorail to Hell.
My report on Newt Gingrich (to aid Charles Hayes in his preparation for their meeting) had focused on motivational issues--what makes Newt Gingrich tick. Like the time when, as a graduate student in history at Tulane University in New Orleans, Gingrich served as the spokesman for a student activist group which was condemning censorship of the campus newspaper, the Hullaballoo. (The administration had judged as obscene nude photos which the group considered artwork.) But I had also reported on one of Gingrich's little-known financial relationships--one that had apparently been missed by the CIA or, perhaps, the Fifth Column.
Hayes spent two days getting ready for his meeting with Gingrich. Gingrich had done his homework equally well, apparently obtaining a good bit of information from Hayes' highly-classified file at the CIA. "He reminded me of things I had forgotten myself," Hayes said.
They came to an agreement, of sorts. "Can you trust Gingrich," I asked Hayes. I had a few doubts, myself, but it wasn't my problem. "We'll see," Hayes said. "I told him the agreement was over the first time he lied to me."
Among other things, it was agreed that the Fifth Column would become a resource to Kenneth Starr.
Gingrich would act as intermediary. (This arrangement lasted until Hayes and Starr eventually established their own direct relationship. Shortly after the agreement with Gingrich, the Fifth Column came across a $286,000 wire transfer to the bank account of Lisa Foster, the wife of Vince Foster, that had been made four days prior to Vince Foster's death.
The transfer--make out of a bank account at Mellon bank--had been effected by Sheila Foster Anthony, Vince Foster's sister and the wife of Beryl Anthony. Sheila Anthony was at the time Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. The records of the payment were turned over to Gingrich, who then turned them over to Starr.) Starr was having his problems at the time. He wasn't able to find the financial and other records he needed for his investigation. And, as he soon enough discovered, some of the FBI agents assigned to him were running their own agenda, by intimidating certain witnesses or generating prejudicial reports about them to influence the Special Prosecutor's use of their testimony. (By a curious coincidence, the wire transfer to Lisa Foster was made on July 16, 1993, the same day Bill Clinton had a two-hour meeting with Louis Freeh, preparatory to naming him FBI Director the following week.)
Gingrich agreed to a number of things, for his part. He agreed to reopen the investigation into the death of Vince Foster. (Shortly thereafter, Gingrich ridiculed the Foster suicide conjecture, and ordered William Clinger, Chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, to reopen the investigation into the circumstances of Foster's death. The Committee, however, later deferred to the Starr investigation into the same topic. Gingrich's statements were followed by a reading of evidence against the Foster suicide conjecture on the House floor by Dan Burton of Indiana. Burton soon will be replacing William Clinger as Chairman of the House Government Committee.)
And Gingrich agreed to write a letter to Alan Greenspan on certain money-laundering matters-- including dealing with the fact that a highly-placed official in the Federal Reserve was part of the national money-laundering network. (Gingrich sent a six-page letter to Greenspan. Although I was somewhat familiar with the information in the letter, I attempted to get a copy directly from either Greenspan or Gingrich, but failed to do so. Gingrich explained his denial that the letter existed with the statement that "half of politics is lying, anyway." Someone later relayed an account of a meeting he had with Gingrich, in Gingrich's office. Gingrich said he had "never heard of Orlin Grabbe." After a while, this individual noticed a copy of my textbook on international finance on Gingrich's bookshelf. "I guess, with you being a politician, people send you a lot of books that you don't get time to read," the person said to Gingrich. "I bought every one of these books myself, with my own money," Gingrich supposedly declared, "and I've read them all." Well, perhaps Gingrich has a touch of Alzheimer's.)
Gingrich had flown into Somerset, KY, by helicopter, landing near the former Holiday Inn. Afterward, Hayes and I always referred to Gingrich as "Helicopter Boy" in conversation.
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Strategic Partners for Cleverex, HHS, Medicare
Cleverex-Hyperwave handheld partner, Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS-human resources subsidiary of Lockheed missles
ACS ACS ACS ACS -- an IT and Human Resources subsidiary of Lockheed Martin doing our data for Health & Human Services--implicated in Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse along with CACI, a similar kindred "services".... click here
Transitioning to Lockheed
News Item: BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 25, 2003 - Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) announced the closing of its acquisition of the federal government information technology businesses of Affiliated Computer Services Inc. (ACS), business partner of Cleverex. The transaction also includes the sale of Lockheed Martin' s commercial IT units to ACS. After considering both the acquisition and divestiture, the transaction is expected to increase 2004 sales by approximately $400 million and be immediately accretive to earnings.
