Bunny Greenhouse Is Coming to Charlottesville

Bunny GreenhouseBunnatine (Bunny) H. Greenhouse is a former procurement executive and chief contracting officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 2004-2005 she revealed waste and fraud in secret no-bid contracts for Halliburton in Iraq. She was demoted and marginalized in retribution. In 2011 a U.S. District Court awarded her $970,000 in restitution.

Greenhouse will be speaking in Charlottesville with over 20 other speakers on the Military Industrial Complex at 50.  To attend, you need to register here: http://MIC50.org

Time Magazine broke the Bunny Greenhouse story in 2004: PDF, followed by CBS, the Guardian, NPR, NBC, AP, and everyone else.  Here’s a transcript of one of Greenhouse’s presentations testifying before Congress.  Here’s Greenhouse’s recent appearance on Democracy Now!

Greenhouse is back in the news because she has finally been awarded compensation, and she believes the corruption she came into conflict with is alive and well.  “My story is in the news,” she told me last week, “but there are many good people who are leaving the government because somebody cannot tolerate their honesty and their desire to see things done right.  I know at some point we are going to get this military-civil relationship right.  It may not be in my lifetime, but sometime I know we are.”

Maybe this conference can be the start of that: http://MIC50.org

As if to emphasize the problem Greenhouse points to, today’s Charlottesville Daily Progress carries a front-page AP aticle reporting that the 12 members to which Congress has been reduced for the Super Congress that will determine budgetary priorities for years to come consists of senators and representatives from the states with the biggest military contractors: Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corp., Raytheon Co., and Boeing Co. 

If you have any doubt where that will lead if left to its own devices, or if you know darn well what such a committee is designed to do and you want to change the course we’re on, you need to be a part of this conference.  Reserve your spot: http://MIC50.org

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.