Thursday, October 16, 2003

Halliburton accused of fleecing. 

This is good news, as apparently people are beginning to wake up the the outrage of Halliburton, with close ties to the Vice-President, making a fortune off of this war. The latest has Halliburton charging the American taxpayer inflated prices for oil to deliver to Iraq, then selling it cheap in Iraq. What the heck?

Reps. Henry Waxman of California and John Dingell of Michigan are on it, as is the army and Army Corps of Engineers, the jerks that gave Halliburton the no-bid contract to begin with. Senator Lautenberg of New Jersey wants to bar companies with close ties to the president and vice-president and the cabinet from receiving contracts to rebuild Iraq.

Better late than never, but Jesus Christ, glad you guys are coming around to the greatest fleecing of the American taxpayer ever that this war is, among other atrocities:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which chose Halliburton, has received bids for a replacement contract that could be awarded this month.

Corps spokesman Robert Faletti said he could not confirm the figures that Waxman and Dingell cited in a letter to Joshua Bolten, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

He said, however, that the contract is being audited by Congress and the Army.

In a further move against Halliburton, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., announced Wednesday he would propose barring the government from awarding Iraq reconstruction contracts to companies that maintain close financial ties to the president, vice president or members of the president's Cabinet.

Lautenberg wants the measure added to an $87 billion reconstruction bill for Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cheney receives deferred payments from Halliburton and also has stock options.