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Def. Contractors #309260

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 18, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Defense Department's ostensible basis for selecting defense contractors outlined. Role of kickbacks by subcontractors to prime contractor buyers in defense spending examined. [SUBCONTRACTOR - claims kickbacks are daily norm for defense transactions; elaborates.] [US attorney Robert BONNER - agrees situation has become way of life; describes kickback system.] Parameters of situation outlined on screen. [BUYER - describes kickbacks he received on government contracts.] [Hughes Aircraft vice president Tom CARVEY - cites difficulty in uncovering bribes; explains.] [SUBCONTRACTOR - describes revolving-door life of crooked buyers.] [Senator Carl LEVIN - ests. cost to taxpayers.] [SUBCONTRACTOR - notes greed, lack of patriotism of buyers.] Extent of defense purchases this year compared to combined purchases of several major corps.

Rather, Dan

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