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    combat duties and did not preclude deals with other contractors Carlson said the money earmarked for Brown and Root was an estimate and could go up or down depending on the work performed The Joint Munitions Command provided The Washington Post with an updated version of a spreadsheet the Army released to Waxman earlier this month giving detailed estimates of money obligated to Brown and Root under Operation Iraqi Freedom Estimates of the company s revenue from Iraq have been increasing steadily since February when the Corps of Engineers announced the company had won a 37 5 million contract for pre positioning fire equipment in the region In addition to its Iraq contracts Brown and Root has also earned 183 million from Operation Enduring Freedom the military name for the war on terrorism and combat operations in Afghanistan news web sites according to the Army s numbers Waxman s interest in Halliburton was ignited by a routine Corps of Engineers announcement in March reporting that the company had been awarded a no bid contract with a 7 billion limit for putting out fires at Iraqi oil wells Corps spokesmen justified the lack of competition on the grounds that the operation was part of a classified war plan and the Army did not have time to secure competitive bids for the work The corps said the oil rehabilitation deal was an offshoot of the LOGCAP contract a one year agreement renewable for 10 years Individual work orders assigned under LOGCAP do not have to be competitively bid But Waxman and other critics maintain that the oil work has nothing to do with the logistics operation The practice of delegating a vast array of logistics operations to a single contractor dates to the aftermath of the 1991 Persian Gulf War news web sites and a study commissioned by Cheney then defense secretary on military outsourcing The Pentagon chose Brown and Root to carry out the study and subsequently selected the company to implement its own plan Cheney served as chief executive of Brown and Root s parent company Halliburton from 1995 to 2000 when he resigned to run for the vice presidency At the time said P W Singer a Brookings Institution scholar and author of Corporate Warriors it was impossible to predict how lucrative the military contracting business would become He estimates the number of contract workers in Iraq at 20 000 or about one for every 10 soldiers During the Gulf War the proportion was about one in 100 Brown and Root s revenue from Operation Iraqi Freedom is already rivaling its earnings from its contracts in the Balkans and is a major factor in increasing the value of Halliburton shares by 50 percent over the past year according to industry analysts The company reported a net profit of 26 million in the second quarter of this year in contrast to a 498 million loss in the same period last year Waxman aides said they have been told by the

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    cents a gallon a figure an oil industry source told Reuters was accurate That meant Halliburton was charging more than 90 cents a gallon to transport fuel into Iraq from Kuwait When we checked with independent experts to see if this fee was reasonable they were stunned said Waxman adding a reasonable transport cost would be 10 to 25 cents per gallon especially as the U S military was providing security Asked to comment on the claims a Halliburton spokeswoman defended the pricing as fair and said KBR had to transport gasoline through a hostile environment into Baghdad We use a sound procurement process which has been approved by the government for procurement activities said spokeswoman Wendy Hall KBR continues to negotiate fair and competitive prices to provide fuel to the Iraqi people she added Waxman sent a letter on Wednesday to the White House Office of Management and Budget complaining KBR was overcharging for petroleum products The overcharging by Halliburton is so extreme that one expert privately called it highway robbery he wrote Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Bob Faletti said military auditors were closely monitoring work done by KBR and making sure the U S taxpayer was not being overcharged So far there have not been any red flags said Faletti They have not found any material errors There are always small errors but there has been no defective pricing or anything untoward he added Halliburton has so far received more than 1 4 billion in work in Iraq to repair and restore the country s oil industry under a no competition contract issued in March In another contract providing logistical support more than 1 6 billion has been clocked so far with more in the works Halliburton s no bid contract is set to be replaced after the military announces the winners to two new tenders amounting to no more 1 billion Faletti said the winners for those two contracts one for the north and the other for the south of Iraq would be announced by the end of October In a related development New Jersey Sen Frank Lautenberg a Democrat suggested an amendment to the 87 billion Iraq spending bill in Congress that would prevent firms with ties to senior administration officials from getting Iraq contracts Lautenberg said the amendment would take effect 90 days after the bill became law which gave officials ample time to divest themselves from financial interests in a company Cheney has strongly denied any favoritism in the Halliburton deal in Iraq and says he has no financial interest in the company Copyright 2003 Reuters Limited All rights reserved Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of

