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Geek cons US out of US$20m with bogus software to stop al-Qaeda

None | Feb. 22, 2011
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If other agencies examined the deal, he said in a December 2008 email, "we are all toast".

"Honestly I do not care about being fired," Liberatore wrote, but he said he did care about "moving the effort forward — we are too close". (The Air Force declined to make Liberatore available for comment).

The day after Obama's inauguration, Liberatore wrote that government officials were thanking Montgomery's company for its support. The Air Force appears to have used his technology to try to identify the Somalis it believed were plotting to disrupt the inauguration, but within days, intelligence officials publicly stated that the threat had never existed. In May 2009, the Air Force canceled the company's contract because it had failed to meet its expectations.

Montgomery is not saying much these days. At his deposition in November, when he was asked if his software was a "complete fraud", he answered, "I'm going to assert my right under the Fifth Amendment".

 

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