Friday, November 4, 2005

FBI Joins Special Ops Command Investigation

The St. Pete Times reports (here) that the FBI has joined the investigation of possible corruption and procurement fraud at the Special Operations Command (SOCom), which is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.  The Pentagon's Inspector General has been conducting a preliminary inquiry into the conduct of SOCom's commander, Gen. Doug Brown, and the addition of the FBI likely means that a wider-ranging investigation will take place.  The newspaper also reports receiving an anonymous letter stating the Gen. Brown directed lucrative contracts to friends and former SOCom commanders, a charge the General's spokesman denies.  The newspaper has refused to turn over the letter to the FBI or the Inspector General's investigators. (ph)

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