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Financial Times gold price rigging fears put investors on alert, Internet scrubbing, Global gold prices may have been manipulated 50 percent of occasions between 2010 and 2013

Financial Times gold price rigging fears put investors on alert, Internet scrubbing, Global gold prices may have been manipulated 50 percent of occasions between 2010 and 2013

 

“There is something very wrong when the sitting president refuses to divulge huge pieces of information about his background. What is he hiding? Maybe the”birthers” were a little extreme, but is there something wrong with this “manufactured candidate,” whose history remains sealed from public view? Whatis he hiding? Could the ”Hawaii birth […]”…Scrubbed Forbes article March 24, 2012

“As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of the Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in it’s stead. This process of continuation alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound tracks, cartoons, photographs–to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to be correct; nor was any item of news, or expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to be on record.”…George Orwell, “1984″

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

The following article on the Financial Times site from 2 days ago was scrubbed.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d5e00172-9b14-11e3-946b-00144feab7de.html

“Sorry

The page you are trying to access does not exist.

This might be because you have entered the web address incorrectly or the page has moved.

For help please contact customer services or go to the FT.com homepage.

We apologise for any inconvenience.”

Here is the original article.
“Global gold prices may have been manipulated on 50 per cent of occasions between January 2010 and December 2013, according to analysis by Fideres, a consultancy.

The findings come amid a probe by German and UK regulators into alleged manipulation of the gold price, which is set twice a day by Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, Bank of Nova Scotia and Société Générale in a process known as the “London gold fixing”.

Fideres’ research found the gold price frequently climbs (or falls) once a twice-daily conference call between the five banks begins, peaks (or troughs) almost exactly as the call ends and then experiences a sharp reversal, a pattern it alleged may be evidence of “collusive behaviour”.

“[This] is indicative of panel banks pushing the gold price upwards on the basis of a strategy that was likely predetermined before the start of the call in order to benefit their existing positions or pending orders,” Fideres concluded.

“The behaviour of the gold price is very suspicious in 50 per cent of cases. This is not something you would expect to see if you take into account normal market factors,“ said Alberto Thomas, a partner at Fideres.

Alasdair Macleod, head of research at GoldMoney, a dealer in physical gold, added: “When the banks fix the price, the advantage they have is that they know what orders they have in the pocket. There is a possibility that they are gaming the system.”

Pension funds, hedge funds, commodity trading advisers and futures traders are most likely to have suffered losses as a result, according to Mr Thomas, who said that many of these groups were “definitely ready” to file lawsuits.

Daniel Brockett, a partner at law firm Quinn Emanuel, also said he had spoken to several investors concerned about potential losses.

“It is fair to say that economic work suggests there are certain days when [the five banks] are not only tipping their clients off, but also colluding with one another,” he said.

Matt Johnson, head of distribution at ETF Securities, one of the largest providers of exchange traded products, said that if gold price collusion is proven, “investors in products with an expiry price based around the fixing could have been badly impacted”.

Gregory Asciolla, a partner at Labaton Sucharow, a US law firm, added: “There are certainly good reasons for investors to be concerned. They are paying close attention to this and if the investigations go somewhere, it would not surprise me if there were lawsuits filed around the world.”

All five banks declined to comment on the findings, which come amid growing regulatory scrutiny of gold and precious metal benchmarks.

BaFin, the German regulator, has launched an investigation into gold-price manipulation and demanded documents from Deutsche Bank. The bank last month decided to end its role in gold and silver pricing. The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority is also examining how the price of gold and other precious metals is set as part of a wider probe into benchmark manipulation following findings of wrongdoing with respect to Libor and similar allegations with respect to the foreign exchange market.

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has reportedly held private meetings to discuss gold manipulation, but declined to confirm or deny that an investigation was ongoing.”

Wikipedia, Obama, Democrat party, Socialism, Internet scrubbing, Health Care Bill explained, Norman Thomas speech, John Bingham, Natural born citizen, Andy Martin, Obama socialist agenda

Recently, the Citizen Wells blog provided exerpts from the DNC 2008 rules. Those exerpts clearly revealed that the Democrat party is self serving and that America, the US Constitution and the citizens are not their priority. The ramming down our throats of a unwanted health care bill reveals their socialist priorities.

From Citizen Wells, May 12, 2009
“From a 1944 Norman Thomas speech:
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism.

