When Criminals Run The Country and The Congress Won't Impeach...
Three Trillion Lost and Stolen by Cheney and His
America is most seriously threatened not by Al Quida, but by
Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and
ilk. The cost of the Iraq was will be more than 3 trillion dollars when all is
said and done.
does not even begin to reckon the needless loss of life and suffering. How did we
this? The blame rests completely on Cheney, Halliburton and Bush 2. They
with a country that did not attack the US so they could steal that country's oil and make
buddies richer than God with fat war contracts. All their excuses to attack Iraq
were built on
and distortions. The evidence is clear that this is the most criminal administration in an
English speaking country since George III.
Iraq was always
about the oil.
Greenspan, The Age of Turbulence
I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone
knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.
Evidence indicating that the Bush administration coveted Iraqi oil from the start comes
from an impeccably reliable source:
Paul ONeill, the Treasury Secretary (2001-2003)
(Book to left.) "
"The top item on the agenda of the National Security Councils first meeting
after Bush entered the Oval Office was Iraq. That was January 30, 2001, more than seven
months before the 9/11 attacks. The next National Security Council (NSC) meeting on
February 1st was devoted exclusively to Iraq. Advocating going after
Saddam during the January 30 meeting, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said,
according to ONeill, Imagine what the region would look like without Saddam
and with a regime thats aligned with U.S. interests. It would change everything in
the region and beyond. It would demonstrate what U.S. policy is all about. He then
discussed post-Saddam Iraq the Kurds in the north, the oil fields, and the
reconstruction of the countrys economy. (Suskind, p. 85)
Greenspan, The Fed Chairman back in 2002 and 2003 has said the Iraq war was always about
Less known is that Cheney met in February 2001 and March 2002 with representatives of Big
to plan how Iraq's oil would be distributed. Cheney has fought fiercely to keep
private and secret the proceedings
of governmental meeting. (Sources: http://jtaplin.wordpress.com/2008/02/14/its-all-about-oil-alan-greenspan/
At the same time Halliburton
senior executives have disclosed that "months
before the United States military
showered Iraq with bombs and missiles, the Department of Defense was secretly working with
Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton Corp., on a deal that would give the world's second
services company total control over Iraq's oil fields". Classified Halliburton
documents verify these accounts.
The actual second invasion of Iraq started March 20, 2003. But its planning began
course. Bush announced his doctrine of pre-emptive military action just after
9/11/2001, following the
recommendations of Paul Wolfowitz.
He and his band of neo-Conservatives had criticized Clinton for simply
containing Sadam Hussein. This group included Richard
Kristol, and Bush's
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control
his State of the Union address in January 2002, Bush declared "time is not on our
side will not wait on
events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The
America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's
weapons." In June 2002, at West Point, Bush re-emphasizes his doctrine
of pre-emption and the need to
"keep military strengths beyond challenge".
Secretary of State Powell and Brent Scowcroft denounce the rush to war that they
They advocate letting the UN inspectors do their job and find out the facts regarding
biological and nuclear weapons program. Cheney will have none of this
delaying. He wants war! A return
by the US weapons' inspectors is dangerous, he says. To a throng of the VFW in
Nashville, on August.
20, 2002, he declares:
"The Iraqi regime has in fact been very busy enhancing its capabilities in the field
chemical and biological agents. And they continue to pursue the nuclear program they
began so many years ago. These are not weapons for the purpose of defending Iraq;
these are offensive weapons for the purpose of inflicting death on a massive scale,
so that Saddam can hold the threat over the head of anyone he chooses, in his own region
or beyond.... (W) now know that Saddam has resumed his efforts to acquire nuclear
Many of us are convinced that Saddam will acquire nuclear weapons fairly soon... perhaps
within a year......Simply stated, there is no doubt
that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of
weapons of mass destruction in the hands of a terror network,
or a murderous dictator, or the two working together, constitutes as grave a threat as can
imagined. The risks of inaction are far greater than the risk of action."
