Cue the “Dragnet” theme for Custer Battles

A civil jury has found that GOP-connected Custer Battles Inc. gypped the government out of millions of dollars in Iraq. So where are the indictments?

Roger Ailes is right: Now that a civil jury in a qui tam action has found that Custer Battles, a politically connected start-up operation, gypped the government out of millions of dollars in Iraq, it’s time to start asking where the criminal action is. The Justice Department’s declination to adopt the private civil suit isn’t an encouraging sign.

The disaster in Iraq is a powerful issue.

Corruption is a powerful issue.

Anything that combines the two &#8212 anything that reminds the voters that part of the reason things went badly in Iraq was that too much of the money we sent there was siphoned off into Republican-connected pockets &#8212 is a dynamite issue.

Repeat after me: “How much body armor could we have bought for the price of Duke Cunningham’s Rolls-Royce?”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com