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Pa. defense firm raided by FBI (Murtha)
The Hill ^ | 1/22/2009 | Reid Wilson

Posted on 01/22/2009 4:22:08 PM PST by Red in Blue PA

Federal agents raided the offices of a Western Pennsylvania defense contractor that has received millions in federal earmarks at the request of Rep. John Murtha, according to local media reports.

The offices of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems were shuttered for the day following the raids, the chief financial officer told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. The companies' phone system says they will open again Friday morning, and e-mails sent to top company officials went unanswered.

Based in Windber, Pa., just outside Johnstown, Kuchera won $8.2 million in federal defense earmarks in the 2008 budget. The earmarks came at the request of Murtha (D-Pa.).

Murtha's spokesman declined to comment, and an agent in the FBI's Pittsburgh office did not return calls seeking clarification.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billkuchera; carmenscialabba; disabled; earmarks; kds; kuchera; murtha; pacorruption; paid; scialabba

1 posted on 01/22/2009 4:22:08 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA
Kuchera won "won" $8.2 million in federal defense earmarks
2 posted on 01/22/2009 4:25:42 PM PST by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Murtha...when Kennedy dies, this hump will become the unholiest asshat in the business...and with the current libs, that is saying a LOT...


3 posted on 01/22/2009 4:26:27 PM PST by jessduntno (Barack - Kenyan for "High Wind, Big Thunder, No Rain")
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To: Red in Blue PA

Murtha.........crooked.......imagine that? But as usual, nothing will come of it because of the “D” behind his name. Those D’s can do no wrong.


4 posted on 01/22/2009 4:31:46 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister
>>>Those D’s can do no wrong.<<<

Well, they're hard on people who don't pay their taxes.....what, oh wait.....oh, I see.

5 posted on 01/22/2009 4:45:23 PM PST by HardStarboard ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule - Mencken knew Obama)
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To: HardStarboard
Thanks for the laugh. Hard on those who don't pay their taxes..............only if they happen to have that "R" behind their name.

I can't believe that the "D's" have not gone after Bush and Cheney for that particular crime. I guess there is still a lot of time for that though!

6 posted on 01/22/2009 4:51:42 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Red in Blue PA

funny, the fbi raided curt weldon’s office two weeks before his
last election. say, whatever became of that? i guess once he lost,
the fbi lost interest.


7 posted on 01/22/2009 4:55:02 PM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Maybe Murtha can share a cell with his favored Guantanamo prisoners.


8 posted on 01/22/2009 4:59:21 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty
Maybe Murtha can share a cell with his favored Guantanamo prisoners.

Heck, he wants them to come to his district. Maybe they will move in and protect him from the feds.

9 posted on 01/22/2009 5:32:59 PM PST by Jaidyn
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To: prisoner6; PennsylvaniaMom; GregB; rightwingintelligentsia; HonestConservative

ping! Did yunz see this?


10 posted on 01/22/2009 5:52:59 PM PST by sneakers
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To: Red in Blue PA
What the hell am I reading here ???

Federal agents raided
the offices of a Western Pennsylvania defense contractor that has received millions in federal earmarks
at the request of Rep. John Murtha,
according to local media reports. The offices of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems were shuttered for the day following the raids, the chief financial officer told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. The companies' phone system says they will open again Friday morning, and e-mails sent to top company officials went unanswered. Based in Windber, Pa., just outside Johnstown, Kuchera won $8.2 million in federal defense earmarks in the 2008 budget.
The earmarks came at the request of Murtha (D-Pa.).
Murtha's spokesman declined to comment, and an agent in the FBI's Pittsburgh office did not return calls seeking clarification."

11 posted on 01/22/2009 6:32:01 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: sneakers; prisoner6; PennsylvaniaMom; GregB; rightwingintelligentsia; HonestConservative

Wait...Murtha called in the Fibbees to raid the offices of a defense contractor that he gave earmarks to? What? The folks at Kuchera decided that they weren’t going to hire the GitMo Gang? (And I am only being a teensy, weensy bit sarcastic).

I was listening to Mike Pintek tonight at work...and he had Bill Russell on at the top of the six o’clock hour. Russell is going to run against Jacko in 2010!!! I think he needs some serious FReeper help!!! Great news:) Pintek had Bill on to discuss the Gitmo ‘guests’ coming to Johnstown. Maybe he will have him on again (soon...he seems to like BR alot) to discuss this new Murtha mess.