We now there were no such weapons. Cheney, Bush and the neo-Conservatives were
up war fervor with false claims to frighten Americans. Hans Blix, who was in charge of the
search for chemical and
biological weapons, told CNN: ""I think it's clear that in March, when
invasion took place, the evidence that had been brought forward was rapidly falling
apart," He described
the evidence Secretary of State Colin Powell presented to the U.N. Security Council in
as "shaky," and said he related his opinion to U.S. officials, including
national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.
"I think they chose to ignore us," Blix said. He added that it took his
inspectors less than a day to know
that the document purporting to show that Iraq was importing uranium oxide from Niger was
a crude forgery.
More evidence of the deliberate lies
of Bush and Cheney. It is also abundantly clear that the CIA warned
Bush and Cheney that
building democracy in Iraq would be extremely hard and that an invasion would
make many more enemies
for America in Iraq than the US could ever kill. Cheney made repeated
trips to the CIA to pressure CIA analysts to change their assessment and make it make
desire to start a war.
See also http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20194-2004Feb6.html
The testimony of
Bush Administration insider Richard Clarke shows the
lengths Bush and Cheney went to manufacture a link between Al Quida and Iraq. "Clarke
charged that before
and during the 9/11 crisis, many in the administration were distracted from efforts
against Osama bin Laden's
al Qaeda organization by a pre-occupation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein. Clarke had written
that on September
12, 2001, President Bush pulled him and a couple of aides aside and "testily"
asked him to try to find
evidence that Saddam Hussein was connected to the terrorist attacks. In response he wrote
a report stating
there was no evidence of Iraqi involvement and got it signed by all relevant agencies,
Federal Bureau of Investigation and the CIA. The paper was quickly returned by a deputy
with a note
saying "Please update and resubmit".
After initially denying that such meeting and request between the
President and Clarke took place, the White House later reversed its denial when others
Clarke's version of the events.
The Young Cheney
He seems stubborn rather than bright, poorly informed, a dangerous drunk with two DUIs in Wyoming
(How many highway patrolmen can there have been in Wyoming, yet he got caught twice?.)
Certainly a physical coward but not much bothered by frequent failures as an inflation
fighter in early
1970s, as a Presidential campaign planner for Gerald Ford in 1976, as Halliburton's CEO
stock declined in the great bull market of the late 1990s.
Now he seems secretive, heartless, cruel, dangerous,
sneering, greedy and without honor or
scruples when it comes to truth or human lives Fresh from his failure in Iraq,
he would like to start a
new war with Iran. Now we see that his
rise to power took place because he was prepared to do
whatever was necessary or asked of him by his superiors. He was without scruples or
He was always a very willing tool. "Cheney's entire career is defined by his
"the template of his dependent relationship with Lynne to relationships with
political patrons." He is the
"master go-fer." He is a "flunky," an "all-purpose servant to the
powerful boss--whether it's Rumsfeld,
Republican Minority Leader Bob Michel, George Bush Sr., the bigwigs at Halliburton or
Bush--slavishly loyal and willing to do anything asked. He first becomes useful, then
Bush is "an effective emotional bully". Cheney "has engineered with the
President a variation
of the relationship he made with Lynne." Cheney inhabits an operational world. It is
said "the devil
is in the details" Cheney is in his element.
As a Republican Party loyalist Cheney had been appointed by the Nixon White House to
the President's Cost of Living Council, from 1971-1973. At that job, he
failed and inflation won.
Ford made him White House Chief of Staff. Cheney was clearly on-the-make and would
to get on top. And Cheney knew how to operate in the background, behind the
curtain. It was
Ford's mistake and the country has been paying for that ever since. Ford lost the
part because of Cheney's "tactical
So, Cheney went back to Republican Wyoming, a state with a
population of 469,557 in 1980, and became
for this rural state, where oil, gas, farming, Republicans and empty spaces rule. This was
"safe seat". National Republicans have long found Wyoming an inexpensive
way to buy
political influence. Despite the fact that California has 36.5 million people, both
each get 2
Senators! Cheney served for several years on the House Intelligence Committee and
Intelligence Budget Subcommittee.
