[The following are excerpts from a statement before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Washington, DC, February 4, 2010.]
Corruption Transcends Borders
In 1968, Martin Luther King said:
We are tied together in the single garment of destiny . . . And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.
Those words could not be truer of the impact of global corruption, which threatens several vital U.S. national interests while at the same time it threatens the integrity and prosperity of developing states. Corruption hampers U.S. international trade, affecting the ability of U.S. …