Scott Horton Interviews Dina Rasor

Scott Horton, March 25, 2012

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Dina Rasor, founder of the Project on Military Procurement (now called the Project on Government Oversight, or POGO), discusses her article “Lockheed: The Ultimate Pay-to-Play Contractor;” how the crony weapons-procurement process guarantees cooperative generals lucrative post-retirement jobs with defense contractors; why nearly every military officer above colonel is a corrupt sellout; the Lockheed Corporation’s purchase of General Dynamics Corporation’s jet fighter division in 1993 (to clear things up); and why the F-35 fighter is a perfect example of “more bucks less bang.”

MP3 here. (24:01)

Dina Rasor is an investigator, journalist and author. She has been fighting waste while working for transparency and accountability in government for three decades. In 1981 she founded the Project on Military Procurement (now called the Project on Government Oversight, or POGO) to serve as a non-profit, non-partisan watchdog over military and related government spending.

Rasor’s most recent book, Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War, chronicles first-hand accounts of the devastating consequences of privatized war support for troops and the overall war effort in Iraq. She also founded the Bauman & Rasor Group that helps whistleblowers file lawsuits under the Federal qui tam False Claims act and has been involved in cases which have returned over $100 million back to the U.S. Treasury.

9 Responses to “Dina Rasor”

  1. Dina Rasor
    “Conflict of interest is a system of cronyism, the Clintons did it, but at least they were embarrassed about it. But the Bush people thought it was part of the capitalist system and had no respect for government, so what they could not kill they would leak or put their friends in charge of. That’s how you ended up with people who did not know how to run programs like FEMA, and then they say, “See, it doesn’t work?” For Bush put his cronies in there, who contracted it out to other cronies and then things fell apart so they could say, “See the thing doesn’t work.”

  2. Great interview. Much respect to this lady.

  3. Razor sharp Lady! Thanks mdm.!
    The solution? Privatize the military! (sarc)

  4. U$KI Build Fasad ,OPEX pay for IT and AIPAC defend IT =Global warrincc

  5. Good report, but Dina showed too much blind support for Obama – "he is trying". Hopefully she will start to realize Rep or Dem label makes no difference. Obama has been a blank check for the MIC.

  6. Come on — that small little comment was Dina Rasor's only reference to Obama.

    The darling lady dissident has for over 25 years differed openly and most admirable against the rich nobility. If ever I were to marry, women of such quality would be most irresistible, so intellectually stimulating.

  7. No one has ever been more dedicated than Obama to buying people off. Glory to the national debt.

  8. also see Richard Cummings's playboy article Lockheed stock and two smoking barrels. It's also in the book Why Peace with a update to 2012.

  9. they made a bid for General Dynamics. General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to Lockheed for the F-16s but they are still separate.

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