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Pentagon memo reveals bugging-Listening device leftover from clinton administration
Washington Times ^ | 7/26/04 | Rowan Scarborough

Posted on 07/25/2004 10:33:51 PM PDT by kattracks

When the Bush administration took over the Pentagon's beleaguered inspector general office in 2002, officials found something startling: The director's office, at some point, had been electronically bugged.
    Sorting out why the listening device was inside the walls of the office, with a cord leading to another office, is just one issue that had to be addressed by Joseph E. Schmitz, President Bush's pick three years ago to be the Defense Department's top cop.
    A Naval Academy graduate and civil litigation lawyer, Mr. Schmitz was tapped to run the office responsible for investigating million-dollar fraud in the far-flung defense industry and criminal misconduct by senior Defense Department employees.
    His nomination delayed by Senate Democrats, Mr. Schmitz finally came on board a year into the Bush administration. He set out to right a ship dogged by charges of corruption and cronyism.
    But he also had to deal with an electronic bug apparently left over from eight years of the Clinton administration.
    An internal "info memo," a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, was written by a staffer in Mr. Schmitz's office:
    "On June 19, 2002, during a routine meeting with the director of security for the Department of Defense, it was reported to my staff and me that a potential 'listening device' was previously discovered in the infrastructure of DoDIG.
    "The DoD directorate of security conducted a routine sweep for electronic listening devices in certain areas of the ninth and tenth floors of the DoDIG on Aug. 7, 2000. The sweep revealed that a wire had been installed inside the wall structure leading to and from the ninth and tenth floors of the DoDIG (areas which comprise the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the personal office space of the inspector general)."

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1 posted on 07/25/2004 10:33:52 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

I'm shocked!


2 posted on 07/25/2004 10:35:35 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: prairiebreeze; onyx; Texasforever; CyberAnt; BigSkyFreeper; Tamsey; mrs tiggywinkle; EllaMinnow; ...
His nomination delayed by Senate Democrats, Mr. Schmitz finally came on board a year into the Bush administration. He set out to right a ship dogged by charges of corruption and cronyism.

But he also had to deal with an electronic bug apparently left over from eight years of the Clinton administration.

Hello

3 posted on 07/25/2004 10:38:00 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: Howlin; Shermy; Alamo-Girl; cyncooper; Miss Marple; Peach; Squantos; Travis McGee

fyi


4 posted on 07/25/2004 10:39:17 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: kattracks
Joseph E. Schmitz is the tough guy who is putting KBR's and Boeing's feet to the fire on corruption.
5 posted on 07/25/2004 10:40:33 PM PDT by endthematrix (To enter my lane you must use your turn signal!)
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To: ambrose

The timing is suspicious (TM)


7 posted on 07/25/2004 10:43:00 PM PDT by Bogey78O (Massachusettes' two senators have a combined record of zero people left to drown)
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To: Mo1
Holy cow!

The Clinton/Berger THIRD RATE BURGLARY...SOCKSGATE

And now this?

8 posted on 07/25/2004 10:43:50 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: kattracks

Will someone PLEASE explain to me why clintoon isn't IN PRISON????????


11 posted on 07/25/2004 10:44:21 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: nopardons
Holy cow!

YEA! ..

who and when was the bug put in there???

12 posted on 07/25/2004 10:45:17 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: Mo1

NO!

This is all getting pretty darn creepy. We only thought that we knew some of the things that the Clinton crime gang pulled off. We have no idea!


14 posted on 07/25/2004 10:46:38 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Jewels1091

I can't!!!


15 posted on 07/25/2004 10:47:05 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: snopercod; Ranger

Bump.


16 posted on 07/25/2004 10:47:10 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: kattracks

BTTT


17 posted on 07/25/2004 10:47:33 PM PDT by jamaly
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To: Mo1

Yeah, as a matter of fact I do recall some Pentagon employees being in a bit of deep doo and I think it was this office.


18 posted on 07/25/2004 10:47:41 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: kcvl

That IS really something.Too bad the damned Dems aren't afraid of "professional success" and real lives.:-(


19 posted on 07/25/2004 10:47:49 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Mo1

And just WHAT info was obtained?


21 posted on 07/25/2004 10:48:25 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: kattracks

Now we see how Clinton managed to use blackmail to get the Pentagon brass to shut up while he slaughtered Serb civilians, cut defense intelligence, and promoted Wes Clark above 3 more deserving candidates.


23 posted on 07/25/2004 10:52:48 PM PDT by montag813 ("A nation can survive fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

How does the key word Pentagonbuggate sound?

Damn we have another wonderful left over from the Clintoons.


