Another little Bush secret: EXPOSED!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BrownShark, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. BrownShark

    BrownShark Banned

    Polygamist sect gets millions from U.S. government

    By Jack Douglas Jr. | McClatchy Newspapers Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2008

    • FT. WORTH, Tex. _American taxpayers have unwittingly helped finance a polygamist sect that is now the focus of a massive child abuse investigation in West Texas, with a business tied to the group receiving a nearly $1 million loan from the federal government and $1.2 million in military contracts.
    The ability of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, to operate and grow is largely dependent on huge contributions from its members and revenue from the businesses they control, according to a former accountant for the church, and government officials in Utah and Arizona, where the sect is primarily based.

    One of those businesses, NewEra Manufacturing in Las Vegas, has been awarded more than $1.2 million in federal government contracts, with most of the money coming in recent years from the Defense Department for wheel and brake components for military aircraft.

    A large portion of the awards were preferential no-bid or "sole source" contracts because of the company's classification as a small business, according to online databases that track federal government appropriations.

    NewEra, previously known as Western Precision Inc. and located in Hildale, Utah, also received a $900,000 loan in 2005 from the federal Small Business Administration, the data show.
    The president and chief executive of the company is John. C. Wayman, identified as an FLDS leader and a close associate to Warren Jeffs, the sect's "prophet," who was convicted last year as an accomplice to rape for arranging the marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her 19-year-old cousin.
    When Jeffs, who was one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, was arrested in the summer of 2006, he was driving Wayman's late-model red Cadillac Escalade, government officials say.
    Wayman did not return phone calls seeking comment.
    On NewEra's Web site Wayman says the company is "an honorable and valuable asset to our country" in helping build military and commercial airplanes that carry people throughout the world. He does not mention its ties to the FLDS.
    Steve Barlow, human resources manager for NewEra, said last week that it would be inappropriate to comment, "Given everything that's going on. I could only give you the company motto: 'Good parts on time.'. "
    U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, the Fort Worth Republican who sits on the House Appropriations Committee that deals with issues of defense, military and homeland security, said she is surprised that the federal government is doing business with a group accused of mistreating women and children.
    "It makes me very uneasy," Granger said. "It needs to be investigated without a doubt."
    To begin with, she added, federal authorities should look into NewEra's financial records.
    John Nielsen, who worked for the company when it was Western Precision in Hildale, said in a 2005 affidavit that he and other FLDS members were made to work for little or no wages, even as the company was bringing in lucrative government contracts and other work.
    At the same time, $50,000 to $100,000 in company profits were going each month to FLDS "and/or" Jeffs, Nielsen said in the affidavit, filed as part of a civil lawsuit.
    He said he and other sect members thought their working for free or for extremely low wages would bring them redemption. Instead, Nielsen said in the affidavit, he was found to be "wanting" by the sect's leadership, ordered off the property and separated from his five young children and his wife. She was "reassigned" to another man, becoming the fourth of his six wives.
    "It broke my heart," Nielsen said in the affidavit. He declined to comment when reached by phone Friday.
    In Texas, authorities raided the FLDS' sprawling YFZ Ranch near Eldorado on April 3, beginning an exhaustive search of its 1,691 acres. Authorities were acting on a tip from a 16-year-old girl inside the compound who said she had been beaten and raped by a 50-year-old man whom she was forced to marry.
    Since then, a state district court judge has ordered the removal of 416 children, many of them young girls who have children or are pregnant after forced encounters with their "spiritual" husbands in the sect's towering white limestone temple, officials say.
    "There's a lot of bad :censored2::censored2::censored2::censored2: in there," said a high-ranking official with the federal Justice Department who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the case. On Tuesday, the Justice Department executed a sealed FBI search warrant at the ranch.
    While the men of the sect have held close rein on their "plural wives" and children, seldom allowing them to associate with the outside world, the male leaders have fanned out into successful public business ventures. They work as government defense contractors, dairy farmers, engineers, construction contractors, log-cabin homebuilders and suppliers of lanyards, the cords used on eyeglasses or nametags.
    In addition, JNJ Engineering, a company owned and operated by FLDS leaders, has made millions of dollars in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in September. The company won $11.3 million in contract work from the Las Vegas Valley Water District; all but one of the project workers came from the twin towns of Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., where most of the sect's 10,000 members live.
    Jethro Barlow, a former accountant for the FLDS whom Warren Jeffs excommunicated in 2003, said Jeffs ordered sect members, their families and the companies they operated to "give till it hurts....
    "And people did."
    Jeffs was able to rally church members to tithe heavily, even if it hurt them financially, because he had convinced them that they had to prepare for the end of the world, Barlow said.
    The fever-pitched preparation continued, even after several apocalyptic deadlines had passed. It motivated the rapid construction of the temple at the YFZ Ranch and the erection there of manufactured cabin-like homes made by sect members in Canada, he said.
    Barlow, who remains in Hildale, said he believes he and his family were kicked out of the FLDS because they were not among the favored ones in Jeffs' flock.
    Although Jeffs is now behind bars, sect members still consider him their leader and prophet, said Bruce Wisan, a nonmember appointed by the state of Utah to replace Jeffs as manager of a the FLDS' trust. Established in 1942 to "preserve and advance the religious doctrines" of the church, it is now estimated to be worth between $100 million and $150 million.
    Under Jeffs' direction, Wisan said, sect households are required to tithe at least 10 percent of their gross income to the church, plus an extra $1,000 a month.
    Tim Bodily, an assistant attorney over the tax division of the Utah attorney general's office, said Wisan has received little cooperation from those within the sect, which has traditionally shown distrust for outsiders.
    "He's been provided no records at all, and no one inside the organization has provided any inside knowledge. ... It's a very difficult thing to do," Bodily said. "Progress moves slow when dealing with these people. Texas has its hands full."
  2. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    I see a massive error on the part of the federal government doing business with these people, but I don't see any direct connection to President Bush. Tell me, when you have a bad day do you blame it on GW Bush too? Is there anything that is wrong with this nation that doesn't relate (in your limited mind anyways) to president bush?
  3. BrownShark