But, under the name of “liberalism”,

they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program,

until one day America will be a socialist nation,

without knowing how it happened.”

“I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party.

The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

*** I did not get the quote from Wikipedia originally, but I did read it there before writing this article. It was there approx 1 and 1/2 hours ago. I just checked and it is not there. Did Wikipedia scrub the quote? ***”
Wikipedia internet scrubbing part 1

From Citizen Wells, May 21, 2009

“We have the second instance of internet scrubbing reported on this blog in the past several weeks. Today, one of the great commenters on this blog, GBAmerica brought this to our attention:

“They scrubbed Wiki!Our founding father John Bingham from the state of Ohio defined Natural Born Citizen!To hold highest office you must be a natural born citizen which means to be born on US soil and BOTH PARENTS to be BORN on US soil with no Foreign or Domestic Soverigty from any of them!It doesn’t matter where he is born his father was NOT BORN HERE!!!John Bingham put that there to protect WE THE PEOPLE!!!Look it up at the library!””
Wikipedia internet scrubbing part 2

Now Andy Martin presents the following:

“U.S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Barack Obama is using a web of tax-exempt organizations, sometimes secretly and surreptitiously, to implement his socialist agenda in “Obama’s ‘Amerika.'” Martin says Wikimedia/Wikipedia is an arm of the “Obama Smear Machine” and is used both to protect Obama and slime Obama’s “enemies” and “opponents.” Martin says Obama’s socialist elves now have to work overtime: the American People have become Obama’s opposition.
 
U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin’s lawsuit against Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation set for hearing
 
Martin says the Wikipedia/Wikimedia operation is a tax-exempt protosocialist scam that seeks to harass Republicans, conservatives and Obama opponents
 
NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN /2010
“The name you can trust”
Republican for U. S. Senator
30 E. Huron Street, Suite 4406
Chicago, IL60611-4723
(312) 440-4124 
www.AndyforUSSenator.com
www.AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com
www.AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com
 
www.MarkKirk.us
www.IllinoisHighSpeedTrains.com
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
An Illinois judge will hear a request for a preliminary injunction against Wikimedia/Wikipedia
 
Andy Martin says the Wikimedia Foundation is nothing more than a tax-exempt division of Barack Obama’s political operations
 
Martin’s lawsuit charges that Wikimedia falsely invokes the Communications Decency Act to defraud federal and state judges as to the true nature of Wikipedia’s operations
 
Martin is seeking an injunction against Wikimedia/Wikipedia
 
(CHICAGO)(December 23, 2009)  Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin announced today that a Sangamon County, Illinois court will conduct a hearing on January 8, 2010 on his Motion for a Preliminary Injunction against the Wikimedia Foundation.
 
“After speaking with the Wikimedia’s lawyers I am absolutely convinced that this is a tax evasion scam being orchestrated by socialists to support Barack Obama and oppose Obama’s ‘enemies,'” Martin states. “Well, they will have to work overtime, as the American people have now become Barry Obama’s ‘enemies.’ Obama is trying to destroy America, and he is using his socialist cronies in the Wikimedia operation to assist in his carnage.
 
“Counsel advised me that Wikimedia/Wikipedia had no interest in truth, and would continue to ‘lock’ total lies about me on its supposedly neutral and politically impartial site.
 
“We will also be filing a complaint with the IRS against this Obama-related tax scam. Imagine, they are using tax-exempt assets to pay high-priced lawyers to defend their efforts to sabotage Obama’s opponents and ‘enemies,’ all while Obama raises taxes on the middle class. That’s what passes for ‘change’ in Obama’s ‘Amerika.’ Tens of millions voted for this socialist joker last year; now they are paying the price, and also paying for Obama’s tax-exempt legal goon squads.
 
“Wake up, America, before it’s too late,” Martin says.
 
—————–
 
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR THE SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
 
IN CHANCERY
CASE NO. 2009 CH 1147
 
ANDY MARTIN,
 
Plaintiff,
 
vs.
 
WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION,
et al.,
 
Defendants.
 