In 1989, Bush(1) appointed Cheney Secretary of Defense, even though Cheney had never
military, twice flunked out of Yale and was convicted in Wyoming of two
DUIs in 6 months. Bush(1)
certainly did not
appoint Cheney because of his youthful courage, honor or intelligence. Cheney was a
He had avoided being drafted into military service by going to school and never
The simple truth is that Bush(1) picked Cheney as Defense Secretary in
1989 because he wanted
Republican support. Certainly not because Cheney was a skilled idea-man.
Cheney Launched The Privatization of The Military in
reported:: "'It's a sweetheart contract!' Charles Lewis, executive director of
the Center For
Integrity says the trend towards privatizing the military all began during the first Bush
as secretary of defense in 1992, commissioned the Halliburton subsidiary Brown & Root
classified study (too embarrassing?) on whether it was a good idea to have private
do much of
the military's work. 'Of course, they said it's a terrific idea, and over the next eight
& Root and another company got 2,700 contracts worth billions of dollars,' says Lewis.
'So they helped
the architecture for privatizing a lot of what happens today in the Pentagon when we have
engagements. And two years later, when he leaves the department of defense, Cheney is CEO
very much. It's a nice arrangement for all concerned.'"
Would You Promote A Drunk College Drop-Out with Two DUIs to the Vice Presidency of the US?
if you were also a slow-witted "lush", if you had a DUI yourself, and if you
were George Bush (2),
someone, who like himself, also liked to kill and torture. I have shown elsewhere
that Bush is
a certifiable sadist.
Cheney is a handy henchman.
Starting A War under False
Pretenses out of Greed Is
High Treason and A War Crime.
I have said the evidence shows that Cheney is heartless, cruel and dangerous, that he is a sneering,
greedy criminal, without honor or scruples when it comes to truth or human lives.
This becomes very
apparent when you consider he and Bush started a bloody 2-trillion dollar war with utter
consciously distorted the truth to dupe loyal Americans who trusted them.. They had
decided to rush
to war.even before 9/11 because they wanted the oil and they could richly repay their
fat war contracts. According to the "Downing
Street Memo", from July 23, 2002, Bush and Cheney
long planned to invade Iraq, quite possibly even before 9/11. The memo was the
"smoking gun" showing
Administration had lied the US into a war they knew was unnecessary and wholly avoidable.
provoke Sadam into providing an excuse for their invasion. Cheney sought to crush
all dissent within
CIA and the State Department about their justifications for and plans to invade Iraq.
They were in such
a hurry to
start the war, grab the oil and steal everything they could from the US Treasury, that
very little planning of how Iraq would be subsequently rebuilt and administered.
They knew Iraq
would give them a
great chance to wipe out the US Treasury so that the next Democrat Administration would
never be able to
fund a progressive social agenda. Cheney was incapable of changing his mind and
his total failure
in Iraq in the light of all the evidence showing his misdeeds in starting the war. Even
failure in Iraq, Cheney sought and is seeking a new war
with Iran. See my Blog for 7/23/2007.
Small wonder he only listens to Fox News, considering how misleading and false his words
were about the Iraq invasion: He disregarded completely the report by the UN
just before the US invasion that there were no weapons of mass destruction. He tried
the CIA analysts who reported that Al Quida and Sadam were mortal enemies and that an
would create anarchy in Iraq, disrupt oil and raise its price, require very expensive
rebuilding of Iraq
and that a very long US occupation which would would turn millions of Iraqi against the US
boost not stifle terrorism. (See http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/sep/29/iraq.usa
and Senate Intelligence Report of 2007.)
"We know he's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons,
and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."
Cheney, "Meet The Press" March 16, 2003 (Source) This was utterly false.
"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." Cheney,
"Meet the Press," March 16, 2003 (Source) What a stupid remark!