24 posted on 07/25/2004 10:54:08 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Terezzzza Heinzy thinks that Johnny Boy is really beautiful!)
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To: nopardons
Donald Mancuso a poor leader with a questionable professional reputation.

Mancuso, 50, has been serving as the acting inspector general of the Department of Defense since Eleanor Hill left the department in April 1999.

Grassley has detailed several examples of what he characterized as Mancuso’s inadequacies as a leader in a report he sent to three Senate committees.

On June 29, despite Grassley’s report, President Clinton formally nominated Mancuso for the Pentagon’s inspector general position and did so with full support from top Pentagon officials, including Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

Grassley has accused Mancuso of questionable integrity and judgment, from verbally criticizing Mancuso’s leadership of the Tailhook investigation in 1991, to writing in the report how he gave preferential treatment and aid to a senior Pentagon agent who had been convicted of a felony.

Grassley’s report, which also was sent to the Senate’s Armed Services Committee and Government Affairs Committee, states that under Mancuso’s guidance as director of the DCIS, agents and employees "condoned and encouraged maltreatment of rank and file agents, including the use of falsified investigative reports, while protecting and rewarding a fellow manager who was a convicted felon."

The report also claims that Mancuso helped Larry Hollingsworth, the former director of internal affairs, retire with full benefits six months after Hollingsworth was convicted in April 1996 of filing a false U.S. passport application in the name of a deceased teen-ager.

In addition, Grassley’s report cited another criminal investigator who falsified reports, fabricated witness statements during at least two investigations and received a cash bonus after this agent’s misconduct was brought to the attention of senior DCIS management.

Press Here for more...

25 posted on 07/25/2004 10:55:13 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
a Muslim who was employed as an auditor and granted a "top-secret" security clearance was not an American citizen
Wht on earth? Did Clinton take nothing seriously?
26 posted on 07/25/2004 10:55:38 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: kcvl

I knew that we didn't know all of Clinton's tricks, threats, and abuses. Why do you think he smiles every day that he's out walking around on the taxpayer's dime?


28 posted on 07/25/2004 10:59:12 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mia T

fyi


29 posted on 07/25/2004 10:59:20 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Terezzzza Heinzy thinks that Johnny Boy is really beautiful!)
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To: piasa

Thanks for the ping!


30 posted on 07/25/2004 11:00:03 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Libertina

The chief threat to national security was a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. < /sarcasm >


31 posted on 07/25/2004 11:00:29 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: kcvl
CRIPES!

How come we're just hearing about all of this now?

32 posted on 07/25/2004 11:01:20 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: weegee

Glad to know we have so much power. Guess we'd better start throwing it around. I hear that Dan Rather is scared of our emails and calls. he he he


33 posted on 07/25/2004 11:01:48 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: weegee

In a 38-page report given Tuesday to the Armed Services Committee, Grassley details his criticisms of Mancuso, stating that the nominee has given preferential treatment to a convicted felon, turned a blind eye to a rogue investigator and botched the scandalous Tailhook investigation in which Navy and Marine Corps pilots were accused of sexually attacking female officers during a 1991 convention in Las Vegas.

Mancuso let Special Agent Larry Hollingsworth stay on the payroll for six months after he was convicted of forging a passport application in the name of a deceased teen-ager. The delay, Grassley alleges, was to let Hollingsworth retire on his 50th birthday and collect full benefits.

Mancuso sent a letter on official inspector general stationery to a judge presiding over Hollingsworth’s sentencing asking for leniency, and approved an "outstanding" performance evaluation after Hollingsworth admitted to criminal activity.

Mancuso defended his decision to use stationery with the department’s logo, saying he was hoping to give the judge a balanced view of Hollingsworth and saw no conflict of interest doing so as the DCIS director.

"I was trying to give a full picture of an individual while not condoning the crime," Mancuso told the Senators.

Grassley also accused Mancuso of overlooking misconduct by another investigator, Mathew Walinksi, who was accused of falsifying witness statements and then given a cash bonus after supervisors reprimanded him.

In addressing concerns about Walinksi, Mancuso said the cash bonus was an oversight because personnel paperwork had gotten lost in the shuffle. He said Walinski’s work was deemed "sloppy and slipshod," but not malicious, and that the investigator was subsequently removed from his duties and told to get counseling.

Because of the allegations surrounding Walinksi, Mancuso said he changed departmental policy and now requires all witnesses’ statements be tape-recorded and transcribed.

Mancuso, 50, has been serving as the acting inspector general since Eleanor Hill left the department in April 1999. He has served 28 years in law enforcement, 18 of them with the inspector general’s office.

Grassley first logged his complaints against Mancuso in October, and renewed his campaign against the nominee Monday.