    BrownShark Banned


    Have you ever heard the term :


  4. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    Its obvious you have a very poor understanding of the role of the President. If it was his job to research and investigate every dollar the federal government spends, especially on military contract spending, he would not have anytime to complete any of this other duties as Commander in Chief. Considering the federal government has a $3 trillion budget a little over $1 million hardly a noticeable transaction. Someone made a grave mistake in setting up that contract with those people, but that decision never reached the level of President Bush.
  5. av8torntn

    av8torntn Well-Known Member

    I thought spending was the responsibility of Congress. I think the buck may stop with Damascus Nancy on this one.
  6. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I wonder who will get blamed for everything when Bush leaves office? No link to Bush in this thread.
  7. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    He can still and most likely will get blame from time to time. Reagan has been out of office 20 years and he gets blame. Same for Carter or Nixon. LBJ, Truman, FDR, Lincoln, etc. It just depends on the condition and situation.

  8. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    For those of you who may live in Texas, here's one for you.

    A woman who left the sect with her children, stated that legally the polygamist has only one wife. Usually, the first one he married.

    And the other wives are not married by state law, and have dependent children. So they get on the welfare rolls to support and contribute to the sect.

    Now some of the mom's you've seen on TV recently appear to be meek, humble and out of touch with reality. Although, not so much out of touch, that they don't apply for welfare benefits at the taxpayers expense.

    Now that is contributing to FLDS not only by the working members, but the state as well.

    I don't mean to sound judgmental, but it just doesn't seem ethical to me.
  9. satellitedriver

    satellitedriver Moderator Staff Member

    Welfare abuse does happen in Texas.
    Sadly, it happens in every state of the union, in many different guises.
    I would lay 10 to 1 odds that there are employees of UPS living with their significant others who collect welfare.
  10. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Well, I am judgemental and I don't like the idea of the FLDS running a scam to get government money so those lazy :censored2: men can jump from bed to bed with a different lady every night.....their so-called wives....and make more kids for ME & YOU to support..

    The interview on Larry King makes these women look stupid and very elusive with their answers.

    I think they all (except the kids) belong on Tooner's list of welfare scammers. :biting:
  11. Bad Gas!

    Bad Gas! Active Member

    I spent too much at the grocery store today...and the gas pump...and etc..etc....It must be President Bush's fault....Yeah, that's it...He's the one that won't let us drill off the coast of Florida...or in Amwar..I can't wait til Bush gets out of office and we have a perfect world!!!!!....LOL