Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Point Blank Disgraceful

Heard a fairly shocking story today and you can read more about it here.

The story involves the wealthy maker of bullet proof vests. The continuing recall of about 21,000 of those vests, and blow-out Bat Mitzvah.

David H. Brooks (I assume the H stands for “Hell yes I’m making profits on this war!”) is the CEO of DHB Industries. DHB makes and supplies bulletproof vests for our guys in Iraq. They’re called Point Blank Body Armor. These vests are supposed to stop rounds of ammo, schrapnel, pesky things like that. Funny thing is though, according to an investigation by the Marines Corp Times, these vests can’t stop a 9 millimeter bullet. Which is pretty pathetic considering that the insurgents are using things like AK47s and big car bombs which can do much more damage than a measly 9 millimeter bullet.

Even funnier is, that in spite of the fact that these vests are about as protective as goose-down, the Army keeps giving DHB and Brooks, millions and millions of tax payer dollars in contracts to produce more faulty vests which are then recalled and then they get millions more to make thousands more. See the vicious cycle here?
“On November 21, the Army Times reported, “The Army and Marine Corps are recalling more than 18,000 body armor vests because they failed ballistic requirements when they were manufactured in 1999-2000. Many of those vests may now be in the war zone. The Nov. 16 recall order is the second in six months for the Marines. The Corps recalled more than 5,000 vests in May. All of the vests involved were produced by the same manufacturer, Point Blank Body Armor Inc. of Pompano Beach, Fla., under contract to the Marine Corps.””

So what is Brooks doing about all this? Well, when his daughter turned 13, he threw her a $10 million dollar Bat Mitzvah for 300 of their bestest friends in New York’s elite Rainbow Room. Hosted by Tom Petty, starring Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Kenny G., Aerosmith and 50 Cent. How could he afford a $10 million dollar soiree like that? Well it’s no problem when you’re earning $250 million in income and stock compensation.

Paul Rieckhoff, an Iraq war veteran and founder of Operation Truth said,
“It is already disturbing that anyone can live the high-life as a result of the booming war business, but it is particularly disheartening to hear about someone having their own private Lollapalooza, in part from the sale of defective equipment that put our troops in harm’s way. America must take a long, hard look at the idea of profit on the battlefield.”

And just as a comparison, the average soldier putting his life on the line over there is lucky if he earns $30, 000 a year.

You know, when you earn $250 million dollars a year on the backs of our soldiers, you probably don’t want the war to end. I wonder how many more military suppliers like the guys who bribed Randy Puke Cunningham feel that way.

Maybe the H stands for Heinous.


Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

I saw a blurb about the party and it sickened me. I knew he was making money off the war, but this is even worse. Have they no morals?

7:55 PM, December 14, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Oh my god. I'm emailing rep. Conyers, the one democrat who seems to take action on all this crap.

10:13 PM, December 14, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

The last real conservative President we had said this in regard to guarding against the influence of the military industrial complex.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Here is a shocking top 10 list of War Profiteers from 2004.
I haven't seen one for 2005 yet. I bet if we were to do some digging it wouldn't be much of a surprise who received campaign contributions from these guys last year.


5:32 AM, December 15, 2005  

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