"The IG’s office must be beyond reproach," Grassley wrote in a letter Tuesday to Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Armed Service Committee. "Having questions about judgment and appearance — as summarized here — is not beyond reproach."

Mancuso has the support of Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary William Cohen. In fact, Cohen had his staff investigate Grassely’s claims in his October report and sent a letter to Grassley confirming his support for Mancuso.


34 posted on 07/25/2004 11:02:30 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Grampa Dave
I read it.We'll be suffering through the Clinton mess the rest of our lives.:-(
35 posted on 07/25/2004 11:02:46 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: kattracks

You will never, ever see any hint of this in the MSM, and nobody in the Bush administration will follow through on this. The rule in the administration is to forget about the past, and get on with the future.


36 posted on 07/25/2004 11:02:53 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Do Chernobyl restaurants serve Curied chicken?)
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Management's favorable treatment of the convicted felon, Mr. Larry J. Hollingsworth, will result in his receiving substantial sums of money in federal law enforcement retirement annuities between 1996 and the year 2008. If DCIS management had exercised good judgment and other more reasonable options, Mr. Hollingsworth would not have been allowed to retire on his 50th birthday and receive the $750,000.00 in benefits. He would have had to wait 12 years to retire. In another matter, a criminal investigator, who falsified reports, Mr. Mathew A. Walinski, also received a cash bonus award after his misconduct was brought to the attention of senior DCIS management.

The staff report cites three separate personnel cases brought to the Subcommittee's attention involving DCIS. Each of these cases involves questionable personnel practices that were either condoned or ignored by DCIS management between 1993 and 1996.


37 posted on 07/25/2004 11:04:48 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kattracks

Was it installed AFTER the election I wonder, so someone could listen in when the new CIC was in office?


38 posted on 07/25/2004 11:05:08 PM PDT by ladyinred (What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?)
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To: Jewels1091; doug from upland
900 files, 900 files,
If I could find those 900 files.

Doug, you have the lyrics ability............what is that song?

100 mile,100 miles, I'd walk 100 miles......

You, might try a take on that as an answer to Jewels question.

39 posted on 07/25/2004 11:05:47 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (The Democrats can claim: People, too stupid to vote correctly, cost them the 2000 election.)
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To: kcvl
Mancuso has the support of Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary William Cohen. In fact, Cohen had his staff investigate Grassely’s claims in his October report and sent a letter to Grassley confirming his support for Mancuso.

Clinton put the most incompetent fools in office .. Good Grief!!

40 posted on 07/25/2004 11:08:18 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: kcvl
Mr. Hollingsworth would not have been allowed to retire on his 50th birthday and receive the $750,000.00 in benefits

HELLO ... $750,000.00 ?????

41 posted on 07/25/2004 11:09:51 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: Jewels1091

A criminal trial takes a unanimous verdict. Whether in Washington D.C. or Virginia, there would NEVER be 12 who convict him. They could have a video of him raping and murdering a woman; they could have several eye witnesses; they could have his confession on tape; still, he would not be convicted.


42 posted on 07/25/2004 11:13:22 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: Grampa Dave

Another one???

Geez!!

Do you think this one has legs?


43 posted on 07/25/2004 11:40:43 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: kattracks

Maybe the bug was placed to keep tabs on the IG while the Linda Tripp Privacy Act investigation was going on. The targets of the investigation were two political appointees of Clinton's.


44 posted on 07/25/2004 11:45:54 PM PDT by USNBandit (Florida military absentee voter number 537.)
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter

These things come in 3's...

Berger... the bug... what's next? Chelsea's pregnant?


45 posted on 07/25/2004 11:55:20 PM PDT by IncPen (Proud member of the Half Vast Right Wing Conspiracy)
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To: Jewels1091

He feels for you but can't reach you.


46 posted on 07/25/2004 11:56:31 PM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: Libertina

No, but Monica took him deeply; a fair trade off in Slickworld.


47 posted on 07/26/2004 12:00:01 AM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: kattracks

didn't they check for bugging during the Clinton years??


48 posted on 07/26/2004 2:33:32 AM PDT by GeronL (Time for a Constitutional Amendment banning Government giving money away to anyone or anything...)
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To: Mo1

Monica put it in there when they shipped her over there!!!


49 posted on 07/26/2004 2:59:29 AM PDT by newzhawk
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To: GeronL

I guess that now we know who was the "unauthorized" listener that we heard about in the Berger case. I wonder where else they found bugs. Somebody is letting the dems sweat over who knows what. Gosh, that Bush team is playing this sweet.


50 posted on 07/26/2004 3:03:29 AM PDT by patj
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