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Through-out this page on your computer are blue links, the first link is to the Front Page "Column One" Los Angeles Times Article by L.A. Times Staff Writer Ralph Vartabedian  "Hero's, Zealots Or Victims" which is a  (4)  page article you can read by clicking on the numbers 1 thru 4 or Next at the bottom of each page this article is regarding some of the first Qui Tam Relators to file complaints against various defense contractors after the Oct. 27, 1986 revision of the False Claims Act and the first successful civil Qui Tam lawsuit   The subject matter is regarding the plight of the First Defense Fraud Pioneer Qui Tam Relators of the 1980's after the passing of the amendments of the "False Claims Act"  31 U.S.C. 3729-3733, revision, Pub. L. 99-562 100 Stat. 3153,  revised on Oct. 27, 1986 coined "Mr. Lincoln's Law" enacted during the height of the Civil War on March 2, 1863 an outraged Lincoln and Congress wrote some of the law in latin "qui tam pro domo rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur" taken from a 13th Century English Law The Union  Merchants were cheating the Union Army at very dire times during the Civil War, Lincoln told Congress "It Takes A Rouge To Catch A Rouge" and in doing so enacted the Federal False Claims Act of March 2,1863 which ended the Union Merchant's cheating the Union Army and the Civil War ended shortly afterwards leaving the "Lincoln Law" to languish in the historical law archives for another 126 years with a failed attempt in 1943 to revitalize the law until John Gravitt and his attorneys James Helmer from Ohio and John Phillips Los Angeles and Senator Grassley, Senator Bermann, Senator Widen and others went in front of Congress to have the False Claims Act revised,  Gravitt filed in 1984 which created the Oct. 27, 1986 revision which allowed Gibeault to win his case Nov. 1988 and John Gravitt in 1989. The 2nd Los Angeles Times Article "Military Contractors Challenging Whistle-Blower Law" by L.A. Times Staff Writer Kim Murphy is about the case against Genisco Technology Corporatione the Qui Tam Whistleblower never collected the reward from Genisco or did he intend to collect a reward by coming forward and telling the truth regarding fraud against our Military Services due to product substitution and false testing on key components in critical U.S. Weapons Systems and Commercial Airline Braking Systems, Space Shuttle Challenger Cabin Pressure Sensor and the in-line shuttle sensors for the Liquid Rocket Boosters for Morton-Thiokol along with many other sensitive military and commercial contracts as well. The HARM Missile Fraud was the most serious defense frauds in the history of the United States First-Line of Defense and prompted this scathing March 1988 GAO Report pointing out errors not only in the HARM missile system but four other missile systems both in the Navy and Air Force arsenals . A NOTE TO THE READER;  Goodearl & Alred v Hugh's Aircraft lawsuit was during the same time period as Gibeaults v Genisco case for the altimeters and other sensor devices. Hugh's Aircraft Chips handed off on board avionics targeting info to the HARM missile system and other air combat missile systems as well, Goodearl and Alred v Hughs Aircraft had an extensive case study conducted by the Southern Florida University, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the link is that takes you to the study conducted as an example of ethics and whistle-blowing and you can read it. Goodearl and Alred were two very brave women who fought a very long and complicated case and they eventually won their False Claims Case on behalf of the American taxpayers against Hughs Aircraft. Gibeault had given an interview with John Gravitt on May 1, 1989 with Defense Week by Tony Cuppuccio  this was a real rough time in Gibeault's life due to all of the stress and turmoil that the Qui Tam criminal case and civil case had created in his personal life and this was Gibeaults first job out of school with a new young family to support. The Dingelle Committee relentlessly continued their investigation even after the criminal and civl case was over but the Dingelle Committee on Energy and Commerce wanted answers to their investigation regarding the Navy Pilots "After Action Reports" and the poor performance of the HARM missile during the April 15, 1986 Libya Bombing Raid where the Navy had fired 40 HARM missiles during the suppression portion of the bombing raid with 31 Genisco altimeters in them before the Air Force F-111 Bombers flew through to bomb targeted areas in and around Benghazi and Tripoli after the Navy had used their tainted HARM missiles in code name Operation El Dorado Canyon "Defense Week 6/5/1989"  and the L.A. Times article "Navy Accused Of Trying To Mislead Congress About HARM Missile Failures" during the April 15, 1986 Libya Bombing Raid according to the lead investigator Peter Stockton and his investigative