NOTICE OF HEARING
 
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on January 8, 2010, at 3:00 P.M., I will appear before the Honorable Patrick J. Londrigan, sitting at the Sangamon County Complex, 200 S. Ninth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701, and present the accompanying motion:
1. Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and for other relief.
Dated: December 23, 2009
Respectfully submitted,
 
ANDY MARTIN
NATIONAL LITIGATION CENTER
P. O. Box 1851
New York, NY 10150-1851
Toll-free tel. (866) 706-2639
Toll-free fax (866) 707-2639
E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com (text only)
 
Additional courtesy copy requested to:
 
ANDY MARTIN
REGIONAL LITIGATION SUPPORT
30 E. Huron Street, Suite 4406
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
SERVICE OF NOTICES IS RESPECTFULLY
REQUESTED BY FAX OR E-MAIL
 
Additional e-mail address available
upon request
 
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
 
I certify I have served defendant Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. by fax to (415) 882-0495 on December 23, 2009 (copy of Notice only, Motion to follow).
 
ANDY MARTIN
 
———————–
 
ANDY MARTIN
“The name you can trust”
Republican for U. S. Senator/2010
Suite 4406, 30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL60611-4723
Toll-free tel. (866) 706-ANDY
Toll-free fax  (866) 707-ANDY
Web site: http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com
 
Please donate:
 
www.AndyforUSSenator.com
 
Blogs:
 
www.AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com
www.AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com
www.IllinoisHighSpeedTrains.com
 
www.MarkKirk.us
 
December 23, 2009
 
Bryan Stroh, Esq.
Katten
Via fax (312) 577-4485
 
with copy to:
 
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., et al.
149 new Montgomery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
via fax (415) 882-0495
 
Re: Lawsuit against Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. et al.
 
 
Dear counsel and defendants:
 
This will confirm my conversation with Mr. Stroh earlier today in which he advised me he had sent me a letter (he agreed to fax it, but I have not yet seen the letter).
 
Mr. Stroh advised me there was some doubt whether the lawsuit was on file and with this letter I am enclosing a copy of the stamped new case summary.
 
Mr. Stroh said that he was not yet authorized to accept notices on behalf of the defendants and stated I should serve the defendants directly with all notices until he actually files an appearance. I will respect his request.
 
This letter confirms in writing that agreement.
 
I also advised Mr. Stroh that I was seeking a hearing from the court on an emergency preliminary injunction, and Mr. Stroh would not advise me of any dates that were convenient for him.
 
As soon as I get a hearing date and time from the Court I will advise the defendants (but per his request not Mr. Stroh).
 
I will be serving all of the defendants at the Wikimedia location since that is obviously their place of business in relation to this lawsuit.
 
Please also be advised that in the next day or two I will be filing a complaint with the IRS concerning the political abuses by Wikimedia of its tax-exempt status to foster political attacks on “enemies” and “friends” of Barack Obama and other leftist causes and persons. That is not a proper use of a tax-exempt foundation that claims to be neutral and detached in its operations.
 
Obviously, by its own admissions, Wikimedia is neither neutral nor detached in its reportage and is being used as a political attack weapon by Obama’s supporters on the hard left at Wikimedia Foundation.
 
Mr. Stroh also advised me that the bogus entry on me would continue to be “locked” and that Wikimedia would neither remove nor allow to be corrected the lies and distortions being disseminated to influence a campaign for federal office and to undermine my efforts to find the facts and seek the truth about who Barack Obama really is.
 
I advised Mr. Stroh that Wikimedia might also have to register with the Federal Election Commission as a political committee due to its publication of pro and anti-Obama materials under strict control of a secret political presidium, all of which is directed at influencing a federal campaign in Illinois.
 
If any of the foregoing is in error, please advise me in writing.
 
Please call if you have any questions. I want to ensure you are afforded every procedural courtesy.
 
With best wishes,
 
ANDY MARTIN
 
AM:sp
 
W/encl. New Case Initiation Sheet”

Obama Kenyan Born June 27 2004 article in Kenya Sunday Standard newspaper, Internet scrubbing, AP article, Way back machine, Internet archives, Obama born in Kenya, Obama not natural born citizen

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From early in 2008 to the present, those following the Obama eligibility scandals were aware of numerous reports of Obama being born in Kenya and repeated internet scrubbing.

I received the following email from Charles Kerchner at 2:17 AM ET this morning, October 16, 2009. The download that I did this morning apparently did not function properly and YouTube took longer than  normal to process the upload to them. Was some force working against me. I do not know.