12 posted on 01/22/2009 6:40:52 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Yoi and double Yoi!!! Pittsburgh is going to the Super Bowl!!!)
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To: Red in Blue PA; smoothsailing; Cindy

Look here:

Nonprofit Connects Murtha, Lobbyists
Ties to Pa. Group Mutually Beneficial

By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 25, 2006; A01

For a quarter of a century, Carmen Scialabba labored for Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), helping parcel out the billions of dollars that came through the House Appropriations Committee, so when the disabled aide needed a favor, Murtha was there.

In 2001, Murtha announced the creation of Scialabba’s nonprofit agency for the disabled in Johnstown, Pa. The next year, with Scialabba still on his staff, Murtha secured a half-million dollars for the group, the Pennsylvania Association for Individuals With Disabilities (PAID), and put another $150,000 in the pipeline for 2003, according to appropriations committee records and former committee aides. Since then, the group has helped hundreds of disabled people find work.

But the group serves another function as well. PAID has become a gathering point for defense contractors and lobbyists with business before Murtha’s defense appropriations subcommittee, and for Pennsylvania businesses and universities that have thrived on federal money obtained by Murtha....(/snip)


13 posted on 01/22/2009 6:45:57 PM PST by piasa
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To: piasa

Thank you piasa.

Murtha voters must be so proud of him and his recent statements.


14 posted on 01/22/2009 6:52:24 PM PST by Cindy
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
No, Murtha requested the earmarks.

If he had requested the raid it would have been written like this:

The offices of a Western Pennsylvania defense contractor that has received millions in federal earmarks was raided by Federal agents at the request of Rep. John Murtha, according to local media reports.
Not like this:

Federal agents raided the offices of a Western Pennsylvania defense contractor that has received millions in federal earmarks at the request of Rep. John Murtha, according to local media reports.

15 posted on 01/22/2009 6:56:21 PM PST by piasa
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To: Cindy

The leftwing group CREW [which we’ve heard from before] is the group targeting PAID [a group that encourages the hiring of the disabled] and Murtha in the Wash Post article I snipped. Even though his Iraq war stance is the same as theirs, they apparently dislike him because he does a lot of defense spending, and in their book they probably think all defense companies are evil.


16 posted on 01/22/2009 7:02:07 PM PST by piasa
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To: piasa; Red in Blue PA; Cindy; jazusamo
www.DiscoverTheNetwork.org Date: 1/22/2009 10:15:09 PM

JACK MURTHA

  • Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Called Iraq War "un-winnable" and described U.S. military as a "catalyst for violence"
  • Claimed that U.S. Marines committed "murder" in Haditha



John “Jack” Murtha, a Democrat from western Pennsylvania’s Twelfth District, has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1974. Prior to that, he spent five years in the Pennsylvania legislature. He is currently Chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.

Born in June 1932, Murtha enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 20. After completing his military service, he relocated to Johnstown, Pennsylvania and remained active in the Marine Corps Reserve. He attended the University of Pittsburgh on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a degree in economics in 1962. In 1966 he volunteered for service in the Vietnam War. Upon returning, he began his career in politics.

In the early 1980s, Murtha was named as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the so-called “Abscam” investigation of legislative corruption. In that case, undercover FBI agents posed as a fictitious Arab sheikh and his retinue, and offered bribes to members of the House and Senate in exchange for political favors to a non-existent sheikh named “Kambir Abdul Rahman.” The legislators -- one of whom was Murtha -- were asked to: (a) help “Rahman” purchase asylum in the United States; (b) help him transfer his financial assets out of his country; and (c) get involved in a potentially lucrative investment scheme.

An FBI videotape captured Murtha, then a member of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, telling the agent: “When I make a f***in’ deal I want to make sure that I know exactly what I’m doing and ... what I’m sayin’ is, a few investments in my district ...”  Murtha emphasized that he wanted to give those investments the appearance of having been made “legitimately ... when I say legitimately, I'm talking about so these bastards up here can’t say to me ... ‘Jesus Christ, ah, this happened,’ then he [someone else], in order to get immunity so he doesn’t go to jail, he starts talking and fingering people and then the son of a bitch all falls apart.”

Ultimately Murtha rejected the bribe but not the possibility of future payment: “You know, we do business for a while, maybe I'll be interested, maybe I won’t,” Murtha said on the tape. Murtha himself avoided prosecution by testifying against two House colleagues targeted in the FBI sting.

