Saturday, September 3, 2016

Raytheon's corruption in Afghanistan

Crime and corruption is so rampant with US defense contractors that one can only wonder how our country allows such to become a repeat phenomenon. It is simply shameful and inexcusable. Consider now the case of Raytheon.
A whistleblower lawsuit now playing out in Central Florida federal courts accuses defense contractor Raytheon of telling workers in Afghanistan to report working ten hours per day, when many only worked two hours a day.
Steven Kalch, a former Raytheon employee, alleges in the lawsuit that he witnessed and reported “gross mismanagement and misuse of government property” to supervisors and the U.S. Army. Kalch, of Norwood, Missouri, worked in Kabul from 2012 to 2014 as a personal trainer. Before that, that lawsuit says Kalch served as an officer in the Army from 1981 to 2015, holding the final rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and deployed six times with in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Germany.

Raytheon has yet to formally answer the lawsuit in court. Raytheon’s media office said the company doesn't comment on litigation.
“Kalch and other employees were instructed to fill out their timecard for ten hours per day for six days a week,” the lawsuit says. “However, Kalch observed that the other trainers on the team spent nowhere near the hours documented on their timecards."
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