“Since you are all covering this newly released/discovered webpage for the June 27, 2004 article in your news sites and blogs, and that the Obots are immediately labeling it a fake, I thought I’d share with you a video recorded by a volunteer research on July 9th, 2009 showing the documentation of the existence of the article’s page being found on the net early this year, but contents scrubbed … but then in early July the volunteer researcher found two copies in TWO (2) Way Back Time Machine process archives servers at two locations in the world.  The second system has not been revealed as of this time before, as of yet that I know of, while the first one was found and revealed by someone yesterday. This video evidence we had been saving is hereby being shown to you for news release via an attached video piece done by the researcher that shows that the June 27th, 2004 article found is not fake and existed on the net for quite some time and copies of the article were inventoried and were still in the Way Back Time Machine at two separate sites in the world on 9 July 2009.  We had not released this piece of evidence until now as we were awaiting getting to the discovery phase of our lawsuit against Obama & Congress, et al, waiting to get past the motion to dismiss made by the defendants and for which the Judge in our case is still not making a decision although the calendar scheduled decision date on that motion was set at August 3rd, 2009 by the court. But at this time we feel we should release this video for all to see.

See attached video proof from the evidence research conducted early this summer by a volunteer researcher for the Kerchner v Obama & Congress lawsuit that proves that the Obama was Kenyan Born article found was as published in the Sunday Standard newspaper in Kenya on June 27th, 2004. The article is real and was inventoried and archived by the Way Back Time Machine systems in 2004 on two separate world servers in the Way Back Time Machine process. See the video attached.

Sincerely,

Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.
CDR USNR (Ret)
Lead Plaintiff
Kerchner v Obama & Congress
http://puzo1.blogspot.com/
http://www.protectourliberty.org/

The Post & Email has been doing a great job of covering Obama and posted an article revealing other news stories about Obama being born in Kenya.

“WIDESPREAD KNOWLEGE OF DIFFERENT BIRTH STORY”
“Even as the Hawaiian Advertiser scrubs their report of January 8, 2006, in which they identified Barack Hussein Obama as born overseas, 2 more African Newsites have come to light which report the former U.S. Senator as “Kenyan-born”.  The present report is a follow up to The Post & Email’s previous reports of

Oct. 14, 2009 — AP declares Obama “Kenyan-Born”!

Oct. 15, 2009 — Google’s archive shows Obama’s birth story has changed

To forestall any attempt at Internet revisionism, The Post & Email has cached and image captured the pages of each Nigerian paper, featured in this report.

The Nigerian Observer proclaims Obama “Kenyan-born” on Nov. 4, 2008”

 

“The Newspage Weekly of Nigeria proclaims Obama “Kenyan-born”
In a piece written after the national conventions of each party had chosen their candidates, that it, at about the  beginning of October, 2008: the Newspage Weekly published this article:”

Read more:

http://thepostnemail.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/2-more-african-news-agencies-declare-obama-kenyan-born/

1984, Movie 1984, Internet videos, Atlas Shrugs, Saturday Night Cinema, Obama camp, Internet scrubbing

From Atlas Shrugs:

“Tonight’s feature is 1984, released in 1984, based upon George Orwell’s novel of the same name, following the life of Winston Smith in Oceania, a country run by a totalitarian government. The film was directed by Michael Radford. Extraordinary performances by John Hurt and Richard Burton (in his last film role).

When someone falls out of Government favor and is ”vaporized,” Winston must go through the newspapers and official records and erase the person’s name, creating an unperson.  

Like scrubbing google of Obama’s birth

The Citizen Wells blog has, for over a year, warned of the similarities between the Obama camp and the totalitarian society described by George Orwell in “1984.” Atlas Shrugs has the movie on their website. View the movie here:

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/07/saturday-night-cinema-1984.html

Wikipedia, Internet scrubbing, Obama thugs, John Bingham, Natural born citizen, Wikipedia or Ministry of truth, Big Brother, Orwellian tactics, 1984

We have the second instance of internet scrubbing reported on this blog in the past several weeks. Today, one of the great commenters on this blog, GBAmerica brought this to our attention:

“They scrubbed Wiki!Our founding father John Bingham from the state of Ohio defined Natural Born Citizen!To hold highest office you must be a natural born citizen which means to be born on US soil and BOTH PARENTS to be BORN on US soil with no Foreign or Domestic Soverigty from any of them!It doesn’t matter where he is born his father was NOT BORN HERE!!!John Bingham put that there to protect WE THE PEOPLE!!!Look it up at the library!”

