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    FBI investigates Halliburton complaint

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The FBI has asked to interview the Army Corps of Engineers whistleblower who went public last weekend with allegations her agency unfairly awarded no-bid contracts to a Halliburton subsidiary, law enforcement sources said Thursday.

    The FBI has not yet interviewed chief contracting officer Bunnatine Greenhouse but has collected several documents related to the contracts.

    Greenhouse has charged that the Army Corps of Engineers gave billions of dollars worth of contracts to Kellogg, Brown and Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, without accepting bids from other companies.

    A senior law enforcement official insists there is no federal investigation of the White House or Vice President Dick Cheney.

    Cheney ran the Dallas-based oil services company from 1995 until August 2000, when he resigned to run for vice president. He left the company with a $34 million retirement package.

    Halliburton's work in postwar Iraq has come under criticism and scrutiny because of the firm's ties to Cheney.

    The law enforcement sources said the inquiry is in the very early stages and that "inferring anything at this juncture would be pointless."

    One senior law enforcement official said that following up such a public allegation of wrongdoing is nothing more than "due diligence."

    Sources close to Greenhouse said she is willing to cooperate, but wants whistleblower protection to ensure no possible Pentagon retaliation to her going public.

    In January, Halliburton announced that officials of Kellogg, Brown and Root may have accepted kickbacks from a Kuwaiti company subcontracted to provide the services.

    The company refunded $6.3 million to the Army unit overseeing the contract.

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    Oh i get it Bush uses haliburton to help with reconstruction in Iraq =bad, Clinton uses Haliburton in the former Yugoslavia= good... OOOh OK... that makes much more sense to me now.

    The Truth About Halliburton

    The basic hypothesis of many Anti-Bush and left-wing reports is that campaign contributions must have affected the allocation of reconstruction contracts in Iraq; Halliburton's and Bechtel's large reconstruction contracts and generous support of politicians hint at such a finding. However, a closer look at the guts of the CPI report (CPI is a nonprofit, supposed nonpartisan watchdog organization) -the list of contract winners and the list of campaign contributions-exposes the flimsiness of this charge.

    Consider the top 10 U.S. contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan in terms of dollars. The Washington Post story on the CPI report suggests a sinister connection:

    The winners of the top 10 contracts for work in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed about
    $1 million a year to national political parties, candidates and political action committees
    since 1990, according to the group, which studies the links between money and politics.

    However, a glance at Table 1 shows that of the 10 largest contractors, only four firms made contributions greater than $250,000 over the entire 12-year span of the study. Another four firms among the top 10 averaged less than $1,000 per year in campaign contributions, a pittance by Beltway standards. The Post's statement is technically accurate but conceals the fact that over 85 percent of the total figure comes from only three firms.

    Table 1: Top 10 U.S. Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Company Size of reconstruction contracts (in dollars) Campaign contributions (in dollars)
    Kellogg Brown & Root (Halliburton) $2,329,040,891 $2,379,792
    Bechtel Group Inc. 1,029,833,000 3,310,102
    International American Products Inc. 526,805,651 2,500
    Perini Corp. 525,000,000 119,000
    Contrack International Inc. 500,000,000 2,000
    Fluor Corp. 500,000,000 3,624,173
    Washington Group International 500,000,000 1,185,232
    Research Triangle Institute 466,070,508 1,950
    Louis Berger Group 300,000,000 212,456
    Creative Associates International Inc. 217,139,368 10,300

    On the other hand, if you look at Table 2, top 10 campaign contributors, you find that only four of them received more than $100 million in contracts-and none of those top four donors are in the top 10 for contracts. General Electric, the biggest campaign contributor, has actually spent more in contributions than it has received in reconstruction contracts. Bechtel and Halliburton have given millions in political contributions, but the top 10 lists don't support the notion that those campaign contributions were responsible for their winning bids.

    Table 2: Top 10 Campaign Contributors Among Contractors for Iraq and Afghanistan

    Company Size of reconstruction contracts (in dollars) Campaign contributions (in dollars)
    General Electric Co. $5,927,870 $8,843,884
    Vinnell Corp. (Northrop Grumman) 48,074,442 8,517,247
    BearingPoint Inc. 143,683,885 4,949,139
    Science Applications International Corp. 38,000,000 4,704,909
    Fluor Corp. 500,000,000 3,624,173
    Bechtel Group Inc. 1,029,833,000 3,310,102
    Kellogg Brown & Root (Halliburton) 2,329,040,891 2,379,792
    American President Lines Ltd. 5,000,000 2,185,303
    Dell Marketing LP 513,678 1,774,971
    Parsons Corp. 89,000,000 1,403,508

    Read the rest of the article here. Taken from: "Fables of the Reconstruction" by Daniel Drezner Posted Monday, Nov. 3, 2003.