This was not Murtha’s only involvement in financial chicanery. In 2004 the congressman steered more than $20 million in federal appropriations to at least ten companies represented by KSA consulting, a lobbying firm where Murtha’s brother, Robert “Kit” Murtha, is a senior partner, and where a former aide for Murtha is a top official.

Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Murtha has cultivated a reputation as one of Congress’ most vocal critics of the war effort. Initially (in October 2002) he voted to authorize America’s use of military force against Iraq, albeit grudgingly: “I only voted for it,” he explained, “because I [had] said to [Vice President] Cheney and the President, ‘You have to go to the U.N.,’ and when they did that, what the hell could I do?”

Since then, Murtha has consistently assailed the manner in which the Iraq War has been prosecuted. At a May 2004 news conference with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Murtha asserted that the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq had made the war “un-winnable.” At the same time, he acknowledged that “[i]t would be devastating to pull out now.”

But in a November 2005 statement, Murtha reversed his position on the matter of troop withdrawal. Describing the military as “stretched thin,” the congressman alleged that “the Army is broken”; that the “future of our military is at risk”; and that “the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq” was not only “impeding … progress” there, but was acting as a “catalyst for violence.”

In May 2006 Murtha reacted swiftly and angrily to unsubstantiated allegations that a squad of eight U.S. Marines had killed, without cause, up to two-dozen unarmed civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha. The congressman appeared on ABC’s This Week program, where he said that the Marines had “overracted because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” “There’s no question in my mind about what happened here,” declared Murtha. “There was no gunfire [from the Iraqis]. They [the American Marines] killed four people in a taxi and then in addition to that, they went into the rooms and killed them.” He further alleged that the U.S. military was trying to “cover up” what had occurred in Haditha.

In the May 17, 2006 edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews, Matthews said to Murtha: “[W]hen you say cold blood, Congressman, a lot of people think you're basically saying you have got some civilians sitting in a room or out in a field and they're executed just on purpose.” Murtha replied, “That’s exactly what happened.”

By June 2008, it had become apparent that Murtha’s allegations against the eight Marines were entirely unfounded. Charges had been dismissed against six of the eight, while a seventh had been acquitted. Moreover, two of the Marines filed defamation and slander suits against Murtha.

In June 2006 Murtha voted NO on a congressional proposal to formally declare that Iraq was a crucial theater in the overall war on terror, and that the setting of a firm withdrawal date for U.S. troops would be unwise.

In October 2006 Murtha voted to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq at the earliest practicable date.

In early 2007 Murtha spoke out against the Bush administration’s planned troop “surge” -- where an additional 21,500 soldiers would be deployed to Iraq in an effort to quell the insurgency there. Vowing “to stop this surge,” Murtha stated that “surges have not worked in the past” because enemy forces “disappear, and then they come back later on. To think that a surge will work is, in my estimation, false thinking.” Instead, he argued, “we have to turn this [war effort] over to the Iraqis.”

In May 2007 Murtha voted YES on beginning to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 90 days.

In February 2008 the taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), which promotes fiscal responsibility and federal earmarks reform, named Murtha as Congress’ 2007 “Porker of the Year” -- “for flouting the rules and playing games with reform, while filing spending bills with pork and arrogantly threatening anyone that challenges his authority.” According to CAGW, Murtha had secured 72 earmarks worth $149.2 million for his district in fiscal year 2007. “Rep. Jack Murtha has long been known inside the Beltway for using threats, power plays, and backroom deals to control spending decisions,” CAGW said. “There is an area of the House floor known as ‘Murtha’s corner,’ where the legendary appropriator dispenses earmarks. The overwhelming vote for Porker of the Year vote shows that his shameful behavior is attracting attention throughout the country.”

In June 2008 Murtha voted "Yes" on a resolution drawn up by congressman Dennis Kucinich to investigate the feasibility of impeaching President Bush for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

In the 2008 Democratic primaries, Murtha endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton for President. After Mrs. Clinton lost her party’s nomination to Illinois Senator Barack Obama, Murtha voiced his support for the latter.