"In Iraq, a ruthless dictator cultivated weapons of mass destruction and
the means to deliver them. He gave support to terrorists, had an established
relationship with al Qaeda, and his regime is no more." Cheney, Nov. 7, 2003
These were self-serving lies.
"[T]he reporting that we had prior to the war this time around was all consistent
with that -- basically said that he had a chemical, biological and nuclear program,
and estimated that if he could acquire fissile material, he could have a nuclear weapon
within a year or two." Cheney - Rocky Mountain News (1/9/2004). False!
"In terms of the question what is there now, we know for example that prior to our
going in that he had spent time and effort acquiring mobile biological weapons labs,
and we're quite confident he did, in fact, have such a program. We've found a couple
of semi trailers at this point which we believe were, in fact, part of that program."
- Cheney - NPR (1/22/2004) False.
"I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the
--Cheney, on the Iraq insurgency, June 20, 2005 (Source)
Tragically, but predictably
wrong. He learned nothing from the US or French Wars in Vietnam or the
British attempt to occupy Afghanistan in the 19th century or the Soviet attempt in
the 1970s and 1980s..
Loyal American? Just mis-guided? I think not. Cheney played a key role
in dangerously outing
the name of the CIA wife of Joseph Wilson, after Wilson exposed Cheney's lies about Iraq
grade plutonium. Lying was easy for Cheney. As CEO for Halliburton he readily
broke the law to
trade with Iraq and Iran and then falsely denied it.
But however embarrassing Cheney has been to George Bush because it was Cheney's office
pressured the CIA to make the case for war with Iraq, it was Carl Rove not Cheney who was
packing after the Republican losses of 2006.. Cheney is lucky, not smart. He is
supremely lucky that
Nancy Pelosi lacks the courage to bring articles of impeachment against him. His
impeachment is much
more richly deserved than Richard Nixon's.
| Outsourcing The US Military:
Why must taxpayer money by spent on private contractors for our
military? The answer, of course, is that Bush has received huge campaign
contributions from folks who want him to throw them a lot of no-bid big contract business.
Eisenhower, we all know, warned of a growing Military Industrial
Complex. Did you know that Lincoln threatened to hang war time profiteers in the
Civil War? He considered them "worse than traitors". In World War II, FDR spoke
out against "war
millionaires" who made excessive profits exploiting the calamity of war.
President Truman, when he served in the Senate, traveled across the country holding
now-famous public hearings which expose gross fraud, waste and abuse by military
"During the Civil War,
Lincoln's first Secretary of War saw a path to quick profits. Simon Cameron paid high prices for
tainted food, knapsacks and uniforms that fell apart, thin blankets, and weapons that blew
the thumbs off of the soldiers who fired them. Cameron pocketed hefty kickbacks for these
no-bid contracts. Any similarity between Simon Cameron and Dick Cheney of Halliburton is a
sick accident of history. Even though Lincoln fired him for his corruption, Cameron
continued a successful political career.
"The final word for how destructive war profiteering can be for our country
comes from Vladimir Lenin - "The last capitalist
will sell us the rope that hangs him."
Dark Union: The Secret Web of Profiteers,
Politicians, and Booth Conspirators That Led to Lincoln's Death
A. Neff and Ray
"Dark Union reveals for the first time how the plot to assassinate Abraham
Lincoln was woven through an even more complex scheme to pay for and profit from the Union
war effort by trading in Confederate cottona scheme approved by Lincoln himself.
largely on previously unseen, long-lost archival materialwhich scholars will have
access to on publication of this book at Indiana State Universitys Cunningham
Memorial LibraryDark Union reveals how, in order to head off national bankruptcy and
finance the Union war effort, Lincoln sanctioned semi-clandestine trade deals between
Northern investors and owners of Southern cotton. But in early 1865, Lincoln began to
vacillate in regards to trading with the enemy, whichalong with the imminent end of
the hostilitiesthreatened the huge profits at stake. Simultaneously, the extremists
of Lincolns party were enraged by his forgiving attitude towards the Southand
they plotted to remove him from office. These elements merged into an unholy
Is A Heartless Killer.
