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Pentagon PR Hit Man At The Small Business Administration?

Terry Sutherland

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Press Office Director, Terry Sutherland, is a very interesting guy. Take a look at his LinkedIn profile and at the website

Does his career path seem a little unusual to you? Commander United States Navy, Surface Weapons Officer 1987-1993, Public Affairs Officer 1993-2007, Chief External Communications, Defense Intelligence Agency 2004-2009, Director Corporate Communications, Pentagon Force Protection Agency, 2009-2013.

Then in April of 2013 Mr. Sutherland quietly appears as Director of the Press Office for the Small Business Administration?

Why did a man with top-secret security clearance and 20 years of experience as a Pentagon spokesman suddenly pop up at the smallest agency in Washington? To put this into perspective, the SBA’s budget is .001% of the Pentagon Budget.

Terry Sutherland handled some of the most controversial and sensitive public relations issues at the Pentagon. My favorite was the Able Danger controversy. During the 9/11 Commission investigation it came out that a top secret intelligence unit called Able Danger uncovered three of the 9/11 hijackers a year before the 9/11 attacks. The Defense Intelligence Agency launched a massive smear campaign against the leader of the Able Danger unit, Lieutenant Commander Tony Shaffer. Sutherland was the Chief of External Communications for the Defense Intelligence Agency that was going after Tony Shaffer. Tony Shaffer wrote a book about it and the Pentagon destroyed the first 10,000 copies.

Congressman Curt Weldon got up in front of Congress and blasted the Pentagon for trying to smear Lieutenant Commander Shaffer.

Now Terry Sutherland has popped up at the Small Business Administration. Why? What is happening at the SBA that would require one of the Pentagon’s top smear campaign, damage control and anti-whistle blower hot shots?

Oh, I know, maybe it’s the trillion dollars in contracting fraud that has been uncovered in federal small business contracting programs, particularly at the Pentagon. Every major television network has covered the story.

No, that couldn’t be it because the SBA has claimed for over a decade that Fortune 500 firms have landed billions of dollars in federal small business contracts because of simple miscoding, computer glitches and anomalies. Yeah that’s it, anomalies. It’s not felony federal contracting fraud, it’s just anomalies.

Now I’m confusing myself. If it’s just anomalies and not hundreds of billions of dollars in contracting fraud at the Pentagon, why would the SBA need a former Pentagon heavy hitter like Terry Sutherland?

Why would one of the smallest agencies in government, the SBA, need a guy that went after 9/11 whistleblowers?

Here is what I think. I think that Terry Sutherland leaving as Director of Corporate Communications at the Pentagon one day and then quietly showing up at the SBA the next day is irrefutable proof the Pentagon is trying to cover up hundreds of billions of dollars and possible even over a trillion dollars in federal contracting fraud. If that sounds hard to believe, take a look at a legal opinion from one of the nations leading experts on federal contracting law, Professor Charles Tiefer. He says it’s fraud and it’s up to a trillion dollars.

Let me close with my favorite quote from one of my favorite fellow conspiracy nuts, President Barack Obama, “It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.”

(If you have any questions about why the Pentagon’s largest Fortune 500 contractors are getting billions of dollars in federal small business contracts, give Terry Sutherland a call. As the former Director of Corporate Communications at the Pentagon, I’m sure he will be more than happy to answer any of your questions. (202) 205-6919 |

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