team from the Dingelle Committee on Energy and Commerce. See 60 minutes with Mike Wallace "In HARMs Way" regarding lot samples of 30 altimeters from 3 production years all 90 altimeter/transducers 100% failed the testing > and Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes asking "How Can This Happen" . Inge Maudal and Gibeault continued a rare instant qui tam case under the false claims act against TI with the urging of the Dingelle Committee Investigators because they felt that was the only way to force Texas Instruments to retrofit the remaining 1,299 plus altimeters in the HARM missiles. Please keep in mind that Gibeault had gone to Genisco management in the mid 1980's to try and stop the fraud by explaining that Genisco was not following Mil. Q 9858-A guidelines and the Navy's specifications but he was told by all (3) Genisco defendants "If He Liked His Job Get Back To Work" which Gibeault begrudgingly continued to do for almost a year to support his family while looking for another job before he contacted the FBI and DCIS agencies. At the time of the fraud and Gibeaults employment with Genisco he knew nothing about the False Claims Act or did he have any idea that there was a reward involved under this very new enactment of amendments of a very old Civil War Era Law,  essentially Gibeaults reward was in worthless restricted Genisco Technology Stock
which he was advised to take by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Hafif Office. The way Gibeault found out about the False Claims Act Qui Tam law was from Dingelle Committee Investigators Bruce Chafin, Peter Stockton, William Hill, John Ting, and Rich Chervenak who gave Gibeault the names of a couple of law firms that were somewhat familiar with this new law in the Southern California Area so Inge Maudal and Gibeault used the rare Instant Case provision under the False Claims Act riding on the back of the Genisco lawsuit to insure a good fix making the Navy and Texas Instruments replace all 1,299  altimeters in the HARM missiles in arsenal's around the world that were defective and NOT pass the burden onto the taxpayers of America and to protect the Armed Forces Fighter Pilots and Troop Transport Aircraft and innocent civilians living on the ground in neighborhoods . At that time period the cost of a HARM missile each was $400,000.00  at over 1, 299 remaining missiles from 1980 to 1986 was a great deal of taxpayer money during that time frame along with jeopardizing our air-men and air-women and our multi-million dollar aircraft along with killing or maiming innocent civilian men, women and worst of all the children, I guess you can say Gibeault just wanted to be able to sleep good at night. Gibeault waited for over 20 years before he talked or posted anything to the internet because he is a patriot to the citizenery of America and the only reason for speaking up now is for historical reasons and to allow the American public to become aware of the seriousness of the crime and how rare a case the Genisco and "TI" fraud case was and how it won even before John Gravitt v G.E. case which changed the "Lincoln Law" and was filed in 1984 but did not win until 1989 a year after the Genisco Technology Corp. and Texas Instruments case. The HARM missile fraud case was caught just before The First Gulf War on August 2, 1990 - January 17, 1991 Desert Storm and may have saved many lives of U.S. Strike Force Airmen and Women and other air support personnel and innocent civilian lives as well. Regarding the settlement agreement "contract modification" between the Navy and Texas Instruments unraveling the Qui Tam case against them was a serious problem for everyone involved.  Gibeault and Maudal and many others felt as if they were strong-armed into signing the release to appease the Navy and Texas Instrument on their contract modification so they were able to undo the Relators case against them along with the help of "TI" and the Navy and their willingness to modify the HARM missile contract to save face and money  which caused further litigation that went on for several more years with the DOJ intervening on the relators behalf due to very poor court decisions under this new law and the "administrative settlement" between Texas Instruments and the Navy . This piece is a tribute to Inge Maudal who fought so tirelessly and a man who was so very talented and worked creating many of the missile weapons systems we see in today's military aircraft working on many skunk-works programs for General Dynamic and Honeywell and Ford Aerospace. You can look up some of his private patents on Google like The Harbor Sweep. This was a rough draft of Inge's and Gibeaults Supreme Court pro se plea on a Writ of Certiorari in 1995.  The link below basically sums up some of the bizarre courts decisions and the lack of understanding of this very complicated instant Qui Tam case against "TI."



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