Seymour Hersh, “Lunch with the Chairman,” March 2003
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh investigates Richard Perle’s clear conflict of interest in advocating for the Iraq War as chair of the Defense Policy Board and also serving as head of a venture capital firm investing in homeland security and defense products.
George Shultz, “Act Now” September 2002
George Shultz, the former Secretary of State and a member of Bechtel's board of directors, called for the removal of Saddam Hussein in this 2002 Washington Post
editorial. Bechtel incidentally earned $2.3 billion for its reconstruction work in Iraq.
“Former Antiterror Officials Find Industry Pays Better,” June 2006
New York Times
journalist Eric Lipton tracks more than 90 officials who turned to work at private homeland security industry firms after leaving their federal homeland security positions between the years 2001 and 2006.
FEMA Chief's Inappropriate Emails During Hurricane Katrina, August/September 2005
On the day the levees broke in New Orleans, FEMA Chief Michael Brown asked in an email “Can I quit now? Can I go home?” Read Brown’s emails, in which he discussed not only the unfolding crisis but also his wardrobe attire (“Tie or not for tonight? Button down blue shirt?”).