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    pumped directly from the corpses of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians This profitable arrangement was found hiding in plain sight last week by investigator Maggie Burns of the Progressive Populist While the media mandarins were gulping soap Burns committed the increasingly rare act of journalism by checking out Cheney s financial disclosure forms These show that Cheney has a minimum of 18 million invested in The Vanguard Group a leading mutual fund Given the deliberately vague vast ranges of the disclosure forms this nest egg could be as high as 87 million We mere mortals are not meant to know Vanguard as it happens is the 10th largest shareholder in oh you guessed already Halliburton The fund owns 7 6 million shares in the firm worth about 176 million Thus any government contract that swells Halliburton s bottom line does indeed pour war profits straight into Cheney s bulging bank accounts No amount of soap can wash away that fact Meanwhile five of the other top 10 shareholders in Halliburton have big bucks parked with our old friends The Carlyle Group where George Bush Sr hangs out his shingle as a pricey corporate shill and former bin Laden business partner So Bush family coffers are definitely not forgotten when Halliburton goes to war But do let s be fair After taking a bit of mild heat for larding Halliburton Bechtel and other Bush blessed firms with billion dollar no bid contracts the Regime announced it was opening up competition for war pork The new rules give potential contractors all of three days or even sometimes as much as seven whole days to put together bids for major projects totaling hundreds of millions of dollars The New York Times reports Oddly enough most companies not already on the ground in Iraq are finding it difficult to meet these luxurious deadlines Oh your company can t come up with specs for rebuilding the entire national highway infrastructure of Iraq in just three days Too bad guess we ll have to give it to Bechtel then Here ya go Bechs and by the way thanks for that campaign check pal See ya at the ranch this weekend Now this system of conquistador cronyism is going global In a desperate bid to get some outside help in cleaning up the ungodly bloodsoaked mess they ve made the Bushists struck a UN deal last week that will allow foreign countries who contribute to the pillaging sorry the reconstruction of Iraq to funnel the cash to their own politically favored firms The Guardian reports Naturally the Bushist occupation junta will coordinate the gobbling at this new trough making sure the White House Vanguardians get their cut At last a form of internationalism that Bush can embrace But the sweetheart deals get sweeter yet for Homeland gobblers like Halliburton First most of the insider pork is being doled out in cost plus contracts with a company s profits tied to a project s expenses The more costs

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    Jeffrey Tesler who has worked for Halliburton for some thirty years It was Tesler who was paid the 180 million as a commercial consultant through a Gibraltar based front company he set up called TriStar TriStar in turn got the money from a consortium set up for the Nigeria deal by Halliburton and Technip and registered in Madeira the Portuguese offshore island where taxes don t apply According to Agence France Presse a former top Technip official Georges Krammer has testified that the Madeira based consortium was a slush fund controlled by Halliburton through its subsidiary Kellogg Brown Root and Technip Krammer who is cooperating with the investigation also swore that Tesler was imposed as the intermediary by Halliburton over the objections of Technip Tesler is a curious fellow A veteran operator in Nigeria he was the financial adviser to the late dictator Gen Sani Abacha and controlled his personal fortune while at the same time working for Halliburton Abacha s former Oil Minister Dan Etete who is suspected of having used some of the alleged bribe money to buy himself fancy apartments in Paris and a chateau in Normandy was deposed by Judge van Ruymbeke in December According to the Journal du Dimanche a large Sunday paper Etete s testimony seemed to confirm the judge s suspicions that Tesler laundered the 180 million through offshore and other accounts and that part of the money wound up in dictator Abacha s coffers Tesler s bank accounts in Monaco Switzerland and elsewhere have been subpoenaed in an effort to find out where the money went Judge van Ruymbeke s authority for his transnational investigation comes from a law France passed in 2000 against bribing foreign officials following its ratification of a convention adopted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development prohibiting bribe giving in the course of commercial transactions The notion that the judge s targeting of Cheney might be in part retaliatory for the Bush Administration s exclusion of France from Iraq reconstruction contracts is unlikely Van Ruymbeke is notoriously independent and his previous investigations have been aimed at politicians and parties of both right and left He s also no stranger to the unsavory world of oil and gas politics having previously investigated bribe giving by the French petrogiant Elf indeed it was in the course of his Elf investigation that van Ruymbeke stumbled upon the Nigerian deal The suspected bribe money was mostly ladled out between 1995 and 2000 when Cheney was Halliburton s CEO The Journal du Dimanche reported on December 21 that it is probable that some of the retrocommissions found their way back to the United States and asked did this money go to Halliburton s officials To officials of the Republican Party These questions have so far gone unasked by America s media which have completely ignored the explosive Le Figaro headline revealing the targeting of Cheney It will be interesting to see if the US press looks seriously into this ticking time

