Earlier today, we explored the friendly financial relationship between members of Congress, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the TSA and Rapiscan (a subsididary of OSI).
Deepak Chopra, Chairman and CEO, was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting, which was held by the US India Business Council (US IBC). The goal of the meeting was to promote further trade between US and India.Deepak Chopra, OSI Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "I am honored to be selected to play a role in this very important cause.
In 2008, Chopra gave Obama a maxed-out donation of $2,300:
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Please note that Chopra also gave $1,000 to Rep. David Price, D-N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, in 2007. Not surprisingly, Rep. Price loves nudie scans:
Rapiscan's lobbyists include Susan Carr, a former senior legislative aide to Rep. David Price, D-N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. When Defense Daily reported on Price's appropriations bill last winter, the publication noted "Price likes the budget for its emphasis on filling gaps in aviation security, in particular the whole body imaging systems."
The Lonely Conservative points out that Obama's favorite billionaire, George Soros, is getting a piece of the action as well:
As for the company’s other political connections, it also appears that none other than George Soros, the billionaire funder of the country’s liberal political infrastructure, owns 11,300 shares of OSI Systems Inc., the company that owns Rapiscan. Not surprisingly, OSI’s stock has appreciated considerably over the course of the year. Soros certainly is a savvy investor.
(via The Washington Examiner)
In light of the fact that whole body imaging has proven to be a failure in other parts of the world, one can only wonder why this invasive form of security is being thrust upon the American people.
Perhaps there are hundreds of millions of reason$!
UPDATE: Other recipients of Nudie-Scan Cash (From OSI's PAC)...
Harman, Jane (D-CA) $4,900
Thompson, Bennie (D-MS) $3,900
Price, David (D-NC) $3,500
Rogers, Mike (R-MI) $2,300
Jackson Lee, Sheila (D-TX) $500
Burr, Richard (R-NC) $3,500
Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) $2,000
Reid, Harry (D-NV) $1,000
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) $2,000
Thompson, Bennie (D-MS) $4,600
Price, David (D-NC) $4,600
Etheridge, Bob (D-NC) $2,300
Mica, John L (R-FL) $1,000
Cochran, Thad (R-MS) $4,300
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) $2,500
Dole, Elizabeth (R-NC) $1,000
Burr, Richard (R-NC) $1,000
L-3 Communications Contributions to Federal Candidates
And a story from last March: TSA Agent Arrested-Accused Of Raping 14 Year Old Girl