Just when the news cannot get any more ridiculous comes word tonight from CNN that the U.S. government paid more than $1.7 million in defense contracts over the last decade to companies owned by leaders of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect, with tens of thousands allegedly winding its way back to Jeffs and his church.
As a tax paying citizen I worry often about what the Pentagon is doing with my money. But I could never have predicted that the very ones who have made the news recently over the abuse of children sexually would have benefited from my (our) tax dollars.
Some of the deals were made after Jeffs was named to the FBI’s “Most-Wanted List” and remained in place while he was on the run.
CNN has learned that between 1998 and 2007, the United States Air Force and Defense Logistics Agency purchased more than $1.7 million worth of airplane parts from three companies owned by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which practices polygamy.
Those companies are Utah Tool and Die, Western Precision and NewEra Manufacturing. Today, the companies all operate under the name NewEra Manufacturing, a company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, that says it supplies precision components “for the aerospace, military, medical, recreational and other commercial entities.”
“It was my understanding that Western Precision was paying roughly $50,000 a week into the coffers of the church,” former sect member Richard Holm said. “It would have been close to $200,000 a month.”
We have all witnessed this past week the low-lifes in Texas that preyed on children in the name of a twisted religion. But to hear that our tax dollars benefited these slugs is sickening.
Someone in the Pentagon needs to be held responsible. And fired.