Not only because he urged the starting of a wholly unnecessary war
make his Halliburton associates rich, but because of the way he hunts
domesticated, caged pheasants. "The pheasants would come right
him for food and he would start shooting."
Cheney boldly kills tame pheasants.
Cheney went pheasant shooting in Pennsylvania in December 2003, but unlike most of his
across America who usually are trying to put
food on the table, he went for the sport of killing innocent sentient.
He didn't have to spend hours waiting in a duck
blind or tramping the fields and hedgerows in hopes of bagging
some wild birds. Upon his arrival at the
exclusive Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township, gamekeepers released 500
pen-raised pheasants for the benefit of him and
his party. "In a blaze of gunfire, the group which included ...
Roger Staubach and U.S. Senator John Cornyn
(R-TX), along with major fundraisers for Republican candidates
killed at least 417 of the birds."
The gamekeeper told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Cheney bravely
more than 70 of them.
Americans Are "Easily Duped Fools"
A steady diet of American Idol and mindless game shows is
offered the American public for one
reason: if you're going to take money out of their pocket, you have to keep them
pocket knows this ploy. "On a recent private jet flight a rather tipsy
Rupert Murdoch, owner of Wall Street
Journal, News Corporation and Fox News Channel, said this about his adopted
homeland: "You know
U.S.A. stands for to me? Uneducated silly arseholes. I make billions every year pedaling
bollocks to the American public and I'm bloody happy to do it. If and when the pendulum
swings the other way,
make billions more catering to them with a different kind of populist claptrap. Compared
to doing business in
where they're very discerning, the States was like taking candy from a baby."
IRAQ WAS THE DISTRACTION. US TAXPAYERS ARE THE "MARKS"
BUSH AND CHENEY ARE THE
BIGGEST PICK-POCKETS OF ALL TIME.
INCEST AT THE TOP
The push to privatization saved Halliburton in 2002. The stock was down to $5/share.
war later, it was $40. What a "stroke of luck" that Cheney, who had for five years had been the
chief executive of
Halliburton, became the vice-president in 2000. The oil services and engineering
company was given a
direct line to the White House. "Since Bush was elected, Halliburton went from
being the 22nd biggest
military contractor to the seventh largest in 2003." Thanks to no-other-
contracts), Halliburton got more than $20 BILLION in fat, cost-plus US
Halliburton - mostly through
its KBR (Kellogg-Brown-Root) subsidiary
a wide variety of fat contracts that it was not particularly well suited for, that could
certainly have been done much more cheaply had they been done by the military itself or
the US government has followed its own guidelines and let contracts out only after
well-advertised public bidding. But that would have defeated the whole purpose of
Its fat contracts were for mostly for logistical support of the US military - food
supplies for troops,
base construction and
fuel deliveries. Perhaps, more within its own specialty, it was supposed to
help in the rebuilding
of the Iraq oil industry. Iraqi might have been used. They would have been
security would have been needed. But, again, that would have defeated the
whole purpose of the
war, which was to repay Bush's campaign contributors and get Halliburton's
stock back up.
HAL admitted that its overall revenues were boosted by 80% in 2003 by
engineering and construction work in Iraq and Kuwait. Halliburton's stock fell the
entire time Cheney was its CEO. It labored under lawsuits
about asbestos and accounting
It's not that Cheney didn't try his best.
As Halliburton's CEO, Cheney got
around US sanctions against American companies for trading with an enemy state, by using
Cayman Island and Dubai subsidiaries. When asked about these transactions in 2000 in
ABC-TV interview, he
shamelessly lied and denied it. "...Cheney's denials don't hold up. Halliburton
played a major role in helping Iraq repair its oil fields during the mid-1990s that
siphon off funds from the oil-for-food program to fund a weapons program, which Cheney
President Bush insist was the case. "
The Iraq War Turned Around
It boosted it from $5 to $40 in four years.
