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SAIC is well worth examining further. Its responsibilities are more widespread than commonly known. http://www.aracnet.com/~pdxavets/brady3.htm Vol. 20 No. 4, 1999 NAAV, Atomic Veterans Newsletter William J. Brady August, 1998 Scientific Advisor National Association of Atomic Veterans excerpt: [....] With intense lobbying by the National Association of Radiation Survivors, the National Association of Atomic Veterans, and the larger veterans organizations, Congress did intend compensation of atomic veterans, but has been frustrated by implementing government agencies and their contractors. The 1981 Veterans' Health Care, Training, and Small Business Loan Act promised atomic veterans medical care from the Veterans Administration (VA, later the Department of Veterans Affairs) if veterans could prove service connection of their illnesses. Very few could. Even scientists talk only of probability of causation. The Veterans' Dioxin and Radiation Exposure Compensations Act of 1984, P.L. 98-542 listed fifteen so-called radiogenic diseases to make proof easier, but required a dose of five rem to be awarded compensation. DNA and its dose reconstruction contractor provided dose information to the VA that seldom met the test. Dose reconstruction contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) published internal dose screens with false parameters that effectively almost eliminated internal dose assignments for atomic veterans. This in turn kept atomic veterans from having recorded total external plus internal doses of five rem required by P.L.98-542. In most dose reconstruction cases, SAIC studiously decreased the assigned doses of atomic veterans, even though DNA and VA espoused the principle that veterans would be given the benefit of the doubt. When SAIC employees ran low on necessary dose reconstructions, where there were no recorded doses or those were missing, they attacked dose reconstructions already on record and lowered them. Their next targets were the film badge records themselves. Documents show it was the intent of SAIC to minimize doses of veterans who might claim compensation if given the benefit of the doubt, or even doses from reconstructions veterans had paid others to provide. SAIC apparently acted on its own agenda with impunity because it had political connections through its board of directors straight to the Department of Defense. Because DNA answered to an undersecretary of defense while contracting to SAIC, a clear conflict of interest existed. In some cases, the Secretary of Defense, William Perry for example, or a nominee, Bobby Inman for example, were former members of SAIC's board of directors and one board member, Melvin Laird, was a former Secretary of Defense. A GAO auditor, rebuffed when he attempted to audit an SAIC contract with the Pentagon, was quoted in the newspapers as stating that it was difficult to distinguish between employees of SAIC and the Department of Defense. SAIC, a very large government contractor, was convicted of Federal felony fraud in 1992 regarding a contract with the Environmental Protection Agency, has performed questionably and been involved in lawsuits regarding other government contracts, but has remained unquestioned regarding its dose reconstruction contract with DNA. [....] more pg ----- Original Message ----- From: "Glen Rangwala" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "CASI discuss list" <email@example.com> Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2003 3:56 PM Subject: [casi] Some coincidences? The Science Applications International Corporation > Dear All > > Would someone with a bit of energy do some hunting around on the web about > a strange set of coincidences. This revolves around the Science > Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a San Diego-based defence > contractor with annual revenues of $5.9 billion. > > 1. Iraq. Its most prominent role at present in Iraq is the role as the > official employer of the Iraqi Reconstruction and Development Council > (IRDC). SAIC is, the New York Times tells us, officially in charge of the > Iraqi side of the temporary government that is being set up under Jay > Garner. My overview of IRDC is at: > > http://middleeastreference.org.uk/irdc.html > > A second role that SAIC has in Iraq is as behind the "Voice of the New > Iraq", the radio station established on 15 April 2003 at Umm Qasr, as the > US government propaganda outlet. > > A particularly interesting feature is that SAIC's Vice President until > October 2002 was David Kay, the former IAEA inspector who has been one of > the core media pundits on Iraq's weapons, perpetually stressing the > imminent threat of Iraq's weapons. He was also coordinator of SAIC's > homeland security and counterterrorism initiatives. Conflict of interest, > or what? > > A final Iraq-related link is that SAIC's Corporate Vice President for > Strategic Assessment and Development until 7 February 2003 was Christopher > Ryan Henry of Virginia, now Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. > > 2. the anthrax attacks in the US. There was a SAIC employee until March > 2002 who has gone onto achieve some notoriety: Stephen Hatfill. > > Any thoughts? Anybody want to concoct a plausible story..? Of course, with > 38,000 employees, the Hatfill link may just be one-of-those-things. > > All the best > Glen. > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. > To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss > To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org > All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk