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Re: [casi] Some coincidences? The Science Applications International Corporation

SAIC is well worth examining further.  Its responsibilities are more
widespread than commonly known.
Vol. 20 No. 4, 1999 NAAV, Atomic Veterans Newsletter

William J. Brady
August, 1998
Scientific Advisor
National Association of Atomic Veterans


[....] 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


----- Original Message -----
From: "Glen Rangwala" <>
To: "CASI discuss list" <>
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2003 3:56 PM
Subject: [casi] Some coincidences? The Science Applications International

> 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:
> 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.
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