HALLIBURTON's 40 THIEVES
( Cartoonist: Khalil Bendib - http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11373
There are many, many examples of their over-charges Below is a sample.
Here are some of the links one gets when one googles "Halliburton"
"cheating" or "over charging". Worst of all is how the
troops were provided unhealthy, expired
food and dirty, unsafe river water at Halliburton mess halls. The beef, chicken,
sodas that were intended for the troops were used to cater parties and barbecues for
Halliburton management. Source
-1. Thousands of US troops have been using
river water - less than a mile downstream from a raw sewage outlet - for
brush their teeth, make coffee, bathe, showering, shaving, laundry. Source-2
In 2005, a preliminary Congressional report estimated the over-charges by Halliburton to
|There are many, many examples of their over-charges Here are
some from Congressional records.
1.) A former Halliburton
employee, Mike West, said that prior to Halliburton , he had
working as an area manager for Valero Energy with a yearly salary of $70,000. "When I
heard about a chance to earn more with Halliburton , I
called them up," he said. "After just a few minutes, the woman said I was hired
as a labor foreman at a salary of $130,000. I didn't even have to send in a resume."
When he arrived, West explained he was paid despite the
fact that he had no work. "I only worked one day out of six in Kuwait," he
explained. "That day, a supervisor told me to operate a forklift. I explained that I
didn't have a license to operate a forklift or any experience The response was: 'It's easy
and no one will know.'"
When West got to Camp Anaconda in southern Iraq,
he says that he didn't have any work to do. Nor did most of the other 35 workers. The
supervisors told them to walk around and look busy. Then they went to a camp in Al Asad,
where they had only one day of work out of five days. They were told to bill for 12 hours
of labor every day. From there, his group was sent Fallujah for six weeks, where once
again he had almost no work to do except help with security and follow Iraqi workers
around to make sure they cleaned the toilets properly.
"One day, I was ordering some equipment. I
asked the camp manager if it was OK to order a drill," West said. "He said to
order four. I responded that we didn't need four. He said: 'Don't worry about it. It's a
cost-plus contract.' I asked him, 'So basically, this is a blank check?' The camp manager
laughed and said, 'Yeah.' He repeated this over and over again to the employees."
|2.) "In testimony
submitted to members of Congress, one truck driver
explained in detail how taxpayers were billed for empty trucks driven up
and down Iraq and how $85,000 vehicles were abandoned for lack of
spare tires. A labor foreman said dozens of workers were told to
"look busy" while doing virtually no work for salaries of $80,000 a year.
An auditor related how the company was spending an average of $100
for every single bag of laundry and $10,000 a month for company employees
to stay in five-star hotels."
paperwork I carried had no details about the contents of our cargo - basically all they
were looking for was the number of trucks with freight on them (but) a related problem was
that KBR would run trucks empty quite often," Wilson said. "Sometimes they would
have five empty trucks, sometimes they would have a dozen. One time we ran 28 trucks and
only one had anything on it. There were several times when we had empty trucks both on the
way to Anaconda and then on the way back to Cedar II. I don't understand why KBR would
have placed our lives in danger that way for no reason."
He also described what appeared to be a complete
lack of cost controls and systems to maintain equipment properly. "When I arrived at
Camp Arifjan in Kuwait last November, I noticed 50 to 100 brand new trucks sitting there
unused," Wilson remembered. "Five months later, when I came home. A large number
of trucks were still there, not being used. These are $85,000 (or more) Mercedes and Volvo
"As every other trucker working on those
convoys will tell you, KBR had virtually no facilities in place to do maintenance on these
trucks. There were absolutely no oil filters or fuel filters for months on end. I begged
for filters but never got any. I was told that oil changes were out of the question. KBR
removed all the spare tires in Kuwait. So when one of our trucks got a flat tire on the
highway, we just had to leave it there for the Iraqis to loot, which is just crazy. I
remember saying to myself when it happened, 'You just lost yourself an $85,000 truck
because of a spare tire. We lost a truck because we didn't have $25 hydraulic line to
assist the clutch.'"
|3) A third person who
submitted testimony to Waxman's office was Marie de Young, who had previously worked for
the military for 10 years, rising to the level of captain. De Young, who had also authored
two books about women in the military, worked for Halliburton in
Kosovo and was hired in December to help oversee Operation Iraqi Freedom contracts in
"I soon discovered that there
was not a complete up-to-date list of all of the sub-contracts.. also, the document
control department had provided incorrect lists to all of the task order managers from an
inaccurate database," she said.
