Thursday, March 12, 2009

Obama Aides Arrested by FBI

Wow! This is a surpirse from out of leftist field.

WASHINGTON - A D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer employee and a private contractor have been arrested in a federal bribery sting, sources tell WTOP.

D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer employee Yusuf Acar and Advanced Integrated Technologies Corporation (AITC) President and CEO Sushil Bansal have been arrested, sources tell WTOP.

Acar, 40, was taken into custody Thursday morning by FBI agents at his home in Northwest D.C.

In 2008, Bansal's firm received .Net Development Support and Peoplesoft Consulting Support contracts from the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Office totaling $350,000.

AITC has also received contracts from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2008, Bansal received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Association of Indians in America, according to AITC's Web site.

The FBI is now serving a search warrant at the office of D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer, WTOP has learned.

"We are there as part of a continuing ongoing criminal investigation," FBI Washington Field Office spokesperson Katherine Schweit tells WTOP.

Schweit would not comment on the details of the investigation.

More than a dozen FBI agents - including evidence technicians - at the office, located at 1 Judiciary Square on 4th Street in Northwest, WTOP's Mark Segraves reports.

Most of the employees have been told to go home. Other employees have been segregated into a waiting room.

Segraves reports the FBI's search has expanded from 9th floor offices to 10th floor offices.

A spokesman for D.C.'s U.S. Attorney tells WTOP he cannot discuss the investigation, as it is currently sealed.

On March 5, President Barack Obama named D.C. Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra as the federal government's chief information officer.

Kundra's last day was March 4.

Kundra, who was in charge of technology in the District since 2007, has been a consultant to Obama since he won the election.

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suek said...

Looks like it was just common theft - not spy stuff. Still, with "just theft", how long before blackmail becomes an option!

And adding this link because it ticks me off so much. Shinseki, of all people.

Indigo Red said...

I have a feeling, suek, the Vet insurance was a reverse psych thing. Introduce the idea so it would be shot down before it got any traction among the Obama anti-military minions.

suek said...

Hm. Maybe. Your opinion of Shinseki is probably kinder than mine. He seems to me to be a brown noser...

Indigo Red said...

Shinseki is absolutely a brown noser, suek; he was an Army General with political bosses. But, BNs often brownie-up to get something more important to them by sacrificing the unimportant like personal dignity.

Remember, Shinseki clashed with Rumsfeld about the number of troops needed in Iraq. Rumsfeld wanted few and Shinseki wanted in excess of one hundred thousand troops. He also championed the Crusader artillery system which was scrapped by Rumsfeld. He did manage to get the Stryker Brigades funded, though. These are not the acts of a typical brown noser, but of a military fighter. Brown nosing is politik.

All in all, Shinseki lost more than he gained in head to head conflicts with his civilian bosses in active disputes. Often more can be achieved with prevention than actual conflict. Floating the idea of individual insurance for combat injuries has forced the Obama admin to repudiate the idea immediatley, especially with Mickey O making military families her personal cause. And I think we all know Michelle Obama is the real man in the family.

suek said...

Yeah...I kind of like Michelle. Totally disagree with her politics, so would never vote for her (assuming that was ever an option) but I get the feeling that she's pretty straightforward. _That_ would be a welcome change.