Promoting American Corporate Interests Above Americans, and the World’s.

Chris Brady cdbrady at
Sun Jul 13 01:57:18 MDT 2003

Promoting American Corporate Interests Above Americans, and the World’s.

The Cheney Case.  Part I.

What got Gotti was his stature as a crook backed by thuggery contrasted
pipsqueakian next to Dick Cheney.  Granted, the man with the bad heart
is only one of a bunch (followed by the Bechtel bunch, etc.), but
clearly deserves the rank of first among equals in the capitalist
shakedown racket.  Scope out these following bits of news ranging from
Feb. 2002 to yesterday:

Cheney Firm’s Offshoot Settles Fraud Charges  [will pay the government
$2 million]
Washington Post, Saturday, February 9, 2002; Page A06

Halliburton to pay $6M to settle [shareholder] class-action suits
Dallas Business Journal - May 30, 2003

Halliburton unit expands war-repair role
By Stephen J. Glain and Robert Schlesinger, Globe Staff,
Boston Globe, July 10, 2003

BAGHDAD -- They travel like foreign dignitaries, their SUVs escorted by
two US Army Humvees and a security detail led by a master sergeant. No
Iraqi official is too busy to meet them and when it comes to Iraq’s most
precious resource, oil, they are granted total and instant access.
Some Iraqi oil officials say KBR is using what appears to be an
open-ended mandate to effectively corner a market coveted by its rivals


  U.S. May Tap Oil for Iraqi Loans
The White House weighs a plan to pledge future revenue to finance
postwar reconstruction. Critics question the effort’s legitimacy.
By Warren Vieth
The Los Angeles Times, Friday 11 July 2003,1,7035429.story?coll=la-headlines-world-manual

“Iraqis believe their oil should not be touched by foreigners, that it
should remain in the hands of the Iraqi government and that no one has a
right to do anything before an elected government is in place,” said
Fadhil Chalabi, executive director of the Center for Global Energy
Studies in London and a former Iraqi Oil Ministry official.
“Iraqi politics and the way they look at these things are not
encouraging. It could create problems later on. Better to wait until a
government is formed.”

 That may be too late, in the view of the plan’s supporters. The
Export-Import Bank and an industry coalition that includes Halliburton
Co., Bechtel Group Inc. and other major companies that are interested in
winning contracts in Iraq are warning that unless steps are taken soon
to secure new funds, the reconstruction well could run dry.

In addition to KBR, the winning bidders included San Francisco-based
Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, which was awarded a $780 million contract
to supervise Iraqi reconstruction. Bechtel, together with Halliburton,
donated more than $2 million in campaign contributions, primarily to
Republican candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
>From 1995 to 2000, Halliburton was headed by now-Vice President Dick
how many Iraqis see it. They say KBR’s preponderant role in postwar
reconstruction reinforces local suspicion that the invasion of Iraq was
more about promoting American corporate interests than removing Saddam

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