Show 13: In Halliburton We Trust
(July 26, 2005 program)

From the Vice Presidential Debate, October 5, 2004

JOHN EDWARDS: On the $87 billion, it was clear at the time of that vote that they had no plan to win the peace. We're seeing the consequences of that everyday on the ground right now. We stood up and said: For our troops, we must have a plan to win the peace.

We also thought it was wrong to have a $20 billion fund out of which $7.5 billion was going to go to a no-bid contract for Halliburton, the vice president's former company. It was wrong then. It's wrong now.

IFILL: Mr. Vice President, you have 30 seconds.

DICK CHENEY: Well, Gwen, I think the record speaks for itself.


Halliburton's Most Favored Company Status

Cheney gives up multimillion-dollar job if GOP ticket wins
CNN, July 25, 2000

Cheney's Halliburton Ties Remain
CBS/AP Sept. 26, 2003

Dick Cheney and Halliburton

A Halliburton Primer
Thursday, July 11, 2002


From the Vice Presidential Debate, October 5, 2004

JOHN EDWARDS: Well, the vice president talks about there being a member, or someone associated with Al Qaida, in Iraq. There are 60 countries who have members of Al Qaida in them. How many of those countries are we going to invade?

Not only that, he talks about Iran. The reality about Iran is that Iran has moved forward with their nuclear weapons program on their watch. They ceded responsibility to dealing with it to the Europeans. Now, the vice president, as you pointed out, spoke out loudly for lifting the sanctions on Iraq. John Kerry and I believe we need to strengthen the sanctions on Iraq, including closing the loophole that allows companies to use a subsidiary, offshore subsidiaries to do business with Iran.

I mentioned Halliburton a few minute ago in connection with the $87 billion, and you raised it in this question. This is relevant, because he was pushing for lifting sanctions when he was CEO of Halliburton. Here's why we didn't think Halliburton should have a no-bid contract. While he was CEO of Halliburton, they paid millions of dollars in fines for providing false information on their company, just like Enron and Ken Lay.

They did business with Libya and Iran, two sworn enemies of the United States. They're now under investigation for having bribed foreign officials during that period of time.

Not only that, they've gotten a $7.5 billion no-bid contract in Iraq, and instead of part of their money being withheld, which is the way it's normally done, because they're under investigation, they've continued to get their money.

IFILL: Mr. Vice President?

DICK CHENEY: I can respond, Gwen, but it's going to take more than 30 seconds.

IFILL: Well, that's all you've got.


CHENEY: Well, the reason they keep mentioning Halliburton is because they're trying to throw up a smokescreen. They know the charges are false. They know that if you go, for example, to (sic), an independent Web site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, you can get the specific details with respect to Halliburton. It's an effort that they've made repeatedly to try to confuse the voters and to raise questions, but there's no substance to the charges.

IFILL: Thirty seconds.

EDWARDS: These are the facts.

The facts are the vice president's company that he was CEO of, that did business with sworn enemies of the United States, paid millions of dollars in fines for providing false financial information, it's under investigation for bribing foreign officials. The same company that got a $7.5 billion no-bid contract, the rule is that part of their money is supposed to be withheld when they're under investigation, as they are now, for having overcharged the American taxpayer, but they're getting every dime of their money.

I'm happy to let voters make their own decision about this.

Who Is Halliburton?

Kellogg, Brown & Root
4100 Clinton Dr.
Houston, TX 77020

Kellogg, Brown and Root (Wikipedia)

Halliburton Iran deals under fire
BBC, 20 July, 2004

Doing Business With The Enemy
CBSNews, Aug. 29, 2004


Is Halliburton Guity?
A Case Study In Corruption

Exhibit A: Oil, Weapons and Iraq

Iraq: Army Allows Halliburton to Supply Iraq Fuel Without Disclosure
by Matt Kelley, Associated Press, January 6th, 2004

Democracy Now!: The Halliburton Agenda: The Politics of Oil and Money
Monday, May 17th, 2004

Profits of war
by Dan Briody, Thursday July 22, 2004, The Guardian

Military Gives Another Big Contract to Ripoff Artist Halliburton
Jul 7, 2005

Where has all the money gone? following the auditors into Iraq
by Ed Harriman, July 18, 2005

Exhibit B: Bribes and Fraud

Halliburton Says Officials Spoke of Nigeria Bribes
September 2, 2004

Nigeria: Halliburton Pays Bribes to Lower Taxes
Houston Chronicle, May 8th, 2003

Exhibit C: The Missing Billions

CorpWatch: Halliburton

Halliburton exec on fraud charges
A former employee of a Halliburton subsidiary has been indicted on charges of defrauding the US military of more than $3.5m for fuel in Iraq.
BBC, Thursday, 17 March, 2005

The Democratic Policy Committee (DPC)

The DPC is chaired by Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND)

Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing
"An Oversight Hearing on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in U.S. Government Contracting in Iraq"

Monday, June 27, 2005

Halliburton's Questioned and Unsupported Costs in Iraq Exceed $1.4 Billion
Joint Report Prepared for Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Byron L. Dorgan

PDF link, June 27, 2005

Democrats Criticize Payments to KBR
Pentagon Auditors Question More Than $1 Billion in Iraq Costs, Report Says

Washington Post, Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Halliburton Hearing Unearths New Abuse
by Pratap Chatterjee, Special to CorpWatch, June 27th, 2005

Auditors: Halliburton Overcharged Taxpayers $1 Billion
Tuesday 28th June 2005

The Making of Halliburton
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, July 14, 2005

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