July 18, 2007, - 12:40 pm

Religion of Military Kickbacks, Bribes & Embezzlement?

By Debbie Schlussel
Not too long ago, I wrote about the pandering visit to Muslim extremists, paid by Central Command official and David Letterman look-alike, Brigadier General Robert Holmes. He said the military wanted to get more Muslims involved. We constantly hear that from all branches of our Armed Forces, who heavily recruit from that community (usually to little success).
Several Muslim soldiers have turned out to be traitors and have even tried to murder fellow soldiers and share information on troop movements with Al-Qaeda.
Now there is the latest–the story of Megde “Mike” Ismail, a Michigan native and contractor with the U.S. Army. He’s been investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and tried to skim more than $800,000 in kickbacks and bribes. Shame on the infidel Army man, Major John Cockerham, who was in on his Mid-East style scheme. But at least he is facing justice and cooperating. Not the case with fugitive Ismail:

islamiccrescent.jpgusarmy.jpg

In the desert where water can be priceless, a Michigan resident and an Army major hoped to skim more than $800,000 in kickbacks and bribes for fixing contracts to sell bottled water to the American military in Kuwait and Iraq, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents claimed Tuesday in federal court filings in Detroit.
Agents said that while 30-year-old Megde (Mike) Ismail showed a briefcase crammed with $300,00 in kickback cash at a 2005 clandestine meeting in a Kuwaiti parking lot, Major John Cockerham never collected on the deal because he feared that ATM security cameras would record him withdrawing the money back in the United States.
The scheme and others that Cockerham said totaled $7 million from military contractors were part of federal court filings in Detroit to forfeit $172,109 seized from a Bank of America account said to have been opened by Ismail.
No criminal charges have been filed and federal authorities declined to comment. Efforts to contact Ismail — believed to be a Wayne resident and who may now be in Kuwait — were unsuccessful. Cockerham, now believed to be a civilian, did not respond to phone messages left at his home in San Antonio, Texas.
According to the court filings, Cockerham identified Ismail from a passport photo. The filings also say that Ismail is an American citizen from Michigan who’s worked for several military contractors in Kuwait.
Defense Department agents raided Cockerham’s home last year and he was said to have admitted that he took more than $7 million in bribes from military contractors while he was procurement officer in Kuwait. One of those deals, agents said, called for him to get a 10% payoff of a contract for bottled water.
Ismail came to a meeting in a parking lot outside a military base in Kuwait with $300,000 cash as his first payment, Cockerham told investigators. Cockerham said that he and Ismail planned to get as much as $800,000 each in the water deal, but the major was concerned about getting the money back to the United States.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Print Friendly



Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Responses

I’m not an expert, but it seems to me the prohibition is that they can only make money off infidels like that. Ripping off fellow Muslims isn’t cool, unless they can claim that person is more “takfir” than “fellow Muslim”, which makes the person at least as bad as an infidel.

Yankee Doodle on July 18, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Debbie,
Can you imagine us trying to recruit Germans during WWII??? Is this country nuts or what? Or should I say our military and our leaders?
There is something wrong with this picture.
Wake up your neighbors!!!!No one seems to be listening.

TheAwakenedOne on July 18, 2007 at 1:28 pm

Huh? Am I missing something? There is something wrong with this story.
“No criminal charges have been filed and federal authorities declined to comment.”
Then who said, “… he was said to have admitted that he took more than $7 million in bribes from military contractors …”
” … did not respond to phone messages left at his home…”
The real question I have is why isn’t this guy, Cockerham, in jail, let alone remains unindited? And, after an entire year when he has admitted his culpability? Moreover, the reporter obviously relys heavily on leaks. I am just naturaly suspicious of leaked information.
As for the overall theme that recruiting Muslims can result in this, well I am more concerned about with the muslims metioned in the second paragraph. Larceny is a temptation that resides in many a heart, but treason .. I will stop before I am banned from posting.
BTW, whatever happened to that Muslim soldier who ran off and was found in Lebanon?(?) Had to be a couple of years ago, if memory serves. And, the one who roled a grenade into the command tent prior to going into Iraq? He was not executed, and is doing hard time in Leavenworth? Anyone?
YOU’RE THINKING OF WASSEF ALI HASSOUN, WHO REMAINS AWOL AND A FUGITIVE. HE WAS ON THE NCIS MOST WANTED LIST AND IS STILL WANTED. CHECK OUT THIS NCIS “WANTED” POSTER FOR HIM:
http://www.ncis.navy.mil/ncis/app/uploads/person/pdf/134.pdf
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

zyzzyg on July 18, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    Wow!! The stories I have been reading… Do any of you know Megde? Wait… How about John Cockerham.. Hmmm. I bet not.. I do and I know one all too well…. He is not an immigrant for one… I’ve known him (Megde)for 9 years. I really don’t know what to think about all this. I was caught up in the middle of all this.. Homeland security/us embassy, etc.. Oblivious to all.. One thing I do know, is that Megde was NOT all to blame.. I am not sure though.. Yes.. He is a great husseler. You know.. I am not one to judge.. I know his dad.. He (dad) has got alot of influance on Megde. Anything to make him (dad) happy… Megde did… So therefore I think Megde had nothing to do with the murder over there.. Somebody isn’t stepping up to the plate for the blame.. I know in my heart Megde did not murder anyone. He probably was there when it happened no doubt. As far as the money issue. I have no idea thank GOD!! You all think John Cockerham is a saint. OH BOY!!! I met him and his family.. So sad.. BEAUTIFUL kids.. I can and did see right through him.. What I am about to say is not a racial statement. POINT!!!!! Doesn’t matter what color or religion… Muslim/catholic.. Who cares for real.. SERIOUSLY….KEEP DWELLING and you will care.. Out of our hands.. And yes I have been there and done that…

    Melissa Hill on June 14, 2010 at 5:45 am

No, we DO NOT want Muslims serving in our Armed Services. This is just another reason why I can’t wait for Bush to go. It all started with his mantra, “Islam is a religion of peace”. I blame Bush for not repairing the damage done to our military by Clinton. It’s now a PC hotbed. Bush looks more and more like Alfred E. Neumann every day.

lexi on July 18, 2007 at 8:35 pm

Leave a Reply

* denotes required field