Skip to comments.SHOT Show bust leaves more questions than answers
Posted on 01/23/2010 7:21:37 AM PST by marktwain
We talked yesterday about the Department of Justice using the occasion of the 2010 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show) to arrest 21 law enforcement products company employees for attempted bribery of a foreign official, along with conspiracy and money laundering charges. It was a sting employing undercover FBI agents posing as a sales agents.
We also discussed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), looking at some of the highlights of what it is and what it covers.
Unfortunately, the story seems to have had its day in the sun--for the immediate present. The most recent update from a Google News search is from two days ago. As we've seen time and again here, it's not exactly like the "Authorized Journalists" have a great track record of bringing us unbiased and complete information regarding matters of concern to gun owners. And so far, the SHOT Show and National Shooting Sports Foundation websites are silent on the matter, as is NRA.
So we're left with questions and very few answers, and it's likely to remain that way until something breaks loose--possibly a statement from lawyers for the defendants.
We can ask why we have an FCPA in the first place--their own guide admits:
"Following the passage of the FCPA, the Congress became concerned that American companies were operating at a disadvantage compared to foreign companies who routinely paid bribes and, in some countries, were permitted to deduct the cost of such bribes as business expenses on their taxes."
Yeah, no kidding. But the Carter administration, which signed the original act in 1977, and later the Clinton administration which signed onto a supplemental international convention in 1998, were not exactly known for making "America First" the centerpiece of their foreign or economic policies.
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www.repealit.org. Check it out, then send it to all your elected politicians and demand that they sign the oath. Once this catches on , there could be a lot of crap repealed. But, we will have to force them to do it, because these career politicians see this stuff as security.
any law that is selectively enforced should be repealed
The problem is that those caught by the law were using the wrong phrases. It is illegal to pay a bribe; however, a finder’s or referral fee is perfectly legal (and done every day with lawyers and doctors).
So never pay a bribe; be insulted by the request! However, you can offer to pay a referral fee based upon completion of business...