Recently the Citizen Wells blog caught Wikipedia scrubbing the internet:

Norman Thomas, American Socialist Party article altered

Another great commenter on this blog, Patriot Dreamer,  provided a followup to Wikipedia’s Orwellian action:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Bingham&diff=278117261&oldid=276290691

Here’s what was removed:

John Bingham confirms that understanding and the construction the framers used in regards to birthright and jurisdiction while speaking on civil rights of citizens in the House on March 9, 1866:”

[http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/impeach/imp_account2.html”]

– {{cquote|[I] find no fault with the introductory clause [S 61 Bill], which is simply declaratory of what is written in the Constitution, that ”every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is”, in the language of your Constitution itself, ”a natural born citizen”…. . .}}

If you go to the article’s “history” page, it says that Wiki user AmesG “Remove quote unsupported by the cited source, and added by a biased “birther” user. Get a life, Birthers” at 15:08 on 18 March 2009:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Bingham&action=history

John Bingham, and other statesmen in our country’s  past understood the distinction between citizen and Natural Born Citizen. The question is, does Wikipedia know the distinction between fact and fiction. Who is controlling Wikipedia?

This is another example of a “1984” world envisioned by George Orwell. A frightening world where history is reshaped, remolded by the “Ministry of Truth”,  aka, the Obama thugs, to suit their own private agenda.

This is the final straw, I will no longer access Wikipedia or be able to trust them as a reference.

Obama Official Placed on Leave, Birth certificate controversy, Washington Post article, March 14, 2009, 1984, George Orwell, Big Brother, Internet scrubbing, Revisionist history, Vivek Kundra, White House technology czar, FBI arrests, Yusuf Acar, Sushil Bansal, kickbacks, Corruption

“To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is
free, when men are different from one another and do not
live alone–to a time when truth exists and what is done
cannot be undone:

From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude,
from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink–
greetings!”
“If the party could thrust its hand into the past and say
of this and that event, it never happened–that, surely,
was more terrifying than mere torture and death.”
“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”
“The past, he reflected, had not merely been altered, it had
actually been destroyed. For how could you establish, even
the most obvious fact when there existed no record outside
your own memory?”

George Orwell, “1984”

I would like to thank the Washington Post for providing an
excellent example and the readers of this blog for alerting
me to this Orwellian example of revisionist history straight
out of “1984.”

If you have not read “1984” by George Orwell, our present
times and conditions make it a must read for survival.

Yesterday, the Citizen Wells blog presented a second article on
the arrest of 2 individuals in the Washington DC office
that was headed by Obama’s technology czar, Vivek Kundra, as
recently as a few days ago. This article came from a Washington
Post article dated March 13, 2009. Last night Citizen Wells
was notified that the Washington Post article had been changed.

After some investigating, it was discovered that the whole
nature of the article had been changed. Consider the
following:

The citizen Wells article dated March 13, 2009 revealed several
aspects of the Washington Post article that are potentially
damaging to Barack Obama.

“Obama Official Placed on Leave”

“Vivek Kundra, who was tapped as the White House technology czar
March 5, oversaw technology projects and budgets for 86 D.C.
government agencies as head of the District’s Office of the Chief
Technology Officer.”

“Yusuf Acar, 40, who has worked in the technology office since
2004, was charged with bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and
conflict of interest.”

“FBI agents carted away boxes and envelopes from the Office of
the Chief Technology Officer throughout the day.”

“Acar also told the informant that he could use computers to
create fake D.C. birth certificates, Hibarger said.”

“The scam began unraveling in March last year”

“The informant approached the FBI and began wearing a hidden
recording device and secretly recording phone conversations
involving Acar and Bansal.”

Here is the Washington Post article that has been completely
rewritten. It is located at the same link in the Citizen Wells
article dated March 13, 2009. Notice that the header has nothing
about Obama:

“D.C. Technology Office Scandal Revives Questions of Cronyism
 

By David Nakamura
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 14, 2009; Page B01

Last summer, Vivek Kundra, then the D.C. government’s chief technology officer, introduced a massive overhaul of the way

his agency hired about 300 consultants.
Responding to vendors’ complaints that the contracting process was unfair and rife with cronyism, Kundra received $75

million from the D.C. Council to create the Information Technology Staff Augmentation program to foster greater

transparency and accountability. Kundra hired a company to help the city weed out unqualified résumés, established a

central online database to advertise contracts and disclose who won each one, and posted video solicitations for jobs

online. The ITSA program, he told council members during an oversight hearing in August, was a more open and more fair

way of doing business in the District.