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    One year later Cheney told Israel s defense minister albeit privately that he thought Palestinian President Yasser Arafat should be hanged Biden told reporters in October If you look at Afghanistan if you look at the Israeli Palestinian peace road map if you look at Iraq if you look at bilateral and multilateral dealings with the Europeans just as Powell looks like he will stitch the garment back together again Cheney goes to the Heritage Foundation and re enunciates the policy of preemption Cheney has played a much more important role than Rice since the early days of the administration despite her closer personal relationship with the president It was Cheney s choices that prevailed in the appointment of both cabinet and sub cabinet national security officials beginning with that of Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary Not only did Cheney personally intervene to ensure that Powell s best friend Richard Armitage was denied the deputy defense secretary position but he also secured the post for his own protégé Paul Wolfowitz Moreover it was Cheney who insisted that the ultra unilateralist John Bolton be placed in a top State Department arms job a position from which Bolton has consistently pursued policies that run counter to Powell s own views Moreover Cheney s own national security staff is the largest ever employed by a vice president Its members have largely been chosen for both their ideological affinity with their boss and proven Washington experience They play to win said one State Department official Cheney s chief of staff and national security adviser I Lewis Scooter Libby a Washington lawyer and Wolfowitz protégé is considered a far more skilled and experienced bureaucratic and political operator than Rice With several of his political allies on Rice s own staff including deputy national security adviser Stephen Hadley and Middle East director Elliott Abrams Libby is able to run circles around Condi noted a former NSC official Cheney s muscle is most apparent in shaping the White House s Iraq policy He played a key role in assigning responsibility for post war reconstruction to the Pentagon a major departure from the long standing tradition to giving the State Department the lead in such areas Similarly Cheney backed the Pentagon s decision to entirely exclude the State Department from the planning process The State Department s mammoth Future of Iraq Project which pulled together hundreds of Iraqi expatriates and other experts to come up with a detailed plan for the post war reconstruction of Iraq was simply ignored and so was Tom Warrick a highly regarded Iraq specialist who oversaw the project According to retired intelligence officers Cheney and Libby played the decisive role in distorting the intelligence used to make Bush s case for war Libby made frequent trips to the Central Intelligence Agency CIA in the run up to the Iraq war pressuring analysts in include questionable evidence supplied by the INC and Rumsfeld led hawks More recently it was Cheney who led the effort

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    payoff for a company with strong ties to the GOP and whose executives gave generously to the Bush campaign Sen Frank Lautenberg D N J called Thursday for Senate hearings on the Pentagon s findings I have long been troubled by the continued growth of the Pentagon s no bid contract with Halliburton and the delay in the Pentagon s promise to compete this contract competitively Lautenberg wrote to Senate Government Affairs Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins R Maine Cheney and Pentagon officials deny any political motive for awarding the no bid contracts to KBR which has a long standing relationship with the military as a major Pentagon contractor Routine audits by the Defense Contract Audit Agency uncovered the problems Pentagon officials said they were concerned about problems with KBR s contracts which were awarded without competitive bidding for up to 15 6 billion for rebuilding Iraq s oil infrastructure and assisting U S troops there About 5 billion has been spent or is obligated to be spent on those contracts so far Contractor improprieties and or contract mischarging on department contracts will neither be condoned nor allowed to continue said Dov Zakheim the Pentagon s budget chief The defense officials who are involved in the audit of the contracts said the Pentagon was negotiating with KBR over how to resolve the fuel pricing issue They declined to name the Kuwaiti subcontractor that provided the fuel saying that company may not have been notified of the inquiry s findings The possible overcharging involved 56 6 million gallons of gasoline KBR supplied in Iraq from the end of the war until Sept 30 the Pentagon officials said The officials said KBR was charging 2 27 a gallon for gasoline while another contract for gas delivered from Turkey was for 1 18 a gallon The United States subsidized the price of the gasoline meaning Iraqis only paid the prewar price of 4 cents per gallon Democratic Reps Henry Waxman of California and John Dingell of Michigan had accused KBR of price gouging for gasoline used in Iraq The Army is to open its KBR contracts to competitive bidding next month The contracts evolved from work to put out oilfield fires into overseeing reconstruction of Iraq s oil infrastructure and providing fuel for the country KBR also provides support services to U S troops in Iraq such as serving hot meals Halliburton has said it needs to charge a high price for fuel because it must be delivered in a combat zone Several KBR workers have been killed or wounded in attacks by Iraqi insurgents The allegations of overcharging are not the first against KBR Last year the firm paid 2 million to settle charges that it inflated prices for repairs and maintenance at Fort Ord Calif Congress General Accounting Office news web sites found in 1997 and 2000 that KBR had billed the Army for questionable expenses on its support contracts for operations in the Balkans Those reviews cited instances such as charging