In January and February 2004, a series of
articles in the media, especially in the Wall Street Journal, chronicled the overcharging
and fraud in Halliburton
's operations. In response Halliburton hired
what it dubbed the "Tiger Team" to audit and correct problems. De Young worked
closely with the team and discovered not only that it did not correct anything, but that
the team continued "questionable auditing and administration practices."
"When the Tiger Team examined a subcontract,
they just checked to make sure that all the forms were in the file," she said.
"They didn't assess the reasonableness of the price or consult with site managers.
The team's sole purpose was to close as many subcontracts as possible, under the mistaken
assumption that everything that was closed prior to the arrival of the government audit
team would be exempt from further scrutiny. For three months, this Tiger Team occupied
waterfront villas at the Hilton hotel and shuffled papers, but did nothing to effectively
clean up old subcontracts.
"We were instructed to pay invoices without
verifying whether services were delivered. I personally told a KBR Tiger Team member not
to pay an invoice that I knew was a double billing (but) the long term KBR employee told
me I didn't know what I was doing."
De Young says that Halliburton paid the
Kuwaiti subcontractor La Nouvelle $100 per bag for laundry services--four times more than
they were paying elsewhere. That added up to more than $1 million per month. Another time,
the company ordered 37,200 cases of soda at $1.50 a case, but was delivered only 37,200
cans, resulting in charges that were five times the normal wholesale cost for the drinks.
the Tiger Team at the five-star Kempinski Hotel for $10,000 per employee per month. At the
same time, soldiers were required to live in tents at a cost of $1.39 a day. The military
requested that Halliburton
employees move into the tents, but they refused, De Young said.
HALLIBURTON CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO BUSH.
In 2000, Cheney and his wide $35,361 to the
Bush Presidential campaign.
In August 2004 -- Halliburton's board of directors gave $365,065 to
and political action committees over the 2004 campaign season.
By June 2004, Halliburton's political action committee gave another $133,500
to political campaigns,
with $120,000 (or 90 percent) going to the Republicans.
The biggest political donor on Halliburton's board is Ray Hunt, who is the chief executive
of Hunt Oil, a privately-owned oil company with operations in the Middle East, Africa and
America. Its major oil production operations are located in the United States, Canada and Yemen.
Hunt, who inherited his "success" from his wealthy father H.L. Hunt, is
notorious for protecting
his inheritance by supporting pro-oil causes around the world, including fellow oil man
George W. Bush, who appointed Hunt as finance chairman of the Republican National
Victory 2000 Committee. During the 2000 campaign, Hunt was designated as one of the 241
Bush "Pioneers" because he raised more than $100,000 in
campaign donations from his family,
friends and colleagues. Former President George H.W. Bush's press secretary in the White
Jim Oberwetter, had worked for Ray Hunt for nearly three decades.
"Federal election records show that Hunt and his wife have so far donated $190,000 of
own money to the 2004 election cycle. All of that money went to Republican candidates or
Republican political action committees. One month after Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Hunt was
by President Bush to the Presidents Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He also
chairman of the board for the Federal
Reserve Bank of Dallas and is a member of the
Petroleum Council, an industry trade group that advises the president on energy
Vice President Cheney also served as
a member of the Council during his tenure as CEO for
"The second biggest campaign contributor on Halliburton's board of directors is J. Landis Martin,
who gave $87,500 to Republican candidates and political action committees in Colorado,
Louisiana, Illinois and Iowa. Martin was the chief executive of Baroid Corp. until it
subsidiary of Halliburton through the 1998 merger of Halliburton and Dresser Industries.
he serves as chairman of the board, CEO and president of Titanium Metals Corp. (TIMET).
