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35 KBR: (A Subsidiary of Halliburton, A Dick Cheney Co.) Executives Busted for War Profiteering

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on February 25th, 2008 1:22 pm by HL

Yesterday I watched one of the Oscar nominated documentaries “No End in Sight” It is basically a history of the Iraq war, It goes over every detail from the planning of the war which started right after 9/11, all the way up to the “surge” which was made possible by the fact that Bush, Rumfeld, and the Iraq Czar L. Paul Bremer refused to listen to anyone who knew what they were talking about in regard to how many troops we sent over there. People like General Shinseki, and Jay Gardiner who was the first Iraq Czar, when Bush found out that Gardiner was actually trying to do some good over there, Bush fired him and replaced him with Bremer, who proceeded to FUBAR’d (A military term meaning F**ked Up Beyond All Recognition)
The film also details how the Bush administration made the worst possible decision at every possible term. The incompetence was so stunning that I feel it had to be intentional. You see they wanted to make sure we were there for as long as possible so they could steal as much money throught the oil as possible.

The movie also highlights all the no bid contracts awarded to Kellog, Brown and Root (aka KBR) which is a subsidiary of Halliburton the company that Dick Cheney used to run and still owns hundreds of thousands of shares of stock in. The actions of KBR were blatantly criminal, and today comes word that 35 KBR execs. have been indicted for war profiteering.

Daily Kos has the story:

Federal prosecutors in Rock Island, Illinois have indicted four former supervisors from KBR, the giant defense firm, along with a decorated Army officer and five executives from KBR subcontractors based in the U.S. or the Middle East. Those defendants, along with two other KBR employees who have pleaded guilty in Virginia, account for a third of the 36 people indicted to date on Iraq war-contract crimes, Justice Department records show.

And, the dirty little secrets are in free-flow mode

Saturday’s Chicago Tribune tells the sordid tale:

Hundreds of pages of recently unsealed court records detail how kickbacks shaped the war’s largest troop support contract months before the first wave of U.S. soldiers plunged their boots into Iraqi sand.

The graft continued well beyond the 2004 congressional hearings that first called attention to it. And the massive fraud endangered the health of American soldiers even as it lined contractors’ pockets, records show.

(snip)

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Rock Island sentenced the Army official, Chief Warrant Officer Peleti “Pete” Peleti Jr., to 28 months in prison for taking bribes. One Middle Eastern subcontractor treated him to a trip to the 2006 Super Bowl, a defense investigator said.

Prosecutors would not confirm or deny ongoing grand jury activity. But court records identify a dozen FBI, IRS and military investigative agents who have been assigned to the case. Interviews as well as testimony at the sentencing for Peleti, who has cooperated with authorities, suggest an active probe.

The home to the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM), Rock Island, Illinois serves as the epicenter for the ongoing FBI probe into war-profiteering committed by KBR, because it’s here that the Army top brass at the arsenal act as administrators for all contracts awarded to KBR’s so-called LOGCAP III — which calls for the company to feed, shelter and support U.S. troops – while helping to restore Iraq’s oil infrastructure.

“No End in Site” talks about this in depth. I want to see this case go all the way to the top, to the head war profiteers, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bremer, and many more

4 Responses to “35 KBR: (A Subsidiary of Halliburton, A Dick Cheney Co.) Executives Busted for War Profiteering”

  1. Douglas Says:

    The military term for all fucked up is “a charlie fox trot” that comes froma Army ranger, a green beanie, and a Seal– although the Army uses it a lot more.

  2. Bill Says:

    So tell me HL just how is it that Haliburton or KBR is Cheney’s responsibility when he sold all his shares to Haliburton in Aug 2000

  3. HL Says:

    Asshole, do you ever get tired of being wrong? Do you ever get tired of making yourself look like a fool, do you ever get tired of being a troll? Do you ever get tired of being an asshole?

    http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Cheneys_stock_options_rose_3281_last_1011.html
    http://www.giveitupcheney.org/

    Oh and by the way, how do you keep an idiot troll in suspense?

    Answer: Make all his comments go to moderation first, then only approve 1 out of every 10, he will keep commenting forever even though 90% of his BS never gets on the site.

  4. Thomas Says:

    Incredible. Congress are a team of criminals that will stop at nothing to make money – and pass it off as a move in the interest of national security.

    I thought war profiteering was a serious crime.