Re "Rep. Cunningham Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Resigns," Nov. 29
Now that former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) has pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and tax evasion in a political corruption case, will the government go after Mitchell Wade and MZM Inc. for allegedly giving those bribes? According to court documents, they got $163 million in contracts illegally. Shouldn't they have to return that money? Shouldn't they have to pay a price for undermining the United States?
U.S. Atty. Carol Lam suggests that Cunningham's worst act was enriching himself through his position. Perhaps, but it's noteworthy that the firm, MZM Inc., that Cunningham is suspected of cozying up to has been involved in "gathering and analysis of intelligence" for the past decade.
Given that we are increasingly recognizing that the intelligence underlying the decision to invade Iraq was fatally flawed, if any of MZM's intelligence was in this mix, the crime of illegally amassed wealth pales in comparison to the ongoing death and disability this war has created.