TIMET is a Denver-based manufacturer of titanium metals used in the manufacture of
and civilian aircraft, military armor, offshore oil and gas production installations and
Sixty-eight percent of TIMET's revenue is derived from sales to the aerospace industry (57
percent to commercial aerospace and 11 percent to military aerospace). TIMET's shipments
military aerospace companies increased by 15 percent in 2003. In a filing with the federal
government, it said "the importance of military markets to the titanium industry is
rise in coming years as defense spending budgets increase in reaction to terrorist
See also http://www.campaignmoney.com/halliburton.asp
Whistle-blower Bunnatine Greenhouse was punished
"I can unequivocally state that the abuse related to contracts
awarded to KBR represents the most blatant and improper contract abuse I have
witnessed during the course of my professional career."
Magaizine - October, 24, 2004
Halliburton repeatedly and
intentionally grossly overcharged the US taxpayer. It is shameful that
more Americans working for Halliburton or the
US Government have not come forward to try to stop Halliburton
and their Grand Theft. But moral courage
is very different than physical courage. One who did complain to her
superiors that Halliburton's no-competition,
cost-plus 5-year contracts were ill-advised and illegal was Bunnatine
Greenhouse. She had worked in military
procurement for twenty years and for three years been the Army's chief
overseer at the Army Corps of Engineers, the
agency that managed much of the reconstruction work in Iraq.
The Army responded by demoting her for
"poor job performance". The clincher for Cheney's criminal henchmen
in the Army was when Ms.
Greenhouse fought a second battle against Halliburton for over-charging on fuel
into Iraq. .
Corruption is blocking Iraq reconstruction. That failure is making Americans hated and
soldiers at much greater risk. Congress
gave more than $30 billion to rebuild Iraq, but at least $8.8 billion of
it has disappeared, according to a government
reconstruction audit. "If you do it (come forward and whistle-blow)
you will be destroyed," said William
Weaver, professor of political science at the University of Texas-El Paso and
senior advisor to the National Security
Whistleblowers Coalition. "Reconstruction is so rife with corruption. Sometimes
people ask me, `Should I do this?' And my
answer is no. If they're married, they'll lose their family. They will lose their
jobs. They will lose everything," Weaver
said. They have been fired or demoted, shunned by colleagues, and
denied government support in whistleblower lawsuits
filed against contracting firms. "The only way we can find out
what is going on is for someone to come forward and
let us know," said Beth Daley of the Project on Government
Oversight, an independent, nonprofit group that
investigates corruption. "But when they do, the weight of the government
comes down on them. The message is, 'Don't blow the
whistle or we'll make your life hell.' "It's heartbreaking," Daley
said. "There is an even greater need for
whistleblowers now. But they are made into public martyrs. It's a disgrace.
Their lives get ruined."
Covering Its tracks, to Avoid Responsibility
Starting a fire to destroy incriminating papers and punishing whistle-blowers, is
part of how Cheney and Halliburton are trying to avoid being caught red-handed
punished. Knowing how much it has over-charged US tax-payers, Halliburton is
trying to cover its tracks and avoid accountability by relocating to Dubai. On
12, 2007 - Halliburton annoounced it would flee the US, rather than be held "
accountable. Dubai would now be the home of its corporate headquarters, its
chief executive, David J. Lesar.
And to protect them further against law suits, Halliburton has spun off KBR,
government contracting division. In 2007 Halliburton spokesmen
refused to talk about
their Iraq misdeeds. "We have never been
contracted for services in Iraq". The
separation of Halliburton from KBR took place on April 5, 2007. KBR had
been its government
contracting, engineering and construction center for 44 years,. See Heat
on Halliburton over
rape' and http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/70784/