    Clinton Procurement Official Steven Kelman calls allegations that the government rewarded Halliburton "Somewhere between highly improbable and utterly absurd." "One would be hard-pressed to discover anyone with a working knowledge of how federal contracts are awarded - whether a career civil servant working on procurement or an independent academic expert - who doesn't regard these allegations as being somewhere between highly improbable and utterly absurd. ... Many people are also under the impression that contractors take the government to the cleaners. In fact, government keeps a watchful eye on contractor profits - and government work has low profit margins compared with the commercial work the same companies perform. ... As for the much-maligned Halliburton, a few days ago the company disclosed, as part of its third-quarter earnings report, operating income from its Iraq contracts of $34 million on revenue of $900 million - a return on sales of 3.7 percent, hardly the stuff of plunder."
    (Steven Kelman, "No 'Cronyism' In Iraq," The Washington Post,11/6/03)

    Clinton's Undersecretary Of Commerce Says Halliburton Allegations Overblown. "William Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council in Washington, is a Democrat who served under Clinton as undersecretary of commerce. He said he disagrees with most of the Bush administration's policies, but thinks the Halliburton controversy is overblown. 'Halliburton has a distinguished track record,' he said. 'They do business in some 120 countries. This is a group of people who know what they're doing in a difficult business. It's a particularly difficult business when people are shooting at you. ... I don't think we went to war because we thought it would help selected American companies.'"
    (James Rosen, "Is Iraq's Reconstruction Rigged?" The [Raleigh] News &
    Observer, 10/5/03)

    Army Corps Of Engineers: "No Reason To Think Halliburton Has The Inside Track." "Scott Saunders, a spokesman for the [U.S. Army] Corps [of Engineers], said there is no reason to think Halliburton has the inside track. 'We've never really done something like this before - gone in and tried to fix a country while it's still being terrorized,' he said. 'We wouldn't have competitively bid the contracts if we didn't think there was more than one firm in the world that could do the job.'"
    (James Rosen, "Is Iraq's Reconstruction Rigged?" The [Raleigh] News & Observer, 10/5/03)

    Then, in February 2003, the Corps of Engineers gave Halliburton a temporary no-bid contract to implement its classified oil-fire plan. The thinking was it would be absurd to undertake the drawn-out contracting process on the verge of war. If the administration had done that and there had been catastrophic fires, it would now be considered evidence of insufficient postwar planning. And Halliburton was an obvious choice, since it put out 350 oil-well fires in Kuwait after the first Gulf War.

    The Clinton administration made the same calculation in its own dealings with Halliburton. The company had won the LOGCAP in 1992, then lost it in 1997. The Clinton administration nonetheless awarded a no-bid contract to Halliburton to continue its work in the Balkans supporting the US peacekeeping mission there because it made little sense to change midstream. According to Byron York, Al Gore's reinventing-government panel even singled out Halliburton for praise for its military logistics work.

    So, did Clinton and Gore involve the United States in the Balkans to benefit Halliburton? That charge makes as much sense as the one that Democrats are hurling at Bush now. Would that they directed more of their outrage at the people in Iraq who want to sabotage the country's oil infrastructure, rather than at the US corporation charged with
    helping repair it. (Rich Lowry National Review Editor Sept 22, 2003)

    Under the Clinton administration, Halliburton received hundreds of millions of dollars worth of construction contracts for rebuilding efforts in Kosovo and Haiti.

    In a deal cut in June 2000 under President Clinton, the New York Post reports that Halliburton won 11 Navy contracts worth $110 million to build jails at Guantanamo Bay, a base in Kuwait, a ferry terminal on Vieques, an air station in Spain, a breakwater in the Azores and facilities slammed by a typhoon in Guam.



    One other quick thing- I noticed a striking difference in the description of Halliburton and KB&R in these latest stories that clear them of any wrongdoing. Let's look at the current stories:

    CNN Money-

    Halliburton Co. has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a Kuwait fuel-delivery contract that Pentagon auditors allege overcharged the U.S. government by more than $100 million, according to a published report Tuesday.

    Matt Kelley- AP-

    The Army apparently has sided with Halliburton in a dispute over the company's charges for fuel delivered to Iraq.


    The U.S. Army said on Tuesday it had granted Halliburton (HAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research) a special waiver to bring fuel into Iraq under a no-bid deal with a Kuwaiti supplier despite a draft Pentagon audit that found evidence of overcharging for fuel.


    A senior US army officer has cleared the American engineering company Halliburton of any wrongdoing in relation to a contract to deliver fuel from Kuwait to Iraq, according to a newspaper report.

    ----Very interesting- what seems to be missing? Let's look at the accusations as they were being leveled by these same news agencies. From a few weeks ago, when facts didn't matter:


    President Bush Friday said if any company involved in Iraqi reconstruction has overcharged the government, it will have to repay the extra funds. "If there's an overcharge, like we think there is, we expect that money to be repaid," the president said when asked by a reporter about a Pentagon audit that may have uncovered a potential overcharge by Halliburton, the oil services company once run by Vice President Dick Cheney.

    AP - Matt Kelley-

    A Pentagon audit has found Vice President Dick Cheney's former company may have overcharged the Army by $1.09 per gallon for nearly 57 million gallons of gasoline delivered to citizens in Iraq, senior defense officials say.


    A Pentagon audit of Halliburton, the oil services firm once run by Vice President Dick Cheney, has found evidence the company may have overcharged for fuel it brought into Iraq from Kuwait, military sources said on Thursday.


    US President George W Bush says he expects an oil company once run by his vice-president to return money if it has overcharged for services in Iraq. Dick Cheney used to head Halliburton, which is under contract to deliver fuel to the US military in Iraq.

    ---Hey Mr. Alterman- THAT liberal media. When there is an unsubstantiated and ill-informed charge of wrongdoing, every lead sentence has Cheney mentioned. When Halliburton is cleared of wrongdoing, it magically becomes Halliburton, rather than 'the company once run by Vice President Dick Cheney.'

    You don't even have to try hard to find this stuff.

    CNN Money is changing their stories, causing my [Balloon-Juice's] left wing friends to call me a hack (incorrectly) in the comments section. No worries. I have a paratrooper on my side. Thanks, BlackFive.

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    What's this got to do with Clinton???.....We know he's a crook......
    You have this wierd thinking that if you are're automatically a liberal
    hilary lover.......I take it are narrow minded
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