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    Iraq from Kuwait than for fuel it bought in Turkey Halliburton has claimed that Altanmia was the only company approved by the Kuwaiti government to sell fuel in Iraq But the Corps of Engineers document doesn t say that It says Altanmia had to get Kuwaiti government approval for its sales to Halliburton because it had never sold fuel before The Army document does not mention any demand by Kuwait that only Altanmia could be used as a supplier Halliburton got a contract to repair Iraq s crumbling oil industry as part of its contract to provide emergency construction and other services to the Army On May 4 military commanders in Iraq told Halliburton to start supplying gasoline in Iraq because crowds in long lines at gas stations were becoming unruly That day Halliburton asked three Kuwaiti firms to bid for that business On May 5 Halliburton placed its first order with Altanmia the Army memo says The Army memo says Altanmia was the low bidder of the three but does not name the other two companies or say what their bids were The Army memo says Corps of Engineers officials weren t required to determine that Altanmia was the lowest cost subcontractor It says the urgent need for fuel in Iraq meant the contract had to be completed quickly and the danger to fuel convoys could be one reason the Kuwaiti price was so high The gas lines were a visible symptom of the failure of the coalition forces to maintain order or restore basic services to the Iraqi people the Army memo says Those objecting to the war used the lack of fuel as indication that Iraq had fared better under the previous regime Failure to provide the fuel was not an option Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall said Thursday that the company followed proper procedures in the contract This was a critical mission and it was dangerous because of the violence throughout the country Hall said in a statement We received the assignment and were instructed to begin imports immediately Regular fuel delivery did begin very shortly thereafter and we believe it prevented or alleviated a national crisis Rep Henry Waxman the top Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee said Thursday that another Pentagon agency and an Iraqi oil company pay less than half of Altanmia s price for fuel trucked into Iraq from Kuwait Waxman and other Democrats have called for further investigations of the matter and criticized the Halliburton contract as evidence of the Bush administration s rewarding its corporate friends Cheney ran Halliburton from 1995 until he quit in 2000 to become Bush s running mate and the company s executives donated thousands of dollars to the Bush campaign Halliburton continues to supply fuel to Iraq s civilian market under the Army contract while another Pentagon agency the Defense Energy Support Center prepares to take over that job The Army hopes to replace Halliburton s contract to rebuild Iraq s oil industry through a

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    shift income out of the U S But it s indisputable that somebody is doing a dandy job of limiting Halliburton s tax liability When I asked how much Halliburton paid in federal income taxes last year a company spokeswoman Wendy Hall said After foreign tax credit utilization we paid just over 15 million to the I R S for our 2002 tax liability That is effectively no money at all to an empire like Halliburton Less than pocket change Dick Cheney must be having a good laugh over the way his old company following his road map is taking the U S for such a ride In the early 90 s when Mr Cheney was defense secretary under the first President Bush he hired the Halliburton subsidiary Brown Root to determine what military functions could be outsourced to private profit making companies Brown Root came up with myriad ideas in a classified study and was handed a lucrative contract to implement its own plan Mr Cheney took over as chief executive of Halliburton in 1995 and the defense contracts just kept on coming When he returned to government as vice president in 2001 no firm was better positioned than Halliburton to cash in on the billions of dollars in contracts that resulted from the war on terror and the conflict in Iraq Halliburton is bound so intimately to the defense establishment it might as well be an adjunct to the military Mr Cheney still receives deferred compensation from Halliburton but insists he has no role in the awarding of contracts Halliburton is an organization that has the reach of a multinational and the eyes of a Willie Sutton Through its subsidiaries it has done work with countries the U S has accused of supporting terror It was accused of overcharging the U S government for work done in the 1990 s and in 2002 it agreed to pay a 2 million settlement in response to accusations that it had defrauded the government The Pentagon is currently examining allegations that the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown Root overcharged the government by 61 million for gasoline imported into Iraq from Kuwait Last week the company acknowledged that at least one employee had participated in a 6 3 million kickback deal with a Kuwaiti company That money has reportedly been repaid to the government What we have here is a private profit making multinational company with no particular allegiance other than contractual to the U S government Nevertheless through its powerful allies in the government Halliburton enjoys extraordinary influence over national defense policies and has its own key to the national treasury If it s at all grateful it hasn t shown it The U S is at war The government is running record deficits Money is tight everywhere But Halliburton won t even kick in its fair share It continues to benefit from the nation s largesse while scouring the world for places to shelter as much of its American riches as

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