Following a period of transition, the company expects integration of the new businesses to be completed by the second quarter of 2004.
Concurrently, with the closing of the transaction, Lockheed Martin has changed the name of its Technology Services business area to "Information & Technology Services" to better reflect the full scope of its business activities.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced MILITARY-CORPORATIST technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2002 sales of $26.6 billion.
Listed below are the GSA Contract Vehicles and GSA Schedules for the former ACS Government Services.
Contract GS-35F-4415G: GSA IT 70 Contract Vehicle, GSA IT 70 Price tables Contract GS-25F-0160M: GSA (Imaging Solutions) Schedule 36 Price List Contract Millennia Lite: Summary, Skill Descriptions, Rates Contract GS-23F-0232K: GSA (PES) Schedule 87 Contract Vehicle Legacy Contracts: MOBIS, GSA IT 70
WADE HORN OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, HHS, Agency which controls MEDICAID and MEDICARE Bush Orders an End to Hiring Columnists
Associated Press | January 26, 2005
By SIOBHAN McDONOUGH
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush on Wednesday ordered his Cabinet secretaries not to hire columnists to promote their agendas after disclosure that a second writer was paid to tout an administration initiative. The president said he expects his agency heads will ``make sure that that practice doesn't go forward.''
``All our Cabinet secretaries must realize that we will not be paying commentators to advance our agenda. Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet,'' Bush said at a news conference.
Bush's remarks came a day after syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher apologized to readers for not disclosing a $21,500 contract with the Health and Human Services Department to help create materials promoting the agency's $300 million initiative to encourage marriage.
Bush also said the White House had been unaware that the Education Department paid commentator and columnist Armstrong Williams $240,000 to plug its policies. That contract came to light two weeks ago. Bush said there ``needs to be a nice independent relationship between the White House and the press, the administration and the press.''
And he noted that ``we have new leadership going into the Department of Education.''
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings started this week, replacing first-term Education Secretary Rod Paige. Paige had ordered an investigation into whether Williams should have disclosed the deal to produce television and radio ads promoting the No Child Left Behind Act.
Williams has apologized, calling it a mistake in judgment to not disclose that he was being paid by the administration but insisting he broke no laws. Gallagher apologized to readers in her column Tuesday, saying that she was not paid to promote marriage but ``to produce particular research and writing products'' - articles, brochures, presentations. ``My lifelong experience in marriage research, public education and advocacy is the reason HHS hired me,'' she wrote.
She said it never occurred to her to tell readers about her work for the government. ``I should have disclosed a government contract when I later wrote about the Bush marriage initiative. I would have, if I had remembered it. My apologies to my readers.'' In 2002, Gallagher contributed to an essay promoting marriage that appeared in Crisis magazine under the byline of Wade Horn, HHS assistant secretary for children and families.
Horn said Wednesday Gallagher was never paid to promote the president's marriage initiative in her own columns.
``We hired her because of her expertise in the area of marriage research in order to draw upon that expertise to help us develop materials related to healthy marriage,'' he said, adding that Gallagher drafted brochures and helped draft the article published under his name.
``At no time was she paid to go outside of HHS and promote the president's healthy marriage initiative,'' he said. ``The federal government hires experts all of the time. There's nothing insidious about that.'' Gallagher got another $20,000 - part of which was approved while President Clinton was still in office - from a private organization called the National Fatherhood Initiative, using money from a Justice Department grant. For that 2001 grant, she wrote a report on the institution of marriage, entitled ``Can Government Strengthen Marriage?''
On Wednesday a report released by the House Committee on Government Reform looked into the use of taxpayer dollars to fund public relations campaigns. The Bush administration spent a record $88 million on government-funded public relations contracts in 2004 - a 128 percent increase over 2000, according to the report prepared for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats.
Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey urged the investigative arm of Congress, the General Accountability Office, to expand its investigation of the Education Department's contract with Williams to include Health and Human Services and Gallagher.
Gallagher has testified twice before the Judiciary Committee in support of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage without disclosing her contract with the government, the senators said in a letter to the U.S. Comptroller General David Walker.
``This abuse by HHS is just another in a long list of similar incidents of paid policy advocates supporting Bush Administration policies,'' the senators wrote.