Cheney's office "coordinated" the Halliburton contracts?

  1. Vice President Dick Cheney has repeatedly assured Americans that he has
    positively no involvement in directing billions of taxpayer dollars in
    no-bid contracts to Halliburton, his former employer.

    In September of 2003, he told NBC's Meet the Press that his office has "absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts."

    In January of 2004, he told Fox News Radio, "I don't have anything to do
    with the contracting process, and I wouldn't know how to manipulate the
    process if I wanted to."
    But, according to new evidence, Cheney's office
    "coordinated" the Halliburton contracts and had the Pentagon specifically
    seek its input in constructing what ultimately became a multi-billion-dollar

    According to the New York Times, the Pentagon discussed a $1.9 million
    planning contract with "senior Bush administration officials, including the
    Vice President's Chief of Staff" before inking the deal. According to the
    Los Angeles Times, three companies were vying for the lucrative contract
    which was seen as the precursor to a much larger, $7 billion contract. But
    instead of following the normal competitive civil service contracting
    process, the Times reports that Bush administration political appointees
    overruled the advice of Army lawyers and simply gave Halliburton the
    contract. That decision was then brought to Cheney's Chief of Staff Lewis
    "Scooter" Libby, who reviewed the contract and raised no objections to the
    non-competitive process.

    Cheney has denied having any financial stake in Halliburton receiving
    massive government contracts, claiming, "I severed my ties nearly four years
    ago when I ran for Vice President." But Cheney still receives about
    $150,000 a year in deferred compensation from Halliburton and still owns
    about 433,000 company stock options; options which could become more
    valuable as the company's revenues rise. That fact was enough to lead the
    nonpartisan Congressional Research Service to bill Cheney's continued
    financial ties a "potential conflict of interest."

    And yet despite all these questions, the Bush administration's allies today
    formally blocked any testimony from Halliburton employees about the
    matter. Specifically, when Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) presented a
    slate of witnesses to the House Government Reform Committee, they were
    prevented from appearing by Republicans. That move led Senator Frank
    Lautenberg (D-NJ) to demand the appointment of a special counsel to
    independently investigate the situation.
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   elkpark
    Everyone who is actually surprised by this news, raise your hand ...
  4. by   ArleneG
    and in today's news:

    Cheney in firing line over Nigerian bribery claims

    Antony Barnett and Martin Bright
    Sunday June 20, 2004
    The Observer

    A British lawyer is emerging as a key witness in a $180 million bribery investigation that could lead to the indictment of US vice president Dick Cheney.
    Last week, US oil corporation Halliburton cut all ties with a former senior executive, Albert Stanley, after it emerged he had received as much as $5m in 'improper personal benefits' as part of a $4bn gas project in Nigeria. Halliburton also sacked a second 'consultant', William Chaudan in connection with the bribery allegations. At the time of these alleged payments, Cheney was chief executive of the corporation.,00.html