Sunday, June 11, 2006

Tell the Senate DO NOT confirm David H. Laufman to the post of Inspector General of the Department of Defense

This is a general copy of a brief letter I sent to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs:


As a member of the US Senate's Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Personnel and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, I ask that during deliberations regarding the recent nomination of David H. Laufman to the Inspector General post at the Department of Defense you consider the following:

Laufman was part of the House Task Force that glossed over Republican involvement in thwarting President Carter's attempt to rescue the hostages of the 1979 US Embassy takeover in Iran. His practice of omitting material information and documents from the record certainly proves that as DoD IG he will do more to stall and or prevent meaningful investigations than to shed light on the numerous issues that currently need serious review.

Below are some websites for you and your staff to reference regarding Mr. Laufman. Please review them while considering this nomination.

Robert Parry's 1993 book, "Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery", pgs. 285, 321

There appears to be complicity between Mr. Laufman, the delay in hostage release until Reagan was sworn in, illegal banking (BCCI, Hong Kong Deposit and Guaranty Bank), and an attempt to scuttle meaningful investigations.

I will be forwarding similar letters to other members on the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Thank you for your time and consideration

Please read the above links in their entirety, then email the following Senators (in order of importance):

Daniel Akaka

Carl Levin

Joe Lieberman

Edward Kennedy

Mark Dayton

John Warner

Susan Collins

Ben Nelson

George Voinovich

Lindsey Graham

Thomas Carper

Frank Lautenberg

Mark Pryor

Robert Byrd

Jack Reed

Evan Bayh

Hillary Clinton


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