Join Veterans to Demand Hearings on Substandard Helmet Procurement
Last week, the New York Times reported that the Bush Pentagon had agreed to a contract for more Kevlar helmets for our troops from the very company that was being sued for cheating troops out of helmets that met military standards. Especially at a time when so many troops are in harm’s way, no such company should ever receive a new contract. Demand that Congress investigate how this could have happened, by signing our petition below. We’ll deliver your signatures to Capitol Hill.
Petition to Demand Hearings on Substandard Helmet Procurement
We the undersigned call upon the United States Congress to investigate how Sioux Manufacturing received a contract from the Bush Administration’s Pentagon to produce Kevlar helmets for our troops, after the company was found to have previously produced substandard helmets in the past.
As detailed by the New York Times:“A North Dakota manufacturer has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a suit saying it had repeatedly shortchanged the armor in up to 2.2 million helmets for the military, including those for the first troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.Twelve days before the settlement with the Justice Department was announced, the company, Sioux Manufacturing of Fort Totten, was given a new contract of up to $74 million to make more armor for helmets to replace the old ones, which were made from the late 1980s to last year.”
For years, Sioux Manufacturing had produced helmets that were far weaker than required by the U.S. Military and covered it up. Again, the New York Times reports:In a conversation Mr. Kenner secretly taped, Rhea Crane, quality assurance officer, worried "if we ever had someone get killed, and they decided to investigate because they thought maybe the helmet wasn't any good.""If we ever got audited," she said, "you know what they would do to us. Shut us down and fine us big time. Probably never see another government contract."
Additionally, on November 12, 2007, the Bismarck Tribune reported that Sioux, also while being sued, received one of three contracts to produce MRAPs for the troops.
Sioux should have never gotten another contract, and yet they got two, even as the company was being sued by the government. Congress must immediately investigate how this was allowed to happen.
Sioux should have never gotten another contract, and yet they did, even as the company was being sued by the government. Congress must immediately investigate how this was allowed to happen.
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|Number||Date||Name||Please add you comments - this is optional|
|17854||January 07, 2013||Donal Jones|
|17853||November 01, 2012||Guy Benson|
|17852||October 08, 2012||Javier Reyes|
|17851||September 10, 2012||john smith|
|17850||August 09, 2012||Rhea A & Philip L Halloran|
|17849||August 09, 2012||Jessica L. Solari|
|17848||August 09, 2012||G. Faulks Johnson|
|17847||August 09, 2012||Joel Nevarez|
|17846||August 09, 2012||ron shultz|
|17845||August 09, 2012||catherine shultz|
|17844||August 09, 2012||joann pryor|
|17843||August 09, 2012||Steven Combes|
|17842||August 09, 2012||savannah flores|
|17841||August 09, 2012||G. Faulks Johnson|
|17840||August 09, 2012||Lindy Verdugo|
|17839||August 09, 2012||Lindy Verdugo|
|17838||August 09, 2012||Alfreeda Appling|
|17837||August 08, 2012||Dorothy Rotunno|
|17836||August 08, 2012||janice stouse|
|17835||August 08, 2012||Linda Strong|
|17834||August 08, 2012||Darlene Bauer|
|17833||August 08, 2012||Ronald Crosson|
|17832||August 08, 2012||gerald erby|
|17831||August 08, 2012||John hervbst|
|17830||August 08, 2012||Reverend Mary Lee|