On October 15, 2008, Murtha courted controversy when he accused voters in his home district of Pennsylvania of being racists because, in his estimation, they were not supporting Obama’s candidacy in adequate numbers (though Obama was in fact leading in the polls). “I think Obama is going to win, but I don’t think it's going to be a runaway,” Murtha said. “There is no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area,” he added. “The older population is more hesitant [to embrace a black candidate].”

Murtha’s remarks drew considerable media attention, and the congressman issued an ambiguous apology the next day: "It's [the racism is] better than it was a few weeks ago. It's better than it was a few months ago."

The following week, in an October 20 interview with a local news channel, Murtha sought to further clarify his remarks: “What I mean is there’s still folks that have a problem voting for someone because they are black.... This whole area, years ago, was really redneck.”

Following is an overview of Murtha’s policy positions and voting record on key pieces of legislation during his years in the House of Representatives:

Abortion and the Rights of the Unborn: Murtha largely breaks from the Democratic Party stance on the issue of abortion. In April 2000 and October 2003, he voted in favor of legislation to ban the late-term abortion procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. In February 2004 he voted for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which proposed to make it an added criminal offense for someone to injure or kill a fetus while carrying out a crime against a pregnant woman.

Marriage: In July 2006 Murtha voted NO on a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage strictly as a union between one man and one woman.

Education: In November 1997 and August 1998, Murtha voted against the implementation of school voucher programs, which would have helped low-income families shoulder the cost of sending their children to private schools. Murtha has received a rating of 100% from the National Education Association (NEA), America’s largest labor union.

Crime: In April 1994 Murtha voted NO on replacing the death penalty with life imprisonment. In June 2000 he voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.

Illegal Immigration: In May 2004 Murtha voted against requiring hospitals to report illegal aliens who receive medical treatment. In September 2006 he voted against a bill authorizing the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing between the U.S. and Mexico. Murtha is rated 25% by the U.S. Border Control (USBC), signifying that his voting record is weak on the issue of border defense.

Fossil Fuels: In June 2000 Murtha voted YES on implementing the Kyoto Protocol climate-change treaty. In April 2005 he voted against a proposal to ban oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In October 2005 he voted against the construction of new oil refineries in the United States. In May 2006 he voted against an amendment calling for the continued prohibition of drilling for natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf. In July 2008 he voted in favor of permitting oil exploration in ANWR.

Taxes: In March 2000 Murtha voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. In July 2000 and again in April 2004, he voted against eliminating the “marriage penalty.” In April 2001 he voted NO on eliminating the “death tax.” In October 2001 he voted NO on a $99 billion economic stimulus package. In April 2002 he voted against making President Bush’s tax cuts permanent. In September 2004 he voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification measures. In December 2005 he voted against retaining reduced taxes on capital gains and dividends.

Counter-Terrorism & Homeland Security: In August 2007 Murtha voted against a bill permitting the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General “to authorize foreign intelligence acquisition concerning those reasonably believed to be outside of the U.S., provided that written certification is presented that the procedure does not constitute electronic surveillance under existing law, the surveillance is made with the assistance of a communications provider, and the significant purpose of the acquisition is to obtain foreign intelligence information.”

Patriot Act: In October 2001 Murtha voted to pass the Patriot Act anti-terrorism legislation. However, in July and December 2005, he voted against bills reauthorizing and extending the Act.

Military Commissions: In September 2006 Murtha voted against a bill authorizing the President to establish military commissions to try enemy combatants captured during the war on terror.


17 posted on 01/22/2009 7:46:30 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Thank you smoothsailing.
Good info package.


18 posted on 01/22/2009 8:07:11 PM PST by Cindy
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To: smoothsailing; Red in Blue PA

Thanks, Smooth.

That’s a pretty complete rundown on Fat Jack’s mosty corrupt Congressional career. Will have to check out that site.


19 posted on 01/22/2009 8:08:01 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; Cindy

Here’s the link...

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2148


20 posted on 01/22/2009 8:46:26 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks, I’ve got it bookmarked and found the list you got Murtha’s info from. I couldn’t believe all the info they’ve got at that site.


21 posted on 01/22/2009 8:51:55 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Red in Blue PA

ABSCAM II: The Re-Murtha-ing


22 posted on 01/22/2009 8:57:03 PM PST by Starfleet Command
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To: jazusamo

Here’s some more stuff from the NRCC

http://www.nrcc.org/pdf/RepresentativeJohnMurtha.pdf


23 posted on 01/22/2009 9:01:28 PM PST by smoothsailing
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