But this week, the technology agency was rocked by a bribery scandal that brought the allegations of cronyism back into

full view and raised questions among consultants about whether anything has changed. Federal authorities have alleged

that Yusuf Acar, a manager in charge of information security, conspired with a contractor named Sushil Bansal to bilk

the city of money in a scheme that involved “ghost” workers and kickbacks. Both men have been arrested.
 
Questions submitted to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s office about the technology office’s contracting process, including

whether the hiring decisions by project managers were reviewed by higher-ranking authorities, were not answered

yesterday. Kundra, who left the technology office last month after President Obama appointed him the nation’s chief

information officer, has not been identified as a suspect in the D.C. case. He has been placed on administrative leave

pending the outcome of the federal investigation and declined to comment.

“We have to find the right balance and find the right checks and balances,” said council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3),

who recently took over the committee that oversees the technology office.

City Administrator Dan Tangherlini said the scheme that Acar and Bansal are accused of running predates the

implementation of ITSA in October.

Consultants who work with the technology office said yesterday that the bribery allegations emphasize their long-

standing complaints that the agency lacks sufficient oversight to ensure that contracts are awarded fairly. They

described a system in which project managers have virtually unabridged authority to issue “purchase orders” for

consultants and then decide which ones receive the contracts.

Furthermore, they said, some managers making the hiring decisions used to work for the consulting companies that are

making bids, and some of the consultants once worked as full-time city employees. Bansal worked for the city before

founding Advanced Integrated Technologies about six years ago.

“How can we even trust these people anymore?” asked Laurie Collins, owner of a small information technology consulting

firm that has worked with the city. Collins and other consultants complained that a group of fewer than 10 firms win a

disproportionate bulk of contracts, even though the city has 97 registered technology vendors.

Bansal’s firm won 14 of the 167 contracts, including two awarded by Acar, issued through ITSA so far.

Under ITSA, the city hired Optimal Solutions and Technologies to oversee the contracting process. That company set up a

Web site to post job openings and solicit résumés. The résumés of qualified candidates are then sent to D.C. project

managers without company affiliations, a tactic aimed at trying to eliminate potential company biases from the managers

making the hiring decisions.

But consultants said it is easy for vendors to sidestep that safeguard by telling the managers ahead of time which

résumés to look for.
Tim Booker, owner of the consulting firm MindFinders, said managers have developed close relationships with specific

vendors and are hesitant or unwilling to award contracts to other firms. Because of that, it is difficult for the city

to ensure that it gets the best value and services for each contract.
“Managers are not willing to break old habits,” he said. “What it requires is leadership and training and oversight.”

Under their alleged scheme, Acar approved contracts for Bansal’s company for the purchase of goods and services. But

Bansal billed the city for some services that were not provided and workers who did not exist, splitting the proceeds

with Acar, according to the affidavit. Bansal’s company has received $13 million in city contracts, including some from

other managers in the technology office and at least one other city agency.

Michael Master, owner of the consulting firm GiniCorp, opposed the implementation of the ITSA program last summer during

a D.C. Council hearing. But yesterday, he said he did not blame the system for failing to stop Acar and Bansal.
“There’s a longtime culture of bending the rules in this city,” Master said. “Whether the process is transparent or not,

which the whole ITSA thing was supposed to be, you can put in all the rules and laws, but bad people will always find a

way to get around it. This just proves that.”

Staff writer Nikita Stewart contributed to this report.”

Link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/13/AR2009031301449.html

Want to read the original article (If the Post has not
scrubbed it. If they do, let me know.)

http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/news.jsp?key=361994&rc=dc_me
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Did someone forget to scrub the mobile version or was the
main concern the Citizen Wells reference?

A Google search of:

“washington post Obama Official Placed on Leave”

Produced the following results:

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still has the original date of March 13, 2009, but instead of
Obama official it has D.C. Technology Office Scandal. The Citizen
Wells link meshes with the mobile links.

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